I am a couple of days late in sharing these, but I am busy playing catch up after a fabulous weekend away in Indiana.
I got to visit this absolutely adorable scrapbook/paper arts store in Princeton, IN called Paper Chase. It is so fabulous and staffed with just the nicest ladies. They hosted the weekend events and rolled out the welcome mat complete with yummy goodies and great shopping.
I got to spend time with the fabulous Sally Lynn MacDonald who inspired and challenged me to try new things and had my creative wheels spinning!
I got to play with tons of Tattered Angels goodies. I learned some new tips and uses for it. I discovered some new must have colors for my collection.
It was messy.
Very, very messy.
I got to play with these and learn all that I needed to know to become a certified Copic instructor. I met some really fabulous and inspiring ladies who traveled from all over the country AND CANADA to learn all about Copics.
And most importantly, I got to hang out with this girl and finally see her college and dorm room. I did all of the required mom visit things, including taking the girl to dinner and shopping at the mall, all on my dime. Time with this girl is just too few and far between. So glad that I had this weekend to steal some time with her.
I am so excited! I found out last night that I am going to get to learn all things Copic with the fabulous Sally Lynn MacDonald next week in Indiana! I simply adore Sally Lynn and am always in awe of her skill in all things ink. Getting to go and be taught by her is such a great oppertunity! I can not wait to learn a ton of new techiniques and skills and get to see Sally Lynn! The class is being sponsored by Paper Chase Arts which looks simply adorable, I can not wait to check out their shop.
And if that wasn't fabulous enough, Princeton, where the class and shop is, is super close to Evansville where my oldest daughter goes to college. So not only do I get to sneak away for the weekend for some scrappy inky therapy, I get to have some Mommy and Anna time.
Add it all up and it sounds like a whole lot of bliss! I can hardly wait!
Three years. . . sometimes it seems like a million years ago, and then at other times just a moment ago.
Three years ago my family learned a few life lessons at the hands of a tragedy. We learned about being grateful for the things in life that really matter and to learn to see silver linings in the moments that seem the darkest of dark. We learned that some things that we are sure we can't live through only make us stronger and that no matter how bad this moment feels, others have faced moments far worse. We learned that struggles to overcome sometimes take a while but in the end the lesson from the journey and the fight make us better and stronger people.
I can't say that I would want to go through it again, but I am not sure I would un-do it if I could. I wonder sometimes if some day August 15th will pass with us not giving it a second thought, without one of us remembering what happened on that day in 2006. In a way I hope that we don't. I don't want to remember the fear and anxiety but I don't want to forget the reminder to be grateful and to count even the smallest of blessings. It is so easy to forget those things in the hustle and bustle of daily life.
I don't know if most people would consider it a great anniversary to celebrate, but for me, I kind of feel like it should be celebrated. Although it was an awful event, if it was something that had to happen, it happened in the right way at the right time. Given a few slight changes, the day would be remembered very differently. To me, it is a day to remember to be thankful. It is a day to remember the lessons learned about how quickly life can change, how unimportant stuff of this world is, how kind and brave strangers and friends can be. It is a day to believe in divine intervention and in the spirit of something larger and greater than me or this world looking over and protecting my family.
Most importantly, I want to never forget that in the end you can take away and lose all of the "stuff" of this life. It is what remains that matters most.
I have tons of new things to share if I would ever get my tail end in gear and edit the photos. I just need more hours in a day. sigh.
I haven't shared any new photos from my garden lately, so I thought I would share a few to fill a little space until I get all of the crafty images edited.
First up, a real curiosity. . .
It is a conjoined coneflower. How bizzare! It made me do a double take when I saw it. I think I will have to keep it and dry it. I am pretty sure I won't ever see another like it.
The garden has been full of bees so far this summer. I don't think there has been a single day that I have take the camera out that I didn't find a bumble bee or two feasting on the blooms of the day.
I am really liking the extra splash of color from the annuals that I added to the front bed this year. I normally keep them in the wash tub and a few pots tucked into the garden. This year I had to remove a hosta that was growing out halfway over the sidewalk. It was HUGE. It left a huge open spot when I moved it so I decided to just fill it with annuals until I figured out what to put there. I am glad I did. My front bed is normally a whole lot of green, so the extra color on the ground level is a nice change.
This next week I will finally be getting to share my latest projects for BasicGrey here using their newest lines. If you love BasicGrey be sure to check back on Tuesday to see what I made!
Mark you calendars!
I have been accepted as a vendor at the Strange Folk Festival September 26 and 27th. I am really excited about being accepted but also a bit scared! I have only paticipated in one small craft show before so I am crazy nervous about Strange Folk because it is HUGE! I have got to get some serious crafting and creating done to be prepared. I am a bit worried I will be there with an empty table!
If you are in the O'Fallon area in September, please stop by and say hi! I know several other artists and crafters who will be participating and I think you will be amazed with the selection and talent there.
Here is my second fabulous crafty news. . . I have been accepted to the Etsy Wedding Team! I have long admired the members of this team. I think it is an absolutley amazing group of talents.
If you are looking for handmade wedding items, you really need to go to Etsy and check out the items from the team members. You can also follow the team and their updates on the team blog and on Twitter.
I have so many crafty things to share lately! I think my head might be spinning!
First up, I have joined the team at Show Me Handmade! Show Me Handmade is an awesome store at in Crestwood Court's Art Space. The store carries handmade arts and crafts by St. Louis area artisans.
I still need to get my banner for above my section which is still a little bare, but it is a start. I will be working like crazy to add more things until my shelves are overflowing with shabby goodnes. I will also have samples for many of my custom wedding items on display there along with ordering information.
If you love handmade items and are in the St. Louis area, I hope you will stop by and check out the amazing items in the shop. I will be hanging out and playing saleslady there once a week so if you get a chance, stop in and say hi!
I am so excited to share that I had the pleasure of doing another project tutorial for Fiskars Crafts. This project is a part of their Summer School series of tutorials on their website. The line up of projects is so fun and vary from sewing to paper to more.
For my project, I did a tutorial featuring a vintage image printed on fabric and then embellished with embroidery.
The tutorial includes step by step instructions for completing the project. I hope you will stop by and check it out. If I do say so myself, I think it is a fun little project that is both fun and easy.
The image I used is from the free image section of my site here.
Have you ever considered adding Gooseneck Loosestrife to your garden?
While it is a lovely plant with a very pretty bloom that is truly unique. . .
I have one bit of advise for you . . .
Be sure to plant it in a space that you won't mind if it takes over. This whole section of my side bed is filled to the brim with Gooseneck Loosestrife that came from just one small start only a couple of years ago. Believe it or not, this is after having trimmed a lot of it back last year. It is completely crazy!