Monday, July 29, 2013

Thinking of Calendars

I'm thinking of doing a calendar for some family members and would like to do something more than just print it off the computer. I already have an idea of how I'd like to physically construct. I just need to brainstorm what to do for it. I don't know if I want to have the pictures related to the month or something totally different. I think I'll start thinking about January and see what I come up with and then see if I like the process. This what I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about! Let's see January of course snow but it also reminds me of blue and cold and being tired of winter. Ginger cookies and games and Sunday afternoons with a book, sitting at my desk totally blocked after all Christmas projects and needing to rejuvenate. Oooh, tea with lemon and cinnamon.

What do you think about when you think of January. I'll have to keep pondering. That brings up frozen ponds and that brings up hot air balloons, strange. Maybe that's about escape, who knows.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Paper Dolls

My newest paper doll! She's very different from anything I've done before. I think I could have fun with her! She looks playful!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mindfulness

I attended a training at work yesterday on personality disorders. It was a 6 hour video. The information was very interesting. Of course, what caught my attention was the information on mindfulness. Evidently, they've studied the brain and shown meditation mindfulness causes underdeveloped parts of the brain to mature! I really find that fascinating. What a powerful argument to become a master on meditation. That would help so much with being impulsive, not to mention staying in the here and now.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Frustration

Ugh!! I wanted to post pics of some new journal pages. Unfortunately, my HP printer can't find the computer in scan mode!! Every time this happens, I have to reinstall the software. I'm really fed up and I wonder if anyone else has that problem. So I decided no problem, I'll borrow hubby's camera. Well I think he didn't put it back where he normally does because I can't find it. I really don't have time to redo the software as I need to leave for work soon. Maybe next year Santa could bring me a scanner????? Happy Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Guess Who?

This is a new journal page I recently completed. I think it is indicative of what my brain has been doing lately. I think I've been guessing wrong lately (ironic laugh). I've been feeling closed in and crabby lately. Of course my husband thinks it's a case of cabin fever. He could be right considering we had snow again. I always tell my clients change is inevitable. It would be nice though if I figured out what my brain is telling me. I think it will be an interesting game.

Friday, March 22, 2013

New Journal Pages

I wish I knew how to stitch pictures together but this will have to do. The colors for these pages are much more vibrant in real life. Well that and you can see all of the top word. That word is change.
 
 First layer is gesso with a second layer of yellow acrylic paint. The bottom layer is obviously orange, but what is hard to see is the top half. That layer is pink acrylic. Then I painted dots, stripes, and swirls in a pearl type paint. Then a few fantasy flowers with markers. Then comes some paper and tadah! Okay spell check I know that's not the right spelling but your suggestions are even farther off!. Anyway, it was a lot of fun to do. Love color!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Star Book for my sister!

I've always wanted to make a star book. They look so neat and I really thought they were complicated. I mean I really thought they were complicated!! I would look at those books and just wonder how people did them. What was their magic formula??!! Well I finally found a project for one that gave directions. I felt I was so lucky, directions to the magic! Yea okay, I know I'm being a bit corny but that's how I felt. You can't imagine the frustration I felt. I even bought a book on making books because I thought it had the directions. Nope! I was beinning to believe this some protected secret! So you can imagine my chagrin when I finally made one and realized how very simple the basic book is. (Turning red here) But I am happy because I know how to make one now. I plan to make some mini star books that my granddaughters can hang up for ornaments. I think I'll probably make one for my daughter to. They are a lot of fun! And the magic is in the decorating and the love put into it!
 This is the cover and the little munchkin is my sister Bobbie when she was around 2 I think. Don't quote me, I'm not good with time. They'll never know if I have alzheimers!
 Isn't she adorable!

I love color and I love sketching. Put the two together and I can be a happy camper! Of course, I love paper, pens, glitter, glue, fabric, wire, and that ladies is why my room seems to be a mess more times than not! I have to have it out to see! Well actually, if it's not out, I'll forget it's there. See, know one will know because I don't remember now. They'll think, that's just Vickie! Well, I guess if I can't find my way home one day, then they'll know.
 But that doesn't count if I've decided to run away and live in an artist commune. Is there such a thing? Would they put up with a dotty old lady? Something to ponder.

 
 I wish you could see the book in person. My pictures just don't do it justice. It's simple, true, but in this case, I think it adds to the sweetness of the book.
 




 The really neat thing is, my sister doen't know this is what I'm sending her! She has a new mailing address so I had to call her to get it. Of course that was about an hour conversation. And that was short for us!
 So she knows I'm sending her something, she just doesn't know what. I love these kind of surprises. I know she does. Other kinds of surprises, not so much but this kind yes. I just wish I could see her face.

I wanted to let her know how much I love her and miss her. Like all my sisters, she is very special. She lives in Florida, which might as well be the moon for me. I don't have funds to travel these days. Of course, I'll have to plan something for my other sisters too! Anyway, I suppose I better end this before this post turns into a book. Wishing everyone love and hugs!