Thursday, January 1, 2009
Going Green in Carmine
As Matt and I washed our dinner dishes by hand (yes, we uninstalled our dishwasher to save energy and create more space) we discussed the NPR segment about "spending less". Not so much about saving more money, but simply modifying our spending habits. We are no longer big spenders anyway (been there done that). We are simply trying to maintain our course and be as sustainable as possible. NO, my garden does not produce. YES, I occasionally drop a plastic bag in the garbage, yet I wash Ziplocs and re-use them. YES, we shop thrift stores. NO, we no longer have desires for the upper echelons of certain accoutrements. All we want World Peace and Happiness. It has always been Matt's mantra. It was our Holiday greeting card, monoprints made with acrylic paints and cardstock. My January Journal committment and Create Art Everyday project will be focused around recycling, repurposing and reinventing. "Going Green in Carmine" (yes it rhymes) is my new mantra for 2009. Each journal page will be made from scraps, recyclable bits and otherwise someone elses garbage! I have over 50 handmade art journals...fabric, felted, watercolor paper, rage journals, divorce journals, journals about sunshine, love, loss, heartbreak, healing, bad girls, growth, giving birth, falling in love, letting go, celebrations, photos, painting, collage, and even one made from a cigar box! I will make my own January Journal from a discarded library book. It will be my daily reminder to save, scrimp, and salvage scraps for ARTS SAKE!!The word of the month is PLAY! So let the games begin!