1. Working in my sketchbook a little bit more these days. I set this journal aside more often than I should. I am not a doodler or sketcher by nature and so I don't gravitate to that journal by any means. I am finding that once I get going I am okay though. Sometimes we just have to give ourselves a little nudge- over and over in my case.
2. Loving that this little one is starting to mimic things. She has found that her new favorite past time is making a loud noise by sucking in her own top lip. I choose to believe she is blowing me kisses over and over again! I am in love.
3. Working on some new paintings. I have been asked to send some things to a small art gallery up north and it had been fun to actually work on paintings for a change! I am loving how they are morphing as I go and think it will be a fun little series. More peeks to come.
4. Missing Summer. Period. Come back Summer, please.
5. Teaching myself a new craft and finding that is is both tactile and soothing. I love anything with texture and being able to work on a craft that is open to using so many different fibers has me loving every minutes of it. I find the counting and pattern making soothing and it has been a nice end of the day hobby. Kind of like cooling your brain down after a long day of mental exercise. I like it.
6. Making sure that no art journal page ends without a written story. Whether it be a few words or two full pages of script, I have learned that is what forms the art for me, the words. I get them down and the art comes easier. The words don't always shine through and I am careful to make sure they are rarely legible to any eyes but mine, but they are there and they matter. It is my story after all.
7. Rebinding my Documented Life Planner. Finally. I have had a LOT of questions on how I did this and many pleas for a tutorial. I am flattered that you all love it and want to learn, but I am NOT a pro at this and my book is NOT perfect by any means. My signatures were an absolute swollen and torn mess to begin with, so restitching them into place involved some seriously unorthodox sewing and patching. BUT THIS IS MY LIFE, I had to patch her up. And so I did, as best I could. I googled some tutorials, bought some supplies and just did what I do best - wing it. I am happy with it mostly because it is DONE. I am happy I will be able to continue my journey in this book without pulling it out in three pieces. I will work on learning a bit more on the craft of book binding before I try to do a tutorial. In the meantime, if you can't wait, google book rebinding. There are TONS of great videos and I watched MANY before I did my book. I didn't follow just one, but instead, took bits and piece from many and made it work for me and my poor dilapidated planner. And then I painted her up all beautiful. I love it!
8. Finding this cheerful guy following me around day and night reciting all the medical terms for everything you can imagine. Who knew he would love AP Anatomy so much. What a groover. He loves it and I love him and I can't wait to see where this big bold world takes him, because it is going to be somewhere far - mark my words. This kid is going places! Look out future physicians of America!
9. Working on a fun and funky, no sew tutorial for you guys - something the kids will love too! Super dorky, super easy and super cute!
10. Having a random day here and there where I am wishing I could just start over. I mean over. From scratch. Like ground zero, day one, the very beginning. Keep some of the great stuff, skip over the life altering tragedy, fine tune it all. But oh, I want to know what I know now when I have my do over. Is that too much to ask? I promise I could be so much better, do so much more. Alas, I can not. I guess I will just have to settle for tomorrow. Thank you God for tomorrows.