Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2KXII and *8 Things...I Fell in Love With in 2011

School coming to an end and as I am cleaning up and deleting items from my computer, I find the folder of things I fell in love with in 2011. Even though I am five months late, I decide that I still want to post mine.

I wrote about the 8 things I fell in love with last year. I had read an entry on Dayna's Alley Art Studio Blog. She had discovered this little game on Rachelle Mee-Chapman's blog which went:

*8 Things is a little game I made up for myself in an attempt to quieten down my monkey mind. I tend to be a little bit bipolar when it comes to creativity. Either I have a million ideas and passions, or none at all. In the times when ideas are flowing, I rely on lists. *8 Things is a way for me to keep collections of ideas, thought, quotes and quandaries on-hand for later exploration. . . .Want to play along? Grab a button and join me for *8 Things I Love..... Because..well…why the hell not?
I copy and paste and am ready to complete my list of:

*8 Things...I Fell In Love With In 2011

1. Ava's trusting little fingers in my hand as we go for a walk
2. Invited to Menucha and going from student to friend status
3. Taking the train back from Seattle
4. Meeting the creator of Malinky
5. Que Sera Night
6. Corinne's Art Group
7. Tawny's Tea Party
8. Receiving my Grandfather's tool box

My #1 Love for 2011 is Ava's little fingers in my hand as we walked up and out of the cul-de-sac

#2 Being invited to Menucha to spend the weekend with Dayna and her Portland Art Collective group ~ and going from "student" to "friend" status

#3 Taking the train to Seattle to see the Sketchbook Project and knowing the feeling of bliss on the way back home with the warm sun beating in through the window, a glass of wine and the BEST Mac 'n Cheese ever

#4 Meeting Stanley Kiesel ~ the creator of (and my Vision Board 2012 word) Malinky

#5 Que Sera Night ~ One night each month we take turns finding a new restaurant. Only two rules - the restaurant has to be one that none of us have been to and no complaining

#6 Corinne Marie's Art Group ~ A remarkable master artist who welcomes and embraces all who want to create

#7 Tawny's Tea Parties with costumes and white elephants

#8 Receiving my Grandfather Schaffer's tool box

I love reflecting back upon the previous year and remembering those precious giddy nuggets of time spent. I know I am blessed with the life I have and I look forward to what 2012 has in store for me; those unknown adventures to places and meeting new people.


  1. Every time I read your latest entry there is always one word that comes to mind: "envy". Not the kind of envy that comes from being jealous, but the envy that really comes from admiration. You have direction, accomplishment, and a good heart. Hopefully you'll continue to share, and know that with each and every entry you make, it is not so much a glimpse into your life but rather a testament to what we all could become, if only we would take those first few steps.

  2. I especially like #2 on your list, friend! I must admit, I'm coveting that red tool box. Now where did you say you store that?