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I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go.  I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures.  I cannot believe it's been six years now!  Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:
1.  Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic
2.  About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea
3.  I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while
4.  It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at once
With all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!  


Friday, January 21, 2011

Going back on my word

I have never made a New Year's Resolution.  I think they are kind of dumb.  And 21 days into the new year is about the time you hear people saying "well I've already broken my new years resolution".  But guess what?  I've made two resolutions and am still very much on top of them.

Last fall I noticed that I was starting to become addicted to this game on Facebook.  It was not healthy.  I was losing sleep and more importantly (and the reason why I stopped playing it) was because I felt my children were being neglected.  I noticed this in December and decided that this was going to be my first New Year's Resolution: to stop playing Frontierville.  And I have... very successfully.  And I know my boys are happy too.

The second resolution I've mentioned before but not in "resolution" terms.  I joined the group 365: The 2011 Edition on Flickr.  I have been a member of the Flickr community for a few years now and I have challenged myself to take a picture a day for 365 days which started January 1st.  AND along with each post I have to write a description of the picture, a journal if you will, of my day encapsulated in that one photo.  I will never run out of things to photograph, my challenge is "which ONE PHOTO do I choose out of all the ones I've taken today?"   I think my favorite one was yesterday's picture:

And this was the description:

What a fun relaxing day at home. Since Wednesday's are so busy for this household I usually take Thursday's to relax, get the house picked up, do laundry, catch up on my knitting, etc.

Today Jacob helped me sort through the old sewing stuff that was given to me yesterday (see #018/365) and it was a blast!! These are the 5 wooden spools of thread I just fell in love with. All the buttons in the background were mine already.

And description from #018/365

I had a few errands to run around town today and one of them was to go to our local (extremely little... I mean little hole-in-the-wall) thrift store. I was looking for large glass containers to display my old wooden spools of thread in.



One of the church ladies was volunteering there so I told her what I was looking for. As we chatted I told her that I collected old buttons, spools of thread, etc. She then asked me if I knew Mr. such-and-such. (I knew OF him but not personally). She said that he was downsizing because his wife had died a year ago. He had a lot of his mother's old buttons, etc. and was looking for a good home for them. WOW! JACKPOT! I told her I was definitely interested.

And, well, to make a long story short, Jacob and I spent the next 45 minutes at his house visiting with him and looking at his mother's old sewing stuff. He ended up giving everything to me!
There weren't a lot of buttons but A LOT of thread! He was such a sweet man, he was in his 80's and moving to be closer to family.
 
And the picture to go along with 018/365 entitled Small Towns Are Wonderful
 
So if I've been neglecting this blog it's because I'm crazy about Flickr again.
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