Thursday, March 31, 2011

~ Early April Fool's Joke ~

I only wish it were just an early April Fool's prank but unfortunately, it is not. I look out the window as I'm typing this to see the snow gently falling. It actually looks quite pretty and indeed would be pretty... in December! At least the weather forecast is for 50 degree days coming up so the snow will melt soon.

I got my monthly calendar journal finished on time this month so will share that today.


We love to color Easter eggs at our house. Usually I boil 5 or 6 dozen eggs and we try several different dye kits as well as experiment with regular household items (rubber bands, fabrics, q-tips, etc) so of course that would be reflected in my calendar this month.

I'm really looking forward to Easter this year because our oldest daughter is bringing her boyfriend home to meet us for the first time.

Alot will be riding on this meeting ... Will he dig in and color eggs? How will he feel about searching the house for his Easter basket? What about the plastic egg hunt? Oh and of course is he nice to our daughter, that will be a big question as well! Don't worry - I will keep you posted :)




Friday, March 25, 2011

Did someone say Spring?

We've had the official 1st day of Spring but when I look out the window it's still pretty much white. We had a snowstorm with school closings 2 days ago that brought several inches of new ground cover. Everywhere you go people are saying "enough already" but that doesn't seem to make it go away any quicker! At least we are safe from flooding in our area so I shouldn't complain.

Part of the reason I'm so anxious (aside from warm weather, sunshine, flowers, smiling people, etc...) is because I got my husband a pair of binoculars for Christmas to use for bird watching. Yes, I said bird watching - I know, we're getting old and boring! Last summer was the first summer in this house and we had so many birds that we'd never seen before that we started keeping a list. We're both ready to start our new list.

 The next best thing (in my mind anyway) is to create my own songbird. This little page is for a monthly bird journal challenge. This month's theme is "home sweet home".


Wishing you all a lovely weekend and may all your birds be singing (unless you're trying to take a nap)...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Animal People, what are animal people?

I've gotten really hooked on art journals lately. In the beginning I was too intimidated to even think about starting one. Then I got to thinking that it's my journal and I can do whatever I want to with it. Now I can't seem to stop!

I have a monthly calendar journal, monthly prompt journal, monthly bird challenge and zetti challenge journals. The calendar and prompt journals are books that I work in and they stay with me. The bird challenge and the zetti challenge are individual pieces that get traded so after a few months I will have a wonderful collaborative journal with these returns. In addition to these I have a couple journals from on-line classes that I've taken, a composition book journal, a quote journal and most recently my new Animal People journal.

It all started with a rabbit and has (of course) become an obsession since then.


I have a few animal people done (posted on flickr) and a few in the beginning stages as well as a few still residing in my head. I have a journal cover made for them but haven't quite figured out how to mount them in it. Once I get that part figured out I will share a picture of the whole piece.

Be on the lookout for  other animal people. Word on the street is that they're friendly but you never know when one may go bad!

Thanks for stopping by - come again when you're able
xx
Renee

Monday, March 14, 2011

Live Out Loud

Jade Adams (http://www.flickr.com/people/mizjadeadams/) is hosting a swap for a zetti journal page on black background. She has done an entire black journal which is total eye candy -  you can see pictures on her flickr. Here is my page which pretty much sums up the way I live my life - OUT LOUD! Often times this "out loudness" gets me in trouble but no matter how much I remind myself to think before I speak I seem to forget. I guess that means when we talk you'll get my honest initial reaction so don't ask unless you want to hear it :) Have a great week and try it - LIVE OUT LOUD


Friday, March 4, 2011

What do I believe?

My friend, Roc (http://www.whatsuproc.blogspot.com/) is hosting a monthly journal prompt challenge that began in January. The journal I made to use for the challenge has all different sized and shaped pages and the page for this month happens to be long and narrow. Our prompt for March is "what do I believe?" - here's my page.


The first panel is supposed to be deep in thought like "hmmm, what do I believe?".
The second and third panels are mixed media and on the final panel I finally tried using strips of masking tape and painting over for the background.

Roc started a flickr group so if you'd like to take the challenge you can join us here  http://www.flickr.com/groups/1570781@N20/pool/with/5497533012/ 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Now I've gone and done it!

Although I love to visit people's blogs I never had a desire to start one of my own until recently. It's been nagging at me for several weeks now to give it a try and see how it goes so... here I am.

I really do not want to set myself up to fail. I've tried keeping a personal diary or journal so many times and always end up tiring of it after a short time and letting it go by the wayside. I'm hoping I've "grown up" enough to not let the same happen here.

I don't lead a terribly interesting life or have profound words of wisdom to share. However I do have lots of craft projects going on at all times so that will be the majority of my posts I would imagine. I welcome all constructive advice and of course all comments.

I will try to establish a delicate balance between witty banter and art pieces that I'm working on.


Thanks for stopping by!