To clelebrate Spring a little blog post about my happy spots these days. Yeah I know it's been awhile since I've popped in here. I've just been cooped up in my art den drawing scratching off the days until the sun arrives. I haven't been doing much else. I've had lots of interests. My brain is constantly churning but mainly it's centered on those few categories of interests that keep me happy. It doesn't take much!
Art makes me happy. I bought a new sketchbook last month and finally; finally FINALLY filled the one I started in November 2009. I had such a bad relationship with that book. I don't know why but it just had no identity. I like my new book. It's an 8x11 Canson 100g sketch and I'm loving it. My goal is a drawing a day for the next year and that should have me filling it by one year with four drawings per page. I'm only drawing in pencil now too. Big change for me since I've drawn for the last five years in pen. Funny though because I did that graphite ATC challenge a few months back and now I'm really comfortable with pencil again. Reminds me of art classes in school all over again with the little tin box of drawing pencils, all serious about which one to use! Nowadays I just grab an Ikea pencil and get sketching.
I can go on and on about art and fill pages about my workshop I'm conducting, ATC's I'm trading and art journaling but I'll save that for other posts.
Books make me happy too. I'm thinking about making a vow here to myself to read more starting now. I've got to get back to reading. I've set a little challenge for myself to read a book a week but I think I'll make it three books a month instead. I can order three paperbacks from Amazon and score free shipping with three books. Anyway, I've been living in a cave since having kids and I haven't read much in the last seven years so any suggested reads, even the obvious ones, will be duly noted. Right now I'm reading Loves and Louis XIV by Anotonia Fraser. I like me a good historical read any day.
Fashion makes me happy. I have a a place to play now. My closet ie. my fashion playground, looks amazing. I'm so pleased with it. It was a year in the making and made on a super small budget but it turned out so nice. My husband is so cool that he's also building me a shoe closet downstairs that will hold over 200 pairs of shoes. And yes I do have over 200 pairs of shoes--mostly heels that I barely wear because I have to hike uphill four times a day to deliver my kids to school, but I have them for when I want to wear them in the house and you know, check the mail. I probably have way too many clothes and accessories but I'm a girl and it's my prerogative (ear worm alert)
Makeup is another happy spot. I'm totally addicted to those You Tube makeup bloggers (Michele Phan, Ruth Crilly...), so much so that Charlotte is addicted to watching them too. No excuses. A guilty pleasure like chocolate. I've perfected lots of makeup in the past year watching these videos. Charlotte watches them on her own. She even has her own little makeup table in the bathroom. She is nothing like me at that age. I was such a tomboy. I guess my mother being a hairdresser and makeup artist turned me off from it until I was a teenager. Charlotte is the only five year old that can do a smokey eye.
Complaint time. Why is makeup so expensive in France? I would love to have a cheap option right up the street but no it costs a fortune. I am in dire need of a visit home to spend all my piled up birthday money at CVS. I can spend hours in that pathetic little store. Talk about happy spots!
Cooking makes me happy. I am still eating 80 percent raw vegan foods, but I have been baking for my family. I got a bread machine which I love. It's my new best friend. I love the way you can just start it up and go. I haven't got the kids 100 percent sold on it yet because they're so picky and so used to chemically filled sliced bread (my bad). The machine bread is really good though. It's really fun to make. On Sundays I still cook traditional lunch and dinner. That's why I'm 80 percent raw and not 100. Each Sunday I make a feast from my Julia cookbook. I miss cooking if I don't get out the pots and pans. This weekend I'll indulge completely. Easter holds no boundaries. I'm even eating cheese.
Lots of other things make me happy but those are just a few silly ones off the top of my head!