Thursday, January 12, 2012

Take 12 on the 12th Year Long Project Begins Today!

One of the Christmas presents I gave myself this year was an e-book by Ella Publishing Co called Take Twelve and it started today. The goal is to take 12 pictures on the 12th of each month for 12 months. The book is full of inspirational ideas, photography tips and checklists, among other things. I'm excited about it and have asked my daughter to join me. It'll be fun to compare notes and look at all the pictures. Here's a little collage made with the 12 pics from today. Sorry about the watermark, but I'm trying out the program. The theme is all about inventories and includes things like calendars, lists, household organization, and so on. I just couldn't resist taking a shot of all the dogs lined up patiently awaiting their supper, then HAD to zoom in on my husband. Isn't he cute in that ski cap that he wears ALL the time in the winter? Yeah, I thought so too!

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Challenge for the New Year

I can't believe it's been an entire MONTH since my last post! Where has the time gone??? Unlike some of you who have very busy lives with children and/or grandchildren running around the house during the holidays, it's just me and my dear husband and menagerie of dogs and cats. Sure we have an occasional visit with our daughter and son-in-law, sometimes along with one or two of their dogs; but for the most part it's just the two of us. I think that my mojo got sucked up in the thick atmosphere and blew away for a visit somewhere else!

What have I been doing? I dare not show any pictures because of the perpetual mess my craft room is always in, but I will tell you that things are moving along. Like some of you I am trying to use up what I have on hand in my stash. This MIGHT be the time for me to finally make the switch from paper to digital design, BUT not until I've gotten my stash down to a reasonable amount. Here are some thoughts I've had lately:

  1. Create card kits to sell on Etsy.
  2. Create scrapbook page kits to sell on Etsy.
  3. Put stuff together for a swap with friends.
  4. Donate a bunch of stuff to groups that make cards for charities.
  5. Make cards to donate to Operation Write Home. DONE
  6. Make cards to donate to a local church that in turn donates to homeless shelters (currently doing this one.)   DONE
  7. Make card assortments along with boxes to put them in to have on hand for gifts.
  8. Offer some blog candy (coming soon, so stay tuned!)
  9. Make upcycled embellishments and other products for Zeleny Art Fair coming up in April.
So there you have it! The past few days I've been digging through my stash and pulling out all those assorted paper embellishments that I cut or punched out in bulk for who knows what reason (just because!) and am attempting to use them to make card assortments. Isn't it funny when you look at something that you've hung on to for several years and you can't for the life of you figure out what you were thinking when you made it??? The paper-hoarder in me finds it extremely difficult to throw anything away that might possibly be used on a card, scrapbook page, collage, jewelry or whatever. Don't you love seeing and reading about all the cool things people make out of what would normally go in the trash? Sorry folks, but I've actually begun throwing away those little bits of paper that are left behind when cutting borders with the scalloped border punch! Yes they make squares look like postage stamps, BUT if they haven't gotten used in over two years they're GOING BYE-BYE!

One last thing I'll kind of share with you is that I have a huge reason for needing to downsize, but am not quite ready to post in for the public yet. I guess I don't want the plans to get jinxed somehow, so will wait until time gets closer, but trust me, this will be a big life-changing and very exciting thing! No folks, I'm NOT pregnant (way too old and the plumbing's been removed since 1994!); but it DOES have something to do with family. Like one of my favorite movie characters once said, "That's all I have to say about that."
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