Friday, September 23, 2011

Dreamboards, LifeBoards, VisionBoards

I think all of these can be the same thing. You know, like the whole journaling thing: art journaling, daily journaling, ideas journal...

I made a board last week which you can see the examples below. No, My board can't be a simple one boarded experiment. It had to be a board with many pages attached to look like doors and drawers opened.

A Lifeboard can have many topics on it that you are looking forward to in the future such as Life, Love, Spirituality, Finances and Prosperity, Traveling...

A Visionboard can be random and various pictures that you just pick out, glue down, add to it as the days go on and see what the correlation of the pictures are.

A Dreamboard is somewhatj like a lifeboard, and a vision board. You place pictures down of things you are interested in and keep a watch on what is happening in your life to what the pictures symbolize and signify.

Being a christian, I desire many things and have many dreams. I give all of these desires to the Lord. And I love putting down these things in visuals and writings. Then I get to look back to see what has come out of these things through prayer, hoping and trusting.

Journal-Have you always wanted to journal

I admire and am almost jealous at times when I read on peoples blogs that they have been journaling since they were a little kid. They had a journal. I had a diary with the little golden key but I didn't write in it. I do remember going through a season of writing poetry, but because I felt like I had no idea in writing or writing poetry to be exact, I stopped doing it and threw away those sheets of lined paper that I collected.

I am coming to realize that as a child, writing and reading were no way highly suggested as they are today. What I would have or could have done with a beautiful leather journal is beyond me. And now that I feel all choked up about journaling, and I truly want to do it, now I am confused about what type of journal I want to do and it gets all jumbled up and guess what. I throw them away.

The only journals I have kept are ones that I carry with me and write down information, recipes, craft ideas etc. and I write them in a notebook and I collect them. Do I ever go back to them to read them? Hardly ever. I always thing that what is in them is what I want to keep. Maybe someday I can go in and catalogue it all somehow. I ask myself "Why didn't I make that recipe or make that craft?"

I am coming to realize that there is just too much stuff to make and do. And I blog search and web search everyday for another idea. I hardly make anything I copy.

So what do I do. I have thought about having a daily journal, a craft and ideas journal, a clothing journal, a christian inspired journal, a drawing and daily journal....At one point, I probably had 8 journals. I would even get confused which one I should write in or grab when I am going out.

I thought maybe I should have a January journal with everything in it from drawings, recipes, quotes, ideas, then a February journal. That would probably be the best idea, but then what about the things I want to keep cherished in only my heart and then they would be in that journal?

Yes, the question is "To Journal or Not to Journal?" that is the famous question

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Photographing Rockport

Everyday, I try to create. Create something....Yesterday, I photographed Rockport. I have done this before, but today was a new day.

Today, I made my dreamboard and made home-made applesauce in my new electric pressure cooker. I also picked some small sunflowers and blackeyed susans that were growing in the yard to dry them for seeds and potpourri.

Who knows what I will do tomorrow. I have plans to dangle crystals off of one of my chandeliers. I want to make a paper wreath with antique books. I have an idea for a huge canvas collage. We'll see...

Rockport-One of my favorite places

This is the beach I pick my sea glass and yes, I have found red!

I have incorporated seaglass into my collages. When I look at my sea glass it reminds me of everytime my husband has taken me to Rockport in the fall, winter, spring and summer for the past 6 1/2 years.

He is such a dear and loving man and husband.

Sunflowers and the Autumn Fall in Rockport

I just love these sunflwoer shots I took at a little beach house at Rockport

If you grow sunflowers, don't waste those seeds.
Place them on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with some water and sprinkle with salt.
Put in 250 degree oven and roast for about 30 minutes. Check them so they don't burn, and bake a little longer if they are not completely dried out.
After done baking, let cool and put in a plastic or glass covered container for a snack.

Save some of the seeds for next years crop!

My Dreamboard-It is a dream-vision board and fullmoon board

This was quite the project. Dreamboards, fullmoon boards, vision boards, business boards...
So many to chose from.
I worked on my dreamboard-vision board while my daughter worked on her vision board today for the first day of school. As you may or may not know, I homeschool my children.
Working with my daughter on her goals for the future seeing she is in high school, and I wanted to get creative myself.

Well, my dream board came out like a book. I started out with a flat surface, and I got the idea that I wanted my board to be like a closet that opened up. Well it did just that. The front doors of the closet are also shelves that open up. AFter you open that layer, there is another door that opens up in the middle, then a door that opens to the left and then so on.

This dream board is like a dream. You can leave the left door closed and open all the other doors to get different illusions. You can leave the right door closed, and fold over the drawers of the first door. You can flip over some of the drawers and keep some of the drawers opened.

My dreamboard consists of fall colors and pumpkins and baskets and black crows and the hair cut I would like and new fall sweaters. I want to decorate some of my chandeliers in my house and noticed I have pictures ripped and added onto my pages. I am into numbers and baskets so I added them onto a page and I am organizing for schooling this fall along with my hearts desire is to become a life coach. I think that may be where the new wardrobe comes in for my working with clients. The numbers show me organization skills, keeping track of dates and months, the baskets show how to keep files and the candles and textures of other items are what I like to surround myself with.

Portraits of various styles

Over a month ago, I had the flu. I was stuck on the couch for one month.
So, finally after two weeks of being sick, I grabbed some supplies and just played. I usually don't just play but I was so sick, I figured why not!
Used Crayola child's oil pastels

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Storms and Rain and Floods in the East Coast and no Electricity in California

I am so sorry to all of you that are flooding away i.n the East Coast and to you with no electricity in California. I pray for you and know that you are not alone. Keep me up with how you are doing and your prayer needs.

willowing is having a great offer with many artists teaching all sorts of styles: collage, painting, whimsical, girls faces...a..nd so much more.

Artists galore with many talents are on her site and it is something you can work on all year along with a special class choice or choices of Tams.

Take a look.