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Around Here: January 2018

It's 2018!  I thought I'd change up the format of my monthly "Around Here" posts this year.  Each month I'll be answering 6 simple questions:

  1. What are you listening to?
  2. What are you wearing?
  3. What have you bought?
  4. What are you reading?
  5. Who are you, admiring from afar?
  6. Where are you going?

What are you listening to?

We got an Amazon Echo over the holidays.  I pretty much walk into the kitchen every single day and say, "Alexa, play 90s hip hop."  It's on All.  The.  Time. Old faves, like Sir Mix-a-lot, Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop, Salt N' Pepa, etc.  More often than I'd like to admit, I find myself dancing around the kitchen.  It makes me happy.

What are you wearing?

With the freezing temperatures we've been having this month, I'm all about warmth over fashion.  But, I have recently discovered that I can wear some of my summer clothes when I layer them over long underwear!  I've been wearing dresses and summer pants and all kinds of things over thermal tops and bottoms.

P.S. Everyone in my family hates these pants and calls them my "clown pants."  I think it makes me love them more!  (The pants, not my family.)

What have you bought?

I am trying to buy fewer things and spend my money on experiences.  I feel like this purchase is kind of a little bit of both.  The other day I stopped at the Art-O-Mat at the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston.

It looks like an old cigarette vending machine.  You put in $5 and pull one of the knobs and get a piece of art!  I purchased this piece:

When I pulled the knob, I knew that I would be getting a piece from artist John D. Gall.  But, I didn't know what it would look like.  I have to confess that I was hoping for one of the portraits, like he has on his website, but I like the piece I got and I feel good about supporting a fellow artist for a very small amount of money.  This particular Art-O-Mat had art, earrings, key rings -- lots of different stuff to choose from!

What are you reading?

This is a book that was recommended to me at a lecture I attended: Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation To Get What They Really Want.

I wouldn't say it's a page turner, but I am learning some things.  I read a bit before bed each night and it gives me some thoughts to mull over.

Who are you, admiring from afar?

New to me art crush on instagram: Marc David Spengler.  His work is not at all what I do, but I find it fascinating and like it soooo much!

The power of inspiration is that I look at his work and it makes me want to make art.  His work makes me excited about making art.  I really like it so much.  Have I said that already?  I really like his work.  Deceptively simple and masterfully composed. I could stare at these sketchbook pages forever.

Where are you going?

February is a pretty easy travel month, but March 2018 is going to be a BIG month with tons and tons of travel!  I'm teaching three classes at WhimSoDoodle in Florida, and really looking forward to my three-day Big Collage workshop in Syracuse, New York. 

Syracuse is just a four-hour drive from either Boston or New York, if you'd like to come play for the weekend!  In March, I'll also be going on a quilting retreat with the Boston Modern Quilt Guild, to HSN, and to IHA (aka the Housewares show)!  So far it looks like I'll be sleeping in my own bed for just 6 nights in March!

So, there you have it!  That's the scoop on life around here at the moment.  If you'd like more behind-the-scenes real life fun, you can always check out my vlog.  I post a new vlog to my YouTube channel every Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by!