Good morning and Happy New Year! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to put one year to bed and start another new and fresh. The last year has been full of adversities for our family . . . the best things were Mallory graduating from college and the birth of Hadlee! Apart from that, we’ve had a number of trials and tribulations that have made some days more trying than others.
I have a tendency to shut down when feeling stressed and depressed. I’m afraid that I’ve spent the better part of last year simply trying to get through each day the best I could.
On the upside of things, you all know my sister fell and broke her leg. Six months have passed and she is now walking with a cane and has actually found herself walking from room-to-room without it. She drove for the first time in six months on December 30 . . . WOO HOO for Carrie! I’m so proud of her for overcoming such a debilitating injury!
Mallory is still sick and has been for one year now. The doctors are continuing to run tests and I’m feeling confident that we will find out what is going on before this new year is done and over.
Hadlee . . . what can I say! I’m truly blessed that Katie allows me to share with Hadlee on a daily basis and hasn’t grown tired of her old mom doing things she isn’t happy with . . . like giving Hadlee a lick of the chocolate “Frosty” spoon! You know, just a touch of the spoon to the lips really . . . but boy were those lips working . . .
Now there is a reason why I have shared so much with you at the beginning today . . .
Those of you who follow me on a regular basis, know that I have had my spurts of posting and then not posting this year. I’ve often blown my lack of posting off to being too busy, etc., but quite frankly . . . I’ve had a hard time getting myself up and ready to work in the studio with all the other things going on in my life. On those days when I finally had a day at home to myself and could work, I couldn’t quite bring myself to move from the couch. I spent a lot of time the last year sitting in a comatose state, wasting what valuable time I did have for myself.
I’ve had enough! I’ve decided it’s time for me to pick myself up and get going with life again. This not only includes spending more time in the studio, but it also includes loosing some of the extra weight I’ve put on and most importantly, to dwell on the positive in my life over the negative.
This now brings me to my project for today.
This is a Mixed Media Canvas that I’ve created for the eP Get Altered Challenge today (that you can find on the eP Blog), but more importantly, it’s a canvas that I’ve made for myself to help remind me to rise up and “Soar/Fly” over any adversities that may come my way this year. The colors used coordinate with my living room and dining room and my intent is to hang it where I will see it every minute of every day!
It is a 6×6 canvas that already had the gesso applied when I purchased it. I painted the canvas with a base coat of DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints in Hauser Light Green, Light Buttermilk and Bahama Blue. Eventually mists made with Distress Ink Refills (Dusty Concord, Crushed Olive and Broken China) and Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls was applied over the paint.
The flowers were all made from watercolor paper, and I have to tell you . . . I LOVE how they turned out! The large red flower was made with Spellbinders™ Blossom Five and Fired Brick Distress Stain. The yellow flowers were made with Grand Peony Creations and combinations of Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Fired Brick Distress Stains.
The heart was drawn free hand and cut out from watercolor paper. It was colored with Aged Mahogany Distress Stain, misted with water and Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls and then covered with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.
The letters were made with Maya Road alphabets that were colored with Black Soot Distress Stain. The only item not made with watercolor paper are the foliage leaves that were die cut from GrungePaper and then colored with Forest Moss Distress Stain.
After all the embellishments had been adhered to the canvas, I used ink spritzer to add some flecks of Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen to the canvas.
That’s all for me today, except to say . . .
Thanks for stopping by today and more importantly, thanks for sticking with me over this last year. I promise to be a better blogger and online friend in 2013! I truly appreciate each and every one of you and always look forward to your comments and emails! Thanks for not giving up on me . . . I did enough of that for all of us combined!