Walking in Peace…

Hi Friends!

A quiet walk in nature always soothes my soul. Especially during these uncertain, often frightening times in our world, it helps to seek out an oasis of peace, calm, and beauty. Just one hour of walking amidst the blessings of Springtime on a Sunday afternoon really lifted my spirits! I hope it will lighten your heart as well, as you walk along with us…

As we left home, we didn’t have a definite plan about where we might walk yesterday. April showers during the past week have made many of our favorite walking places very muddy. As we drove, it suddenly dawned on both of us ~ a beautiful place of quiet and peace where we have walked in the past ~ the 40-acre grounds of the National Center of the Theosophical Society in America.  Although the Theosophical Society is closed on Sundays, the grounds are open during daylight hours and visitors are always welcome to enjoy a quiet walk.

So, we set off on our peaceful walk…

We wandered past the historic library building,

under the willow trees, across a tiny creek,

to the Perkins Pond at the south end of the campus.

A few feathered friends entertained us as we watched families of Canadian geese and ducks enjoying a relaxing, afternoon swim. Benches along the quiet pond invite visitors to pause and meditate, or sit and reflect upon the quiet beauty.

As we walked under the tall pines, following moss-covered stone paths,

we meandered from patch to patch of colorful Spring flowers,

deep in thought…

A bright patch of yellow

led us to our next peaceful place.

As we looked up, beyond the daffodils,

tucked in amongst the tall trees,

a sight stopped us in our tracks…

Our hearts smiled, as we carefully stepped

between the Spring blossoms

for a closer look.

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We lingered in this peaceful spot for a few moments,

speaking very softly,

not wanting to disturb the stillness.

Then we continued on our walk,

past an area filled with busy bee hives,

a prairie garden restoration underway,

across the squishy, rain-soaked grass,

and past a peaceful shrine

with candles aglow.

In the distance, I could see

the quiet oasis

where we have walked before.

In the middle of the peaceful, grassy area is a Cretan labyrinth. The large stepping stones set upon a field of pebbles is unicursal in design. Entering from the bottom of the labyrinth, visitors can walk its single, winding path from the circumference to the center and back out again.

Many years ago, we walked this labyrinth with a large, meditation group. I have also walked this labyrinth in quiet, private meditation. Since there is only one path to the center of the labyrinth and back out, it helps to quiet the mind while walking.

On Sunday afternoon we walked the labyrinth

peacefully,

on our own,

following the long, winding stone path.

While walking,

we lost track of direction,

of the outside world,

and although our feet were moving

our minds felt still.

Before leaving the grounds, we enjoyed a stop at the Quest Book Shop. It is a fascinating place to linger and explore, filled with books and other resources for meditation, yoga, health, metaphysics, psychology, and science encompassing beliefs from around the world.

 

Love.

Hope.

Nature.

Friendship.

Understanding.

Harmony.

Stillness.

Peace.

Namaste,

♡ Dawn

P.S.  Thank you so much for stopping to visit today. ♥ Where do you enjoy walking in nature?

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Sweet Memories

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Hi Friends!

It happens every year! After the magic of Christmas comes a quiet week… just right for reflecting. I cherish these peaceful moments as I make time to look back over the past 366 days. Just scrolling through my iPhoto library and Camera Roll takes me right back to those small moments and special times ~ a true celebration of 2016.

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During the last week of the year, I love to set aside many hours to document our family stories in our Christmas Memories keepsake book, by Susan Branch. Each book holds five years of family traditions ~ and we are nearing the end of our second volume. (I’m so grateful to have two new copies of Christmas Memories tucked safely away to hold ten more years of memories.)  A cup of tea, soft candlelight, and the sounds of Christmas music, help me to savor and preserve our stories.

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It’s also the perfect time to reflect on the ‘One Little Word’ that has inspired me throughout the entire year.  I chose the word Blossom for 2016. (Truthfully, the word Blossom chose me!) It was my intention all year long to bravely share my handmade cards with others in the papercrafting community. There were some lovely ‘firsts’ this year… new ways to blossom!

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The wonderfully supportive papercrafting community on Instagram welcomed me with encouraging words as I blossomed throughout the year. It’s always heartwarming when other card makers and the stamp designers comment on our handmade cards.

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Monthly paper crafting ‘Crops’ have been a very special part of my blossoming throughout the year. I always pack a basket of stamps, inks, watercolor paper, and markers with great anticipation. It’s just wonderful to gather with friends on a Saturday, as we each work on our own projects together. Creative hands and kind hearts make the hours fly by. Sharing, learning from one another, and laughing together is a delight. I feel so blessed to have found my crafty ‘tribe’ this year!

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In July, I spent a creative day with papercrafters from around the globe, as we participated in the Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire 2016. Inspired by the works of the The Masters throughout art history and the talented PTI Design Team, I stretched my skills immensely as I learned many new techniques. Although I worked alone in my little Paper Garden studio downstairs, it felt so great to be a part of something much bigger! Afterwards, I shared my creations as part of a Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. I cherish the sweet memories of that special day. It was a perfect way to blossom, blossom, blossom!

You can read all about it here.

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Creating cards to let loved ones know that I am thinking of them is a special passion. The time spent on each one-of-a-kind card always feels like a little visit with family and friends 🙂  Sharing handmade kindness is one small way of making a difference… and blossoming!

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Of all the books I have enjoyed this year, there are two that have truly inspired my creative journey…

both touched my heart deeply and brought tears to my eyes.

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Martha’s Vineyard ~ Isle of Dreams, the newest book in Susan Branch’s memoir trilogy, was published in Spring 2016. This handwritten, watercolored treasure takes us along as a young Susan flies away from California for a fresh start on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts. I felt so many connections as she bought a little house of her own and turned it into ‘home sweet home.’ It was truly fascinating as Susan shared her determination, hard work, and the creative path she followed as she grew into an artist and author.

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What a joy to read! So inspiring! During a tea party and book signing in May, I was so grateful for the opportunity to spend a bit of time with Susan again, and to tell her how much this book meant to me. Of all of the wonderful quotations in this book, I shared the one that inspired me the most… and Susan told me that it was her very favorite quotation, too. Kindred spirits!

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Take a peek back at some of the sweetest memories of that very special day with Susan Branch here.

If you click on the Menu bar of our blog, the Tag Cloud will lead you to many of the ways

Susan has been an inspiration in my life!

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Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert, spoke directly to my heart and inspired me to keep practicing even though creativity can feel so scary at times. I revisit so many quotations from this wonderful book often as I meander along this creative journey. 

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Take a peek at the powerful connections I felt as I read Big Magic here.

Although I am always drawn to nonfiction, every so often my heart needs a little ‘escape’ from the news of the world. That’s when I reach for a bit of fiction. Earlier this month, I really enjoyed Debbie Macomber’s new Christmas novel, Twelve Days of Christmas. It’s a delightful holiday story, with a fun blogging twist! 🙂 It is just perfect for making sweet memories…

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It’s been a very busy year of growing and blossoming!

I can’t wait to share my ‘One Little Word’ for 2017 next week.

I began listening for my new OLW in early November. Within just a few weeks, my new word found me.

If you would like to learn more about  ‘One Little Word’ and see how I have used each word, look here and here.

This will be my sixth year of setting my intentions for the New Year, using ‘One Little Word.’

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May the New Year bring you an abundance of joy…

and a grateful heart!

That’s exactly how I feel each time I read your thoughtful comments.

Heartfelt thanks for taking the time to write and share your thoughts with all of us.

With gratitude,

♡ Dawn

                       P.S.  What were your favorite books this year? We’d love to hear about the books that you loved!

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Seasoned with Love

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Hi Friends!

Rabbit! Rabbit!  What an unexpected joy to make garden memories as December begins! On Tuesday afternoon, I took advantage an unseasonably mild day to walk around the garden. A few remaining leaves crunched underfoot as I unlatched the garden gate and stepped into to my Herb and Tea Garden. With garden snips in hand, I clipped small bunches of sage, oregano, and lemon balm.

Earlier that very morning, I found the most wonderful inspiration on Lydia’s blog, Understand Blue. Lydia always has something interesting to share! On Tuesday, Lydia shared a great video tutorial about “Duoprinting with Chlorophyll.”

The sun was shining and this was a perfect day

to connect my passion for herb gardening with my passion for cardmaking.

Pure serendipity… and so much fun!

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Heavenly, herbal scents filled my Paper Garden studio downstairs, as I placed fresh sage leaves on cardstock, between the plates of my Big Shot embossing/die cutting machine. (See Lydia’s video tutorial for her step-by-step directions.) As I cranked the paper ‘sandwich’ through the machine, the sage leaves and stems printed on the cardstock. Mother Nature’s colors were more perfect than any ink color in my studio! The Chlorophyll transferred the beautiful, subtle colors of the sage perfectly. I was in awe as I gently peeled the flattened sage leaves from the cardstock!

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I matted each herbal print on kraft cardstock. Then I reached for the perfect sentiments! The ‘Sage Advice’ stamp set from ‘Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley’ (one of my forever favorites) had just the right words to complement the Chlorophyll Prints. Using Crumb Cake ink (Stampin’ Up) and the MISTI stamping tool, I added the sentiments.

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After successfully making single Chlorophyll Prints, I was ready to try Lydia’s ‘Duoprints’ technique. So, I sandwiched another bundle of fresh sage between two pieces of cardstock and cranked them through the Big Shot. Both of these sage prints were produced at the same time. The details and colors were just lovely. Look closely…  Mother Nature even provided beautiful shading for the images, as the essential oils were pressed onto the paper. The sage prints were adhered to cream-colored cardbases.  I stamped the inside of the cards with herbal images from the same Power Poppy stamp set. Finally, I handlettered the name of the herb on the back of each card, near my signature. If only you could smell the amazing scent of sage on these cards!

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Hmmm! What next? I decided to try printing with lemon balm. It worked beautifully, creating soft shadows, as the fresh, lemony scent filled my studio!

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I continued to experiment with different herbs and other foliage from the garden. Although the images weren’t quite as sharp and crisp, I was able to make Chlorophyll Prints with oregano, the holly-like leaves of mahonia, and the heart-shaped leaves of wild ginger.

Oh my! I can’t wait to work with Chlorophyll Printing again. I must try rosemary, my very favorite herb!  It will be such fun to bring my garden herbs and foliage into my Paper Garden studio throughout Spring, Summer, and Autumn next year. I’m also planning to try Chlorophyll Printing on watercolor paper next time. It will be lovely to create cards, gift tags, bookmarks (for cookbooks), and framed botanical pieces seasoned with love and kindness!

If you feel inspired to try Chlorophyll Printing, be sure to let us know how it works for you!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Warm hugs!

♡ Dawn

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In Remembrance…

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Hi Friends,

The sun shone brightly on this September 11th morning. As I walked along the prairie, admiring the goldenrod, purple thistle, and bright yellow blossoms, it wasn’t the birdsong or the chirping crickets that interrupted my thoughts. It was the sound of airplanes flying overhead. It’s a very common part of the soundtrack of our lives here since we live near a major, international airport. It triggered an eerie memory, though, on this National Day of Remembrance, of a time when our skies overhead were silent for many days.

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As I neared the park the somber strains of the bagpipe drifted through the air over the crowd of neighbors gathered on this early Sunday morning. We were there to remember and honor the victims and their families of that terrible, terrible day fifteen years ago.  Patriot Day is now a very special time of remembrance every year on September 11th.

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We gathered this morning to commemorate all of the brave first responders who sacrificed their lives in service to others. A local firefighter remembered how a small group of firefighters from our town immediately left for New York. They made the journey specifically to attend the funerals of the New York and Port Authority fire fighters who lost their lives on 9-11. Since the New York area firefighters were in the midst of search and rescue, firefighters from across our nation arrived to support the families and to be there for the funerals.

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A local police officer shared his remembrance of that day right here in our town, over 800 miles from New York City. People were afraid, and the job of our police officers that day and long afterward was to reassure citizens that we were safe. Seeing an extra police presence on the local streets brought a sense of comfort in the weeks following 9-11.

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The names of those brave 343 firefighters and 71 police officers who instantly lost their lives while trying to save others were read aloud. There was a pause at 8:46 and 9:02 a.m. for a moment of silent reflection at the exact times that the planes hit the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. A local honor guard marked the sacrifice made by police officers with a three-shot salute and a local firefighter honored the fallen firefighters by ringing a fire bell, a longstanding tradition of firefighters.

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A veteran shared his memories of being called back to active duty and all of the young men and women who wanted to serve our country following the attacks. A young woman vividly and bravely shared her memories of that day and the impact it made on her life, inspiring her to become a high school counselor. We honored the memories of all those passengers on Flight 93.

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This morning’s ceremony ended with the display of an artifact from the World Trade Center, recently given to our local fire department by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority. This piece of steel is a rail from the subway tracks that ran underground at the World Trade Center. On 9-11, these tracks carried survivors out to safety. Soon this special remembrance will have a permanent place of honor at one of our fire stations.

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As we listened during the 90-minute ceremony, everyone’s thoughts turned to that day, fifteen years ago…

I can remember that sunny Tuesday morning, as if it were yesterday. As I drove into the school parking lot, a news report interrupted the music on the radio at 7:46 Central Time. The news of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center was an unbelievable shock. In that moment, we didn’t yet understand what was happening.  I paused to breathe. Just as every morning, I quietly spoke my intention, “Thank you for bringing me here” for the new school day. It was time to rush inside for a before-school meeting. During our meeting, news reached us that a second plane hit the Twin Towers.

The school bell rang and my second grade students arrived filled with concern and questions… so many questions. For they had all seen the news reports on TV before school. They were frightened and wanted to know if they and their families were safe. Even now, just thinking about that day brings tears to my eyes. Fortunately, our class was like a family, having ‘looped’ together from first grade into second grade. We felt the bonds of trust and closeness that were so important at a time like this. I remember spending a great deal of time talking about heroes. We talked a lot about the helpers, the firefighters, policemen and women, paramedics, doctors and nurses,… all of the people who help us.  I listened…and listened… and shared a few facts in age-appropriate ways. These curious, engaged children looked to me for answers every day, but sometimes there are no answers…

Mind you, I still had not seen any news reports or the horrific images that my seven-year-olds had seen. At lunchtime, I watched the news footage of the terrorist attacks for the first time. The new reality, that terrorist attacks had now reached our homeland, cut into my heart. As a traveler, I had been very aware of the attacks that had been happening in Europe over the years. Memories of arriving at the Frankfurt airport just days after an attack, seeing military with weapons on patrol, being careful not to look ‘American’ while traveling, and discovering that there were places I couldn’t go were etched in my heart. I was a frequent traveler who always dreamed of my next European adventure with dear friends. That feeling of being ‘Home Safe Home’ each time my plane landed here was gone in an instant! Everything had suddenly changed.

In the weeks and months following the attacks, we often talked about ways that we could help one another in second grade. “There are no hands too small to help the world” was a phrase we often said in our classroom. We would look at our own hands, then pick up our pencils and crayons to write ‘thank you ‘ letters to our firefighters. Our little hands stayed very busy! We wrote class letters to a deployed Army soldier (and he wrote back). We honored the veterans in our own families, and we raised money to help others. We loved to share ideas about all of the ways that we could help in our families and communities. Celebrating the helpers and being the helpers made us all feel better!

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That is the part of ‘Remembrance’ that I hold dear.  After the unthinkable had happened, Americans everywhere were so kind and supportive to one another. We truly showed that we cared about one another’s feelings and needs. We pulled together to help and make a difference. (Do you remember filling the firefighters’ boots with donations for the families of the NYC firefighters?) We talked together… and we listened to one another.  We were one… we were Americans, at our best!

On this Day of Remembrance, if only we could remember those same feelings of kindness and caring and helping one another. Instead of the constant political squabbles over the upcoming Presidential elections, maybe we could work together, have meaningful conversations, listen to one another, and try to solve the problems that face us all. We can be our best… I know we can.  

In remembrance,

♡ Dawn

P.S.  If you would like to share a memory, we would love to hear from you!

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Picking Daisies

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Hi Friends!

Waiting in line has never been my ‘cup of tea,’ but this afternoon it felt different.

For I was waiting patiently in line, in my Daisy patch… behind all of the pollinators hard at work.

Slowly I inched my way into the large clump of Daisies, alongside the busy, little bees.

My morning work was finished, and my happy reward was picking Daisies.

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Fresh picked Daisies, white Anemones, and spent Anemone seed heads

As I waited for each little pollinator to move on, I began to count the blessings that the garden brought me this week. One-by-one, as I snipped each ‘He loves me’ Daisy, I remembered those sweet, heartwarming moments…

⚛ On Tuesday morning, as I was cutting the grass, our lawnmower stopped. Only halfway through the front yard, I tried and tried to restart the engine to no avail. David, a landscaper hard-at-work in a nearby yard, noticed my dilemma and came to the rescue. From his truck, he produced oil, a new spark plug, and his tools. Right there, in the middle of his busy morning, he adjusted the carburetor, and was able to start my lawnmower one more time. The kindness of a stranger had saved the day and I worked quickly to finish my job! (Shhhhh! I have a ‘thank you’ gift to leave in David’s truck when he comes to work in the neighborhood this week!)

⚛ Later that afternoon, while I was working in the garden, our neighbor, Jim, walked up. He had seen the lawn mower problem that morning, and ever-so-kindly offered to put the lawnmower into his truck and take it to a trusted repair shop. Now the repairman is trying so hard to work his magic, and then Jim will pick it up again with his truck. The kindness of a young neighbor (with a truck) is always so appreciated!

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⚛ On Thursday morning, as I weeded the front garden beds, two lovely ladies stopped to chat as they walked past the garden. It was fun to talk with Susan, as we shared our tried-and-true tips for avoiding mosquito bites in the garden. A bit later, Devi stopped to introduce herself. She is a sweet, retired teacher, new to the neighborhood. It was such fun to tell her about our wonderful library and all that it offers! I invited her to step through the arbor to see my Friendship Garden in the backyard. Gardening always seems to invite the nicest passersby to stop and talk. It’s one of nature’s best kept secrets!

⚛ On Thursday afternoon, Elena stopped to visit. Since the day she was born, I have enjoyed watching her grow and blossom. She shared the exciting news that she now has a home of her own. Instantly, I offered to dig up perennials for her very first garden. So, plans are underway! It always warms my heart to share my garden and the gift of gardening with friends. Two other special friends, Hollice and Maria, will also come to dig up perennials to start gardens for their new homes this summer.

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Supplies used: Altenew ‘Garden Grow’ stamp set, Canson watercolor paper, Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink, Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, paintbrush, water, and Post-It notes for masking images.

⚛ Saturday brought the blessing of gentle showers all day long. So, I happily spent many hours in my ‘Paper Garden’ studio downstairs. It was such fun to experiment with the Altenew ‘Garden Grow’ stamp set, creating masks to design some little garden vignettes. As I watercolored the images, using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, I thought about special friends who could use a bit of cheer. Soon these images will become the focal points on handmade cards. Creative time adds sunshine to the rainiest of days!

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Yellow Iris and Victoria Blue Salvia, after the rain

Picking Daisies this afternoon truly did feel like an exhilarating tonic for the soul!

As the sun shone down upon the blossoms,

I slowed down to nature’s pace and took time to reflect.

So many blessings from the garden brought unexpected joys to these early June days.

Sometimes… waiting in line can be blessing, too!

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Thank you so much for picking Daisies with me today.

Your visits and comments are such a joy!

Happy Springtime days!

♡ Dawn

P.S.  What unexpected joys blessed you this past week?

World Kindness Day 2015

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Hi Friends,

Today, as we mark ‘World Kindness Day 2015,’

we have yet another poignant reminder

of the need to help this world

turn much more gently.

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As the news reports

show the latest, tragic acts of terrorism,

our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France.

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When times are difficult,

it always helps me to intentionally focus my thoughts

on

blessings and kindness.

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For most of us, kindness is a lifestyle!

The smallest things we do

can bring us great joy ~

and spread joy at the same time.

Today I spent many blissful hours in my paper crafting studio,

adding the finishing touches to our Thanksgiving cards

and making a few special Kindness cards.

I can’t wait to mail them!

 

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Sentiment ~ ‘Throw kindness around like it’s confetti’

My paper crafting friends might be curious about the supplies I used:

Canson XL watercolor paper

Sentiment: Honey Bee Stamps

Versamark ink, Ranger Sea Foam White embossing powder

Ranger Distress inks: picked raspberry, mustard seed, peacock feathers

Sequins: Neat and Tangled

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Listening to: Great ‘Oldies’ on the radio

Feeling: So blessed!

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Have you been the recipient of any small acts of kindness this week?

Have you shared handmade kindness?

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I’ll begin… and hope you will jump in to share.

We can focus on small

acts of Kindness

to help ‘make this world turn more gently.’

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While we were out of town this week,

our kind neighbor raked all of our leaves as a sweet surprise!

This afternoon, I surprised him with

a handmade ‘So very Grateful’ bookmark,

 freshly baked cookies

(shaped like maple leaves and oak leaves, of course!)

and hot cocoa.

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Now it’s your turn to share…

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Have a wonderful November weekend, everyone!

Thank you for stopping to visit today!

Scatter kindness!

♡ Dawn

P.S.   If you are playing along with Jennifer McGuire’s ‘Share Handmade Kindness’ Challenge,

check out this week’s updates here.

Growing…

Artwork by Mary Engelbreit {via Pinterest}

Hi Friends!

I was secretly very happy that it was a rainy day on Saturday! Gardening was out of the question, as the rain poured down hour after hour. I had planned for this day for many weeks… an entire day in my paper crafting studio! It was time to plant the seeds of inspiration… and challenge my creativity to grow, hour by hour.

Saturday was the annual  Papertrey Ink  Stamp-A-Faire.

Once a year, Papertrey Ink hosts a day-long celebration of creativity, called Stamp-A-Faire.

For the past two years, I had watched this exciting event unfold. This year would be different… I would participate, learning and growing all day long! Although I worked alone in my studio, I felt like I was part of something much bigger. Card makers from across the globe were all finding inspiration, creating, and sharing their handmade cards.

This year’s Stamp-A-Faire had a ‘Project Runway’ theme, filled with fashion challenges from dawn until dark. The very talented Papertrey Ink (PTI) Design Team members shared so much inspiration, great tips, and lots of encouragement. Every two hours a new Challenge began. Inspiration from Stamp-A-Faire kept me growing all day long!

Take a peek! (Click on each Challenge title to find lots of inspiration!)

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‘Bridal’ Challenge

Challenge ~ Create a wedding card using only white supplies. A neutral colored ink may be used for the sentiment.

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Goodies Used:

Paper:  Recollections 110 lb. White cardstock, SU ‘Whisper White’ cardstock

Ink:  Versamark, with Ranger ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder

Stamps:   SU ‘Wild Hearts’ background stamp, PTI ‘Twig Wreath’

Sentiment: PTI ‘Twig Wreath’

Also: SU ‘Petit Petals’ stamps/punch, The Paper Studio ‘Pearl’ gemstones

Listening to: great Oldies on the radio

Feeling:  Brave  and excited to share my handmade cards at Stamp-A-Faire today!

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‘Pattern’ Challenge

Challenge ~ Create a card based on one of the patterns (sketches) to help you warm up for the day. My card was inspired by Heather Nichols.

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Goodies Used:

Paper:  Kraft cardstock, SU ‘Whisper White’ cardstock, Teresa Collins ‘Fabrications’ patterned paper

Ink:  SU ‘Calypso Coral,’  ‘Pear Pizzazz,’  ‘So Saffron,’  Memento ‘Tuxedo Black’

Stamps:  Wplus9 ‘Spring Blooms’

Sentiments: PTI ‘Big Hugs’ die + stamps (inside)

Also:  PTI ‘Branching Out’ die (for masking), Judikins Color Dusters, Heidi Swapp ‘All My Heart’ stencil, SU Project Life corner rounder, Dritz tracing wheel (faux stitching), PTI ‘Embroidered Frames: Dots’ die (inside)

Listening to: golden Oldies

Feeling:  So happy! Heather’s sketch was great for playing with patterns and techniques!

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‘Threads’ Challenge

Challenge ~ Use thread or twine in unique ways on your card.  I decided to create a nest of hemp twine, inspired by Danielle Flanders’ technique.

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Goodies Used:

Paper:  Recollections 110 lb. White cardstock, SU ‘Whisper White’ cardstock

Ink:  SU ‘Marina Mist,’  ‘Pumpkin Pie,’  ‘Pear Pizzazz,’  ‘Always Artichoke,’  ‘So Saffron,’  Ranger Distress Ink ‘Spiced Marmalade,’  ‘Rusty Hinge’

Stamps:  PTI ‘Brushed Off’

Sentiment:  PTI ‘Grateful’ die (3 layers)

Also: Natural hemp twine, PTI ‘Branching Out’ die (diecut for stamp ‘kissing’ technique)

Listening to:  great Oldies

Feeling:  Grateful for a day filled with creativity and new learning! Overjoyed to share handmade kindness with family and friends!

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‘Mix + Match’ Challenge (Mixing Patterns)

Challenge ~ Create a card that mixes at least three different patterned papers. I was inspired by Betsy Veldman to choose large, medium, and small prints, and to include white space (a solid area)  for the eye to rest.

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Goodies Used:

Paper:  Recollections 110 lb White cardstock and Pink Linen cardstock, SU ‘All Abloom’ DSP

Ink:  Memento ‘Tuxedo Black’

Dies: PTI ‘Quilted Summer’

Sentiment:  PTI ‘Quilted Summer’

Also: Embossalicious embossing folder

Listening to:  Smooth Jazz

Feeling: Very focused! Mixing three different patterned papers on a tiny paper quilt requires real patience!

‘Pins + Needles’ Challenge

Challenge ~ Create a project featuring a trinket pin. Melissa Phillips inspired me to use a trinket pin for the first time!

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Goodies Used:

Paper:  Recollections 110 lb White cardstock,  DIY Shop patterned paper

Ink:  SU ‘Wild Wasabi,’  Ranger Distress Ink ‘Gathered Twigs’

Stamps:  SU ‘Gingham’ wheel,  Stampablilites scissors + thimble

Also:  SU Tag Topper punch,  DMC embroidery floss, button, PTI ‘Tiny Tags’ dies, Zig marker, Uni-ball Signo broad pen (faux stitching) and stick pins (of course!)

Listening to:  Disco!?!? (It was getting late, and I really needed a burst of energy to complete one more Challenge!)

Feeling:  Happy!!

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‘Make It Work’ Challenge

Challenge ~ Use some of the bits and pieces left on your table at the end of the day to create a card.

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Goodies Used:

Paper:  Recollections 110 lb. White cardstock, SU ‘Whisper White’ cardstock

Ink:  SU ‘Marina Mist,’  ‘Pumpkin Pie,’  ‘Pear Pizzazz,’  ‘Always Artichoke,’  ‘So Saffron,’  Memento ‘Tuxedo Black’

Stamps:  PTI ‘Brushed Off’

Sentiment:  PTI ‘Choose Joy’

Also:  PTI ‘Branching Out’ die (diecut for stamp ‘kissing’ technique),  Neat & Tangled sequins

Listening to:   More great Oldies

Feeling:  Tired… but very happy! 

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Saturday was truly a day of growing!! It was so exciting to participate in Stamp-A-Faire 2015, along with card makers from across the globe. Although we were working in our own craft rooms, we could all feel a common bond. Throughout the day, we uploaded our cards to the Papertrey Ink blog, so that we could all share our creations with one another.

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I am so grateful to the talented Papertrey Ink Design Team for all of the seeds of inspiration they planted. Crafty friends are always willing to share and help one another grow. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Stamp-A-Faire!

But first… I’m off to share handmade kindness with special friends!

The very best part of card making is sending off the cards to make family and friends happy!

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Wishing you a wonderful start to September!

It’s a whole new month to let your creativity grow!

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Thank you so much for joining me in the studio today.

I’m so happy that you stopped by for a little visit!

Rabbit! Rabbit!

♡ Dawn

P.S.  Growing new skills is always exciting! How have you challenged your creativity lately?

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