Monday, December 2, 2013

December Daily Day Two: Create Every Day

Today I tried to rest and relax thru the aftermath of stomach flu by laying around and flipping thru art journal books. I also took a long field trip to gather some supplies for the week (a rather successful hunting trip amidst college students at Wal-Mart and Safeway, very dangerous, wouldn’t recommend it).

I dug out one of my to-do list projects, a sort of “Smash” book designed by Michaels Stores, the Recollections Cardstock Spiral. This link is a YouTube video of a lady flipping thru it if you’re interested in seeing it. I haven’t decided what to fill it with yet, which was the purpose of my book flipping earlier.

The colors and patterns aren’t really “me”, which is one of the best parts of this book. I have this theory that working on pages that aren’t necessarily in my “visual comfort zone” will help me dig deeper into my creative self and explore new things. At the very least, I will end up with something colorful!

Another idea this book gave me is to make one of my own. I have several pieces of double-sided cardstock in various colors and patterns that are single pages, gathered from various people and places, some in random shapes and sizes. I can cut them, border punch them, fold them, and bind them into by own book!

I’m sure updates will follow. I’ve gotten away from my art journey these past months and I desperately need to get back on track, so I have a long list of project ideas. Some are for Christmas gifts, and will be shown here after they’re given. Others will just be for me, for fun and exploration! Let the journey begin….again!

December Daily Day One: FLU and Friends

Yesterday was the beginning of the week, and the beginning of the last month of this year. Quite a significant day in my book. I was hoping to write about it, tell you all about my Thanksgiving trip, grocery shopping for the week and my new menu adventure, share a few ideas for Christmas gifts I want to make….instead, I woke up at 2:30 with the F L U.

That’s right friends, I was not well. I won’t go into the gory details, we all know what comes with the nasty stomach flu. Not a pleasant experience.

I spent the first half of the first of December laying in bed in pain (when not in the bathroom being sick), and the second half on my too-short couch in pain (but fortunately mostly done being sick). On the bright side, I was blessed by my hero for the day (my friend Chelsea) who brought me some flu fighting necessities:

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She also brought me two other drinks and two bananas! By the time my pumpkin time rolled around my stomach was feeling better and my headache was going away, so I managed to get a little sleep and woke up feeling tons better. You read it here first friends – to fight the flu you need crackers, soup, Tylenol, and electrolytes. And some TLC from a friendly teddy bear, lots of blankets, soft pillows….a friend or spouse to get all this stuff for you!

I admit that upon waking this morning I was exhausted from my battle; however, I was thankful I had taken the day off work to recover, and I’m ready to get back at it tomorrow! This was by no means the way I wanted to start this month, but I made it thru, and it’s all uphill from here!