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Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of What If I’m a Mermaid?.  I thought I would take a moment to revisit my very first post.  I had written a list of goals which I hoped to achieve through my blog, or online art journal as I preferred to call it back then.  I can say that I have pretty much failed at all seven of my goals.

1.  Mark my artistic creations, endeavors, hopes, dreams, failures, and accomplishments.   – ok, I do some of this, but I could go deeper.

2.  Share with other women the struggle to maintain a “room of one’s own” when one has so many other responsibilities to tend to.   –  I have spoken of this a bit.

3.  Share my art with others.   – I have accomplished this one!

4.  Put myself and my work out into the world.   – This also I have accomplished.

5.  Challenge my creativity.   – I have done this a bit, with a couple challenges, such as the Halloween inchies I did last year.  Actually I think that’s the only challenge I’ve done!

6.  Meet new people.   – I would say that I have accomplished this in a general way.  Blogging has given me an opportunity to learn about topics and see things from different perspectives.

7.  Allow those interested in my work an opportunity to learn more about my processes of thought and creativity.   – I do speak a bit about my process but I could certainly explore that more.

Here are my new goals:

1.  Share my work, dreams, failures, accomplishments, and processes.

2.  Challenge my creativity via special projects.

3.  Encourage others to explore their creativity.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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So I finally finished the book project! Yay! It has consumed my life for the past three weeks, which is why I’ve had no time to post any new entries. Yesterday we had a surprise party for my in-laws 40th wedding anniversary, and I wanted to make something special to commemorate the occasion, so I made a sort of scrapbook of their lives, from when they were children up to the current day. Of course it took six times as long as I thought it would to make, and I think I probably spent about 50 hours on it. I am not completely happy with it, but I think it turned out quite lovely and I certainly learned a lot in the process.

I wasn’t able to scan it because it wasn’t done until one o’clock in the morning on Saturday, but I will borrow it so that I can scan it and post the pictures here and on my website.

The party was really wonderful – my in-laws had no idea and were completely surprised. They thought we were taking them out to dinner. My husband Marc, my sister-in-law Erin, and my brother-in-law Darren all did an amazing job with the preparations, the decorations, the food, and the entertainment. Everyone had a delightful time. Anyone who knows my parents-in-law knows what a wonderful couple they are – sweet, loving, kind, thoughtful – and it was so nice to be a part of the celebration. I will post some pictures once I have a chance.

I have a whole bunch of things to write about and I will get into all those things in the coming weeks. So look forward to future entries on these fascinating topics: the wonderful gifts I received from my Mom for my birthday, a review of The Russian Album by Anna Netrebko, the online class at Artella that I took, and the new issues of Belle Armoire and Somerset Studio.

ok, that’s all I have time for now. Good night!

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