Inspired by ~ my word{s} for the year

I am not sure if this is a good way to start the new year but I am re-posting {gasp} I am re-posting my own post mind you!

I am blogging over at Tigerprints new youblog and wanted to share my love for the word of the year to all so doing a bit of double duty here. If you have a moment, please go and have a look~ designers worldwide having their say on design.We have just started, but I have a feeling it’s going to be great.

I would also like to share this with my Fly-Tribe group who are doing their annual word of the year blog hop. Its always interesting to read what words are inspiring others. Have a look here to join in!

So without further rambling, here it is ~ my 2013 {pstt..it will be bright and shiny!} post.

julie hamilton, artistically afflicted

Blank slate of endless possibility

It’s that time of the year where, amongst all of the holiday chaos,I feel the excitement and need for new beginnings. A new start and with that some new year resolutions. The typical resolutions come to mind ~ eat less and better, exercise more, go to bed earlier….

Unfortunately, none of these resolutions really excite me on my quest to become a better me.. and, in typical fashion, by mid January I fall into my old habits.

 julie hamilton, artistically afflicted

A few years ago I was introduced to Christine Kanes word of the year. I love this  concept and thought I would share it with you in hope that you may like it too.

The premise is simple – one word that encompasses your intentions for the year. One word that brings you clarity, a word that will attract what you want, regardless of the how.

A word that contains energy, images and meaning, A word that your heart and soul gets excited about

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 I am ignoring the how and concentrating on the what and why of my resolutions.I am concentrating on possibility and opportunity. A belief that what I wish to happen, will happen.. (It probably wouldn’t hurt for me to cross my fingers as well)

This process may sound a bit daunting. A feeling I can attest to as I sit here surrounded by words! Do not fear ~ she has a very handy worksheet here to help you on your way.

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I have always had difficulty coming up with one word so over the years I have created a collage of relevant words that all resonate with me. These words are designed to capture the essence of all that I hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. They help to serve as gentle reminders. I keep them close at hand,ready to reflect upon, as I go about my daily life.

Wishing you lots of good health and happiness this new year.

Make it your year to shine bright!

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Inspired by ~ the holidays

Wish you were here!

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Whistler, British Colombia

I am sitting here amongst the christmas chaos ~decorations strewn throughout the house,a fridge full of leftovers, one group of visitors gone and the next arriving shortly. I love living in a resort town, but it can be very hectic during the holiday season, especially a snowy one.

Whistler, B.C. Julie Hamilton
A sigh of relief though as I sit here quietly surrounded by family, great music,food and holiday cheer.  I am full to the brim with gratitude.

As busy as this season is, I love the excitement and energy that the holiday brings with it.

Feeling very content.

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My gratitude extends far and wide and includes all of you.Thank you!
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Wishing you a very happy holiday season! xo

Inspired by…creative cat-napping

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everything always looks a wee bit better framed...

Taking a little break from intuitive painting. It is definitely my new found love, but one that deserves quick spurts of creative and mental energy. If I spend too long sitting and thinking and trying to see, I find myself getting a wee bit grumpy and frustrated.

I am not a patient person when it comes to creating. I like to work and get it done. Unfortunately, I lose my passion for the creation as time progresses. I then find myself staring longingly at the new blank canvas waiting…patiently.. for its turn.

The other day I had to physically lie down and take a nap. My canvas was leaning up against the wall. Half dozed and fully relaxed I found myself just looking at it, eyes half closed. I was amazed at all the different scenes I saw transforming before my very eyes.

Could this be the secret? Afternoon cat naps?!

I am thinking that they are definitely a thing of my future. I would suggest to all…try it! Instead of throwing up your arms in despair.Take a break. Relax and close your eyes. Let it evolve. When you approach your painting from a clearer, more laid back perspective, great things happen..

My husband is going to love that I am now promoting afternoon cat naps…

Painting does not come easy to me. I struggle with it which is exactly what intrigues me the most about it. I love a challenge and for me, right now, this is it. Slowly I have learned that I do need to step away..and take a deep breath or two ( or a nap now!)

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So what’s a girl to do for a little mindless, creative fix??

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I play with paper.  I cut, I glue, I sew.

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I find inspiration in books and magazines. I find layouts and colors that intrigue me. I go through my paper stash and put things together.

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It’s very relaxing  and doesn’t require as much brain power as painting. No worries here about how to mix the perfect shade of purple or create a beautiful distressed back ground.. Just find the piece of paper that best resembles what you are after.

Rip and glue….
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There are so many beautiful handmade papers out there.(Dont forget to check out your local paint and paper store too.. have a little read here to find out where most of the paper for these collages came from!)

A great start to the week. Hoping it’s great for you too…