Friday, January 11, 2008


I confess that I have a lot of stuff rambling around in the attic at the moment. Therefore, this will probably be very disjointed but that's OK. It's Friday and I'm counting down.
I mentioned in my last post something about my "word" for the year. I'm still working on "balance" left over form last year as I never accomplished it. So that will be one of "our" words. Remember I told you also that I was going to invite the family to join in with a word.
So at the dinner table a couple of nights ago we had a discussion. I had already talked to Tim about a "word". He "gets it" and was going to decide on his word. So at the table, I give my spiel and Ashley knows immediately that her words is "happiness". A super word. I ask Tim if he had his word yet and he says he did but forgot what it was and that he wants a real good word so he will keep trying to remember it. He knew it started with a "p" or and "s". We tried to guess a few.
We are going to get wooden letters to make these words and have them on display someway in the house as a reminder of our intent for the year, I ask Ashley, "do you think happy would be just as good as happiness, since it is a shorter word?" Without hesitation she pronounced, "no, I want happiness".
So then, I said to dear husband (grandfather to Ash and Tim), "what is your word going to be?" With the same swiftness and lack of hesitation as Ashley he said, "Silence". I think he "gets it" too.
So far, that is our words: Balance, Happiness, and Silence. Oh yes, I forgot to tell you my new word for 2008 is "Enough". If you think about it, "enough" is a pretty good word. I'm always thinking I don't have enough time for ART. But I will apply the word more consciously while at the table to remind myself that I have had enough.
So now I have to get Melissa's word and see if Tim has remembered his great word and I will be all set to get these new power words of intent up for display.
Here is something that excites me. Oh wait first, you will need to look here. Just a quick refresher of the page...not the words but the picture. Then go here and take a look at the bottom of this cover. I'm squealing ....can you hear me? I don't know exactly what is on the inside but there I am. So proud. So happy. Can't wait to get it in my hands.
Now about the paper napkin above. Isn't' this a gorgeous one. A friend here in town gifted me with this one and I'm pretty sure you will be seeing it in my next little piece of ART. But a favor I wish to ask of you is, "do any of you have a white floral napkin?" I'm on the look out for big white flowers. I will trade some of mine for a white floral. Thanking you.
More later,


  1. The words your family has chosen are really great! And "enough" should be my word, too.

    Congrats on being on the cover!! I can't wait to get my copy now.

    Sorry....I can't help you with the napkin. That one is beautiful though.

  2. Very cool,Sharon!Congrats again.I will be on the lookout for white floral napkins. Any kind of flower?
    Have an artful weekend!

  3. Congrats and BRAVO!!!!!! It is so nice to see our work in print:D Can't wait to see the magazine!

  4. I forgot to mention that I love your "word" ritual! What a great idea.....we may have to do a spin off....LOL Also, I will look to see if I have a napkin with white flowers....If I find one I will need to have your address. Would you send it to me in my

  5. Well done you! I think this is going to be a great artful year for you!!

  6. COngratulations Sharon! You truly deserve to be on the cover!! WELL DONE
    I have to share my news with you - as you were my inspiration - I have booked into my first ever altered book workshop with your dear friend Ro here in Australia!! I discovered her beautiful art through your blog so THANK YOU ! The workshop is in March! I am really looking forward to exploring this medium.
    Happy New Year!

  7. Oh boy, another publication under your belt. What great news.

    I'll go scrounge through my stash and see if I have any appropriate napkins. My tissue paper is all organized now thanks to your idea. My napkins, not so much.


  8. Oh my goodness, Sharon!!! That is one of those mags that I am counting down until it is out...and you're in it!!! Yipppeee!! Congrats girl!!!!!! I am so excited for you...

    Loving the words! smiles... word verification is febsp...even blogger knows that feb. is special for you {and us}

  9. Hi Sharon, I like the word ENOUGH. It encompasses a Lot. Not only to cut back on portions, I think of it also in my struggle to simplify. I have enough things. One of my goals for this year is to buy less and do more with what I already have. Hopefully, by not going out to shop, I'll have more time to spend on my joys - my crafts, that I don't have enough time for.

  10. Fooey. I forgot to say CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm so proud to know you. I love your work. I'm glad others will have a chance to see it too. The book sounds like a perfect gift for my sister who wants to blog, but gets so overwhelmed she doesn't know where to start. I can't wait to see it. I can't wait to see the WORDS once they are all built too.

  11. LOVE the whole word thing. BRILLIANT idea. And yes, I would have to agree that BALANCE would be my word for the year. Anyhhooo...congrats on your good news. Will have to check it out. Happy Saturday!

  12. I like the idea of doing the words in wood so that they will remain. I need to do all my resolutions in wood! (Just kidding - that would take up a city block.)

    Way neat on making the cover, congratulations!

  13. Congrats! That is so exciting, I can't wait to get it!!! I love the idea of a new word for the new year. I too need to stop making excuses for not having enough time for my art, and I need to start posting some!

  14. Whaaa! Congrats on Artful Blogging!


  15. i AORE this notion of your family all having words for the year! well done!

  16. I'll start searching for those napkins. Congratulations on the cover.

  17. So glad to see your blog is represented in the Artful Blogging issue! Yours is one I go to often. I love how you explain and share your ideas. We must think alike! lol I'll definitely be getting this copy.


    Lisa R.


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