Category Archives: Wonder Wednesday

Because wonder means to be filled with adoration, amazement, or awe and I’m always amazed at the things I create

Art Tidbit: More Bujo Pages and the Make Art Every Day Book

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

I did more of my easy peasy bujo pages this week and one a little less easy peasy. ;) I had gotten some food washi tapes some time ago and decided to use these for my food pages. I’ll use these to make note of recipes and ingredient substitutions and other food related notes, like dough sitting 7 hours on the counter or 72 hours in the refrigerator is necessary for it to be on plan if it isn’t a sprouted flour. ;)

Last year I used this same donut tape but had a different one at the top. I like the eggs and bacon at the top a lot better. :)Mom gave me this citrus washi tape and I just love it! It is bright and cheery and makes me smile. :)I also made a Health and Fitness Journey page. I didn’t want to call it a Weight Loss page because I tend to try to find things I lose. ;) I’m releasing this weight and never want it back. So I’m changing the wording to help me focus properly on health and fitness.

I intend to make monthly notes and track my weight here as well.

For the last several years I made large movie tracker with a film strip and other symbols. But Last year we only watched two movies on it. So this year I decided to try a different less time consuming to make tracker. Tiffany has an extensive list of movies we want to watch, so I don’t need to have as large of a tracker/to be watched page.

I’ll write a movie we watch on each kernel. :)

And that’s as far as I got this week. I finally had to put away my supplies because we just needed the table back. I’ll just have to clean the table off in the craft room to do individual pages from here on.

We started working on the Make Art Every Day book. I thought I’d start on the first of January and thus a Friday but I was busy making cinnamon rolls and donuts, and playing Immortals Fenyx Rising and completely forgot about this book. So then, since it has it broken into weeks, we decided to start on Sunday.

At one point I thought of gong back and catching up and even ensuring that I did art in this book every day but that just didn’t happen. I feel like it will be more motivational skip days if I don’t get it done on that day. I also decided to just note when I do art elsewhere, so I don’t feel like this is a chore.

I hope you have a good week and do something artsy. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Art Tidbit: Do it Your Way

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

I use a bullet journal as a place to keep my many lists and notes. It is the place that I write my list of things to do and sometimes I even put sticky notes on the pages. I use stickers and washi tape and keep it very simple. Some would agree with me and others would look at it and see it as too much for them to do. Bullet journals are meant to be useful, first and foremost. If it isn’t pretty, I won’t use it. ;) So I do what I feel comfortable doing to make it something I enjoy using.

Here are some of the pages I set up so far; the two new ones are goals and self-care. The others are pages I loved in last year’s bujo.

I had a marker drop some odd dry-ish ink on my page after I’d finished it. But I choose not to dwell on that. ;)Do I love everything about these pages? No, but they will work just fine. And if I find that any of them bother me later, I can fix them then. :D

I hope you take some time to do something artsy/crafty this week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

2021 Bullet Journal Setup

I have only used about 2/3 of my bullet journal for 2020. Part of me thinks it a waste to start a new journal but the other part of me thinks that it is a new year and it is good to start fresh. Besides, if I keep going in this one, I’ll surely run out before the year is over and then I’d have to get another one and that would be messy for me. ;) So I start a new year with a fresh journal. :)

Last year I decided to ditch the index. It just doesn’t work for me. I also decided to put collection pages in the front and skip back about 50 pages and begin my daily to do lists and such. This worked out great! I’m definitely doing this again. This year I decided to give myself another ten pages in the front. I had so many pages left in the back that having a few more in the front shouldn’t be a problem.

I start by looking through my current bujo and deciding which pages/spreads I want to do again. I write on my sticky flags the page title and move along. Then when I’ve gone through all the pages, I decide if there are any new ones I know I want to make and make sticky flags for them.

Then I place the sticky flags on the pages I want them. I do this so that I can easily move them around if I so desire, as I’m getting placement figured out.

I usually start with a Year-at-a-Glance on the first two page spread. I don’t really use this very much but it is nice to have all the birthdays, anniversaries, and special days all in one place at a simple glance.

It is interesting to see the different feel I went with for each year’s bullet journal pages. The first year or two I was really into glittery/sparkly feel. However, last year I was more into florals. I use a lot of washi tape because it dresses up pages so nicely and so quickly.

The new one is on the bottom of the picture above. You can see that I’ve used similar washi tape this year as last year, with a floral design. However, the thin ones dividing the months are different. I didn’t like the ones I used last year because they seemed to stick to each other a bit when closed. I struggled to find thin tapes I wanted between months. I may use marker next year. ;) Or who knows, I may go back to glitter tapes next time. :D

I decided that the chore/focus page has served its purpose and I no longer need it in my bujo.

On the other hand, I saw that this one gal does a page for one thing for which she is grateful each month. I decided to add this to my pages and it will be the last page in the front section.

The right side will be the first page of the next section. I may do some art on this page or decorate it somehow or even put a quote or scripture on it. Clearly, I’m not that far yet. ;)

As you can see, the front section takes just a fraction of the pages and now I can flip through the easily to find what I’m looking for.

I hope you liked this look into how I set up my bujo. Some people get all crafty and scrapbooky with it but I use stickers and washi tape to make mine appeal to me. As you can see, there are many ways to use a bujo. I hope this helps you see some different ways.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Long Lasting Nails the Quicker Way

Okay this is a real cheat for a post! But it is the only art I did this week other than wrapping gifts and I wouldn’t exactly call those a work of art either. :D

The week after Thanksgiving Lauren introduced me to the joys of nail stickers. She did them for me showing me how to do them.

They lasted for about two weeks. I just peeled them off last Saturday because I had scratched some of them pretty badly near the end. On one day I bent back one of my nails and I was pretty sure it broke. However, thanks to the nail sticker, it stayed together. When I peeled off the stickers I left on that one sticker because I wasn’t sure how bad it was.

Well, I took it off this morning and found that it did break but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. ;) See?

I’m struggling a bit with picking the right stickers for the right nails. Lauren started with the middle fingers, so that’s what I’m trying to do but I’m not finding a good match. So I’m switching to ring finger.

First you lightly sand all the nails, which I did already. Then you apply the sticker without getting it on your cuticle or the skin on the sides of the nail.

Then you stretch it over the end of the nail a bit.

Then use a course file on the edge to “cut” it off.

I really love the snowflake on the red glitter! So pretty.

Then I moved on to the middle finger.

Some of them I used upside down so that they fit my nails better. :)

Tiffany’s nails are too short, so she just used nail polish but she did put the cute little yetis on her big toe nails.

The final step is to put on a topcoat of clear polish.Here is the finished nails. One thumb has a snowflake and the other doesn’t.We watched this as we did our nails.

It’s the first time we’ve watched Elf this season. It has a few crass moments but it is a fun movie. :)

Well, that’s all for me today. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll get back to some Zentangle soon. I’ll be working on my bullet journal next week, so I don’t know if I’ll have a tile to share or will be sharing that instead.

I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Silver Foil Cosmic Flower

I always like to use the scratch-off tiles when I’m not feeling much like doing any art or when I’m not feeling very creative.

I was tempted to try my hand at either the Frosty tangle or the gnomes I’ve been seeing around facebook. I looked at the suggested tangles in the Tangle All Around group and saw one that I have used before and enjoyed. :) So I gladly tangled away.

Of course, foil scratch-off tiles don’t photograph very well. So here are a few different shots.

The next one was taken without a flash and so it’s kind of blurry. ;) Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

~ Lifeofjoy.me

The Gift of Tangles and a Knit Dish Cloth

Over on the facebook group Tangling All Around, Alice has a project for December called The Gift of Tangles. I have been enticed to try it but I’ll be honest, my go-to when I’m relaxing is to play games on my laptop (hidden object or match 3) or Switch (too many to list ;) ).

However, having said that, she has shared a couple of tangles that I will attempt when next I feel like putting pen to paper. Walk the Line which you can find on Tangle Patterns here. The other is Frosty which can be found over on Pattern-Collections here.

The other thing I like to do is watch movies. And since it happens to be Christmastime, there is an abundance of Christmas movies available. I either play my laptop games or some kind of handwork while watching movies. I knitted this dish cloth this week.

I promise to get back to normal after the new year, although I am considering taking a hiatus and doing some major overhauling on the website in the new year. So much to think about.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

No Art Today; Dad’s Memorial Service Planned

I’m sorry. I have been doing so much the last week that I have not done one stroke of art. And honestly, I don’t have it in me right now.

Daddy’s Memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at 2pm. Here’s the obituary for him.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers, they are felt and appreciated. We were not ready for him to leave us and it was extremely unexpected! We just knew he would be better soon and back home with Momma.

I hope you have a great day.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

A Little Foil Hollis

I went with another scratch-off tile this week, except this one is the gold foil. I knew it wasn’t going to scan or photograph well, but I wanted the shine of the gold foil for the holiday. :)

One of the Gratitangles for the week is Hollis. I’m not good friends with this tangle but I thought its scrolliness would be nice on the tile. Once I got it on the tile, I realized that my curves/hooks are not as pronounced as they should be, so maybe next time it’ll be better.

I also decided that I wanted more of the gold to show through, so I started “filling” some of the Hollis lines. Some I completely scratched off, others I dotted, and others I stripped.

Then I felt it was still a bit bare, so I added in a few small scrolls/swirls. Then I overdid it. :( But it is what it is.

Here are the pictures. Of course I did this after dark on this rainy and overcast day, so it isn’t natural light. It doesn’t show up very good but here it is anyway.

This first one is the scan…it didn’t turn out at all.

From this angle it doesn’t look like it is shiny gold foil.But it sure is. :) In this angle you can almost see that it is gold. ;) Well, I hope you Americans have a lovely Thanksgiving tomorrow. Ours will be odd but I’m sure it will be good.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Rainbow Rixty Scratch-Off

I needed an easy tile today, so I pulled out the scratch-off tiles. I settled on the rainbow one because I know it will photograph well and I didn’t want any struggles. :D It’s been a crazy week, of which I will elaborate on Friday, but I needed easy today.

One of the week’s tangles for Gratitangles 2020 is Rixty. With its blackened bit, I thought it would look nice on the rainbow tile.

Christmas Present ~ LifeOfJoy.me

So without further adieu, here’s the scan my tile.

I couldn’t find the scratch-off “pencil” that came with it when I started, so I used a skewer. :D And now as I write this I remember that it is in my pen case, with my other tangling supplies. :D

Here is a picture I took . . . once again, I did this after dark so there was no natural lighting. :D

You can see I have some of the scrapings on my finger. ;)

One of the things I like about these tiles is that there is no shading. :) It was fun to do and enjoy the outcome without feeling the need to shade it.

I hope this inspires you to try your hand at some drawing, be it doodling, tangling, or some thing else. It’s good for you.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Gratitangle: Shattuck, Zenith, Poke Root, and Rain

The strings fir this week for the Gratitangles 2020 project were created digitally by Genevieve Crabe for Alice’s, leader of Tangles All Around facebook group, book Tangle Starts Strings. I chose the one with squares. I thought it would be a bit easier to recreate the string than the other options but it was not simple. Mine turned out a little wonky but that’s okay because it adds to the charm of it all. :Dtangle starts string squares by crabe ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of the tile after I drew the string but this is what it was supposed to look like. ;) To say mine was not that precise is an understatement. :D

As you already know by the title of the page, of the seven tangles suggested I chose Shattuck, Zenith, Rain, and Poke Root.

Shattuck is the first one chosen as I figured i could make it work in the spaces provided. However my shattuck seems to be a cross between shattuck and crescent moon. ;) Originally I had planned to only use two tangles but after starting to tangle shattuck, I decided that it needed to stop after one quadrant.

Rain surprised me. I wasn’t sure if I could make it work in the space but I like how it turned out. And because I liked that, I went ahead with Zenith. I have not used Zenith very many times. It’s not been one I’ve really liked but using it on this tile, I liked it and it is very straight forward too.

The last one I used was Poke Root. Admittedly, not my favorite tangle but other choices were Betweed, Auraknot, and Mooka. Although I have made friends with Betweed, I couldn’t see me getting that one on this string without frustration. Auraknot and I have not become friends yet, although I can tangle it but I couldn’t see how to do so in the space provided. Same goes for Mooka. So Poke Root won in the end, by default. :D

Here is the scan of my tile before shading.

With it being autumn and back to normal time, it gets dark way to early for this procrastinator to get natural light pictures. So here is a picture I took inside with a flash. ;)

Then I did some shading. I used my mechanical pencil for some of it because the spaces were so small that I wanted that fine point to get to them. ;)

First the scan then the pic.

I like how it turned out. However looking at it now, I can see that it would have been cool if I had just used one tangle throughout the whole tile. Hmmmm . . .

I’m very thankful for my hubby! He has put up with me for over thirty years. :) Our lives are a lot like this string, looped together and connected to other family. I guess, I’ll have to add the word HUBBY to the bottom of that tile; it is Gratitangles, after all. ;)

Well, that is all for me today. I hope you are taking time to be creative at least a little throughout your day/week. I’m very glad for this day on my blog because it forces me to actually DO some art. I love it but I don’t always take the time to DO it.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº