Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Lately, 9.16.15


Making:  I'm finally settling into a routine now that we're back at the Little House on the Big Hill, which means I've been making time to work on some long overdue art projects. I finished the multi-media collage painting and have two more in the works, using my mantras from the summer. (You can read about that here, in case you missed it).

Be Steady. Be Still. Be True. Acrylic, cotton, gel medium and paper on stretched canvas.

And I'm slowly plugging away at the fiber piece from the summer. I'm thinking I'd like to add a lot more layers to this one, but my hands can only take stitching through very thin fibers. So, that is my challenge right now. Trying to brainstorm through it.

Drinking: Decaf Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee coffee and my standards- green tea, red wine and water.

Eating: Just finished the last of the bruschetta, made with the only homegrown tomatoes I've had all summer, thanks to my co-worker (the "M" of MK Designs and Photography). Thanks, M.T.!

Watching: the movie, A Walk in the Woods. The book, by Bill Bryson, was one of the few books (maybe the only book, now that I think about it) that both M. and I have read. (M. is an avid reader, me- not so much!) Anyway, it was fun to watch this movie together. But, I do have to say that the book was so much better than the movie. Don't get me wrong, the movie was definitely worth seeing, but the book was over-the-top good. SO funny! A definite plus for the movie, though, was Robert Redford. I'm a huge fan ;)

Reading: Love the work from an old high school friend, who recently started writing again.  Check it out on Instagram @begreat_a3k

Listening to: Podcasts. I love listening to podcasts in the car- mainly art, art business or art education. I've recently added The Slow Home to my list, though, so I'm looking forward to that.
I've also been in the mood for country music lately and this is my current favorite:

Thinking about: New blog content. As I mentioned earlier, I have two more mixed media collage paintings to start, and I've decided to document each step, along with my thoughts about each one as I progress. That way, if anyone out there wants to try it for themselves, they can. (The original content comes from Kelly Rae Roberts, I will just be writing about things I changed up in order to make it my own.)
Also, I just signed up for an online meditation course (actually an IPhone app) by Dan Harris. I loved his book, 10% Happier, so I'm anxious to see how I like this. The book is all about meditation, but I have yet to actually practice what he preaches. Anywho- I'll be posting a few reviews about the meditation app as well.

And, I've really been interested in the routines of creative people and how their motivation is affected by their daily routines and their physical environment. I've been reading posts on a couple of different blogs, Daily Routines and My Morning Routine, and plan to put some of these ideas to the test for my own motivation. As I've mentioned here before, I've become a much more routine-oriented person over the last few years and I think having a specific routine for my "making" days will help me be more productive. I'll be reporting on what works and what doesn't. ;)

Laughing at:  Hmmm... M. and I were just talking about my lack of the ability to "play". I have a hard time letting go and just "playing". Even as a little kid, my idea of "play" was "playing house". And since the age of 17, I've been doing that every day- for real. Taking care of my babies was really all I ever wanted to do, even before I had real babies! So, I'll be working on playing. And laughing!

Disliking: Lack of communication and the resulting, misunderstanding.

Loving: Everything about my life right now. Feeling very content :)

Have a great evening! Juli

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lately, 9.2.15


Making: Plugging away at the hand stitching on this piece.

And added another layer of cut paper and fabric scraps to this multi-media collage I started over the summer.

Drinking: Red wine, ginger-lemon tea and lots of water

Eating: Pistachios, almonds, chicken sauteed with onions and mushrooms (so good!), ice cream and yogurt. Still trying to choke down my daily 5 cups of greens that my doctor recommended, but, man, it's hard! 

Watching: Since the move back to the Little House on the Big Hill, I've been craving familiar movies. Lost in Translation, Mad Men, Julie and Julia and Horse Whisperer have been on my rotation lately.

Reading: Lots of Art Education blogs, trying to find new ideas for my classes.

Listening to: Need to Breathe, The Fray, the original version of Please Come to Boston by Dave Loggins (even better than the Kenny Chesney version), and an oldie but goodie, There's a Girl in Texas by Trace Adkins

Thinking about: Ways to make this house our home again. I've gotten a lot done in the last week or so, but, really, I'm taking it pretty slowly. I don't want to end up with any amount of clutter anywhere so I'm thinking a lot before doing anything. So far, so good. It's coming along and feels much more open and spacious than it felt the last time we lived here.

Made some progress in the Grandkids' room, but still a few things to do. A tent/bed is in the works and three more buntings- one for Baby G. and two for the twins :)

Reuben J and I bought this furniture 22 years ago. Between us, Sister and Eddie, the separate pieces have been back and forth between 7 homes and is now all back together again in our basement family room. Sister was very happy about that! There are lots of memories attached to this furniture. (Oh, by the way, the lone picture above the couch will soon have some mates. It just had to be in the picture since it's always been with the furniture. haha!)

Laughing at: Our Wednesday art department meetings. When you don't teach a core subject, sometimes your department meetings are actually fun! Today was one of those days :)

Disliking: Disrespectful teenagers! And, boy, do I have some this year. Not the greatest start to the school year, but I'm hoping it gets better. The respectful ones far outweigh the disrespectful ones, but those few can really drain my energy. But only if I let them, right?!

Loving: Having an unexpected get together with pretty much my entire family at a rodeo last weekend. The only ones missing were Little Man and his girl. Which brings me to something else I'm loving right now- this boy of mine is making some very grown up decisions lately and he's making them on his own and learning some really valuable life lessons in the process. I'm so proud of him.

Well, that's my lately! Until next time- Juli