Thursday, February 25, 2016

Meandering 2.26.2016

"Meandering: adjective; the act of following a winding or indirect course. Ramble, roam, zigzag, circuitous. A blog post about a variety of things; a little bit of this and a little bit of that."
I have a "thing" for office supplies. I love to walk into an office supply store and wander the aisles and ponder all of the new crisp papers and folders; the variety of planners and products to organize my life; labels, dividers, envelopes, pens, pencils - the list goes on and on. I don't exactly get what the appeal is, but I'm hooked! It is no great surprise then, that office supplies have made their way into my art practices. I shared previously that a stop on day one of our sisters road trip provided a wonderful supply of new and vintage office supplies. So once I was home I started playing and using these new found items in my art journaling projects. One of our great finds were two dusty boxes of old ledger paper. I had fun the other day stamping and stenciling on it.

Along with the ledger paper I have used some other office supplies in my art.

Hole reinforcements decorated with ink and paint

Mailing label, plus ledger paper as a background page.
These office supply goodies have made their way into my Etsy shop too. I now have a few Office Supply Ephemera Packs available here.

I have written posts about my recent road trip with my sister  here and here. I didn't get much of a chance to visit any parks and do any birding while on vacation, but I did see some birds. One of the highlights for me was on a walk on the trail behind my daughter's when I spotted an Eagle!

I saw a few birds that we don't have in Ohio:

Northern Mockingbird

Best I can tell this is a female Boat-tailed Grackle
And then it was just nice seeing some of the water birds again since they have migrated from the north for the winter.

Last Sunday after church Sai'Vion and I and my friend Rox went to the Window on Wildlife to watch the birds for a while. Sai'Vion is very interested in animals and is really enjoying birding. He is doing a great job of remembering the birds names and how to identify them. I, of course, am a biased god-grandma, but I'm pretty impressed with how engaged he is for a nine-year-old! We're ready for Spring to come and bring the migratory birds back to our area.

Well, that's all the meandering I have for today. 
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sister's Road Trip Part 2

Charleston was perfect the week we were there...sunny and in the mid-60's - low 70's all week with only one day of rain. Perfect for two Midwest ladies in the middle of winter! Our official tour guide, a.k.a my daughter, offered us everything from historic walking tours to antique shopping to beach walking to auto tours of the islands. Plus great food in spectacular restaurants. We ate every kind of food on our wishlists! So, a few of our highlights:

The best way to see Charleston is by foot and we covered a lot of ground!

I broke a record on the step counter on my phone that day. 17,336 steps, which equal 8.5 miles. 

And the start of my travel journal:

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Monday, February 15, 2016

The Documented Life Project 2016 ~ January

I have mentioned before that I missed participating in the Documented Life Project (DLP) last year. I'm so glad I joined in this year. It really is a good project for simply recording some of the everyday things that go on in life. The group also offers different weekly prompts and projects for inspiration. I originally thought I would combine some of my projects into one binder for the year, but then changed my mind and went with separate binders. I am complete as I'm going to be for January. I'm not going to make myself do every prompt but, rather, just focus on the weekly pages and do the prompts as I have inspiration and time.

Each month we have a series of challenges - make a Pocket Art Card (PAC), a themed list of ten items, and a Dare2B card, which is selecting a word and action steps to work on through the month.

My first PAC was a "found" saying from an old book. For me this little saying sums up well my intent with art journals.

January Dare2B: Healthy

Prompt: 10 life changing books

January was a good month. :)