Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Miscellaneous musings

'Tis the season.
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Happy Tuesday!

Well, here we are in December. It's hard to believe that another year is nearly over. Now comes the rush of the Christmas season, something I never seem to be prepared for. My panic starts right about now and lasts through Christmas Eve—but I shouldn't let it. I know that somehow everything always gets done. I just have to keep reminding myself... ☺

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and I'm not entirely sure where they went! One thing that happened is that I didn't complete NaNoWriMo this year. Life (including the very welcome excitement of our expected baby girl!) kind of got in the way. I did, however, get some words down—more than I've written in a while—and I feel good about that accomplishment.

On an even better note, I've taken up a new form of expression: art journaling. If you've read my blog for a while, you know that I love all types of art. Art journaling takes my love of words and combines it with my love of art, and I'm having so much fun with it! I don't consider myself to be an artist at all, but with this type of journaling, the process is more important than the product, and I'm enjoying the process so much. I'm excited to see where this new passion takes me. Who knows? You might see this topic in one of my Sunday inspiration posts sometime soon.

Finally—and for no other reason than it's Tuesday—here's Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone." Wishing you all a fantastic day. ☺


Lyrics here.

54 comments:

  1. Lynyrd Skynyrd delicious to start December!

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  2. Is art journaling like scrapbooking? Or like collage? I loved the collage class I took ages ago and said I was going to continue along with it…but I didn't. Hmm, maybe in the new year I'll pick it up again…. :)

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    1. Kind of, maybe. (Specific, huh? LOL) I do make collages in my journal sometimes, but mostly I mix media: paint, ink, drawings, words, etc. I think in the end, art journaling can be whatever you want it to be. There are lots of great art journalers out there and a ton of wonderful examples. I'm sure you could get a better answer from them. I'm rambling... ;) I hope you do pick up your collage work again. Sounds fun!

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  3. Yes...Amazing to get in to another new year...December,always a special month.:)

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  4. I know. It is amazing how time flies. I just love this time of year though, spending time with family. But before we know it that to will be over.
    Have a happy holiday season.

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    1. I love it because my kids do. I just have to learn to control my stress. :)

      Have a wonderful season!

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  5. It is hard to believe another Christmas is almost upon us. I guess I should seriously think about writing some Christmas cards and doing some shopping!

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    1. Same here. (Glad I'm not the only one!)

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  6. Art journaling sounds like a great idea. Glad you are enjoying it!
    Happy Tuesday. :)

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  7. I can't believe you said you don't consider yourself an artist! You are SO one. Embrace it. ; )

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    1. Oh, I'm strictly an amateur—but thank you. :)

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  8. Mhm, art hournaling...first time I see it. And yes, time flyes!

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    1. It's a lot of fun. If you're interested, you should check it out. Hope you had a nice Tuesday!

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  9. Have a very Merry Time gettting ready!

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  10. I agree on the blahs of another Christmas here and another year almost over. I have never heard of art journaling though and I agree on the music!

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  11. I had the privilege to see Lynyrd Skynyrd at Oxford Polytech a few weeks before they were killed in the plane crash. Freebird & Sweet Home Alabama were totally awesome

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    1. How wonderful that must have been! Many say that was the band's most popular incarnation.

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  12. I'm getting much better at not stressing over the coming holiday. It's less stressful now that the kids are older. Fun in a different way.

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    1. It seems like I stress out a lot more than my husband does. Maybe it's just my nature!

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  13. Out of seven years I've participated in NaNoWriMo, I've only won three times! As long as you got some writing done, you did great. And a HUGE congratulations on your expected baby girl! I was awful at keeping up with blogs this past November. I'm so excited for you and your family!

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  14. I find Christmas a lot less stressful now that I'm retired, instead of serving a church. I hope you have a bit more restful Christmas this year, but still have a wonderful time.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  15. only a good bit before Christmas, I haven't' even put up my tree yet

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  16. This year has flown by, Dana, and for that reason its hard for me to grasp that Christmas is a mere 3 weeks away! Thankfully I don't have many to shop for and wwe've started a new tradition of going out to dinner on Christmas with hubby's brother/wife instead of exchanging gifts so I don't even have to cook, LOL, but still I can't believe it is so close!

    I am interested in learning more about your art journaling; I do hope you share it sometime, Dana, sounds fascinating.

    betty

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    1. Thanks, Betty. Maybe someday I'll work up the courage. :)

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  17. Hi, Dana,

    WOW… congrats on your newest edition… How cool to be expecting a little girl for the new year…

    LOVE the idea of words and art. I am an artist and love to combine the two….That's why I enjoy cover design so much.

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    1. Thanks, Michael. She'll be here sometime in April. :)

      Words and art... There's nothing better than combining these two loves. :)

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  18. Ooh, an April baby. That's my little guy's birthday month too. Real smart ones are born then. Watch out! :)

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  19. I saw Lynyrd Skynyrd in concert years ago, and I love that song. :)

    Christmas is busy, and I should panic, but I don't. It all works out in the end. :)

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  20. Now I need to go google art journaling - it sounds really interesting! And Skynard just played literally in my back yard - I live next to a small amphitheater. I didn't have to pay a dime to listen to the whole concert!

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    1. Wow! How awesome! That must have been amazing. :)

      Enjoy your Google search. ☺

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  21. I'm sure you'll get all of your Christmas stuff done. Just relax and have a good time. :-)

    I didn't finish my NaNo project either, but like you, I feel good about what I did accomplish.

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    1. Thanks, Danielle! And yay to a great writing month for us both. :)

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  22. Oh you're having a girl?! How sweet!

    I didn't finish NaNo, but I think your excuse is better than mine :D
    I love this time of year. It's definitely stressful though trying to shop for everyone. That happens when you have seven older siblings though...

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    1. Thanks! And I think your excuse is just as good. :)

      Good luck with all that shopping! I can't even imagine...

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  23. Sounds festival season has come. Happy shopping!!

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  24. Looking forward to seeing some of your art.

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    1. My fear is christmas weight gain at the end!

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    2. Leovi, we share that fear!

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  25. i love the concept of art journaling! cant wait to hear & see more about it!
    xmas panic - ditto, im there
    dont worry about nano, its more for inspiration than getting a complete nivel done, way to try!
    i'll be sending you a post this wknd for monday... we both be busy!
    but you! baby baby! how are you doing? need anything? registered anywhere? let me kno!

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    1. So glad you stopped by. I miss talking to you! Thanks for all the well-wishes. I'm feeling good. :) Looking forward to your guest post!

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  26. Everyone is saying how stressful this month is! Is that an adult thing that I don't know about? Just remember to breath and relax. Things may seem insane but it's never as crazy as it is. Just ask for help and you'll get it.

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    1. Thanks. For me, it's an adults-with-kids thing. I don't remember Christmas being this stressful before.

      Hope you had a great Thursday!

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