Friday, January 31, 2014

Paint Party Friday!

Let's get this blog rolling, shall we? I've been painting, painting, painting this week and I wanted to link up once again with one of my favorite blogs: Paint Party Friday. First up is a work in progress, a little lighthouse scene:

Still have a ways to go with this but I really like it so far!
Then a little mail art love:
A little Valentines postcard

I was trying to play with a coffee and salt technique for this background but it didn't work quite as well as I had hoped...The salt left a very scratchy surface to work on (yes, I scraped off as much of the salt that I could) and it didn't affect the coffee as it should have...ah well, it's still a rather cute card:
And these are a couple bookmarks I'd made up for my Creative Pay It Forward project this month--I'd made cards to match but forgot to take pictures before they went postal this week!

So that's what I've been up to this week. Hope to get some more painting done later today and blog planning this weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...

A New Blog...Again??

Yes, I know--I've started a couple other blogs recently that have fallen by the wayside. Project365 made me realize how sadly small my world actually is, which isn't all that bad--I like safe and small, but I also felt kind of restricted, maybe? All by my own doing, I'm just a scaredy baby that doesn't like to roam beyond my comfort zone. But I needed to stop since I didn't like how that felt. Losing It...Well, still losing it, just not as quickly as I would like. Tangle in Time is over for me as well since I'm not really doing zentangle anymore. I may still dabble once in a while, but I'd much rather paint and do lettering and mail art and none of that falls under a tangle related blog. So. Heart du Jour. I wanted something that would speak from my heart, whether art wise, book wise, life wise, Scripture wise...Back when I finally began to get into arting again, I really wanted to do Scripture and prayer journaling, which somehow took off on a tangent into zentangle and I totally forgot about doing anything with Scripture or prayer--and I want a chance to get back to that. I want this blog to encompass all the things on my heart, not just one small aspect of this crazy kaleidoscope life.

So, I'm beginning again. I've also finally decided on my One Word for 2014. At first, I had chosen Courage. I wanted the courage to do the things I've not felt confident or capable of--even though in my heart I knew better. But the one word that keeps coming back to me day after day is Focus. I keep praying and asking others to pray for me to focus. I feel so scattered and spread thin and end up accomplishing so much less than I want because I'm trying to do too many things. And I wonder if taking on a new blog may blur that focus, but I'm hoping it'll actually hone my vision down to what I've wanted my blog to be about all along. I hope! That's the plan, anyway.

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,  fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. 
~Phillipians 2:1-2

So, I'm making notes and plans. I want to design a cute little topper, get all my side bar widgets and gadgets just so--try to make this more 'Me'. And I am still co-hosting over at Melissa's and Dawn's Musings--so I'll be sure to post a heads up here when I'm posting over there! I do hope you'll still join me along the way...

Until next time...