One more Monday

FOR TODAY...  february 01, 2010

outside my window... a sunless, overcast day.... it's seriously pouring buckets outside right now!
i am thinking... i love spending time by myself.
i am thankful for... help around the house.
I am wearing... light blue jeans, charcoal long sleeve t-shirt with peace sign & silver-gray all stars.
i am remembering... i got to answer some e-mails.
I am going... to stick to my walking routine.
i am currently reading... "the crimson petal and the white"  by michel faber
i am hoping... my boy is always as happy and lucky as i am.
on my mind... i still want to take some photography classes.
noticing that... my little studio makes me happy.
pondering these words... "the primary benefit of practicing art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one's soul to grow" -kurt vonnegut jr.-
from the kitchen... big mug of hot vanilla flavored coffee.
around the house... the kitchen sink needs to be replaced. 
one of my favorite things... walking barefooted around the house.
one picture to share...

time by myself

i'm a fairly sociable person but i do enjoy immensely my time alone. i know some people hate being by themselves and associate the experience with loneliness & boredom even though they are otherwise strongly independent in other aspects of their lives. don't get me wrong, i'm not a loner by any stretch of the imagination - i love spending as much time as i can with my little family and friends but i am not afraid of being alone at times. i actually fancy and look forward to a day to myself every once in a while.
it is just a heavenly pleasure to control my schedule, to be able to do whatever i feel like doing - from watching a favorite movie in my pj's, scrapbooking my heart out or getting a million things done but with no distractions! i rather spend a day alone at the computer, watching tv, listening to music, working in my garden or reading than to be in company of persons who only drain me emotionally and have not a thing in common with my interests or ideas. how about you? do you like spending time by yourself?  i personally think that time alone is healthy for the soul, gives you time for self-discovery, time to decompress and relax, an opportunity to gain new perspectives and a greater appreciation of the time you get to spend with others.

some photos from this week:

in great company


seagulls passing by



from the scrapbooking world:

a pretty in pink kit by sue cumming designs "extraordinary love" - with lots of word art perfect for telling your greatest love story and/or scrapping your favorite valentine's day photos.

here's my page with this kit:

my latest layouts: (images are linked)
go ahead and put on your fearless wings

life is a big canvas

spoiled rotten
 ( Neo wearing his pj's -  in bed & under the covers)


i finally found some time to finish the masks i was working on last week. like last week's freebie, these were also created thinking about valentine's day approaching soon. hope you find them useful - enjoy!

if you used the freebies, don't forget to post a link to your pages here so i can see what you've created and i can leave you some love. have an awesome week everyone!


  1. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the CraftCrave DigiFree search engine today (look for timestamp: [01 Feb 02:00pm GMT]).

  2. Thanks Nini, they look amazing as always!

  3. Thank you for your lovely freebie! We have mentioned it over at our blog, Digitally Inspired.

  4. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 10 post on Feb. 02, 2010. Thanks again.

  5. Thanks so much for the fabulous photo masks! :)

  6. soooo loved this post! someone else found the 'for today' too. and i looooove it! i loved yours, and the way you elaborated on 'time alone'. i am very much like that. sometimes, the time spent by myself is my favorite. it's rejeuvenating.... gives me time to just be without the constant pressure. and i like what you said about being around emotionally draining people. sometimes, even those with the best intentions drain you.... i am finding that friendship is a lot of work. it's time consuming.... snd somewhat intrusive... hahaha. worth it..... but draining... anyway. jsut wanted to pop in and say, great post!

  7. Oh I Love your masks Nini !
    Thanks a lot

  8. thank you! i've been experimenting with making some of my own photomasks, but have a ways to go!

  9. how did I miss this one? WOW .. LOVE what you wrote (do you think I relate?) and adore your photos. TFS Nini ... your journaling is growing so much. Fantastic to see!

  10. Thank you very much for running this blog and for the cool masks :-)