This site is about my life in the art studio. It includes drawings, paintings, knitting and cross stitch and fun art techniques. I will also include recipes and yoga and book reviews. This is a lifestyle blog with intentional and simple living ideas.
I woke up exhausted last night. It is extremely difficult to watch someone who you love have their last few days of life. Cancer is such a horrible thing. As it weighs on me quite a bit it reminds me of the time when my mom passed. So I am very tired and I need a lot of rest and slow down.
I think my exercise will be on a slower side and not as detailed for at least the next week. So I’m not sure if I’m going to continue logging my daily routine I might instead blog a weekly review.
Lymphatic exercises and cycling
Pasta salad with red and yellow peppers, and cucumbers
Lettuce salad and pasta salad and water.
20 min walk.
I noticed with the amount of stress I’ve been under the last few days, my legs are swollen and tired. Walking felt heavy when lifting my legs and they felt hot when I was finished walking.
I took a shower and used lavender soap to calm my legs.
Peace. It is attainable. For myself peace is waking up in the morning to hot tea here in the bird sing with the sunshine out that brings a quietness to the day.
Most of us are rushing from one thing to the next thing going to work hurrying up our day eating falling asleep maybe trying to get him some family time or exercise or dates etc before the end of the day. Then we wake up and hit repeat and do it all over again day after day. Slowing down relaxing being calm our foreign words to most people. A lot of people will say I can’t I don’t have time I don’t know how.
But it’s really quite simple it’s deciding having a few minutes yourself before the day wakes up relaxing on the sofa with a hot tea or coffee listening to the birds before you think that you have to hurry up and do something. It is a simple stop but a hard concept to follow through.
Peace is deciding to leave the phone the tablets the TV anything of a distraction off to the side and not involve your entire life around electronics.
There are people who wake up from abuse domestic violence war hunger worry about financial issues and the list can go on. Is it possible to find peace within that? I think it is. It’s making the decision to find faith hope as well as finding ways to bring some joy in your life even during difficult times.
Peace might not give you the answers to financial issues. But the practice of relaxing calming yourself to give yourself a quiet space might give you the answer on how to improve your situation. So maybe after a practice and maybe after some faith Peace can help with those issues.
Peace is having love for yourself and love to others and love to the world in which we live.
Let’s be kind to each other everyone’s going through something and everyone deserves peace.
This is a good question. I have a few improvements that come to mind. First save more money. Second to improve my eating habits, such as more fruit, more smoothies and less carbs. Third do more art after work.
The one I want to focus on right now is improving my eating habits. I was diagnosed with lymphedema and lipedema along with having rheumatoid arthritis. I have gained so much weight that it’s so hard on my body mainly my legs.
What I have been doing
I have been walking more daily, and incorporating fruits with my dinner. Been doing lymphatic exercises daily along with my cycle
What I need to do more
I need to be on a better schedule with my morning exercise and plan out my breakfast and dinners better. And to do more exercising in the evening.
I want to incorporate the 75 soft challenge but I’m not a reader, so in place it will be my art work. I am really going to focus on the 45 min exercise in the morning and evening and drink more water. Then I’ll add in more time with art making. I want to work on it in phases.
The other part of this is to read a book I got about lipedema (yes, I’m not a reader, but I need to read this). In the book it has some information about what foods to eat. I need to come up with a better system on meal planning.
A few weeks ago, I saw Chevalier. It was an amazing story with amazing acting and writing. Not to mention the music was breath-taking and the costumes were perfect. It is an untold story of a violinist during the French Revolution times. His name is Joseph Bologne. It is a must see.
I love violin music. It was my passion when I was in elementary school. I played the violin until I was in high school. The biggest regret I have it not playing it anymore.
This movie revitalized my need for music, but more than listening to music. I want to play an instrument again. Music really is an international language. You can always find something that says exactly what you are feeling or thinking.
I wanted to be a music teacher when I was in 4th grade. But then music and playing in the orchestra became a competition and a popularity contest. I don’t do well with contests. I hate games, and don’t like to even watch games. The reason is because of how hateful people can be. I am all or people wanting a good game to watch, but I loose interest when they are mean and disrespectful.
I would like to play the Kalimba Thumb Piano. I am thinking about buying one. It seems like it would be relaxing. If you have played this let me know what you recommend and tell me about your experience.
Below the paint colors are Silver, Coral, Phthalo Green
3rd Group of Coasters
below the paint colors are Neon Purple, Titanium White, Pastel Yellow
Have Fun with Left-Over paint
I collected the dripping paint onto a tray. After I was finished with the coaster, I took paper and pressed it into the left over paint and made a print. I also brushed paint into my sketch book. This is a fun background for a sketch book multi-media artwork.
I hope you enjoyed this. I have a youtube video about it as well. Check it out.
I have been wanting to knit a blanket. I decided to come up with my own design with stitches that I enjoy knitting. I might throw in a new stitch as well. This yarn is made by Big Twist Tweed, 382 yd. I am using 6.0 mm knitting circular needle. 33 stitches are cast on, but hurdle stitch, you need 34 cast on stitches.
Garter knit stitch
Diagonal Knit Stitch
Hurdle Knit Stitch
So Far I made:
I made 3 different stitch patterns, 6 pieces of each. There is a plan for 3 more different stitch patterns to go. I am starting with a small amount and see how much bigger I want the blanket.
Next Post Coming:
Update on my cross stitch Rue Paris. It has been a long time since I stitched on my cross stitch and talked about it….
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