Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Documented Life Project ~ Five Layers

The last week of February came by so quickly! The theme of February was layers for the documented life project and this last week's art challenge was to use five layers. The journal prompt was "give me a high five". 

I started the first layer with gluing pieces of ripped vintage book pages. I then used acrylic paints, some white, pink, and turquoise. I then added another layer of ripped paper for the third layer. I added them to the page with some mod podge. 

For the fourth layer, I painted yellow hearts with a stencil I made with paper. I doodled and added the five koshas list for my fifth layer and as my journal prompt because I was not inspired by the "give me a high five" one. I have been fascinated by yoga and want to learn more about the practice. 

Even when I am not using the actual prompts from the Documented Life Project, I still love this process because it encourages me to take the time to work on a page each week, to play with art just for me! 

You can find all the prompts at Art to the 5th. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Documented Life Project ~ Repeating Elements

The art challenge prompt of "repeating elements" with the journal prompt "it's worth repeating" inspired me to paint a picture I saw on Pinterest. 

I liked the repeating yellow dots all over the painting. I didn't write anything for the journal prompt, but I thought the image represented meditating and yoga, and told the story on its own. I have been practicing yoga daily since the start of this year and I have loved every minute of it. 

In progress..

The details for all the journal prompts can be found at Art to the 5th.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Journey North Mystery Class 2015

Celeste and I are participating in the Journey North Mystery Class again this year! It will be my 8th year since I did this activity with my two older kids too. It's a great educational experience and free! 

You can visit Journey North Mystery Class for more details or you can visit this introduction post which lists several links to posts I wrote in the past. 

The Mystery Class is already in week five, but it's not too late to join I think if you don't mind doing a little extra work at first. 

We have organized our charts so far by Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere based on the amount of daylight gained or lost over the first five weeks. (I noticed a little mistake on one of the charts and fixed it after I took the photo!)

We are not quite sure about the very top chart at this point. There is always one location that isn't quite straight forward for us each year! This year, Celeste is dividing the locations in half and taking care of her half. 

Are you participating in Journey North Mystery Class this year? Let me know by leaving a comment. 

Trying to work on our Mystery Class charts with Clara! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Continuing the Magic of Tidying Up ~ Books & More with The KonMari Method

I have now finished reading the book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo. After working on my clothes (see this post), I started with the books. 

First, a cute little picture of our seashell and seaglass collection! After I finished tidying my books, I gathered all the seaglass, rocks, and seashells that we have collected over the years. I had these mixed up in several containers and places on the bookshelves. 

I decided to sort them by type and use only four glass containers. I used the KonMari method with these and kept only the ones that brought me joy. This was very relaxing after working on tidying the books! 

Here are the final four jars. The top left jar has a mix of rocks, fossils, and feathers. The top right jar has seashells. Bottom right are smaller seashells, there are some adorable tiny ones in that jar! And lastly, bottom left are all the pieces of seaglass. 

This nature collection has pieces from Ontario, Florida, the Bahamas, and Prince Edward Island. I love these and there is room for more! 

Now let's move on to the books. I was most worried about the books. I have always loved books. To let go of books is really hard for me! 

We have a lot of books because of homeschooling, and my kids all love to read. I decided to gather all the books, excluding books that my teenagers keep in their own rooms. Celeste did gather her books from her room to the main room. 

After gathering all the books, I needed some fuel! I sorted the books into two main groups, non-fiction and fiction. 

At first, it was difficult. But quickly, following the KonMari method, I was able to work quickly and go through all the piles swiftly. The keep pile and the discard pile looked almost equal to me, which meant that I almost discarded half of our books. 

Putting away all the books back on the shelves was when I saw the results of the tidying. My bookshelves were tidy and did not look overwhelmed anymore. 

We also moved one bookshelf to our eating area. I put the poetry books, cookbooks, activity and colouring books. I also stored the art supplies (paint, brushes, colouring pencils and markers) and card games. All our teas are there too! I absolutely love this change. That shelf is in the middle of the mosaic below. 

I only included a few art pieces throughout the shelves. I was able to store our microscope and science supplies box with all our science books. 

Here are some before and after photos. But I will show you the after first, then the before because I love the after

Here is the before. It seems so busy, cluttered and too full. 

I decided to have a garage sale in the spring, and will attempt to sell the books I discarded. We put them all in storage bins in our basement until then. A bit of a different method than the book but it will hopefully work. 

After the books, I helped my husband with tidying his clothes. We gathered all the clothes, shoes, and coats. 

The before took over most of the floor! 

I helped with sorting by categories. 

He was able to sort through his clothes very quickly. He couldn't relate to the KonMari method of "does this bring me joy?" because for him clothes are practical. He did handle and think about each item. 

Two huge recycling bags and two smaller bags filled after the tidying. He uses a hanging closet for all his clothes so we roughly folded his clothes just so I could take a quick photo! We were both very happy with all his tidying. His closet is so much more efficient now. 

Lastly, I "attacked" my desk! The papers is next on the list of tidying. My desk is a main magnet of papers. I have cleaned up my desk countless times but it always gets messy. This time I used the method and recycled many papers! I put things away where they belonged and discarded many others. Three days later, it's still very tidy! 

I will continue working on papers then on to komono which are miscellaneous items). 

You can read more about this method in my first post in this series: The Magic of Tidying Up ~ The KonMari Method.