For the past few years, my family and I have started a tradition of choosing a word for the year. We begin discussing our words in December, as we proudly turn words over in our minds and share them with each other.
If you are new to this concept, let me explain how this works. Two years ago, I chose the word “harmony.” I decided to look for harmony in everything I did. I was not cleaning the house, but I was “making harmony.” I looked for ways to bring more harmony into my life.
This last year, I chose the word “purpose.” Each day I woke up and I repeated the mantra to “begin each day with a sense of purpose.” In my art business, I made sure that each task I did moved my art and art business along with a sense of purpose and tried to avoid “random acts” of marketing.
Often, to arrive at my word I will either create art or art journal hoping a word will find me. This year, I decided to make ornaments and paint each with a word. I am not sure that any of these words will be my word for 2016, but I was happy with these pretty ornaments anyway.
Colors for 2016
To get my 2016 creative juices flowing, I began with a color palette incorporating the two colors of the year ( serenity blue and rose quartz– I will be blogging about these color trends in January)
To many ornaments, I added an animal spirit of either a butterfly or a dragonfly. I know that many people like to use ornaments as “memorial” ornaments with one of these winged spirits as they represent the afterlife.
|I made 12 new ornaments in all which are appropriate for either a Hanukkah bush or a Christmas tree.. Each one has a touch of turquoise glitter to sparkle in the light.|
|Whether for your Hanukkah bush or the Christmas tree, choose a word that inspires you now and remember it all year long. Discover the full holiday ornament collection in my etsy shop..|
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