Be Happy Anyway

Be Happy Anyway
From Brave Girls Club

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sketchbook Project 2013 - Dwellings

I am not sure why I do it, but I am such a procrastinator.

However, this year is my year to FINISH the things I start. For example, tomorrow I WILL clean my kitchen. But the biggest project I have completed so far is my entry to Sketchbook Project 2013 from the Art House Co-op, a traveling library of sketchbooks.

I decided that since most of you will not be near one the 8 showings around the United States I would share my pages with you.

But first here is a great video about the project.

The Sketchbook Project, London 2012 from You and I Films on Vimeo.

You will notice that my pages change style along the way. That's because 1) I procrastinated and was running out of time; and 2) I was running out of different ideas that fit the theme.

So take a look:

The Cover 
(chipboard, Sharpie paint pen, Gellie roll pen, Micron pen)

House in the Hills 
(aquarelle paper, water color, Micron pen)

Waiting Room Aquarium 
(aquarelle paper, water color, Micron pen)

Woodland Home 
(aquarelle paper, water color, Micron pen, 3-D faerie sticker)

Home Away From Home
(water color, Micron pen, color pencil)

Home Within the Walls
(water color, Micron pen, color pencil)

At Home In the Hive
(water color, Micron pen, color pencil)

"Mobile" Home
(water color, Micron pen)

Tree House
(water color, Micron pen)

Floating Home 
(water color, Micron pen)

Unexpected Home 
(water color, Micron pen)

Tiny Home
(water color, Micron pen)

Ancient Home
(Alcázar, Segovia) 
(water color, Micron pen)

Indigenous Home  
(water color, Micron pen)

 Art Lives in My Heart 
(water color, Micron pen)

My challenge to you is if you are anywhere near the tour, make trip out to see this amazing collection. I have marked my calendar to catch a glimpse of my book and get inspired by the others in the collection.  Oh and if you are so inclined, get on the Art House Co-op email list so you can hear about their many projects. Maybe your book will be next to mine in 2014.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Have you heard of UFOs?

No, not this kind:

I mean Un-Finished Objects - those projects you have started and for one reason or another never complete. They could be creative projects or work related. Maybe you cut a pile of pretty papers in preparation for making your own Christmas cards. Or maybe you still have boxes that need to be unpacked from your move two years ago. Do you have an unfinished quilt or sweater calling your name? I do.

That's why my OLW (one little word) for 2013 is FINISH. I want to live my life with a sense of accomplishment.

Yesterday, I woke up and realized that I am exactly three months away from being able to move out of this temporary house into my own house. My life is finally moving on. Then I started thinking about all of things I need to get done before then.

First and foremost is the Sketchbook Project because it has a specific due date (1/31/13). Next, I need to get my family situation in order so I can move on with my life. I also need to finish organizing my craft supplies because when I move into my house in April I am going to set up my dining room as my dedicated craft area. (Don't worry folks. My kitchen is big enough to eat in.) Finally, I have a tiny quilt that I sewed for Caitlin before she was born (yes, she is about to turn 16) that needs quilting and binding. It isn't big enough for anything anymore but to say, "Hey, I made that!" but it will be FINISHED!

Here are two pages I have FINISHED for the Sketchbook Project. I chose the theme DWELLINGS.

 By the time 2013 is over, maybe I will have finished enough things to be able to choose START as my word for 2014. But one thing at a time.
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