A Sunday Summary

A Sunday Summary 2

How have you been enjoying the first week of 2014? It’s been a pretty busy one for me, so I have lots of things to tell you!

  • This year I’m writing a collaborative story with my friends Paola and Tory – the first chapter goes live next week, but right now you can read our introductory ramblings or our three mini-prequels. I hope you’ll follow us along this journey, we’re so, so excited!
  • Today I got an honourable mention from Beth over at Plastic Rosaries in this post (thank you Beth, my follow-up is pending) – I’m honoured to be one of her bloggy discoveries of 2013!
  • I’ve been getting stuck into the fabulous Documented Life project I’ve signed up for – I’m posting all updates for this project on my Facebook page, so if you’d like to see my quirky, one-of-a-kind planner you should hop over and have a look!
  • Although I promised myself I wasn’t going to commit myself to so many reading challenges (I have this crazy idea that reading shouldn’t be so stressful…), but after seeing this one on I Believe in Story, I just couldn’t resist! Last year I really enjoyed dipping my toe into new genres, so I think this might be the one for me.
  • I’ve been sticking to my New Year’s Resolution of doing 15 minutes of mixed media each day – I’ve decided to post photos on my Instagram every day (I’ve even manage to recruit my friend Jo a.k.a. The Dexterous Diva to join in on this arty goodness) – If you’d like to play along, or just see what we come up with, you’ll find my updates here.
  • Last but not least, I’m currently advertising for guest posts – for more information, check out this post.

I hope you have a really great second week of the year… I’ll talk to you soon!

D x

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{21 Secrets} Doodling Our Way

As you know, this year I’ve been taking part in a number of online art workshops. I haven’t really blogged about them as much as I would have liked to, but there’s no time limit, so I will keep sharing my work even after the classes have finished.
Today I wanted to talk to you about…
21 Secrets

… the course hosted by Dirty Footprints Studio, that runs from March to December.

If you’ve been following for a while, you’ll know that I did this course last year too – each cycle is a different 21 artist offering 21 art journaling lessons, and it’s a HUGE bargain. The one negative I have is that you don’t get to keep the lessons. It would be great if you could download the videos or something, in case you want to have another go later on.

The lesson I started out with was Doodling Our Way, by Cathy Bluteau. Essentially it combined a bit of collage and a lot of doodling (two things that I love). This was my first attempt:

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It was such a nice, relaxing process. I love being able to sit down with a a pen, a blanket and a cuppa, and just let my hand do all the work while my brain has a good old rest. I currently have another one on the go:

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And even more lined up for later…

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So tell me, have you been up to anything creative recently? If you’ve been taking part in 21 Secrets, I’d love to see some of your work!

D x

P.S. I’ve just set up a Facebook page for my blog – I’d love it if you would hop over and like it, or share it with your friends!

Social Mania

It’s day number 9 of Rosalilium’s Blog Every Day in May Challenge and today the topic is: Social Media. Are you a Twitter-lover? Or maybe you can’t get enough of Pinterest? Do you need to share every meal on Instagram? Do you waste away the hours watching Youtube? Or Facebook is your comfort zone? Tell us about your favourite social media channel and why.

I’d like to start out by saying I’m not a social media obsessive. If I leave my phone at home, I can last the day without breaking down. If I have to spend the week without the internet, I’m fine with it. But there’s no harm in dabbling right?

Twitter: I’m a fairly new Twitter user. I’m finding it kind of addictive, but I’m not sure if we’re the best fit. I always feel like I’m butting into other people’s conversations, so I never really join in any of the chats that go on. Hopefully I’ll soon settle into my little Twitter network and start being sociable. To follow me on Twitter, click here.

Pinterest: I don’t really use Pinterest as a social networking tool, I pretty much use it as a place to store all my arty inspirations. I’m currently in the process of finding a house, so in the coming months you’ll probably see lots of crafty/DIY/decor boards from me. To follow, click here.

Instagram: I’ve only had an Instagram account for about a week, and I can already tell we’re going to be firm friends. No doubt as soon as I get my final assignment out of the way there’ll be lots of ‘art in progress’ shots going up. To follow, click here.

Youtube: I use Youtube quite often, mostly just to listen to music at work. There’s a chance of tutorial videos in my future, but for now it’s on the backburner. My favourite thing about Youtube has to be reading all the insane bitch-fights that go in the comments. Epic.

Facebook: I love Facebook. I love the addictive games it throws at me, and I love using it to keep up with old friends. I’m pretty strict about the people I do and don’t add though, but if you’d like to be FB friends, drop me an email.

So which is my favourite? [Drumroll please…] None of the above. My favourite way to spend time online is blogging. Does it count as social media? Maybe not, but it should. I think it’s so much more ‘sociable’ than some of the other stuff; I love writing on my blog, I love it when people leave me comments, and I love, love, LOVE reading some of the fabulous things other bloggers come up with. Speaking of which, here are some of the fabulous things I’ve stumbled across recently:

Enjoy!

D x