Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Discovery & Autumn Decor...

 Continuing in my Discovery Journal with Roni of Ink Stains I am pleased with these two pages.  This time I did not concentrate on some new undiscovered technique.  I merely selected two pieces of cardstock.  This top photo is really poor as it does not show the cloud themed blues in the paper. 
 This blue cardstock is just a great shade of true blue.  I added some direct inking from the stamp pad.  Both of these pages really take me more into the "discovery" angle of this journal.  I discovered it is very difficult for me to focus.  I am always doing too many things at once and these pages really brought that forth.  I "discovered" some old stamps I forgot I owned so I used them and that was fun...mouse and butterfly and dragonfly.  I used a playing card to represent my favorite number...5.  Mostly this exercise got me to thinking and I do believe that is a huge part of my "Discovery Journal" that I am making.  As the days fly past so quickly what is it that truly makes me happy and what is it that I still wish to do?  Ahhh...discovery...
 I am not one for decorating my home even though I love how others go all out.  Mr. C is a year round Bah Humbug and does not enjoy any holidays so I keep it to a minimum.  Many years I don't put out anything.  This year I wanted to visit with my little treasures I keep in a box.  So many of my things have a very sentimental value to me and I treasure them.  The black with orange cat is something my Grandma crocheted and made decades ago and I just keep it because she made it.  There is a skull ring that Mr. C found in the desert many years ago when he took me for a dirt bike ride to an old abandoned talc mine.  We both laugh every time we see this ring.  It brings back memories of a great weekend together...and he almost bounced me off that darned motorcyle (I was much younger and lighter back in the day).  :o)
Here are my Halloween treasures...some old some not.  Many of these are just small momentos of years past but I like them and they each have a wonderful memory for me.  When I keep my treasures small and in one area it isn't so bad for Mr. C and that way I can still enjoy them too. 
I think this is why I truly love to see and enjoy all the fabulous decorating so many of you do and then share through blogging.  I never really cared much for Halloween as it was SCARY to me.  Now I see that it is so many more things...glamorous, funny, glittery, themed i.e. fairies or wonderful witches.  I am entranced just looking at all the amazing things you each make and decorate with.  Thank you for sharing such wonder.
Our weather is gorgeous...some sunshine, some cooler temperatures, some refreshing rain, some glorious colors emerging on shrubs, vines and trees...all giving infinite inspiration and I am truly grateful.
May you each enjoy much creativity in this the Autumn of the year...

24 comments:

  1. Discovering is what I have found to be the heart of creativity and then the benefit to new things is discovering ourselves. Happy creating, Sherry. I have difficulty focusing as well. I'm sure we are both in good company. ;^)

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  2. Hi Sherry,
    yes it is wonderful to see all the different decorations here in blogland- and this year I have also decorated -mostly with things bought from friends in US :)
    So cosy to see yours,too. Must be really great to have the crosheted cat from your grandma- .
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  3. Hi Sherry, I love your little decorated corner. It's nice to have little corners of interest.
    I am afraid I go "all out" at Christmas, as I love to decorate, and make displays. Ialso decorate two dining rooms at the Home where Mum is. The Residents love it!!I have 2 Really Big boxes of deorations in my garage, and they go up early Dec.

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  4. I love your fall decorating, Don't tell anyone, but I just can't get in the mood it is still in the high 80's here in Orlando....Come on Fall!

    Carol

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  5. Cherished momentos for you to enjoy.
    I don't do much decorating, I'm afraid, except for Christmas. For autumn and hallowe'en, I have a bowl of gourds and a jack o'lantern ceramic candle holder on the dresser top in our hall entrance. Of course, it might just be because we live in the woods and don't have any trick- or-treaters.

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  6. Loving your discovery journal. Glad you found a space for your fall treasures!

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  7. Sometimes just getting that journal open is the hardest part for me. Then deciding "where to go" with it. It's hard to let go, keep up the good work discovering :)

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  8. Oh wow, I love your journal, Sherry and your Halloween treasures!!! Please if you have a chance, come over to my Whimsical Musings blog. I have some things going on in my life right now and wanted all my blogging friends to know in case I am not on here a lot in the next few months. XO Cindy

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  9. I love your Autumn decor and your beautiful journal. This is such a gorgeous time of year...dreading the winter coming but love the cooler temps! Have a great weekend!

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  10. Your Autumnal decor looks fabulous Sherry. We really only decorate our home at Christmas but I always think it'd be great to have a seasonal wreath on the front door all year round.

    I had a beautiful surprise package today - from you! Thank you for the lovely Halloween ATC and the way it was wrapped was fantastic - I didn't want to break the stitching - lol. The fibres were lovely too. Many thanks Sherry I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness xx

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  11. Discovery... I love it! That's a good word for me too I think...
    Your journal is looking great and I liked hearing how it all ties together and helps you "discover" things about yourself.
    Your Hallowe'en decorations are wonderful and I am so glad you have found a little space to put them. I think it's important for a home to reflect the interests and likes of all the people who live in it!

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  12. Hi Sherry!
    Thank you so much for visiting my MS journal blog!! Cindy is too sweet!!
    I'm really happy your art journal too!!
    I also have a main blog, where I put my artsy crafty things. If you want too visit, it is
    daniellahayes.blogspot.com
    I LOVE your journal and your fall decorations are fabulous!!
    xxDaniella

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  13. I love your journal idea! Discovery is so fun and intriguing. It is nice to use supplies you haven't in awhile. I look forward to more about your journaling! I love Halloween and all it's magic. You decorations are so vibrant and exude the spirit!
    The black cat is precious~ :D

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  14. it looks like your journal is coming along beautifully!! and definitely serving its purpose as you discover all kinds of "new" things about yourself!! and i love it that you've re-discovered some of your favorite memories as you pulled out your halloween treasures.....i LOVE your story of the skull ring!!! heeheehee xoxox

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  15. Your discovery journalling is so wonderful! I Love what you are doing with it.
    And isn't it fun to find stamps you forgot you had! I love that!
    Your decorating looks festive and fun. Maybe Mr.C. wont mind too much.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  16. love your discovery journal and halloween decor :)

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  17. I love to see all the art journaling that goes on here in blogland. It is something I would love to do but just can't seem to get my creative juices flowing in that regard. I don't decorate much for the holidays anymore either. Just a few bits here and there when the time is right. There have been times that after I've put away Christmas decorations, I've found a few still hanging around in February because they blended in with all the other stuff I have. :/ Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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  18. I love to see all the art journaling that goes on here in blogland. It is something I would love to do but just can't seem to get my creative juices flowing in that regard. I don't decorate much for the holidays anymore either. Just a few bits here and there when the time is right. There have been times that after I've put away Christmas decorations, I've found a few still hanging around in February because they blended in with all the other stuff I have. :/ Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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  19. Your journal is wonderful! I can see the subtle clouds in the first photo and yours stamping inclusions are marvelous! Love that envelope!

    I don't decorate much for holidays - I do not like taking them down and packing them back up. I might have a little "hum bug" in me :)

    I really love your Autumnal decorations!

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  20. Sherry,
    I love watching you explain your process. I have the same problem with journals...I just can't focus. Every once in awhile I will try again but I can't seem to sustain the effort! The importance is what you learn from it, I guess.

    I decorate a lot for Christmas and my perfectionist husband has places where everything goes, which is a good thing!

    Hugs,
    Suz

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  21. Hello Sherry. You are such a sweet lady. I love to read your blog. Whenever I read your post I feel this positive energy. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Loe your Halloween decor. My husband was not one for any decorating until I came along. Now he takes me shopping and just pushes the cart along with carrying something or reaching it for me. And then of course pulls out the money to pay. LOL

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  22. Last year I decorated for Autumn with everything I have from my Autumn bin.... which this year I forgot to have my husband get off of the top shelf of the garage before he had shoulder surgery last week. It takes me til mid-October to even consider it, as I cling to summer until the rain makes it slip from my grasp...

    Enjoy your weekdend!
    ~ Violet

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  23. So glad you set out a little display. Halloween is so fun, even for us grown ups!
    hugs Lynn

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  24. Yay!! What a beautiful post..wonderful memories and sharings..so sweet about your grandma! I love everything..it is all dazzling..thankyou for this uplifting post and all your wonderful creations!
    Shine on!
    Victoria

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