2011: A Year of Firsts

08 Apr

January started with the intention of doing One Little Word with Ali Edwards. My word: Balance.  One simple word…I won’t lie it hasn’t gone as well as I thought it would.  Working full time, being a wife, raising two kids, leaves little time for me or for balance.  When I take the time for me then other things fall out of balance and 2011 has had it’s share of struggles at home and at work.  Needless to say I am a bit behind with One Little Word.  What was to be a reflective project to help with my bring my life into balance has fallen a bit by the wayside.  I will get back to it…I promise.  It just may take me a bit longer.  Let’s face it, stress isn’t conducive to balance.

But there is an upside for the artistic side of me in 2011.  I have found the inspiration, with the help of some terrific online artists and crafters, to spread my wings a bit.  Every month this year has held some artistic, crafty firsts for me.

January – Art Journaling/Mixed Media – Inspired by Dina Wakley (, Julie Balzer ( and Paula, the Journal Artista (  I also found some great inspiration from Inkwell ( and the wonderful artists at

Grow Happy - Notice the mistake?

Trying my hand at zendoodle. Couldn't resist adding color.

Love is...


February – Brought my first attempt at a ATC card and ATC swap.  I simply decided to approach it like a small card and I was happy with the results.  Thanks Lily for sharing our swap on YouTube!  🙂

Valentine ATC Swap


March – Another month, another new artistic experience.  This project is inspired by mixed media artists and the desire to play.  This altered CD is for a swap being hosted by Arte Dar (

Le Cirque - Altered CD


I can’t wait to see what inspiration the rest of the year will bring!

1 Comment

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One response to “2011: A Year of Firsts

  1. Ketsia Elie

    April 8, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Congratulate yourself! You are obviously finding more balance than you think! It’s hard being wife, mom and everything else, give yourself the credit you deserve for just getting out of bed LOL! Your artwork is beautiful! Love it!!! I’m also way impressed that you managed to participate in two swaps and it’s only April!


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