07 January 2011


o, last night I joined Weight Watchers. I guess those Jennifer Hudson commercials got to me. This is not the first time joining WW, but hopefully, it’s the one that counts. I believe I am in the right mindset this time for positive results. I’m not looking for the “quick fix” or “miracle cure”…just a little guidance. The PointsPlus program seems like it would be fairly easy to follow…but I am worried that maybe it is a little too much freedom. I haven’t been to the gym yet this year…but I plan on getting started this weekend. I got a wakeup call when I went to the doctor on the 30th. First off, I didn’t just have a “cold”, I actually had bronchitis. And my weight was….alot J.  And I NEED to take iron supplements—my iron levels are at the lowest, and the low-iron is the reason why I am tired all the time.  Point blank, the doctor said I will not begin to feel better [in general], until I get my iron up. So...as much as I hate taking pills, I’m taking the iron.

For 2011, I want to :

ü  continue art journaling
ü  start working out consistently
ü  eat healthy
ü  complete a novel
ü  quit smoking
ü  learn how to draw faces
ü  practice photography
ü  develop a consistent writing habit
ü  make journaling a habit
Did I leave anything out? And on top of all this, I need to get my home clutter free, work full-time, and give quality time to my children. I totally realize there are only 24 hours in the day…and a good portion of those hours are devoted to work. But I will do what I can, when I can.

I have not worked in my art journal every day, and I’m not beating myself up about it. I’ve missed a couple of days of my Project 365 too, but instead, I’ve been working on my novel…so I’m still being creative, just in a different medium.

Tonight, the plan is to visit my art journal and play a little bit. After that I need to do some more brainstorming/research for my novel. Making up little to-do’s of what I want to do/feel like doing that day really seem to help me a lot. I don’t feel overwhelmed, as I do when I look at that list up there. LOL Of course, some things (like working out) go beyond The List, and just need to happen—no excuses.

BABY STEPS…that’s how I will reach my goals.

05 January 2011

new year

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions, simply because I'm not that great at the follow-through. However, that being said, I am taking, or planning to take [small] steps to get to my goals. I want to finish a novel this year. I need to lose ~90 pounds, and I want to continue in my Art Journaling this year.

Four days into 2011, and I've not been to the gym (yet), but only because I'm recovering from bronchitis. I have a new novel idea Im brainstorming, and I'm flip-flopping between 3 or 4 art journals. I know my self well enough that, if I were to make an "I must..." statement, that's a sure guarantee that I will subcobsciously rebel against it.

I am not perfect, and I admittedly do not have a very happy life right now. But I am not content to stagnate, and I expect these small steps, added up at the end of 2011 will equal significant change in my life.

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11 April 2010

random stuff

Haven't been posting much, but that doesn't mean I haven't thought about it! I'm taking Supernova II here and I'm really enjoying it. I like watching the videos over and over, and practicing what Julie is teaching. It has been fun.  I am going to probably take Art Journaling 101 next. I have a bunch of other classes I want to take this year. I enjoy the classes, and they give me the much needed feedback and confidence.

Here is a page that I started when I didn't know what the heck I was doing.  I think I like it.
 Oh and here is the finished version of a page I posted previously.

24 March 2010

more backgrounds

I did a couple of more background pages.  I've not done much collaging or actual journaling, but I'm enjoying the "prep" process. I want to try everthing!  I'm hoping to take Julie Prichard's Super Nova and Layer Love classes really soon.

This one was done with some fountain pen inks...Diamine and J. Herbin, I think...The top left corner was Gris Nuage, the light blue is Diamine Turquoise.  I don't remember what the darkish blue one was, and the dried blood color at the bottom is I think Caran d'Ache Storm.

This next one is done in blue and gold acrylic paint, which I scraped with an old credit card.  I love the way it came out!  Definitely will use this technique again.

20 March 2010

actually it is the first page

Not the first page I've been working on, but the first page in my 1st journal.

Still a work in progress.

16 March 2010


new stuff!

I bought some stamps, a stamp pad, a bottle of cheapo fluid acrylic, scrapbooking papers and a white paint pen. I plan to use my Hobby Lobby coupon to pick up a tin of Caran Darche Neocolor II watercolor crayons. I also want a copic pen, and a couple of pitt pens. Then I'm done. For now.

Here is another page, which is actually the first page in my journal. I did the background with pastels, and the writing was with a grey sharpie that bled through to the back and has since been covered up with lime green paint.

15 March 2010

1st journal page

While I was home today, I started on my 1st journal page. I gessoed the page, and added some random watercolor.  Then, I added some collage elements.  It is not nearly done, but a cool start. Actually, it's not the actual first page of my journal. That page has a simple pastel background, and some text.  I will write more on this page, with my ideas and plans for what I want this journal to be...my "mission statement" so to speak.