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Friday, December 31, 2010

What I THOUGHT Simplicity Would Mean in 2010

  1. So, in the last post I shared some things about yearly themes. About what they are, how I receive mine, how some previous years had gone with their theme and so on. Go read it if you have any questions. Here is the list I wrote back in November 2009 about the theme I felt I had for 2010.

  2. In that previous post I shared that despite declaring I was not yet ready to even think about a theme for 2010, I did indeed know what it was. SIMPLIFY, or to put it another way SIMPLIFICATION.

  3. So what does that mean? Well, to an extent it means a variety of things because I believe it is going to affect many areas of my life. But in essence it means working smarter instead of harder, focussing on the things that matter and decluttering.

  4. I believe I need to SIMPLIFY in terms of health, I need to focus on what matters, losing some weight so I can eventually get off the CPAP and live a normal life without it. This in turn will affect many of my other health issues. Along with that will go exercise. SIMPLIFY that by just getting on with it and doing it rather than making excuses. If it's too cold and wet to walk outside, get on the blasted treadmill and DO IT! It's not complicated, it's not difficult, it's SIMPLE!

    There is no easy way out, no quick fix, the only long term way that is going to do this is to eat less and move more, deny yourself some of the time, but not all of the time, and if you believe emotional crap from your past is affecting your ability to do that, do the hard emotional work of working through it, with help if you need it.

  5. I believe I need to SIMPLIFY in terms of my work. STOP stressing over which schools to send the letters to and which not and just send them to all the schools in our target area. I also believe I need to bring it back before God far more. Pray daily, weekly, monthly and yearly, each in slightly different ways, but with a focus on this work, on the children that need to hear the good news, on the teaching staff that need a break from having to lead assemblies, on the heart and soul of our future - children.

  6. I believe I need to SIMPLIFY in terms of chores around the house. I am still working my way out of the situation it got into when I had so little energy due to the sleep apnoea. I still don't have the energy levels I would like but they ARE so much better than they had been. Some of the problems are also because with the reduced energy levels I got out of the habit of doing stuff. I need a simple, easy to use and follow schedule that takes into account that my work hours are at different times on different days every week of the year.

  7. Along with SIMPLIFYING the chores, I think I seriously need to de-clutter, SIMPLIFY what we have. I am not as extreme as some people, but we do have too much stuff, stuff we don't use, don't need and sometimes don't even want. for instance, this morning we have thrown out at least a dozen pairs of old shoes that we were all hanging onto "just in case" or because we hadn't got around to throwing them out yet.

    I wouldn't go as far as to say "If you haven't used it or needed it in a year, you need to throw it out", but I do believe we can seriously streamline our belongings. As mentioned above we have begun this process, on a gentle scale, but gradually things are being taken to the charity shop, or if they are not good enough for that, to the local tip.

  8. There is something in my gut that says we may NEED that de-cluttering. Maybe that is jsut so that if and when we take advantage of our better financial position to refinance with a better deal, the valuer who comes to the house sees a much tidier, in better condition house. Or, maybe there is a move in our future. I don't know, MAYBE there is, maybe there isn't, to be honest it's not something I see, strongly, just that there's enough of a stirring in my stomach that we NEED to do this de-cluttering to make me wonder.

  9. I need to SIMPLIFY my spiritual life. I try to make things so complicated, looking for this book, or that method. And the truth is, I need to read my bible, pray and journal each day. Anything else comes on top of that, anything else while useful is not vital. The only VITAL thing is KNOWING that God loves me beyond measure and moving towards deeper relationship and walk with Him.

  10. I need to maintain a SIMPLICITY to my trip to America. there are many many people who want me to make time to see them. I cannot do everything, see everyone or go everywhere. I ONLY have 2 weeks. I have chosen a focus, and will have to practise using the words "I'm sorry, I just can't." I need to keep hold of the reason for this trip. This trip is about friendship first and foremost, about meeting up with a group of crazy women whom I love as if I had known them all my life. But I am coming to understand that it is also about my relationship with God. About getting me out of comfort zone, out of routine and in a position to listen in different ways to what he is speaking to me.

    Dana, BTW, I am looking forward to making great use of those chairs out back of your house! heeheee. Journal, chair, beautiful view, good friends, oh YES! hmm, might need a pen to go with that journal!

  11. Church fellowship? Well since it turned out that my theme for last year, AND the scripture God gave me to back it up, was used by the couple who came to speak at our church camp in October, who knows what this could mean for our church this year. We are still in a situation where we could be moving from the building, so it could be to do with that, but it doesn't have to be. How do we as a fellowship need to SIMPLIFY? This is something I need to think about, write about and share with the leaders in the next week or so. I need to LISTEN and share.

  12. I can SIMPLIFY my online life and time. Each day I need to check emails, facebook, 2 particular message boards and my googlemail. I would also like to add writing a blog post each day but again that is not essential. What I need to cut out is the amount of time I spend sat at this computer desk just looking for something to fill my time. SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY!

  13. And so, we're at number 13. I am not sure if I mentioned in the previous post abotu themes. But one of the things we like to do is find a scripture to focus on during the year to go with our themes. Usually my scripture comes a week or two behind my theme.
Stay tuned for a post on how the theme and my year actually went.  It wasn't quite according to plan!

Dirty Wedding Dress

This is another piece that came initially as a picture. We were in worship one Sunday, and I could vividly see the beginning of the following scene play out before me in my head. As I began to write down what I saw, the rest of this came flowing out.
What I did NOT know at that point was that a friend of mine was going to stand up at the front during the announcements section of the meeting and her and husband were to publically recommit. She had not told me she was going to do that, hadn't hinted at it or anything of the sort. I had NO IDEA! And so, when she did, we knew this was a God thing.



I can see a woman standing over a huge washtub, desperately rubbing this fabric up and down a washboard.
“I MUST get it clean”, she’s crying, “I have to.”
She’s desperate, helpless, the stains won’t come out, there’s nothing she can do.
“I can’t wear it like THIS!” she says as she falls in a heap on the floor.

What’s in the washtub? Her wedding dress. Soiled, damaged, ripped and dirty.

How could she ever hope to get it clean, to get it ready, to make it “good enough”. It had been many years, and many stains, she had no hope of ever making it right.

In hopelessness she cried out to the only one who could make it clean.

“Lord,
Take this dress,
Take this mess
That was our marriage.
Lord, You’ve done so much already.
Dare I ask this one thing more?
Make me clean.
Take away this stain.”

Gently, lovingly, He took her hand.

“I’ve been waiting.
Waiting for this moment of desperation.
Waiting for you to know that I am the only one who can remove this stain, take away this hurt.”

He took her hand and lifted her to stand.

“Come look again.”

He lifted out the gown.
Still, there were the stains, but now they were changing. They joined, they merged as He touched them. As He ran his hand over this filthy rotten gown, it became a pattern on the fabric.
A beautiful pattern that even the greatest designer could not have come up with.

“I cannot take away what has already happened,
But I can treat the stain, heal the hurt, take the pain.”

“Take it!" He said, holding the dress out to her "Go, try it on."

She grasped the dress out of His hands, she ran to the next room and put on that dress.

When she returned, she was truly beautiful. She twirled about the room, radiant, beautiful, clothed in God’s love, His forgiveness, His healing.

"Now Go!
Now you are ready.
Ready to change hearts and lives.
Change whole cities, whole nations,
Because now you walk in a gown that is clean,
Truly clothed in my righteousness.
You have a job to do out there my dear child."

"But, I’ll get it dirty again!"

"Yes, I know, but now you know, now you are learning, how to get it clean again."

photo by Kristina Daley (with creative commons permission)

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Paint Colours Book

Every time I go to a craft store I look at the tubes and bottles of acrylic paint.  Especially now I have found a store tht stocks the smaller bottles of craft paint for just 99p, I'd like to get some more colours.  The problem is that stood there, in front of this wonderful rack of delights I can NEVER remember what colours I already have.  I have been meaning to make this little book since I bought my Bind it All, and finally got around to doing it last night.

First of all I designed a page with squares for the paint and lines for the brand and colour name of the paint.  I printed that out at 4 to a sheet of A4, on sketchbook paper and cut each sheet into 4.

I cut a piece of thin card for a front cover and a piece of chipboard for the back cover.


I bound it all on my Bind it All and this is the result.



The only possible problem I can forsee is that I might run out of pages, but I can always open it up and put some more in.

And that may be the end of my online presence today as I see a trip to a craft shop in my very near future!

Review on the Year - Answers Part 3

What was the best book you read? 
I don't do a lot of reading.  Certainly didn't do much of it at all at home this year, even though there were books that caught my attention and I wanted to read through, somehow it never happened.  However, when I was in America I did a LOT of reading.  Reading, reading, reading, reading, reading.  The two favourites from that time that come to mind were

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

and

Ireland, the novel by Frank Delaney


What was your greatest musical discovery of 2010? 
Sitting at that Casting Crowns Concert and really LISTENING to the lyrics, some of them that I had heard many many times, but hearing those lyrics as if it were the first time, and being SO impacted by them, so incredibly impacted by them.

What did you want and get? 
A trip to America

What did you want and not get? 
To meet more of my American friends, to spend time getting to know more of them, to sit and share and laugh and have fun with them!

What was your favourite film of this year? 


What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 
I hate answering this question in December, because with my birthday being in January I can't remember.  I shall have to look it up in my journal.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? 
More time with my American friends.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010? 
COMFORTABLE

What kept you sane? 
I'm not sure I stayed sane, not at times anyway.  But when I was using it and not hiding from it, journaling and then later, art journaling were definitely sanity bringers for me.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Really can't think of anyone, truthfully.

What political issue stirred you the most? 
Budget cuts and the way they are going to affect education. 

Who did you miss? 
I miss my mom.  Even though she didn't share my faith and therefore part of the reason I have got into art journaling, I think she would have loved the process.

Who was the best new person you met? 
Does it count if I already knew them online for years and years and years but only just got to meet them face to face?
Dana
Ashley
Becky
Skipper
Sara
Misty
and then those I had not met before this years trip to America:
Windy
Christie
Miss Tish
And many many more in Milledgeville.


Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010: 
If you're doing the right thing and you KNOW it, don't give up, hang in there, pray and WAIT and see what god will do, but do NOT whatever you do, give up!

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He's holding out His hand

But the waves are calling out my name
And they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy, you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"

Chorus:
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
The voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand

But the giant's calling out my name
And he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"

But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don't seem so high
From on top of them lookin' down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me

I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

Cottage Pie

COTTAGE PIE

This is a Cottage Pie Recipe from the Student Cookbook I bought for my 16 year old son, to learn some recipes from before he leaves for University in 2 years time

2 onions
4 medium sized carrots
4 sticks of celery
50g butter
550g lamb mince (we used beef mince)
500ml stock
4 tbsp tomato ketchup
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
salt and pepper
2kg large potatoes, peeled
150ml milk
400g can baked beans

1. Gather your ingredients

2. Peel then chop the onions, very finely. For this, we used our trusty V Slicer, watch those blades, V sharp!


3. Also chop celery and carrots (we had no carrots so these got left out this time) finely.

4. Heat half the butter and oil in a saucepan, add the chopped vegetables and fry, stirring for 5 minutes until they start to soften.

5. Add the meat and fry for another 5 minutes, breaking up the mince with a spatula or wooden spoon.

6. Make up stock and add to the pan. 500ml uses 3 cubes, so we decided to use a mixture of what we had.

7. Stir the stock into the pan.

8. Add Ketchup

9. Add Herbs

10. Bring that mixture to the boil. That is when bubbles come to the surface of the liquid, over the whole pan at the same time. When this happens, turn the heat down to a simmer. This is when bubbles are only coming to the surface over a small part of the pan at a time, occasionally.
Stir occasionally.

11. Meanwhile prepare your potatoes for mashing. If you are using a traditional masher, you will need to peel. We are using a potato ricer, so there is no need to peel. Just chop the potatoes in half.

12. Cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 - 20 minutes, until tender enough for mashing.

13. We forgot to take photos of the potato ricer in action, oops. Mash the potatoes, add milk and the rest of the butter, mix thoroughly.

14. Heat the oven to 200 C, 400F, Gas Mark 6.

15. Stir the baked beans (straight from the tin) into the meat mixture and pour into a large, shallow, oven proof dish, or individual dishes.

16. Spoon the mashed potato onto the top of the meat mixture, spreading it right to the edges of the dish.

17. Bake for about 40 minutes until the potato is pale and gold on top.


18. Like SO!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Review on the Year - Answers Part 2

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major, just the usual coughs and sneezes, etc.  And despite our mega snow fall I have managed to avoid any slips or falls too.

What was the best thing you bought?
TICKETS TO AMERICA!  Although, strictly speaking they were purchased the year before, so erm, this year's purchase? hmmmm. oooh oooooh, the best thing that I bought this year was
  • paint
  • paint brushes
  • paint
  • glue
  • paper
  • a bind it All
  • paint
  • and an awesome art journaling class online

Where did most of your money go?
Well, cars and housing and food is the truthful answer, but as far as disposable income is concerned, then art journaling supplies.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
MY TRIP TO AMERICA (are you sensing a bit of a theme with some of these answers? GRIN)  Also some really awesome news I got towards the end of this year with my job.

What song will always remind you of 2010?

I took my son to see Casting Crowns live on their only gig in England on their European tour! WOW, what an incredible night!

Compared to this time last year, are you:
a. happier or sadder?
It's been a tough year and I honestly could not have said this at certain points, but right now I think I am happier.  Certainly no sadder anyway.

b. thinner or fatter?
hmmmmm?  Thinner than this time last year but fatter than what I managed to get down to before the summer.  Still, I can get back on track! And that is part of my intention over the next few days or weeks.  Take it slow but get moving and get eating better.

c. richer or poorer?
Thankfully, truly thankfully we are finishing this year richer.  Hubby's employer has finally realised what an asset he is to the company and have moved his pay up!

What do you wish you'd done more of? 
I wish I'd spent more time being honest with myself. 

What do you wish you'd done less of?
I wish I'd spent less time hiding from myself, hiding from the issues I need to deal with, more time working through things, journaling, art journaling, not hiding from the both whenever things got difficult.

How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas day was spent with eldest son back at home, and the 4 of us just chilling together and eating and having fun.  Youngest was a bit off colour so eldest and hubby went to church without us.  Boxing day was spent in a similar manner and the Monday was a journey over to see relatives and go to my uncle's retirement party.

Did you fall in love in 2010?
Hmmmm, fall in love? continue in love?  Yes, and want to be even more so this year.

What was your favourite TV program?
I really don't watch a lot of tv, spend most of my free time at the computer or craft desk.  But when I do get to sit in front of the tv I do like Dr Who, NCIS and the various CSIs.  Also quite fond of certain cookery shows, particularly Nigella, Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Review on the Year - Answers Part 1

What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Oh let's see, fly to America, ALL BY MYSELF, get stuck ALL BY MYSELF in snow snow and more snow, first at Newark then in Cleveland and finally a night at a friend's house.  Her hubby drove and picked me up from Washington Dulles airport then took me back there the following morning.  She was such a blessing.
Then I spent a few chaotic hours at Atlanta airport with an incredible group of ladies, followed by one evening with a smaller group and then 2 weeks staying with a friend, just fitting into whatever they were doing as well as making a few visits and an appearance on stage in their church mid week kids program.

Did you keep your new years' resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I don't particularly make New Years resolutions as such, but I do seek God for a theme for the year.  Some years I can see how that theme worked throughout the year really clearly, last year I think that I probably avoided co-operating with God on the theme He had given me, so didn't see as much change in those areas as I had hoped.

Did anyone close to you give birth? 
Depends what you mean by "close".  There have been various births this year, online friends, family and best of all, church friends, especially one who had thought she could never get pregnant due to a medical condition, who is now a very proud mommy!

Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully this year has been one without that.


What countries did you visit? 
AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thankfully none of my diversions due to the snow took me into other countries.

What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010? 
Good quality sleep.   I have sleep apnoea and use a CPAP machine.  The CPAP machine has CHANGED MY LIFE!  But it still does not put me where I want to be in terms of energy levels or quality of sleep. 

What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Feb 25th 2009.  Yes I know that wasn't this year for most of you but for me it was.  Does anyone remember why?  Come on ladies who were involved in my trip, you should know.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I reckon surviving that 4 day journey to Atlanta ALL BY MYSELF was a pretty incredible achievement.  I met a lot of interesting people along the way.

What was your biggest failure? 
Getting stressed, stressed, stressed over things with work when I should have just rested in God knowing that HE had a plan up his sleeve all along and his timing is perfect.

Review on the Year 2010 - Questions List

Here are the year in review questions, in one place, without my answers, so that you can easily copy them over to your blog if you want to use them.
My answers will come over the next few days.


What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?

Did you keep your new years' resolutions and will you make more for next year?

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Did anyone close to you die?

What countries did you visit?

What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

What was your biggest failure?

Did you suffer illness or injury?

What was the best thing you bought?

Where did most of your money go?

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

What song will always remind you of 2010?

Compared to this time last year, are you:
a. happier or sadder?

b. thinner or fatter?

c. richer or poorer?

What do you wish you'd done more of?

What do you wish you'd done less of?

How did you spend Christmas?

Did you fall in love in 2010?

What was your favourite TV program?

What was the best book you read?

What was your greatest musical discovery of 2010?

What did you want and get?

What did you want and not get?

What was your favourite film of this year?

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

What kept you sane?

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

What political issue stirred you the most?

Who did you miss?

Who was the best new person you met?

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cheats Fish Pie

Cheats Fish Pie
4 packets (1 box) of boil in the bag fish in sauce
Frozen peas
Tin of Sweetcorn
Tin or two of tuna
Instant Mashed potato, made up with butter and milk added.
1 packet dry stuffing mix

1. Cook the boil in the bag fish and the peas in a large pan of water.

2. Take each packet of fish from the pan, one at a time.

3. Cut the packet with scissors and pour the contents into the dish.


4. Flake the fish with a fork.

5. Open and drain a tin of sweetcorn.

6. Mix the sweetcorn into the fish and sauce mixture.

7. Drain the peas.

8. Add the peas to the fish and sauce mixture and mix in.

9. Open and drain the tins of tuna.

10. Flake the tuna with a fork over the top of the fish in sauce mixture.

11. Season well with freshly ground salt and pepper.

12. make up enough instant mash to cover your dish, according to the instructions on the packet, using milk and butter for creaminess.

13. Top the fish mixture with the mash.


14. Dot with tiny pieces of butter.

15. Take a packet of dry stuffing mix.


16. And sprinkle over the top of the mash.

17. Pop this into the oven . . .

18. . . . Until it looks like this.
EDITED TO ADD: Nope, Anna, the three photo recipes that are on here, I did with my eldest son a few weeks ago and the photos have been sitting on the computer ever since. Haven't got around to making the posts. Figured today was an ideal opportunity. If you look back through today's posts you will find the other two.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Movies That Made Me Cry

 Last week my eldest went to see Narnia, and from his reaction it seems that he has inherited the thing about complete and utter brokenness in a movie theatre with total "God Moments".  I have yet to find time to go see it, but I am guessing I am going to need a whole box of tissues!  It made me think about some of the movies that have done that to me in the past.    One of them was Hook, read that story . . .

YES, I had God moments in Hook, God spoke to me through yet another kids movie . . .

When Robin Williams finally realised he really WAS Peter Pan and learnt to fly again, and Roofio, who had been leading the lost boys in his absence came to him, with the sword, and offered it to him. WOH! Roofio had been fighting against him being the real Pan until this point, but at this point of submission, as he acknowledged who and what Peter really was, there is a restoration. Roofio is restored to his proper position, he is a BOY, nothing more, just one of the lost boys, yes probably the oldest, yes probably the best fighter, but just one of the boys, he isn't carrying the weight of being in charge any more, he isn't weighed down by a responsibility that was never meant to be his.

And then, the end of the movie, when Peter is fighting Hook, and the children are cheering him on as peter Pan, but then realise he is their daddy, and that moment of recognition in their eyes? THIS! This man, come to save me, THIS is MY DADDY! And it so reminds me of our relationship to God as father and that moment of truly recognising that, truly understanding that this might great and powerful God is MY DADDY! WOH!

And then they go to fly home, and Peter stays behind to appoint a new leader to the lost boys. That is so moving, and then the children get home, to their mother. And this is no fairy tale where the children have been gone but not even missed, because no time has passed at home, OH NO! They have been missing, and she has been up all night in their room, wishing and hoping and praying, and they sneak into their beds, and she wakes up, and looks at them in their beds but doesn't believe it. She speaks to her grandmother and says something about her dreams being so real that she still sees them in their beds when she awakes. But then they do, and there is this reunion, and I just cried for all those mothers who have missing children, who never know if they will see that day. Who can't allow themselves to grieve that missing child yet, because to grieve would be to acknowledge that the child is gone for good, so grief is postponed in the hope of return! HEARTBREAKING!

and there is still MORE! Then Peter wakes up, in the snow at the foot of the peter Pan statue in the park, and makes his way home, where he finds his mobile phone ringing in the snow in the garden. This man, who before he went to never Land to rescue his children, had been too busy with work, been too busy for his own children, is babbling down the phone to this work contact about pixie dust and flying, and tells the person on the other end of the phone to experience flying himself and throws the phone out of the window! And you know that this is one daddy who has learnt the lesson, who, never again will put his work before his children. Who has learnt to laugh and learnt to play and learnt to think happy thoughts! And my heart breaks for all those children who fathers are not absent physically, but who are absent emotionally, for whatever reason whether it be a genuine physical need for the money he brings in, in order to survive or whether it be for his own self esteem and his own misunderstanding of what it means to be a father.

Yep, another movie for the God Moment list!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

21 Secrets is Going Strong

I've been having a lot of fun over at the 21Secrets ning site, learning and playing and making art.  These are the pages I have made through the class, so far:




If you are at all interested in Art journaling and haven't signed up for 21 Secrets yet, head over there and sign up now.  You can click on the link in my sidebar and it will take you straight to the site, or sign up via any of the artist's web pages.

There are 21 different classes over there, each with their own individual section of the website for discussion and sharing your work.  21 different teachers, and all for just under $60.  That might seem like a lot, but I worked out that if I paid for a class at the local community college I would pay £100 for just 10 classes with just 1 teacher!  This is actually an incredible deal, and since the whole site will stay up until the end of January you can keep coming back to it and back to it and learning again and again.
There are lessons and advice for absolute beginners and right up to those who have been doing this for a while.  CHECK IT OUT!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Blech

I have been struggling with a cold or some other bug that has left me with a nasty taste in my mouth whenever eating for days now.  I was also struggling with a mini creativity block.  So I went to 21Secrets (see link over in the sidebar) and launched into a page based on two of the classes.

One of my favourite classes has been the Typoholic class as my handwriting has never been the nicest to look at.  Then there is the Secret of Beginning class and one of the things we talk about in that class is it's not just about beginning the first time you learn something, it's about all the best artists begin again and again and again and it's always good to go back to the start.

So with the bit of creative block I decided it was time to begin again and just make a page about something as simple as not being able to taste stuff!

I went to a page that I had already painted a background on and grabbed a supermarket freebie magazine.  I cut out pictures of lots of different foods and glued them onto my page.  I hand wrote the blech! at the top of the page and then sponged a couple of colours of paint that I mixed up to be a bit dark and yucky, over the top.  One of the colours I put on using just a simple kitchen sponge that I had cut a chunk off and the other I used a scrunched up paper towel.  Then I wrote in the other text over the top.



So, yes, a lot of the pages I make are deep, and full of meaning to me, but some of them are just fun, playing with colours, techniques or just what is happening that day! 

THANKFULLY it seems that my sense of taste is returning, slowly.
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