Saturday, June 10, 2017


This is going to be my mission statement for this summer. 
I merged the prompt "Alliteration" with the week one found text/poetry theme. I love the idea that poetry is everywhere, hiding in junk mail, in a landscaping magazine, in form letters, waiting to be discovered. A few letters in the last word vanished when I added the stitching -- it's "source." 

If you find yourself curious about ICAD, check out this must-read post/pep talk on the Daisy Yellow blog: "12 Tips for the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge." It's inspiring! 

Elle's Studio June Reveal

Every month on the 10th, Elle's Studio releases a bunch of new items, including a kit and extras. This month's lovelies are just in time for summer vacation!  
With some of the items from the June release, I created a beach-themed page, complete with strands of bits and pieces that appear to be culled from the coastline.
The Acrylic Summer Shapes remind me of sea glass. 
When I created this page, I was a few days away from heading into surgery and was pretty emotional, so it shouldn't surprise you that the journaling doesn't focus on the beach experience, but rather, on life experience. 
Be sure to check out Elle's Studio as well as the ES blog, where you will find a bunch of the team's layouts posted. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Getting There

I am so over this couch-dwelling existence; I can't wait until the doc gives me clearance to be fully active, and neither can my dog -- he was very sweet and calm for the first five days, but now he's going stir-crazy. He loves to nudge and bop his nose at us when he wants to play, and there have been more than a few near-misses with my nose over the past couple of days. 

On the bright side, I'm just a few cards away from being caught up with the ICAD challenge.  I don't mind being a little behind -- the psychological perks of being doubly/triply creative each day are quite nice, and are keeping the remote control from being hurled into a wall. I know that there are hundreds of movies and series from which I can choose, but seriously -- why is there nothing good on TV?

Here are today's sanity-preserving ICAD attempts: 
ICAD #5. The prompt was "Kawaii" or "Cute," which initially left me dumbfounded, but soon found me rummaging through my daughter's stash of cute stationery from Japan and Korea. Her room is a scary mess, but I managed to find what I needed. 

ICAD #6. The prompt was "Detour." It might as well have been "Story of my Life." I dipped a piece of string in the wet watercolors left over from the previous card and arranged it to represent the usual course that I take from point A to point B. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Recovery + A Little Catch-Up

The surgery went well -- thank you for your kind comments and prayers!

I really thought that sinus pain/nasal sensitivity was going to be the most challenging part of the recovery after my septoplasty and turbinate reduction, but I honestly haven't felt pain at all -- just a little discomfort, ameliorated by saline washes and some Tylenol (I haven't even had to take the pain meds that the doc prescribed).  It was really the anesthesia that had the most powerful effect on my body, followed by the post-surgery antibiotics. It has taken me a week to shake off the dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea and to regain a clear head, but I'm on the mend and feeling so much better.

In fact, today I finally got so fed up with vegging on the couch and watching TV (something I never, ever thought that I could ever tire of doing) that I summoned a little burst of creative energy and played some ICAD catch-up for days 2-4.

The theme for ICAD Day 2 was "Lost and/or Found." In keeping with the week 1 theme that includes words and poetry, I worked in a few lines from Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art" ("The art of losing isn't hard to master; / so many things seem filled with the intent / to be lost that their loss is no disaster").  I also worked in "found" items from the mail.
The theme for Day 3 was "Vintage." I turned my attention to creating a little stitched collage, which includes some vintage papers mixed with more recent tidbits. The base index card is repurposed from a stack of cards my daughter used to study for a science exam. This card is highly amusing to me, as my  husband helped my daughter with the study process by writing out a few test questions for her, each of which included answers of his own among the multiple choice options.
Day 4's theme was "Lavender." I took a somewhat literal approach, incorporating lavender hues in the form of painted rectangles stitched into a garland.

These are simple little cards, but they have helped me to revive my spirits and to welcome color back into my life.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

ICAD 2017: Day 1

This summer will be my third time participating in the Index-Card-a-Day (ICAD) challenge, the brainchild of Tammy Garcia, who posts weekly prompts and themes on her blog, Daisy Yellow. 

Although I have yet to make it through the two full months of prompts, last year, I came close. Maybe this year I'll go the distance -- but if not, that's okay. The challenge is all about the process, about making room each day to play, to experiment, and to be creative...on an index-card canvas. 

Today is Day 1, and the prompt is, fittingly, "Sunrise."  
In keeping with this week's theme (which is totally optional, by the way), I incorporated typography, words, found text, and lists. 

The card was actually therapeutic for me. I'm having surgery this week, and I am, in a word, scared, so much so that I was hesitant about spending time doing anything but worrying. I thought about postponing ICAD until mid-June, but the idea of "sunrise" -- of beginning again after a long night -- spoke to me, and I gave myself over to the process, with the wonderful side effect of not worrying for 15 minutes, something I haven't done much since the surgery was scheduled. 

I'm not sure whether the recovery is going to interfere much with the rest of this week's cards, but I'm looking forward to playing catch-up regardless, with a heart that is grateful for every sunrise with which I am blessed. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

In My Shoes (Again)

"...Shoes are not merely shoes. Shoes, like any other clothing choice one must make every day, reveal something—inconveniently, maybe, but inevitably—about the wearer. "
-- Megan Garber 

Although Garber's words, in context, relate to her argument about wearing heels, they apply to all shoes.  What do my shoes reveal about me?  As someone who deplores shoe shopping, being the bearer of feet so large that they transform even the most elegant footwear into floppy clown shoes, I'm fairly certain that my shoes reveal a wearer who is more focused on function than form. 

I'm no Imelda Marcos or Carrie Bradshaw -- my shoes number in the single digits, and are limited to basic flats and sandals for work, heels strapped on (grumpily) once a year when I chaperone prom, fairly ugly but wonderfully comfortable slippers that are usually on my feet when the aforementioned pairs aren't, and these, which I should wear far more often than I actually do: 
These are high-stakes shoes, involving a choice: wear them with intention, or don't wear them and end up with regrets.  When these shoes are on my feet, it means I'm walking two miles or skipping to keep up with my dog's pace or pruning hedges or carrying yard trimmings to the bin. I sweat more in these shoes than in any other pair. I look my wildest, dirtiest, and most disheveled. But I also feel incredible when I wear them, because I know that in these shoes, I'm getting stuff done -- stuff that is good for me. Wearing them means that I am choosing to do the harder thing, the better thing, even when so many other options -- like coffee, Netflix, and butt-sitting -- tempt me.  
This summer, I'm really going to try harder to make healthier choices. Every time I try to do this, though, there are always so many factors that get in the way, the biggest of which is my own willpower. 
This layout serves as a pep talks of sorts, reminding me to put on those shoes and catch the sun...while I can. This isn't the first time I've featured my shoes (or my good intentions) on a layout -- and I'm sure it won't be the last. 
(More details about this page can be found on the Elle's Studio blog).