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'Tis... almost... the season!

I was going to wait until after Thanksgiving to put up my Christmas decorations, but I was talking to my mom on Sunday and she reminded me how little time there is for me to enjoy them if I wait that long. So during my evenings this week I've been putting up all my decorations.


I finished the tree last night and put the finishing touches on everything else tonight. I'm so glad I did that. Now everything is ready for December!

This was my view this morning... since so many people were out of the office today, I just worked at home... reading email and enjoying a really fantastic cup of hot chocolate in front of my tree while I listened to the rain pattering on the roof. It was quite cozy and enjoyable!


And to kick off the Christmas pre-season (kind of like hockey? lol) I wanted to do a digi layout using a kit that Gennifer Bursett just released over at Pixels and Company called Naughty Christmas. So naturally, who did I think of when I looked at that kit? Adorable-Nephew-William. Of course in all fairness, I really could have used any / all of the kids for this one, but William seems to get shafted on the layout front (totally unintentional, I swear!), so I wanted to do one of just him. Besides... I had these super cute photos that just begged to be used!


So that's it! Hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!


Recent Paintings / Art Journaling

I haven't had a lot of time to do a whole lot lately, but I do have one canvas and several art journal pages I've never gotten around to sharing, as well as a few pages that I've finished recently.

First, a canvas that I did in the first half of October - another one redoing the old ones that I had. In this case I kept the original background but repainted the design with better paint so that it looks nicer, then added the flowers.

Mixed Media Poppy CanvasThen five art journal pages from the last 6 weeks...

Jellyfish Art Journal Page - Gwen Lafleur
Jellyfish Art Journal Page - Gwen Lafleur
Jellyfish Art Journal Page - Gwen Lafleur

The one above uses a super cool stencil designed by Seth Apter for StencilGirl.  Loved it with the molding paste.

Freedom and Imagine Art Journal Pages - Gwen Lafleur
It's not a whole lot, but I'm trying to get back into it. I have one page started right now and also another cardboard art journal in the works. Or the cover, at least... it's a start! Anyway, I'll take a break for Thanksgiving but then I should get back to it - I'd love to do some holiday themed stuff going into December. We'll see... more busy-ness is on the horizon, but I'm hoping to keep a bit more balance over the next few months.

Recent Artsy Classes

I've taken a lot of classes lately... and done a little teaching too!

In October Patty and I got to go up to Mass. to spend a weekend taking classes from Dyan Reavley. It was so much fun, and I learned a ton! We took Writing in your Journal, Stamping in your Journal, and Art Journal Extravaganza.

Dyan Reavely Weekend 1
Dyan Reavely Weekend 1
Dyan Reavely Weekend 1
Dyan Reavely Weekend 1
Dyan Reavely Weekend 1
Dyan Reavely Weekend 1I'm so glad I got the chance to do that!

Then we had our October mixed media club where Debbie Mac taught us about doing faces.

October Mixed Media Club 1

We started out drawing, working on the different proportions. Mine looks okay, except for the fact that she looks like she's stuck up and bored.

October Mixed Media Club 2We also worked with acrylic paint and some of Donna Downey's new face stamps:

October Mixed Media Club 3

Then at the end of October, I taught my cardboard art journal class. We had a great group and I think everyone had a good time. I've heard about a few people still working on those, and Sue showed me what she had done at our club meeting this last week - they all turned out great!

Cardboard Art Journal Class 1
Cardboard Art Journal Class 1So that was October... then into November. I was in Chicago for the first week, and then the following weekend I met Patty at The Inspiration Station up in Stafford Springs for a day of advanced Zentangle classes. We took tangling in color, where we learned about drawing and coloring as well as using colored backgrounds.

Tangling in Color Class - 1And that afternoon we took a class on organic tangles on toned paper. That was also super fun.

Organic Tangling ClassAfter classes, Patty took me to Stew Leonard's - it's a grocery store, but a very cool one. Probably as close as I've come to finding something similar to a Wegman's... not quite, but still pretty good. They sell a really good boulognese sauce and they had these killer corn popper thingies on their hot bar... lots of fun! Close enough that I'd go back, but not so close that I'd be there a lot. Which is a good thing!

Finally, this last week we had our November mixed media club - Mac and I taught water soluble crayons - Lyra and Neocolor II. It was a smaller group, but that made it so we did lots of techniques and projects. I think the real hit of the night was using them with gesso and stamping with them.

November Mixed Media Club 1
November Mixed Media Club 1

Here are some of the projects we did... I had made a sample coloring and then using water to make the circle design, so a lot of people did something similar in their books.

November Mixed Media Club 1Whew! That's it for the classes... big update, but lots of fun over the last 6 weeks or so.

Trying to get caught up...

All right, so I've been told that I need to post because my blog has gotten boring (ahem... thanks Patty and Tracie!) So, I'm trying... things got super busy for a month and then predictibly, just as I was starting to have some time, I got sick. So now it's been another two weeks and I'm finally feeling like myself again, so I thought I'd try and post a few things.

First up, I did this layout a month or so ago but didn't post because the kit wasn't out yet. So this is using a new (relatively... lol) kit from Gennifer Bursett called More Cowbell (how do you not love that?)

This is a series of pictures I took of Adorable-Niece-Aubrey while they were up visiting me over Columbus Day weekend. We were having breakfast and she was just too funny - they worked well with the kit so I grabbed them to use... they capture her personality perfectly.


Next is a paper layout that I did last week using a few pictures of the kids playing together at a park. Just a simple one while I worked on getting my mojo back. This uses bits and pieces of several recent Studio Calico kits.

Simple Everyday Moments
And a close-up:

Simple Everyday Moments Close-up

That's it for layouts... be back later with more.