Sunday, January 27, 2008


My creative juices are running super hot and super cold. I'm either at one extreme or the other. For Theme Thursday: Books, I had NOTHING to offer. I had visions, but just couldn't get them to materialize. However, for the letter challenge, I could have snapped away all day. I'm loving the 365 Project. That's usually something I'll start, but give up on rather quickly. I really think this is something I can follow through to the very end. I've already learned so many little things and my relationship with my camera is deepening with each click.

There is another MAJOR thing I'm learning about myself as I work on simplifying: sometimes it is SOOO much easier to deal with the status quo than to change. Because I've lived with chaos for so long, I find I'm struggling with some aspects of this change in my life. I'm not one who resists change; I don't think I welcome it with open arms, but I'm fully aware that change happens all the time in life. With the idea of simplify, I just wanted my life to improve, not continue in a downward spiral into complete chaos. I'm having the hardest time dealing with all my STUFF. And truly, I since cleaning my desk, I haven't done much else to declutter this house. I'm keeping the sewing table clean and my desk is moderately clean. I just can't seem to tackle any other projects. Everything is a bit overwhelming.

On a positive note: just by cleaning those two small areas (my sewing table and my desk), I've found that creative place in me that was dormant for so long. I can't even imagine what will happen when I get the rest of the house under control!

Here are two projects that I've wanted to do and finally completed:

This is a journal to write my Phrase Friday quotes in during the week. I've found myself at a loss so many times on Friday morning when I want to post something sweet I've heard. Now I'll have a place to write it down. I also have a space for simplify ideas or photos and for blog ideas. As I completed the journal, I thought of two great 365 Project challenges, so I jotted them down. The journal doesn't LOOK quite like I envisioned, but it will serve its purpose. And what goes in is far more important than what it looks like.

This is a small canvas that I made so I had a visual reminder to simplify. It sort of took on a life of it's own as I worked on it. It looks NOTHING like I thought it would, but I'm pretty happy with it. I'm not sure where I'll keep it. Now it's on my desk. I'll definitely keep it in my "office" so I can focus on it when I need a reminder.

I hosted Stampin' Saturday yesterday with my stampin' club girls. I meant to take a picture of the sweet Valentine's Day cards we made, but I didn't. I'll take a picture and post it soon.

My friend, Ana, had her super precious baby boy last night. We were able to get to the hospital this morning to see him. He's beautiful and perfect. And boy did he ever ignite that baby fever in me. Sometimes I can supress the heat, but holding him caused an inferno in my blood!
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Christina said...

You are amazing! I love the journal - such a great idea, and beautifully made. That will be a precious keepsake, too. I might follow your example with that; there are so many things I want to remember, but by the time I sit down to write, they're gone.

I have slowed down with my mission to organize and simplify, too. I need to re-energize myself.

Andi said...

I am so thankful for such a creative weekend with you! I completely enjoyed our play day on Saturday...hopefully the first of many more to come. Thank you for being willing to share so much of your creativity and time.

Golightly said...

Okay if you go to my blog and see your post there...well sorry. Seriously, I simply could cut and paste most of it over and it would be everything I have felt! From Fav Phrase blanks to jump starting my creativity again and clean my work area. The only thing I didn't do was host a stamping party.
I set up a new blog just for that purpose (and for me) and I may jump aboard to the 365 project - it's not the first time I would be late!

PS - Love the beautiful newborn for BSM.

See what I mean about my tardiness!

Arizaphale said...

I am so impressed that you are so comitted to this 'simplify' journey. It speaks to me at the moment as I need to control my chaos...but I think I'm realising that blogging is one of the things causing me to be out of control!!!!!