project, projet

>Free background and a few links – Fond gratuit et quelques liens


 Hello dear friends,
I hope you all had a lovely weekend and that the new year’s celebrations did not drain you too much. I spent New Year’s eve with my family and we had a good meal and lots of laughs. On New Year’s day though, I stayed with only my Diesel and relaxed. Oh, and I played with my watercolours! Below, you can see a background I did on a large piece of watercolour paper (approximately 11″ x 14″.) I had to scan it in two parts but you get the idea. And as I’m feeling generous, I’m giving you the chance to download them and print them if you want to use them in your own art (just let me know if you decide to do so.)
Bonjour chères amies (chers amis,)
J’espère que vous avez tous eu une fin de semaine merveilleuse et que les célébrations du nouvel an ne vous ont pas trop vidés. J’ai passé le réveillon avec ma famille et nous avons mangé un bon repas et avons bien rigolé. Le jour de l’an, par contre, je suis restée avec juste ma Diesel et j’ai relaxé. Oh, et j’ai joué avec mes aquarelles! Plus bas, vous pouvez voir un fond que j’ai fait sur un grand papier aquarelle (27cm x 35cm.) J’ai du le numériser en deux parties mais ça vous donne une bonne idée. Et comme je me sens généreuse, je vous donne la chance de les télécharger et de les imprimer pour vous en servir dans votre art (laissez-moi savoir si c’est le cas.)
If you are looking for a new project for the new year, you might want to check out Elsie Flannigan’s “Project Restyle” where the idea is to “use unwanted, damaged or unusable vintage or used items to ReStyle.” I will definitely try to play along as I love to reuse old items.
Si vous cherchez un nouveau projet pour le nouvel an, allez voir le “Project Restyle” d’Elsie Flannigan où l’idée est de prendre un objet seconde main ou vintage qui ne sert plus ou qui est endommagé et de lui donner une deuxième vie. Je vais définitivement essayer de participer parce que j’aime réutiliser de vieux objets.
If you’re more into art experiments, why not try Tammy’s Creative Experiments over at Daisy Yellow. She posts new experiments every month and you can try as many as you like. I already found at least two that I want to try this month.
Si vous préférez les expériences artistiques, pourquoi ne pas essayer les Creative Experiments (Expériences Créatives) de Tammy chez Daisy Yellow. Elle publie de nouvelles expériences à chaque mois et vous pouvez en faire autant que vous le désirez. Il y en a au moins deux que je veux essayer ce mois-ci.
These two projects are sure to keep me occupied all year long!
Ces deux projets devraient me tenir occupée pour toute l’année!

>Early "Spring" Cleaning

>This week, I’ve taken on a big task. Cleaning up the files on my computer. All the pictures I have since December 2005 are being renamed, refiled and saved on CDs. It’s a big job even though I don’t have as many photos as a lot of people I know. But still, it’s something that needs to be done and sooner rather than later. All my 2005 and 2006 folders are done. 2007 will take a bit longer but I’ll work on it Friday. And as for 2008, I already have probably as many photos as the whole year of 2006! Of course, having been on 3 photographic adventures with my brother has greatly helped this!

Like a lot of people, I’m getting tired of this harsh winter. Snow storm after icy rain after icy snow… I mean, come on! Enough already! I had to shovel my car out of the snow to move it on Sunday because they were going to plow the snow that night. And again today! Sheesh! I’ve got biceps again! Which I suppose is a good thing. But still, I can’t wait til Spring when I can walk by the waterside and plant some herbs and flowers in my outdoor pots. Soon…

Before I forget, Lisa Vollrath is having a St.Patty/Easter countdown soon. Check it out!

art, challenge


>Remember when I was saying that I’ve taken the No Stuff challenge? I’m really struggling right now. My favourite online shop just got some new goodies and I am SO tempted to treat myself. Maybe I will… just a little bit… I’ll keep thinking about it until the weekend.

I’ve been noticing a lot of synchronicity (or synCROWnicity as Pam puts it!) lately. I’ve been having a lot of strange dreams and I’m sure there’s a message somewhere in there. Recurring themes and images. One word that’s been coming back for the past couple of days is Renaissance. As in rebirth (and once it was as the historical period.) It was even in one of my dreams. I remember that it was written on a black board in a classroom (I’ve been dreaming a lot about being back in school lately.) It said “entre deux renaissances” which basically translates to “between two rebirths.” Hmm. Interesting. In my quest to living a greener life, I’ve had the idea to make my own net bags for fruits and veggies instead of using those flimsy plastic bags they have at the grocery store. A few days after I had that thought, JoyceAnn was talking about the same thing on her blog. Little things. Big things. Lots of synchronicity. I’m loving it.

So far this week, I’ve really been watching what I eat. Not counting calories or anything like that but I make sure to eat enough from all food groups and especially fruits and veggies. I’m doing really well. Also, today was my fourth day in a row that I’ve been walking, and not just the walk back and forth to work. At least 10 minutes each day. I’m feeling good. I’m enjoying it. Life is beautiful.

Before I go, I want to direct you to Lisa Vollrath’s upcoming countdown. And today’s image is last night’s Art Card. Made with Stampin Up! papers and Amercian Crafts rub-ons. Using up that stuff I have on hand.


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If you want to download her images, post a link to the countdown on your blog or on a message board.