Into Waters Unknown-January Edition Happy Homemaker Tag Swap

So a new year begins and with it comes the possibility of what can be achieved this time.   Goals to be meet creative idea to exchange and aspire to.  So I begin this year with open eyes, heart and with my soul outstretched to let the light shine in. 

I have joined a Tag Swap hosted by one of the very first blogs I read when I began my journey into the craft realm, Elizabeth of Bluebird Papercrafts with her gift for storytelling, vintage take on crafts has inspired me so much.  Each month I will try my hand at a new tag to reflect my take on the months, but also a reflection of the journey I am taking.  The rules are to purchase once a set of paper then use that and whatever you have on hand throughout the year. I am using the K&C Company Daydreams pad and I choose this because of the cartoon whimsy to collaborate with my women, kind of like something old and something quirky just like me. I also am using whatever I have socked away in my file cabinet that have been collecting dust for not using them.  My theme for the swap is I am Woman (sing along to Helen Reedy); I am using a collection of centuries of woman up to the Victorian era.  I have always been drawn to the artist like Monet, Van Gough, and others that portray a woman in her full beauty not like a Barbie doll, but as Ruben saw them.  Just like I love the fashions of the 20’s to the 40’s the tailor look, I love the form of woman during the beginning of time until the Victoria age.

My first set is titled “Into Waters Unknown,” this is my first tag I have ever made and like the title I am embarking into waters unknown to me.  As this year began I made my way to the doctor for an annual checkup only to be told that my weight is skyrocketing to the point of no return.  With this news I am beginning to walk myself into a more healthy person my goal is to lose 55 pounds this year my strategy is portion control, food journal, walking and yoga.  My hubby has a gluten allergy so my house is going gluten free (my son who just turned 20 can maintain his own space in the pantry) so this will help with my carb addiction to some extent.  Another goal this year is to walk in at least 2 charity walks, my niece is pushing for the annual Zombie walk which raises money for local charities.  This is my favorite idea since I get to pull out the makeup, trash old clothes and scream “Brains, Fresh Brains.”  The second is still up in the air.  On my walking goal I plan to use my camera and the multitude of trails in my area to get fit while taking in nature’s gifts.  So this is the year I turn the dvr on to record (I can’t miss my Dr. Who) open the window to breath, this I hope will become a refuge to inspire me to keep on keeping on.  I have never been one to make goals my thinking is with no goals I am never disappointed when I fail, but that has only lead me to laziness. So this year I have my planner, a family that wants me to face my fears to better myself and inspiration from a blogosphere to keep me challenging my creative side.  So January I dive into waters unknown let see where the journey takes us this year. 

"Into Waters Unknown"

K&C Company Daydreams
Close up

 I have to share what my talented niece made for me this Christmas she is a true inspiration and talent.

My favorite Pin-Up calendar


WOW! I can not tell you much your post and your tag have inspired me both creatively and spiritually. Yes, this is a journey we are on this year. My committing myself to a year of tags month by month is my way of warding off meltdowns. I am saying "yes" where I usually say "no", and I am taking chances for the first time in my life by reaching out to other women. Your words about documenting a walk are just the ones for me. I think I could envision myself doing this and will begin tomorrow! Thank you so very much for participating. Your choice of theme is wonderful! Elizabeth
Sandy said…
Unknown waters...aren't we all it that state more than we know. The simplicity of your tag says it all. Please stop by and visit me and my tag. xoso Sandy boxixh
Debbie Doughty said…
Shean, your first tag is awesome! I love the symbolism. Best of luck on all your goals for 2011!
This tag and post is truly inspiring! Into Waters Unknown. It conveys so much and I think a lot of us will relate. I love the simplicity and openness in this tag. I'm going to love watching your journey this year. xoxo Nancy
Bettsi said…
What a terrific first tag! I congratulate you on "jumping in"- your story is very inspiring. I'm so happy to be a part of this experience!
What a wonderful theme. Your use of imagery is fantastic. Love it. I often over think things and it clutters up my work. This is perfect. Thanks for sharing the vision and words. It helps to see the clarity that is sometimes lost.
Anonymous said…
what a wonderful idea for your theme, I just love it and your tags are wonderful, looking forward to seeing the evolution of your theme......
LaVerne said…
Love your post and the message of your tag...very carpe diem!I think we all joined the swap for the chance to grow and to reach beyond our grasp. I join you in plunging in!
Linda said…
I love your tag and the theme you've chosen. It will be an interesting journey we're taking together. I think many of us will be sharing some of your same goals. Good luck and happy, healthy year to all of us!
Nan said…
Well I really like your theme and the fact you were so honest here about your doctor visit and what must be done. I wish the best to you and will be checking in on you from time to time.
She'sSewPretty said…
I love your tags and your theme for the year! Good for you for joining us! I'm also trying to kick carbs and I have a goal to walk every day. I've also thought about starting jogging but my body may not let me! LOL Looking forward to getting to know you this year!
LBP said…
What a wonderful tag! And a very ispiring post!


Wonderful post and what an awesome tag!! I feel like I'm diving into 2011!!
Valerie said…
What a wonderful way to start my day! Reading your blog is a true inspiration. I love your thought process and I love your theme. I can not wait to see where we all end up going with this. Like Martha says....."It's a GOOD thing!"
Shean said…
I would like to thank you all for the comments. Being a beginner to this it gives me confidence that I didn't make a complete mess. You all have inspired me with your tags, and I hope to take that inspiration as I create my next 11 pieces. Hugs to you all.

Pam @ Frippery said…
Love your tag, diving in to unknown waters is truly what happens every new year. I will be following your journey and hope to do something similar as I need to concentrate on healthier living.
Linda said…
What a great tag! And THE perfect one to start off the swap! I look forward to getting to know you and offering you support on your journey. It is definately one that sooo many of us can relate to! Happy New Year!
Margie said…
Your tag is wonderful ... a perfect symbol for the beginning of your journey this year ... I'm so looking forward to your next tag! Wishing you luck as you start your journey of change ... I too am making changes in the way I eat as I have many pounds to lose ... and a desire to be healthier by the end of 2011 ... i also love the calendar your niece made ... creative talent definitely runs in the family!
Scrap for Joy said…
Your whole post is inspirational and I'm so glad I came here today...finally! Your tag is simply beautiful...clean and direct...a good way to sart the swap and the New Year. I wish you the best with your goals...I have some of those for this year as well. For a first did an amazing job. I will visit here at least once a month!
So glad to meet you!

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