Friday, October 13, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 40

This daily sketchbook practice is getting more and more routine. If I miss a day, I get right back into it. After years of having "sketchbook daily" as an annual goal, I can finally cross it off! Of course, although I may not include it as a goal for next year, this is a ritual that I hope to continue.

10/1 Cornucopia
10/2 Our Weekly Schedule

10/3 Crushing It
10/4 Strong

10/6 Work It

10/7 Family

Materials used:
  • assorted scrapbooking paper
  • markers
  • ballpoint pen

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 39

As you saw in my last post, I started working in a new sketchbook for my daily pages. This is an old sketchbook that I started back in 2012 for 366 Pages. Anyway, I challenged myself this week to only use the simplest of materials and techniques: pens, pencils, markers and lots of doodling and mark making. The sheer simplicity meant I was more likely to quickly scribble out a page... and subsequently be inspired to do more.

9/23 Shift
9/24 Pastel Shapes

9/26 8 Months
9/27 Bubblegum

9/28 Fall Temperatures
9/29 Swim
Materials used:
  • markers
  • pencil crayons
  • ballpoint pen

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Creative Journey

I was planning on taking photos of my sketchbook today to catch up on my daily pages... but it's pouring rain now with very poor lighting for a photoshoot. So I browsed through my September folder and found these photos I never shared. So here's another look into my Creative Journey altered book - a place to play and experiment with new techniques and materials and not feel the need to "finish" anything.
I love this little book: it's fun, plain and simple.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

2017 Goals: September

Some more decent progress - looking forward to another intentional month!

17 GOALS FOR 2017:
  1. Read 30 books. (13/30)
  2. Finish 2 cross-stitch patterns. (1/2)
  3. Finish Amber art book and start a new one. (3 pages to go)
  4. Take monthly baby and family photos. (9/12)
  5. Journal or sketchbook daily. (25/30)
  6. Set a schedule for blogging (weekly) (3/4), crafting (daily) (22/30) and getting out of the house (3-4x weekly) (4/4).
  7. Make and freeze meals for post-partum. 
  8. Gather 10 good crockpot recipes. (4/10)
  9. Set a routine for exercising (3-4x weekly). (2/4 - started classes at the community centre and incorporating some yoga and rowing)
  10. Catalogue library. (no progress)
  11. Organize, declutter, minimize, purge. (rearranged the kitchen and pantry: love it!)
  12. Figure out cloth-diapering (not sure I'm going to go this route), nursing/pumping and making baby food (so much fun!)
  13. Stay in touch with friends while on maternity leave. (yes)
  14. Be intentional deepening relationship with Pat. Set weekly date nights. (4/4 - still nothing too fancy, but spending time together is what counts)
  15. Go to a weekly drop-in session or mother/baby class. (4/4)
  16. Make a fabric book and a colour sorting game for Marc. (0/2)
  17. Use fresh herbs and tomatoes from the garden as much as possible and preserve them come the fall. (used herbs and tomatoes in pasta bakes, salads and while roasting meat or vegetables)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 38

Oops! I'm a week behind! In fact, I didn't blog at all last week... we were busier than usual with a visit from my mom, a trip downtown to visit my friend from out of town, and the beginning of our new fall schedule of classes at the community centre. This week I'm going to make blogging catch-up a priority... starting with week 38 in my sketchbook:

9/17 Blue Mood

9/18 Thinking Green

9/19 Stormy

9/20 Purple Radish

9/21 Candied Cherries

9/22 Crazy Layers

Materials used:
  • assorted papers (scrapbooking, handmade, vintage)
  • ballpoint pen
  • pencil crayons

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Our Routine: 6 Months

When Marc turned six months, we were able to sign him up for swimming "lessons" at the community centre. The summer class consisted of half an hour every morning for two weeks. During these two weeks is when I really started to notice that we were finally falling into a very consistent routine... and that I was exponentially more productive as a results. I decided to make a record of this routine so that I could look back on it and see how far we've come:

Once our lessons were over, our routine sort of fell apart. We were away for a funeral and then had a short week leading into my birthday weekend. But, once things settled a bit, I cobbled together a similar routine that we've been following until very recently.

The parent-tot "free" swim times were on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:05-12:55. For Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we would either go for a walk to the park, do groceries or attend a nearby early-years drop-in program at an old age home just around the corner from our community centre. Obviously, there's quite a bit of flexibility in this routine. For example, nap frequency completely depends on how long he is able to sleep and how hard he plays in between.
 As you can see, our routine changed in just a few short weeks. We went from 5 feeds to 4 as we were able to comfortably stretch to 4 hours between feeds. Now, as we approach 8 months, our routine has changed again so that we are eating solids for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We've also sign up for the fall/winter sessions at the community centre (swimming lessons for Marc and a water fitness class for me: one where I can bring Marc into the pool with me!), which start next week. Once we're solidly into that new routine, I'll likely post an update so that in a few years, I can look back and remember these fun times.