Thursday, August 10, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Simple Collage

Not sure what it is about these two simple collages, but they just speak to me.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 31

I only have a couple of pages to show for week 31 - partly because we were away for the weekend. I only have 3 more pages left in this sketchbook and then it is on to a new one (and by new I don't necessarily mean completely empty). I haven't decided just yet which one, I have a few to choose from... I think that anticipation in choosing is all part of the fun!

8/1 Soft Breeze

8/2-3 Fiery Tempest

Materials used:
  • assorted papers (scrapbooking, recycled, magazine, tissue, handmade, ephemera)
  • paint
  • pencil crayon
  • pencil

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Creative Journey

I typically have quite a few sketchbooks on the go at any one time. Some have specific themes or purposes (daily pages, simple collages, etc) and there are different sizes that I might grab depending on my mood. Recently, I started a new altered book. This one isn't quite the same as my Amber book, where I took a vintage book, ripped out some pages and have been altering the rest with many layers of mixed-media. This one is a small book that Pat received as an itinerary for a three-day tech conference. The pages are full of ads, schedules and course descriptions:
What drew me to this book was the design: the page numbers, the grid background, the graphics, the good quality paper. Oh, and there was a pretty good quote on the front cover - here it is after I used gesso to white out most of the text:
At first, I was going to use this book for more "complete" pages, similar to my Amber book, and so I did for the first spread:
I kept this page simple with the following layers: gesso, gelato spray and drip, draw circles with pencil, paint, and India ink doodles (black) and splatter (orange). Happy!

After this page though, I decided I wanted to make these pages even looser and simpler and more free. I didn't want to think about "finishing" a page - I just wanted to slap down a layer or two and move on. I wanted a place to use leftover paint and paper scraps. An uncomplicated place to turn to while other pages dry. Here are the next few pages that have resulted:
Layers: gesso, pencil crayon scribble, collage words, paint
Layers: paint, Sharpie journaling, collage
Layers: paint, collage
Layers: collage, washi tape
Layers: collage, gesso, pencil crayon flowers
Layers: paint, collage, black pen scribbles

I find myself turning to this book immediately after finishing my daily sketchbook page. I bang up a quick page with any scraps or techniques I want to play with a bit more. I'm looking forward to seeing where the rest of the book takes me!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Groceries

Drawing out lists - in this case, a grocery list - is a great journal prompt.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2017 Goals: July

And so we are one month into the second half of the year.

17 GOALS FOR 2017:

  1. Read 30 books. (11/30)
  2. Finish 2 cross-stitch patterns. (1/2)
  3. Finish Amber art book and start a new one. (6 pages to go)
  4. Take monthly baby and family photos. (7/12)
  5. Journal or sketchbook daily. (30/31)
  6. Set a schedule for blogging (weekly) (4/4), crafting (daily) (18/31) 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). (0/4)
  10. Catalogue library. (no progress)
  11. Organize, declutter, minimize, purge. (decluttered my craft desk some more)
  12. Figure out cloth-diapering (still need to practice with these before deciding if I want to continue with it), 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. (1/3)
  16. Make a fabric book and a colour sorting game for Marc. (0/2 - although I did sort some of his toys into 3 coloured Tupperware bowls recently)
  17. Use fresh herbs and tomatoes from the garden as much as possible and preserve them come the fall. (used some herbs in pasta bakes and salads this month)
Some more decent progress - looking forward to another intentional month!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 29 + 30

It doesn't look like I've kept up with my daily practice... but since I'm using my craft room again, I'm working in many different books at the same time: whichever sketchbook I feel inspired to work in. Here, I'll continuing to only post the pages that I've completed in my "daily" sketchbook, but there is lots more (coming up later).


7/18 Melon Splash


7/19,20+21 Honeydew... Honey, Don't
To explain the title - I was pretty in love with this page but thought it needed a bit more black. What if I drip some ink? No. Not a good "what if"... ah well. You win some, you lose some.


7/22+24 Moody Shifts


7/24 Confetti


7/26 Six Month Old Baby Lafond (decorations from the diaper cake at my shower)


7/27 Summer Fever


7/29 Leading the Way

Materials used:
  • assorted papers (scrapbooking, handmade, recycled, magazine pages, ephemera)
  • paint
  • stickers
  • ribbon
  • India ink
  • white Sharpie paint pen
  • black pen

Friday, July 28, 2017

6 Months Old

Marc celebrated his half birthday this week. I just scrolled through my "baby" album on Flickr, from bump photos to monthly photos... it's pretty crazy to think about this time last year. We were just back from our trip out East; I was celebrating my pregnancy and feeling great. Now, in the blink of an eye, Marc is 6 months old and getting bigger and stronger every single day.
This month Marc figured out how to sit on his own (he can't get into the sitting position, but once he's there he can balance for quite some time). He also learned how to crawl - not on all fours, but on his belly, dragging/pushing himself forward with his arms and legs. It's pretty cute seeing him spot a toy he wants and then cruising across the room to get it. Of course, it also means we need to finish up our baby-proofing. So far we have our gates up and I've tucked away some cables, but we still need to figure out what we're going to do with the tv stand and a few other breakable/dangerous things.
Marc's eating solids twice a day. He usually eats about 2-3 tbsp of cereal (rice, oatmeal or barley - sometimes mixed with a fruit/veggie puree) plus 1-2 tbsp of fruit/veggie puree (apple, banana, pear, avocado or sweet potato) at each of these feeds. I'm having so much fun preparing his food; I currently have frozen portions of sweet potato, pear and apple purees in the freezer. Next we're going to try peas!
At his 6 month appointment, Marc weighed 16lbs 12oz. He barely cried after his one vaccine - he's a tough little guy. I'm looking forward to spending the next 6 months at home with him (and so not looking forward to sending him off to daycare in the new year)!