20 February 2013

Free Printables + Backgrounds!


To be honest until 7 days ago I've been dreading this year. Until 7 days ago I've being trying to think of how to ignore, skip past, or prevent this year. This year I turn 30. :deep breath: Even typing that took all my resolve. I kid you not, I paused for a couple minutes psyching myself up to type those two little numbers in a row. 30. I feel unending bliss about my life. I'm incredibly blessed with all that I have. Of course things are not always easy, things are not always perfect, but such is the way of life at all points along the road. I was commenting to my friend, Callie, on her latest house remodeling project and she said the most inspiring sentence to me, "It's a great year to turn 30! ;)" I knew from that moment that a hand lettered chalkboard drawing was in my near future. Hell yes it's an effing amazing year to turn 30. I would rather turn 30 this year than last year or even :fake gasps: next year. Take that social construction.

There is something about blank chalkboards that make me breath easier. Something about hand lettering that makes me melt a little on the inside. Put the two together and you have an easy breathing melty artist, me. I can't think of a more fulfilling way to realizing such a personal and powerful quote.

Here is a list of links to all the different image resolutions/types. Spread the love and ENJOY!

Callie, thanks again for being my lovely muse on this one. She is one talented and ambitious lady. Check out her blog, House-Capades, where she tackles remodeling, physics and foster kitties.

09 February 2013

Unspoken January Theme

One month down and only 11 more to go. At the beginning of the year I wrote about my focus to find balance in 2013. Looking back, the month of January was a month of focusing on health. I splurged at the beginning of the month and bought a juicer which I used piously every morning for more than two weeks. Now I used it several times a week, but I don't get bent out of shape if I miss a day. I also stopped eating dairy as part of an experiment at the beginning of the month. I switched over to almond milk which isn't too bad in cereal and with the help of my charming man I trying out different non-dairy cheeses. Turns out having non-dairy, non-melting, fake cheese is WAY better than nothing at all so I'm content. Then quite recently, I splurged again and got a treadmill. I broke the beauty in today and dubbed her Millie. Silly, I know, but I couldn't stop myself. End of month conclusion: While I haven't reached all my health goals, I'm plodding along in the general direction I want and I will continue.

Reviewing the progress I've made in January and it's unspoken theme of health encourages me to apply a spoken theme to February. After a bit of hemming and hawing between art and house I've settled on house. That's not to say no art will be done during the whole month of February, it's just to say art will not be my main focus. In fact I spent the better part of the evening working on something new and I have proof in the form of an in progress sneak peek. SEE!

More to come on that early next week. Now back to the theme for this month. The scale tipping fact for focusing on house was my studio desk which is once again buried. Less than a month after cleaning the darn thing off, it's buried under a three foot stalk of magazines, shoe boxes, a turtle light, mail, bills, 6 pillar candle holders, an array of miscellaneous  light bulbs, and the list goes on. This isn't the only surface in the house which has been buried, its just the worst. The dining table, the kitchen counter, the wardrobe, and side tables all have piles of homeless/misplaced things. Clean house = breathing room = clear mind = art. Right? Right.

Here's to a month of organizing, cleaning, de-cluttering, reducing, and completing pre-existing in-progress projects. May my list of in-progress projects be whittled down to 1 or 2 instead of well over 10. Yikes.