26 April 2009

Being brave

Some days I ask myself, what's the point of having a blog if I don't update it? So I decided to make a small update.

I am alive, doing mostly well. There are good days and bad days. More good than bad though so that's a relief.

I am not doing much art these days. I'm overwhelmed by everything that I have to do, by the chaos that seems to be constantly happening in my living room so my creativity is suffering a bit. Plus, I'm trying to create in french. Which isn't as easy as it should be. I'm too used to thinking in english. Which is strange, coming from a French Canadian.

In the past couple of weeks, I've received some books I had ordered. I've already finished reading Lover Avenged, the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. This week, I will look through Violette's Journal Bliss to try some new things. And I've been looking at another book often. The Diptych Project 2009: Because 2 is better than 1 by Hanna Andersson with photos and texts from iHanna and yours truly! It's amazing to see my photographs and words in book form. Gives me ideas for future projects.

It's getting late and I need to get some rest.

Today's art: a spread in my mermaid journal about being brave.

05 April 2009

Magic is the word

For the Mermaid Warrior class, I decided to make my own journal instead of buying a brand new one. Not that I needed a new one, I still have a ton of blank journals to use. I plan on having the girls create their own journal too this summer. This one was made with old book covers, watercolour paper and my Bind-It-All machine. I decided to focus on "magic" in this journal (magie in French.)

For the past couple of weeks, I've been focusing too much on the negative side of things and because of that, I got a little depressed. Yesterday, before going to bed, I decided to do a bit of meditation and told myself that today, I would wake up in a good mood and would have a good day. Well, I woke up at a decent hour (I have a hard time waking up early), had breakfast and made a list for the day. Things I wanted to accomplish. You know, the boring stuff. And at 4:30 this afternoon, everything on that list was done! Groceries: check! Mailing taxes: check! Washing dishes: check! Folding clothes and putting them away: check! Cooking dinner: check! + left-overs for tomorrow! I did everything with a smile on my face and I feel good. Now, I have the whole evening to craft and have fun (without watching television too!)

Today's art: the front cover of my journal for the Mermaid Warriors class.