Project 2015

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This is the time of the year where many people start thinking about what they will try, dream, reach for, etc. in the  new year. I’m one of them. We are in the last two weeks of the year and it’s fun to imagine what the next year will bring. Of course there is one thing that is certain we really don’t know what the new year will bring but it’s enjoyable to write down, draw out, make plans and dream in the new year.

I’m working on making a new vision board for the year. I have one from previous years and I can’t say all of the things have come to pass but things have and what is really important to me is that I enjoy making the board. I enjoy the search for images and words and then the eventual assembly of it all. It feels good to gather all of these things together so that is my main reason for doing it. It’s also a reminder for myself.
A reminder of what is important to me. It’s a place to gather things that I want to try, what I want to spend more time on, and what rings true.

I’m also tossing around the idea of a year long art project and I’ve decided I won’t be picking a word for the year. I admire those that pick one and live by it for the year but I’ve found this hasn’t been the case for me so it feels good to let that go.

What about you? Will you pick a word for 2015? Will you make a vision board? What do you hope 2015 will look like for you?

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Christmastime Treats

bookChristmastime Treats by Sara Perry. I bought this book many years ago and up until just a few years ago it sat on my bookshelf. My kids were getting old enough to try some of the crafts and I decided I wanted to try the all-i-want-for-christmas gingerbread recipe. I’m so glad I did. Baking one (or more) has now become a holiday tradition.
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Since I’m not sure if I’m able to share her recipe I won’t but the book is available on Amazon for just a few bucks. Of course you can use your favorite recipe too but you must top it (see below).

Even though I’m not sharing the recipe for the cake I will share that we top the cake with the Whipped Cinnamon Cream from the book. Pick your favorite whipped cream recipe and flavor with 2 tsp vanilla and 2 tsp-2 tbsp of cinnamon per 2 cups of chilled heavy cream just after it starts to thicken. The cake just wouldn’t be as good without it. There is also a recommendation of hard sauce and lemon candy crunch ice cream which is just 1 quart of softened vanilla ice cream blended with 1/4 cup of lemon curd and fold in 24 crushed lemon drops. I think I will try the ice cream in addition to the whipped cream this year.

What Christmastime treats do you like to create/buy/share?

 

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Hello

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I’m dusting the cobwebs from this space. It’s been awhile since I’ve been here and it feels good to be back. :)

I wanted to share some fun things with you. It’s holiday time and I know we are all busy shopping, decorating and enjoying this festive time of the year.

We have been counting down the days until Santa arrives at our house by drinking hot cocoa with homemade marshmallows using this recipe from Karen Solomon, decorating, baking and just yesterday cutting the tree down and adorning it with lights and ornaments. It smells so good. :)
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Since the first of December I’ve been taking a photo a day and documenting December joy by sharing on Instagram with hashtag decemberjoy.

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I’ve also started a #LittleArtBook. You can read all about why Robyn started the project hashtag right here.

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We had a bit of snow and more is due tonight.

So here are the fun things I’ve found lately on the web.

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Regina of Creative Kismet has two cute free embroidery patterns available on her site.

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Sarah Campbell Designs has these super cute calendars available here. I love the cut and paste theme with all the pattern and color explosion. So fun.

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Anne has her beautiful watercolor botanical calendar available here. So pretty and I love how you could frame each page once the month has passed to continue to enjoy it.

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One more pretty calendar by Claire Leggett. Go here to get yours.

Have more fun things to show but I feel like this is quite long enough so I will share the rest next time. Plus, the laundry is staring me down. Lots of love. xoxo

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Skein + Paint Week 46

Skein+Paint Nov 24

This is the last Skein+Paint post for 2014. Maegan and I will be back with new pairings in 2015. I will back shortly with some things I am loving right now. I need to give this blog a kick in the butt. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate. :)

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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Skein + Paint Week 45

S+P November 17 Week 45

I’m a couple of days late with this post. How are the days speeding by so fast and we are left with just a short amount of 2014 left? Amazing.

I hope you enjoy this pairing of riotous color. It makes me want to play. :) xoxo

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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Skein + Paint Week 44

Skein+Paint Nov 10

A little LOVE for you all today. Happy Monday!

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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Skein + Paint Week 43

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A warm and cozy pairing for Skein + Paint.

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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