Monday, March 19, 2012

Home sweet home

We've  been home a week now and we're back in the swing of things.  Work is busy and my to do list seems to grow daily. 

Weather here has been cold - well cold compared to Palm Springs weather.  I planted a bunch of crocuses  and they were all up when we came home.  I wasn't sure how many to plant in each spot so I planted in bunches of  5 & 7.  They are all mixed colours - no rhyme or reason as to which colours went where.  They really look nice and will multiply like crazy so next year I will have a great bunch of flowers.

This is my 3 day weekend and I haven't even left the house.  Just hanging out and putzing around in my workroom.  I've come to the conclusion that I have finally reached the point of "too much stuff"!  My workroom is usually a mess after I make a bunch of stuff and this time was no exception.  So when we returned from our trip my goal was to try to create some kind of order out of the chaos.  For the most part I have succeeded.  I just need to either use up some supplies or throw them out.  Not sure that's going to happen, although I did throw out a partially full containe of ultra thick embossing powder.  I haven't touched it for several years so it got tossed.  Baby steps....

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I hate my journal page

I've completed my art journal page and I absolutely hate it !  It looks like a piece of garbage.  I am so frustrated as I've spent a lot of time and effort on this thing and it stinks big time. I refuse to rip it out of my journal. I feel like I'm just wasting my time on something that is never going to get any better.   I just finally said enough already.  I journalled about how much I hate it and I'm calling it a day and moving on to something else.

I'm really frustrated with myself and my lack of inspiration.  I follow Journal Artista religiously and I've seen all the pages she creates with circles and swirls.  She makes it look so easy and her work is so vibrant.  Mine ends up looking like a dog's breakfast.  I don't know if I'm overworking it or overthinking it, or maybe I just don't have a friggin clue what I'm doing.  What the hell is going on?  Suffice it so say I AM FED UP !!

I've spent a lot of time on the computer during this vacation - surfing Youtube and watching journal videos.  I feel like I've really learned a lot and that I have a better understanding of the process.  Having said that, I can't seem to find my style and I can't seem to make what I've done work.  Out of 2 pages, one is ok and the other?  Not so much.

I'm hoping that part of the problem is that I have very limited supplies with me - just a few stamps, a little acrylic paint and some watercolour crayons.  All my colour washes and other paints and tools are at home.  I keep telling myself that the lack of supplies is what's causing the problem.  I really hope that's the case!    That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I just needed to vent!  Enough whining.   I'll post by "hated " page when I get home.  You can judge for yourselves.


All good things must come to an end

The trip is quickly winding down.  Only 3 more days and then we're on a flight back to Vancouver.  We've had a wonderful trip and have enjoyed ourselves immensly.  We're golfing today and tomorrow and then plan to enjoy our last pool day on Friday.  Friday night we're off to see Willie Nelson at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.  Then Saturday morning we're on the milk run back to Vancouver.  We have a stopover in Edmonton for about 3 hours and then from there we fly into Vancouver.  Why through Edmonton you ask?  I checked with Airmiles to see if I could change our flight but unfornately there are no airmiles seats remaining on the flights direct  into Vancouver or Abbotsford.  It will be a long day but not much we can do about it.  At least we have a flight so it is what it is.

Now that the trip is almost over we're looking forward to getting home to our own beds.  We've really missed our 3 fur babies - Daisy, Kirby and yes, even nasty old Socks.   Initially Socks will not be happy with us - she'll give us "the tail"  and hiss.  Then she'll be all over us.  We're looking forward to some cat love.

Well gotta run.... I hear the golf course calling my name.


Sunday, March 04, 2012

Coming to the end

We're coming to the end of our time here in paradise.  We leave for home on Saturday March 10th.  At this point in the trip I always start to think about home and everything that waits for me there.  I'm always a little sad to leave and I'm already looking forward to coming back next year.

We've had a wonderful, relaxing time.  The weather has been really great and we've played a ton of golfing and had lots of days around the pool.  Both Kerry and I are tanned and she and I have gotten along famously. 

I managed to complete 2 art journal pages - one for a travelling journal group I'm in and the second for one of my journals.  Based on the limited supplies I have with me they turned out pretty well.  I must admit though that I really had to work at them, they don't seem to come easy to me.  However, I've been watching a ton of journalling technique videos - I love Journal Artista - and I think I've somewhat lost some of my apprehension about journalling.   I think I may tend to 'overthink" the process and the fact that I'm a bit of a perfectionist does not help the situation!

Well gotta run - I can hear the pool calling my name.

Oh, BTW, today it's 85 in Palm Springs.  Just saying......