Sunday, May 28, 2006
Today I woke up feeling like I got beat up from head to toe last nite. Well, that did not happen. YOu see, I suffer from both arthritis and bouts of chronic fatigue. I never know when it's going to hit. sometimes it's the barometric pressure, sometimes it's from being run down and on the go, sometimes it's from stress about a situation that manifests in my body. I'm currently quite sad about a personal situation in my family so that doesn't help it. My husband is out of town and returns today. I sit here this morning, with my coffee, checking on email, making my list, and trying to pin down which things to tend to for my daughters upcoming grad. events. As always, I thought I'd go check my "flickr" account "real quick" (I'm a bit addicted to flickr lately) before getting on with the day. I saw a picture of Nancy's "uh oh" doll, with a reference to read about it on her blog. I had to go see what Nancy said about this little hand made "uh oh" doll (I know nancy for often having funny names for things, but also for her positive attitude). Well, Nancy's Post left me in puddles. Again, she had another great message to share. I was shocked to see that she suffers from chronic pain. You would never know with her attitude! Her positive attitude helped me so much in the past, so I wanted to share this cute story of her's with you. So if you don't have a lot of time today, or if you are feeling kind of "uh 0h" about anything, go read the story of Nancy's Uh Oh doll, I'm sure it will put a smile to your face, it did mine. I'm ready to seize the day. pain and all. thank you, Nancy!!!!!!!! Love,Lia
Thursday, May 25, 2006
from a background I painted this weekend.
Today is my wedding anniversary and it coincides with my oldest daughters last day of High school.
"welcome to the real world"....John Mayer.
I am sad and happy too.
I've thrown myself into a good clean up of my home.
prom is tomorrow.
want to make the house look pretty for the joy that lies in the days ahead.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
I also want to say thankyou to those artists who responded before on how they approach their artwork: plan vs. no plan. It was SO helpful and VERY interesting to read/hear your responses. I also gathered that it is a common thing for artists to keep an "idea"/inspiration book. I will start to do so, I think this will really help! thank you SO much! --Lia
Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
p.s. for more info on making your own "Book of Dreams", visit ArtsyMama's Blog.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
This is a challenge as I don't like talking alot about me and I don't like to show pics of myself often. I'm sure "O" would say that I don't "love myself" but that's not true. Maybe I'm a bit shy, maybe I'm a bit protective, or maybe it's just that there is not alot to tell! If you want to know more more about who I am and what I like, then take a look at my art. I think this should be able to tell what I can't tell you with words. I think that art is a way that I can verbalize what I feel inside, the person I really am deep down. Things I'm "working out" or things that get pushed to the back of my mind when I'm too busy to think straight.
I am also,(pardon the overused expression), like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get! I am just really a mixed bag of stuff. I like alot of things. I like to change stuff around. I guess there are some things about me that stay the same, but I haven't really thought about it and perhaps I will share some in my next may into "installment". I pretty much conform with those around me, but if you look really close, I'm rather different. I don't do the "nail, hair, clothes" thing alot. I always look neat, but I'm often donning a ponytail, jeans and plain top (which I love to wear-comfort is key). I like simple things (materially speaking). I like older stuff because they are to the point and uncomplicated. It doesn't take alot to make me happy. I'm probably a bit on the naive side. I can be ditzy too. I don't keep score. I love a good cup of coffee in the morning a good cup of herbal tea in the afternoon. I don't make fancy meals. I like the basics. So does my family. When I find something I like, I stick with it. I guess I'm a bit of a "cleanie" but a bit of a "messy" at the same time. I love order. I thrive on order, but my many interests sometimes take over space and then I have to pair things back and corral my stuff. I am obsessed with magazines. Mostly home decor, some art, some beauty (in style) is my fave. An occassional peek at People mag. during vacations. Ok, that is enough for now, hope I have not bored you silly...yawn....off I go. Have a great day all!!!!!! -Lia
p.s. the pic above is from my Mixed Media Memoirs journal page. I'm combining some of my challenges!
Thursday, May 11, 2006
I am not very patient when it comes to this (I learned), I wanna just slap that image down before putting anything under it and building up to the top image. I also tried a new coppery color paint I bought b/c I liked the look, but I don't know, kind of dark for me...I'm trying to get away from doing everything green! but I have to have some green in it. Not sure if this will stay in my book, but I am going to try again and work on this technique.
p.s. ArtsyMama posts a new technique each Wednesday. Today she has posted for Week 3. For more info on starting your book of dreams, visit her blog! See y'all later! Lia
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I've just joined a new weekly challenge for art journalling (which I love) and it's called, Artwords: the online journal. This week's theme is on indulgence. I had to think about it for a few days as there is really SO much I can write about it...ahem....hand over the chocolate or else here....anyway, I have a war within and a war without about the whole indulgence thing. I wish I had balance in this area. There are things I'd rather not indulge in as well as things I have been thinking of lately that I'd like to indulge in MORE. So, this is what came out in my art journal today. A good reminder for me to look back on and remember what is most important to me. :) LK
Well, sorry to go on if you have gotten this far, but I wanted to share what I felt and what I've been thinking about this past week. I will be posting some of my art soon for the groups I participate in. Hope everyone is having a great week!
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
I've been married to an awesome guy for almost 21 years. we got married young, so people can't believe we have 4 kids. they say, "you don't look like you have 4 kids", I say, "what am I supposed to look like? an ape?" People used to gaulk when they saw me bopping around town with 4 kids in tow. When the forth came along, it was a bit more difficult. I decided to buy one those huggy things you hang from your neck with the baby in front. That way I could leave the stroller in the car and make it easier. I thought it was the most awesome invention since they didn't have these when my older kids were born. Well, my bubble was burst when this older stern woman walked up to me with a crooked finger and told me I was suffocating my child "in that thing". Ha! Nothing against older people, I'm just still traumatized by the gaul that woman had. I never got over why people had to have more opinions of you because you had 4 kids. are you an alien from outer space? my mother, who is from a small mountainside on a greek island would say with each pregnancy announcement, "even in the village, we used prophylactics" (think big fat greek wedding, yes, they say stuff like this). Much too her chagrin, my sis also had four kids (we call each other "MOF's" for mothers of four. So anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, I am married to an awesome guy who I affectionately call, "Bruno". He is the "computer geek" kind of guy, although he got lasiks, old pictures of him don glasses that cover his whole face. He is the straightforward, "ron howard" kind of apple pie guy.(some of you may be too old to know who ron howard is...), anyway, he was in the navy, he sees things in black and white and makes spreadsheets in his head. when you ask him a emotional question he needs time to process. we joke that his brain takes messages, "in the order that they are received", a few days later he will spill out the answer out of nowhere, "no, your butt doesn't look big in that dress."..."ok, honey, that was so two days ago..." Oh yeah, this is supposed to be about me, right.
Ahhhemmm, well the point I was getting to is that I am the opposite of my linear husband. I am way spontaneous, ecclectic, and have made him move furniture more times than he would care to admit. he always looks at me with his eyes half shut and breathe's, "this is the last time I am moving this...". But he never ceases to humor me and do it. But, I think that is why our relationship works. He keeps me grounded when I am all over the place trying to do a hundred things at once.... "focus, Lia, focus" he will say, but I keep him seeing things in more than one way. He has become more spontaneous himself over the years. I think I may have convinced him that life is not all about strategy, that you have to take chances, go with your heart and step out of the box. He tells me he loves me because of my eyes and my heart. I love him because he is a great man and father and my rock to lean on no matter what. I had a hard childhood. I swear it's been his mission to make that up to me. He protects me like a bodyguard, and loves me like there is no tomorrow. Now, about the kids. I have two older teenagers and 2 younger kids (elementary school age). Now that all 4 are in school, I've gotten to do some things I like, mainly art and photograpy (I did art as a child and put it on the back burner because I "didn't have time"), I don't know why I waited so long. If I had to do it again, I would have fit it in anyway. I was always trying to perfectly organize my home (ok, I admit I can be a bit compulsive, even though I'm pretty laid back). I figured out one day that laundry, chores and junk like that will never end, but precious moments are to be relished. Each day has them, sometimes you just have to pay attention because they are hidden. esp. when your brain tells you otherwise. this wisdom has come to me since turning 40. And speaking of the big 4-0. I've come to some serious conclusions since turning 40. Life is what you make of it. Family and friends are to be treasured and nutured. Freedom from "what others may think" was lifes gift to me (along with an extra 5 lbs. when I swear my metabolism came to a screaching halt on the eve of my 40th bday)I think I may have actually heard it. Another thing I learned is that negative people zap you of all your energy. I try to spend time with people who make me laugh and help me be a better person. You can't change negative people, but they can change you. Life is too short to worry about petty junk. And speaking of junk, I like vintagey finds, old junk, stuff that has meaning and is also usable. I love vintage photos, family history, old victorian houses and going to the beach. I love movies, brownies and mcdonalds choc. sundae. I can have that for dinner. Most of all, I love my families hugs, kisses, lively conversation, jokes and hanging out together. I love making my house comfy so that others feel welcome and warm. I believe in being kind, looking people in the eye and finding the best in everyone. WEll, that's about it for now. Off I go, I think Bruno is calling me to get off the computer! :)~Lia (aka artjunkgrl).
Monday, May 01, 2006
from my art journal..I haven't done one of these word one's in a while. fun and relaxing to do while watching tv and hanging with bruno (while he falls asleep...lol). It was a great weekend though, so we were beat but it was a good tired. :)
p.s. I hope to do a page in my dream book later today. gotta get to some house junk first...the weekend tornado!