Monday, February 20, 2012

A Little Valentine Love

Hello Everyone!

Valentine's Day was a week ago,  but I thought you might like to see some handmade Valentine cards made for those special people in my life.

                A vintage look made by gathering a rose tissue paper to make a ruffle along the  edges of the card.
                                  I gathered more pink tissue paper to give the heart an added dimension.
                                        I went for a Vintage Valentine with Modern twist look here.
                                                       This is the Sweet Heart Look.
For my girls. 

Hand stamped "lovelovelove" on background. Love Love Love the white XOX in white gel pen. 

I made these t-shirt nighties for my granddaughters. 
The gathered ruffles on the sleeves and hem are made from recycled t-shirts I cut up for this project. 

                                             The hearts are free-hand and hand painted.

 Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day and that you had the opportunity to do something special for your loved ones too! 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Routine and Change

Hello There!
      It is Thursday already, this week seems to be going by in a hurry for some reason.  I always feel the first three months of the new year go by quickly, or maybe that is how long it takes me to remember to write the correct year! LOL.  Can't tell you how many times I've written 2011 this past month!
     I've been thinking about how as we age we become more like our parents, following certain routines each day. Now, don't roll your eyes because believe me, one day you will be just like this! That's a guarantee.  It's not all bad, really.  I was wondering about routines and if it is only noticeable as we get older or if maybe we have been doing this all along? When we were children it was just what we did everyday, when we became parents, we put our babies on a "schedule" and later in the workforce, it became the "daily grind", now that we are older, it is called "routine". Let's face it, everyone has a routine whether you choose to call it that or not, that is what it is. Maybe the difference is where you are in the age process. How flexible you are in your daily habits?
      Whatever, it is still routine, call it what you may. I kinda like it (routine) because I know what I need to do next.  Of course there are variations to the routine from time to time along with the interruptions. Interruptions are dreaded by some, like the plague, or they can be bright moments that bring joy to your day (week, month or year)!  It is called CHANGE, ewwwhhh, I know, that little six letter word strikes fear into the heart of many and brings delight to others. Some people fear change, others embrace it; I'm guessing that it depends on what change it brings to your life.  Maybe change comes to break the monotony of routine!  As an older person, change can be difficult to work into a routine, but it is important as we age to stay open to change.
      I hope to be able to embrace changes when they come into my life, whether they are good or difficult and to see the lesson in each one. Hopefully, to learn what is necessary to grow spiritually, to count my blessings each time.  To "live and learn", I've heard that all my life and that is what change is about, learning life's lessons and whether or not you get it the first time around or need remedial lessons to remember what to do or not to do in the future.  So routine isn't a bad thing and neither is change, it just depends on how you take it and what you do with it. I'm wondering how many people would take routine over change if given a choice?
     Have a wonderful week and enjoy your routines, embrace changes and count your blessings!