11 January 2010

Happy New Year

Hi all, Happy New Year!
I just realized that I have not posted since before it officially became 2010. I decided not to make any resolutions this year just because it seemed like too much
pressure. I guess at some point I might jot down some goals as I have in the past. The past couple of years I have done pretty well meeting them with the exception of losing weight.

I was really touched by Carol Spinski's post on January 1. It is embarrassing to admit you have a problem with your weight. I am at my heaviest ever in my life and I am very uncomfortable. I do not eat healthily, not that I binge on junk food but I eat at weird times and I eat too much. Since Jan. 1 I have tried to make a very conscious effort to be aware of what goes into my mouth. It is so hard but I know I would feel so much better in my own skin and about myself if I can conquer this eating.

Anyway, this post has gotten way off topic already.
I really came to share that I have been very busy in my little art room with some different projects just to make me happy. At Christmas I made a journal for my SIL for her bird watching. It was really a slip cover for a moleskin book so she could change it out once it got full. I didn't get a picture but I thought it was so fun that I thought I'd make some more. Pictured is another one I made that turned out a little wonky. I am still tweaking my pattern and they always seem to shrink before I get them on the book :). For this one I channeled my inner Pam Garrison and used lots of shabby fabric and scraps. I was fun to just grab stuff from my bin to use.

I have to admit that I am obsessed by these neutral/ linen shades and have been stitching away on little bits and
pieces with them. I vow that this year I will get my living room repainted and plan to paint a more creamy linen color with accents of aqua. Do you know how you can kind of subconsciously gather things in a certain color way only to realize at some point you have quite a lot of it and maybe you should decorate with it? Well that is how it is turning out with aqua blue and me. I have been looking around on Flickr for inspiration and these are some of the things I have seen and liked. My big hurdle is deciding what to do with all the brick in the living room. I will get a shot of that to share and get some opinions/ ideas.

Finally, because this post is getting so long. I am working on reloading my Etsy/ Lollishops with various things I have been working on or have just been sitting around because they never got listed before. I will post as I actually get stuff listed but here is a sneak peek of some of the things currently in progress. I am having so much fun with my scraps..


  1. Heather, I checked out your blog from the link at Mary Ann's ROTD cover photos, but I've also seen your comments on other's projects on Flickr. (I'm on Flickr as Naturegrl64). Anyway, I LOVE this cover you made for your SIL with all the neutrals and so much texture!!! I finally got my sewing machine fixed and plan to take Mary Ann's class but I only got a sewing machine to sew on paper, so I have no fabric scraps. I ordered some Amy Butler scraps to make one, but if I had the stuff this neutral and white would be exactly the way I'd like to do my journal cover. Diana

  2. Your journal cover is beautiful!!!
    Happy New Year!!

  3. Loving your journal! Totally up my alley! And as for the resolutions....I too couldn't deal with the pressure....I'm just gonna hope to stick with a vibe. :)

    I'm really looking forward to seeing your latest creations!!

    Happy 2010 Heather!!!!

    Thinking of you!
    xoxo Jenny

  4. Love the book cover. Changing the paint color of a room does have an impact on us. Good luck.

  5. Your book cover is stunning! I am taking the class and have just started. I will be sewing my covers tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I just love the off white journal. I love doing monochromatic art myself. I think that'll be what I create next. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. beautiful journal cover and Loving all the shades of aqua. that's my "happy" color!