Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Here's To The Past

Filling the very last pages of my junque/art journal will always provoke mixed feelings of accomplishment, and pride; acceptance of both good and bad; and all at the same time there are feelings of reluctance, even sorrow..  when it is time to part ways, and to move on.

A typical art journal may be born, in a sense, weighing only a few pounds; but by the end of a year, from January to December, my own journal has grown so, to weigh in at nearly 12 pounds now!

Yup..  She's a little fatty, but still beautiful!  The cover has taken a bit of a beating.  A flower had to be replaced, while beads, a button, and letters had to occasionally be reset or re-glued....   Now I look back through the pages, remembering all that I did, what I've experienced, the things I have learned, and then I remember even things/people that I miss now.


...a time of new beginnings; 
forgetting, and releasing the bad or the sad, 
while cherishing the good in our lives..  
feeling hopeful for what lies ahead!












Yes, it's been quite a year.  
You take the good with the bad.
That's the way it works...  C'est la vie!

"Year's end is neither an end nor a 
beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom
that experience can instill in us."
~Hal Borland

Now it is time to say goodbye to this old friend,
my journal for 2014...  I must say, this is one of my
favorite journals ever...  But there will always be a 
place in my heart to remember it by.

....and a plastic bin that's too FULL to store it!
Oh dear..  Guess I need to purchase another one...

Because I'm already starting on my 
new journal for 2015!

May the new year bring good health, peace, 
love, and joy, to you and yours!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge 201

My gosh, between my job, responsibilities at home, and all the holiday extras that need to be done lately, the time sure is flying! But I think I'll settle down for just a bit, to participate in another round of Hodgepodge Wednesday, hosted by From This Side of the Pond.  This week's questions and answers are as follows!...

1.  What is one holiday tradition you'd like to establish, or one you've established recently, say in the last year or two?

Answer:  We settled for leftovers this time around, but I'd like to establish the tradition of having a pizza delivered on the night we put up the Christmas tree!  Who feels like cooking after THAT?  Not me!

2.  It's the second week of December.  Have you sipped a cup of eggnog yet, this month?..  wrapped a gift?...  opened a gift?...   kissed someone under the mistletoe?..  lit a candle?..  eaten a Christmas cookie?...   seen Santa in person?...    watched a Christmas movie or special?...   read scripture relating to the birth of Jesus?

Answers: no, no, no, no, no, no...   Yes, I saw Santa at the mall...  Yes, I saw A Charlie Brown Christmas and watched the movie, White Christmas....  But, no, I'm afraid I have not yet read any scriptures about the birth of Jesus quite yet, this year.

3.  Do you think it's better to be an adult or a child at Christmas time?  Explain.

Answer:  Well, I like to think I'm a little of both.  I may be an adult, but I still can be very much a kid at heart!  Where I work, I often have kids telling me there is no Santa Claus; but you can't make me listen to a word of it!  Nope!...  I suppose, as Christian adults, we have a far better understanding of what Christmas REALLY is all about, and of course Jesus is the most important reason for the season; but I'll never allow adulthood, itself, to cloud my vision of the magic of Santa, and busy little elves making toys, or flying reindeer, a talking snowman, or a nutcracker prince coming to life!

4.  It's often said, "Good things come to those who wait."  Agree or disagreee, and why?

Answer:   Hmmmm...   I'm afraid I don't know how to answer that question.  I suppose it depends on what you're waiting for, how important it is to you, and if you have both the patience and faith it takes, in the process of it all.

5.  What's the last sweet thing you baked?  Did you keep it, take it to a party/event, or give it away?

Answer:  The last sweet thing I baked was a batch of chocolate frosted brownies..   Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum!

6.  This question comes courtesy of Jhona, who blogs over at The Red House at the End of the Lane.  Here is her question:  "I heard an actor talk about how he makes a conscious choice to talk to people in elevators.  He chooses to connect, make eye contact, and converse.  Do you talk to people/strangers when you're in an elevator or any other place where you might have to wait together?  Why or why not?

Answer:  I try to be friendly, and maybe would say "Hello" at least; but typically I tend to mind my own business, and just keep quiet where strangers are concerned.  

7.  Are you on the naughty or nice list this year?..  And what put you there?

Answer:  Well, that's a little personal, don'tcha think?!!  Ha! Ha!!  I plead the fifth!  (Actually, I think I've been pretty good this year.  My boyfriend and I have recently broken up, but things are still looking up otherwise.  I think Santa would be proud!  Surely, there must be a dolly with my name on it, in Santa's Workshop!)

8.  Random thoughts?..  I managed to crochet that little drawstring bag I mentioned in my last post!  

I made it in one night, 
and HERE is where I found the pattern!  

Alongside of it sits another one I made  some time ago, by crocheting around an empty gallon milk jug.  Both are now kept together in my craft room.

Thanks to Joyce for hosting this Blogland event, 
and thanks to YOU for stopping by today!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

7 in 7 Mid-Month Bonus

Gonna keep this short and sweet, as I think art journaling kind of speaks for itself most of the time... But Jennibellie, from Journal Workshops by Jennibellie, posted a mid-month November challenge. After having done the first set of 7 backgrounds in 7 days, we were challenged to do more backgrounds...  but this time, with random prompts.

We could use a little drawstring bag, or a plastic container, or whatever we had on hand, to keep all our prompts, written on tiny pieces of paper.  I chose to use an empty boutique tissue box.

The deal was to shake that container up, to mix up all the prompts inside; and then without peeking, pick one out.  No matter what it said, we had to do that prompt, when we pulled it out!  My prompts ran in the order as follows...

1.  Markers
2.  Gelatos
3.  Washi Tape
4.  Stencils and/or Stamps
5.  Paper
6.  Paint
7.  Wild Card (any last touches) 

This was a PERFECT exercise for me, artistically, because it made me think out of the box.  No tunnel-vision allowed here, because each step was not by my own choosing. 

It was random, and it pretty much forced me to change old habits/routines that I thought I had to go by!  Here is each one, up closer...

Page One...

Page Two...

Page Three...

Page Four...

Page Five...

Page Six...

Page Seven...

From here, I can now complete my pages
with whatever photos, images, or quotes I want!

But, again..  Am I happy with my work?  
And what have I learned?

This time around, I can say I'm much happier with this set of pages!  I definitely felt challenged, but had so much more FUN, this round, than in the first one!  I believe I may hold on to my little pieces of paper prompts, and perhaps even throw in a few more..  But maybe instead of using some old tissue box, I'll crochet myself a pretty little drawstring pouch to keep them in!

Thanks so much for stopping by!