Thursday, August 13, 2015

Lately, 8.13.15

Making- new fiber pieces (one finished, two more in the works) and a multi-media collage painting (in progress, since I had to stop working on it in order to pack boxes). I'm loving this process and plan to teach certain aspects of it to my students.

Drinking-iced tea, Ranger IPA, a 2006 Ridge Grenache that we opened Sunday night to "celebrate" our move.

Eating-oh, my, gosh- everything! Except MSG, that is. The more I read up on this stuff, the more I understand why it was making me sick. It is SO bad for you. And it's hidden in so many things. Kinda crazy.

Watching - Top movies of my summer: Selma, The Butler (so good!) and  About Time (this movie has such a good message at the end, that I sent a copy to each of my kids. Definitely on my all time favorite list now).

Reading-Yoga for Life by Colleen Saidman Yee: part autobiography, part yoga book. For some reason, I felt like I had to order this book and now I know why. I think people are instinctively drawn to stories that mirror their own and I discovered in the first few pages that I can relate to so many parts of this woman's life- troubled teen years, divorce, re-marriage, the ever-changing challenges of motherhood, etc. and how a yoga practice keeps her grounded. I highly recommend it.

Listening to: Riding with the King by Eric Clapton and BB King, Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, Tibetan Singing Bowls (love this)

Thinking about- not much, but at the same time, too much. Not a lot of down time lately with the move, but yet, SO many things to think about, especially with the new school year starting TODAY! And there are many new things to think about this year, which I am so happy about. This will be my 11th year teaching and it's nice to have some new ideas to kick around and integrate into my routine.

Laughing at- anything that Jimmy Fallon has to say. That's one thing that's bad about school starting again- I can't stay up late enough to watch The Tonight Show :(

Disliking- Going through withdrawals- from Starbucks and Dierbergs (they are no longer right around the corner) and the extra Peanut and Baby G. time that I get in the summer. 

Loving- Having my front porch again, with the addition of  the awesome wind chime that Little Man surprised me with a few weeks ago. (That boy is so sweet.) And walking into Sister's house and seeing the cardboard bowling alley she made for her bowling-obsessed, four-year-old. Sister was put on this earth to be a mother, there is no doubt about that.
Oh, and the rainbow we saw from the front porch the first evening at our old (new??!) house! We took it as a good omen :)

Have a great weekend!  Juli

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Scavenger Hunt and Collage Progress, 8.5.15

I shared a challenge on Facebook yesterday- a scavenger hunt challenge posted by Courtney Carver of the blog, Be More With Less. (You can find the "rules" here.) I kind of thought it would be hard to complete this since I have been getting rid of stuff right and left for the last year or so. But it took me all of an hour! I guess that means I could really be doing a better job on the decluttering, minimalizing and simplifying front! I won't bore you with specifics, as you can read all about the process on the Be More with Less blog, but here are a few of my thoughts on specific challenges as I went through this process:

* 3 items of clothing that don't fit and 1 item with the tags still on- This was hard.  I continually assess what is in my closet and am always throwing items into the Good Will bag, so I didn't have anything that didn't fit and nothing with the tags still on.  So, instead,  I got rid of 3 sweaters that were questionable as far as still being 'in style', (Are shrugs still in style?? I hope not, because now I don't have any!), and one scarf that I have never worn.

* 2 winter coats-I just took two winter coats to the resale shop last month, so I let myself off the hook on this one.

* 2 pieces of art- Album cover art probably doesn't really qualify (well, maybe it does), but 3 of them went into the giveaway pile.

* 5 things from a junk drawer- This was also harder than I thought, since I just cleaned out the one junk drawer that I have. But I did find a ping pong ball (??? we no longer have a ping pong table), a very over-sized paper clip with a flower on top (never used, had for years, but cute!), multiple broken golf tees, a damaged golf ball and a used tea bag holder in the shape of a tea pot that I thought was really cute when I bought it, but that I never use. So, see, even though I just cleaned out that drawer, I still found items that I should have thrown away the first time around. Life lesson from a junk drawer??! I think so :)

* 2 tools- This was hard, too! Not because I don't have many tools, but because it seems weird to get rid of perfectly good tools. You never know when you might need a pair of rusty wire snips, extremely dull scissors or more than one hammer (I actually had four in one drawer). So, I got rid of the dull scissors and a miniature hammer (??). I couldn't part with the rusty wire snips.

*10 books- This was EASY! Thanks to M. we have a ton of books and already had 4 boxes in the garage ready for Good Will.

*A collection of unused hobby tools- Easy. A calligraphy set and my multiple sets of knitting needles. I've always wanted to get really good at calligraphy, but, seriously, I've had that set for 10 years and have never opened it. And remember my goal for last winter- knitting? Well, it never happened and it probably never will so I probably don't need the needles. 

So, that was my fun for this morning! I highly suggest doing this, especially if you have been considering some serious decluttering. This is a great way to get started. It really makes you think about all of the stuff you have that is taking up space in your home and that you really don't need or use.

Switching gears a bit... this afternoon I watched more of my Kelly Rae Roberts' multi-media class demos and completed one more step. It really is a process! I had no idea. Hopefully I have something worth keeping when I finally finish. I've collaged together the first few steps below.

The top left was step one, the bottom right is the latest step. Kelly Rae says it's normal for your painting to go through "ugly" stages (thank goodness!). Next, I'll be bringing in more of the browns from my original layer and trying to calm it down a bit before I add imagery.

Have a great day! I'm off to pack more boxes, as we're moving on Saturday. Bittersweet time, for sure.   Juli