Friday, January 8, 2016

Happy New Year

wow....with just one click I accidentally lost my template for my blog... yikes. I am sure there may be a way to get it back but if I can't it will give me a reason to redesign the blog again..anyway, in the meantime...

I may be a bit behind with these new year thoughts but i am finally getting back to blogging. just took a little break for a few weeks as I only felt like quilting, and we had all the kids home which was great. still haven't painted much, but have been reflecting a bit on the past year and the future year as it seems most bloggers (and nonbloggers) do this time of year.

The good thing about blogging though is I can easily go back and look at my year in pictures and see what I have accomplished.

In 2015 I started off in January carving.... birds and walking sticks...

moved on to a few other projects here and there in February...

by March I was starting paintings that I never finished even though my WORD last year was COMPLETE...

In April I painted this guy that I had stuck in a pile and forgotten all about...

In May I was still sketching and making mandalas and I had big news... MY MANDALA BOOK!!!! which is what I worked on for months and will be out this year, April 1st!...

June was about my garden

and rhubarb, and my son and working on mandalas for the book and enjoying the summer weather.

July was terrifying and so much fun. A road trip across the country with my daughters I never imagined but will never forget!

I faced so many fears; driving in cities, ziplining, heights, rapids, more heights, flying, etc etc etc,

August was about drawing flowers as I had met my deadline for the mandala book and was ready for a change...

September was filled with canning and more flowers and designing fabric...

October I decided to finish a coloring book I had planned for so long, and also was featured in heART magazine's coloring book issue.

I made some new carved birds and their stories in November and they sold out that week, and I worked on making up inspirational, self affirmation , meditation cards to be put in the shop, but they aren't there yet, soon I hope.

 December; I made some tiny muse's that are still available in the shop,  and continued on with the quilting ....

I looked at my resolutions from last year...

eat more vegetables and less sugar
hike more
do taichi and yoga more
finish the novel
finish the children's book
be thankful more
notice beauty more
pay it forward more
laugh more
spend less time on the internet
clear out clutter

most I didn't accomplish, but all things I still want to work on.
I did also set a goal to read 25 books, and I managed 24 with the help of Audible,
and logged with the help of Goodreads.  
(if you are curious and if you click on that link it will take you to my page where it shows all the books I read last year. it shows 23 as I forgot to add the last one I finished... 'a winter sea')
it still counts as reading if you listen
that way you still have time to quilt or paint or walk. 

As I am still quilting so much now I have very little to show as far as sketching or painting but until I do, here are some new doodles in my notes during a class I had to take for work....
after class I glued them into my sketchbook to cover a page I hated.

For 2016 I have lots of plans!
and lots!
and so many things that are just about to be finished so I will have LOTS to show.
see you soon...


  1. I see that you can enjoy the life and you have great talents to express it. Love your art.
    Happy new year and PPF ♥

  2. Your work is exquisite! Beautiful photos of your journey. hugs, Donna

  3. what a super look back into last year-full of so many good things! Looks like you're in gear for another fabulous year too. Beautiful art projects!

  4. Last year might be hard to beat, but here's wishing that this year will be even better for you. I do remember your posts about your trip with your daughters, I have to say I enjoyed it very much and wished I was able to do the same.
    Happy New Year!
    Connie :)

  5. So many things accomplished, and that roadtrip looks fabulous! Wishing you another great year full of creativity and joy!

  6. A brilliant summery of a fantastic adventure by the look of it. What a treat to be able to spend quality time with your daughters too.
    Love the fact that you were in a's something that I've been aiming for although I've not really pursued it.
    Gorgeous drawings and artwork too.
    Thank you for sharing and good look with the redesigning of your blog. (That's something else that I've been going to do for quite some time... talk about procrastination!!!)
    Happy PPF to you

  7. What a nice post! Glad to have you. Love your coloring book images and especially the animals. I am new to the blogging world and happy to find new art friends. I am happy to say I am a new follower. Dea xo

  8. Love all the fabulous photos...your girls are darling!! You accomplished a lot...Complete was a great son in law picked that word this year!!! Hope he is able to accomplish as much!! Everything you shared is beautiful... you go girl!! Happy New Year I look forward to more!!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. Great post. Love the art and your photos!

  10. Love the summary of the year! Very inspiring and I am so eager to see all the new things you create! Because of your reading list I picked up an Alice Hoffman book at our library today. . . not one of the ones you read, they did not have those on the shelf, but one called "Foretelling" which I am already smitten with (odd book shape, great title and premise).

    I am also always inspired by your creativity and the following of the muse in your own, special way. It always makes me feel less odd for having so many ideas and directions too. :)

    Here's to a magical and remarkable 2016!


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