Thursday, December 31, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - December Edition - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year's Eve everyone!!  First, let me just say what an amazing and wonderful year this has been for me and mine.  It certainly has had its ups and downs but all in all it's been a wonderful learning experience.

Here are the last lists from this amazing Challenge:

Resolutions I Kept This Year:
  • To complete the DLP - yes the whole entire thing!
  • To dream BIG & take steps to make those dreams come true
  • To make my family whole again
  • To find myself
  • To grow as a person
  • To grow in my art
  • To quit smoking
  • To make Christmas magical
  • To not be walked over
  • To not sweat the small stuff - at least for long!

  • New House
  • #30 Lists
  • Documented Life Project
  • Instacraftcation
  • the Wee One discovering Halloween
  • the Wee One discovering Christmas
  • Watching Bug play in her first Parade
  • Hubby's promotion at work
  • New Car
  • teaching private art lessons for the first time ever
  • Quitting smoking
  • the 12 Art Journals Round Robin
  • Finding out just how strong I can be!
  • Exploring & expanding my art

2016 Will Be The Year For:
  • My Etsy Shop
  • Learning more awesome art techniques
  • LifeBook 2016
  • Wanderlust 2016
  • Other art courses
  • Making art videos again
  • 1st year of High School for Bug!
  • Confidence in myself - my abilities & my art!

Everyone have a safe and happy time tonight!  And I hope your 2016 rocks just as much as 2015 has!  Love you all!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - December Edition - Week Four

We are winding down the year quickly now.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  I know at my house we did!  There is something absolutely magical about a small child discovering Christmas for the first time.  My two year old is completely enchanted with all things Christmas and so it has been a lights and carols and Santa and Frosty and movies extravaganza.  It's been wonderful!

Here are the next seven lists from this Challenge.  Enjoy!

I Need Another Pair of Hands To:
  • Paint
  • Craft
  • Cook
  • Keep up with the Wee One
  • Clean
  • Dispatch
  • Decorate for Christmas
  • Dye my Hair
  • Do my Makeup
  • Fix my hair
  • Carry in the groceries
  • Hang pictures
  • Take photos

Say YES to:
  • Love
  • Sleep
  • Yourself
  • Art
  • Trying new things
  • Art supplies
  • Date nights
  • Days at the park
  • Long walks
  • Road trips
  • Meeting new people
  • Kindness
  • Helping others
  • Friendship
  • Travel
  • Life Experiences

How I Can Help Others:
  • Donate my time to teach art
  • Help a mother load her groceries
  • Smile at people
  • Give someone a kind word
  • Help with homework
  • Cook something nice
  • Proofread reports
  • Answer questions at work (with varying degrees of niceness)

Favorite Gifts to Give:
  • Art Supplies
  • Something Handmade
  • Art
  • Useful things
  • Books
  • Music
  • Nutcrackers
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Online Art Classes
  • Smiles
  • Laughter
  • Toys to young children
  • My time
  • Something funny but useful

Things That Can Wait Until Tomorrow:
  • Dishes
  • Returning "bad" Christmas gifts
  • Grocery shopping
  • Cleaning my studio
  • Laundry
  • Putting away Christmas decorations
  • Worrying about tomorrow

My Favorite Things About This Time Of Year:
  • the beautiful lights
  • the smells of yummy food cooking
  • the sound of jingle bells
  • the music
  • Christmas Spirit
  • Watching my girls on Christmas Day
  • Ornaments on the tree
  • Hot chocolate and movies
  • Seeing loved ones
  • Family

How to Push My Buttons:
  • Sheer Stupididty
  • Being Completely Irrational
  • Ignore Me
  • Drop me like a bad habit
  • Not being polite!  Please & Thank You!!!
  • Talk down to me
  • Talk over me
  • Simple rudeness
  • Thinking you're entitled to anything
  • Texting while Driving
  • Not keeping promises
  • Lie to me
  • Being fake or flakey
  • Sheer Stupidity!!!!!

There you go!  Another week come and gone and now it's almost over!  I'll be back on Thursday with the rest of this month's lists!

Until then,

Friday, December 25, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Fifty One

December Theme
Storytelling with the Written Word

December 19

Art Challenge:Hidden Journaling

Journal Prompt:  The greatest gift I can give myself

Merry Christmas Darlings!

This is the next to last week for the DLP 2015!

The challenge this week was "hidden journaling".  I started this page by writing a few lyrics on the left page.  Then I promptly covered it all up!  Making the lyrics hidden.  I know they're there and what they say but you have to look hard to find and read them yourself.  My girl was colored with Neocolor II's as always.  I love the blend-a-bility of them.  I used watered down black acrylic for her hair and eyebrows.

I painted, stenciled, and stamped over the whole page.  I used bubble wrap and Bubblegum Pink to tie in the pink of her lips.  I love using bubble wrap as a stamp!  I also used a bunch of rub-ons by 7 Gypsies through out.  Besides the text stamp, I stamped music around as well.  And that's where the prompt comes in.  The greatest gift I can give myself is music.  I love listening to it while I drive, while I paint, while I do most everything.  You can even incorporate it into your art!  You can use music in so many different ways!

I know this is a super short post, but I've got to get back to my girls.  Hope y'all have a wonderful rest of your day!  Try not to fight too much and travel safely!

Until next time,

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Art Journal - Baby It's Cold Outside

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!

If y'all started, through about, or even considered this year's Documented Life Project in the Dylusions journal, y'all may have (if you're like me) counted all of the pages to make sure there were indeed enough pages to do 52 two page spreads.  There were enough pages to be certain with twelve pages left over!  I have "messed up" two pages within my DLP pages that I kept in there as just plain ol' journal pages but I still have quite a few blank pages!  Just for fun - and so I can say that I filled up the ENTIRE journal in 2015 I am working on these last pages!  This page here is one of them.

I started by drawing a whimsical little lady and coloring her using my Neocolor II's.  The background is also colored with a turquoise Neocolor II.  I added a few bits here and there with Dylusions paint through a handmade stencil (the triangles) and the Let it Snow stencils (both sizes) by Dylusions.

Now mind you... the high in central Mississippi is supposed to reach 81 today.  Baby it ain't cold here!  But I would love to pretend it was cold and that we'd actually get a white Christmas.  And this is one of my all time favorite Christmas songs!

I hope as you're gathered with your families tonight and tomorrow that y'all have a wonderful day with wonderful food, lots of love, hugs a-plenty, and more smiles than you can stand.

Merry Christmas darlings!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - December Edition - Week Three

Here we are with another week of December gone by.  It's flying isn't it?  I am looking at the calendar and just can't believe how close Christmas is!  I know... I keep saying it but I am really finding it unbelievable.  Since time is flying by, I'll just let it fly right on to this past week's #30 Days of Lists.

How to Tell if I Like You:
  • I talk to you
  • Make jokes
  • Call you Sweetie or Dear
  • Give you a hug
  • Make something for you
  • Invite you to my house
  • I talk freely in front of you
  • I play practical jokes on you
  • I tease you
Let's Go:
  • to Memphis
  • to the zoo
  • to the movies
  • to the Grocery Store
  • to Hobby Lobby
  • to the park
  • to lunch
  • to work
  • to New Orleans
  • camping
  • home 
  • to bed
  • to the moon

Favorite Things to Wear:
  • T-shirt & Jeans
  • Hoodies
  • Converse
  • Knit Caps
  • Gypsy Skirts
  • Rings
  • Layered Necklaces
  • A smile
  • Something pretty
  • Lace
  • Anything Turquoise
  • flip flops
  • Cargo pants

I'm Waiting For:
  • Christmas
  • the end of the school year
  • the end of the year
  • my birthday
  • a promotion at work
  • 11:30 tonight
  • to meet a friend's baby
  • January
  • Spring Break
  • March #30Lists
  • Life Book 2016
  • Wanderlust 2016
Overrated Trends:
  • Leggings & Yoga Pants
  • Apple Watch & Samsung's equivalent
  • Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge
  • Face Book
  • Constant "Sponsored Content"
  • Netflix and chill (I mean...come on!!!)
  • Harem Pants
  • Avocados on EVERYTHING
  • Outrage Culture
  • "Reaction Videos"
  • the Nae Nae
  • Snapchat
  • Hoverboards

I Have Plenty Of:
  • Love
  • Support
  • Children!!
  • Rolls of T.P.!
  • Ideas
  • To Do Lists
  • Future Projects
  • Christmas Baubles
  • Places I Want to Visit
  • Things I want to do
  • Dreams
  • Hope
Signs I Am.... Ready for Christmas:
  • I've decorated everything!
  • Presents wrapped under the three
  • Christmas movies on the tv all day
  • Singing carols all day
  • Countdown timer on my phone & at work
  • Want to look at Christmas lights every day
  • Start baking cookies

There you have it!  Another super fun week of lists.  I hope y'all have a wonderful rest of your week and a Merry Christmas to y'all!

See you next week with another week of Lists!

Until then,
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