Oh good grief! It seems like no matter how fast I go, the behinder I get! That’s an old saying (well, kind of) that my mother used to exclaim on days when she couldn’t seem to catch up with everything that needed to be done in a day. I think it actually goes more like this: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!” I was close. But some days it really does feel like that. This has been kind of a week like that so far – not in a bad way, but just all of the normal mom stuff that needs to be accomplished, plus a few last minute “OOPS! Sorry mom, I forgot . . . . ” – so last night after sitting at the tennis courts for over two hours, I came home with two very tired and very hungry teenage girls. But on the way I decided to stop and treat the girls to a strawberry lemonade, and “OOPS!” sorry world . . . I was so busy with other stuff that I forgot to check the bank account, and apparently I thought I was good but forgot that the utility bill was coming out this week, so there we were.
Fortunately, I was able to fix the oversight rather quickly, but not before I was ready to give up on life (really?????) because I made a mistake. I’m sure that never has happened to anyone else, so I’m embarrassed to admit it, but that’s life. So this morning, I decided (after making sure all was well with my bank account) that this is a new day and I’m going to keep on moving. I decided not to give up on life after all, because I have this beautiful little art journal that needed to be photographed (which I thought I was going to do yesterday, but oh, well) – so here is my finished little book. I’m so excited to start on the next one!
I’m planning to take pictures as I go along with the next one, or if I can figure out how to do it, maybe I’ll do a little how-to video. Seems like everyone else knows how to do that, so I guess I better figure it out. I’ve been encouraged by the kind words I’ve received from some of my writer friends about my art journals, and even one of my friends offered to write an article about me and my sweet little journals. I guess we’ll have to discuss that possibility!
Anyway, I’m off to a bunch of other pressing deadlines (no tennis match today – not until tomorrow!) so hopefully I’ll get a lot accomplished before I fall asleep. Many miles to go, as a famous writer once said. So let me leave you with a few pictures of my finished art journal and encourage you to think about starting your own creative journey and make your very own art journal.
Remember you can use whatever you have on hand to get started – you should see the box of teeny-tiny scraps of paper I have out in my studio! I keep every one because you never know when you might need a quarter-inch square of scrapbook paper. As my mama used to say (I remember all those things now that I’m a grown-up): “Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.” So in that case you never want to waste anything. That has come in handy upon occasion – especially on those (very) rare occasions when I mess up my bank account. Fortunately I had some funds “stashed” away so I could take care of that little slip up. Be wise, and don’t waste anything!
I’ll be back tomorrow for one of our weekly blog hops and linky parties – hope you can join us, it’s lots of fun!
In the end, “She saw every ending as a new beginning . . . ” is one of my favorite reminders to keep moving, one day at a time, even when I mess up my life!
And so, my love of “little books” inspires me to make “little books” that fit inside a little bit bigger “little book” – those tiny note books fits perfectly inside the pockets on these pages, that are decorated with a banner with pink tags and vintage buttons stitched onto a yellow polka dot background.
More pictures tomorrow of my finished art journal, April, 2017!