Monday, April 20, 2015

Just a Quick Share

I hate posting from my phone (I don't type well on here), so this is short and sweet
 
I was just so happy to have worked in my art journal for the first time in ages, I had to share...
 
I hope your journals are seeing lots of action these days.
 
Back soon!
 
Peace & Love,
Barb

Friday, April 3, 2015

Looking for Trading Partner(s)

So, how is y’all’s April going so far? I am so behind on things, and I mean everything, and I find myself amazed that March flew by in such quickness. I looked and I only made one blog post the entire month, even though I had lots of things planned to talk to y’all about.

But no worries…we’re here now, right?

Exactly!

I think I’ll catch up with a bulleted list (I know, I’m taking the easy way out but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? lol)…

  • I spent far more time in March at the VA Clinic taking my sister/mother for doctor’s appointments than I care to remember. She’s not doing very well lately and we’re trying to figure out why.
  • We went on a little trip with the Grandboy and our friends, Antoyne and Donna, to one of our favorite drag races in Gainesville, Florida the weekend of March 14-15th. I won a contest to give the two of them their Baptism-by-Nitro…such an honor and a thoroughly awesome experience. (Can you tell what a blast we’re all having?)bbn platform
  • My little sister and her husband came down for a few days at the end of the month. I didn’t get to see as much of them as I’d like to have thanks to just that overall feeling like crap feeling I deal with so often. Ugh!
  • And the biggest news of late? Savannah (my oldest daughter) has her own place and she & Noah are in the process of moving out! YAY!!! It’s only about 10 minutes away but I am already starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. This weekend I’ll be able to start moving my art stuff back into the space I used to call my studio…you know, the space that she wound up using as her room. I’m not bitter, just ready to have my life and house back.
  • So she would have some furniture for her living room, we gave her our sofa and loveseat…that way we could get some new living room furniture. That doubles the goodness for me. lol

So that’s some of what happened to my March. How was yours?

While I’ve been away from blogging, my mind has been busy at work and one thing that I’ve been wanting to set up is a paper/ephemera trade. I have tons of various papers, gelli prints, clippings and bits of collage, etc. but I think we all get tired of our own stash, don’t we? I just thought that a trade would be a great way to freshen up our stashes.

If it’s something you would be interested in, please leave a comment. If there are enough that want to participate, I’ll be glad to head things up. If there are only a couple of us, we can still do it but just keep it small. I do hope you’ll join me. I think it could be fun.

If this works out then next on my list is to start an art journal exchange or round robin (depending on number of participants.) Be thinking if that is something that you might be interested in joining in on. I know that life is busy for everyone but we can keep things calm and interesting without it being one more thing to be pressured about, I’m sure of it.

There you have it…my thoughts du jour.

I hope you have a great weekend planned.

Peace & Love,
Barb

Saturday, March 7, 2015

An Art Journaling Video & Elton John

Hey there, y’all. How’s everybody doing? Great I hope.

Lots to share with ya so let’s get to it…

I hope the title didn’t give you guys the idea that I had actually gotten off my big old hiney and made a video myself or something. Goodness knows, I have really had my hands full lately so doing a video myself won’t be happening for a bit. But eventually, I swear.

I do want to share this awesome video by Katie Ness where she shares some of her art journaling. I find it amazing, inspiring, and just chock full of goodness so I had to share. Be sure to watch in full screen and don’t be afraid to pause and really take in her journal spreads. Now, please enjoy…

Fabulous, right? I can’t believe I’ve not come across Katie until now but am I ever glad I did. Be sure to check out her website for more of her fantastic works…http://sunflowerteeth.com/…you’ll be glad you did.

In other news…

I know I’ve been a bit (very?) absent lately, there has just been so much going on with my family, not to mention that I’m really battling SAD (seasonal affective disorder) this year. My mother/sister that lives with us is not doing well at all…I am afraid she has early onset Dementia or possibly the beginnings of Alzheimers, not to mention some health issues that are making it very hard to take care of her by myself. We’ll find out more at her doctor’s appointment on the 16th. Wish us luck and good news.

In the category of good news, my youngest daughter, Shelby, is pregnant!!! FullSizeRenderVery much a wished for baby by all! She will be 14 weeks along on Wednesday so we’re not far from finding out the sex of the little one and then I can start making lots and lots of things for her or him. Eeeek!!! Can you tell I’m one excited Nana? lol

<== A picture taken this week of me and my not-so-little girl who will soon be a Mommy herself. I love this kid and I’m so proud of the woman she has become. I know she will be an unbelievably great mother.

With all of the heavy, hard, and messy things going on in my life, Shelby decided to treat me to something awesome off my bucket list…tickets to see ELTON JOHN in concert! WOW!!! There are just no words to tell you guys how superb of a show Sir Elton put on. I love him even more now than I did before the concert…and I’ve always been a huge Elton fan for as long as I can remember.

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I’ve been to many concerts in my life (I love music!) but I can honestly say that seeing Elton was the highlight of my concert going life.

Amazing…just absolutely amazing!

Anyway, I have lots more to tell but I’ll save the rest for later. I hope you are all doing well, making lots of awesome art and crafts, and staying warm.

Much Peace & Love,
Barb

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day

Hi y'all. I hope everyone is doing great and staying warm. Even though we live in Florida, we've had some chilly (for us) temperatures lately and I am definitely not liking it.
 
 
Sorry I've been absent the past week+...Noah, my precious grandboy, came home with a horrid cough last Friday and since then we've all caught it and been battling it since. *ugh*
 
It being Valentines, the hubby and I decided that no matter how bad we feel (and we both still feel extremely icky) that we were going out to dinner! Now we're sitting outside our favorite steakhouse waiting to be seated. We've been waiting 45 minutes so far...they said our wait might be as long as 90 minutes.
 
*sigh*
 
I'm really wanting a steak but this is insane! Oh well, it'll be worth it once we've finally been seated.
 
I hope you're all having a good Valentines and staying warm. I'll be back with some new goodies to share in the next couple of days.
 
Also, don't forget to check out the goodies in the Craft Therapy Goods shop (the link is in the tabs up there at the top.) I've added a couple of new, original pieces (like the Love Endures piece in the pic up there) and will be adding more soon.
 
Back soon!
 
Peace & Love,
Barb

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Using Your Junk Mail

The internet is, all at once, my greatest love and my worst enemy.

What happens is this: I can get online at 9am to check email and read my favorite blogs, and then *BAM* it’s 6:30pm and everyone is hungry, asking me “where is dinner?” I am being totally serious here…Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, my own list of blogs that I read, YouTube, Artstronauts Club, even the occasional perusing of Facebook can be my downfall…each one is a total time-suck (that’s a new word I invented, in case you’re wondering.)

I know better than to let myself get pulled into that never ending vortex of just peeking at one of them for just a sec. HA! Inevitably I get lost down the internet rabbit hole and have to be pulled away by some familial duty that I am hounded to take care of. LOL…sorta.

I really have to stop doing that, ya know?

Okay, enough blabbing about my insane internet addiction.

Now it’s time for me to share my weekly planner page layout. I really should have posted this Monday but, well, you know…I was in the midst of a binge and just couldn’t pull myself away to even write a blog post. (I know, it’s sad.)

Anyway, it’s a little bit different today.01e83cacca86f8aa553a8f393ce6f60f409d536bd6 I know you all know exactly what these fabulous papers are, right? Yep, junk mail return envelopes. I am trying very hard not to hoard paper the way I’ve been known to do in the past but I love seeing all the different patterns that these come in so I saved a few and decided to use them in my planner this week.

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<--I mean, c’mon, just look at that…isn’t that the coolest pattern ever? I just couldn’t throw it away.

 

 

 

 

 

Cut them down to fit the days, glue them down with a differing pattern on each day, then throw in some various washi tapes (another addiction of mine *sigh*) as dividers and borders, and there you have it, this weeks planner spread, ready to go.

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Here it is with the days of the 01f57e630de3d40ed823ec58602f29ab0ab994dac1week and dates done, as well as the first 3 days of the week journaled with images added.

I do wish I had stuck with the Moleskine planner that I used last year. As much as I like having larger areas for each day, this planner is not holding up well to the little bit of wear I have put it through so far this year. Something tells me the whole thing will fall apart long before the new year.

Oh well, you work with what you got, right?

In other news, I am going to be listing some of the stamps that I handcarved for #CarveDecember in my shop over the next few days. If there is one of them that you had your eye on, let me know and I’ll make sure to list it for you.

Also, I have found an absolutely AWESOME new supply to share with y’all…next time.

Peace & Love,
Barb

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