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BONUS Day 31: 30 Day Journal


“Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.”   ~ Lao Tzu

Today, for some reason, when I thought of this #30DayJournal and the theme of FLOW, I didn’t think of water or a river. I thought of honey flowing.


After that, the phrase “Life is Sweet” popped into my head and although our prompts steered us in the direction of letting go of hardness or letting in softness and gentleness, I was focused on life’s sweetness.


Imagine if this was honey dripping on the page and you could just swipe a finger through it and taste the sweetness.

Tomorrow, my nephew Jake and his fiancee, Chelsea, are getting married. He is the first of my parents’ grandchildren to get married and I know in the midst of this celebration, there will be an ache of sadness that Papa isn’t here to witness it.


But, even with this, I believe there will be enough joy and love flowing to ease that ache.


My mom just had her 80th birthday and we’ll be celebrating that event in a few weeks. Lest you get the wrong mental image of this grandmother-of-six let me share a few details: she is active, well read and she does yoga weekly and stretches daily, she walks her dog Molly six days a week, will be retiring for the third (and final) time in about a month, and will be wearing red patent leather pumps with her chic sheath dress at her grandsons wedding tomorrow.


There is so much to celebrate, including the completion of this project!


I will be returning to my craft desk tomorrow to create a wedding card, but I’m going to catch my breath and catch up on a few other things in my life, including getting enough sleep!


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Day 27: 30 Day Journal Project


“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” ~ Rumi


These lanterns are used in a ceremony of remembrance. Names of loved ones and messages for them are written on the sides of the lanterns.


In my journaling for this page, I wrote about singing with other women in Threshold Choir. The choir sings annually at a Hospice Service of Remembrance as well as individual services throughout the year. But most of our singing is done in twos and threes, singing a cappella, at the bedsides of those people who are on the thresholds of living and dying.


Our goal is to bring ease and comfort to those for whom we sing: people on the threshold and their loved ones and caregivers.


“Andante con espressione” means at a moderately slow, walking tempo with expression.


Yes, I know I wrote just yesterday that I would like to be more metaphorical in my images and here I am today using lamps to illustrate a quote about being a lamp.

But I already had both lamp pictures, and I especially love the floating lanterns. I’ve been waiting for just the right project for them.


I looked through my paper to find background material for this page, using the sunset colors in the floating lantern picture.

When I came across “You are the light of my life” I tucked it into the pile to see if it would work on the page.


Our apartment is on a corner and often in winter Rem will light candles that I can see in the window as I arrive home. In this and so many other ways, he is a lantern in my life.


Thanks for checking out my page today. Only a few days left of #30DayJournal project!


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Day 26: 30 Day Journal Project


” You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.” ~ Hericlitus


This is what I wrote in response to the question, above:

I feel like I’ve just started a crash course and so far we’ve gotten an overview of the topic: Art Journaling.


Now I can continue learning, copying, trying things out and when I’m lucky – flowing.


My images have been very literal. I’d like to be more metaphorical sometimes too!


I’m trying to find and maintain balance with my art, my health & my life.


To curate, to keep a space ready for creativity, and to keep journaling (but NOT daily).


Thank you to my friend Margaret for the beautiful and unique old stamps that I used as embellishment on this page. We crafted together on Friday when I was working on Day 24.

Cheers and hugs for everyone who is still hanging in with the #30DayJournal project! I’m now caught up with both the journaling and blogging.

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Day 23: 30 Day Journal Project


“It is when we act freely, for the sake of the action itself rather than for ulterior motives, that we learn to become more than what we were.” ~  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

After the last page, which was a struggle, I greeted this one, and the prompt which asked “Remember a time when you acted freely, unselfconsciously,” with open arms.


My journaling is about floating in a hot tub on a recent vacation. This picture captured that feeling of total relaxation.


Small pieces of pale blue vellum have been cut to echo the shape of the water. I think they look like tiny rafts.


Can’t you just imagine sinking into this water in this beautiful space?



The name of the author of the quote, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is pronounced something like Me-high Cheek-sent-me-high, in case you were wondering.

Thanks for your visit.


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Day 21: 30 Day Journal Project


“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it.

You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.

And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”  ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

I went through my saved magazine pages seeking happy images and pulled a bunch out. These are the ones that made it to the first draft of the page, below.


On the lower left is a box from a bar of chocolate, but it didn’t make it to the final page.

I do agree that happiness is, at least in part, a consequence of personal effort, as Elizabeth Gilbert writes. But for me, it is not something I have to fight for.


Orange and blue are a happy color combination for me.


On Day 21 I made a decision to take a walk in the morning rather than work on my page, and go to my choir rehearsal in the evening rather than work on my page. Although I didn’t want to fall behind on the #30DayJournal project, I wanted to take care of myself, both my physical and mental health.


I have a peach-colored T-shirt that says “Do What Makes You Happy” with a cheerful sketch of a bicycle on it. Wearing it while shopping the other day, one of the store employees commented on it. She then turned her back to me and pulled her shirt away to show me a tattoo with the very same words! She explained that her best friend had a matching tattoo in the same place that said “Be With People Who Make You Smile.”

Those two phrases are really what helps keep me happy.  Doing things that I love to do around the people I love.


I think Blue-Footed Boobies should wear blue bow ties more often.

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Day 20: 30 Day Journal Project


Nothing is original.

Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.

Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows.

Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.

If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.

Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.

And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said:

“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” Jim Jarmusch

I had a little problem with the quote for this page, and what seems like encouraging the reader to steal from other sources, but I decided it was more a matter of semantics, because I certainly look at other art, layouts and photos in magazines, Pinterest and the sites that I find linked to pictures I like, and copy (imitate, use, adapt) all the time.


Although it wasn’t feasible to take any photos the day I did this page, I found some photos I’d taken previously to use and then borrowed the image in the sunset photo.


I also copied the border that I’ve been admiring on artist Deb Weiers pages for this project.


I think I learn to expand my own style and techniques when I try another persons work. I may not do it with the same skill or medium, but maybe it will help me to grown and learn and also to put my own spin on it.


I can’t recall looking at nature as an inspiration for specific pieces of creative work, although I love being outdoors and love all the different things I see. From a wide open vista of sky and ocean, to an up close view of textured rock or driftwood in sand on a beach, or the peeling bark of a tree.


I may come back to this idea and try my hand at actually copying some of these close-up images and using them in my art.


Thanks for stopping by. Thank you also for your patience as I catch up on these posts for #30DayJournal – I’ve caught up on the artwork, and now just need to get them online! Check back again soon.

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Day 19: 30 Day Journal Project


There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ~ Sophia Loren

This #30DayJournal project was a real struggle today, and I don’t know why! I wasn’t feeling well this morning but I didn’t start on it until afternoon when I felt ok.

I was trying to figure out a way to depict a fountain but that wasn’t working in my head. Next I decided to play around with watercolor paints but I don’t know what I’m doing and wasn’t coming up with something I liked.


The prompts were about ways I bring creativity into my life or tap into my creative fountain. I feel as if I’m a very creative person and thought this would be an easy page for me. Ha!

The other day, Rem gave me a great piece of paper ephemera: the receipt from when he visited the source of the Nile back in April 1998. The idea of the source of the Nile was something I wanted to include in this journal. I decided to make a collage and use that slip of paper.  The source of the Nile would be a good stand-in for the fountain of youth.  With that decision, I was able to move forward and create my page.


It was only after I’d completed the collage and was finishing up the spiral that I made another connection with the quote for the day, from Sophia Loren, and the receipt: “learn to tap this source.”  The spiral is my journaling about the ways I bring creativity into my life and the lives of those I love.

The background stamp has some great words on it: share, experience, create, inspire.  I try to do that in this blog.


A little side note here: the image of the two people with the rowboat is from a much larger picture from a calendar by papercut artist Nikki McClure, Nikki cuts her intricate pictures from a single sheet of paper with an Xacto knife, and her site is well worth a visit.


Thank you for being part of my creative journey.IMG_0179

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