Friday, January 18, 2019

ART on Friday

Another week has gone by - already the middle of January. Like many parts of the U.S., we face severe cold and snow this weekend. A good time to get some reading and creating in for sure!

Here are a few challenges I worked on this week.

Mary Oliver
I was shocked to hear of the poet Mary Oliver's death yesterday. She has penned so many beautiful poems. One quote from her that I love bears repeating:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Another of her quotes I turned into a journal page:

Here is a link to more information about her life and work.

Take a Word Challenge
The theme at Take a Word Challenge this week was "Green and Blue". When I saw this quote I knew it would work with the colour theme.

Tag Tuesday
The theme at Tag Tuesday is "Mail, postmarks or Postage stamps"
I have hundreds of used postage stamps, so decided to use a few of these and created two tags.

My OLW is Focus and here is my second card.

Linking with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday

Thursday, January 17, 2019

ABC Wednesday - B

This week at ABC Wednesday, B gets centre stage.

B can be so many things - butterflies, bees, birds.

But B is for Be - a word that Shakespeare used in a famous phrase: "To be or not to be"
Some have used the word as their OLW - their One Little word to define their year.

And there are so many things we can be:
Brave      bold     boisterous

But we can also be: amazing    capable     happy   flexible

Yes, there o many things to Be. 
Be sure to believe in yourself though and be present.

We can also "Just Be".

Be sure to check here to see what others around the world did for B.

Friday, January 11, 2019

ART on Friday

Time once again to share what I have been working on the past week.
There have been several challenges I have participated in as well as a new yearly project I started last week.

Here is the new card I created for my OLW - FOCUS:

Sunday Postcard Art
The theme at Sunday Postcard Art is "wings".
I chose one of my favourite quotes as well as a photo of my daughter when she was around 4.

Take a Word Challenge
The theme at Take a Word Challenge is "botanical".

Art Journal Journey
The theme this month at Art Journal Journey is "Geometric Shapes"

Linking with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

ABC Wednesday - Round 24 begins!

We are now starting Round 24!  A new year and a new round.

This round I plan to focus on actions that can be taken to make this the best year ever, and will use a journal to create a page of quotes.

A is for A new year. 2019 has the potential to be a turbulent year, carrying on from the upheaval and discord that has spread like a cancer around the world;
-where a U.S. president is under intense FBI scrutiny and lies repeatedly
-where populism and white supremacy is exploding, world-wide
-where racism has reared its ugly head
-where even schools and churches are no longer safe from gun violence.

But we do not have to succumb or surrender to the hate and negativity of last year.
We need to act.
We need positive, assertive actions and attitudes to push back that negativity.

Yes. It is A NEW YEAR. A year
- to take action
-to adjust attitudes
-to assert positive affirmations.

Make 2019 your best year yet.

Be sure to check here to wee what others around the world did for A.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Connect Five Books Reading Challenge

A soon as I saw this challenge I knew I had to participate. As a teacher, I often connected books - for them, author, illustrator- for my students. I don't often purposely do this in my own reading, but I aim to do this, this year.

Guidelines:(check here)

Let’s look at connections for books… what books link for some reason or another.
When you have five that connect in whatever way you are able to group them then link up. How might you do this?
  • Write and link up a blog post
  • Share the five books on Instagram and link up
  • Have a Goodreads shelf and link that up – this may be a little different but maybe use it in combination with a comment.
  • Or… if you belong to none of these places, share five books in a comment.

What’s the Challenge?

To look for connections between books you read. There will be  many connections that just float over our awareness. Let’s see can we raise that a bit, whether its fairly surface level or something deeper.


Here are some examples that might get you thinking! It’s not hard work, you don’t need to plan it out, just see what happens.
It could be ….
  • Five books of the same genre
  • Five books by the same author
  • Five books with a similar theme or issue being explored for example mother/daughter relationships
  • Five books from the same series
  • Five books you bought in 2018
  • Five books from the depths of your TBR
  • Five books with fabulous covers
  • Five debut books
  • Five new to you authors
  • Five books that weren’t for you.
  • Five books that really connect to your own life in some way.
  • Five books with the theme of friendship
  • The five books connection cannot be too simple, for example five paperbacks or five ebooks or five women authors – unless of course you hardly ever read women authors. I could challenge myself and have a group though of five male authors because I hardly ever read male authors! Five USA authors would be rather simple, but it could be five USA authors from the same state.
  • A book can only be used once.
  • The books must be read in 2019.
  • Books can be carried over until you have five of something. It may take a few months to gather five of something.
  • You may have  many connections of five to link up . So if you have two groups of five then you can link up twice and so on within a month.
  • You may just link one group of five during the year sometime or many each month.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Beyond the Bookends Reading Challenge

Beyond the Bookends is another favourite reading challenge I have enjoyed and completed for awhile.
I aim to be successful again - and have fun choosing and reading books from their categories.

Here's the outline:

Modern Mrs. Darcy's Reading Challenge

The Rading Challenge hosted at Modern Mrs. Darcy has been a favourite for a few years. There are 12 book choices and give variety to one's reading.

Here are the choices: