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dabbling in life: January 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Texture Tuesday

As if I don't have enough on my plate, I'm also participating in Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday.  The theme for this Tuesday is the word "open".  Here's my result.

I started with a stack of my old logic books -- some things you just can't let go.  Took a photograph with my macro lens.  And I do love my macro lens!  I've added Kim Klassen's textures "Serendipity" and "Shades of November".   Cropped the photo a bit, and there you have it.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Fly Tribe Blog Hop

Our Fly Tribe from Kelly Rae Robert's Flying Lessons e-course is getting creative again.  We're doing a blog hop about our "word" for 2012.

Here I blogged about starting again this year with Ali Edwards' One Little word project.  ORGANIZE is so, SO my word this year.  Hey, I had the pre-class assignment up before January first.

In the class, January's assignment is a 9 pocket page defining our word, it's various forms and focusing on intentions for 2012.  Last year in this class I struggled with the supplies.  This year I have scrapbook paper, stamps, fonts and best of all -- some of my own art to include.  Above is my mermaid from our last blog hop shrunk smaller than I thought was possible.

Yes, I want to do so many things.  The only way to do even half of all the things I want to do is to be organized.  "Whip into shape" -- isn't that a great synonym!  That's my plan -- I'm going to whip my life into shape; not organize a closet -- although they could use it.

"With this word, I invite into my life..." -- a powerful thing when we intend.  Order, structure and accomplishment are good things.  But calm is a big thing for me, and with my word, that is exactly what I am inviting into my life in 2012.  I don't want to spend the year resembling the woman above in my little pen sketch I did for my financial blog.  I have spent too much of my life in that frazzled state, and I am excited and looking forward to organizing!

I hope you visit the other members of our Fly Tribe's blogs.  All these "words" are adding up to a lot of creativity in 2012.  Here's the list with links to them all.  And a special thank you to Rae Payne for creating our Fly Tribe Word Hop badge.  Enjoy, and be inspired. 

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Fly Tribe Get-Together

What an exciting day!  Yesterday in Louisville, I met four fellow classmates from Kelly Rae Roberts e-course "Flying Lessons."  And what a treat!  Kathleen Conrad, Kelley Miller, Kelly Hoernig and Deborah Eaton were all an absolute delight to meet.  We talked for hours (and I do mean HOURS) about art, life and our journeys. 

And if this wasn't exciting enough, the gifts I received took the experience over the top.

 This beautiful tag came from Kelly Hoernig, and she answered all my questions about her process.

A gorgeous pendant with my word (can you believe it -- MY word for 2012!) on it came from Kathleen Conrad.  Of course, I had a ton of questions about her process of using resin which she patiently explained.  A unique reminder to be "organized" in 2012.

Kelley Miller's work has been a favorite of mine since the beginning of the class, and now I have my own original.

I have been truly blessed by all of the caring souls from this class, and to have been able to meet four of them in person was a memorable experience.  Can't wait to do it again, and much thanks to these four beautiful souls.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Something NEW for me

When I do something creative, I have a plan.  Well, at least, a good idea what I'm going to do.  For Christmas I gave my granddaughter a set of acrylic paints.  Of course, she wanted to try them out immediately -- with Grammie.  To my studio -- the little yard sale child's table -- we go.  I grabbed a little 5 x 5 canvas that I had previously prepped with some left over aqua paint.  Didn't want to use up her new canvases.  As she was putting paints on her palette to use, I used them too.  No color choice for me, just what she was using.  No idea.  No theme.  No plan.  Just putting paint on the canvas and totally enjoying being with her.  Today, I added some words.

We were having so much fun that soon I lost my spot at the table to others wanting to join in the creating.  Put the canvases away, and handed out ATC's along with watercolor pencils.  Everyone wants to create -- I think it's in our nature.

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