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

My End of Year Catch Up…

My original plan was to write an “End of Year Round Up”, but frankly, I just don’t have it in me to re-cap an entire year. This year has had many highs and lows!

Highs: Becoming a Grandmother, an awesome year for my shoppe, starting this here new blog, and all you wonderful people that follow me! Thank you!

Lows: Losing both my parents within 6 months, most notably my mom just two weeks ago.

That being said, (and out of the way thank you very much), I’m really looking forward to the New Year! So, here’s a bit of the latest doings:IMG_1242

From top left clockwise: A Kiwidori all gussied up and ready for the New Year, an honest-to-goodness Midori (love!), and my mini dori journal. Dori heaven!

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The plan for my Kiwidori is to be a Vision Board for 2016. I’ve filled it with inspirational quotes and have already worked on a few pages. I’ll share it in more detail sometime soon.

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I’m still working on my Holiday Journal, I usually keep one going until Jan. 1st.

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I get to add these awesome goodies to it too! These were sent to me by my sweet friend Jenny P.! Thank you Jenny!IMG_1145Then there is this. The Stitchery journal that I found poked onto a shelf last week. Sewing is on the top of my list of things I must get back to, that and crochet, not to mention gardening…

…which brings to a subject I have pondering a lot about over the last couple of months, I miss my olde blog!

There, I said it!

So, I have decided that I will be working on and talking about many of the projects I used to write about on ye olde blog. For instance decorating, sometimes cooking, definitely sewing, crochet and gardening. I’ll be backing down a bit from my planning adventure, not completely though, it’s still a tool I rely on quite a bit. The decor got to be too time consuming to be realistic.

So, if you haven’t already noticed, I switched up my blog list on the side bar to some old favorites. People I have been following for years, that change really makes this blog seem more homey to me.

I’m hoping that 2016 will be the year of catching up on old projects, making more time for my family, focusing more on art journaling, and sharing a bit more of my personal side on this here blog. Hope you want to tag along!

Until next year,

Thank you stopping by,

Happy New Year!

~Patty

(p.s. I will be taking off over the pass to visit my daughter, so if I don’t get to the comments, please forgive, thanks)

Girls + 1 Weekend..

It has been quite a while since I’ve checked in to this little blog, along with all my other social medias. We experienced a family loss that kind of took the wind out of my sails, but there is more to it than that, I’ll expand on this a little more in an end of the year blog post.

In the meantime, I wanted to share this rather long blog post about my “Girls Weekend” with my daughter + 1, and the subsequent mini art journal process and pages.

This post is pretty photo heavy, so hang on to your hats and grab a cup of tea!

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I’ll start out with the gathering of supplies. Some awesome little office goodies I found at The Container Store.

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Various ephemera to work with, menu, hotel receipt, comment card, and my daughters train ticket .

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Brochures and maps of the town, our valet parking ticket and a mini folder from our room keys.IMG_1063

Lastly, a couple of sweet photos taken on our trip.

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Supplies gathered, along with a few items from around my art room, and I’m ready to start pulling my pages together. I start by laying down a foundation of the ephemera for that page. I tried to keep things in somewhat of a chronological order knowing I would be going back and journaling about it. Those little slips of paper at the top left are my journaling notes. I have since put together a small book for the same purpose.

Then, I start embellishing the page, after that it’s ready to journal on.

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I didn’t leave room to journal on this page spread, I’ll be using a journaling card, then putting it into that little folder.

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Open it up and there you have it. How cute is that illustration from the hotel brochure! If I had worked on this in the room, I might have not taken the time to find these little touches.

IMG_1085The front cover and first page. Dec. 11th Our Lady of Guadelupe Day, I thought this was a good place to start…

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…along with a postage stamp of a train (my daughter took the train over because of snow on the passes) and one of Saint Augustine, the patron saint of party! Dude!

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Our second day there. With a day of shopping under our belts, we slept in, then got ready for brunch and another day’s shopping.

While I was getting ready, my daughter grabbed my phone and took some awesome selfies of her and + 1. All of them came out great, but this one was my favorite!

IMG_1096So many great restaurants within walking distance. We only had a couple of days, but we put a dent in as many as we could!

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I love cityscapes, especially if I’ve been to that city! I love my little town, but it’s nice to get back to the city once in a while!

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We topped off our weekend with meeting my son and his girlfriend for brunch. It was such a cute little place, packed, but super tasty food!

I hope this gave you an idea of how I pull together my travel pages. I usually try to work on my journals while traveling, but if it doesn’t work out, taking notes to refer to later works just as well.

If I don’t get back here before Christmas…

Happy Holidays,

Thanks for stopping by,

~Patty

Getting A Head Start on My Holiday Journal

I have been finding that when I sit down to journal about something in my Holiday journal, by the time I get the page decorated, I’ve forgotten what I wanted to journal about! I usually have pages ready to go in my daily  journals, I just haven’t been taking the time to get this one ready to go.

Well, here are some pages decorated up ahead of time…

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Some random bits and bobs pulled together out of a group I purchased from Peachy Cheap by October Afternoon, along with a few things from my stash.

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Using things up that I have been holding on to for far too long is always a great feeling, especially when they have their own memories attached to them! The piece at the upper left is from some Christmas cards I made many, many years ago!

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This journal is pretty small, so I went out and bought some small ink stamps. It’s been super fun finding little spots to use them in!

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These mid century images really bring back a lot of Christmas memories for me, I think that is why I’m so drawn to them!

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I remember not really appreciating this kind of decor when I was a child, but I love it now! But that lamp is a bit much, even for me! Wow, that’s special!

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Overly flocked trees with handmade goodies! My husband is saying a Christmas prayer that I never go this far! But if you would like to visit somebody that does, follow this link to see what the “Queen of Christmas Kitsch”, the lovely Jennifer Perkins, has to offer. A never ending supply of eye candy, and lots more links from there!

Here is hoping your finding lots of wonderful Holiday memories to journal about!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

~Patty

A Holiday Mini Journal

I’ve been pretty absent from this olde blog for a while now…I’ve been too busy making! Making Christmas gifts, making things for my shoppe, and making plans!

But, I thought I would take a wee break and share something  that I’m pretty happy about…

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My 2015 Holiday mini journal! You see, every year I toss around the idea about whether or not to make a Holiday journal. Sometimes I make one, and sometimes I don’t. This year, it was a yes.

I knew I wanted to go small, so I set about looking through my art room for a likely candidate. I had completely forgotten about this little book, it was literally falling part at the seams!

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It’s probably from the 30’s, the pages are so super delicate! I am going to adhere these pieces to card stock to preserve them before I use them.

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In my book, the Holidays start with Thanksgiving, so what a great way to begin this journal. Luckily, I took a few photos over the weekend to start out. It had snowed, so it was a beautiful drive!

As if I didn’t have enough to do, I decided to work on two list challenges this month. I figured there may be days I don’t do anything Holiday related to journal about, and thought It would be nice to mix things up a bit.

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It had snowed at my daughter’s house and her yard looked gorgeous! This was my grandson’s first thanksgiving, I managed to get one photo of him not moving.

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On the last day of our visit, my daughter and I made Christmas cards. Something that has become a Thanksgiving tradition for us.

That is what I love most about this time of the year, enjoying all the family traditions, old and new! It’s just getting harder to fit them all in to one month!

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I have lots of fun stuff to play with, so I bought this cute box from Michael’s to store it all in. I didn’t decorate it this way, but I sure am inspired by it! It looks like a cross between a Victorian and Mid-Century Christmas to me, I may have to run with it!

I will probably be posting primarily Christmas related posts this month. I have so many plans that that is all I will be doing! So, consider yourself forewarned!

Until next time,

Have a great day,

Talk to you soon,

~Patty