Monday, April 21, 2014

Should I adopt another new year?


I might just need a summer new year. As I journaled and mediated and worshiped and prayed this weekend I realize that I currently celebrate three new starts during the year.
 
There’s January when the calendar year changes. There’s Easter when I celebrate the renewal of life with the resurrection, and there is September, which I’ve written about before—the back to school new year (something about those school supplies gives me a call to set goals, organize and start projects).
 
Chart from David Allen's GTD web site

For my spring new year I have been studying and practicing the methods David Allen promotes in his book, “Getting Things Done.” One of the most appealing aspects of his system is to release the lists that are spinning in your head and get more done by trusting your list.
 
I’m a big fan of emptying my head. That is one of the reasons I am devoted to journaling and journaling in the 80% written format. It empties my head. Now I’ve found a method that promotes me emptying my head. Is this the answer to my unquiet mind?

One of my recent journal pages- I write
more than I create designs. Artful lettering
and written work with ink/paint background.
So far, it’s working when I work it. My lists feel too long and jumbled. I want to go back and review how he explains making choices based on my priorities. He uses the analogy of a plane on the runway and increasing miles above the ground to explain this theory.

I have not been playing in my studio nearly as much as I desire. It’s a state of chaos in there which may be my biggest deterrent and not this new system.
 
Today I am home unexpectedly. I am going to empty my wandering brain and clear my inbox. Wishing you a joyful and abundant Spring.

 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Protect and Retain


 Today’s Slipper Camp Workout #12

Practice Self-Protection and Retention

 Memorize the appearance of one stranger and describe them later in the day so that someone else would recognize them. Consider height, weight, hair, skin, clothing, and age. Practice using your pepper spray for maximum effectiveness.

http://www.mydamselpro.net/LIVESAFELIVEWELL/
The hardcore pepper spray from
Damsel in Defense--$10.00 can
get you a long way from trouble.
 

Tip: (Thanks to Michelle Guercio at a recent Damsel in Defense event) On the way out of many fast-food restaurants and other stores there is a height chart to increase the ability of judging height for a “Creeper.” Find the chart in a place you frequent and use it for your workout.

Even if you have to use the pepper spray, do what
you can to remember what the creeper looks like.

 
Review my Pepper Spray You Tube Video Here:

 

Slipper Camp: A kinder, gentler boot camp designed to assist you in living well.

Camp Motto: Being kind to yourself makes you strong.

Checkout my personal progress and all the tasks on http://www.artfultourist.blogspot.com/

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Gratitude Practice

Walking outside in Florida mean "critters." I appreciated
this snail one day--especially the fact that he was
on our mail box. SNAIL MAIL ROCKS.
Today’s Slipper Camp Workout #11

Gratitude Workout:
 
Go outside, look around and be thankful for one thing you normally take for granted in nature. Marvel at the beauty of one plant that provides oxygen to the world, at the sky overhead whether sunny or cloudy and how changes in climate create the cycles of nature. Appreciate one bare tree that means you can see the beautiful shape of branches without distraction. Remind yourself that being thankful lifts your spirit.

 
Bonus challenge: Try this every time you step outside for one week or longer.

 

 

Slipper Camp: A kinder, gentler boot camp designed to assist you in living well.

Camp Motto: Being kind to yourself makes you strong.

Checkout my personal progress and all the tasks on http://www.artfultourist.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The ATC (artist trading card) vs the ACEO (artist card editions and originals)

ATC

In 2003 I wrote an article for "RubberStampMadness" magazine about artists' trading cards. Here is the introduction:

ATC by Norma Anne Chattin 2003 uses
a stamp from the Claudine Helmuth collection
with Stampington.
The Artist Trading Card, known as ATC, is a 2.5” by 3.5” miniature work of art usually created to trade with other artists. Eager traders love these small art forms because they offer the opportunity to try out new techniques, learn from other artists, and can be used to make larger projects. The original concept and size requirements comes from baseball and other trading cards.
Everyone from fine artists to the youngest beginner have jumped on the ATC band wagon.  The appeal includes:
  • Easy to create in multiples
  • Great way to try new techniques/tools
  • Perfect for swaps with other artists
  • A social art form
  • Collectible

The original guidelines for ATC are 2.5" by 3.5", handmade art, and never sold only traded.
 
The photos published with the article were ATCs created by some of my friends in Richmond, Virginia as well as participants in a mail-in swap.  



ACEO
 
ACEO by Norma Anne Chattin 2014, collage.
Photo from BBC.com
A newer phenomenon has developed with the introduction of the artist card editions and originals, known as ACEO, which are original artwork or a print of original artwork.

Like ATCs, ACEOs may be made with any media, material, or method as long as they measure 2-1/2" x 3-1/2".   ACEOs are made with the intention to sell. .

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The case of the missing photos...

I adore the BBC Sherlock. Season 3 just started.
I like how the episodes run about 2 hours--like a
mini-series.
I can't seem to locate the photos on my blog posts from January 2013 all the way back to 2007. Perhaps someone with more understanding of Blogger could help me out here?

What I know is that the vast majority of my photos have always been uploaded from my computer. These seem to comprise all the missing photos.

I drew/doodled this! I'm very excited. I was inspired by a
 design on Pinterest, but still, I love it.

Only lately have I been using photos directly from my phone without editing.

Since we're talking mysteries here...I recently joined an ATC swap group that will feature a different European city as the theme every month. February was London for the theme and embossing for the technique.

Here's the mystery part---I made two of my ATCs with Sherlock Holmes images.

Now please, someone, anyone? Even Ferris Buhler--please help me solve the mystery of disappearing photos. THANKS.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Watch Where You're Going

Today’s Slipper Camp Workout--Workout 8


http://www.mydamselpro.net/LIVESAFELIVEWELL/
While you watch where you're going, hold your stun
device and your alarm or pepper spray in your hand.

 
Every time you exit a door to the outside—pay attention.

Tips/Enhancements:

·         Look around you and note if there are other people lurking or on their way somewhere as well. Look around your car before you unlock the door.

·         Don’t remote unlock until you are within opening distance of the door.

·         Remember where you parked.

·         Note the proximity of any windowless vans.

·         Look people in the face and nod or smile. Review how you would describe them to someone else.

 

Slipper Camp: A kinder, gentler boot camp designed to assist you in living well.

Camp Motto: Being kind to yourself makes you strong.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Morning Glory

Cookie, one of the Slipper Camp
mascots--bright eyes in the morning

Today’s Slipper Camp Workout: Workout 9

Wake up Refreshed and ready:

 Go to sleep tonight after 30 minutes of no TV or computer. Thoughtfully and gratefully accomplish   bed time tasks:

·         Lay out your clothes for tomorrow

·         Wash and moisturize your face (yes, men need this practice too)

·         Floss and brush

·         As you lay in bed practice deep, relaxing breathing and picture yourself in a beautiful, relaxing place

 
 

Slipper Camp: A kinder, gentler boot camp designed to assist you in living well.

Camp Motto: Being kind to yourself makes you strong.

Checkout my personal progress and all the tasks on http://www.artfultourist.blogspot.com/

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