Mood Monday – Return to the Journal

All weekend long I worked in my art journal.  It felt like an old friend I had neglected for so long.  Life gets busy, friends get put on the back burner.  I pulled out this old friend and got re-aquainted, did some spreads and felt ever so much better.  Relaxed and read my new Jo Nesbo mystery for several hours on Saturday and today….I am de-stressing for the holiday season, simplifying, enjoying the time more.  One of those important things is to stay present in the journal, back into an everyday practice to keep the commercialism of the season at bay, to avoid the ever gloomy news.  Giving myself time to think about what matters most, family, friends, furry companions and the simple walk in the sun, sketch on the page, paint on the brush. I am looking forward to the holidays this year, the simple, emphasis simple, decorating with materials from the yard, a small tree, some home made gifts and my practice in the journal, some mail art for friends.  Acknowledging what means most to me.

The door to her house was narrow. Her windows were oddly shaped. Even she had a hard time fitting in.  But the door to her heart was wide and all were welcome.

The door to her house111713What’s in your journal lately?



24 Responses to “Mood Monday – Return to the Journal”

  1. Marilyn J. Rock November 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I adore this Corrine! I find it to be a very powerful yet freeing journal spread! It’s good to spend time with an old friend.

    A healing heart has been in my journal lately. xxoo

  2. Jane November 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Corrine, I am hoping to simplify things to.. not good to get lost in the busyness of the season forgetting what it is truly about… family, friends, and faith… oh yeah… and food!


  3. Kim Mailhot November 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Love her and hoer house.
    working on keeping our holidays simple and easy this year too. We always do the traveling, and we will again this year, but I plan on making it easy and be grateful that we can.
    My journal have been quiet for a week or so – rocks have been my little canvases and the Rock Beings that poo out make me happy.
    Hope your week is a sweet one !

  4. RobinAmyb November 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    love this journal spread. I’ve been stamping and painting houses lately. It must be the full moon, and November sky.

  5. Carolyn Dube November 17, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    A weekend of art journaling sounds delightful! I love her wide open heart!

  6. Kris November 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    Such a sweet journal entry Corrine. Wise words and actions you are sharing 🙂

  7. jan November 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Love your heart door! Great journal spread. My journal has been rather neglected lately as I have been back in the sewing groove. Just finished a new quilt top this evening and am quite happy with it. nice to hear you are having a relaxing weekend. It shows.

  8. Bleubeard and Elizabeth November 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Had to laugh at the last question. I only make the journals (scrappy journals), I don’t write in them. But of course, I always enjoy seeing what you have made and this was fun with the small door and the larger than life gal. Seems a bit like you, dear friend. Larger than life in a wonderful way, not a LARGE way. Hope you knew what I meant.

  9. Lori November 18, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    Lovely art and story:)

  10. denthe November 18, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    Lovely colours on this page, and lovely thoughts as well. I try to keep everything simple, but always want to do too much and end up stressing. Although I tend to lose all sense of time when I’m creating….

  11. Dawn November 18, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Brilliant way to spend your weekend sweetie. Lol I can sympathise with the neglected journal thing, my few that I play in are gathering dust at the moment bless them. Fingers crossed for the reappearance of some mojo soon hey. Your spread is gorgeous and I love the thoughts behind it, beautifully done.
    Huge hugs x x x x

  12. lyle baxter November 18, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    what a pleasant way to spend some time away from the ugly things going on in the world! thats my plot for today!

  13. NancyLee November 18, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    LOVE HER HEART! I bet she is a very giving person.
    Neat 2 page idea. I think I’d like to make an altered book
    with your door idea mixed in.

  14. Dorthe November 18, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    A wonderful friend, welcoming everyone so beautifully, dear Corrine- , I think she matches her creater !!
    Your wishes for christmas are truly all that matters, nothing more,-even we sometimes forget !!
    Thank you for your notes, -dear,-I`m still not stable, and still feeling afraid it will return,-and tired also of all the worrying. Thank you for thinking of me.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  15. Judy Shea November 18, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    I love the idea of doors and windows. So comforting to be “home”. Love this journal spread. She’s adorable.. light and fluffy.

  16. Kat November 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    I love blogging for times like this when I read your lovely words and share in your art Corrine, it makes me happy!
    Hugs Kat

  17. Chris November 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    This is so pretty! I haven’t journaled for months. I hope to make it my 2014 practice!

  18. Kay Wallace November 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    And, the door to her heart is not only wide, but so bluishingly (is that even a word?) inviting! I want to go in and introduce myself right now! I have never created anything with doors or windows, and I think (when I am off Grandma duty) I need to fix that!

  19. sharon November 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    I love her doors are part of her journey and where they may lead??? They are brilliant in just that they are part of the pages. Glad you had some time to do this. For me it is always a balancing act, and I have been down and out with a nasty bug, so it is really making me feel like crud!

  20. Marjie Kemper November 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Oh, these are fabulous pages, Corrine. Love the door to her heart! You may want to join in the door challenge at ArtJournal Journey this month.

  21. Karen November 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    a beautiful spread. Doors and windows are powerful symbols -rich with a variety of meaning. my wheels are turning…

  22. froebelsternchen Susi November 25, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    Oh my gosh – Corinne this is superb..what about linking it to our
    Art Journal Journey theme : DOORS in november.. I would be so prowd to have you with us!

  23. LonettA November 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    So wonderful pages! I like this composition very much!

  24. Carola November 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Das ist eine superschöne Seite. Klasse, gefällt mir sehr.

    LG Carola

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