Art (almost) Everday

Posted on June 17, 2013 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

Hey remember when I wrote about my New Year's goals and one of them was how I wanted to fill a sketchbook page every week? And then I started doing that and posted a photo every week of my sketchbook? Well if you don't, it's probably because I did it like 4 times and then totally gave up. Gotta love New Year's goals that last only for January...

Well, I've been following Jessalin Beutler on Twitter ever since I bought an adorable and beautifully painted dress from her online shop and she started this project called Art Everyday where she (as you may have guessed) makes art every single day.

For some reason, even though I couldn't manage to put pen to paper once a week, making something everday seemed attainable. I still don't understand the logic, because there is no logic in this, but I find setting aside a few minutes everyday just to play around in my sketchbook so much easier than "filling a page each week".

Art everyday (in my opinion) is about feeling free to just scribble on a page one day, make giant ugly mistakes the next day, and maybe even create something you're proud of the next day. When you experiment and make something you're feeling blah about, there's always tomorrow to start fresh. I felt a lot of pressure with the sketchbook page per week to create something good every week. Afterall, I had a whole week to complete it. Now, I love being able to experiment with my tools and not think of it as a final piece.

While I haven't managed to stick with making art literally everyday, it's definitely art almost everyday. Turns out I've been managing to fill way more than one page per week too! So I still feel like I'm sticking with my New Year's goal.

What about you? Have you stumbled on any goals this year and what are you doing to get back on track?


Posted on March 9, 2013 and tagged Personal with comments

Hey friends! You may have noticed that I haven't been around for a while. Well, I didn't fall off the face of the earth, I've just been very busy working on other projects such as CourseCraft, painting my house, choir and my new job at an accountant's office for tax season. Even though I've been swamped, I haven't forgot about this little blog. Inspiration hasn't been coming easily to me for the past few months and I love this blog so much that I didn't want to keep posting stuff I felt blah about, so I decided this is a perfect time for a blog vacation. The blog will be back in full swing May 1st, and I think it will be better than ever. Feeling like I don't have to post something has already filled my head with so many ideas. I want to go back to the kind of posts that got me excited, ie: gluing stuff to other stuff and telling you about it! So get pumped for May 1st people!!

Here is a tiny list of just some of the blogs I love. It should keep you busy in the mean time!

The Top Posts of 2012

Posted on January 2, 2013 and tagged Favourites, Personal with comments

I thought it would be fun to count down my top 5 most popular posts from 2012. This past year was really my first offical year of blogging and I learned alot about the kinds of posts I like to write. The kinds of posts people like to read... well that's still a bit of a mystery to me. What I tried to do was write things that felt right and genuine to me. Some of them didn't work out, but a few did. And here they are!

DIY Wall Art: Bubbles
This was my first blog post that really took off and I give it credit for getting me excited about blogging. These little bubbly canvases are the kind of thing I'm always working on and I usually just throw them in the closet or give them away. Publishing this and having it take off made me think "Hey, people actually want to see the little projects I'm working on. This could be fun!"

Hand Embroidered Cards
I actually had made these cards a couple years before I wrote this post and tried to sell them in my failed Etsy shop. I assumed people hated them because there was very little interest, so when I wrote this post it was totally on a whim. It was meant to be a bit of a filler post because I had nothing else to say. What I thought was just filler has turned out to the bread and butter of my blog posts. It's been pinned thousands of times, I've seen the post all over the internet and translated into several languages. So if you have any draft posts growing mold somewhere, maybe you should clean them up and hit publish because you just never know.

DIY Wall Art: Dreamy Letters
After the success of my Bubbles Art post, I decided to try my hand at DIY art again. I had a lot of fun dreaming this one up and believe it or not, took weeks to get it right. This post ended up being published on the Ruche blog and I became a proud member of the Ruche Blogger Family.

How Not to Paint Ikea Furniture
To this day, this post is by far my most commented on. People love to point out my obvious mistakes and laugh at me. I didn't really want to publish this one at first because it's so dorky, but I'm glad I did. I was planning on just destroying the evidence and never speaking of it again, but I decided to share the story hoping nobody else would make my mistakes. Maybe you'll even have a little chuckle at my expense.

Fall Freebie
This post was the first in what I hope to be a continuing trend on my blog- giving away free digital bits. I figured an iPhone background is something a lot of people could use, and I've since expanded these posts to include a desktop background too. I'm really glad these freebie posts turned out to be so popular because I really enjoy making them! Don't worry, the January background is coming very soon!!

My 2013 Goals

Posted on January 1, 2013 and tagged Personal with comments

Read 8 books -- This might not seem like a huge reading goal, but I figured since I've got a lot planned for 2013 I'll set some attainable. There have been years when I've read closer to 30 books but I have a feeling I won't have a lot of time for reading this year. I'm really hoping to exceed 8 books, but we'll see.

Fill a sketchbook page per week -- This one is actually going to be my new 52 week project. I really want to draw more and I think one page per week is more than do-able. And I'll make sure and post a picture each week so you can see it too!

Knit a sweater -- I just learned to knit over the holidays (barely) and I would really like to knit myself a sweater this year. Knitting came pretty naturally to me, so I think with a little practice I could cross this one off in the next couple months.

Have CourseCraft break even -- As you probably know, my husband and I started a little business in December. CourseCraft is a simple way to create and sell e-courses. We both have high hopes and big plans for it and I would loooove to see it pay for itself by the end of the year.

Try 2 new recipes per month -- I've been cooking the same things every week for a while now and it's getting a little boring. Between Post Punk Kitchen and Chef Chloe, this should be a fun and delicious goal!

Grow a nice garden out front -- Never having gardened a day in my life, this might be a tough one. When we first moved into our house in August I got the urge to rip everything (and I mean everything) out of the front garden and plant 2 sad looking shrubs and about 50 bulbs. After that, the neighbourhood squirrels had a giant feast on all my newly planted bulbs so I have a feeling I'm working with a clean slate this spring.

Take more walks and bike rides -- This was something I started doing last fall and I really loved it. I borrowed a bike from my mother in law and took off on a fairly regular basis. I would really love to get my own bike this year. After living in Toronto for 4 years with only my 2 feet to get me places, I'm basically a professional walker. Now that we have a car I want to make sure I don't get too lazy.

Sing and play a song on my guitar -- You guys, I got a guitar for christmas!! I can play 3 chords now, so I'm pretty much ready to start my own band. :P I would be so happy if by the end of the year I could play a whole song somewhat competently and sing along too. Did I mention I also joined a choir? I'm so excited about it and it should help me with the singing part of this goal.

There you have it, my 2013 goals. Nothing too sappy like "Be a better human being" or vague like "Get creative". Just simple, straight forward, measurable goals I can start working on right away. What are your goals for the new year? Anyone else doing a 52 week or a 365 project? I would love to hear about it! Happy new year everyone.