Here is the description for the photo challenge of the week from WordPress:
Resolved. This is that time of year, isn’t it? Full of resolutions and good intentions. I resolved to get in a run on January 1st – this is a photo post-run. Spoiler: it was a good one! Why not share a photo which represents one of your New Year’s resolutions? If you don’t make them, what about sharing a photo which represents something you’d like to get better at in photography this year?
Share a picture which means RESOLVED to you!
I’m delighted to share a few photos (since I can never limit myself to just one) that are hot off the press. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to make better use of my creative energy and get some studio work done. And that’s exactly what I’m doing. Of course it is only 4 days into the new year, but so far so good! The first thing I did was pick up (from the counter in my studio) a little book called “Mary Engelbreit’s Book of Days”. I bought this in 1992, and I’m sure of the date because I wrote my name and the year in the front of the book. That’s all I ever wrote. Talk about a fear of making a mess on a pristine page – that’s what I was all about – for years, obviously.
Since all the birthdays and specials days that I need to keep track of are on my computer calendar, I decided to use this little book to start a record of what I “create” this year. I mean, come on, it’s the first week of January. How perfect is that? So here are the notes so far:
My actual list of things to do is recorded in Evernote – my favorite note taking program on my computer. One of the great things about Evernote is that it is cloud based and will automatically keep track of things on all my electronic devices. I could have easily started record keeping of my accomplishments in Evernote, but then what would I do with this cute little book that ALREADY has my name in it? You see my point.
Today was the first day in ages that I have done any printing, and it felt great to get my hands dirty and play with the inks and cards. I printed cards to send to my friends in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, in the hopes that someone will want to buy a little hand crafted something that says Taos on it. Then I printed a few cheery little cards to add to my inventory. Here’s some of what I did:
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I’m totally inspired and ready to create. This is going to be a great year! I hope you’ll join me and share your creativity too!
Spent last night printing. I wanted to do some little note cards for my friend, Louise. Last year I carved a bobbin from her shop’s logo. I figured she could use some new cards. There is lots of excitement at her shop – Red Red Bobbin, as Kaffe Fassett is teaching there at the end of the month. I’m sending a book to be signed. Kaffe is an incredibly talented artist and designer who works in a variety of mediums. I was particularly inspired by his book Mosaics, Inspiration and Original Projects for Interiors and Exteriors, published in 1999 by The Taunton Press. I’m excited about getting my book signed because I love autographed books! (This applies mostly to cookbooks and craft books and it’s best when I get to meet the author. I did meet Kaffe Fassett many years ago – long before he had written his mosaic book.) In fact the first Kaffe Fassett book I purchased was in 1989 – Glorious Needlepoint. Needlepoint – wow – there’s something I haven’t done for a long time.
After I finished the bobbin cards, I printed some samples of other stamps I’ve carved.
Not all the prints are inked perfectly but they are good enough for my record book. It was a relaxing and productive evening.
I’ve been printing cards. I love the process – the designing, carving, printing and best of all – looking at the finished product. Sometimes the process goes smoothly, sometimes not so much. I’m still learning (and there is a lot to learn) but I’m having a great time doing so. I print on cards that I purchase – some are just plain paper (white or cream), some are simple backgrounds which are intended for “embellishment”. I also like to work on cards that other people would consider finished or ready to use. The challenge is to improve upon an already great looking card.