This…

 

http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1109313-1,00.html

 

That is all.

 

Thank you…

 

 

While the title of this post sounds like a pre-school article (which is deliberate!) I actually want to tell you (brag…!) about a very cool new art toy I treated myself to.

 

I've wanted some gelatos since the first time I saw them – pastels that are creamy and water soluble? Sign me up!!

 

But I had plenty of paint and even watercolours, so I was a good girl and turned away – sad, but vaguely virtuous.

 

And then in April, Shari Carroll made a page for her Art Journal series with Simon Says Stamp and I wanted them soooo bad… But I was packing up my home studio to make a room for Baby Girl so again, I turned away – desperately dreaming of them and eventually, unable to stop thinking about them!!

 

And then… I couldn't stop thinking about art journal pages, and the fact that – with all my studio packed away – it would be nice to have a small versatile product to hand, to make and create when the urge just gets too much (like when I'm ground down from seemingly endless days with a newborn…) – and wouldn't gelatos fit that bill very nicely… being small, versatile, and painty…?!

 

So I looked at prices and colour collections (and the utterly fabulous complete gift set…!) and decided to get the special edition 50's diner palette – because I can see my magpie eye falling on that gift set in the future and I didn't want to double up colours.

 

 

(image courtesy of google and iheartartblog.com)

 

They arrived today, and I had a pleasant little play in my art journal – once again, cursing the fallibility of the moleskine I use, because although it is the sketch book version – it can't take water on a page to save its life…

(see and ignore the damage inside the yellow circle…!)

 

So I gessoed the bottom half of my test page and made some nicer discoveries – that gesso as a background lets one blend that creamy colour with the heat of a finger tip, rather than needing any water (although I could imagine that some cool things could be achieved with the precision of a water brush…) so I am a happy, happy artist – and look forward to many hours and pages with my newest toy – while I resist the lure of buying all the colours!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, I'm sure no one else will see this as a great achievement – and I'm not really asking you to… But personally, I'm so proud of myself : )

 

Today, I made a simple salad dressing – using honey, oil and fresh lemon juice.

 

This is a thing to celebrate, because it is the first time I have made nice salad dressing, from ingredients in my kitchen. I even shared it with a friend, over for lunch, and she wasn't just being courteous when she agreed that it was tasty!

 

I have less than four days til my predicted due date… That means (theoretically…) in a week's time, I could be wrangling a household of four and a half (TimCat doesn't count as a whole, but he's work enough to be counted : P ) – so I'm taking the time to acknowledge simple little things before the chaos of newborn plus Boy hits my worldview : )

 

 

My recipe (adapted from Jamie Oliver…)

a simple Honey and Lemon dressing

 

1 tablespoon honey

3 tablespoon lemon juice

4 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper to taste.

 

That's seriously it… Nothing more : ) And it was sooooooo good!!

 


(self-portrait by Monkey Boy; using self-timer. This kid is getting too smart for me!)

 

 

I feel like it has been a while since I blogged, and I feel like I haven't been taking any pictures recently – but it turns out that both of those fears are unfounded : )

 

In fact, I've merely been too busy, too focused on doing what needs to be done. And I think too, in the wake of packing up my home studio to be Baby Girl's room, I'm missing the paint and ink and rubber stamping that was my go-to creative outlet, I'm not yet familiar with current creativity – ie. I'm unaware of what I have done…

 

Inspired by a post from Elise Blaha Cripe, I took some photos of my immediate early morning (on ) – that is to say, before breakfast was over and the chaos of another day began!

 

 

 

 

 

My view outside… peaceful : )

 

 

 

My view inside : P

 

 

 

It's nice to have a little record of what normal daily life is like. Ali Edwards posted her current Random Things… and I remembered it has been a while since I did Around Here. So without further ado…

 

Around here I've been looking after Man and Boy and cat and myself

 

busy cleaning and sorting and tidying up and throwing things out

 

enjoying the small and simple things : )

 

giggling as I make a (often neglected) spare room into a nursery

 

inhaling the smell of other people's coffee

 

forgetting to write things down but remembering we had great days : )

 

 

 

 

Hello, friends… it's been a long time…

 

I promise, I was honestly trying to go digital… I was honestly trying to do Project Life from a (computer) screen…

 

It didn't work out – for me.

 

It transpires, that my memory keeping is focused on the physical bits and bobs that life collects – the ticket stubs and flyers, the food wrappers and postal mail that accumulates. And when it's written down in black text, it does seem a little odd to be keeping what Scientist Guy would refer to as “rubbish”, but… for me, keeping a memory record of my life, centres around these little bits, these proof of daily events.

 

Some of them, I keep for design ideas; for colour schemes; for comedy thoughts… Some of them, directly represent the event or memory I wish to record.

 

All of this means that to make my memory record digital, even though I know I could take a photo of the ephemera; I felt it lost the spirit, the meat, the essence of my memories.

 

A very nice lady in America designed and produces an amazing pocket system for memory keeping. Called Project Life, the core products are a 12 x 12″ binder and a packet of pocket pages. Then one can go to town, customising their own collection of pockets and extras.

 

I've been using this system this for 3 years now, and 2013 is the first year I feel like I've not got behind – because I made a real effort from the very first week, and thus a good habit was born, a habit that feels natural, a habit that is easy to maintain…

 

So, while I can see that someone else may get along with something like Evernote for the iPad as their memory keeping system, it didn't work for me.

 

However, due to impending Baby Girl, I have packed up my beloved (and often abused) home studio. I now have a shoebox from which to maintain my Project Life – but as that (for me) involves printing out photographs and tucking detritus into pockets, I can't see that I'm going to have a problem for the rest of this year!!

 

Good luck with your own digital adventures : )

 

 

 

 

Sitting here, on a Saturday evening, after a busy day of much cleaning and tidying up, havin' a quiet browse on th' internets…

 

I find this page

 

 

 

and it inspires a thought… After Monkey Boy's arrival, I found it rather difficult to think about me. Clean clothes that looked nice and a regular shower became “as you get them” experiences.

 

So I ponder the thought : after little girl's arrival, how about I take a photo of my outfit, at least once a week… To build a little pampering into the day and celebrate being me : )

 

 

 

For a moment, I'm bored and browsing my Internet bookmarks when I find an article whose title and idea I find appealing – towards my never-ending quest to post my blog more often.

 

However, it quickly becomes apparent, that I don't read books at the moment.

 

Magazines, and blogs and too much spam on the web; sure, my quota is filled daily, let alone week by week…

 

So should I start reading better sources, or should I read less all together and try to DO MORE??

(bearing in mind the impending time-suck that is baby number 2!!)

 

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