Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vlog : Unveiling 5th Anniversary Midori Traveler's Notebook

Hello everyone! I have officially began my Midori collection today ^_^. When I first fell into the Midori vortex, I had found luscious images of the tan 5th Anniversary Edition of the Midori. Do not know just really wanted the tan one, but was promptly bummed out that they were sold back in 2011 in Japan and pretty much sold out.

Well... I was on Goulet Pens one day... as I so often like to be, and low and behold 'they're baaaack'! Whoo hoo... so throwing wallet caution to the wind. I immediately purchased it plus some other Midori love.

The added tasty? I also, thought I'd share some Orla Kiely love as well. Hope you enjoy the little unveiling. Until next time, happy creating!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Friday #4 : Easter is in the Air

Good morning and Happy Friday to you! Today is a slightly downcast day, but all is good and motivation is strong. It has been close to two months since our move and as I begin to feel daily life normalizing, I also realized just how off track things in my life has gone.

Creatively speaking, I probably only just began to gain my mojo back about a month ago. It began with a bit o' dabbling in my Midori, then a late night epiphany to start a Midori eye candy group, a few (ok maybe not a few, but a LOT of) beautiful art supplies, and a quaint Paris themed writing class.

That being said, I haven't fully realized my potential and am a bit inefficient with my time. Ironically, my technical profession always kept me quite organized, planned, detailed, and rigid. But boy... once I decided to go down the path of creativity, like a rebellious teen I tossed the rule book out the window of a speeding jet and went ape you know what!

I definitely enjoy this time I have with the kids and letting things just flow, but I have to say the romance of 'period de rebellion' is over. Its high time I meld some of those planning skills back into my life and get things back on track. As I begin my plans I promise I will share them here and hopefully... just a little of it may help you as well.

Now enough of the soul searching... time for the Happy Part of Friday. Easter Easter Easter! Ok so it technically isn't until Sunday, but Easter is definitely in the air. The chocolate bunnies, peeps, cadbury eggs, and cute little easter displays every where. Its just such a happy spring event.

Truthfully... my kids are slowly growing out of enjoying the pastel bunny love, but I just had to make them a little basket full of goodies anyways. I'm sure they won't mind some sugar and goody love, who can pass up on that?

The painted eggs above were from a play date my daughter had a few days ago. I tried to entice my 11 yr. old son with pictures of Walking Dead Zombie eggs on Pineterest, but alas it was a no go. Ah well... Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Adding to Your Midori Traveler's Notebook without the Bulk

Hey everyone! It's me again attempting the befuddled vlog. A few people asked me to break down how I set mine up so here it is! Enjoy ^_^.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Finished Page from Dabber Rant Vlog

Hope you are having a lovely weekend! I thought I would share the finished product from the dabber rant vlog I did a few weeks ago. I have to say yet again, just how amazed I am at the paper in the original Midori Traveler's Notebook. The thin pages put me off in the beginning and I truly thought I would make my own inserts.

However, time and time again I am amazed at the quality of this paper. When I finished this piece, I had at least 8-9 layers with all types of mediums. From layers upon layers of those nasty chunky dabbers, to watercolor, ink, and then some. This paper took quite a licking. Honestly it was mainly because when I put ink to paper... I hated how my writing looked so I covered it with a few more layers of paint and then opted for typed text.

Any who... we picked up my daughter's project from the pottery place today. This was the little daddy and daughter day out project they had done. What a fantastic little piece! Oh and this was little miss' art direction... to photography her unicorn in the "wild". Haha

Music of the Day:
Two Weeks : Grizzly Bear

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Friday #3

Good morning everyone! I hope you've had a fantastic week. The kids were on spring break this week and it was quite relaxing. Having a new pup on training mode kept us fairly local, but we managed to fit in some fun times.

The week began with a little journaling date with my daughter at the local coffee shop, while her big brother was at a play date. Although... I suppose being a tween I shouldn't be calling it that now? Haha...

(Warning** proud mama moment**) Here she is shading with water color! She loves manga and usually uses her Copics, but this surprised me. She is so much better than her mama ^_*.

Then we finally found our local library and was pleasantly surprised! When we first moved into the Bay Area and checked our current town as a potential. The library was a very dismal building with half of it located in a dungeons basement. Not very inspiring, which is probably why I haven't really jumped at the opportunity to go. The books are still a bit circa 1980' ish... but the library moved next door into a new building. Very nicely done with a modern design and lots of seating Yay!

Next on the agenda...you know that dabber video I made a few weeks ago? Well this is maybe the 6th layer I did on top of it. On the original thin Midori paper no less! Amazing the beating it can take! With no damage to the back page.

Weather has been positively summer esque lately, so we decided to move our activities out doors onto the patio. A little painting, journaling, and reading.

Here is a poolside moment for me. My son had his buddy over for some swimming and while I was with the boys, the hubby came home and whisked his little girl off to a daddy/daughter date at a ceramic shop and had a lovely desert at a Patisserie.

Meanwhile... part of the week's activities was to make little dioramas. My son's was of a war scene. I'll break this one down in another post, but thought I'd go ahead and share for now. My daughter is going for a safari scene so we may actually begin with some drawings of her animals etc. before we figure out what landscape we are going to make.


 And finally... a bit of SF love. We walked along the piers one day. The day began at the Ferry Market. we looked around and had some of it's delicious offerings and then set on our trek to the famous pier 39. Kid's weren't in love with the walking portion from one end to the other at one point, but was super thrilled when we went on one of those bicycle taxis from pier 39 to our car. It was harrowing, but fun with the whole family on board. Thank you bicycle man... for wrapping up our day with a fun breezy ride!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Happy Friday!

Hope you are having a wonderful Friday morning! I must admit mine started off on a good note. Found a great little local cafe that had a Latin flare to it. This is my delicious Mexican Mocha and although I had a fantastic little crepe with an amazing home made spicy salsa, alas I forgot to take a pic. I tucked into it too fast haha.

Afterwards had a nice long walk with our new little rescue pup named Oreo, which by the way the training is coming along, albeit slowly. Being a rescue pup she does seem to have some issues, but we are working through them. On a positive note she is definitely keeping the family more healthy. We walk in the mornings and for a good 30 min. to an hr. at night after dinner. 

On my creative agenda for today. Playing with my April Art Snacks in my lovely Midori Traveler's Notebook and some more writing fun for my Parisian class and Nanowrimo.

On a side note we have been at our new residence for almost 2 months now. Kids had a really rough start, specially my son being he is in the 5th grade, but the last couple of weeks... things have taken a turn for the positive. As the kids got to know them, friendships have formed. Today my son will have his first play date... although I guess I shouldn't call it that. He is a tween haha.

So all-in-all this Friday is going quite well. Hope your's is as well. Happy Creating!

Music of the Day:
Happy : Pentatonix (Pharrell Cover)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mon Petite Paris and Serendipity

Since joining the Paris Salon, bare with me as I will be going all out and out Parisian emersion. I wish I had joined before the class began as it looks like the weeks of anticipation and preparation alone was quite palpable. As I poured through the previous posts and class content I could see many just bathed in all that was Paris.

From first hand photos and experiences to the devouring of films and books, it is quite exciting just how much positive energy is being generated in the group. As I have begun almost three weeks behind, I have put myself in an accelerated mode. As I take moments to play and get into the mood in my new journal (yes caved in and bought another luscious journal), I too began full emersion.

I alternated between my French Cafe music on Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, and watching a few films on Netflix. First film 2 Nights in Paris and the second an oldy but goodie... Amelie. My lovely baby's name sake. On a side bar moment, thought I'd share a little interesting story about my daughter's name.

While I was very very pregnant with my little gal, I had finally shaved down the list to Amelie and Gia. Gia was going to be her Korean name which means to be beautiful and wise, but I was debating on which would be her first name in english and what would be the middle.

We were down to the wire... I mean I was already nearing the end of my 8th month. Determined to make a decision, I went to the local Barnes and Nobel. Armed to the hilt with baby name books... well just in case there was a name I may have over looked, you never know of course, I sat down in the cafe. A little bottle of cranberry juice at hand, because this could be a thirst inducing activity, ready to set down to do some work.

I reached down and randomly opened to a page in one of the books. As my eye focused on the first name... Amelie, the sound track from the movie played over head. I closed the book and smiled. I did not bother looking at the other books. I opened my juice took a few sips and just enjoyed the music over head. Interesting how serendipity works its magic...

Music of the Day:
Peu a Peu : Peppermoon