New Year

Do MORE Art in 2014

Hello everyone! How are you all? I hope you have been enjoying the Holiday season with family and friends. So...are you ready for 2014? I think I am. I'm excited about the new possibilities and adventures ahead!

Of course, it's always good to look back over the year and appreciate all the beautiful experiences we've had. To ponder all that we have learned and how we have grown. The mistakes, the regrets...it's all part of our path so don't focus on those too much. ;) The choices we make now are what truly matters. What will you do with your New Year? What changes will you make? How will you choose to spend your time? These are all things that are on my mind today.

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One of my "resolutions" is to DO MORE ART! I am now referring to my office as my studio and I re-organized the entire thing to display all my paints, brushes and artsy stuff. Easily accessible and ready for me. I signed up for an art retreat. I hung up images that inspire me. It felt SO good to set this intention! Now, I just have to do the work (not that art ever feels like work to me). Come to think of it...doing the art isn't the hard part. It's moving past the fear, the doubt and the all too familiar and un-nerving sensation that once I begin it could end in a complete ugly disaster.

I adore this quote by Elizabeth Gilbert. She totally nails it.

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So here's to a fabulous 2014 full of love, joy and creativity! Sending you all big hugs and best wishes! Thank you for all your wonderful comments and amazing encouragement!

xo,

Ivy

Happy New Year

Hello Friends! Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were lovely. We had a fabulous time here. Lots of food, wine and laughs! A wonderful Christmas with everyone under one roof - ours. Having the space this year, to host the festivities, was a real treat!

Today, we took down the tree (boo!) and all the twinkling lights (I miss them the most). I really hate taking down the decorations. It always makes me a little sad...like unpacking after a beautiful vacation...there's so much build up, so much excitement and then it's all over so fast. ho hum.

On the up side, I know 2011 is going to be fantastic! I've got lots of ideas and inspiration and I'm truly excited to see where this New Year will take me.

Speaking of inspiration...over the break, Chris got me Photoshop Elements and I've been dabbling with digital collage...wow...can you say FUN!

Here are my first three attempts...

I am having a blast playing around with this new medium. So many possibilities!

What's inspiring you right now? Got big plans for your New Year?

xo,

Happy Holidays!

My house is filled with family. The cupboards are stuffed with food and outside, the sky is silver-gray. Our street twinkles with row upon row of strung lights. Chimneys happily puff smoke from their tops, as families gather around the fire.

Yeah, it's a pretty special time of year...

I hope your holiday season is filled with love, happiness, peace and hope...oh and food...lots of food...and wine...you gotta have wine.

Happy Holidays! I will see you all in the New Year.

Thank you for all your love, encouragement and comments!

xo,

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