Sunday, January 31, 2016

January focus recap

Started a monthly tracker to help me stay focused and monitor my progress in areas that tie into my yearly intentions. 
For January I focused on three areas health, quilting and organizing my home. 

I choose to focus on my health and not happy to report I didn't make any progress on this one. Not a day of exercise, no food logging and sweets well how can you not eat sweets on your birthday month. 

Next I worked on getting home organized by cleaning out book shelf and purging books. Then it was cleaning out the closet by purging all the purses I don't use or plan to ever use. 

Last was to make time to work on finishing up projects started. Nothing was finished but did get hand flag quilt top pieced and started hand quilting it. My intention this year is to improve this skill.

Ready for new month and fresh start tomorrow! Are you working on your goals for 2016? How do you track your progress? 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Getting my Art Journaling groove on

Yep I hate to admit it but it has been over a month since I have sat down to play with my art journaling supplies. Luckily my local scrapbook store has a monthly Art Journal class that meets up monthly to help get me back on track.

Tonight's class was playing with yummy gelatos. I love the creaminess of this product.  

My page was created to represent my word for 2016 "Restore". The butterfly represents me coming out and opening myself to restoring. 

What is your favorite art journaling medium?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

2016 The Year of Restoration

After a lot of thought my word for 2016 has finally been chosen.  My word will be RESTORE. Life for me these past 2 years has been a roller coaster of ups and downs.  You ever feel like when you take one step forward, life pushes you two steps back. Well that has been my life these past years. My energy, motivation, and body have been destroyed. Oh and my home, totally neglected.

So now that I am just about close to recovering from all my foot surgeries, I am ready to begin to RESTORE Me to be even better then I was when this all started.

I have made a list of some intentions that I will be focusing on for my OLW this year:

Restore My Body:

  • I want more energy. I am going to start exercising as this always gave me the energy I needed.
  • I want to feel and look better.  Get rid of the mid section rolls. Start focusing on what I am eating and make sure it is clean.  
Restore My Home:
  • I want to de-clutter! So I am going to purge what I haven't touched in years. 
  • I want to get organized. Put some order in my life so I can feel lighter.
  • I want to move into my new Studio.
Restore My Soul:
  • I want to finish the classes I bought last year and try and not take any new ones until they are completed.
  • I want to remind myself to have self control and not be tempted to take all the new classes and buy all the new art supplies. 
  • Develop a Mornings Pages routine to help clear my head.

My life may have been headed down hill when I turned 50, but this year I am going to RESTORE it back.  I am back in the game and ready to get it back the way it use to be or even better!

What's the story behind your One Little Word for this year?

Monday, January 4, 2016

Let's get this New Year started - 2016 Intentions

It's day 4 and the beginning of the week after a nice long weekend. The last couple of days I have been thinking about what I want my 2016 to look like and finally ready to make the commitment.

Here is what I have planned for 2016:

Areas to Improve:

  • Sketching/Watercolor
  • Free motion quilting
  • Creative Lettering
My Intentions:
  • To get back into a regular exercise routine.  Considering giving Yoga a try.
  • To get my house back in an organized state. Remove clutter and purge items not in use.
  • To get my health back on track by loosing weight, making healthy eating chooses and getting fit.
  • To schedule regular creative play dates with friends.
  • To keep up Morning pages
  • To finish up classes already started and not get caught up in all the new classes this year.  Finish ones started or purchased by never stated.
  • To get back into blogging more.
  • To schedule some nights our with couples.
  • Finish some UFO quilts projects. 
I am so excited about what 2016 will hold for me. Are you ready to begin making your year better then last year? I'm am! 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Good bye 2015 Hello 2016

My year in 2015 started out with my word   "Release" and 4 goals. This was the year I needed to get my life back in order after a fall on Mother's Day 2014 that but me out and turned my life upside down. The stress of not being able to be independent, no exercise which has always been my stress relief from work and home. January was awesome lost 13 lbs and was feeling amazing. One problem pain in my left foot continued so I went for second opinion and MRI turns up a broken bone not treated and extreme internal joint damage. Surgery required and so 2015 turned into one of the toughest years to focus on my goals and word. Three surgerys in 2015 and I am still off my feet trying really hard to stay positive for a better 2016.

So hear are some of the highlights from 2015 and things that I am grateful for. 

1. Was able to take vacation to Alaska with friends and family. 

2. My daughter continues to make us proud while continuing with her dance team at FAU. She turned 20 and is doing great in school. 

3. My son continues to work and go to college part time. School has never been his thing so his attempt to try to go back makes me proud. 
4. My husband and I celebrated 25 years of marriage. I know he loves me so much as this year he has had to really step up and take care of me and do a lot more then he was accustomed to. 

5. Was able to make our first annual art retreat with my art soulmates. It was my first time in charleston. These girls took good care of me as I had just fallen again and broken right foot days before our planned weekend. Amazing friendships formed even stronger that weekend doing art. 

6. Despite all the down time, I was able to get lots of art journal time and quilts completed. Classes taken by many awesome artist.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Image transfer the easy way!

Exciting class this month at Everything scrapbook and stamps Art Journal class night. Learned really cool technique using  packing tape. My car image was transferred using the packing tape technique. 

OMG this was the easiest way to do image transfers. If you have never tried this technique I suggest you get out your packing tape and give it a try. 

Do you just love the sneakers image? Stock it to some packing tape and have it soaking in some water for few minutes to seal the transfer. 

This image is going into one of my next journal pages.

What is your favorite image transfer technique?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hand quilting begins

My first hand pieced quilt top Berries and Bears by Cindy Blackberg finally comes to a finish and it's time for me to take on the hand quilting.

I have always admired quilts that have been made 100% by hand.  After attending Cindy Blackberg class back in February 2014 I was hooked on hand piecing and fell in love. 

Now it's time for the next step to quilt the top by hand too. 

Things I am learning really fast are:
1. Not as easy as it looks
2. Fingers get really raw and sore. 
3. Keep air down low if you are getting hot flashes 
4. Dogs can't wait till you are done to get under your quilt!!

Happy quilting,