Friday, February 13, 2015

52 Weeks from the Heart: Love

Love. I have chosen this as the focus of today's 52 Weeks from the Heart project. It seems quite fitting with Valentine's Day tomorrow. And not only is it a good chance to celebrate romantic love and the love of family and friends but also self love. I sometimes struggle with this when I beat myself up for not living up to my often unrealistic expectations or when I fail to take the time to care for myself. I need to remember to share the love with myself.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ~Buddha

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”~Lucille Ball

“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”~Fred Rogers

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance” ~Oscar Wilde

The project I chose was transforming old jam jars into pretty votive holders. Between colored paints or glazes, etching or chalkboard, there were lots of options to transform the glass jars. I decided to try the mercury glass look. There were many tutorials available online and I decided to follow this one. I love the way it turned out, especially with the added chalkboard sticker hearts and the warm flicker from the candle light (I used battery operated lights). 

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 06, 2015

52 Weeks from the Heart: Believe

Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that you can make anything happen. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Today marks the start of a new month in my 52 Weeks from the Heart project. In January, I chose projects that utilized paper in some way. This month I'm excited to focus on something a bit different--Light. Each project this month will feature light in one way or another as I explore various weekly themes.

The theme I chose for this week is "Believe." "Believe" is a big word for me and my family. In fact, it was my younger daughter's first site word when learning to read since I have such a big "believe" collection hanging throughout the house. The reason for this is my relationship with my husband. We have "believe in the magic" engraved in our wedding rings because we first held hands at Disneyland, later got engaged in Disneyland, and then got married at Christmastime. There is nothing more magical for me than Christmas and Disney. So what better way to kick off the month of love, right? And not only am I reminded of the magic with "believe," but I also need to remember to believe in myself.

Believe you can and you're halfway there. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

You don't become what you want, you become what you believe. ~ Oprah Winfrey

For my project, I decided to play with a string of white Christmas lights. I took a burlap covered canvas board and using a drill, I made holes for the lights. Since I used a burlap board rather than canvas, the holes didn't turn out as clean as I would have liked. I suspect the canvas board would have led to a cleaner outcome. I then carefully twisted wire for my word. Working with wire was challenging but fun. It'll probably show up again before the 52 Week project is finished.

This week's project was a fun way to use Christmas lights and timed itself nicely. The talented artist, Patience Brewster, with her precious figurines and ornaments, inspired me to share some extra ways I use Christmas decorations year round. I love Christmas time, so any way I can carry on the warmth and magic of the season is a good thing. My "Believe" project is by no means the only way I use Christmas lights. I have strung white lights from my craft room ceiling, balled them up in a glass cookie jar (it has such a beautiful glow), and of course have them hanging on my year round Christmas tree. I also showcase various ornaments on my white tree. It all provides the perfect warm and happy feeling when I am spending time in my creative space.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Getting healthy, one bite at a time

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. ~unknown

It's time to check in with my health goals for 2015. I've had my ups and downs this past month, but all in all I'm getting there. I traveled at least 115 miles by foot (I did miss one day with my FitBit), with 31.5 miles of running. I'm still following a Jeff Galloway running plan as I prepare for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in May. I've enjoyed the program with it's run/walk approach to training. I am currently running with a 2 minute run/1 minute walk ratio which seems to encourage faster running, since I know I'll quickly have a minute to walk and recover.

My 10 year old daughter has decided to run with me once a week, which I really love. I run a lot slower than she can, so she's a bundle of chatty energy as she stays back with me. It's priceless bonding time. I'm about to add a day of yoga with my 7 year old daughter (that's more her speed), so I'll be sure to check in with that in March. I've been attending my Weight Watchers meeting weekly and attempting to follow the program. I have my good days and my bad days, but that's a lot better than all bad days. So here's to another month of moving forward, regardless of speed. I'll be sure to check back in March 2nd.