Wednesday, March 31, 2010

bloom and grow

We have the most amazing lilacs and freesias and jasmine growing in the garden right now and it all smells amazingly beautiful.

I wanted to  thank everyone who sent me well wishes and prayed for me and my bell's palsy...I'm happy to report that it is totally gone!  I feel very blessed that it only lasted 3 weeks.

Right now I am reading an amazing book called Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowley and Harry S. Lodge, M.D.  It is about taking better care of ourselves through
exercise and choosing to eat healthy...I know...we've heard it all before.
But this time I'm trying to really listen
and act!
I think that having bell's palsy really woke me up to the reality that
there are things I can be doing
and should be doing
to keep myself healthier. Some things may come
along no matter what we do, and we have no control over them.
But what I do have control over
(i.e. what I feed my body or how much exercise I get)
is something I want to change.

If you are like me, you've always taken care of everyone else first
and yourself last.  If you're a mom...I guess that's pretty natural.
But I am learning for the first time to actually take more time for
myself and to not feel guilty about it.
I feel my life shifting in a very good way
now that I'm in my mid-40's.
The little boy has flown out of the nest,
and so I can fill my days with more things
that are about me. Not in a selfish way, but in a way
that keeps me evolving into who I want to be,
the kind of woman I want to be,
the kind of wife I want to be,
living the life I want to live.

I feel myself blooming
and growing.

Here are some great quotes from the book...

"There's a lovely quote from Isak Dinesen that goes 'Women, when they are old enough to have done with the business of being women, and can let loose their strength, may be the most powerful creatures in the world.'  You may feel that you're never going to be 'done with the business of being a woman' -- maybe you don't want to be -- but you know what she means and you know that it's true. And nice. Very nice."
* * *
"...many women are feeling more independent, more optimistic, more powerful. Freed from lots of the caregiving, perhaps some girlish posturing and other stuff that Dineson may have had in mind, they are liberated to look at other, possibly larger, issues.  Such as themselves. Not out of selfishness, or narcicism, but out of interest."
* * *
"...few women have the luxury of wearing one lifelong robe. They slip into one role after another, juggling and doing the best they can. Few have the time to fall in love with themselves as the Great This or the Important That. And so, after whatever detours life has thrown their way, women are nowhere as likely as men to stew about what's going to happen next...women don't 'survive', they 'prevail'."

* * *

follow your heart,
know your truth,
bloom, bloom, bloom...and grow!!

spring trim

One of my favorite shops on etsy is Caramelos.  She carries the sweetest ribbons, trims, tags, and decorations.  Last week I ordered little blue tags, birds, "forget-me-not" flowers, blue twine, and these tiny mushrooms.

Absolutely precious, right?  Most of these trims are also available in pink.

Feeling inspired, I created this little
bird nest for spring.
happy spring!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

spring goodies

My mom is having a little get together this weekend
and she asked me to help with the decorations.

She is the one who taught
me all about
entertaining and cooking
and "presentation"!!

I made this little spring plaque
for her front door...

I decided to make some more for my Etsy store;
they'll be available this week.

I made these spring tags for her to use
as napkin ties...

These will also be available for sale
with either pale fawn
or pale green ribbon
for tying.

Just simple and sweet for spring!


Thursday, March 18, 2010

joli paquet

I am so happy to announce that I was chosen to
be a guest artist at Joli Paquet!
I feel honored to have been chosen
along with these amazingly inspirational and talented ladies:

Heidi Wallingford

Angela Harris

Sheila Rumney

Joli Paquet is an amazing site that
features tutorials and offers
darling kits for sale during
holidays and seasons throughout
the year.

Needing some spring inspiration?
Head on over to Joli Paquet and check out the
latest tutorials presented by
about a vintage inspired easter basket

(photo by Jeanne)

about spring banners!

(photo by Brandy)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

finding silver linings

Last week I found out
that I have
Fortunately it is not too severe,
and hopefully only
It was a very scary time, though,
but in reflection
it seems that I can
find lots of
silver linings
within this

I am blessed with the love of family.
My husband sat with me in the hospital
awaiting diagnosis
and was so sweet in the way that he
tried to joke when
I knew inside he was scared.
He got me all fixed on the couch the next day,
fixed me soup and made sure
I took my medicine.
My son was so sweet in his concern
and keeps coming by or calling every day
to know that things are okay.
My parents and family and friends have
shown concern for my well being
and a love that knows no bounds.

So thankful for the awesome hospital we have
and the wonderful health care. I know that many
do not have that and I am thankful for our
blessing and concerned for those
less fortunate. I will continue to pray
for resolve to the whole
health care crisis.

So thankful that
my God
provides for me,
takes care of me,
and will carry me
through the mire
for all my days.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

spring is in the air

has been such a beautiful day...
lots of sunshine and
blue skies.
I am really looking forward to
this spring.
Our backyard is a work in progress...
we get a little done each spring/summer,
but it seems like there is never enough time
to get it all together!
This year I am determined to get out early
and get started so that
maybe this will be the year
it actually gets finished!

Do you keep a garden journal?

I don't have an official journal,
but I have tons of magazine pages
that I've cut out and
I keep them in a
neat little box labeled
It keeps me inspired to keep
creating beauty in my own backyard
every season.

Thinking about gardening this week,
I was inspired to put together this
little garden kit
full of vintage designs...
perfect to put in a garden journal,
or scrapbook.

Garden Set No. 3
is available


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