New Year Greetings!

It’s 2015! Happy New Year! It is a brand new day fresh with no mistakes in it – right? I’m excited about this new year and hope you are as well!

I switched some things around today as I brought my desk upstairs phototo use when I want to write by hand or just on the laptop. I pulled out one of our folding tables to exchange with it so I can leave my other computer screen and gaming keyboard, mouse other stuff downstairs. I made a couple changes on here since this picture I took this morning, but you get the idea. I like being able to move around and be upstairs or downstairs at my choosing.

I started my January reading and added a book to the mix. It is Eric Maisel’s “The Creativity Book”. I had the Kindle version but Amazon’s licensing expired – even though I paid for it – I can’t access it so I purchased the hard copy. This particular book is one I will be using throughout the year. Aside from that right out of the gate, I will be reading Michael Gelb’s newest book, “Creativity on Demand”.

I am also in Patti Digh’s 37DaysBookClub. I just finished the wonderful book, “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes. I was sad to see it end as I really enjoyed Jojo’s writing style. I will be checking out her other books for sure. I also just finished (this year) – Lena Dunham’s book, “Not That Kind of Girl”. I know all about the controversy surrounding the book. In fact I was in the middle of reading the part that got everyone’s knickers in a knot when it went viral. It took me a while to get through the book because I tend to read four or five books at one time. It’s not a bad read. It’s not that much different than reading the ramblings of someone’s mind. It’s basically Lena’s observations on life from childhood on. We are two very different people from very different backgrounds and upbringing so I do have a difficult time connecting with her on many, many things but it is an interesting read – though not for everyone.

So I first hear about the “Pay It Forward Art-Making Project” through the wonderful Deborah Weber and was immediately intrigued! I know this is from 2014 but I want to do it this year. My friend Brandee from over at Brandeewine posted it on Facebook this morning. I signed up under her to do it but told her I had been planning on introducing it on my own blog rather than Facebook. So here it is – I copied the following from Deborah’s site(and made a couple adjustments) as it gives a really good explanation of what to do. As she said on her own site, this is something from a Facebook post so that is the reasoning for the “status update” language. I hope you will join in as this seems like an awful lot of fun!!!

I promise to make a small work of art for the first five people who comment on this post and say “YES, I want in”.  A ‘like’ alone is not enough of a commitment, nor is a comment about thinking Pay It Forward is a great idea. You must in turn post this as your status update and make something for the first five who comment on your status. The rules are simple: – It has to be your work, made by you, and the recipient must receive it before 2014 ends. – It can be anything art-based: a drawing/illustration or a conceptual work of art, a photograph, a knitted item, crochet, painting, cross-stitch, paper maché – or anything in between. I’m paying this forward thanks to Deborah Weber at  

There you have it! I can’t wait to see who joins in and I cannot wait to get started!!

Happy New Year to you all.

InkyTwig (Tracy)

11 thoughts on “New Year Greetings!

  1. I love that you were inspired by the Pay-It-Forward challenge and set the challenge in motion for this year. How fun! And count me in me – I most definitely want to play.

    And how great to start the new year off with a bit of rearranging your space. It looks lovely.

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