"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


calendars, journals and ramblings

i am always on the search for the perfect calendar...

and lipstick shade!!

i have yet to find a calendar that meets all my needs/wants.  i seem to try something different every year...well okay, maybe several different things in the same year (there are people reading this that know me) lol

i have used daytimers, various planners from the office supply store and i am always left with the feeling something is lacking.

i know, we are are only talking about calendars but....

i tired keeping my calendar on my iPad, but i missed the paper.

i also want to be able to journal when i am out and about, or waiting for an appointment, and don't want to carry a calendar and a notebook, and a journal.

last year i used a journal and made my own calendar pages, had lots of pages to journal and make notes on.

it was a little too big, got tired of lugging it around, and it was hard to find things in a hurry...but i liked it.

this year i got a calendar book from erin condren.  like it, but it does not contain as many blank pages as i would like for keeping notes on various things i am working on.

so, i decided to paint some of the weekly pages (that i don't always use) and keep notes, or paint and journal on.

the monthly tabs in this journal are paper...they do not wear well.

also, i am doodling and journaling in a different way for me.

i picked up art journaling pages in stages by dawn sokol.(a dvd by cloth paper scissors) i have always liked the way she uses images in a random manor and her doodling style, much different than mine.

i think it will help with my lettering which is not so great as well.

the green and blue double page is my first the little girl is me, second grade i think. my daughter hates that picture of her, but i love the look between us.

the photo on the right in the first spread (not finished) is my mom and dad, oldest sister ginger, and the twins, tommy and bev...some of you know her as bevie, my precious older sister.

i have a feeling these will morf more into my style the more i do them.

or not

who knows

gee-sh, i am rambling here...one of those day.

the though came to me in the shower (does anyone else get ideas in the shower) that what i really need to do is make my own.


LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I get ideas in the shower all of the time too Mary!!!!

I love these pages!!! Especially the one of you and Meg..I can see why you love that photo of you two. It says so much about love without words. You are a little cutie in that young photo of you...and now you are a beauty!!!!

♥Lee Ann

jgr said...

Hi Mary, OH, those pics are wonderful. And I love your idea of making your own calendar/notebook/journal-then it will be just right.

Kim Mailhot said...

Yes, I get lots of ideas in the shower too !

Love the pages. Can see a little Dawn in there for sure but how fun that you found a new way to journal that works for you. Developing our own style does take time, doesn't it !
Love late Mom/Daughter pic !
Happy Thursday, Beautiful Mary !

Chatty Crone said...

That is a really cool idea - what do you do with them at the end of the year? Nice art work. sandie

Nancy said...

If I know us, we will always continue to search for that perfect journal/calendar, etc....We like to try new things so we will continue our search...

I do especially like the idea you came up with year of combining all in one....and those pictures you included are just too cute....I love them...

So girlfriend, lipstick and journals we will continue to search it looks like....

Love you,

Bevie said...

Hi sis, I love your journal pages, and agree they are a little bit different...but they are awesome...I can remember how you looked back then..did you know you were a precious little girl who didn't mind my cutting your hair??? I have always loved you so much..you have grown into a beautiful Young women...(((hugs)))

Jennifer Richardson said...

you and my sister, Mary!
I love it when she takes showers
because there is so often
a wonderful download:)
that's how it is for me
when I garden, I guess.
I share your quest
for the ultimate calandar
(and lipstick!).
We only want to thrive:)
here's to beautiful thriving,

Bren said...

and there you have it, make your own custom design :-) Love the journal pages by the way and hearing about your battle to find the right fit. I decided early on to make my own cause there was so little around here to choose from.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

your pages are wonderful!!! i am also searching for the perfect lipstick and prayer/art journal.
thank you for sharing,
hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

laurel said...

Love your new pages, Mary. It's always fun to see what new direction you will take next. I think your handwriting is fun but I know what it is like when you have something else in mind and don't quite get there. Hugs!