Friday, February 18, 2011

So thankful...

For so much these days. There is just something about getting outside and working in the garden in the fresh air that really makes me appreciate the simple things in life. Today, I'm feeling very appreciative of my situation in life and for my family. Everyone has been so supportive of my decision to leave my fast paced high stress job, for a more fulfilled lifestyle. I love that I can spend more time with my daughter and nurturing my motherly role. I love that I'm back in school again and nurturing my learning spirit. I also love that I have an opportunity to spend more time reflecting and nurturing my creative flow. By getting to do all of these things, I feel like I've become a better wife, mother and friend. I'm just more myself these days and it just makes me really happy...

And now that the weather is getting better, I'm getting to spend some time outside in my garden. Now, I'm sure there will be future pictures of my garden and all of the loveliness that it produces, but I've got a LOT of work to do to get it in order. I actually haven't had a garden the past two years, so I have two years worth of blackberry bushes and grass/weeds schtuff to clear out... I've actually spent the past two afternoons out cutting down the overgrown blackberry bushes. In my former, fast paced life, I would have dreaded every minute of it and would have just kept thinking about "when will this be over?" But these days, it's less about the destination and more about the journey. I am actually enjoying the process of clearing out the garden and it's kind of been a cleansing process for me.

So today, I'm reaching out to all of my readers and encouraging you to really enjoy the journey rather than focusing on the destination. My challenge to you is to realy enjoy this weekend and live in the moment... You might just be suprised at how good you feel...:)

Now, on with the creative stuff... I've really enjoyed getting my hands on real paper lately. Today, I'm sharing a cute little layout that I made about an everyday moment at our house. This time last year, the weather was still pretty icky, so we tried to come up with fun ways to spend our time in the house. So we built this make-shift tent in the living room. PJ absolutely loved it! She would run full blast into the tent and then just plop down. She also thought it was hilarious to push down the top so the tent would collapse. Then, she would get mad because the tent was knocked down...silly girl!

So here's a closer look at the layout...
Tent Fun Credits
Patterned Paper: Kaisercraft
Titlework: Maya Road Alpha
Embellishments: Kaisercraft, Tim Holtz Clip and staple, Lilybee Laugh Rubons
Paint: AC - Funky Vintage Sea Foam
Ink: Colorbox, Ranger, American Crafts
Ribbon: Baker's Twine
Stamp: Office Depot Date Stamp
Thread: Mettler
Tools: Singer Sewing Machine, Tim Holtz Mini Attacher

I had a lot of fun distressing those letters for the title work! I got my paint out and went to town! Well, my friends, I hope you have a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!

****Oh and when you get a chance, my friend Devon at Catch the Moments is going to be listing her deal for the weekend - so go check it out and see all of the beautiful stuff and great deals she's running. Click here for the deets....****

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Fuzzy Slippers said...

It sounds wonderful! Good for you for taking the leap and enjoying every minute. ;)

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Wow its so pretty dear.

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Great reminder and a great layout! Your contentment comes through loud and clear, so happy for you!