Monday, January 11, 2016

It's All About Balance

  A simple journal page to reflect on my word of the year. After reading the book I mentioned here, this word came up at least several times in various places. Enough for me to pay attention. The quote at the end of this post perfectly exemplifies my intention around balance. My previous words were: 2013-action and empowerment; 2014 - mindful; 2015 - nourish.

 And how's the weather in your parts? We went from 60 degrees F on Sunday (with crazy turns of pouring rain , then some sun, then more rain, etc. but I loved it!) and then downhill FAST to bitterly cold and windy by Monday AM with wind chills in the single digits!! We may even be seeing our first bit of snow this week...

 Been staying warm now with soups. I made a nice big pot of Tuscan Bean soup, and I also made a curried carrot soup using my NutriBullet. Sorry I'm not allowed to print their recipe but it is in the NutriBullet Life Changing Recipes book. It is an excellent tasting puree and is also energy boosting and anti -inflammatory (something I really need with these weather fluctuations).

                                             for  T Stands For Tuesday

How apropos that I used this mug as I was just out with my Mom to get our yearly mammograms!

 I mentioned getting a new art journal as my last one is about full. I chose another Canson multi media journal - this one. Almost finished with my first page in it-AND I actually did the covers:

The back is the same as the front. I glued a gelli printed deli paper to the covers, stamped the numbers (Dylusions) with white acrylic paint, then stenciled away with some of my new stencils!! (Photos and info in this post). Not sure if I want to add anything else (like an image or quote) at this point.

 Well, that's all I have for today. Linking to T Stands For Tuesday and the Simon Monday Challenge blog (theme is "Stencil It!").

   " Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of  BALANCE, order, rhythm and harmony."
                                                                                             Thomas Merton


  1. Oh Linda, I love the new Canson journal. I bought a similar one for my calendar, but it didn't hold up well, so bought a Strathmore. Don't care for either, actually. Hope you have good luck with yours. Your cover looks pretty awesome. And I really LOVE that Balance page. She is really graceful and your choice of colors made her so.

    Wow, that soup sounds good and now I'm hungry, even though I ate earlier. And the cup really tells it all.

    Thank you for sharing your new journal, your word for 2016, and your cup of soup with us for T this week.

    BTW, I'm not dyeing with tea, but tea bags. The tea is just an after-product of the bags, so will be put to good use dyeing paper.

  2. Your quote certainly IS a good one and Balance is a wonderful word.
    How pretty your trees look as your header (you know I like snow).
    They say we may get "conversational snowfall" enough to sweep away LOL. It is very cold here too.
    How exciting to start a new journal. Your deli papers always add so much to everything you create.
    Stay warm dear Linda
    and Happy T Day oxo

  3. Have fun in your new journal, love how you did the covers. The soups sound good, they are always my faves in the winter, nothing beats a good soup! HAVE A GOOD WEEK; Happy T Day, Hugs, Valerie

  4. Balance is a great word as it's so important in all aspects of life. I love the yoga pose image (that's when I have absolutely no balance at all!) The colours of this and the cover are beautiful. I think the cover is perfect as it is. There's nothing quite like home made soup on a cold day, is there!

  5. i love that Balance page... Looks like the Body temperature photos who are always so colorful. and These stencils you used for the cover are a delight. a must have, i´m afraid...
    your carrot soup Looks so delicious. i will Google if i can find a recipe...
    happy t-day, linda!

  6. Soup sounds wonderful. Our weather here in NH is lik yours-warm and rainy and now cold-BRRR. Wht a winter but better than a foot of snow. Great word choice too, and love the new journal! Hugs!

  7. Love the art Linda ♥♥♥♥ Your journal cover is great too :) A friend had told me about that recipe book over the weekend and I ordered it this morning from Amazon. Good to get another good opinion on it. Our weather took a nose dive over the weekend too. We were in the 60's on Friday and then Saturday morning we got 4 inches of snow and then it plummeted down to the single digits. Burrrr... It's hard and crusty out there. Is supposed to warm up a bit today and tomorrow so it MAY melt off . Our first snow.

  8. Balance is a great word. I used it myself in 2014. I hope you achieve the balance you are seeking.
    Happy T day!

  9. love the colours and the yoga too

  10. Balance sounds like a very good way to approach a new year. Love the wintry banner nd we have the weather to match. Just found the recipe in the Nutribullet book and will give it a go!

  11. Oh, that Canson journal is a good one...Love your cover! and your word for the year...Life is a balancing act for sure. happy T day!

  12. I like the way you decorated your new journal cover with stencils. Somehow I can never get them to look random. We are supposed to get a touch of the white stuff later this afternoon, but as the temperature is going up to 40 degrees, I don't expect it will stay around long. Split pea soup is on our menu tonight.

  13. Balance is a key word in my life too ~ great post and love your new journal cover ~ great colors!

    Wishing you a joyful week, ^_^

  14. Your new journal and the balance page are awesome Linda ... this soup looks great - I love carrot soup as well..
    Great word for the year!
    Happy T - Day dear Linda!

  15. One of my journals is a Canson, too. I love them. And both of your soups sound delicious. I think I might just put on a pot of soup today. You've inspired me!

  16. Balance is a great word and love the page. Your cover looks fantastic just the way it is to me. Happy T-Day! :)

  17. I love the Canson journals. They are affordable and the paper is thick. Love the word you have chosen for this year Linda. Your art for the word looks beautiful too.
    Have a great week

  18. Well i think you chose a very good word there Linda. i like it! I also like that journal .. i think i have the same.Happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  19. Balance is a good word... overlooked a lot of the time but when you start to really think about it... balance in most things is the way to go! Love your mug it is fab and your journal page is a beaut!! Happy T day to you!

  20. gorgeous page! love your stencil, the background is amazing! Thanks for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday CHallenge blog!Barbarayaya

  21. Balance is a great word for the year!! I love those Canson journals.. I have several and even though the weight of the paper is suppose to be the same....a few of my new smaller ones are way thinner...and the pages turn... I'm thinking of contacting canson about it!! Gorgeous artwork!! Enjoy...

    Hugs Giggles!!


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