Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Top Ten Resolutions for 2011

Happy New Year! Let's ring in the new, and throw out the old. No, wait! Don't throw out the old. Instead, "upcycle" it.

As I near the age matching the year I was born (mid-50's), I find this creative phrase a metaphor for life. Instead of grumbling about all those things that we mid-50 year old women find astonishing (like hairs on the upper lip, a body in need of toning, and grumpy teenage children, just to name a few), it is time to upcycle ourselves: limit the sugar and white flour, exercise for life, share a smile more often, and stop being so hard on ourselves. The super-Mom syndrome of the past few decades is no longer acceptable. Instead, it is time to find a gentle balance on our continuing journey called life. That being said, here are my Top 10 resolutions for 2011:

 1. Donate un-used craft items to Girl Scouts.
 2. (Continue to) volunteer at senior centers.
 3. Organize (i.e., toss out) expired coupons, old receipts, and newspaper clippings that I saved to read (but didn't).
 4. Spend more time reading novels and non-fiction.
 5. Take a class to expand my computer knowledge (which will benefit my blog).
 6. Take vitamins regularly.
 7. Add a day of tennis to my bi-weekly tennis schedule.
 8. Hide the chocolate--from me (i.e., don't buy the stuff anymore).*
 9. Enjoy spending time (instead of arguing) with our younger daughter for the next eight months before she goes off to college .
10.Think outside the box (i.e., my comfort zone) and expand my crafting repertoire.

*This is going to be tough!

Let's start with Resolution #10: expanding my crafting repertoire; thus, I present my first altered art project for the new year:

2011 Calendar & Photo Canvas

Material List:

9" x 12" and 6 x 8" canvas panels
coordinating scrapbook paper cut 8-1/2" x 11-1/2" and 5-1/2" x 7-1/2"
acrylic paint & foam brushes
Mod Podge (glossy)
Binder clips
Spiral paper clip
Hemp cord
2011 calendar, cut to fit smaller canvas (I found these for 50 cents at Michael's)
metal label holder & brads
4" x 6" acrylic flat photo frame
photo (which is interchangeable)
double-sided foam tape
assorted ribbon & ric-rac
silk flower (cut from stem and backing)
number stickers
hot glue gun

If you would like a tutorial, leave me a comment and I will be happy to email it to you.  Also, if you like this bright color combination, click here to see the matching mail & note holder I made last year.
Now onto Resolution #9:  enjoying my 17-year old--that is, after she yells at me for waking her...Happy New Year!


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  1. Hi, I'm a new follower from the Wandering Wednesday Blog Hop. I love your creations! And those treat jars are adorable! Please stop by & visit me when you have a moment, thanks so much.

  2. I just love your blog and all of your great ideas!!! You really inspire me. Good luck on your resolutions :)

    Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree

  3. I love that bird paper!! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter!

  4. I KNOW you will do great on all of your resolutions. I too am trying to focus on the positive side of the aging process, keeping in mind that being true to myself (and God) is what matters the most. I gotta be ME! Even if that means loving a body that seems to be migrating north... watch out toes! jules

  5. Isn't this darling? Nice job. Great ideas!
    Take care, Linda

  6. I really love how you turn an okay calendar into something so fun! I'm your newest follower and I hope you'll stop by my blog and sign up for my giveaway. Have a great Sunday!

  7. Love your colorful altered calendar! That is so creative how you used that other calender and the acrylic frame on your project!

  8. Well this just turned out so super cute! I love the colors. And I love your thought about upcycling the old rather than tossing it out. :D Hope you continue to work for your goals for the year (but I have to admit #8 would be dang hard for me! :) )

  9. that is so cute! Also I love your goals. #9 makes me laugh...I have a 5 year old and she is already mad at me all the time.

  10. Super cute! Stopping by to say hi from the American Crafter Auditions! AND I am a new follower =)!

  11. So cute! I may have to "borrow" this idea.


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