So, I will spare you from a long-winded post by playing catch-up in "increments". This will be Round One.
First off...Happy Fourth of July Weekend!
|Two large 4th of July medallions I worked on. Crepe paper has bleached edges for an aged appearance.|
I hope you all had wonderful weather, yummy cookouts, and fabulous fireworks.
Julia started a day camp this week. She is going for the first two weeks in July and then again for a week in August. Lots of crafts, swimming, canoeing, fishing. She was a little apprehensive the first day. She didn't know anyone, but she has already made new friends and is looking forward to more fun this week. They will teach her how to swim which makes Mommy very happy. I am not a good swimmer. Never have been and never will be. I am thrilled that she will be able to conquer a fear I have never been able to do.
Easter was lots of fun this year, but I am sad to report that Julia is now starting to ask a few of questions about the Easter Bunny, Santa and even the Tooth Fairy. I pray this isn't the final "magical" year of believing. She is 9, and what she hears from some of the older kids at school is making her question the validity of the magical figures. It is breaking my heart because I know one day she will come right out and ask me for the truth. *sigh* I am going to work my tale off to keep that magic alive if it kills me!
I have no idea what age kids start to "get it", but no age is a good age in my book. Look at me, I am 51 and still get goosebumps seeing Santa in the mall!
|Julia with her Easter painting.|
|New Bunny I completed for Easter|
|Crepe paper collar and ribbons|
|Hope you all had a Happy Easter!|
|I love the texture of these pieces|
More on that for Round Two.
I have laid-low this past year, and disappeared for the last few. Although for anyone who is addicted to Pinterest as I am, I am sure you have seen me pinning up a storm! It is a nice mindless pastime - so much fun looking at all the pretty things!
This year has been particularly difficult. Many out there who are married know that it takes work to keep two people together moving in the same direction. Sometimes, you get thrown a curve ball unexpectedly, get the wind knocked out of you, and wonder what the heck just happened. I will admit, the last year and a half I have struggled with uncertainty, fear, sadness and outright anger. Jeff and I are working to get back to a happier place. And it is work. Sometimes more than I feel I can bare, and then "something" reminds me to keep trying. So we do....we keep trying and working everyday. It will not happen easily or quickly, but we are giving it our best shot. And that is where my soul is right now. Searching to find forgiveness, trust and hoping for the best. Wish me luck :)
I will have lots more stories, and more pictures of what is unfolding at my work bench. I have decided it is OK if I stop working to enjoy some happy memory making because that is, after all, what it's all about.
If any of you are wondering if my Etsy shop is open, yes it is. I have not been posting anything new for quite some time to save some work for Craft Show appearances, but there will be pieces here and there soon. Halloween and Christmas are in full swing. I will be Etsy bound soon.
Catch-up Round Two to come!
Chow for now,