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02/25/10
Meigs Point at Hammonassett Beach
Filed under: General, Photography, Inspiration, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 9:26 pm

This weekend I decided to take a ride to Hammonassett Beach and visit Meigs point at the far end of the state park. It’s winter here and there was a stiff offshore breeze on top of the cold temperature, but the bright sunlight made it seem warm. There is nothing like the sound of waves rolling in on the rocky shore to clear your mind and bring peace. I’ve been climbing on beach rocks since I was a child and doing that always brings back that sense of mystery and awe of the natural world. Here are a few photos from this wonderful place. When I have time, hopefully this weekend, I’ll post more of these beach photos on Flickr.



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02/16/10
Abstract Skater
Filed under: General, Creativity, Art Journal, Drawing, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 9:40 pm

Tonight driving home from work felt like the luge in slow motion with the coating of ice on the roads. It took me almost 2 hours to get home and I spun out a few times but I made it somewhat shaken but safe and sound. After quickly shoveling the sidewalk and back walkway at home I had homemade chicken soup and then settled in to watch the Olympics. Yesterday I started an abstract sketch of a skater in motion in my art journal and was able to finish coloring it with my markers tonight. It feels like the drawing might need something more but I wanted to keep it fresh and simple as a sketch. Am really enjoying Creative Every Day on Twitter #ced2010. Seeing what everyone is doing is very inspirational and motivating me to be creative every day. Thank you everyone!



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02/10/10
Snow Angel
Filed under: General, Photography, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 8:41 pm

We are in the midst of a major snow storm here in Connecticut and I couldn’t resist making a snow angel after shoveling the back walk. A storm that lasts 24 hours like this one lets you pause and reflect about things. There is a quiet and peacefulness that settles over everything and it is very special.



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02/07/10
Vision Journaling Week 4
Filed under: General, Creativity, Design, Drawing, Creative Every Day, ATCs
Posted by: Mary @ 6:29 pm

It is Sunday night and this is what I have completed this past week for the Vision Journaling Workshop. First there is an ATC card and a companion collage in my sketchbook illustrating the word balance. I used my new fineliner Staedtler markers to make the balance ATC card. The collage is just a picture cut out from a magazine on top of scrapbook paper - very simple. Gluestick is your friend :-) There are several other words for which I want to create ATC cards and corresponding collages when there is more time. Next there is a small wooden box that I found at Joann Fabrics to keep the ATC cards in. This is followed by ATC cards made for week 2 core values and week 1 relaxation. For the core values I used scrapbook paper and markers and for relaxation I used watercolor paints and gel pens. It is interesting and fun creating a design in a small format (2.5″ x 3.5″) and the cards look nice in the wooden box out on the coffee table. I have used a corner round pounch on most of the ATC cards and like the effect. Each lesson with creative prompts is very helpful in getting you to focus on what is important in your life.



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02/06/10
New Quilt for Aunt Ethel
Filed under: General, Quilting, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 11:13 am

After seeing the quilt we made to benefit the Lupus Foundation at the Heart of the Valley Quilt Guild Saturday Sew-In in January, I decided to start a new quilt using my own version of the pattern for my Aunt Ethel. In order to make it scrappy I am cutting each large square from a different floral fabric from my collection. the corner square fabric is a medium gold with stars and the retangles are a cream on cream pale floral fabric. So far I have 16 blocks assembled into one 4×4 unit here. After putting together a total of 6 sections I will design a border and then machine quilt it.


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