Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Details of my details

So, how am I doing with my one little word so far this year?

I've stopped recording the details of everything I eat now; I wasn't sure whether I wanted to continue that right through 2011 anyway, it was more to get me thinking about the kind of foods I was eating, how much of them, when, and so on. It turns out that I'm pretty happy with my diet overall, even if I do occasionally over-indulge on treats and I could try to get more fruit and veg on my plate each day! So keeping those notes for the 8 or 9 weeks was a useful exercise, but I've decided to leave it there for now.

As regular visitors to my blog will know, I've been keeping up with my 'detail' shots in my Project 365, and it's good fun :-) I do want to start exploring my camera's capabilities more now, but it has become 'my' camera, I've got myself a camera bag that doubles as a handbag so I can have it with me nearly all the time, and I feel comfortable using it on the basic settings. Next to look up all my notes on shutter speed, aperture etc and start applying them to this camera!

I've kept up with photographing each book I read; I began the year by picking up a Poirot mystery and have been steadily working through the series! They're quick and easy reads (especially as I've read them all several times before) so they're great for when I haven't a lot of spare time for reading (which is most of the time....) I'm up to book 31 of the year now, and hoping to get started on number 32 later today.

I've kept going with the E100, though I did grind to a bit of a halt when I got to one particular reading which was 5 chapters long!! I didn't have time right then to read it and I wanted to do it in one sitting, which of course meant that it took me a while to get round to it.... And a couple of particularly busy times have made it harder to do this on top of my usual daily Bible reading, too. But there are 20 weeks' worth of readings there and I've given myself the whole year to complete them, so I can factor in the occasional set-back! I'm currently at reading 23 of 100, and as this week is much quieter than the last few have been I'm hoping to get back into a regular pattern with my readings.

As for the art journaling, it's been a lot of fun to play with it :-) I'd seen art journal calendar pages on a few blogs, and suddenly decided to have a go - I've kept it very simple for my first attempt, and already I'm sort of wishing that I'd tried something more elaborate, but mostly I'm thinking it was sensible of me to keep it so simple as I did have most of January to catch up with when I first started this! So here's January complete - I'm using calendar pages from my Christmas gift from Amy (I knew I'd find a good use for them) to make a 'title page' for each month, then a double spread for a quick note and doodle for each day of the month:

(Lots of blurred-out names and places, sorry!)

I also created a very different sort of art journal page with my Promarkers:

These pages have all been added to the pile, ready to be added to the box or folder or bundle or whatever I decide to do at the end of the year!

So, I think that brings you up to date with my details as of February 2011 :-)

How about you - how are you doing with your one little word/art journaling/Move More Eat Less/E100/resolutions for 2011?

This post is brought to you as part of Rinda's One Little Word updates


Sandra said...

Another great post from you Mel, I'm loving the photos too. I'm not doing too badly with my one little word either, so all in all happy. I too got my camera out a week or so ago and want to learn more about it.

Nothing like see well loved books I think :)

Cheri said...

I honestly don't know how you keep up with it all!

Sian said...

I'd say I'm "reaching" pretty well overall.

I like your vintage green penguin book. We were watching The Beauty of Books about Penguin design just last night.

Lizzie said...

Woah! A Vintage Penguin Paperback...! Don't lose that - it's a Family Heirloom!
I recently bought some fab paper that's a print of a bookcase full of vintage Penguins (oh that sounds funny!). IT's such cool paper and I am planning a great Journal or two for my shop...
You have certainly been busy during February and I love your little art journal calendar project - very cute.
Those raspberries made me hungry though!
Great post, Mel (and not a Holtz in sight...)

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Lovely post, Mel. I really like how you document your life through photos. You will look back on these one day and be so glad you took the time to do so.

LOVE that you are using the calendar pages from Amy for your monthly journaling... xo

Kirsty.A said...

This is great. I don't know how you keep up with everything. I have been strict about not overloading myself with year-long projects this year. But I have been good about using up my stash and have barely bought anything. The Counterfeit challenge has been great for that

scrappyjacky said...

You're really doing well with your 'one little word' Mel.
Great to see you joining in the art calendar challenge....there is a flickr page you can upload them to if you fancy.
I'm not doing too badly with my word...though the 'healthy' part could do with a bit more 'developing'!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Love the pages!

I just did a re-read of all the Poirot stories a couple months ago & I have that exact copy of Murder in the Mews!

Crafting Queen said...

Great photos and like you idea with the pages!

Denise said...

Lovely post Mel-you take some really good shots. I really need to get my photos in some sort of order now and get cracking with Project Life before another month flies pastx

Alison said...

You're doing great with your projects Mel...don't know how you manage it all!

Mary B said...

No 'one little word' for me though I do like the idea, but that would be copying you again and I think I do that enough.
I am keeping up with my Nature Calendar though. and am enjoying it.

Anonymous said...

You're doing great. I posted my update today.

Amy said...

Mel you are doing a fantastic job at keeping up with all your 'details' ... and I nearly fell off my chair when I saw one of my photos on your blog ... glad the calendar has been of use to you :-)

Kristin said...

Lovely post Mel. I haven't latched on to the one little word yet but I may need to give it a try.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy to see you continuing on your art journal.

elflyn said...

You are doing beautifully with your projects Mel. I am enjoying them all!
I re-started my 365 on the 1st of March after a break for Christmas/Summer.
I have a few plans for calender pages through the year and probably some notecards.
Plus lots and lots of knitting.
Jen x