Thursday, June 30, 2011

My Creative Space

I've mentioned that I've been participating in the 30-day Journal Challenge hosted by Janel of Run with Scissors. Now that it's over, want to take a peek at the journal pages I came up with in response to the prompts? I even made a little cardstock notebook especially for the challenge. Take a look:

Prompt 1: title page
Prompt 2: Journal challenge goals & prompt 3: June to-do
Prompt 4: what I wish I wore
Prompt 5: summer traditions
Prompt 6: love letter to myself & prompt 7: love letter to someone special
Prompt 8: time capsule
Prompt 9: fill the page with something random & prompt 10: illustrate my favourite song
Prompt 11: my heart is full of
Prompt 12: fill the page with line designs
Prompt 13: simple family tree
Prompt 14: favourite quote & prompt 15: needs vs. wants
Prompt 16: scavenger hunt
Prompt 17: favourite TV shows, music & hobbies & prompt 18: illustrate my job
Prompt 19: if I had a superpower, it would be... & prompt 20: make 3 wishes
Prompt 21: some great advice & prompt 22: summer challenge
Prompt 23: summer playlist & prompt 24: I make ___ well
Prompt 25: what's in my bag
Prompt 26: today I...
Prompt 27: what inspires me & prompt 28: July goals
Prompt 29: an interview
Prompt 30: a thank you page
Such a fun challenge! Thanks Janel!

I've gone ahead & made myself another little notebook to challenge myself in a similar manner for July. I've made up a list of potential prompts & tonight I'll write them out in order on the first page of the book. Looking forward to it!

Head on over to Our Creative Spaces for more inspiration!

Item of the day: Red Leather Bangle

Tomorrow is July 1 - Canada Day up here in the North! To celebrate, I thought these fabulous red leather bangles by amyfine would be appropriate.
Wait! July?! What happened to June??? Am I the only one who feels like this year is flying by unnoticed?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Some notebooks I've made recently. These ones use recycled paper for the pages.
And a custom coptic-bound watercolour-paper notebook with fabric covers, made especially for a friend:

Item of the day: 1950's Summer Dress

Cute summer dresses are essential in the warmer months & it seems to me like some of the vintage styles are much more flattering than anything more "trendy" or current. I especially love the subtle yellow of this Anne Fogarty picnic dress by crushvintage.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mosaic Monday

It's Mosaic Monday! I hope you'll join us - it's really easy! Just make a photo mosaic - you can use whatever photo editing software you like, or a website such as the mosaic maker & photos from Flickr - & then post it on your blog. Go ahead & pick a theme if you want, but don't feel like you have to. Have fun with it!

Make sure to include a link back to my blog so that everyone can participate. Then come back here & submit a link to your blog post (using the "add your link" button at the bottom). I'll be looking at & commenting on each one!

Here's mine for this week: heat.

Here's the list of mosaics for this week. Once you've blogged, click the button below to add your blog post link.



Item of the day: Northern Flicker

Ooooh.... I really want to add this gorgeous print by MaiAutumn to my collection (aka my bird wall).

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Seven

My Sunday Seven:
  1. Sunday: my dad
  2. Monday: feeling energized after yoga
  3. Tuesday: blog comments
  4. Wednesday: a productive day
  5. Thursday: life
  6. Friday: a night out with friends
  7. Saturday: new shoes (heels!)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Item of the day: Hand Painted Pitcher

I've been browsing pitcher on Etsy lately - their varied shapes, sizes & versatility make me want to start another kitchen collection (to go along with my teapots & salt & pepper shakers)... I'd start off with one of these hand-painted glass pitchers by ColoredGlassByOlia. I love both this cute little pink one:
And the lovely red berry pattern on this one:
Which is your favourite ColoredGlassByOlia piece?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Five

Here are 5 things on my virtual inspiration board this week:
  1. A Flickr photo I wish I took: by Jo Simmons
  2. A website I'm obsessed with: listography
  3. A recipe to follow: by Kamini Raghavan
  4. A digital sketchbook to browse through: my book for The 2011 Sketchbook Project is now online! Check it out!
  5. technique I want to try: doily stenciling! by one pearl button

Item of the day: Mason Jar Solar Lights

How cute would these mason jar solar lights by usedandabused be at a summer wedding? Or the cottage? Or on a sultry city balcony? The possibilities are endless!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Creative Space

If you were expecting to have another look in my sketchbook this week, well... you'd be right. Surprise! Hehe!

But first, to switch things up a bit, I'm going to show you my list for the 52 Lists in 52 Weeks challenge.
Week 3: things I learned from my dad, in honour of father's day. When I first saw this, I was a bit stumped. What have I learned from my dad?
But once I sat down & started my list, some obvious memories replayed in my mind & I was finished in no time.
It was fun to actually sit down & think about this - I'm going to have to do a similar list for things I've learned from my mom.

And now, my sketchbook, exactly where I left off. Last week, many of the designs were from Zentangle but these doodles are all my own:
I love those eyeglasses! I didn't start out intending to make glasses, but the first few shapes I drew were just asking for it!

This next spread is unfinished but shows that Pat & I spend a lot at the grocery store... so far I haven't spent anything else all week though, so there's that...
Besides that, I've been working on Run With Scissors' 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge. You can check it out on my Flickr photostream... I'll blog about it soon(ish). Promise.

Head on over to the Our Creatives Spaces blog for more inspiration!

Item of the day: Roundy Coloured Rays

I want to hang this sunny print by laurageorge in my bedroom so that I can see it every morning first thing when I wake up. I can't help but smile every time I see it!