Monday, April 13, 2009

Decision Made & Journal Pages

I’ve thought about it all day…how I’ve been loving giving out goodies in my 29 Days “contest” but how, with work being such a drain on me right now, I have run further and further behind in my giveaways.  Y’all have no idea how much that bothers me and I am doing this because it makes me feel good so I don’t want it to turn into something stressful.  I just want it to be fun and continue to make me feel good.

So, I came up with the perfect solution!!!

There are 38 comments on the “Giveaway” blog post but a few of those didn’t send me addresses (you know who you are) and one ninny commented twice (you know who you are, too, KRISTIN! lol)…I have decided to gift each one of you that took time to comment AND send me your address.  Yep, it may take me til the end of the month to get all my little packages filled, addressed, stamped and mailed but EVERYONE is getting a little something from me.

Thus, no more drawings or posting about the drawings…I can just take my list of addresses that I received and know that each one of you will be receiving something from me.  Voila, a super good feeling for me, a goodie (or two) for each of you (YAY!!!), and now I can journal and paint and make jewelry and WORK (like the little worker bee I am these days) without feeling overwhelmed or like I’m falling behind.

I love posting my art and doing my art, so now I can go back to focusing on that in the evenings without that feeling of guilt that I haven’t used the Randomizer and posted a winner which, after dinner, dishes, time with hubby and a little internet surfing, and very little journaling, left me feeling drained.

Y’all feelin’ me?

Anyway, if you commented on that entry and forgot to send me your address, email it to me NOW (even you guys, Melissa, Kristin & Rebecca!) so I can get my ducks in a row and meet my deadline (self imposed) of having all my goodies out in the mail by April’ll just have to be patient with me until then.  I’ll try and make it worth it. *smile*

So, what do you think?

Now for some A.R.T., art!!! Here’s what I’ve been doing while I am on my lunch break each day:

Hand ZentangleI’ve got a Moleskine that I’ve dedicated solely to doing Zentangles and doodles and I take it with me everywhere I go. 

I’m finding that it relaxes me to do them at lunch so when I go back to the store I really do feel refreshed and as though my stress level is staying low.

It really is very calming and relaxing..not to mention that you never know what they’ll turn out looking like in the end.  Portable art with very little supplies…gotta love that.

If you haven’t tried them, you really should.  Not quite as good as a one hour full body massage but hey, way cheaper one. LOL

AngerAnd this is a journal spread I did quite spur of the moment after some kooky woman decided to attack me on one of the Yahoo journaling groups I subscribe to.  She really pissed me off and this was my way of letting off steam AND reminding myself that I am only in control of ME, no one else.

I felt better after doing it.  (See the snooty woman on the right page..that’s her LOL)  

Anyway, work is going great and I’m handling it great. too.  I have to admit that I’m really proud of myself.  Three months ago I really never thought I’d work again and look at me now.  YAY, go me!

I hope you’re all doing well.  Sorry I’m not reading blogs much right now but maybe I’ve freed myself up a little and can try to play a little catch up with some of you now.

Peace & Love,
♥ Barb ♥ 


  1. Hi, Barb! Love the doodled hand! It's awesome!

    As for people who attack, it usually reflects more on them than on the person they are attacking. Try not to take it personally and let it go. It will be lots less stressful! :-)

  2. Hi Barb!

    Love your zentagle. I wish I could do them but I don't know how to doodle---I run out of ideas :P

    I don't know that I included my address b/c I was nervous about it being visible on the web. Anyhoo, bottom line--I think you did the right thing. I could sense the stress over these give-aways on your blog. I'm glad you found a solution that works :)

    Speaking of work--don't worry about the tired thing--we all get it. Working M-F is not an easy job no matter WHAT people say.

  3. Great zentangle doodling, what fun!

    And I really love your journal pages. I love seeing art used for therapy and problem solving. Not to mention, your pages are fascinating and intricate. Wonderful.

  4. Love the zentangle hand. I should try doing something like that with pen instead of pencil. I keep using pencil and then erasing and stuff and it messes with the flow. :) Sorry someone wasn't nice on your journaling group. that doesn't make sense because journaling is for healing and support and sharing how it helps and such not to hurt someone else's feelings. Have a good day. :)

  5. As an aspiring henna artist, I love that drawing!

  6. I came across your journal through the Yahoo Group. You know which one I mean. I was curious what the fuss was all about. I still don't understand it. I was impressed with what you said at first and then when I read your next reply, my heart trully ached for you. I'm behind you, in a good way, all the way dear one. Right now I'm trying to go back in your blog to find out when you started to journal and how it changed you. Love seeing your journal pages!!! Your hand drawing is trully awesome!!!

  7. lol@your snooty woman..I saw her and was about to comment "Love the Dudley Doo-Right looking woman character!" lol

  8. Amazing zentangle. I have to "hand" it to you on this one!!

  9. I think that's a wonderful idea to spread things out. I still feel super lucky to have gotten drawn first! :D

    Love the doodle Moleskine! I'm all into doodles these days. Except my pen won't make nice solid black areas, which kind of stinks, when it comes to doodling.

  10. I just typed an entire post only to lose it somehow......great....I am going to sum it up now...I adore your zentangle!!! It's awesome! I am so amazed by these, I could study them for hours. Love your journal pages!! I am really taken back at these people that criticize others work, especially publicly...these can't be artist. A true artist appreciates others work and talent, even if it is not their taste. A similar situation happened to another blog sister of mine. I told her this...we all have a certain style or trait that comes out in certain ways in our work. That is what makes us "US"...keep your chin up and keep doing what you do. We all love you and your art!!

  11. I've been thinking of you and wanted to give you a hug so here ~ *HUG*

    Love your journaling pages! Way to go! =)

  12. Hi Barb! So glad all is going well for you at work now and I love your zentangles too! Have you tried adding colour to them or are you going to remain a 'purist'? LOL! =)

  13. oh my I LOVE the hand, I am inspired by that, I think I will do a version of it in my journal, I too have a moleskine for doodles , mine is mini, but I think I will do this in my regular journal!

  14. I also really wanted to thank you so much for adding me to your blog roll. You are the first that has, I am new, so I am SO thrilled you did that! I so yearn for an artsy community! I love you blog! xoxo, Missy (artjournalgirrl)


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Peace & Love,

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