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Friend Mail Friday

img_3301This week I didn’t get a lot of mail but what I received had a lot in them. I loved everything I received. I received 2 swaps with cool stamps on them and one giant Sponge Bob post card from my friend Victoria reminding me to eat lots of popsicles  and ice cream to stay cool.img_3302

I also received lots of ephemera and an adorable little notebook for my thoughts.

There were also several post cards included in the swap envelope and some lovely vintage greeting cards and some more recent note cards.

I sent out lots of friend mail and swaps this week but forgot to take a picture of it all. Well, it may have been a semi conscious decision not to take pics as the envelopes were rather plain and uninspiring. I absolutely LOVE every item I am sent, whether it is from a swap or a friend. I have been feeling rather blah and uninspired to create or make anything creative lately but happy mail always puts a smile on my face. This week has been crazy and chaotic and next will be the same but I think I am up to the challenge. Hopefully when it is all over I will be over the blahs and be ready make something. I have been wanting to try to make some envelopes but I do not have a fancy punch board for it and so I will have to look to you-tube to see if there are any tutorials on how to make some the old school way, you know, before the punch board.

I hope you are all having a great summer so far and are staying cool. Enjoy life’s sweet moments and have fun.

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Friend mail Friday and art journal 

This is some of wonderful mail I received this week from my wonderful pen pal Victoria. She always has a theme for her letters and this time it was one of my favorite holidays,  Halloween. In the mail this week I received wonderful letters from Julia from Julia’s Creative Year and another from my pen pal Ana. It always feels so great to get a letter in the mail. They always happen to show up when I am having a rough day. I also received these wonderful postcards, thank you very much Julia and Konstantin. I love both of them and they have a special place on my desk for me to look at everyday.The one from Julia I love because it has encouraging words to remind me to be myself and the one from Konstantin of the Babaduk reminds me of how I feel everyday and seeing it makes me want to face the monster.

I was encouraged to encourage myself so I played in my art journal for the first time in weeks. I was trying to be self encouging, especially in my role as a homemaker where I have serious insecurities and feel I fall terribly short. I have not worked in some time but still have not gotten the feel for homemaking. I have worked all my life so it still feels alien to me not to work. I tried to find encouraging words and although I do not call myself a domestic goddess, I was trying to tell myself what I do is good enough and it is okay not to be perfect and have a Martha Stewart home or to be a Martha Stewart. So I did a little art therapy and this is what turned out….I love how it turned out. I especially like the “mirror” that says “your happiness is my happiness” which reminds me to be happy with myself. I also love the woman because she seems tired to me and it’s ok. I’m working on not trying to be perfect and to accept myself as I am, tired and all. 

Oh! And I went crazy buying postcards to send out. See…

I can’t wait to send them!

Anyway, that was my week. Any of you do anything exciting? Get any cool friend mail? Have a great weekend and remember to enjoy the little things!

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Messy Monday: Tackling the Craft Room

This weekend was a busy one. My hubby had to work long hours so we are celebrating Father’s Day next weekend. Anyone else ever have to do that? Celebrate a holiday or birthday or something on a different day because of work schedules? We do that a lot in our house. So, with him gone all weekend and my kids beginning their Summer session of homeschool today, I decided to tackle my craft room. Above are a glimpse of the mess that it was. Actually, the pics are old as the mess was quite worse than shown.

It took all day yesterday and a lit of this morning but I think I am liking the result a lot better. It all started when I was trying to figure out where to sew. I had a project to work on for a friend and ended up having to sew on the dining room table and use the kitchen island as my measuring table. Well, that’s not always going to work as we had no place to eat while I worked on my project. So, once I finished my project (my first ever weighted blanket), I decided I needed to make some changes to my craft room. The result?

IMG_3149IMG_3150IMG_3151IMG_3152 I still have some work to do but I am liking how it is turning out. I need to build some shelves, or rather have my hubby build some shelves, in my storage closet so I can fit some more stuff  in there and make more space in my craft room and make it look tidier because it is the first room when you walk into the house. My closet is one of those closets where I am afraid to open the door because everything will fall out. Anyone else have one of those? As for my blanket, I think it came out nice. What do you think?

 

I hope the little guy likes it and he finds comfort with it. I don’t think it turned out half bad for my first attempt. Okay, well that’s all for this morning. Gotta get back to work. Have a good day and enjoy the little things!

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A Little Getaway

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Yes, these are pics I got from the Yahoo Images of Williams, AZ where we went to escape the heat. My iphone pics just didn’t come out right and I was too distracted by the shops to take good photos. We have been to Williams several times but I still love all the shops and walking down a little piece of Route 66. It was 108 degrees where I live so it was nice to head up North when the high there was only 68 degrees. It definitely felt good. It was COLD when we arrived in the morning though. Well, for this desert dweller anyway. It was only 50 degrees when we arrived and super windy!

I had fun on our little outing and bought some cool signs for my craft room and front door.

I am not sure I am going to put the no soliciting sign on my front door but I love it. We live in a new development so we constantly have solicitors at our door. I used to find these signs a bit rude, but now I see their appeal. I don’t know. If anything it will be another piece to go with the rest in my craft room. I love the Nut House sign especially since it has a squirrel. I absolutely LOVE squirrels! Every time we go to Williams I get a new one. Well, almost every time. My son even got me one.IMG_3109

It’s something I say a lot in joking so he picked one for me to put on my desk. I love it. He even got one for his dad for Father’s Day but which says a line he always says when people do dumb things. IMG_3135

I guess some of my signs can be seen as mean and I am sorry if anyone was offended. I do like them though. As for the solicitors signs, chances are it will just go on my wall. After all, I understand that they are just doing their job. But when you have at least 4 different solicitors coming to your door every single day, including Sunday, it gets a little old. Especially when you get 3 different solar companies on the same day. I just love the sign because it expresses how I feel, I will always accept Girl Scout cookies since my daughter sells them too!

Okay, well that was my little excursion. I wish we could take another trip up North this coming Monday and Tuesday. It’s supposed to be 119 on Monday and 120 on Tuesday. YIKES!IMG_3134

Have fun and enjoy the little things!

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On a Busy Bee Crafting Spree

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Phew! This weekend has been such a busy one! I have been a busy bee on a crafting spree and it feels awesome! I haven’t been making anything lately because the stuff I have been making, like cards, have been piling up with no place to go. But, with Father’s day coming up I wanted to make a different kind of card. I took to Pinterest and YouTube for some inspiration and came across this “wallet” card. I thought it was perfect! It is based off of MayMay Made It Craft’s design. Here is the link to her video if you want to make one too! MayMay Made it Crafts.  I’d give you the measurements but I kinda just went along with her basic idea then went from there. I don’t have distress inks but I had some copper dew drop inks and just used that around the edges and I think the effect is pretty similar. The point was just to make it look a little aged. I think i might sand the edges to make it look more worn. I’ve never done it before but I am curious to see what the effect is. I love the pockets for a gift card and photo. I just put two gift cards in it for the photo. When I present it it will have a family photo and a Lowe’s gift card or something. We are not sure yet. He doesn’t like coffee so Starbucks and the Coffee Bean are out. These are actually my gift cards. I LOVE coffee!

I have also been busy with a request from my dear friend April who has requested a Trolls hat similar to this one…IMG_3097

Cute, huh? My crocheting skills aren’t the greatest so I am going to cheat and make it my own. But the idea will be the same. This one is from the Little Ducky Boutique on Etsy but she no longer has them available and there are no patterns for it. So I am going to see what I come up with.

My friend also requested a weighted blanket so I have been busy working on that too. It feels so good to be busy and feel useful. I love making stuff for people and that will be used. I haven’t sewn in ages but it feels good to be back at it. It has been so long I nearly had to pull out my owner’s manual to thread the machine. True story! But I figured it out. Good thing too, because I have no idea where I put the manual when we moved here nearly a year ago. Anyway, this is what I have so far, I just started last night.

I hope it comes out well. I haven’t made one before. I made a heavy blanket for my daughter but not a weighted one. I’m up for the challenge though. Wish me luck! Oh it feels so good to be back making stuff! I LOVE it!

Have a good day and enjoy the little things!

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Friend Mail Friday

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This week was such a great week to get friend mail. I have been feeling a bit uninspired creatively and a bit blah but each day this week I received a smile in the mail box. It has been such a great blessing to get have such great pen pals.

Since I am not good around people in person it is great to interact with others through the mail. I feel snail mail is so much more personal than email pals which I have as well. But there is something that feels more personal to me when a letter is hand written. My email pals and I do both, snail mail and emails which is kinda cool. I love to send little things in the letters I write and you can’t do that with an email.

Here are some of the things I received in the mail this week. I love these little thoughtful things and how they reflect a bit of the sender’s personality.

I even received some fun new scrapbook paper I can have fun making stuff with. I have fun with everything I get and try to make use of it all. For me having pen pals helps me get out of my head and interact with people without having to deal with the social anxiety or stress of having to interact in person. I find interacting with people in person terrifying and so stressful. I always feel as if I am being judged. By what I have no idea. But I always feel that way. I know I shouldn’t but I do. I know it stems from my insecurities, but well, I have to work on that. I am slowly trying to be comfortable with myself and in my own skin and accept myself for who I am, as I am. But, boy is it hard!

Anyway, I just to share the bit of sunshine I received in my mailbox. If anyone out there is reading this and is looking for a pen pal, I am always looking for more.

Take care and have fun!

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The Magic of Friend Mail and an Art Journal

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Yesterday I received this awesome postcard from a pen pal in Germany. I don’t know what it is but there is something about geometric art that makes me smile. Maybe because it is so different. This particular picture reminds me of how I see people sometimes, especially when not medicated. They are sometimes fuzzy and distorted.

Anyway, I LOVE this postcard. My depression hits me in waves and I was starting to feel low but the mail came with this postcard and all the sudden the world wasn’t so blue. It put a smile on my face anyway. That’s the thing I love about pen pals and snail mail. It always seems to arrive when I need to remember to smile or when the world seems dark and gray. It’s like getting a ray of sunshine in the mail box. Sometimes my depression seems like there is a switch that gets flicked and all the sudden in mess than a second I am depressed or crying or angry for some unknown reason. I don’t know, it drives me nuts!

I only got friend mail twice this week and that is okay because they came when I needed them. My second friend mail was a package from my friend in Brasil who sent me a wonderful care package full of candy and fun stuff from her country.

She even sent a cute kitty in a basket. I know my daughter will be sure to try to claim it for herself though. When I get low I try to force myself out of it and that is hard as hell. But I still try. I have been playing a lot in my art journal and it has been helping. Journaling in general has been helpful. At least it helps to shh the voices in my mind a bit. I even put my first piece of mixed media work in my art journal. I never did really painted or did anything mixed media, I barely know what it is, but I was having a rough day and the beach was calling my name. Living in the desert, well, the only beach I could find was in my mind. So I put it on paper.IMG_3033I had no idea what i was doing but I had fun. It made me feel better anyway. It quieted my thoughts and calmed me down. Sometimes journaling gets me more upset while I write but I have noticed, so far anyway, that with an art journal it can be ugly or messy and it can be angry or whatever and it’s okay. I noticed I thought less when I played with my art stuff than when I write in my regular journal. I just let whatever happen happen and didn’t have to think about neatness or spelling.

Anyway, that was my week. Full of ups and downs. I did manage to send out lots of snail mail too. Hopefully, the mail I sent puts a smile on their face. Do any of you have a hobby or something that you do to make you feel better when feeling blah and blue? img_3015.jpg