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“Participate” Is Going Well.

The goal of my one little word,”participate,” was to get me doing things instead of watching other people do their things.

And so far, it’s been working.

I got some lists started, and have started crossing things off.

Since I last checked in with my word, I have crossed 4 things off my “projects” list – I finished Josh’s scarf …(just in time for the weather to warm up! Heeheehee!) It was an OLD project. Yay, me!


Made a scarf for Bea (new project – shame on me!)


Made the treasure box for my friend… (New project, but it really needed to be done!)


And redid the elf ornaments that were murdered. Remember when Lexi, the mass murderer, attacked a family of 4, mortally wounding 1 of them, and severely injuring 2?


Well, I bought new ones after Christmas in 2015, have had them sitting here for over a year waiting to be personalized, and finally did it.


Had to start with the wrong names…


sand them down and repaint,


and add the right names (along with the year and the name of their elf.)

And those are just actual PROJECTS. I’ve crossed more off the general to-do list as well.

So, I feel like I’m off to a pretty good start.

Could I do more? Sure. But for someone who has been resisting getting much of anything accomplished, I’m pleased. I’m taking the wins as I find them!




Day #6 GBII – Out With The Old, In With The New

Day #6 GBII – Out With The Old, In With The New

Saying goodbye (and good riddance) to 2016 will be easy, except that it’s a little like jumping from the frying pan into the fire, or in this case into the abyss. I have never in my life felt such a sense of foreboding about the future, as I feel this year, but 2017 is here whether I like it or not, and I need to make some decisions.

I can either sit back and let stuff happen, or I can control it as best as I am am able. I’m opting for door #2 (yeah, I can be a bit of a control freak at times.)

I still haven’t decided on my word for the year, which is not a terribly big deal since I’ve done a terrible job for the past 2-3 years in adhering to it. But, I haven’t given up. I still think the concept is good, it’s just a matter of giving it the time and dedication it deserves.

And wouldn’t you know it, as I sit here at the keyboard, it popped into my head – PARTICIPATE.

It can cover a lot of ground – be tweaked to fit a variety of situations. And it’s an action word, a reminder that I can’t just sit back, I have to make things happen. Wow. I wasn’t even going here today. It’s amazing how the universe works.

So. Out with the old.

I’m plugging away at getting Christmas put away. Now would be a good time for a magic wand, but given that I seem to have misplaced mine, I’m having to do it the old-fashioned way, by hand, one piece at a time. Mr. Tattered hates this time of year – the time when the house is in a state of semi-organized chaos – stuff piled everywhere, trip hazards everywhere you look, for days at a time.

So some people have fancy photos depicting the old and new…for me it’s a little crazier.

Out with the old…


Packing up and putting away the Christmas decor…

In with the new…


All of this…


…going up here!

It’ll take another day to get it all in place, but that’s okay.

July is the New January

Well, actually, the way I heard it was that June is the new January, but upon reflection, it makes more sense for it to be July, because that is the mid-point. And a mid-year reset might be just what the doctor ordered.

I haven’t been doing terribly well with my “One Little Word” word for the year – ignite. That’s not completely true, I guess. I have had periodic bursts of energy, sometimes even fireworks worthy ignition, and truth be told, I’ve finished more projects thus far this year than some years all together. BUT, my ignition has not been in getting already started projects finished, as was the intention. Rather, I’ve started AND finished NEW projects. I have to admit, it beats the heck out of starting then ending up with even more on the unfinished pile, but still.

So. I need to get back to the drawing board. But first, maybe I need to figure out what happened. I was so excited about the prospect of getting a whole bunch of existing projects completed.

Did I ever start an actual list of them? I can’t remember, but if I did, I can’t put my hands on it. Big surprise. I just went over to the archives, and if I ever did a list, I didn’t do a post about it (and in my case, if it isn’t on the blog, it didn’t happen) by the end of March. Good grief. I need this reset even worse than I thought I did!

Just a few of the projects just begging to get finished:


My Happiness Journal


Hand Paint Ornaments from our Last 4 Vacations


Repaint a Number of Faded Garden Decor Pieces


Turn Two of These Frames into “Alaska” Frames



Repaint and Totally Re-work These Little Ladies

rag basket 2-w


Re-wrap This Rope Basket With Current House Color Fabrics

Is your head spinning yet? Mine is, and these projects are barely scraping the surface of all I have to do. In the next week, I REALLY need to get serious about an actual list to work from, then figure out a realistic idea of how many I can get done by the end of the year, and plug them into a project calendar.

Stay tuned…I may actually follow through on a mid-year re-set!








Ignite! It May Be Backfiring…

You may recall that my One Little Word for 2015 is IGNITE. I selected it because it resonated with me better than “complete” or “finish” which were the ultimate goals I wanted to achieve – completing many of the projects I’ve started and left unfinished. I thought if I were to ignite, I could target that energy to actually FINISH stuff for a change.

Well, I’ve ignited alright, but not in the way I had hoped.

Rather than working on existing unfinished projects, I’m adding new ones at an alarming rate. I mean REALLY alarming. As in “What the hell are you thinking, girl????” alarming.

I need a way of storing my costume jewelry (which is threatening to take over the world) and opted for a large metal mannequin, but it doesn’t have enough places to hang things from, so I’m going to need to add some metal fru-fru. I’m thinking maybe adding wings, and scallops of wire along the bottom. In my head it looks really cute.



I bought a couple of really cute Mary Frances purses on our last trip, and when Bea saw them her face lit up like a Christmas tree, so obviously she needs one. Although I acknowledge I am certifiable, I refuse to spend that much on a purse for a child, so the obvious answer was to make one. Well, after all the supplies I bought for it, I probably should have just sucked it up and bought her one…



…and having the supplies is no guarantee it will ever get actually made. Although I AM trying to elevate the things I’m supposed to do for the kids to the top of the list. She says.

Then there are all the earrings I have designed in my head and have been accumulating supplies for. I suddenly need a pair for every conceivable combination of colors I might be wearing.



I wish I could say this is all, but it barely scratches the surface…

I’ve picked up several projects to do with girls, I’m searching for a class to take in doing mosaics so I could turn my backyard into the next “Giant’s House,” and I have more new projects set up for the garden than you can shake a sick at.

On a positive note, I was ready to add another project – making a bunch of rolled fabric hair barrettes, similar to ones I bought a number of years ago, and just love. But before I bought the materials, I looked to see if I could find them on Etsy, and lo and behold there they were! Instead of adding them to my project list (and in spite of the fact that I could have made them much more cheaply!) I ordered four of them. I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of myself. It’s a small step, but it’s a step.

I have gone off track with all the new projects I’ve added. But I’ve shown a small glimmer of hope that I MIGHT be able to get myself under control. I’ll feel better when I get finishing an old project under my belt. But at least if I can avoid adding any more…

How Can I Be Behind When The Year Just Started?

I’m not REALLY behind just yet.

In fact, I’m sort of ahead if you count that Christmas is already down and put away. Normally I don’t even START until today, and the last of it went up into the storage racks in the garage yesterday.

But I can see that I WILL be behind real quickly.

Someone had the brilliant idea of going on a trip for the whole month of January. Someone obviously forgot how hard it is to shift from the Christmas crazies into new year organization without some down time in-between. Oh, yeah. That would be me. What was I thinking? Don’t get me wrong. I’m excited about going and I know it will be a blast, but it came so fast, and I’m SOOOOOOOOOO not ready to be gone for so long.

One of these years I will hit the ground running on January 1st, but this will NOT be that year.

In my semi-demented way of getting ahead of myself, I am already mentally setting aside a portion of September 2015 to start the prep work for 2016. You’d think my brain would feel a little more pressured to get 2015 figured out first, but creative minds are seldom tidy – they go where they want to go, when they want to go there. OY!

So. My word for this year is IGNITE, and maybe that’s what is happening. I’m firing on all cylinders and then some!

But, first things, first.

I had planned on taking a bunch of art/scrapbook supplies with me on this little trip, but come to find out, instead of the 3 suitcases plus 2 carry-ons we normally take, we’ll be limited to 2 + 2. Whole different ball game. SO, unless I want to be doing laundry every third day (and trust me on this, I DON’T) the art supplies need to stay home. Which may turn out to be a good thing. Instead of painting or scrapbooking, I can work on putting a plan for the year together. The other stuff can go our next trip (we leave on it 2 1/2 weeks after we get home from this one!)

So, my go bag will look quite a bit different this trip. No paint or brushes or gesso, no scissors or stencils or photographs or adhesives. No ink, stamps, gelli plates, brayers or embellishments. Even the journal for Documented Life Program/One Little Word/Journal 52 will need to stay home. That’s where the being behind comes into play… By the time we return, I will be a whole month behind.


(Yeah, this guy’s staying home…)

To mitigate that, I’ll take just enough paper to make my monthly calendars for the DLP journal, and the pens I need for them. Not just one white pen like last time, but 3. I HATED running out in the middle of nowhere! I’ll take one notebook for documenting the trip day by day, and another for drawing out what I’ll put into the DLP/OLW/J52 when I get home, along with lists and lists and lists of all the projects I want to tackle as a part of my “ignition” this year. Remember, this is the year I make a huge dent in all the unfinished projects I have laying around.


(Wow. That’s a lot of empty space…)

The first step for that will be documenting the tasks ahead of me and breaking them down into small, doable pieces. I might even get crazy and break them into types of projects – Art projects I started and lost interest in, things I need to do to return the garden to its former glory, continuing the job of making our house more functional for the way we live, gifts for my family.

Another section of the notebook could be a dedicated editorial idea section for my blog. Sometimes the ideas come so fast and furious I can’t even remember them all. Other times I completely zone out. How nice to have a bunch of my own prompts to go to!

Anyway. The point is, I want to get off to a good start this year. And going on a fun trip to some places we’ve never been is a really great way to do that. AND, I’m trying to be organized enough to spend some of my down time on the trip doing things that will help me hit the ground running when I get home.

Now THAT is building on my word from last year “organize” (the organizational” skills I worked on) AND and exploding with my new word for this year,”ignite” when we get home. I love it when things work out that way. It’s enough to almost make me forget I’m going to be behind.




I LOVE that word. Just the thought of it is, well…igniting me! I feel energized in a way I haven’t felt in awhile now!

How can that be? How can a simple word – no action, no nothing – make such a difference?

It’s all in the tremendous flexibility of our brains, the miracle of a shift in attitude, the POWER of words.

I’ve written numerous times about the power of changing your attitude. How a small shift in the way you look at something can completely change the way you feel about it.

Well. Exhibit A.

I have been feeling pretty lethargic lately. I have been unable to get myself enthused about much of anything. I’ve even just about phoned in Christmas this year. I’ve been on auto-pilot, in slow motion, drowning in a sense of “why bother?” I’ve had a hard time prying myself out of my recliner since we’ve been home, and I’ve been “doing” about as little as I can get away with. In the meantime, unfinished projects have been accumulating to the point where “complete” and “finish” were vying for my OLW for 2015.

But they weren’t quite right. I knew the basic CONCEPT was a good one for me to focus on, but we’re talking about THE word that would set the tone for the whole year. Neither were lighting my fire. And really, although the unfinished projects were a symptom of my deeper issue, the underlying problem is a lack of passion.

Then the word IGNITE came on to my radar screen, and all of a sudden I’m feeling the stirring of (dare I say it?) passion. Yeah, passion. Excitement. Instead of wanting to hide away, I’m wanting to DO something.

Last night I pulled out my journal from 2014 that has been woefully ignored, and caught up 2 sections – logging the prompts from both Documented Life and Journal 52. AND, I pulled out the paper that I used to make my monthly calendars for 2014 and put it with the things I need to pack for our January trip (to make NEW calendar pages for the new year!) so I can work on them onboard ship.


AND, I gathered up the materials I needed to help the kids make an ornament for their teachers for Christmas. I had convinced myself there just wasn’t time to do them, and the supplies were about to go on the scrap heap with the tons of others. But NO! I didn’t do it. With just a little effort, I made it happen.




Woohoo! It’s building! I can feel it!

The “to-do” list I keep in my mind where I don’t have to look at it every day is finding its way onto an ACTUAL list.

Now it’s possible I’m just having a manic day. I do that sometimes. It will take a series of days like today for me to completely accept that this is real. But real or not, it feels WONDERFUL, and maybe that will be enough to MAKE it real.

How are you coming with your word? Has it found you yet?


A Change In My OLW?

So, I’m minding my own business and a post comes across about a VERY expensive class on getting your art business going. NO! Don’t panic. I’m not even CONSIDERING that! Perish the thought.

BUT, the name of the class is “ignite.”

And I LOVE that word.

I am set on the concept of complete/finish for my OLW for 2015, but I’m not loving either of the words. And I can’t come up for another word that means the same thing that I do love. And I hate to settle for a word I don’t love. So, I’m trying to convince myself that if I were to “ignite” it would propel me into completing/finishing things I have started, so would be in keeping with the concept, but be a flashier, more fun word. It feels like a reach to me, but, hey, it’s my word, and I could make it work however I want, huh?

I’ve signed up to do Ali Edward’s support class for the project. Which, to be candid, doesn’t mean a lot. I signed up last year, too, and never even looked at it. I have a reasonably good excuse (don’t I always?) The plan was to combine Documented Life Project, Journal 52 AND One Little Word into one cohesive journal/planner. BUT, I got hung up on what style I was going to use to decorate the journal, and week after week went by without making a decision. Before I knew it I was SOOOOO behind I gave up. Well, not completely. I ultimately figured out how I wanted it to look, got pages base coated and ready to be written on.


I even had a mid-year hallucination that I might yet go back and get caught up. But alas. I ran out of year. Truth be told, I did some work in it today. I STILL haven’t been able to admit to myself that it isn’t going to happen. Heeheehee!

The bad thing is, I have the same fantasy again this year. But. Now I have IGNITE! Such a powerful word. I wonder if it will be powerful enough for me to start this project and actually follow through?

I have one pretty big thing working against me, and that is that I will be gone the whole month of January. So unless I can get my act together quickly enough to take supplies with me on the cruise, I won’t get anything into the journal until we get home. It’s deja vu all over again…

I’ve got about 2 weeks to get this figured out. Well, I’ve already figured out that I’m going with “IGNITE” as my word. Now I have to figure out if I’m going to One Little Word on its own, or if I will attempt, once again, to make it a combination project. AND I need to see, if, as a part of this year’s project, I’m going to go back and try to do last year’s. I suspect I’m crazy to even consider it. But then crazy is my middle name.

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