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Fresh Start 


More Daisy Yellow. Yup.

Here's what I'm doing.

1. Linking from DY to posts that I enjoy. It's more personal than tweeting, posting on facebook, pinning... it's like handwriting a letter instead of an email. Creating mail art instead of an e-greeting card. Or these days, writing an email instead of a text. I believe that it will inspire community. 

And with this in mind, some posts that I enjoyed this week.

2. Writing. Creating. Sharing. Please comment once in awhile, even if all you want to say is hello. It helps me see that folks are reading and what I am saying makes any sort of sense. I'm just like you. When I think I'm talking to myself, my motivation starts to slip. And I might get crazy ideas like sorting laundry or organizing the pantry. Imagine the guilt you'll feel if that happens.

3. Commenting. There's so much out there that is free to enjoy. An art journal page, an eloquent haiku, a tip about making jasmine rice, the angle of a photograph, information on pruning roses, knitting instructions, a free quilt pattern, an f-stop clarification, podcast interviews. Things that make me think, make me smile, give me an idea, push me to reframe my perspective, to open up more. It is not possible to read all of the great blogs out there so I will read fewer blogs so that I can comment on more. You can't go to the book store and read a page from each book. I committed to leaving 21 comments {see my21 Kindnesses post}. I've left approx. 11 comments this week. 

4. Guest posting on Star Gardener's Right Brain Planner! I am so happy to be in Teresa's world. Plus she called me amazing. And I kind of like that.


5. Doodling on the pages of Dawn DeVries Sokol's new book. Art Doodle Love: A Journal of Self-Discoveryis all about - colors and doodles and fresh ideas to invite your ink and paint to the pages. I'll be participating in a blog hop {my date is Feb 8th}.


6. Interviewing artists. Another great interview is forthcoming! In the mean-time, read the interviews with ① Marit Barentsten, mixed media artist and founder of Featuring Magazine. ②: Mixed media artist Natasha White. ③ Podcaster and fiber artist Amy Cowen.

7. Filming my workshop for 21 Secrets. I'll be teaching with a cadre of amazing artists. My workshop is "Watercolor Playground" and here's the description:

"We will create playful and fun art journal backgrounds with watercolors and fill our colorful pages using a variety of journaling techniques.  Our focus will be on enjoying the process of painting, writing and creating. We will concentrate on the beauty of each color, the texture of the paper, the way the paint flows from the brush. We will select colors intuitively, not from a color wheel. Art journaling is all about the process of getting color and images and words on paper. The experience, not the finished page, is what it is all about. In this workshop we will create a set of playful art journal backgrounds using watercolor and fill our colorful pages using a variety of journaling and lettering techniques."

Registration is now open, and if you register through Daisy Yellow at THIS LINK ---> 21 Secrets <--- I get a small payment!!! 

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Reader Comments (23)

It's nice to "read" that some think blogging is a dying "art form" pun intended!
Don't like Twitter etc, was taught "not those words" - they offended.
Did have a blog in blog land, long, long ago
Am grateful for this blog it sparks one's mojo.
Sorry for this lame attempt in rhyme
Yet felt the need to make the time
Just to say Helloooooooooooooo (and distract you from cleaning pots)
Thanks - your blog rocks!

I read your blog daily. You are amazing! - I don't know how you manage to do everything you do. After reading about supplies, I went straight to amazon & bought me some gelly roll pens. I love them!
Thank you for a fantastic and inspirational site.

01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIvy

funny to read this post just now as I was weeding out my reading list (I kid you not, I took a break from purging to read this post!)
Your idea of read less so you can comment more really resonates with me.
plus I feel the same as Marit - I like to say something with some kind of thought behind it, and that takes more time than just saying "I love it".
but then here you are adding links to more fabulous blogs to add to my reading list....

Hello! So many great posts, as always. I recently decided to set aside some time to read blogs again on my computer not my phone. It was fast and easy but I know I stopped interacting nearly as much and while I still enjoyed reading the blogs it wasn't the same. I find the best stuff from other people mentioning it or posting a link so it's really appreciated.

Hi always inspired by your blog I have found so many interesting and inspiring artists thru your blog. I am guilty of infrequent commenting as I HATE it when I have to spell out nonsensical words to be able to post as it always takes me a couple of try's . Anyhoo tats my 2 cents worth

01.31.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy Stewart

You are definitely not talking to yourself! :-) Though oddly enough I tend to find doing laundry a great stress reliever. Looking forward to your 21 Secrets workshop!

01.31.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Warren

Yours is one of the few blogs I visit regularly! I love your style and your words... {I'm a color junkie too!} Thanks for all of the great'll give me something to do when I should be doing boring stuff I don't wanna do. :)

01.31.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Tammy - thanks so much for the mention. I'm honored I made Daisy Yellow!


02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen Simon

excellent post . . . looking forward to reading all the links . .. off for a short date with the sewing machine :):) Working on repainting the Kitchen "wildflower Honey and Sweet maple" sounds good huh? we painted over stenciling of 25 years - we put it there when we moved in . . . the house is 191 years old so stenciling fits but not sure if we will replace or not.
Have a great weekend. Did you find a suitable lettering source?

02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Thank you for linking my Prompt6ix spread. I read your blog everyday and for some reason I totally missed this! The 30th was my birthday and I wasn't online much. I must have skipped my normal blog reading routine that day. I love these prompts and hope that you will continue them.

02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

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