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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!


Thank you.


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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 8: Batch of Birthday Cards

Orange & Blue Card

Day 8: Batch of Birthday Cards. I think I’m in an orange phase!  Instead of pages in my Art Journal, I had a request from my mom for some birthday cards. She said she needed some “quick and easy” cards. The first two cards have some of the same techniques and feeling of the journal pages I’ve been creating.

The Orange and Blue Card, above, was followed by a Blue and Orange Card.

Blue & Orange Card

I was trying to do some cards that would be good for giving to guys.

Next I did two with retro stamp designs.  An old-fashioned Victrola…

Victrola Card

And an old-fashioned typewriter.

Typewriter Card

I was getting tired but found a piece of paper leftover from an old project that was already stamped with designs, so I made one last card: the Bird Birthday card.

Bird Birthday

Last year for Day 8 I baked these: Cardamom Pecan Cookies.

The previous year I made these: Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Thanks for stopping by. Do come back tomorrow to see what I make next!


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Day 7: Orange Makes Me Happy!

Orange Makes Me Happy

Day 7: Orange Makes Me Happy!  After the Day 6 Mosaic Poppies (that I did today), I needed and wanted to do something FAST!

I decided to do a page on Orange.  I started at 8:17 PM.

8:17 PM

I used the first exercise from Virginia Simpson-Magruder’s workshop that I took recently.  She guided us through these steps.

I glued 3 pages together (one set of three was already glued from the previous spread).  This is to give the pages extra support for the various mediums that will be used on them.

Glue Pages

I took a Sharpie and wrote on the page about a color, in this case: O R A N G E.  I wrote: “Orange makes me HAPPY!  It’s sunny, bright, cheerful and looks great with blue.”

Than I used water soluble oil crayons and stamp pads to color the pages.

Coloring the Pages

Next I used a wet paint brush to swirl the color together and really cover the paper.  Than I used a heat tool to dry the pages.

Dry Pages

Next step is to find images for the spread.  I’ve got a collection but I also have a stack of magazines and I took a quick look through a few magazines as well as through my container of images.

Obviously Virginia gave us guidelines for collecting images.  Take her class to learn more!  And, let me add, I wasn’t completely following her guidelines here.  Remember, I was going for speedy.  But essentially, it’s a good idea to rip out the pages that catch you eye.  Start your collection now.

Tear or trim the images to suit your vision and arrange them on the page.  When you are happy with the arrangement, glue them in place.

Arrange and Glue

Add embellishments (in this case I added some washi tape) …

Orange Makes Me Happy

and any journaling you want.  I put “Orange Makes Me Happy!” inside the “O” in the “Hello”.


I added the date onto one of the mailboxes.


DONE! Yay. 8:47 PM.


It took longer for me to download the photos and put this post together!

Here is the delicious recipe I made last year for Day 7: Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Day 7 the year before resulted in Refrigerator Word Magnets

Thanks for the visit.


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Day 1: Happy Birthday

Day 1: Happy Birthday

First Day of 2013 30 Days of Creativity!  Happy Birthday, Rem!!

View from hostel window

The view from our hostel room window.  We’re staying at Pt. Montara Lighthouse Hostel.

Last year: Washi Tape Banner Birthday Card

Two years ago: Birthday Pennants (I brought them on our trip and surprised Rem with them in the room this morning).

Thanks for stopping by!


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Hello, Big Doggie

If you spend any time with Rem, you will soon learn he loves dogs.  And generally dogs love him too.  In fact, I think he must have some kind of positive doggie pheromones because he seems to attract dogs who act as if he were a long-lost friend.

Our last full day of our Pacific Northwest Vacation in late September was beautiful.  We went to the Ballard Locks (official name: Hiram M. Chittenden Locks) to watch boats moving between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects  to Lake Union and Lake Washington.

We saw boats of many different shapes and sizes and we saw dogs.

This little Yorkie only had eyes for his (or her) guardian.

We saw several different dogs enjoying a Sunday afternoon pleasure cruise with their people.

After watching boats at the locks we went to get some lunch.  Walking down the street we came across a chair tree.

I noticed this beautiful carved stone in the sidewalk.

The doorway of a shop was surrounded with cherubs. I probably would have stopped if we weren’t heading for lunch.

This t-shirt caught my eye.

It’s for the South Lake Union Trolley.  Of course.

We bought our picnic and ate overlooking a bike path with more dog (and people) watching.

I think the little girl on the back of the bike was trying to point out the lady with the camera to her mom.

We tried to look harmless.

After lunch, we strolled through the Freemont Sunday Street Market.

A vendor’s dog seemed to be enjoying the warm sunshine.

I bought a toe ring.

Rem talked to the dogs.

It was a great day all around.

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Day 1: Washi Tape Banner Birthday Card

Day 1, Year 2 of 30 Days of Creativity (aka 30DOC)!  Happy Birthday to Rem!  We’ve got a special birthday outing planned so I wanted something that was relatively quick and easy.  Using Washi Tape to make little pennants spelling out Happy Birthday fit the bill.  It is similar to a card I made last year but easier and it is reminiscent of the birthday pennants I made for Day 1 last year.

Card stock, washi tape, baker’s twine, adhesive, Sharpie marker, paper trimmer and scissors.

Tear off some washi tape and stick it on a paper trimmer (or other surface so you can write on it with a Sharpie without worrying about it bleeding through or getting too stuck).

Write the letters you will use for the greeting on the card, in this case HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Cut out little triangles with the letters on them.  Use Baker’s Twine and adhesive for the line to hold the pennants.  Stick the triangles down on the paper with the top edge just over the twine.  Complete layers of card.  Sign, with love and good wishes, present to your birthday recipient.  Ta da!

Thanks for checking out Day 1 of 30 Days of Creativity!


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