Saturday, January 11, 2014

Project Life 2014

Yes it is 11 days past the new year, but I have been sooooo busy with work today was the first time I had time to work on starting my 2014 book.

I wanted to do something different with my title page and have always been inspire by Suzanne Zingg's quilts and projects but didn't know how to incorporate it into my paper crafting.

I had decided this year to simplify my project life and maybe only do one page per week.  I had don't this the past two months and I find it works well for me when my work schedule is more than I can handle in an eight hour day.  I started playing with different cards and a pattern started taking place and with a little inspiration from the project life community and this is what was the result.

I received the wood numbers in my Deer Me monthly kit and didn't know what I would do with them.  The fit perfectly though I had to sew the top shut to keep them from falling out.  I then cut up some of my project life cards and scrap paper to fit in the pockets, sewing in between.  I had fun and love how it turned out.

Its kinda fun to look down as see the faces that I love mixed with the colors that are inspiring me.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Here is to 2014

My year I hate to say was sent off with the most stress I have felt for many years. Stress mostly work related with some personal thrown in there,  but stress never the less.  So as I woke up on the first day of 20-fourteen I pondered what my word would be.  Usually one just pops right up in my mind, but this year it is blocked.  I came to the realization that this is the year the will mark my half century of life. UGH....  I kinda felt this way at 30 but 40 was okay but again it pops up again this time around.  Its kinda like I felt I would be in a different place right now. Maybe something like I haven't done all the things I would have thought I would have done or maybe life is too complicated right now when it shouldn't be.

But then I stopped and slapped myself out of this mood.  I am who I am and where I am based on my life choices.  Good or Bad, right or wrong.  What I really am is MISUNDERSTOOD.  As a strong focused woman who works hard, works long hours and gets whats necessary done, I am considered a Bitch, So misunderstood as my friend at lunch the other day pointed out.  If I was a man, I would be respected and recognized for the job I do inside and outside of work.  I think some label me that way to justify their own actions. To make them feel better about choices they make.  So I can't help that and I can't be any different.  I am loyal and filled with responsibilities.  Responsibilities that very few know how entailed they are or how much time its takes me to fulfill my responsibilities.  So if being misunderstood is what I have to deal with, I will.  The people that really know me, know my true kindness.  That for those I care about know I would do ANYTHING for them. I know these people know this and those who don't will never understand me.

So my word for 2014 is MAGICAL.


 noun \ˈma-jik\
: a power that allows people (such as witches and wizards) to do impossible things by saying special words or performing special actions
: tricks that seem to be impossible and that are done by a performer to entertain people
: special power, influence, or skill

I do have "special powers" so to speak.  I seem to get things done that are deemed impossible by others.  So this magical work will continue because I don't know any other way.

But what I want to see is all the Magical things around me.  We can make our own magic.  Make everyday magical.  You just have to look for it.  To look in ordinary places to find wonder.  To think something nice or magical everyday.  That's my goal.  I will go look for magic when I can, where I can.

As I finish out my year of project life, I place this last picture in my album

I am reminded that my most magical power is being a wife, mother and mother in law.  That I would do anything for these four people (and my little pepper) and look forward to expanding this circle in 2014.