To do things a bit differently this year I've picked one photo I really liked from every month I posted in 2012:
Picking my personal favorite shot of 2012 wasn't tough. I took it in December at the tea room where I had lunch with my kid on the day the world was supposed to end. It's my favorite because it documents how I felt on the Apocalypse (not paralyzed in fear, obviously), plus there is a tiny reflection of my daughter in the mirror:
Thanks to everyone who continues to visit PBWindow, and see you in 2013.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
December was the final month I had to work on my 1000 Cards Project, and resulted in 192 new cards and the completion of the project. Although I didn't rush, I didn't waste any of my creative time, so I worked just about every day on the project. Being so close to the end made it fun, too; under pressure I tend to become very creative.
I've put up a slideshow of all the cards, which includes 28 quilted and beaded, 18 in watercolor and 32 I made out of my old 2012 office calendar. I also made another 33 out of found objects and materials left over from other projects. I didn't plan to rely too heavily on photographs for this month, but I did want to document some events in my life, which translated to 31 photo cards covering the Thunderbirds air show we saw in October, how I spent Doomsday, my guy's birthday, one of my kid's concerts, senior night and Christmas morning. The only photo I didn't take myself was one of me and my kid on senior night.
I experimented with beading and paper weaving, did a few more cards with ink and made a little one-day journal. I wrote a lot of poems in December and turned an old letter to Santa into a series of cards. The 29 quilted cards I made were my favorite series; I pulled out all the stops and made them as fancy and fanciful as I wanted. I also made the last card of the project a tiny crazy quilt, as it pretty much defines me as an artist: a crazy quilter.
I haven't looked at everything yet; I want to take another day to process what I've done and enjoy the victory. Invoking hindsight now that it's over, it was a very tough project and I seriously underestimated how much work it would be. The artist trading card format is deceptively simple-looking; it's not easy to stick to that 2.5 X 3.5" limit. There were so many times I wanted to go bigger with a piece because I simply didn't have enough room to do what I really wanted.
On the upside, this project gave back 200% of what I put into it. Every month was an adventure, and the work kept my head in the right place. This is the first year in a long time that I've been able to cope with depression more constructively and effectively, too; having the daily creative challenge of the project kept me busy and focused. When the blues came, and they did more than once, I never felt swamped or dragged down for very long.
Friends have made some good suggestions about what I should do with the project now that it's finished, and I'm going to give all that some serious thought in the Spring. At present I just want to enjoy crossing the finish line.
My thanks to everyone who has been following the project for the last year here and on the author blog. Your kind words and support also kept me inspired and motivated, and I don't think I would have finished the project without you cheering me on.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Our tree on Christmas morning -- we don't use tinsel or garland because of the pets, which is also why all of the decorations are of the unbreakable variety. And despite it nearly falling over (twice), one-half of all the lights burning out yesterday, and a shower of ornaments dropping off nightly, it's still beautiful to behold.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Since the world was supposed to end yesterday I took my daughter out to our favorite tea room. After a delightful lunch we splurged on dessert -- the Apocalypse only comes once, right? -- and this scrumptious cream puff swan was mine.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
During all the chaos that was November I neglected to post an update on my 1000 Cards project, so I've created a little slide show of what I was able to accomplish back in October before I got caught up in NaNoWriMo.
I crocheted seven cards, quilted six photographs, and made two flowers from Etsy suppliers into cards. I also wrote a poem on four watercolor cards; did a quilted series of collage cards with real pearls, and played with vintage buttons to make seven mixed-media cards. I learned a new skill by teaching myself needle felting while creating another four (I have a lot of practicing to do, too, because felting is nowhere near as easy as it looks.) Two palm-sized mirrors became cards, but after cutting myself twice I stopped playing with glass, and eighteen photos became cards; most are of my daughter at an important band competition.
I didn't make any cards in November because I just had too much on my plate, so I have 193 cards to go before I reach 1000. While I'm still not sure I'll finish before the end of the year, I'll definitely have more time to work on the project this month. We'll see how I do by the end of December.