My something old was the background pieces and the birds that I collaged onto the canvas--
I found this vintage book at a flea market with a few others. At the time, I didn't really look through it, but it's one of my favorites now. It's called The Junior Instructor for the parent and child, and it was published in 1918. It covers every topic relating to school with many illustrations, colored photos, sheet music, and even a full page of the alphabet, and it's oversized (about 12" tall)--I love it.
And for the something new, I used one of my Christmas presents--
This set of Winsor & Newton Galeria acrylic paints. I've never painted with them before--I really like them. The colors are very vibrant, and there is a good selection here so that you can mix them to get many more shades, plus a little goes a long way.
Now that Christmas is over, and things are getting a little back to normal, it was fun just to take my time and just paint as long or as little as I wanted to without worrying about anything else. I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!!