More Christmas cheer! I decorate the whole house! so as promised here are some updated decorating pics - you will probably being seeing some more for the next few days. Livingroom fireplace mantel, front entry, christmas garden on top the piano. The lights glowing at night are just so enchanting and magical even for the biggest kid of all - me. Believe in the MAGIC of Christmas!
I was part of an artfest atc book on LEAVES which I just received in the mail today - so lovely! And as serendipity would have it I just sent out my winter contribution for the TIME atc book in the mail today. So many books so little time - next on the block are my artfest 2007 atc and artfest fatbook contributions.
The Christmas season has officially begun in the Armfield home! We took down all the stuff from the attic on Sat. and the boys insisted on decorating the tree IMMEDIATELY!
so we had a beautifully decorated tree and the rest of the house looks like a xmas bomb hit it. But I am taking it slow and trying to enjoy decorating instead of just rushing through and getting it all done at once. Today I did the christmas garden and one mantel and the front entry way. (pics to follow soon) and am going to work on the rest this week. The boys are so excited about the holidays that it is infectious and really I don'ty need much help there for it is my favorite holiday - Grayson told me that I was "Miss Christmas" the other day and I took it as the highest compliment. I worked on a little festive art - some Noel letter that I will turn into something and some bottlecap pins.
Thanksgiving with a twist. Last year we decided to do something different for the holiday. We don't have a lot of family around so we started our own tradition. We go to the movies and then out to dinner. The boys love it because my mom and brother go along with the four of us. This year we saw Happy Feet at the IMAX theater and then went out for dinner. It was a great day filled with love and I didn't have to clean up or stress out! Sometimes creating new things for your family are more valuable than what is traditional - it is in the meaning not in the way it looks . I am thankful for my family and the memories that we are creating.
Be Thankful - that is what this day is about so I told my kids and husband that I was thankful for them. I am also thankful that I get to express myself creatively and that those who know and love me support and encourage me to do this. I am thankful that I can express myself and my work through this blog and that there are those among you who enjoy it. So Happy Thanksgiving - I hope that yours is filled with grace and comfort.
This is my friend Denise. She and I have been friends for 30 yrs. We grew up together in Maryland and now she lives in Northern California so we still only get to see each other a few times a year. This trip to Cambria was fabulous - to spend so much quality time together with no agenda.
We stayed at The Pickford House B&B. Which had a lovely room and a quaint Breakfast with yummy homemade apelskiver - a round Danish Pancake with a melba sauce - yumo!
We spent Saturday wine tasting through Paso Robles.
Drank so nice wines - Syrah is my favorite.
Denise bought us each a travel coffee mug so that we could think of each other as we are driving around in the morning. Mine is the red one - makes me feel warm inside.
Be. Just Be. I am learning to be myself and trying to find out what that is. Whois she really, what does she look like on the inside. I am on a path of self discovery (a life long Journey) and aren't we all. But lately I am really searching and trying to connect to what I know and who I really am at the core.
So I am exploring trying to find inner vision.
I am off today to find some respite with my best friend of 30 yrs Denise. She lives in San Fran and we are meeting half way in the middle in lovely Cambria at a b and b for the weekend. Just the two of us- no kids, no husbands - no agenda. Just to BE. Have fun and enjoy one another. Happy Trails to me! and to all of you as well! Have a great one.
Oh don't you just love when you find a good deal! I found this great little art tote at Michael's and with my 40% off coupon it was only 12.98! It has tons of pockets holds all my stuff (well some of it that I tote around) and it has a tray that zips out of the bottom for rubber stamps. Plus I love the dark brown and turquoise color. Very cute! Now I just need to find a class to go to so I can carry it somewhere.
It is so nice to have such gracious gals in my life! This little lovely from Maija arrived yesterday in the mail. She and I swapped little canvases and I think I scored! Isn't she just rich and detailed and delightful!
This lovely print and antique french postcards are a gift from my wonderful friend Judi, who knows I have a thing for birds and brought back these for me from her travels. I am truly blessed to have such friends and it is not that I get gifts (although it is a perk!) it is that they are such thoughful gestures and I appreciate them so. Give one up for the gals!
There is something very raw about a self portrait - very exploratory. It is kind of interesting to take your own image. This is something I have explored since I was a teenager in photography classes in high school. It has always intrigued me. So I had this idea that the SIGN IN for my traveling JOURNEY fat book journal would be an interesting process. So here is mine and I kind of like it in fact I do. what do ya think? The next piece is the inside cover of the journal. I really love these colorful butterflies which I am using lately in my work. I often get in these grooves where I often use the same images or like materials over and over until I am on to something new. I also love the turquoise paper from India in the back of the self portrait which I pick up at the Paper Post - an awesome store in Agoura, Ca.