Here it is - the start of the 22nd round of ABC Wednesday.
For this new round I aim to create a set of quote cards that relate to achieving more this year. MORE is my ONE Little Word and will guide me this year. (check here to see why I chose it)
I received a giant deck of cards for Christmas and my first thought was that they would make sturdy canvases.
A is for Amy - Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Amy is still inspiring me, even though she passed away too soon last March. Her picture books are amazing, her videos inspirational, especially her Ted talk.
Check here and here for more information about this exceptional woman..
Here is Amy's advice - to start this new year.
Check here to see how others around the world are accepting this new challenge.
I am once again taking part in Julia's weekly meme at "Stamping Ground" - where she encourages us to share our work spaces and what we are working on.
As I finished the card above, I snapped a pix of my dining room table, where I was working.
Art Journal Journey
The theme for January is "New Year, New Adventures".
This quote by Neil Gaiman encourages us to make glorious mistakes - and can apply to writing or art. A wonderful freeing way to start the new year.
This week I played with my gelli plate - something I haven't done in a while. I used my bigger new plate and created some papers for backgrounds, using some new stencils I got before Christmas. I will definitely have to do more of that.
I may not have created every day, but I am creating more having fun doing it!
A brand new year means a brand new word to carry me through 2018. Instead of making resolutions (which never seemed to work), choosing OLW has become a treasured tradition, since 2013.
For the past five years, I have chosen a word to represent how I wanted the year to unfold.
My words usually announced themselves; it was never a challenge to adopt one.
I have taken Ali Edwards year long course on choosing OLW and living with it and I found it fascinating and helpful.
2013 - JOY
2014 - Embrace
2015 - Bloom
2016 - SHINE
2017 - Cultivate
Each word filled a need and helped me navigate through some challenging times - from retiring, to health issues with my husband.
During the past year I found myself creating less, especially my writing, I have had little routine in my life and am frustrated at how little I accomplished last year.
So this year, I knew I needed a strong word that would force me to do more, to write and create more. The word more just seemed to apply to so many things I wanted to have in my life.
The over-riding theme for this year I want to embrace is: "Enjoy Life More".
I created my OLW canvas for the year, that will hang in my art room, to remind me that each day I must seek more of life.
There are many resources to help you find your OLW.
Check at Ali Edwards and as well, at Susannah Conway's blog for a free 5 day course.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the fourth largest in North America by population., with almost 3 million people.
The Invictus Games were held here in September.
There are numerous sports teams:
Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays
Hockey: Toronto Maple leafs
Basketball: Toronto Raptors
Football: Toronto Argonauts - The Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders meet next Sunday for the final game to win the Grey Cup. Should be a great game.
My Top Ten Things to see in Toronto:
Royal Ontario Museum
Art Gallery of Ontario
CNE Toronto Zoo
Hockey Hall of Fame Toronto Islands
Ontario Science Centre
This week at ABC Wednesday, R is the letter of the week.
R is for Louis Riel, as well as the Red River settlement and Regina, Saskatchewan which figure in Riel's story
Louis Riel has always been a controversial figure in Canadian history. He was born in the Red River settlement of what is now Manitoba, in 1844.
He became the spiritual and political leader of the Metis and in 1885 would lead a second rebellion against the Canadian government. He was captured and stood trial in Regina for treason. Judge Richardson sentenced him to death and he was hanged on Nov. 16, 1885.
Check here and here for much more info on this Canadian hero.