Catch up

Monday, October 5, 2015

As suspected, once school started my blog got neglected.  I'm sorry, it's just that teaching is exhausting and also I'm suuuuper busy this year, way more than I was last year.  Although it hasn't been a total fail... these are the posts I've managed to put up in the past 7 weeks:

School started and I immediately began dreaming of an alternate career.

A couple of weeks went by and I, again, wanted to quit teaching forever.

I managed to get one post up for Travel Tuesday.

And, in the midst of a career crisis meltdown, I found 50 things that make me happy.

And as I settled into a routine at school I realized that I still need to make time for my art journal.

Ok so that's a recap of what's been happening on my blog.  Now let's review what's been happening on my Instagram...

We took a quick trip up to Nashville to visit some friends over Labor Day Weekend:

I like to doodle in my lesson planner, I went to a conference, and our doggie is still adorable:

I experimented with different styles in my art journal:

Peter redesigned my school's shield and it's been so fun to see it pop up everywhere on campus:

My dog continues to be the cutest thing in the world:

Alright so now you're all caught up with my life so far.  Now let's talk about what will be happening in the near future:

- take students to All-State Show Choir Auditions (all day event in Birmingham)
- help run tech for the lower school musical (tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals, performances take up about 2 weeks every day after school)
- choir performance for pep rally
- my drama class' production of The Princess and the Pea
- choir/solo/theater festival/competition (I have about 25 students participating)
- weekend trip up to Michigan for Peter's best friend's wedding
- All-State auditions (all day event in Montgomery)
- begin rehearsals for upper school musical (which I'm directing) after school
- choir performance with community orchestra
- christmas/holiday concerts (lower school, upper school, and sing-along)
- final exams

Oh yeah, and somewhere in there we have to do some massive fundraising for the choir's upcoming trip to New York.  By the way, all of this is in addition to teaching full time and also teaching private students in the afternoons and weekends.

So as you can see, I'm going to be very busy for the next couple of months.  And hopefully I won't go crazy.  The bright side is that I mostly enjoy what I do.  It could be worse - I could be having to grade math papers every day (yuck!).  At least I get to teach the classes that students enjoy being in.  I gotta say, I do love my students.  They are extremely creative and enthusiastic.

Ok I'm just going to take it one day at a time and try not to get too stressed out.  I hope you'll forgive me I neglect my blog throughout this season.  I will try to post but can't guarantee anything.

What do you have going on these days?

P.S. My dad and I will soon be starting an Etsy shop.  My dad makes beautiful ceramic items (nativity scenes, ornaments, vases, etc.).  I can't wait to share it with you!


Free Therapy - Art Journal

Thursday, September 24, 2015

So I decided I wanted to use my art journal as more like a journal (by actually writing daily thoughts in it) and scrapbook-hybrid... so I got it out, got out some paint to prep some pages, and then just got carried away.  And I painted about 6 pages yesterday and 5 today (not sharing all of them on here because some of them are reeeeeally ugly lol).  And I like what I painted so I don't want to "ruin" them by adding more layers or journaling.  So for now it's going to stay as an "idea book" and maybe I'll start a new, real, art journal when I finish this notebook.  Only a few more pages to go.

Here's what I have come up with lately.  Sorry for the bad quality photos - all I have is my iPhone and bad lighting.

This page is incomplete but I thought I'd include it anyway.  This is inspired by a city in Italy called Portovenere:
Watercolor and Sharpie pen

Of course, flowers:
Watercolors and felt-tipped markers

Sharpie pen and Watercolor

Crayon, watercolors, and Sharpie pen

This was inspired by a very similar drawing by one of my favorite artists, Alisa Burke.
Watercolor, Sharpie pen

Multimedia flowers:
Watercolor, Acrylic, Washi tape, sharpie

I wanted to illustrate my favorite quote but I'm really really bad at lettering.  So I just started writing to fill up the page.  I tried it two ways: the first way was to just keep going with the letters, even if the words are split up between lines.  The second was to use all caps and try to fit all the words in.  Which do you like better?

These are lyrics from my favorite song, "Corcovado," by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

"I want a life always like this
with you close to me
until the old flame (of passion) is put out."

I'm not an artist by any means, but it is a fun way for me to relax in the evenings.  Peter and I sit together at the dinner table and paint while watching Netflix.  I love getting lost in the paint and forgetting whatever else is going on in life.  Very therapeutic.  I'm still trying to find "my style..."

What do you do to relax?


50 Things That Make Me Happy

Monday, September 21, 2015

I've stolen this idea from Daydreams of Summertime.  :)

50 Things That Make Me Happy

In no particular order

1. Pink flowers
2. Yellow Flowers
3. My doggie
4. A FRIENDS Marathon
5. Tea in the morning
6. Afternoon tea
7. Tea at any time of the day!
8. Brunch
9. A really good steak
10. Hanging out with my hubby

11. Doing absolutely nothing
12. Ralph Vaughan Williams
13. Airports
14. A clean house
15. Being organized
16. Pretty tea cups
17. A freshly stocked fridge
18. Sunsets
19. Ocean breezes
20. The smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls

21. Poetry
22. Spontaneous creativity
23. Good grammar
24. Bosom friends
25. People who understand where "bosom friends" comes from
26. Betsy-Tacy (and Tib)
27. Sunny days
28. Exploring new places with my husband
29. Finishing a tough project and knowing I did it well
30. My iphone

31. Instagram
32. Baby goats
33. Baby puppies
34. Renaissance music
35. Meeting another musician and having nerdy conversations about music history and theory
36. 1960s fashion
37. Freshly washed bedsheets
38. The feeling after a good yoga session
39. When my clothes fit
40. A really, really, really good book (I'm picky)

41. Canoe rides
42. Learning new languages
43. Beach vacations
44. Photography
45. Mild days, cool nights
46. Finding the best lipstick color
47. Long, hot baths on really cold days
48. Good hair days
49. Family
50. Sparkling water

Honorable mentions: My daily planner, Painting with watercolor, Funny movies, The color yellow, Easy DIY projects, My nieces and nephews, Singing in the Rain, Game nights with friends, Cheesy chick-flicks, and so on and so forth...

And I still have more to add!  So, what are the things that make YOU happy?

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