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Artfully Megan’s 2017 Post-Christmas Review

Another year, another Christmas…and that means another post-Christmas review!

Christmas 2017

This year, my husband and I visited our families in New Jersey. I’m an introvert through and through, but I do enjoy being surrounded by friends and family. I love participating in the usual holiday traditions, like Nochebuena and going to mass. Now that I’m married and my family has grown even more, I’m joining in a lot of new traditions. Wayne and I are even starting to create our own!

One new thing we tried this year was Hallmark Christmas Bingo, downloaded from Addie Zierman’s 2015 blog post. A lot of the movies share recurring holiday themes, character archetypes, and plot lines. We thought for sure that we’d fill our cards within the first 30 minutes, but getting bingo was quite elusive. I won twice, but it took until the end of the movies to find exactly what I needed. We definitely recommend giving it a try in 2018 if you’re looking for something unique.

Christmas Tree 2017

This year’s tree, decorated with ornaments gathered through the years and some new ones we received for our wedding last year.

Gifts I Received

I feel really blessed to have a husband that supports my creative endeavors. This year, I received a lot of arts-related items. I’m looking forward to using them!

 

2017 Christmas Gifts

Some of the arts-related gifts I received this Christmas. Left to right: Homecube Pencil Case, Mongol Pencils, and Reclaimed Fabric Tote Bag

Homecube Pencil Case

This pencil case is small, but can fit so many supplies. I’ve already filled it with Stabilo mini pens, Sharpies, fountain pens, a mechanical pencil, a pencil sharpener, ruler, and eraser. Would you believe that it’s still not full? It will be perfect for taking with me in all my travels, near and far.

Mongol Pencils

I remember being totally enamored by the crazy amounts of stationery I saw when my family visited the Philippines in 1996. We did all of our supply shopping for the next school year there. I distinctly remember picking up several boxes of Mongol pencils, which I fondly remember as the pencils I used when learning how to draw. These were purchased from CW Pencil Enterprise and are every bit as soft and pigmented as I remember.

Reclaimed Fabric Tote Bag

I’ve been looking for a convenient tote bag to carry my books and art supplies with me in 2018. I saw this on Etsy (seller: MaeganJeanette) and thought it would be perfect! It is made from a reclaimed National Westminster bank bag and even has vintage fabric on the inside. This is a one-of-a-kind item, but the seller has a lot of other wonderful items in her shop.

The Rest of Vacation

Now that the holiday rush has subsided, I’m excited to focus on my hobbies. Some things on my to-do list:

  • Work on my blog
  • Bullet journal
  • Draw
  • Read (currently rereading The Monster of Florence by Douglas Prescott, Mario Spezi)
  • Art journaling

I’m looking forward to taking some time to take care of myself and make sure I go into 2018 energized and refreshed.

How did you spend your holiday? Did you receive any creative goodies this year?

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Happy Birthday, ArtfullyMegan.com!

Happy birthday, ArtfullyMegan.com! Last Saturday marked my blog’s 3rd birthday, the anniversary of when I decided to take the plunge and start my own blog. As a teenager and young adult, I dabbled in forum administration/moderation and blogging, but this is the first time I decided to own something and really go for it.

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ArtfullyMegan.com celebratory 3rd birthday cheesecake, complete with dusting of powdered sugar!

I posted frequently in 2015, but things slowed down and I took a two-year hiatus to get my life situated. I always felt a calling to come back, and I think that is what kept me from shutting it down while I was away. I’m grateful, because ArtfullyMegan.com was still here, waiting for me.

What’s Next?

I’m excited for the learning opportunity, the people I will meet, and the doors it may open. There’s so much to learn when it comes to running a website. I know that immersing myself in it will help me to appreciate the process and learn new skills.

Maintaining the blog also means a lot to me on a personal level. In some ways, I feel like I need to discover who I am and understand what my purpose is in the world. I’m looking forward to chronicling my journey through creative, meaningful living.

Lastly, I’m reminded of a quote that I posted on my personal Instagram years ago:

I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say ‘Because of you, I didn’t give up.’

If anything about this process can serve as someone’s inspiration or motivation, then it will have been worth it.

I don’t know who is out there reading this, if anyone. But for everyone reading now and everyone that is to come, you are appreciated and thank you for your support!

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Artfully Megan’s Holiday 2017 Gift Guide

Artfully Megan 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Did you scoop up some good deals on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday? Thankfully, most of my shopping is complete because I like knocking it out as early as possible. But for those of you that haven’t found something yet for the creative person on your list, here is my 2017 holiday gift guide.

 

Subscription Box

In Christmas 2015, my husband got me a Sketchbox subscription box. At the beginning of each month, I received a box containing art supplies and a piece of artwork by a featured artist. I enjoyed trying out new supplies and revisiting old favorites. Around this time, I was starting to get more into mixed media and layering, so it came in handy.

There are plenty of other art-themed subscription boxes at various price points. I’m confident you’ll find one that suits your loved one’s interests and fits your budget.

Day Trip to an Art Museum

Another idea is to plan a trip to museum. I adore visiting museums and think museum trips make great outings. Whether you visit a local museum or one miles away, it’s a great opportunity to bond over a nice meal. It’s also a chance to see other sights, if there’s time.

If you’re in the Greater Philadelphia region, some of the museums I visited this year and enjoyed are:

Magazine Subscription

I don’t get magazines often (usually just when I go on vacation!), but I like them for learning and reading about art or my other hobbies. This might be a good idea for a collage artist because when they’re done reading, it’s becomes a new stock of collage materials.

As a style and beauty enthusiast, I usually pick up magazines like InStyle and Vogue.

Art Books

Truth be told, this is an item on my personal wishlist. I’ve gone to a few exhibits this year and longingly looked at the books in the gift shops. A lot of them are beautifully done and are sometimes paired to specific exhibits at the museum.

I see them as a way to view esteemed pieces right from your home. They can also be another way to learn and get inspired.

Gift Cards

When all else fails, gift cards are always appreciated (at least, they are for me!). Shopping for an artist sometimes feels like shopping for the person that has everything. Gift cards ensure that the person can get what they like based on their preferences and supply needs.

What are your favorite art-related gifts that you have received? What is on your wishlist for this holiday?

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