Thursday, April 18, 2013

Do what you love

Well friends, my tweaks on the dusty old blog are complete.  I'm sure I'll think of things to add and/or take away as time goes on but for now I'm happy with how her makeover turned out and I learned some fun new things along the way.  Like how to make my own social media icons- --->> check those out!  (And while you're at it, feel free to come join me on Pinterest and Instagram!) I'm so proud that they actually work- on my first try & without cursing my computer! Yay me!!

With everything that is going on in the world these days, I think everyone is searching for more joy.  I for one definitely am always looking for the light on the dark days.  I'm a generally optimistic person. I just like smiling.  Smiling is my favorite! (Name that movie!) But with all that is in the news right now, I promise I will NOT be going political with all this, it's difficult for even the most optimistic people to just keep on smiling.  I've had some personal reflection time {in other words, the hubster has been traveling which = no sleep for me!} and I kept finding myself coming back to bringing in more of my own joy.  The world isn't going to hand it to me, so I just need to do it.  Share it.  Embrace the journey of it.  And hopefully make some new friends along the way.  Which brings me to the blog.  I've had it the past few years. I've shared here and there, participated in some challenges, and so on, but it hasn't been part of my routine. It hasn't been at the top of the list, mostly because me doing things for me wasn't anywhere near the top of the list.  It kept getting shoved down to the bottom of the pile after job commitments, parenting commitments, marriage commitments, and just plain life getting in the way.  So here I am, picking myself back up, dusting myself off and getting back on the horse.  Doing more of what I love.  Doing it often.

What do I love?  My kids.  My husband.  So thankful for this wonderful life I live.  So I'll be sharing that... like my kiddos and I went and had a girls weekend last week while the mister was out of town.  We saw the Croods- super cute.  All three of us were on the verge of tears during the movie!
Here we are after the show posing in front of the movie poster.  I took some shots of the girls with the whole display, but happy to have captured this little selfy of us just enjoying our time together. Making memories with my girls.  We enjoyed lunch at McCallisters and took a trip to Hobby Lobby, my happy place.  AND we topped all that off with a visit to one of our absolute favorite local places, Cupcake.  The perfect day, except, of course, for the fact that my husband wasn't there to join us.  He had a good day too, though.  He was in Washington D.C. visiting the monuments, museums, and took in a ball game.  Don't feel too sorry for him- *wink*.

I also love being creative. Getting my hands dirty.  Making a giant mess in my studio and just getting lost in the process of creating.  Just because.  So I've been a busy little bee this week.  Lots of cards to share- lots of projects in progress that I can't wait to share as well.  See, I'm not picky about my hobbies.  I have a gazillion of them.  Stamping/Scrapping are my most frequent so lots of that will be shared here. I also like to paint - on canvas, not walls.  Shudder...I hate painting on walls.  I like to do enough that I can see what the color looks like and then I'm done.  Ha.  My poor husband.

 Anyway, enough of my rambling on and last little thing to share with you for tonight-
I apologize for the poor quality of this photo.  Taken at around 11 pm instead of in natural light, but couldn't leave without sharing something crafty! :-)

All products used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified:

Harvest Gold Ink
Smokey Shadow Ink
Soft Stone Ink
Background Basics: Retro Stamp Set
Background Basics: Woodgrain Stamp Set
Background Basics: Houndstooth Stamp Set
Simply You Stamp Set
Tagged Sentiments Stamp Set
White Cardstock
Smokey Shadow Cardstock
Soft Stone Cardstock
Limitless Layers 1 3/4 in. circles dies
Double Ended Banner die

Chevron ribbon came from a studio calico kit

That's all for today!  Thanks again for stopping by!

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