Thursday, December 18, 2014

December Daily 16-18... Keep on Swimming

Hello there!  I am now fully engrossed in tech week for "A Christmas Carol" and if you know anything about theatre, you know that I am home just long enough to sleep.  Surprisingly, this tech week has been very low-key, despite me having to be onstage most of the show and having a costume change or two.  I think costume changes are my least favorite part of shows.  Well, that and having ten pounds of hairspray in and having to wash my hair for 20 minutes every night.  Those things are small potatoes, though.  I absolutely love doing theatre with this company I've finally found.  It's been awesome and I feel really in my element.

So enough babbling from me (goodness knows I don't really have the time for that!!).  Please enjoy my next few photos from my FMS Photo-A-Day challenge for December.

Day 16 - Beautiful
This is the only new photo I've taken so far this week (well, besides backstage photos)  I got this beautiful hot pink bird for my tree.  I'm really loving hot pink, sparkly things for my tree.  That's not really a traditional Christmas color, but I like being a little different.

Day 17 - Sunshine
This is an archived shot, because there is really no sunshine to be had in my part of the globe at this time of year.  This is from a summer trip to Pittsburgh with family.  I just love how blue the sky was that day.  I didn't even have to do any editing!

Day 18 - Sign
This is also an archived shot from the zoo this year.  I did a double-take when I saw the "Beware of Falling Deer" part of the sign.  I guess it did the trick.  (Sidenote: This ended up getting my most "likes" to date on the FMS Facebook Group.  This was a throw-away photo, too.  LOL!)

Aside from not being able to take or edit many photos this week, I'm glad I've been able to keep up with the Photo-A-Day challenge this month, despite my hectic theatre schedule.  I haven't really posted a lot of photos in the past few months, so even though they're not really new photos, they are still documenting my year nicely with new-to-the-web photos.

I hope everyone is getting in the holiday spirit and having a lovely week!  I'll see you when I come out of the Victorian England rabbit-hole!

Monday, December 15, 2014

December Daily Day 15 (A.K.A. Tech Week Begins!)

Today's prompt was "Super" on the FMS Photo a Day page.  I couldn't really think of anything interesting to take a photo of that would scream "super" in the traditional sense of "That's really super!"

Then I started planning my week.  I have been using Sunday nights to lightly decorate my weekly planner pages, just because it brightens my day to see a little color on my page and makes me feel slightly crafty.  As I was decorating and stamping my to-do list lines, I thought, "well, these lines will probably stay pretty much blank, because I should just write "TECH WEEK" all over the pages.

That's when I thought, "Getting ready for a SUPER busy week."  Bam!  Prompt done!

Yep, for an actor, tech week is a week where you really get nothing else in your personal life accomplished.  You go straight from work, grab something to eat (maybe) and head to the theatre.  Today is our first day, and it's the day when we finally work with all the prompts, flys, actual staging on the stage and not the rehearsal space... it can be a little crazy.  Thankfully, the show seems to be going really smoothly so far, so I have a feeling that tech week will go just about as smoothly as it can go.

Prayers would be appreciated this week, though.  A stomach bug's going around schools, so please pray that we all stay healthy, because nothing is worse than needing to throw up, hack up a lung, or... um... use the bathroom right in the middle of your scene!

OKAY!  I'm off!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December Daily Days 12, 13, and 14!

Obviously, the whole posting everyday in December didn't work out, but I have been keeping up with posting a photo everyday, and for the most part, I've been taking a new picture everyday (except a few).

I've really been enjoying this Christmas season.  Being in Christmas play has really kept the Christmas spirit close to me.  I've had a tough second half of the year this year, but God has put some incredible people and experiences in my life to counteract the bad.  For every person who has cut me down and belittled me in the last few months (there's been more than I'm used to...) there's been 5 more who have built me up and made me feel loved.  I'm not generally an emotional person, but focusing on the joy of Christmas and having people and things keeping me busy has really helped me blot out the bad stuff.  

If you're in my area, come see "A Christmas Carol" this coming weekend!  It's a very, very good show.  I'll be sad when it's over.  I've met a lot of great people.

Day 12 - Skyline
This is an archived shot this week.  I visited my friend in Johnstown over the summer, and this was the view from their incline one night.  Beautiful!

Day 13 - Much Loved
I was having a hard time with this one, but then, as I was putting my Christmas cards on my new garland (for that purpose) on my tree in my craft room, I realized that these are all cards from much loved people in my life.  No other photo would do.

Day 14:  Drink

I have been on a hot tea kick this fall/winter.  Last night, I sat by my fake fire and my Christmas tree, drinking tea and watching YouTube waterccolor art tutorials.  I lead an exciting life, no?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

December Daily - Day 10 & 11

Even though I completely forgot to post yesterday, I feel oddly "settled" going through my last two weeks of rehearsal for "A Christmas Carol".  That probably won't hold true next week, as we'll be working until 10:00 every night, but this week, I've been able to keep up with my photos, my journaling, my doodles in my planner, and even got a request from a friend to paint her a picture after the show is over.  I haven't painted in ages, so I hope it turns out okay, but I'm confident that I can pull something off... I think.

Anyway, Happy Thursday and here are my Days 10 and 11 for you as we come to the end of our work week!  So close!

Day 10: Closed Door

I was having a hard time coming up with something for this prompt.  Luckily, Christmas gives an abundance of opportunities for photos and I found this little ornament from a friend a few years back.  The doors never stay open all the way, but usually stay ajar, where I can just peek at the manger scene inside.

Day 11: Something Red

I had a completely different idea in mind for this prompt, but in the end, I like the TWO I came up with.  The first one is what I eventually used as my main entry for this day in the FMS challenge, but the second one was really fun for me.  I do NOT like photos of myself, and hate selfies even more, however, I kind of like this photo of me in my ruby red lipstick feeling festive yesterday.

Monday, December 8, 2014

December Daily Day 8 and 9

Welcome back, ya'll!  I thought I'd link up with Ms. Tamar's The Good, Random, and Fun today.  I'm having fun taking photos for Fat Mum Slim's Photo a Day group and calling it my December Daily "album".  I believe I will be printing all of these off and putting them in my Project Life album for 2014, since I didn't really do weekly spreads this year and want to have more things to show for it.

Anyway, here are my photos for Days 8 and 9 (I'm late getting 8 up and early with 9). 

P.S. If you want to see Days 1-7, feel free to scroll through my main bloggy-blog.  I love new visitors! 

Day 8: Simple Pleasure
This is actually an archived shot from a couple months ago from my cell phone, but it does capture the simple pleasure I get from cuddling with my parents' kitty.  She's getting older and I'm not sure how much longer we'll have her with us, so I take those opportunities when I can.

Day 9: Decoration
This one didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, technically, but I love that it showcases my favorite little corner of my house during Christmas.  The reason for the season and the sparkliness of the Christmas tree.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

December Daily - Days 6 & 7

Since I uploaded a planner decoration post yesterday, I left my December Daily from Saturday until today.

Day 6: Joy is...

Of course, joy is a feeling, but it is also a choice.  Personally, I've had a rough second half of 2014.  I could very easily let these issues tear me down and make me bitter.  Instead, I change my situation when I can, and if not, I try to change my attitude.  That's easier said than done in some circumstances, but at the very least, I try to find things within each day to be thankful for, and that brings me great joy.

On this day, I am thankful for the feeling of joy that this holiday season brings.  The color, the sparkly, and of course, the true meaning for our celebration is all cause to fill our hearts with joy.  Don't let the little troubles in life weigh you down.  Find joy in every day.

Day 7: Weekends are for...

Good times and good food with friends!  On Saturday I hosted a Christmas party for my book club and there was tons of food!  My friend brought and amazing cheese tray that I was absolutely in love with!  We always have a good time when our book club girls get together.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Decorating My Arc Planner

In my first paper planning post, I showed you my new Arc Discbound Planner in it's virgin state.  No frills, just gray. Gray is boring!  Well, actually gray is a nice accent color, but when I saw this planner and it was all gray... well, it just didn't do anything for me.

Hopefully you can see these well enough.  Perhaps I will pop in a few in their bigger state at the end.  Anyway, I'll explain each one, going from left to right.

1) I recently broke down and bought some Studio L2e Plan It stamps.  I saw them on a YouTube video a few months ago, but just wasn't sure if I wanted to spend money on them.  I decided to gift myself with them about a month ago, but of course, they were on back order.  They finally came in last week and I love them!

2) I wanted this set mainly for this "Hydrate" stamp.  That might sound funny, but I am trying to make sure I drink more water and I just got tired of drawing it in my notebook.  It's so much easier to stamp it and it looks so cute!

3) This is what my planner looks like without any decoration.  See how it is just a big gray page?  Boring!  It needs a little color.

4) I've mentioned before that I've just been using a notebook as a planner, but I've been really anxious to start using my new planner... but it doesn't actually start until January 2015.  To fix this problem, I printed out a monthly calendar from LimeTree Fruits (The owner's name is Raine!  How fun is that?) and taped it into the front of my new planner.  It's not the perfect fit, but I do like how colorful it is,

5) This is what I've done with my January page.  I tried to keep a silver and blue theme for the winter months, so it's still not terribly colorful, but it's still more colorful than gray.  Here's a bigger version.
It needs a little more, methinks, but I have time to work on it.  I'm thinking I might put something over on the side where the tiny calendars are.  I don't need those.  I need color!

6) I bought these little paperclips in the shape of cameras for my Project Life album, but that's on the backburner right now, so I tied a little ribbon to one and will use it as a page marker.  Cute, huh!?

7) I've seen various YouTubers use Project Life cards in their planners either as task pads or just for inspiration.  I recently bought a mini-pack of Christian Project Life cards, and found this one with one of my favorite verses on it, so it's going to go in my planner at least for the month of December. I need this reminder right now.

8) Last, but not least, just a little close up of some of the embellishments I used on my January page.  Snowflakes and sparkles!  Perfect for the dead of winter.

So that's my first planner decoration post.  What do you think?  What do you think I could add?