Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Space Between

sketch of gift
sepia ink in Moleskine cahier sketchbook
©2011 Stacy L. Rowan

I always enjoy the days between Christmas and New Year. The kids are off from school and on a break from all activities. My husband typically takes vacation so he can be home with us as well.

Although we often schedule time to visit with family or plan a fun activity or two, life during this week generally moves at a slower pace. It gives time for relaxing after the bustle of the holidays, for reflecting on the blessings of the current year and for planning for the year about to start.

During this time I tend to allow myself time off from studio work, but I do like to plop down with a sketchbook and have some fun.

As part of my review of the year, I counted how many sketches I had scanned into my computer files. Since the start of 2011 I have created and scanned 37 sketches. I have to say I am quite pleased with that number since one of my goals for the year was to sketch more frequently. I have already decided to make it a goal to improve on my number of sketches again in 2012.

My most recent sketch is shown above and is of one of my Christmas presents.

Do you have any presents that you receive every year?

I do. Every year my aunt gives me a glass ornament for my tree. Most of the times it is a glass icicle. And every year I look forward to this gift. It is always one of my favorites!

This year I received a beautiful purplish-pink twisted icicle. I only started adding colored icicles to my collection a few years ago (most of my icicles are made form clear glass) and now I wonder why I didn't do it sooner. They are fabulous!

So is there a gift that you receive every year? Is it something you look forward to or something you can't wait to re-gift to someone else? Or perhaps you give the same gift to someone on your list every year? Either way, I'd love to hear about it!

Happy New Year! I hope you are enjoying the last days of 2011 and looking forward to the start of 2012!


Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

hmmm don't have any present that I receive every year, when I was younger I always got a book in the babysitters club series tho

Stacy said...

Jennifer, there are a lot of those Babysitter club books so that gift tradition could have gone on for decades if you chose! Some people might think getting the same type of gift every year is boring, but I really enjoy it and look forward to it. Of course I LOVE my collection of glass ornaments so that probably is why!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

i started reading horror books about age 11 so that gift was stopped :p i think they remade the series too, were nice books for kids to read