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Friday, March 3, 2017

A Stitched Project Finally Finished

I came across this stitch project in my sewing room as I was cleaning and sorting.
I must have started it about 3 years ago.
It was just the background which is my favorite part of the whole thing, but I felt like it needed to be finished, so here it is.
I suppose I was inspired by the Robin I saw last week and the promise of Spring.
My favorite way to create is to just do it without any real plan.
Just layering and adding things that I have on hand.
Finally finished.

Today I'll finish cleaning the kitchen and doing the laundry I think.
Not as fun as stitching, but still satisfying when it's done.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Crazy Weather

I never remember having temps in the 70's in February in my entire life.
Friday it was warm enough to dry some laundry on the deck.
Saturday there were snow flurries.
I did see a Robin hopping around the yard a few days ago so I'm hoping Spring is here to stay soon.
Wishing for sunshine everywhere.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bagging Anxiety

Another page for my journal.
Not my typical page, but I'm not even sure I have a "typical".
I folded strips of  paper and tucked them into a small paper bag.
The idea is to write all the things causing me anxiety on the strips of paper, stuff them into the bag and clip it shut with the tiny clothespin.
Although I really haven't used it for it's intended purpose, just the making of it worked for bagging my anxiety.
I think it might be something useful for children who have issues with anxiety.
For me keeping busy and finding creative distractions works best.

Have a stress free day!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Old and Tattered

I'm not sure why, but I like the look of tattered old papers and textiles.
I use these for my journal pages.
Some of this stuff is in pretty bad condition, but that's partly what I like about them.
Books and woven fabric pieces all tied up with twine.
Greeting cards and letters from the early 1900's  in an old wire basket.
Feels good to have some things sorted and organized. Maybe tomorrow will be a day for creating.
We'll see.
Have a nice day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Winter Darkness

Winter for me isn't just dark literally, it also puts me in a dark place mentally.

The cold, the snow and ice make me feel trapped and depressed.

Fear and anxiety of traveling on the ice covered roads limits my social life and I spend my days struggling to stay positive. 

Illness and age have changed me. There was no fear or anxiety when I was young. Winter never held me back or put me in a dark place. I loved the solitude of living in the woods, but since I no longer work I feel like the solitude is closing in on me. 

Creating these journal pages helps me to keep things in perspective. I paste my feelings onto paper, place them in my journal and try to leave them there. On days when the weather allows, I go out and then there is this blog and your blog and thank goodness for the internet…I so appreciate all of your visits and comments. 
Hope your day is filled with happiness!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Handmade Hearts

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Just a few random pics of hearts mostly from years past.
Hope your day is filled with LOVE!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Art Journal Page 2

The Language Of Disease Is Pain
I found this phrase in an ad from the 1870's. I can totally relate to this and I know many of you can as well, so it inspired me to create another journal page.
Made of old cardboard, antique papers, tissue paper, paint, ink, stamp, modpodge, vintage torn lace, magazine scraps and scrap book paper.
I don't follow any sort of rules or learned techniques while creating these pages and I use whatever I have on hand in my studio which is a hodge podge of junk that I've accumulated over the years.
These pages are a meditative type of thing where I just get lost in what I'm doing.
It's more feeling than thinking which is what I need. I have a tendency to over think everything and this is a way of letting that go.
A temporary distraction.

Hope your day is painless!