Getting Through It All

Everyone has bad days; but when you are depressed or your bad days start to outnumber your good days, it can be harder to get yourself back on track. I’m lucky. I like to think that I’m doing pretty good right now.  I have more good days than bad, and that’s a huge improvement from just months ago. I have a roommate that is a super positive person and she’s a good influence on me. Some days it’s only the expectations of others that get you out of bed, you know?

Yesterday and today though, have been particularly difficult for me for some reason. So today, as I struggled, I found myself grasping for the tools I have been using to help me stay positive, and I thought I’d share some of them with you.

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Much Too Long

It’s been much too long between posts and I apologize.  There was much upheaval and I’m still refocusing myself. 

I have though, worked on another swap package since my last post.  This was the Disney Swap on Craftster and was lucky enough to be blessed with a wonderful swap partner.  For her I created three art pieces using key words and Disney characters. Tinkerbell is her favorite character and I really do love her; but of the pieces I sent I have to say that the Belle one is my favorite.  I also made a tic tac toe set out of felt for her children.  The artwork is on a cotton/poly blend and is crayon tinted,  hand embroidered and then watercolors were used.  I’m not a big fan of glitter, but these pieces called out for a touch of it to finish them off.

 

 

 

Since my last post my daughter has graduated from Junior High and is now “officially” in high school.  Someone please save me. Really. I’m serious now.  I just got over the shock and dismay of finding out about her first boyfriend and now THIS? Really.

Not sure which quote fits this moment better:

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. 

– Elizabeth Stone

OR

It kills you to see them grow up.  But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.  – Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

This weekend is Father’s Day and I have to admit I miss my Dad.  We’ve been out of touch for a while due to some old issues between us and, I rarely admit it, it’s hard on me.  Growing up I was “Daddy’s Girl” and despite all of our differences, I love him with all of my heart.  Unfortunately growing up is not without it’s growing pains…sometimes for both parent and child.

 

Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. – Gloria Naylor

 

I’ll leave you with a couple of sites to visit at your leisure.  During my recent upheaval I’ve been working on maintaining a positive outlook on life.  These are some sites that help me do that.

Ode Magazine – For Intelligent Optimists: Check out their online content and sign up to receive their “Good News” newsletter in your inbox.

Daily Good:  Positive news and inspiration from around the world.

Ted.com:  Ideas worth spreading. I’m hooked on all of the videos.  Awesome stuff.

Well, I hope I made up somewhat for the long break.  Hope everyone is dong well!

Cheers!

I Give Good Stitch

Apparently I give good stitch ya’ll.  I am a great fan of Mr X Stitch, his work and his blog.  Not only does Jamie do some great needlework, his blog features some of the most amazing stitchers I’ve seen.  I love checking out his blog everyday and perusing older entries. So imagine how surprised I was to find a message in my Flickr mailbox from Mr X Stitch asking for a copy of my “X is for Xavier” ATC card to use TODAY on his blog!

Someone knock me over with a feather ya’ll.

My other two ATCs have been recieved and posted as well.

W is for Wahine is hand-stitched on cotton with a watercolor background.

V is for Vacuous has Miss Paris Hilton modeling for me.  She is hand-stitched and colored with pencils.

Now I’m working on designs for three cards for a fabric ATC swap, hoping to finalize those designs and start stitching over the weekend because crunch time is coming.  I’m also finalizing designs for a tea towel swap I’m participating on as well.  In between designing those I have some ideas I’m playing with based off of inspiration from a local magazine I love to pick up to read. Time to do some sketching.

I have a hard time doing sketching because I find my sketches to be so…juvenille.  Juvenille in the sense of being child-like…very elementary.  I’m working to get past that.

Etch-A-Sketch Ornament

The Etch-A-Sketch ornament I did for the ornament swap at Craftster.org has been getting a lot of attention since it was sent and then posted on Craftster and Flickr.  It’s been blogged about in several places from what I understand.  A couple of places I know it’s been posted are:  Craftzine, Crafty Crafty, Pimp Stitch and ThreadBanger. All very cool places to have your stuff posted.

It’s also been twittered, wisted, and Favorited on Flickr several times. All of this is awesome. I’m so happy that it turned out so well and that others believe it is worthy of their notice.

But last week I came across a contest over at Living Creatively.  It was their monthly contest and this month’s theme was handmade Christmas ornaments.  I decided, “what the heck!” and entered the Etch-A-Sketch ornament on a whim.

Well, today it was announced that IT WON*doing the Snoopy dance*

The Etch-A-Sketch ornament is featured on their website and I won a bit of money too. Very cool.

Someone pinch me.

So, if you didn’t already realize it, this was the exciting news of the day.  Hope you’re having as nice of a day as I am!

I Got It!

happy dance

I went out yesterday to get my sewing machine and I love it! It’s not the cheapest model and it’s not the most expensive model, but gosh darn it I love it!

Bonus? My daughter loves it too! She’s already pulled it out twice to practice using it and has planned a simple gift to make for my mom on it for Christmas.  This is an unexpected but wonderful bonus for me.  I’d love for us to learn this craft together.

I’m a happy girl today and tomorrow I get to post my great news! Double Snoopy dance.

Christmas Ornament Swap

My wonderful partners in the recent Christmas Ornament Swap over at Craftster have received my packages, and so I’m finally able to post pictures of my recent creations. I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them.

I enjoyed the process of creating these.  Most of the work was design/logistics versus actual creation time. Overall I’d say they worked up rather quickly.  I was afraid that I got myself in too deep, but felt is wonderfully forgiving. I’d recommend trying something like this!

If you’re interested in seeing more detailed pictures of these ornaments you’re welcome to visit my Flickr Photostream where I posted several close up pictures of each of the ornaments.

Part of the journey – embroidery

One of the things that I’ve found that I love to do is embroidery.  I know I’ve mentioned that I’m in a couple swaps over at Craftster this month.  For both of them I decided to use embroidery to express my creativity.  I’ve posted about my ATC cards, but last night I finished my first ornament.  I’m exceedingly pleased with the final product.  So much that I’ll be making one for myself after I’m done with the ornaments for the swap.

But I wanted to post something else today.  Last month was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of that I designed and stitched an embroidery piece.  I’m still not sure what I’ll do with it, but I hope someday to find it on a wall somewhere.  I hope you like it.

If you know of a non-profit group that would be interested in this piece, please let me know.  I am not looking for payment, just somewhere it can call home.