Monday, February 20, 2017

origami therapy . . . .

The past few weeks have really put to test my word for the year . . . FAITH.
. . . and we are not through it by no means, but we will get through it.  

 One of the reasons I enjoy folding paper cranes . . . is that it is very calming for me.  I have folded so many that I can do it with little thought to what I am doing. (I am pretty sure I have folded well over 2000 paper cranes)
 . . . I call it my origami therapy - just what I need sometimes.
This weekend I started folding paper cranes out of paper from an old book.  I hope to fold enough to cover a Christmas tree this year.  I have to get started now if I am going to have enough folded by December.  

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always
1 Chronicles 16:11

I'm still here . . .

 It has been a crazy couple of weeks . . . and I just haven't made time to post and be online much at all.  I also haven't taken many pictures.  I hope to change that.  
So much going on . . . much that I won't touch on here, except for a few pictures I did take.
We had Kasey's baby shower.  It was one of those occasions that I chose to enjoy rather than take pictures.  Only a few more weeks til we get to see our new granddaughter in person.  
 This little guy turned 5!  He is such a sweet little guy!
This was taken on his actual birthday.  He had a wonderful party with a lot of kids and chaos!
Just what you would expect at a 5 year old birthday party!
This was my great find at a thrift store this afternoon.  Thirty-three stamps . . . for $12.
I don't do a lot of stamping, but I could not walk past these for that price.  There are a few Halloween stamps and somewhere in there is a peace sign stamp.  I figure the ones I don't really like I can let the kids mess with.  

Friday, February 3, 2017

dolls for sale . . .

I finally listed a few dolls this week in my ETSY shop.
I am hoping to get a few more listed this weekend.  It has been awhile since I sold any dolls and I am feeling the urge to get back to them.  
So take a look at Ivey, Seraphina, Noella, and Olive.
Happy Weekend!

faith . . .

 Faith isn't a feeling.  It's a choice to 
trust GOD even when the road ahead seems uncertain.
When I chose FAITH as my word for the year . . . 
I didn't realize how important it was going to be.  

Monday, January 30, 2017

simply wonderful weekend . . . .

What a wonderful weekend . . . of doing not really anything.  Well, I guess I did something . . . 
I painted, I read, I fold paper cranes . . . I took a nap that felt simply wonderful
Richard and I played cards, took Charlotte to lunch . . . and did few things around the house.
I didn't anticipate enjoying a do nothing weekend as much as I did.  I feel rested and relaxed!
Finding joy in the little things!

Friday, January 27, 2017

charlotte . . .

Children are one of the greatest lessons in happiness, 
constantly challenging us to enjoy the moment, 
as the next one will not be the same.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

more paper cranes . . . .

 Charlotte wanted to color with me  - so we worked on coloring some origami paper. 
 She had to leave before her sheet was finished . . . so that paper crane is yet to come.
  I can't wait to see what her crane looks like once she is done and I get it folded.

 I used some watercolor pencils on my sheet .  I colored it rather quickly and 
dabbed it here and there with a wet paint brush . . . then had to wait
for it to dry before folding a crane.  I like how it turned out . . . but then,
I always like how paper cranes turn out.  
I have been a little obsessed with paper cranes this week!

Monday, January 23, 2017

paper cranes . . .

It was a cold and rainy weekend . . . perfect for being inside and getting online to list my Shabby Charlotte dolls.  Instead . . . I folded paper cranes.  I will get the dolls listed soon.
 I seemed to have had origami paper all over the place . . . so decided to get it all back in order.
After looking at all the beautiful paper I just felt the need to make some cranes.
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Don't wait for someone to bring you flowers. 
Plant your own garden and decorate your soul.

I've been wondering why I only have one African Violet in my house.  
 I need to change that.
 I also need a cup of coffee, but I am going to win that battle . . . although I may just sleep through the whole battle.
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Shabby Charlotte dolls . . .

I believe it is time for me to get busy making dolls and getting them back in my ETSY shop.
I seem to have gotten busy doing other things and I miss making these quirky little dolls  
So I am hoping by the end of the week to have the dolls that I have - listed and for sale.
 . . . and some new Shabby Charlotte dolls in the making.  Time to get busy! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

doodles, paint, and omelets . . . . and withdrawals

 I needed a reminder today . . . 
"Faith isn't a feeling.  It's a choice to trust God
even when the road ahead seems uncertain."
~ Dave
  . . . doodles and paint
. . . and when my husband makes an omelet - it smiles!
I needed smiling omelets today.  
I quit drinking coffee on Thursday.  Just typing that makes me wonder what was I was thinking? I drank a few cups of tea to get me through the headache . . . and I thought that would be it, but NO - there seems to be more to it.  It has been five days . . . I am so tired and feel like I am just off or in a fog . . . I guess sluggish is a good word.  I'm congested and even though the worst of the headache is gone . . . it feels like it is still right there under the surface.   By 3:00 in the afternoon I can't keep my eyes open . . . I have just given in to a 3 hour nap every afternoon . . . and I don't usually take naps.  Of course I had to get online a find out what I could about caffeine withdrawal.  Who would of thought . . . and what was I thinking?  I love coffee!  . . . did I mention that I LOVE COFFEE!
I actually made the decision due to some health issues . . . so it is a good decision.  
I am drinking herbal tea (which is NOT coffee) . . . but I love the message on my tea bag tonight.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

keeping the winter blahs away . . .

Winter days call for some color - don't you think? 
 I am not a big fan of winter . . .  and January seems to want to get the better of me sometimes. 
 I tend to put up a fight when things want to get the better of me.  So I am fighting back with paint, and origami paper, and monkey button rings.  

"They say a person needs just three things
to be truly happy in this world:
someone to love, something to do, 
and something to hope for."
~ Todd Bodett

Saturday, January 14, 2017

buttons and bows . . .

I purchased this head wrap for my new granddaughter.  It will be awhile yet before I get to take a picture of her wearing it . . . but I did get a glimpse of her during Kasey's ultra sound this week.
Check out Che Bella Bows on ETSY.  (although I believe her shop is closed for a few days)
. . . and a few more button rings.  I think Charlotte is going to love these.

coloring . . .

Richard found this wonderful origami  paper that you color.
Now I just want to color and fold cranes . . . 
. . . and paint . . . and sew . . . and take pictures . . . and make dolls.  
I have a head full of ideas these days . . .  hoping to make it a creative new year!