Scaling Down

I’m sure this may not be a surprise to most of you, but I have finally come to the conclusion that it is time to walk away from this blog. In some ways it’s sad, but in another way,  it feels wonderful to move on.

I’m finding that I have too many personal and family commitments to be able to keep up, and its time to pull back on some of my online obligations. This also includes my shoppe. I’ve closed it up and will start packing up my journal making supplies for the duration. If I do decide to sell journals and journaling supplies, it will most likely be on my pattys_artjournals Instagram account.

I will continue to populate my art journaling photos from IG to my Facebook page, newly renamed Patty’s Art Journals.

So, if you are still interested in seeing my art journaling photos, follow me here:

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If you would like to see my latest handcrafting and gardening projects, follow me here:

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…and if your interested in my faith journaling journey, you can find me here:

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I’m clearly unable to create without sharing, mostly because I love the sense of community it creates, and I will definitely miss you if you don’t participate on Instagram. But if yo do…I’ll see you there!!!

 

As always, thank you for stopping by,

Thank you to everybody that has followed me through the years,

Have a great day,

~Patty

A Personal Art Journaling Challenge

So, I’m pretty excited about something! (I must be, to be dusting off this old blog to talk about it!) I’ve decided to challenge myself to do an art journaling page a day. I’m not sure how long I will be doing this, but I have been sorely absent from my art room for far too long!

This is what I came up with on Tuesday, kind of a mash up around this cute little sleeping mouse. The point right now is to jump in and get something done, so I’m not worrying too much about composition, especially if there is a time constraint.

This is what I came up with yesterday. Because I am in the middle of trying to get caught up on my Project Life albums, I didn’t have too much time to spend on this. So, what I decided to do was use what I could find on my desk (apparently my desk has some pretty cute things hanging around on it). Actually, these were some discarded bits from yesterday’s  page along with some other junkity junk.

But, this gave me an idea! What if I used all up all the accumulated crap-olla from all the “catch-alls” in and around my art room to work on this project. There are some strange items, so this won’t be an easy task, but at least it will be interesting (to me at least).

This craziness above my desk. I love having a convenient place to pop scraps and such, but some of these have been on here for years, time to dust them off!

This sits next to my desk, I love the randomness these smaller bits give my pages.

And here is what I pulled from every corner of my room, at least what was visible. I’m pretty sure there’s more lurking in drawers and cupboards, but I only have so much strength, this will have to do for now.

I’m hoping I’ll have the time to post an update of the pages I come up with from all this, but my track record hasn’t been very good lately. So, let’s just say I’ll try. I will definitely be posting them on my instagram account eclectic_artjournals

Feel free to harass me into writing a blog post about it, that just might be the nudge I need 🙂

Wish me luck,

Thank you for the visit,

~Patty

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Getting to the Heart of the Matter

This has been an interesting week. I have offered up some great deals in my shoppe with only one sale. So, what does this mean? This means I need to reevaluate why I started a business in the first place.

Stay with me, this gets better!

So, over the last few days, while feeling sorry for myself, I did some reading and a lot of soul searching.

I had to ask myself, “Why do I even bother with my shoppe?”. Selling on social media is a pain in the neck, I hate all the hoops I have to jump through to get noticed! Don’t get me wrong, I love getting sales, but there has to be more to it than making money to keep my heart in it.

So what is my motivation?

After asking all the right questions, and finding what I hope is the answer,

It’s You!

When I thought about closing up my shoppe because my ego was a little ruffled, I thought about what I would miss the most, my connection with this community and all the wonderful people I have met through it! And I just can’t bring myself to do that.

My goals in the beginning were to inspire and provide materials for art journaling, and they still are, I just let the whole idea of what having a business “Should look like” get to my head.

Honestly, If you feel as if you can’t live without one of my journals, you know where to find them. Or, If you like looking at photos and listening to me blather on, I can help you with that too.

But, in the meantime, I just want to keep calling you my friends.

It’s that simple!

So, if you see me going off the rails on the Pity Train, please pull the emergency break and tell me to grow up!

Until next time,

Have a wonderful day,

Much Love,

~Patty

Let’s Chat, I’ll Put the Kettle On

I have always loved the idea that this is my little oasis of happy. I have actually felt guilty at times for not sharing more of my political, social, or faith based views. I have them, I’ve always just kept them to myself, until now…

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  I share my faith journaling quite a bit on here, but I also strongly believe in learning about, and appreciating all faiths and religions. In other words, reading the bible is very new to me, I have spent most of my life learning about many of the world’s religions, and I hope to continue to do so. I believe we have a lot to learn from one another, and having an open mind with love and acceptance is how we will begin to heal our world.

Hows that for a little homespun philosophy?

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I’m not quite sure what made me become brave enough to open up like this, maybe I felt I needed to give myself more room to share something that is very dear to my heart, mutual acceptance and respect for differences.

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So, welcome to my little world. Let’s walk this path together with love, acceptance, and an open mind.

Thank you for your time,

Have a beautiful day,

~Patty

Making Goals and Changing Names!

I hope I’m not going to be too-o-o long winded with this post, I have a lot I want to cover. There are quite a few things that have helped me set goals this year, and so far I’ve been able to keep up with them.

The first thing I would like to share is my planner.

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I shared about this planner last year, it was my personal care planner then. Well, that didn’t go down the path I was shooting for, so I re-tooled it into my Goals Planner.

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I Bought Lara Casey’s audio book “Make It Happen”, and I loved it! She has a great way of inspiring you to goal set, but has a wonderful philosophy of “Little by Little”. In other words, don’t stress, just get as much done as you can, when you can.

You can see some of the sections for the categories I’m working on this year. Honestly, these are the same as last year’s, and will probably be the same next year too.

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This is in the calendar section of my planner. I have chosen a de-clutter project for each month, until gardening begins, and I needed something different to track my progress. My husband helped me out with this idea, I feel as if this bubble chart will work a lot more organically than a calendar or a list would.

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A page from my “Goals With Grace” devotional. This devotional has really helped me discover what I needed to think and pray about for the this year’s goals. One of my goals this year is to make more videos, so I made one of a flip through of this entire devotional, you can see it here.

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This is where I journal about my progress. Now, I get it if you think this is a bit of over-kill, but this is what I did last year, and it worked for me. There is a section for each category I’m working on: Faith, Home, Family and Friends, Creative, Health and Fitness, and Shoppe. That quote card on the right is my gratitude mantra, not just for this year, but always.

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I didn’t hit the goals on all those categories last year, but I got pretty darn close. Plus, I really got something out of reading my journaling, it helped me set my goals for this year.

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My One Little Word binder. In a perfect world you wouldn’t see the adhesive under the velum, but I decided not to stress too much about it and just get it done.

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A groovy little pocket on the front cover.

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My word and its definition. I’m having fun stash bustin’ on this project too!

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On a side note, taking the time to really think about this word has brought up all kinds of thoughts and feelings related to it that I didn’t foresee. I don’t know if you noticed it or not, but I changed the name of my blog from RadishBlossoms.com to PattyRadish.com. I also changed the name of my shoppe to EclecticArtJournals. I did the same across all my social media. I am amazed at how making this small change affected me, it’s like I’m taking ownership of everything I’m putting out there. It’s a really good feeling!

Well, that just about does it with my goal setting strategy, I hope it was helpful. If you get some time, head over to my YouTube channel and check out my latest video.

See you soon,

Thanks for the visit,

~Patty