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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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One of the criteria for the CASology challenge is that the card should be "quick and easy to recreate." Once the main image was fussy cut, the cards were, in fact, easy to recreate. I started with an Altenew "Persian... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at random reflections
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Waving to Sian and the other Monday memo makers! I thought for sure I'd be without any mail to share since we're still in Chicago, but then I remembered that thanks to Amazon Prime, I've received two pieces of mail... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at random reflections
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Maile Belles designed a series of stamps this past year called Splits for Papertrey Ink. They're very small, inexpensive sets but so versatile. I've purchased three or four of them, but my favorite is "Best Wishes." What's particularly great about... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at random reflections
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I'm joining in with Sandie at itchifingers for her 5 in 5 meme again this year. We took Caleb to the Museum of Science and Industry today to see the Brick By Brick (Legos) exhibition. It was amazing, and Caleb... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at random reflections
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I've been seeing a few posts for Eileen's Winter Photography Scavenger Hunt, and knew it was time to get the few I had posted. I'm going to start with #14 Repetition. I needed a birthday card for my brother in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at random reflections
I started Book of Awakening last year, but abandoned it half way through. There weren't enough pieces that spoke to me, and I had other daily readings I preferred. I'll be interested to see what you think.
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2017 on not quite ten on tuesday... at Morning Glory Studio
Love the new addition to the Splits collection!
You take the best selfies! I would never think to take a photo of myself ironing, but really, it's perfect for the 365 project. I made a trip to Dick Blick this afternoon. Sarah and Adam gave me a gift card, and I added quite a few Inktense pencils to my collection as well as a set of rainbow colored mini-journals. They simply made me happy just to look at them!
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Sian has had another brilliant idea for a Monday post. The idea is to incorporate a piece of happy mail (snail mail, catalog . . . something that arrived in the mail during the week that captured your interest.) Since... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at random reflections
I've been happy for the last couple of years with the Action Planner by Action Day, a planner by Paper Sugar I buy at Target for quick summaries of my day, and a wonderful Filofax notebook to which I can add different kinds of paper. The 2017 versions of the planners are on my desk at home waiting for me. I must admit I have a whole range of other notebooks I use for a variety of purposes. I'm a real sucker for notebooks, and picked up a beautiful botanical set of notebooks at Paper Source yesterday. No plan for them, just thought they were beautiful!!!
What a fun way to recap the year!
We, too, saw the same moon and Venus as we drove to dinner on New Year's Day! According to the information Tracy found on the internet, it was Venus. It was incredibly bright in the clear night sky!
I don't think I could commit to a blog post every day, but I'm very happy you're doing it! Brilliant idea to create a Waterlogue to help with the sketching. I did a sketch a day for the month of May, and then sketching seemed to fade away for the rest of the year. I upped the ante for December and managed 10 sketches for Christmas Journal before time got away from me. As I do the same kind of thinking about 2017 that you describe above, I keep looking at my list and trying to decide how much I can realistically take on. I'm thinking 3-4 sketches a week might be right.
Thank goodness there wasn't any serious injury. I slipped on black ice a few years back. Thought nothing much had happened except a bruise or two and some soreness. Several weeks later I ended up with frozen shoulder which required multiple weeks of physical therapy to relieve. I'm so glad to have found your blog and made a new friend in the process!
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My reading time has been first thing in the morning, and I read more in 2016 than I have ever read in s year. I schedule an hour, but it was often more than that. I would have never finished my Bible reading project without it. Once we're home, I hope to get started again. I brought a whole crate of books and magazines to Chicago with me. What was I thinking? I've read several chapters in my book, and half a magazine. Of the 46 books I read last year, 22 were non-fiction; that surprised me because I think I usually read more non-fiction. (Your post motivated me to figure this out.)
I'm hopeful for the Women's March, but have read a lot of skepticism about it's value. I always wish I had been old enough to have attended the 1963 March on Washington. Now I'm plenty old enough, but not in a place to do it.
A wonderful post, and equally interesting comments from Alexa and Mary. I chose my word several weeks ago, and have been ruminating about it since. Once life calms down a bit, I'll have time to reflect on "Mindful," 2016's word, and write about this year's word.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2017 on my three words... at Morning Glory Studio
I enjoyed both The Happiness Project and Better Than Before. Think I'd benefit from another look at each of them. Frigid cold here in Chicago, but no snow for which I am grateful. Anxious to know what you picked up at the library (as if I need any more titles on my to read list!) Nonetheless, I'm always interested.
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I've never had any urge to be in Times Square for New Year's Eve! Not a fan of crowds or the cold. The best New Year's Eve celebrations we had were years ago when our kids were still in school. One of our neighbors lives at the top of the hill overlooking downtown Rochester. They would invite the neighbor's to bring an appetizer and stay for the fireworks at 10:00. Truthfully, we were often home asleep by midnight, but we'd had a lovely time.
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It's not often that a week goes by without a blog post, but it's been quite an unusual week. Shortly after I posted the news about Hannah's arrival, we received word that Sarah had been taken back into surgery for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at random reflections
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Today is Caleb's 5th birthday, and this morning his little sister was born! What are the chances of having a shared birthday? Typically we'd be in Chicago to celebrate, but we'll be there tomorrow! Sarah ended up having a C-section... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at random reflections
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Due to circumstances beyond my control (a nasty cold and a lot less energy than usual) I'm posting a few Christmas crafts after the fact. First off three gift tags. Last year I purchased the Reverse Confetti Gift Card die... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at random reflections
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I couldn't decide on photos for this final SNAP of the year, but ended up choosing one of our tree and three ornaments. The bottom two are the first two photos for Eileen's Winter Scavenger Hunt: alternate: angel. I do... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at random reflections
Well, we have friends who don't bother to clean often, and it's pretty disturbing when we visit. I don't quite know how they stand it! I need to know that the house is clean and pretty clutter free if there's going to be any calm and peace for the holiday! Have a fabulous Christmas!
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I have several posts I need to write to share some Christmas crafting. The crafting is done, but the writing of posts seems to fall at the bottom of the to-do list. But I'm now "officially done," two days earlier... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at random reflections