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Friday, October 24, 2008

Theme Thursday - Sun

I have to admit that I turned this one out kind of quickly. I haven't had a lot of time this week, so I resorted to stealing an old idea of mine from a journal page (cutting out and assembling the sun and it's rays), but I distressed the background, stamped the text on the sun, added the image of the woman, and wrote the words on the rays by hand. It still feels like it needs something, so I may add on at a later date.

See other great artwork at Theme Thursday.

Decluttering and paring down...but...

Though hubby and I are paring down (and by that I mean basically clearing out the unwanted and unused every day stuff), once in a while I still bring something decorative or pretty into the house. Today was such a day.

I visited Crate and Barrel, which I do on occasion, just to see what's new. I love to look at furnishings, decorative wares, kitchen items. I ended up buying some cool votive holders (candle holders are one of my downfalls). I bought one of each color and should be able to use them all through the year, but especially during the fall and winter months. The bright jewel tones will look really pretty lit up, no matter where I place them. Just fun stuff, not expensive.

I do try to get rid of something when I bring something new in. Sizing down for us doesn't mean the house itself, just "stuff". We don't have a large home. It's large enough for us, but most people in this day and age would consider it too small for comfortable living (just over 1500 sq ft). I've never lived in anything larger than 1600 sq ft, and quite frankly I wouldn't want to. That's just personal preference. I have a huge kitchen (made so by a remodel), which opens to the family room and living room. We have three bedrooms and two baths, and though the master bedroom could be slightly larger (and may be some day), and the bathrooms certainly could be (I jokingly call the master bath the master closet), for the most part this house fits us and the way we live.

We don't have an abundance of stuff either, certainly not the amount that many others seem to. When I mention cleaning out and decluttering to friends and family, they say "decluttering what"? lol

Stuff that takes up space, that needs dusting (I don't have the time or desire to dust knickknacks/chachkis), stuff that makes us feel stressed. We need our home to be our sanctuary and that's what I'm striving for. For us, having less clutter does that. In our situation less is definitely more.

I'm striving for no over abundance of pillows on the bed or sofa (hubby will laugh at that - hi honey! *wave* - I am working on it!), no excessive kitchenware - platters, dishware, glassware (all downfalls of mine) that we'll never use. We're casual entertainers when we entertain at all any more. And in general, simply no excessive clutter. Everything has to have a place, and be in it, especially in a smaller home.

We're probably already too pared down for a lot of people. Our end goal is to only keep those things that we absolutely love and that are usable every day (or mostly).

Books will always be an issue, but at least it's an issue for both hubby and I. lol We love books, we like having a home library, and we do reread many of the titles we own. I like magazines too, but those can quickly get out of control. Like recently when I ended up with over 75 stacked in an end table (thank goodness it has a door so I could hide them). I rarely buy magazines for full price from the newsstand, aside from the occasional art magazine. These accumulated by way of the library bookstores where I sometimes get them for .25 each, my mother-in-law, and my neighbor, who mysteriously leaves bags on my front porch in the wee hours of the morning. lol

So, it's a work in progress, but we'll get to the point where we want to be. Eventually.

*I do have to say, that where it comes to art supplies...well.....I need some work there. lol

Thursday, October 23, 2008


The theme this week is leaves.

The first inchie is one of my own photographs, shrunk down to size. The word 'dream' is hand written. The edges are antiqued with Vivid coffee bean ink. The second inchie is stamped, but only using part of the full image (the stamp is from Memory Box). The leaves are filled in with colored pencil, the background chalked, the text hand written, and the edges antiqued with ink.

Later I may stamp, color and cut out the three leaves and attach them with double-sided foam tape for a raised effect. I didn't have time tonight.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Falling leaves....

It seems odd to be sitting here watching the leaves turning color again. I could have sworn it was only a few short days ago that they were slowly turning a brilliant yellow and red before letting go and dropping to the ground below. Has it really been a year? Nearly November again...seems impossible. Another year slipped away into the past and into memory.

It's said that the older you get the faster time flies. I don't know if that's really true, or if it's just that as children we never really notice the passage of time. We're too busy going to school, playing, being children, hopefully with no more serious responsibility than that.

It's not until we become adults with adult responsibilities (either real or imagined) that time takes on a new meaning. As we rush from here to there time rushes along with us. It rarely drags by, but goes by way too quickly as we try to cram more into any given day than is possible.

We need time to breathe, to relax, to reflect.

Give yourself a few minutes this week. Stop and look at the world around you. See what's in front of you, below you, in the sky above. Try to recapture that sense of childhood wonder.

Simply Skinnies - Challenge #4

The theme over at Simply Skinnies is Coffee/Tea/Cocoa.

Monday, October 20, 2008

TMTA - Trick-or-Treat

Love Halloween, and love making Halloween art pieces. I had a lot of fun with these.

The first ATC is put together using lots of pieces. The '31' is stamped onto paper that I made, cut out and glued onto the card. The spider web was drawn free hand, as were the designs on the witch's hat, and 'October' is written with a gel pen.

The second ATC background is actually a napkin. I added the bat with double-sided foam tape to give some dimension, and added some sparkly dots for pizazz.

To view the other great ATC's, visit TMTA.
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