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New Year’s Goals revisited–January

How are you doing with your goals for the New Year?  I think I’m doing alright so far.  But it’s always easy to keep them up for the first month, it’s making them a permanent part of life that’s difficult.

Exercise:  I’ve managed to get a little exercise most days.  My goal has been to do a workout on the elliptical three days a week.  Some weeks its been more, and some less, but I’ve managed to get my lazy butt moving more.  I usually do a 30 minute resistance and pace program on the elliptical.  The program keeps my from getting bored and it’s more of a challenge in a shorter period of time.  The problem I have is when do I do the exercising.  I leave the house at 10 to 7 most days and don’t get home to close to 6.  So it can be hard to find the time and energy to workout.  I would love to get in the habit of waking up earlier and exercising first thing in the morning.  But that requires waking up at about 5:20 in the morning and I am not a morning person.  NOT a morning person (yes it needs repeating).  I’ve tried it and it went ok, just cannot see it being a regular thing.

Eating:  I’ve done ok with this.  Not perfect, but better than previously.  Less fast food and more vegetables.  I’m feeling pretty good about this.  I know I can do better, but I’ve got a good start.

Writing:  Although I haven’t blogged a ton, I have been writing in my paper journal more.  I don’t have a lot of time at the computer so I’ve found that actually sitting down with a pen and paper works best for me.  Then if I want to blog something, I just type it on up.

Crafting:  I’ve been trying to knit, at minimum, a line or two every week day.  Sometimes I cannot get it done or I just don’t feel like it.  But I have been doing it more.  I went with my sister for a scrapbook night once this month too.  I think it would be nice to make it a goal to try to go once a month.

New goal:  Take more pictures!  I had to actually dig my camera out from under a pile of crap to even attempt this!

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Do you ATC?

Do you ATC? An ATC are artist trading cards. A tiny piece of art that is 2.5″ by 3.5″ (that’s the same size as a standard playing card) that are meant to be traded and never sold. Those are pretty much the only rules. You can use anything to make your card: paper, paint, ink, stamps, stickers, ephemera, photos, fabric, ribbons, anything. On the back you put your name, title of the piece, and if its part of a series, then the series number. Craftster has a whole board of different people’s atcs. Some are for trade, some are not.

I tried to get into making them, and the few that I made I did like. But it took me so long to make one! I am the most indecisive crafter.

So here are the few that I created.

“Gone Baby Gone”. This was my first ATC. The image came from a book of old photographs. I used 4 different scraps of scrapbooking paper for the background. And then mulberry paper over the top right corner. I inked the edges with brown ink and stamped the words. The words are lyrics (sort of) from a violent femmes song (warning that’s a YouTube link)! The actual lyrics are gone daddy gone, but I liked mine better for this purpose.

After the first ATC, I did a limited series of 4 love quotes atcs. (That makes it sound way more fancy then it actually is).

“Where there is great love, there are always wishes.” I printed the quote on mulberry paper and used 2 different paper scraps for the background. I cut the hearts using my sizzix machine from 2 different red scraps of paper. I then used a crimping machine for the big heart. Add a little bit of inking to it, and bam! It’s done. Sorry the next one is a bit blurred.

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” Quote is again printed on mulberry paper. The flower is from a patterned paper. I cute a circle from different paper and used pop dots to make it pop out. I added some doily paper thing underneath the flower and inked the doily a little bit.

It’s kinda redundant to keep explaining these, so I’ll just post the photos of the last two.

“To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven”

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”

So, those are my only attempts at ATC’s to date. They are a great way to use up little bits and pieces. And god knows, I am not one to throw out a tiny piece of paper that maybe, one day, eventually, I might just want to use. I may try again someday. I think I will try again someday. It’s a fun little process, I do love playing with paper. I don’t really have a purpose for these. I have not tried to trade them. I just kinda have them stored away. Maybe I should make a whole bunch and display them?

If you make ATCs, what do you do with them? Do you trade them? Do you become attached to yours and cannot let them go?

Knitting Notebook

I made this notebook for a swap on Craftster quite awhile ago. I think it was a swap for a project bag and yarn and needles. That kind of thing. I made this notebook from scratch using a bind it all machine that my mom bought me for my birthday. This was last year? It was rather fiddly to make. Kinda tough to keep everything lined up nicely. The front and back are made from chipboard. Did you know that chipboard is super cheap at an art supply store? And it’s a big piece–poster board sized! I decorated the front with Knit, which I cut using my Sizzix machine and of course scrapbook paper.

Inside I included a needle conversion chart and a knitting abbreviation list.

The remaining of the pages were different versions of project pages. With spots for the pattern, who it was made for, size, source, yarn, needles, gauge, and and notes. I made several versions of the inside pages with different graphics on them.

The back of the book was decorated with a striped paper. I included a ribbon so that the book could be tied shut so it would not open in a knitting bag.

I thought the whole thing came out very well for my first attempt. I don’t recall my partner really thanking me much for it. But I was happy with the turnout. It took quite awhile to design and print out all the different pages and line everything up. It proved to me how I am definitely not a graphic artist. I like it enough that one day I may take the time and make one for myself!