Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tiny (?) changes....

Hoping I haven't bit off too much more than I can chew.....

My word of the year top is done with hand dyed and ice dyed fabrics...


but feeling a little under the weather has messed with my desire to quilt this week.



In the meantime...


I am participating in a 7 day nature photography challenge



 over on Facebook...



and so I have been posting mostly old photos....


that I tinkered with using iPhone apps...



  and Photoshop Elements,...


while I train for a new job....
study for an old job....

keep on top of my Happiness Project....



find time for exercise and meditation...




enjoy some company....


and
knit in my spare time (did I say spare time?!!!)


"True life is lived when tiny changes occur."
-Leo Tolstoy

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Happily resolved....

I have several projects going on right now
but it's never too late to start another!!!!

(right?!)

My friend and I are now into our second month of 
The Happiness Project!



The first month went very quickly since we started a little late.
The chapter for February is a great chapter for everyone!!!!
(no matter what kind of a relationship you are in or are working on)

So I came up with some new "resolutions", 
as Gretchen (can we be on a first name basis by chapter 2?) 
calls them...

One of my resolutions this year 
is to practice meditation daily


so I treated myself to a mediation cushion!!!!


and while I work on the second month of "One Little Word
with Ali Edwards

I have added this resolution to my one goal to practice this month...


feeling pretty happy :-)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Clearing my head.....


I have had people asking me how we fared through the 
the snowstorm that hit eastern USA..

here, in upstate NY....
we didn't get any snow,
not even one flake!!!


In fact, 
my snowshoes are still in the box!!!


So for now,
I am busy running inside..


It gives me a chance to start my day off 
with a clear head...

I play the music loud!!!

and keep the tv off...


Exercise also helps to combat the potential side effects
 of using my new bread maker...


cinnamon raisin bread is especially delicious!!!

(just sayin')


Another place that helps me clear my head
is my studio ...


which I share with two of my fiber art friends.

It is housed in an old building which was 
a shirt factory once upon a time...


and you know how I looooooove old buildings!!!!



My spot is in the far left corner near the window
that blows and rattles in the wind...


sometimes windows need a bit of duct tape too....

Polka dotted tape, of course!

(I love the sun that shines on my spot)

Sometimes my spot is neat and tidy...



 but
most of the time....

um...



it's not!!!


Over the years,
as my interests have, shall we say, expanded...


I have "collected" many items...


and stuff is stashed everywhere!!!


but
when I am here at the studio...


I forget about my worries, 
my anxieties, 
my problems...


I slap paint around...


swish the water...


cut up fabric...


and just play!!!



Sunday, January 24, 2016

Happily getting it together....

Back to reality...
vacation is over....
the kids have convalesced...

I started my weekend with a visit to our local art museum
for a reception 
where I viewed some signed prints from the Norman Rockwell Museum


and the opening of a wonderful photography exhibit.


Art feeds my soul
and that makes me happy!

Earlier this month,
I embarked on several projects
(just in case I didn't have enough going on!)
to embrace my word of the year....

Happy

This is my first time taking Ali Edwards' One Word class...

I spent a little bit of time filling out the various parts of this month's prompts.


It took some time to really hone in on what my intentions are
and 
decide how I hope to integrate "happy" into my life,
but it helped to clarify a lot

Ali's project is a good way for me to combine my love of journaling
and my need to revisit my plan for this year 
over and over
in a beautiful medium.


My other big project this year is 
Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project...


In her introduction,
the author develops Twelve Commandments...
I have come up with 9 
(so far!)
some of which I have borrowed from her...
like Let it go (huge for me!!!) and Enjoy the process
but I added a few of my own
especially,
Enjoy this moment.


I need to get out of my head and just live in the present. 

Each chapter of the book focuses on an area of Ms Rubin's life
that she wants to address in her happiness project.

In Chapter 1, January,
she focuses on beginning to declutter her physical space
 as well as starting to address her desire for more energy.

I did a lot of decluttering this fall
in an effort to relocate..


and while I still need to pay attention 
to my tendency to be a "pile-er" (my mom's name for my habit),
I don't want that to be the only focus for what's left of this month.

So I added a couple of her January "resolutions"
to my chart
along with some of my own...


I am not sure how I will work going forward...
within her monthly themes or some other way.

If any of you have also started a Happiness Project 
or have embarked on a similar journey in the past,
I would love to hear about it.

My "friend" who is joining me on this journey 
is even further behind than me!!
and it is only January :-)

At the top of each resolution chart,
Ms. Rubin posts a quote.

I browsed the world wide web for a quote
that is more reflective of the beginning of my journey
and found this on Pinterest..


I still have a lot to learn
but I am happy to be here.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Things that make me go hmmmm....

when I hear this song...


I remember some great times in the early 1990s...

times and things that make me go hmm...

and make me smile!!


But I have a lot to smile about these days....

 sunsets on the ocean....



bikini butt bar stools....



warm weather and aqua blue oceans...


feet in the ocean..



feet in the sand...


improving my running time...


and

a lovable pet, guinea pig


Vacationing,
college girl with a tonsillectomy,
boy with wisdom teeth extraction
has me a little behind in my reading....


I have read the "Getting Started" chapter
and am on to January!!!

Lots to smile about
 and
be happy about this year!!!!