Monday, August 26, 2013

An Afternoon of Art

After one hectic and busy first week of school, I decided to take my own advice and de-stress on Sunday afternoon. My choice for fun/relaxation....ART JOURNALING! I have been behind on my pages for the Lifebook 2013 class, so I decided to start a new page. I actually ended up starting THREE pages! The first page was Tam's most recent lesson, and when I needed to wait for the page to dry, I started another page, and another! I wish I could say I finished all these pages, but a start is good, right?!

The first journal page....about halfway done. 

The next lesson I randomly selected was from Mitsi B. The first step was to take 6 sheets of watercolor paper and tape them together. This is the first time I've done anything this large with a journal page, but it was exciting!

Washi tape on the front of the pages...before I added the collage papers.

The next step involved adding collage papers and using spray paint! Spray paint...that's a new one for me, but I loved it. Due to the stinky smell, I took the large sheet outdoors.  I also decided to take a sample size paint and do some SPLATTERING! I'm sure there's nothing more fun than slinging paint. To add more color, I also brought a couple of Dylusions ink sprays along.

Time to paint!

Many of you may not know this, but I have a very creative dog. He loves art as much as I do, and always loves being part of the process.  So, as soon as he saw me walk out the door with art supplies...he came out too.

Dylan does some doggie yoga in preparation for painting.
Paint flew everywhere, much too quickly for my iPhone camera to capture, but here's the end result... 

Dylan shows off his colorful pages.
That page is still a work in progress, as it was way too hot to do anymore outdoors. We definitely had a fantastic afternoon of art. It was not nearly as long as either of us would have liked, but then again, it never is long enough! Hopefully, WE will have some finished pics up soon!

***The third page is a sketch with masking fluid over it. I didn't take a picture as it is hard to see. I'll post it next time too.

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Stress. Ugh. Sometimes we have more of it than we'd like, right? Seems like it's been more lately for me. Just trying to get everything ready for school (which starts next Tuesday...YIKES!), plus trying to finish up all those last minute summer projects at home (painting/reorganizing/flooring), leads to feelings of exhaustion and being overwhelmed.

So...I'm trying to remind myself to weave stress relieving activities into my days this week.  It's tough, especially when you feel there's no time to spare, but I do feel so much happier and less stressed when I can do one of the following activities.


This can be anything....provide a listening ear, give a hug, bring a co-worker a Sonic drink, bake cookies for your neighbor, etc. Keep it simple and be creative! DIY projects are also an inexpensive and fun way to brighten someone's day.  Using recipes found in Ecobeauty, I've made some great bath and body items.  Not only are they fun to create, I also love making extra and "testing" the product!

DIY peppermint foot scrub, vanilla lip balm, lavender bath salts,  bar of soap from  Farmer's Market


Exercise is a great way to relief stress. Think about movement that you enjoy....walking, biking, swimming, RUNNING! I enjoy all of these, but  my favorite is running. For me, it is the ultimate stress reducer. Not only do I enjoy the movement, but I am outside taking in nature (fireflies, trees, beautiful sunsets, it!)

Running in Oregon

I love running other places...especially in the summer when Oklahoma is SO hot. Plus, there are so many opportunities to run AND see beautiful scenery. 

Roger running by the ocean near Yachats, OR. Wish we could do this every day!


Try to make time to relax in your day. To me, relaxation means spending time doing something I love...journaling, creating art, reading a good book, trying a healthy recipe, yoga, or just kicking my feet up and doing absolutely nothing! Whatever you enjoy, doing it even for a short time, can really boost your mood and relieve stress. Sometimes I sneak in reading or journaling at lunch. It's not as long as I would like, but it always makes me feel better.

Journal page I created for Lifebook 2013
Another Lifebook page that I finished today! 
Some of my favorite books that always give me a positive insight and uplift my mood are Life is a Verb by Patti Digh, Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, and Yoga for Anxiety by Marie Nurrie Stearns. Another great read, fictional and fun, is Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. If you are interested, you can also check out my Goodreads page for more great titles.

There are many things you can do to relieve stress. The key is to find what works for you and do it! I mean ACTUALLY DO IT! It's too easy for us to become overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed to the point of not taking care of ourselves. Be mindful to care for yourself and take the time to de-stress a little every day. You will find that you'll be happier AND feel better.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mount Bachelor

Since we went to Mt. Hood, we also wanted to stop at Mt. Bachelor...and this time we would ride the ski lift! It was another beautiful day in Bend when we headed out the door. I couldn't wait to get out and explore the area. First stop...the ski lift!

Roger on the ski lift...check out the scenery!

Isn't this a great view?
Once we made it to the top, we hiked and found many patches of snow! Time to play!

Roger in the snow. attempt to create a snow angel without sliding down the side!

You know those pictures of feet on the beach? Well, I took a "feet on the snow" picture here.

Great view!! (The mountains....not my feet...haha!)

We had a great day and I loved seeing snow in July! Actually, now that we've been home a little while, I'm wishing for snow here....or at least some cooler temperatures!