Monday, December 3, 2012

Craft Swap 2012 Project ...

My gift for the swap ...

The whole gang, drying ...

And a baby gift ...
detail shot ...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sometimes It's a Little Harder than Saying "I WILL" ...

Hi !
If you have been reading this blog, you know I decided that I was no longer going to say "I wish" and I would replace it with "I will". I wasn't going to let work take over my life , I was reclaiming my time . Wellllllllll. I tried that . And guess what ? No one stepped forward to do it for me !! Can you imagine ?!! No fairies, no imaginary staff, no one. Not even my beloved cats. No.One.
So it is a little harder than just making the decision ... and I knew that I guess. Because if it was that darned easy, why wouldn't I have just decided years ago ? Seriously.
So that explains no posts for weeks ... no messy painty hands ... no happy place feeling lately. And that's okay. I have been working like a fiend to put all the steps in place to make it happen. Decluttering my house, my store, my life. Re-organizing so I can get my work done more easily. Re-thinking how I do business. So it is all going to take time but sometimes a little more time and work are worth it if you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And it is a glorious light - sunshiny and full of colour ... and I am getting there !!!
I'll keep you posted !!

Monday, August 20, 2012

It's Swell to Gell ...

I just received my Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate in the mail ... I was so excited ! It was like Santa had delivered it ! lol.
So I watched the videos, my beloved found me some scraps of Tyvek, and I went to town (for a few minutes ...but that's the beauty of it ... you can make a few prints even if you only have 10 minutes !! Love it !!)
I tried one with just 2 colours because I didn't really like the way the 3rd colour seemed to muddy it up a bit. I'm a bit of a colour purist ...haha ... I only like a few colours at a time. I used some Americana acrylics and Claudine Hellmuth Acrylics. I would really like to get some Golden OPEN Acrylics ... they seem to give such a beautiful transparent sort of colour when brayered. But I was pretty happy with what I had for a first try. I used the tyvek donuts, bubble wrap, and punchinello. (love punchinello !! Waste product, my eye !!)) So here are the results !!

 I love how the residual paint shows up on the next one ... yes, that's right, I did not clean it every time. I like the hints of orange in the green ... Can't wait to do more !!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"Come Alive"

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs ; ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. "
Howard Thurman

Today is the day !
I work too much. I waste too much time. I squander minutes worrying about things that are not going to happen. Did I mention that I work too much ? I fret about what I wish I was doing.
That ends today. I am taking the steps to start a journey of my choosing. No one is going to do it for me. It is up to me ... and I say "Hell Yeah !"
Today I will begin to work hard in the hours I have for work - and then stop. Work will not creep into my evenings and take root in my weekends. It will not wake me in the night & say "I want to talk". If it does I will not answer.
Today I will start trying not to worry about things that will not or have not happened. Wasted minutes. I will worry when I need to - not before.
I will try not to waste time . I don't consider reading, cuddling cats, watching the tides, or wandering in my mind to be wasting time. Wasting time is when I use up time that could have been spent making myself or those I love happy or satisfied. Use it up fretting, running around doing nothing, staring at a computer long after it has ceased to be interesting, thinking up ways to avoid going somewhere or doing something- that's wasting time. I will not fret. I will do things with purpose. I will surf for a reason & for pleasure - not to simply pass time. I will simply say "No, but thank you".
I will cherish my minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years and spend them wisely.
I will embrace my dreams and take the first step to make them real. No more I wish.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Endless possibilities ... can't you just imagine ? Well, that's what you would have to be doing (as am I ). I talk of endless possibilities and then don't post for weeks !! Time has been gobbled up with lots of work, dumpster feeding ( another term for big clean out !!) , trying to stay cool, and a million and one things. I did spend time in the studio but it was to make kits for work so it wasn't overly exciting (maybe I shouldn't admit that ...hmmm) . But HOLD ON !! I did make something I love ... let me go get it ...
Earrings !!
(oh, and a lemon buttermilk cake with glaze & lemon scented sugar sprinkled on top ... that was none too shabby ... LOL !!)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

New Blog !!

New Blog ! Like a fresh new scribbler in school ... so exciting, so filled with endless possibilities ! I started blogging several years ago and had/have a blog called "Up to My Ass in Life" . I wanted to be at least that deep ... exploring every minute. I had a bunch of friends and we were having a ball. But I was really in denial of my "inner introvert" !! After a while, I really didn't want to be embarking on actual adventures, outings, and group activities. I realized my "happy place" is at home with my partner-in-crime (aka husband) , my cats, myself, and all the things I love doing there & with them. I feel that my life is FULL even if I don't leave the house for days. I practically purr with contentment. (Too much time with the cats ??!) I think that when you find your true groove, the possibilities are endless !! So this blog embraces my introverted nature and celebrates the endless possibilities every day. I wake up knowing that those possibilities are out there - and I am going to find them !! :)