In case you think I don't care about my blog anymore, I will tell you that for the last week, I have been 1000 miles away from home, dealing with some family stuff. I fly home this evening, so the plan is to get back on track blurfing at all my friends' blogs.
3. Those who are accepting of _their own defects are happier than the rest _.
4. _I'm not sure what_ is waiting quietly.
5. Light is in both the _hallway and the bathroom_.
6. _I'm appreciative_ of all that is ordinary.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _packing and getting some sleep_, tomorrow my plans include _getting up at 3 AM to catch a plane_ and Sunday, I want to _take the ferry back to the mainland_.
Dezinaworld's Spot Prize Challenge has the theme of "Magic" this week. All three faces are from Dezinaworld Collage sheets, and the two inserts are by Valerie of Sum of All Crafts. At least they were until I pasted Dezinaworld faces over them. lol
Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 27 over at Studio L3 requires spraying and sparkle and I loved it. I did NOT make a tag, as so many do. No sireee, I'm doing real paper Scrapbook LO's these days and I wanted to incorporate this into a 12x12 page. Here it is:
OK, here's the deal.
See the bus?
I found this bus at the Canadian Children's Museum in our nation's capital.
I LOVED that museum!
And I LOVED that bus! doesn't it look like it could just take off and fly?
Here is the place on the LO where I did the Distress Misting Mask technique:
See behind our Genteel Tour guide?
There it is. You should get Tim Hotz's book, you know.
The flower overlay is by Brandy Murray, the checkered paper is by Kim Meeder, and the cool
"Naughty" word art is by Totally Wild Dezinez. The rest of the elements are from my overloaded hard drive.
Did you notice today is THURSDAY? And this challenge is called ART CREATIONS FRIDAY?
THAT means you have 6 more days to play along. You have no excuse. C'mon, it's their 100th.
I've been struggling to decide on my word for 2011. Meditating about it, arguing with myself about it, debating, blah, blah, blah.
Last year's was "mindfulness" and about the only thing I was mindful of was my art.
Well, and the world around me, details about that. Both of which I appreciate and am grateful for. Not so much about my health or my spirituality. Which was kind of the plan.
So, long story short, I've chosen "Kindness".
Kindness in the sense of being kind to others. In the line of work I do, kindness isn't the most important quality I must possess. (In fact, there are times when the opposite is called for.) It is, however, an asset, and when I AM mindful (lol) of that, the benefits are many. Being more kind to the clients, to my staff, kinder to my colleagues.
This past year, I've made a decision to try to smile more. At strangers. Not just people I know.
And it changes everything! (Well, OK, maybe you all know that already, but it's news to me.)
Kinder to those I love and those I don't love, and maybe most importantly kinder to myself.
I want to take better care of myself,
quit being so hard on myself, accept myself, laugh at myself more.
But baby steps.
I won't be kind to EVERYONE.
See, it's already working.
Wish me luck.
(PS, the dog's name is Fala and she's one of my grandbabies. Isn't she sweet?)
Yes indeedy, from what I'm hearing on the news, there are few among us who could NOT use a tropical getaway just about now. Except perhaps those who live in the tropics, that is.
And who really CARES about them?
Not me, let me tell you.
The Grand Poobahs at The Order of The Opus Gluei have designated their Challenge #85 as "Needing a Tropical Getaway". Aren't they sweet?
So I said to myself, "Self? What the heck are you going to do about this?" And myself said, "Hey! We were just perusing (I had to look that up and make sure it wasn't just a word I made up in my own head) those pics from Thailand the other night and I know EXACTLY what to use!!"
OK, a little background.
A few years ago, my girl and I spent almost a month in Thailand. We started in the south and made our way up to the north and the food got weirder as time went on. There are WAY less tourists in the north, in fact in one town, they had never seen a couple of blonde women before. Yes, Virginia, I used to be blonde. Natural, I might add. Never mind about that. Anyhoo, as we neared the end of our adventure, both of us were yearning for good old familiar North American food. I should add here that the day after we landed in Bangkok, we went to a mall and learned that Mcdonald's burgers are made of rice there,
KFC puts corn in their ice cream,
and Pizza Hut offers Sushi Pizza.
Say no more.
The look on my daughter's face pretty much says it all. We were in the middle of the jungle and if I remember correctly, neither one of us believed we were going to last much longer.
That's my story for this LO. It's the honest-to-goodness truth.
And this week is their 99th challenge. How cool is that? I'm glad I found them. By the time Thursday of the workweek rolls around, I'm usually too tired to do much of anything except maybe sit at the computer and play with digital art. So it's perfect for me.
Here is the image we've been given:
and here is what I've done with it:
I can actually sort of kind of tell you what I used this time. The background and flowers are from the Ophelia Collection which can be found at Scrapgirls. The whole kit is a totally different colour than it is here though. The chair and lace behind the chair are by Createwings Designs. I LOVE that chair. The rest are off my way-too-full hard drive. See, I told you I knew some of them.
If you go visit Art Creations Friday you too can play with the great images provided. Maybe check it out.