Tuesday, 29 March 2011

A few March (and February) details

Here's a little update of how I'm going with my one little word for 2011, details.

My art journal calendar first - because it's not the end of March yet, here are February's pages, making use of another of Amy's beautiful photographs:



I am enjoying this extra way of noting down a detail from each day! My little bundle of pages is growing nicely :-)

I thought that March would be the month of getting to grips with my new camera, but it somehow hasn't happened. I think partly it's because there's not been that much natural light yet this year! I am hoping to make this my target for April now, and I shall be pulling out my notes from various useful online classes and working through them again to see how to make my new camera do the things I want it to.

Meanwhile, I was wondering what details (if any!) I had been focusing on in March. It suddenly came to me just this week. Of course, I can talk about food! Last year I really enjoyed trying out new recipes by picking them out of my 'recipe jar', but this year I decided to do something different. I chose a recipe book (Jamie's 30-Minute Meals, as it happens) and started at the very beginning, turning pages till I found a recipe I thought The Doctor and I might like, bought the necessary ingredients, and that was the recipe we tried out. The following week, I turned to the next recipe of interest, and so on. In fact, I haven't skipped out many recipes yet - we've wanted to try most of them! So I think this book will last us a good few more weeks. But when I do reach the end, I shall do the same with another cookbook, and so on. It's working for us :-)

And so I made an art journal page to document this, trying out some painty techniques this time! I used a baby wipe to apply some creamy mushroom-coloured paint with a little bit of metallic green, then stamped more of the green with giant bubble wrap. I'm liking this effect - definitely one to use again!


I'm enjoying my little forays into art journaling :-) (I hope you are too!)

17 comments:

Cheri said...

love the idea of working your way through a cookbook. Maybe I can try that when R & B leave home - they don't like anything!

Alison said...

I like working my way through cookbooks too..one of my faves was 'Eat yourself Thin'. It didn't actually make me any thinner, but has some really good recipes in it :)

scrappyjacky said...

I like the cookbook idea as well...especially if the meals only take 30 mins....and I'm already a fan of Jamie's.

Jinnag said...

Great idea - 30min meals seems just my sort of thing! and yes I enjoy your art journalling too!

Melissa said...

I really like the way you're doing the calendar pages with a little snippet each day! Your pages look great.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Very cool and brava! I'm posting a reminder tomorrow to check in this weekend . . . and you're already ahead of the game.
Rinda

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I work my way through some of Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals books the same way. I go through & mark them with sticky notes & then just flip to one once a week until I've either made or rejected them all.

Karen said...

lovely art journal Mel.

Michelle said...

Ur art journal is gr8 Mel :)

alexa said...

Liking your art journal forays ...

cate said...

love your art journalling! I haven't quite managed to get there yet, but it's something that I want to have a play with - I love what Karen grunberg and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer do, and I've just discovered Julie Shahin via blogging for scrapbookers v2, so much inspiration!

Rachel B said...

I like your artsy recipe page Mel and what a good idea working through a cookbook. I definitly need more inspiration in that department! :)

Sian said...

That's a book I keep meaning to buy - 30 minute meals, that sounds like my kind of cooking :)

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

I have the same issue with my camera, Mel! Keep saying I'm going to get around to learning how to use it more wisely, but that "auto" setting is just so darned good most of the time. Ha! Anyway, I'm finding that it will take a lot of trial and error and PRACTICE but we'll get there!

And I love the idea of working your way through a cookbook. Surely you'll share a good find here and there...

xo

Karen said...

I love your art journal page. I'm trying to make one new recipe each week this year, using any one of the (too many) cookbooks on the shelves. We've had some great new meals.

Sandra said...

I so love the idea of art journals but never quite sure how to do it, so I'm glad to see you're doing them. Now I know where to get my inspiration.

Linda said...

Love your art journal page for What's cooking. It reminds me of little brussel sprouts or broccoli. My Sweet Pea recently started with the same idea of working through recipes in a cookbook she has. Once a week she treats us to a new dish or dessert.