His attention to detail and artistic eye constantly amaze me with the things he creates. Whether it is as seemingly mundane as some shelves for our craft shows or as brilliantly designed as the birdhouses and swords and shields it is always well thought out. He is patient in his design and execution where I am much more of a fly by my pants sort of painter–we do have to work hard to coexist with our different outlooks on crafting but in the end we mesh pretty well!
If you want to see him in action please check out his YouTube Channel! Even if you aren’t a woodworker yourself it is pretty entertaining!
So as Halloween approaches and this Mama becomes Super-Crafting-Because-I-Don’t-Wanna-Pay-An-Arm-And-Leg-For-A-Costume-Mom!!
This Year I have Super Cupcake Princess to create, and Little Gray Mouse, in addition to my Fabulous Witch Hat! My daughter told me I had to be a witch–still not sure how to take that! HAHA! But I am going to be a cute anime-esque witch with a full skirted mid calf black dress with purple and green underskirts and my combat boots and of course my hat! Let’s break out the ribbon and glue gun and go to town!
I hope everyone else has a happy Halloween, however you choose to celebrate!
I am working on some nifty new projects for our craft show in December–yes, it's only August but with a family to take care of it is important to plan out how the crafting will get done! And more importantly stick to the plan! It helps a little that I haven't really been drawn to any of my writing projects lately; I am thankful that I have art to turn to when that happens! Don't worry the stories are still percolating brainside!
I'm very excited about trying out some new stuff: alcohol ink on ceramic coasters, lettering on bookmarks, dragons, ornaments and more! Some of these things will be available to buy online eventually!
There you go! A little sneak peak! I'll be posting more pictures as some of these projects actually get finished!
So I think updating once a week will be optimum for me. It gives me time to mull over what I want to say so I can make sure it is worthwhile.
All that to say I’ve been very busy! Crafty projects in the works and writing projects in the works. Let me break it down.
I finished Act 1 of The Grand Adventure of Henry Rayne and the Airship Pirates! Woot! I have gotten a LOT of really good feedback which is great for helping me figure out how to shape Act 2 as well as how to fill out some scenes and characters that are still a little stiff and lacking.
Started Act 2 of same play as part of Camp NanoWrimo. Although I am writing by hand for the most part it will be great to use Camp as a catalyst for Focus–argh, my dreaded nemesis! Harhar! Hoping to at least get it roughed out so I can move on to Act 3 and detailing the entire draft during May.
Writing a quick 10 page play for Shakespeare’s birthday in two weeks–yikes! Better get on that! More details on that next week once I’ve got my idea fully outlined!
Crafting and Art:
Working to get ready for our first show of the year in May! Onwards and upwards!
Now that it’s officially the sixteenth year of the second millenia it is time to really get my planner in gear! I have to admit it was a little daunting. Bullet journaling is very flexible to what you need, the problem therein being–you have to know what you want! I also have this fear of if everything isn’t perfect the first time I’ve failed (thank you Pinterest, I blame you!)
What I realized is that this planner is part journal and in being such is part journey. It’s alright if I change things up mid March because I found a better way to organize. That realization put the fun back into the project and let me move forward.
Ok, so one of the big tenents of bullet journaling is this personalized legend. I will admit I’m not entirely sold on this as I tend to just jot stuff down higgeldy piggeldy and sort it out later. What I hope this will force me to do is to every night examine these jottings and help organize them into a way of getting them done. I’m more of a color code person myself so I hope to incorporate some of that into it as well. Obviously a work in progress!
I wanted my big goals in the front where I will have to flip past them and reread them constantly. The next step with these is creating a timeline and an action plan!
This is the page I am most excited about! I don’t mind standard calendar set ups but I am so much more a list person and I really think this format will help me keep up with monthly tasks much better.
Here is my weekly page set up. A lot of people prefer a daily page but when I have planners like that I get daunted by trying to fill the page up. Who knows, maybe I’ll switch to daily once I get going! Not pictured is the opposite page where I’ll keep notes and ideas and things like that.
I like where this journal/planner is headed. I think creating it myself will help keep invested in using it. The trick now is to not compare myself to others but do what makes sense to me!
Christmas is over and tucked away till next year and now it is time to look to the future!
I’ve shared some goals for next year and while I will constantly be evaluating and examining and working towards those goals it is time for something more concrete: a planner!
I have had a planner every year to varying degrees of success. I am going to have to buckle down like with the blogging to make it a habit. I am making my own planner this year in hopes that it will make it more appealing by letting me have exactly what I want and need. We will see.
The amount of resources on the Interwebs about journaling and planners is as vast as Saturn’s rings. I am not kidding! However, I have plowed through the realms of Pinterest finding articles and pictures that seem like they will be useful!
With washi tape in hand I will see what I can come up with!