Friday, February 8, 2013

This is my January Art Journal Signature ... For me January was a time spent reflecting on where I've been, where I'm going and celebrating family ... Many of my pages are unfinished but I'm ok with that. Life moves so fast and I find my inspiration from my day to day life ... it's impossible for me to keep up the way I want to in my journal because I'm to busy living the moments I want to record.

My intention for the new year is creating more energy and I have decided that being ok with things not compleat is part of keeping theenergy and momentum rolling. Maybe one day when I'm older and have nothing else to do I can come back and finish these pages.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Celebrating Maelei's 3rd Birthday ...

And My new Morning Routine.

My oldest Granddaughter turns 3 today ... her Mommy took off work so the two of them can go out and play ... play ... play! The baby will go to daycare and Grandma (still can’t believe that's me) will be going out to finish up some shopping for her actual Birthday Party on Sunday. I painted the gift box top right, inside is the cutest Rapunzel (she and I love Rapunzel) shirt and little leggins that she will wear today with her brand new twinkle toe sketchers that her Aunt Reecie bought. I'm kind of ready for her to wake up!
The photo on the left is my new morning routine (at least on workdays) unless I can decide on something equally nutritious this will be my go to on workday mornings. I would like to do the same for lunches ... find something nutritious, beautiful and easy to feed the body and nourish the soul at lunchtime on work days.

I must say … I've never enjoyed a bowl of oats more than I am enjoying this one right now ... I think I will go thrift store hopping to look for the most beautiful bowl I can find to eat my morning oats and raisins from. Will also go shopping for berries and such so I can mix it up a bit but really the raisins are perfect.
Hope some of you may decide to play along as we begin what I would like to call " Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food game" or maybe we could call it "beautiful nourishment that comes from the earth or has a mother" ... any other ideas?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Procrastination ...

I finally finished working on my name page... As you can imagine with a name like Coy I have been asked a million times “Is that spelled Koi?” The answer is No, I was named after my Grandmother Coy Golden Slaton not a fish, my name is Coy Lynn Slaton with a name like Coy you don't have much need for nick names this one is as easy and unique as it gets. (I was in my 40's before I ever met another Coy) to date I have met two. I like the Golden Carp that is now in my art journal.
Lady Chaos on the bottom left is an unfinished paint over I was having trouble relating to her actually ... for the most part I am a pretty organized person, at work I get paid for my organizational skills, no choice. At home I prioritize according to my own personal priorities something like this:

* The kitchen is a common area and has to be kept clean, everyone is responsible because we all hate cleaning built up messy dishes and we like a clean slate when it is time to cook. The refrigerator on the other hand could use a good cleaning and scrubbing but ... I would rather be painting, editing photos, reading etc.

* A clean bathroom is a priority for me, I take a bath every day and only settle for a quick shower when I don't leave myself enough time for a bath. I get up at 5:40 am and don't leave the house until 7:00am I like to have time to get things done and take a nice hot bath before work. I do share my bathroom with my daughter and granddaughter right now, the ABC's, the princesses and the singing bubble maker thing don't bother me much as long as they are not all over the floor.

* I would rather paint, read, write process photos etc than do certain things like washing my car, scrubbing the grout, weeding the flower beds, organizing my media room which happens to be where I sleep.

* I pay my bills on time, I don't like doing it so I have all of them on auto pay I never write a check or see my bank ... life is good.

* I answer over 100 emails a day at work, not so much at home. I depend on text messages from those who are important, I limit the amount of personal information I consider important.

* The junk mail pile tends to build up at my house until I have time to process and shred, again I have discontinued much of the paper priorities that once bogged me down. I take care of things on line so most of my mail is junk mail, I sort the priority stuff as it comes in the important mail almost never sees the junk mail pile.

* The bowl of vitamins above .... to much ... just to much! I fill the bowl and take them throughout the day, if it takes two or more days for me to finish them, so be it .... it's better than taking none at all, right?

* Instead of Lady Chaos I was thinking of my procrastination more this week as a separate part of me, so I started painting two parts of me, light and dark (image in the middle on the bottom it's not complete, I just laid down first coat of color). I think creative people have to procrastinate at times otherwise you would never find yourself in the zone ... you know the one ... the one where you must have tunnel vision to complete your task and whatever you are working on becomes all consuming. I doubt Mozart, Picasso, Monet, Hemmingway or Matisse were meticulous house keepers. Seriously ... how can one create their great work at the same time they are tending to all of the details of their lives? Something has to be put on the back burner, trick is I think to know what your priorities are and even when they are on the back burner ... stir them frequently.
* The photo middle top is of the sewing machine I bought 4 years ago, I have never even opened the box. I want to ... oh how I want to learn to sew and Suzie is making me think about it all over again. The photo top right is the stuff I took off of the desk above the sewing machine before I took the photo because I wouldn't have wanted any of you seeing how cluttered it was. In retrospect, I wish I would have taken a photo before and after I cleared the desk off, It only took 8 minutes. This got me to thinking of a challenge ... what if we or just I take time this week to photograph the areas that need attention in our lives. For me, it's the dusty car that needs a bath and a vacuum, the cabinet under the bathroom sink, the summer clutter in my car trunk that needs to be put away and the media room ... oh the media room. Maybe taking photos and preparing them for posting would be motivation enough to stir some of these things that have been on the back burner a little too long.

The image bottom right is of my grandaughter ... we are taking more time to smell the roses and watch these little girls grow these days. Thats priority right now.

Happy Sunday

Saturday, September 22, 2012

They Were Girls With A Passion For Fashion ...

My collage  I'm working on (36" x 24) is as finished as it's going to be, it's for a fashion show my daughter is helping with tonight. Fall Fashions on the Fall Equinox, how nice. The Charity is Feeding South Florida, my granddaughters are staying home with me tonight.

I almost hated to say good by to The Girls ... I've been working on them all week and had to have tunnel vision to get it done on time.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Avacado Love ...

The avacados in the back yard are almost ready. I know they are high in fat but it is unsaturated fat, the good heart healthy kind. I've collected over 80 beautiful avacado recipes on pintrest while I've been waiting for the avacados to mature, it takes months and months you know. This is only the third year the tree has had fruit, last year stormy weather early in the season knocked most of them off of the tree when they were still very small. This year ... we have a bumper crop.
I love Hass avacados from California, really I do. Chipotle uses Hass in their guacomoli and to me there is not many things much better than that. But ... the Florida Avacado is huge, it is bright green with shiney skin and is sooooo good with a little salt and pepper. With all these avcados on the way I did double check the health benifits mostly to see how much is to much of a good thing, I was delighted to find that 1/2 a avacado daily would not be to much. I also read ...
"Avacados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6. Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. One globe contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K". (source - Web MD). I'm going to print one of these photos (with Pogo) to go in my planner, I would like to make it a goal to take a photo a day with my Nikon this month.


September When It Comes ...

Wow ... I'm not a huge "Country Music Fan" but I was deeply touched by this video this week while preparing for September to come. Maybe it's because I turned 50 a couple months ago and the aging process is on my mind, I'm not sure but I was compelled to I look it up again this morning and thought I would share now that September 2012 has come.