I admit it…I didn’t pick a 2010 word, nor did I pick one in 2009 or 2008 or 2007 when it became scrappy chic to do so. Selecting a word seemed to fall dangerously close to positive affirmations, self-help type stuff that works marvelously well for others but just seems to make my head hurt.
I was content to carry on throughout the year with a word to focus on — until— January’s studio calico kit arrived full of scrappy goodness including a maya road scallop chipboard album. Since I’m still in the phase that has me running from mini-albums like Apollo Ono on the short track, I immediately thought of making a banner to spruce up the winter decorating hum-drum. After all I really loved my fall banner and the mantel just hasn’t been the same since I took it down.
Enter the problem of not having a chosen a word, I was without something to make a banner about. Yes, I guess I could have just decorated with pretties, but that seemed silly, or my name except that my name has more letters than I had banner pieces and it might be a touch egomaniacish to hang a banner with my name on it in the middle of the living room -even if the only person that sees it is the dog – it’s not like I need reminded of my name. So without an idea, the coasters sat, and sat, and this week February kit arrived and still nothing done in the banner area. I guess it’s time to think about a word after all.
And so I did, and did some more when several others with more than 6 letters came into my head. Surely this is not the methodology power bloggers like Ali E and Christina Kane would recommend when selecting the word that will define your life for the next year, pretty sure their inspirational ideas did not include ‘must be able to fit on a banner made of chipboard to be displayed in your living room’ although it makes this blogger wonder what words others would choose if there were such a requirement.
So with the six letter limit in mind, I thought and I thought and then it hit me…THRIVE. I think there is still a little NYC lingering in me, when I’m there I feel like I’m thriving and I want to remember what that feels like when I’m back in my cozy simple life.
A visual reminder that eating girl scout cookies and getting a high score on bejeweled blitz is not thriving (even though they both feel pretty good). It will take some work to define what thriving really means, but until I figure that part out, I have something pretty to look at.
so to make this lovely I combined various bits and pieces from the kit, with things I had lying around
to make the letter pieces and then alternated them with some lovely embellishment squares from the Artsy Urban line from GCD. I’ve eyed these babies for some time so glad to have a project to justify buying them.
and a little letter detail…for the base I painted all the coasters white and on the second coat I pounced a wadded up section of tissue paper to give it dimension and then added some Tattered Angels Mists in Blue Skies, Tattered Leather and Coffee.I love that this project had me digging through my stash to find goodies like the prima transparency, making memories stick pins and misc flowers.