Saturday, January 29, 2011

New Year poem

After I returned home from working and going to the library today, I was checking email and saw the weekly scrapbooking contests etc - I linked onto the Scrap the Poetry blog and found the most wonderful poem for the month - I was totally inspired and created this layout using a close-up photo of ornaments on my holiday tree and lots of white papers, laces, flowers, and even a brooch. Check out the poem on their blog - the author so beautifully expresses the winter season moving into spring.

This morning while reading Design Sponge, I saw a list of books about sustainable living - I wrote down the names and author,s and was able to get several of them (along with a vinyasa flow yoga dvd and several other fun books) at the library. I am looking forward to reading the urban homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, The Self-Sufficient-ish Bible, and just enough, lessons in living green from traditional Japan. I also was able to get a book on beadwork that has a necklace I would like to make.

January was a difficult month for us in the financial area, but I did not purchase any craft supplies or books. I have not purchased any scrapbooking supplies since last August. I purchased watercolor paper and a couple of skeins of yarn in September, and one watercolor book in early December. I have renewed no magazine subscriptions (I was only getting two, and they both ran out in January) so I feel very good about my NOT BUYING IT goal.  The hard part will come in the next couple of months with all the new CHA releases and also I will be taking a watercolor workshop from a national teacher in April (hopefully my supplies will hold out!)  Two fun things: I did win a $15 gift card to Michaels from our art club (haven't received it yet) and a cool digi kit from Sande Krieger through the 7gypsies blog - cool!

Anyway, life is good and very abundant!  The weather here today is warm (not as warm as usual) and sunny so DH is playing golf this afternoon (he gets free golf by doing volunteer work at the golf course).

Thanks for reading and hope you are having a super day, especially Julie and all the other crafters who are at CHA. I am looking forward to lots of photos and commentary!!!!!
Chris

8 comments:

jacque4u2c said...

Just gorgeous!

Hanneke said...

I love that LO, love the white and all the textures, very beautiful!! Love the books I googles them and I think they are great aspecially the Just enough one!!
Have a great weekend Chris!!

Carolyn said...

Thank you so much for posting your inspiration. I'm off to check it out. I love your reworked bio and am sorry if this is very late. I'm just getting back into the swing of things. Beautiful as always Chris

Melx:) said...

Love your layout Chris...it is just gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Scrap That Poetry:)

deana said...

Love all the white with all the different textures to it. Very pretty!

Jennifer Campbell said...

Wow!!! How stunning! I love how you played off the title with your choices in design... love all the textures! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap That Poetry!

Great job using your STASH...

KateB said...

gorgeous...you shoulda played the white on white challenge with us at Candy Shoppe this month!!! LOL...will have to check out the Scrap the Poetry blog sometime :)

Scraptastic Mel x said...

Love this layout as it perfectly captures a white Christmas and the essence of the poem. TFS at STP!