I’m all packed up to go on a road trip with my quilting friends. We are heading to a Christian Retreat Center in Ellenton, FL. for four days of quilting, chatting, eating and relaxing. I’ve got my hand quilting, my Ott light, my sewing machine and a prepped quilt I am making for my niece. I always pack way more projects than would be humanly possible to finish. If I’m lucky, I won’t pick up another new project while I’m away. That happens sometimes when I’m with my friends. Lots.
Other than stitching buddies, these are my Trues. These are the women who know me best. They have been with me through my life for about 10 years now and I have been with them. We hold each other up, make each other laugh and we are all able to just be ourselves. I am so blessed to have them and am so thankful beyond measure for their friendships.
To celebrate my friends, I painted this drawing of some birds for my art journal. The birds are like my friends, some are silly, some are shy and some are bold. They are my Peeps. I can’t wait to see what adventures we get into this time!
In an online class, Your Living Canvas, with Christy Tomlinson and Art McCracken, we are taught about creating a life that is balanced. I found a few areas that need some work and some areas that I could let take a bit less of my time and still be okay. The goal is to have a more balanced life. This is kind of easier said than done. The six areas we are discussing in our class are Faith, Fitness, Family, Fun, Finances and Friends – the Six F’s. To help me remember this lesson and to have some of that Fun, I have made my journal entry to look like balloons. Watching a balloon float sort of reminds me of a fragile balance in the air. That’s sort of how life feels sometimes – in a state of fragile balance.
This is such an inspiring class – artistically and for life. We are learning to live our lives by design, on purpose. Love it.
I love journals. There is a little heart-skipping moment when I purchase a new journal to start a new project. I have never, ever finished a journal. They are where I work out designs, sketch little thought snippets, practice new techniques, play with colors and have so much fun. I have several journals that are created for a particular project, usually for a class. My desk almost always has one of my journals propped open for display for motivation.
This week, I am starting a new online class called Your Living Canvas by Christy Tomlinson and Art McCracken. This class is part journaling, part artwork and part life coaching. So I get to start a new journal. Hooray! After watching the amazing class videos, I am inspired to create my journal title page. I can’t wait to see what our next assignment will be!