You Choose - Week 12

This week’s pick painting. I love paint. I love the feel of it on my fingers. I love how alive it makes me feel. I love color. I love learning. I love its texture. I love how it makes me feel. I am so grateful that I discovered mixed media and never looked back. Here’s to painting for the rest of my life!

here is a side look for the shimmer; a subtle one:

You Choose is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

A Book a Week – Astonish Me

I read Astonish Me for book club, too. And here’s what I thought of it: Meh.


The other Maggie Shipstead book I read was also Meh. I am apparently not a huge fan of hers. I like her books okay but they don’t impress me all that much. I’ve read so many better authors and books. In my opinion, of course. My friend Lauren loves her.

So your mileage might vary. And if you’re into ballet, this is one for you.

Fifty-Two Stamps – Week 14

This week I wanted to make some wings. For me, wings are hard and time consuming and i’m generally bored by the time I am done with the first one and dread having to make the second one. So I picked this simple design I saw and was thrilled to have fun with both sides of it. Though they still aren’t exact duplicates. Eh, what can you do?

Here’s what the stamp looks like:

I can’t help myself, I love wings.

Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self – Week 14

This week’s page is my version of the wonderful Joanne Sharpe’s Life Book lesson. I love Joanne Sharpe and she never disappoints. Nor did she this time.

The text for this week says: feel the fear and do it anyway.

This quote is what my word of the year is all about. Not “not being afraid” but just doing it anyway. Taking chances. Trying things. Going forward anyway. Not being too shy to try. Listening to those tiny inklings in my soul. Leaping. Celebrating the journey.

Note to self: do it anyway, baby. do it!

Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Everyday Brave – Week 13

This week’s page is one I did during the holidays, months ago. I wanted to draw some Christmas stuff and then I decorated it with stickles which are my happy place. I love the shimmer they add.

it’s really shiny in person:

The left side is a little tree. And angel wings are in the middle.

More wings on the right side, and then some ornaments. Nothing special, I know but sometimes that’s how they turn out.

And there we are. Here’s another week.

Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

David and Nathaniel's Books of Happy Memories - Week 12

Here’s this week’s offering from David:

Percy’s schedule apparently…. David loves Percy Jackson.

And one from Nathaniel:

Nathaniel’s friend Alexandra’s card. Her mom was David’s second grade teacher.

David and Nathaniel’s Books of Happy Memories is a two projects I’m doing with my kids for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Stories of Twenty-Fifteen - Week 13

Here’s this week’s story:

Title: David’s Tenth Birthday at Universal Studios
When David and I first talked about his upcoming tenth birthday, he wasn’t sure how he wanted to spend it. The more I thought about it, the more I knew I wanted to do something special. He was turning two digits. Two digits. I can’t even believe it.

After some talk back and forth, he mentioned he would like to go to Harry Potter Land. He loves the books and he had heard it was wonderful. I did some quick math and quickly realized that the vacation to the other end of the US would be relatively expensive for all of us and told him that we likely couldn’t do that. He was sad but he understood. So we made plans to go to Los Angeles instead. About a week later, I was still thinking about our conversation and feeling bad that I couldn’t do what he wanted for his birthday. The more I thought about it, the worse I felt.

And then I had this idea: what if I could take him to Orlando on his actual birthday for just two days? just him and me. I asked Jake if he would be okay with it, and he was. So I told myself to not overthink it and, within the hour, I’d booked a plane and a hotel room.

I decided not to tell David anything. The plan was to pull him out of class on Friday and go right to the airport. I was a little worried about how Nathaniel might react but I knew we couldn’t tell him until right before we took David. It was hard work to keep it all a secret but I managed just barely.

When the day finally came, Nathaniel was a total champ and said okay. We flew off to Florida (despite the four hour delay, which is a story for another day) and spent two magical days just David and I. We saw all of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and we even managed to go on several rides all over Universal Studios. In the end, David enjoyed the Terminator and Transformers and Men in Black rides almost as much as he enjoyed all the Harry Potter loveliness.

All in all, I hope it was a wonderful birthday, for you, my sweet boy. I am so very grateful to you each and every moment of my life and I hope that every single one of your dreams, small or large, always comes true. I love you with all my heart.

Stories of Twenty Fifteen is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

You Choose - Week 11

This week’s pick is another honor for serenity. There is nothing like books to bring peace into my life. A cup of tea and a good book can get me through the toughest days. Books can help me forget everything. They can help me find my center. They make me feel full. Grateful. Serene. There’s not one moment in my life that I am not near at least five books. I never, ever leave the house without my books. Ever. They have always been my very best friends in the world. I am deeply grateful.

here is a side look for the shimmer; you can barely see it but there are tiny pearls on the butterflies:

You Choose is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

A Book a Week – capital

I read Capital for book club. It was a book I would have never picked up on my own. And while I enjoyed it okay, I didn’t love it.

It would have been okay if I’d never read it. But I don’t regret it like I do some books (I’m speaking about you, Gone Girl!) so, all in all, if the subject interests you, I say go for it.

Otherwise, there are many better books.

Fifty-Two Stamps - Week 13

A little cute but useful one this week. It’s supposed to look like tape. Not sure if it hit the mark or not but I still like it. It feels cute to me.

And here’s the stamp:

Maybe I’ll try a slightly different version of this, too. One with different stripes or polka dots.

Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self – Week 13

This week’s page takes its inspiration from another Life Book class. This one was by Roben-Marie Smith. She did this fun tag and I liked it but no ideas jumped at me for days after I watched it. So I thought and thought and finally decided to print all the inspiring photos I’d pinned as a reminder to keep my core desired feelings in the forefront of my mind. I printed them all out, lay them all over my page, designed each of the four corners for one of my words.

I glued them all and then painted and stamped a little bit on top. It’s not art that I painted but I love looking at it and it makes me feel all of the feelings i want to feel this year and what can be better than that?

here’s the left:

and the right:

Note to self: choose to feel alive. serene. abundance and open!

Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Everyday Brave - Week 12

This week’s page is simple. On the left side, I drew the new containers i bought for my pencils and art supplies. The drawing doesn’t do it justice of course but it was still fun to do. Then I added some washi tape.

The right side is just an orchid that was sitting on my table and a few hershey’s kisses.

And there we are. Here’s another week.

Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.