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looking back, stepping forward

30 Dec

2012-1 2012-2 2012-4 2012-3 2012-72012-15 2012-8 2012-9 2012-12 2012-13 2012-14I had two art-related “resolutions” for 2012… One of them I did alright at: One Line a Day Diary (1), apart from a few missing weeks, I was better at recording my everyday events than most years! My other resolution, I wasn’t so great at: Sketchbooking. Looking back, 2012 was insanely busy! By the time I had completed my 2012 Sketchbook for Art House (2) at the end of January, I was onto my Limited Edition Sketchbook (3). There was the wonderful spring trip to Mexico (4), which was a great getaway but yielded few drawings. When we got back to Canada, I got busy re-designed my etsy shop, then my parents moved into their cabin, and Spring came to a close when John and I did our big move to the Kootenays (5). I dabbled a little bit in my sketchbook come summer (while things seemed a bit more calm) and had my highest number of daily blog views about some of my doodles (6). But as always, time quickly melted away while setting up the studio (7), programming a new blog layoutspending quality time with new friends (8), and doing festivals like Tour of the Arts! Come fall, I landed a new part-time job that was 20 hours a week and suddenly winter was fast approaching and I got busy on holiday designs. In the blink of an eye November arrived and craft season was upon me, which consisted of 7 pop up markets including Make It (9) and Nelson Prestige (10), plus 2 gallery exhibitions! It wasn’t until mid-December that those were done, and by then I was cleaning house, doing laundry and packing clothes for Christmas at the cabin(11)… It makes sense that I didn’t find much time for my sketchbook. For 2013, I’m going to make another run at my resolutions, and I’ve already had a head start on some sketchbooking. Tomorrow I will share a few of my new pages, some fun techniques you can try, and link to a few bloggers who are always inspiring with their little sketchbooks. Got any resolutions that you could afford to take another run at in 2013? You can do it: the second try is always easier.

cleaning house

4 Jan

Ever go to find something and it takes you twice the time you expected to find it? Do you have a piling problem and find yourself searching for space to work on? Do corners or unused rooms beg for your boxes of random things? ME TOO!!! That’s why this year I wanted to make a change, so that I can focus more on creating instead of wasting time searching for supplies. I’ve spent the last 3 days cleaning and organizing my entire life. It all started with the realization that we aren’t moving any time soon, and so the storage room filled with our moving boxes, was a pointless waste of usable space. So I took them all out into random rooms, sorted them, and moved them down to the crawl space. The few odd things that we use from time to time such as camping gear, biking stuff & luggage stayed out of the crawlspace and were instead moved up to the top unreachable rows, thus leaving me with four blank shelves and an entire floor space to organize my life with. After all of my production and product expansion for OOAK, I have far more product than what could originally fit in my real life etsy shop. So I’ve moved it all into the storage area, along with my mailing / packaging supplies, blank moleskines, button presses, coloured / blank paper, framed works in boxes, and piles of second-hand books.  The floor of my studio space, our living area and the second bedroom are finally free of serious Jessica residue, and are now able to be put to their proper use. John and I are thinking of turning the second bedroom into a little quiet zone/ reading room which can easily be maneuvered to accomodate a bed when guests come, but for now I’m ready to concentrate on MAKING in 2012, now that I know exactly where all of my supplies are.

actually achieving resolutions

1 Jan

It’s New Year’s Day: a day where everyone seems to set at least one (if not many) goals to achieve in the following 365 days. I plan to make several goals come true. Wanna know what they are and how I’m going to do it??? …………….. Too bad, I’m not telling!