Wednesday, January 17, 2007


I am a couple of week's late with this art piece, but I did finally get it done. Ali had posted a challenge in her newsletter at the beginning of the year to choose a word that would define your goals for this year.

My word for the year is Create. And, yes this does mean crafts on one level simply because I want to get more done than I have lately and challenge myself in more areas, but for me, this word goes much deeper. I first posted some of my ideas on this in my Sept 8th blog post. Around Christmas I received the book Living Artfully by Sandra Magsumen. I haven't finished reading it yet, but this is such a powerful book!!! I plan on giving a full-on review when I finish the book entirely. The idea behind the book is that there are endless possibilities and ways to be creative in life beyond crafts that enrich your life and all the people around you. It can be as simple as the extra note that you put in your child's lunchbox or actually pulling out the good dishes for dinner to make it a more beautiful experience. There are creative things that you can do in your world every day, every moment to simply make it a more beautiful life. And this is what I strive for over the next year. This piece of art is something that I plan to hang prominantly in my life to remind me of that.

And here is a glimpse of the going's on for Katherine's bedroom. I finally found a bedding set that I liked at a price I liked (half price!) Then over the weekend, I made the lamp to coordinate with it. The base is made from one of the wood Prima Vases. The papers are from the Basic Grey Oh Baby! Girl line and everything else (flowers, gems, and ric rack) are from Prima.

I hope that you all are having a great week!!!


Alisa Stieg said...

A girl! Wow! And you've already named her! Katherine is a beautiful name! I'm so happy for you, my friend! And let me say, you look radiant! I miss spending time with you! I guess this will have to suffice as a long-distance HUG! Congratulations! I've been praying for a girl for you! ;)


Heather said...

Aw, your little baby is called Katherine. Lovely!

"Create" is a good word for you for '07 because with God you're creating a new little human being!

I like your lamp - how cleverly creative you are!

ArtsyMama said...

That's my word for 2007 too! Woohoo:) We are totally on the same wavelength. Also got a hold of Living Artfully and look forward to diving in. Hmm...maybe I'll have to do a blog "challenge" on that in the future. We can all work through it togther. Fun! Anyway, your wee ones bedroom looks abosolutely adorable. How exciting!!

Julie Webb Kelley said...

Really like your page -- the quote especially is verrrrrrrrrrryyyyy inspirational!! Thanks for sharing it - it encouraged me. Thanks.

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