Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Here's a snippet of an email he sent:
We hit the 5 month mark of being here. It feels as if this has been a really long vacation and now it is time to go home. It would be so good to be home with you this time of year, but with your prayers and God’s strength we press on. We each recently had our first of 3 formal language evaluations. It is cool to share that we both are where we ought to be and are progressing well.
Still though it's humbling! In trying to compliment and tell a middle aged woman that she was still (muda)=young, I instead said she was (murah)=cheap. Embarrassed after realizing my mistake I then tried to correct myself and say the right word but still got the word wrong calling her (mudah)=easy. I essentially called her cheap and easy! (muda, mudah, murah)...they really shouldn't let me talk.
You can check out their website here. I'm sure a few words of encouragement would go a long way to build their spirits up, even from strangers.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
My grandmother was a story teller and boy did she have a lot of stories to tell. We video taped her right before she died telling some of those stories. I can't even imagine how many memories were lost by not writing them down. She was an artist too and if there had been such a thing as art journaling then I'm sure she would have been amazing at it.
I am finding these days that I just can't remember things very well. It has nothing to do with age, just too much to remember in everyday life that crowds out the important stuff. They say when you get really old all you remember is stuff from your growing up years so maybe it will all come back to me. In the meantime I will write a memory down as it comes and see how many I get. These pages in my journal will have less to do with art and more about the journaling.
The last week has been so cold here that I just can't get warm. It finally warmed up today and feel like I can actually function. BRR! The only problem is that now we get the rain forever and ever and ever. We would have snow if the two would meet in the middle. I guess I will keep hoping for another week.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The other ornament that brings back many memories is one that I have had as long as I can remember. My two sisters had similar ones in pink and green but mine was blue and I have hung it on the tree every year. It is a girl singing, probably in the church choir. As a little girl I sang all the time so that is probably why I was given this one.
And finally, we have the tradition of making our first bowl of chex mix while we decorate the tree. It gets passed around and enjoyed by all. It is kind of funny to me that quite a few of our traditions have been started without a thought to them being a tradition in the years to come. We just did something and then repeated it the next year and then the kids thought it was a tradition that we did every year. Now, if we miss doing something, they are upset. When we are all done decorating we turn off all the lights, except the tree lights and sing Silent Night.
Now we are ready to put some packages under the tree. I guess I had better get wrapping.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
OK, I have waited since the first Cricut came out for it to be affordable. Of course I was a scrapbooker way back then but there are many other uses for this wonderful die cut machine. I am making Christmas tags right now. I have also cut out letters to use in my journal. Isn't it pretty and it is so easy to use too. It is addicting though. When I first sat down to figure it out, a couple of hours just flew by without me even knowing. I was just cutting and pasting away. The Xyron Create a Sticker maker works really well with this machine.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I had a great Thanksgiving. All my kids came with my in-laws and my niece and her husband. The food was good too. I was a bit nervous when I woke up to put the turkey in the oven and the refrigerator had frozen it, YIKES! Not something you want to find when you are on a time table. I worked a little magic and it all came out beautiful and yummy and on-time. I was so caught up in getting everything taken care of I forgot to take pictures. I get so frustrated when I do that. We need another photographer in the family that isn't the hostess and the cook. Amanda, if you are reading this, I am crowning you the new family photographer. Be prepared with camera in hand. Anyhoo, it was lovely and I am very thankful for my family even though they make me want to pull my hair out most of the time :)
I'm off to create. YEAH!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The Christmas peak the other day is getting out of control. I find myself thinking and looking forward to the holidays with much anticipation. I am even listening to Christmas music already. YIKES!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I showed you these pages when they had no color on them. I mostly like to sit down in one sitting and finish a page but this one I have been adding a little here and there. It still is not done but pretty close.
I got together with a friend and worked on a couple of pages. I have been wanting to try cutting a shape out of one of my pages and so I went to work. I have debated with myself over doing some journaling on the daisy pedals. I like it the way it is but they are just sitting there calling to be journaled on and I can barely hold back. I don't want to overdo it though. Any thoughts?
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Yesterday my middle son moved back home. That seems to be a story I am hearing more and more from my friends who have grown children. Transitions have been hard on my family and now we are in another one. I really am leaning into God and prayer to make this one easier than previous ones. I have more peace than I have had so that is good. We went to church and heard Margaret Feinberg speak. She has a few books out but she was speaking on her newest book, Scouting the Divine where she talks about wine, sheep and honey. All these subjects are all through the scriptures and she explains some things that made the passages come alive. I bought her book and had her sign it and got to talk to her for a few minutes. She is very sweet.
Today I did move some things around in my art studio and start the organizing process. Now if I can just do more organizing than messing it up, I might get ahead. The other thing I did was to take my youngest son to see the movie 2012. What a whirlwind, breath holding, nail biting movie that was. At points in the movie I had both hands over my mouth in fear of what I was seeing. OK, I'm a bit of a baby but it was scary to see the natural disasters happening right in front of your face. OH, so good. I want to take my husband and see it again. Then I came home to my daughter baking a pumpkin cake and the house smelling so yummy. What a fun day today was.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I only got a couple of art journal pages started. Mostly because I was so tired and not feeling very creative and the rest of the time busy. I will add color to the pages this weekend, hopefully. That may be a dream and have to wait until Monday since we are moving my husband's office. In fact I had better get going on out there right now. Have a great weekend everyone.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Whoo Hoo, Congratulations! I think you will be very surprised at the amount of stuff in this package and I hope you will be able to use it to create beautiful and fun art.
I have to say that I was very excited to have three brand new ladies sign-up for the give-a-way. Because there were only three of you, I would like to send the other two of you a little something too just for signing up. If each of you will email me your mailing info I will get your packages out this week.
Lots of bloggy love,
Sunday, November 1, 2009
For next year, I am debating about doing two volumes with six months worth in each book. I could do a whole year but it might be very large and look a bit odd. What do you think? Should I do one or two?
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
1. Open Etsy shop
2. Submit journal to magazine
3. Start exercising 3Xweek
4. Take a Photoshop class
5. Declutter house
6. Keep journal for Cameron
7. Go garage saleing
8. Play golf
9. Give something away
10. Send a card for no reason
11. Save money
12. Get a massage
13. Ride a bicycle
14. Attend 30 year class reunion
15. Ride the OHSU tram
16. Tour the Portland Art museum
17. Design a stamp
18. Read through the Bible
19. Maintain weight
20. Read 20 books
21. Take a balloon ride
22. Travel to Ireland
23. Get Janerie on-line
24. Take a photography class
25. Organize my art studio
26. Learn French
27. Write a letter
28. Do something for charity
29. Invest in friendships
30. Have family dinners
31. Go see Oprah
32. Work through “100 ways to simplify your life”
33. Take a walk through Lewisville Park
34. Knit an afgan
35. Vacation in Canada
36. Find a heart shaped rock
37. Catalog all digiatal downloads
38. Do a give-a-way on my blog
39. Take Cameron to Disneyland
40. Play tennis
41. Re-design kitchen
42. Teach art journaling to a newbie
43. Play tourist in Portland
44. Take an art class
45. Do something fun with my kids
46. Try new art journal technique
47. Lead an art journal biblestudy
48. Journal about everything on this list
49. Finish this list and post it on my blog
50. Go back to Paris
Thursday, October 29, 2009
- Leave a comment here
- sign-up to follow-me on my sidebar
- advertise the give-a way on your blog
Just let me know what you did and I will put your name in the drawing. You will have until Sunday night, November 1st, 8:00 PST and I will notify the winner on Monday.
This is my first give-a way and I am so excited.Lots of paper, tags, envelopes, stickers, old book pages, numbers, letters, ribbons, and a lot more. I am even throwing in The Creative Journal. Good luck!