Published Thursday, January 22, 2015 by with 7 comments

New Theme... due February 3rd

"Why a simple globe?" you may well ask. Well, ha, it's to help not scare you off actually, as our next theme could seem a little intimidating at first perhaps. As it is, you have my "kids" to thank for this one. After asking them to pitch me ideas for CT we all voted on it whilst celebrating my b'day the other day . AROUND THE WORLD was the clear winner.

This theme sort of reminds me of the travel ideas some of us did way back in April, 2010. As you can see from the above image, it doesn't have to be hard though. To help jump start our creative brains, I've even included a few pics in the CT Pinterest board if you're at all interested. So then, let's see what kind of ideas each of us conjure up over this fortnight. I suspect this will be more varied in interpretation than we might think. :)

In the meantime, if you haven't already seen it, I wanted to let you know that Alexandra added her own word art piece to the mix, but finished it just after the sign up had expired. So feel free to check it out if you'd like. :) Also, Karen had planned to complete her CT word challenge but likewise ran out of time. I've asked her to add "C.T." to her post somewhere even though late,  so please do pop over and see what she too came up with.

Thank you everyone for your lovely "radiant" comments and as always, happy doodling.

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Published Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by with 34 comments

My 2015 Word

I doubt anyone could guess the word I came up with for the year simply by looking at my painting above, true, but as it is, it took me the whole two weeks to even figure out how to illustrate it! So, what's my word? Radiant! It's certainly not one I would have ever guessed for myself initially actually. Something about it just resonated, especially after looking it up in the thesaurus. It's that idea of being sunny, hope-filled, joyful even, in the midst of things. It's beauty and confidence all wrapped up in one; consciously choosing to see opportunities instead of obstacles; hope instead of fear; alight with confidence instead of dissuaded with disappointment. Vibrancy is its drumbeat. :) That is my hope and focus for this year. I'm hoping ...even expecting...this to be my breakthrough year! I'm not going to let the hurts of the past and the things I can't change or the unknowns to define my present, let alone my future. There's no room for that when being radiant. Nope, I'm going to be too focused on seeing the blessings of the present, come what may. That is my declaration!

And now what's your word? I look forward to perusing your works for those of you who took on this somewhat nebulous challenge. Thank you. (A rather more concrete theme for the next fortnight follows...)

P.S. Adding some extra sparkle as a final footnote: Today, btw, is my birthday! 

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Published Wednesday, January 07, 2015 by with 7 comments

New Theme ...due Jan 20th.

After reading through your various posts about ringing in the new year, I thought how novel would it be here if each of us took these next few weeks to think up a word that we would want to define our own year ahead. I'd like you then to not only come up with YOUR 2015 WORD but, of course, illustrate it too somehow for our co-op.

You may have heard of the one little word movement but if you're still stuck, not to worry! Here's just one woman's example. However you chose to focus on your word, the idea is that it's one that thrills you to action and contemplation. It's more about using intention for the year which is far more inspiring than making a new year's resolution that invariably fails with its rather energy-sapping tasks. For example, "Lose Weight" or "Stop Smoking" resolutions are not nearly as inspiring as choosing the word, "Healthy!" instead. Using a positive word as your encouraging anchor also won't lead to any guilt as unmet resolutions can so often do.

BTW, please don't feel like you have to commit to anything and stick with it for the whole year. If you only think about it over these next two weeks while creating your art, that is fine too. It's up to you. Have fun with it. Let YOUR WORD inspire you for the year ahead. Having not done this before, I know mine will. Can't wait to get on it. :)

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