{weekend colors}

Somehow my weekdays don't seem quite so lovely and colorful!

1. Love this color combo- Mustard, olive green, pink and cream. A vintage book from Patina, in french to boot. A Mustard Pin/ Clip from Fern and Flora with seafoam cream and pink beads and buttons, and lace that trimed a christmas package, and a smidge of pink ribbon from a tag, also from Patina.
2. lovely items from Target that I didn't purchase... only photographed. {self control was used here}
3. The most colorful and fabulous hanger display I ever did see, at TJ Maxx/Homegoods. I wanted the soft pink hangers, the gray, the seafoam, the yellow but alas I practiced self control once again.
4. Brunch and much needed time with a dear friend brought on an Almond latte and a coffee to start the morning, served in bright yellow mugs.

and now I am ready for another colorful weekend!


{bee ye creative}

Hello friends! I had to share a special treat with you today...! I am taking this great class with artist Jeanne Oliver... She is from Colorado and she is a great woman to admire... both as a person and as an artist. I had the pleasure of meeting her this spring and attending a lovely soiree at her house this summer for which I also got to design the invitations for... {blushing}

She put the word out about the class and I told myself that I couldn't get into any more creative ventures, and that I already had too much going on. The class was supposed to be closed and she opened it up for another day and I decided to go for it. I thought that just the content would be good- and that I didn't really need to do any of the projects. And then the first project video started and I was hooked. I learned so many techniques and decided right away that I needed to get busy doing some of her projects. And so I carved away some time tonight and made an altered journal...

Jeanne shared a lot of her preferred supplies but also encouraged us that you most likely have everything you need right in your house. And yes, I do. I collect bits and pieces and so I am so happy when projects like this come a long. This was an old black sketch book from Borders that I painted on, freehand painted a background, added part of a grocery sack, a trophy that I traced out of vintage paper, the bee is one of my images that I draw, and the pink raffle ticket is part of my collection of bits that I keep on hand.

The back of the journal hosts a playing card that I love and keep {hoard} for only very special projects such as this, a paper lace doiley and another raffle ticket inscribed with "the bee's knees" and a set of vintage buttons. {something else I collect {hoard}} The journal is embelished with some cream crafters twine and an old chandelier crystal.

I made the mantra of this journal {bee ye creative} as I feel I need to remind myself that I need to stay creative and not just stick to designing for my business all the time.

What a great reminder.

Jeanne extended the class registration thru Monday January 16, so go and take a look and sign up for this wonderful class. go here for more info...! go quickly tho!



I don't know about you but I am kind of wary of the term New Year's Resolution. I have a few resolutions that came to mind 01/01/2012, but I don't think that just because it is a new year, one should hope that everything is going to be different. I like to be a little realistic. I do have hope in a New Year, everything seems fresh and full of promise but too often that wears off very soon.

What about the term, New Life Resolution? The kind of resolution that you make on any day of the year, to make your life better, etc. I have been working on that for the last few months or so and find it to work better for me for right now. It is about making a daily decision to do the things you don't want to do. That's part of it, at least.

Lately, I have been very protective of my time. I found that I said yes way too quickly, and didn't listen to the voice in my head shouting out these realities: I really don't have time, or I won't be making money on that order, or you already have a committment every night this week, what are you thinking? Also, I read a great post from Melody Ross about the noise that we allow in our lives. I have tried to cut some of that out. I am not all the way there, but I am getting there. At the risk of sounding selfish, this is just what I need to do right now.

I also think it is dangerous to make time for people out of obligation--- again at the risk of sounding horrible, I find that it is really important to nourish the relationships in my life that are important to me, not the ones I feel obligated to. I find that I have much more peace in my heart, my head and my schedule when doing this. A great article also from Melody Ross about that is found here.

So, bring it on 2012 but I started making a few resolutions before you came along!