Monday, January 12, 2015

A few simple resolutions

First off.  Thanks so much for your sweet comments and private messages on my last post.  I really expected to just hear crickets, and contemplated deleting it the moment I posted it..  Glad I didn't :)

My husband is home sick today, and I'm not feeling the greatest, but I thought I'd take a moment to post anyway.

I know it's a bit past new years, so I'm really late to the party, but I thought I'd share a few thoughts on my resolutions.  I am going easy on myself.  After 33yrs I am pretty confident in knowing my limits and what makes a reasonable resolution.  I know there seems to be a trend lately amongst people to just buck the whole idea.  Personally I'm not sure I ever will.  I think it's a great thing to try and better yourself.  In fact I'm pretty sure that will always be my goal for the rest of my days.

So with that idea of bettering myself I try to choose resolutions with a positive spin.  For example I'm not going to say no chocolate for a year, or something silly like that.  I need a nibble every now and then and would be setting myself up for failure.  I love resolutions that are easier to keep like "Drink more water".  Which is absolutely one I made.  I picked up a glass water bottle and intend to do better in the water department.  I know it's recommended to start your day with 2 glasses of water to rehydrate yourself after fasting while sleeping (unless you are a sleep eater/drinker ;), so I'm trying to make that a habit too.

I love to walk, it makes my soul happy.  I am so not a runner, and I'm okay with that.  However last year I developed nasty shin splints.  Once again, I made an assumption that the shin pain I had was my Fibro and kept trying to push past it.  Eventually I discovered it was actual shin splints and me pushing it had only made them worse :(  So I've taken a few months off my big walks in hopes of healing them up.  Yesterday I bought a new pair of runners and am really hoping I can get back into my walks.  Time will tell.  But because I'm not sure of my walking status I am making a resolution to give Yoga a try.  Eeps!  This is so new for me, I've never taken a class, or ever tried it past Wii Fit, and I'm pretty sure that doesn't count.  hehe

So at this point I'm setting the bar easy and only talking myself with doing it 1-2x a week.  I also have to do it from home and am going to use YouTube to hopefully find good instructions.  I don't drive so getting to our cities location is not possible.  Do you do Yoga?  Do you like it?  Am I silly to try doing this on my own?  Please let me know :)

In a perfect world I want to do weight lifting.  But again, I know my Fibro limits and that's just not in the cards quite yet.  I need to strengthen my body more, and need equipment.  I still do what I can though.

So I think for me, that's it!  I want to drink more water, walk more, and start yoga.  Nothing crazy, nothing that I'm going to beat myself up with.  Just tiny steps to better myself, and I'm okay with that.

And for a craft share, here is a card set I made for the October Afternoon blog last month.
Go here to see the inspiration image I used for these cards.




Happy Monday my friends! :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Starting fresh, struggling, and being a hypocrite

I'm sure you've all heard the phrase "Do as I say, not what I do"?  Well that's pretty much been me the past few years.

I always tell my kids to follow their dreams, to create their own self worth, and never let a bully tear them down, etc, etc.  The thing is I wasn't following my own wonderful advice.  Not in the slightest.

I think once upon a time I used to enjoy blogging.  After all, my biggest, grandest, wildest dream is to be an author.  I would post funny anecdotes from our days, share pictures of my kids growing faces, and generally just share my life with anyone who fancied a read.  I'm pretty sure I can remember the exact moment that things shifted… Someone pointed me in the direction of a place where there were quite a few hurtful comments written about me, and my blog.  I remember thinking that what they said wasn't even true.  I was being accused of lying about incidents relating to the birth of one of my kids.  This person quoted that they too lived in Canada and what I wrote about something medical wasn't true and I must by lying to be dramatic.  What I had written was true, and just because things are done one way in one part of Canada does not mean it's done the same in another part.  It really stung to be torn down by people who didn't know me, or anything about the situation.


People can be SO cruel.  "Keyboard Bravado" as I like to call it.  People will say and do the worst things imaginable because they don't say it directly to that person's face.  There is no empathy because they aren't there to see how their words can damage the person.  They type, forget, and move on.  But for the person on the receiving end it's sometimes not so easy.

I remember my first few videos for Two Peas that I made.  I was naively so excited to share them, and was not prepared for the hate that would come my way on youtube.  Can you imagine meeting someone in person for the first time and saying to their face "Wow, you talk funny".  And honestly, that's me putting it nicely.  ;)  Why do people feel they can type these things?  I don't get it!  Grown women who should *know* better.  Mothers, who I'm sure teach their children to act better than that for some reason stoop lower with keyboard bravado.  I don't get it.  Does the golden rule just not apply on the internet?! :(



Anyhow, I digress.  I think I've made my point.  As said above, I had become nothing.  I let it get to me, and I let it change me.  I decided to keep things strictly "paper" here.  Gone were posts about my family other than a tiny blurb here or there.  I put a screeching halt to anything other than my work required posts.  Eventually even that changed.  My love for blogging wasn't there anymore so I would put thing off, and off.  Then this fall when I got even sicker I couldn't find the energy to post.  At all, which has made me extremely sad.

I suffer from Fibromyalgia, and with that a whole slew of other "fun" things that have come with it.  The problem with having a disorder like Fibro is that other things can get hidden under the Fibro umbrella and go undiagnosed.  Fatigue goes hand in hand with Fibro so I never questioned why I had zero energy, why It was a struggle to function properly and get out of bed.  Thankfully I went to my doctor for something else and mentioned how bad it was.  A quick blood test revealed I was anemic and the best description I've read of that likens it to suffocating from the inside.  I truly was.


It's been a few months of pills and I'm finally starting to see the light again.  I remember one day saying to my husband "Is this what it feels like to be normal?!".  It had been so long since I'd felt that way.  My desire to do things is slowly coming back.  I want to garden again, I want to blog, and go for my daily walks that pretty much stopped.  I want to live again.


I'm ready to change.

So I think the bottom line for this blog is that I want to be more active.  I want to share more about our lives.  I want to share more crafty things, and I want to share about another newer love of mine, and that is board games, and NO I'm not talking Monopoly, Sorry, Life, and Candyland.  If these are the games you think of when I say boardgames and what you still play with you kids, I'm excited to share a new world with you.  You don't have to dread your kids asking to play a board game anymore.  I promise.  There is life after Monopoly and it is so so good. :) :) :)  That I will save for another day I think though.

I have some living to do right now. ;)

Oh, and something crafty to share too!  I made these for the October Afternoon blog.
See the fun challenge here!



Happy Friday my friends :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

You are so loved card

Again, I seem to not be having much luck in the light department these days, so I'm sorry for the less than stellar photography on my card today.  But I wanted to share it all the same. :)

I made it with the beautiful True Friend collection by Fancy Pants Designs.  I just think it's so darling, and the orange and teal combo is another fav. of mine.  The front of the card is essential just two brad cards that I layered together, over some embossed patterned paper from the 6x6 pad.  Then I used some die cuts scallops underneath them.  

This detail picture shows the wink of stella glitter pen than I added over the heart on the brag card.  It's a simple, and sweet addition in person.


Thanks for looking!
Laura :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Holidays

As I said in my last post, I don't think it's ever too early to get started on your Christmas Cards.  I am miserable about actually sending them out however!  I really intend to do better on that this year :)

I created this card with the Fancy Pants Designs line Oh, Deer! I again used the amazing silver foil paper on this card and both die cut it, and used some old decorative edge scissors too.  Yes, I've still got those scissors and use them quite frequently ;)



How cute are those sequin berries too?  They make the most adorable little pot of sequins and I find myself adding them to all my projects these days.

As always, thanks for popping by :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Believe

For starters, It's never too early to start on your Christmas cards, right?? :)

I just love the Fancy Pants line Oh, Deer!  It's too adorable.  One of my favourite things are the 
Brag cards.  I used two of them together and it made this card come together so quickly.  



We are currently having a storm in my neck of the woods and trying to get decent pictures it driving me batty.   So these are a bit muddy and off :(

I used my wink of stella glitter pen over the Believe, and used a border punch to get a metallic scallop that I sewed in place between the two brag cards.


The second picture shows the dimension of the card, and how the light catches the metallic foil paper.  I just adore that paper!!

Thanks for stopping by today :)
Laura

Monday, September 15, 2014

This is a true story...

Hey guys!

Thanks for stopping by today, I have a page to share that I made for the October Afternoon blog, and a challenge to go along with it.  I do hope you will go check it out ever there :)


I wish you could tell in these pictures, but I also added some Glossy Accents to the "True Story" letters and they look so fun in person.

This page has as usual, lots of stitching, and washi tape, and uses the red/blue colour combo that is one of my most favourites.

I hope you are having a great day!! :)

Laura

Monday, September 8, 2014

Some Fancy Pants cards

Hello Friends! :)  I have two cards to share today, I made these using lots of Fancy Pants Designs product,  and a couple different dies.  

I kept the general layout of them the same, but made one more feminine, and one more masculine.  In fact it's for my new nephew due in Nov.  He will live on a farm where there are 8 other kids, so I thought the "welcome to the circus" was truly appropriate! ;)  lol


This angle shows all the different textures on the card.  I just love using corrugated card stock on my projects, and it worked perfectly with the tag die from Lawn Fawn.


How darling is that bow button??  Seriously, I love love love it! :)



Another fun detail that you might have missed is the Paper Smooches dies I used on the bottoms of the cards.  I love those tiny circles, and faux stitching.  So much fun, and a great way to really make your cards a little more unique.

Here are the supplies I used as available from Simon Says Stamp! :)


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy for you..

I know, I know, it's been awhile hasn't it?  :)  Things over here have been crazy to say the least.  Our summer has been a blur of visitors, kids leaving to see their Grandparents, a new fur baby, and so much more.  There has also been stress, Fibro flares, and anxiety.  I really struggle with all the fun sides that come with my Fibromyalgia.  Maybe one day I'll share all the gory details, but I'm not sure anyone would want to read about that anyways, so perhaps not!  ;)

I made this card for the October Afternoon Blog, and If you want to read more about the card, and see my inspiration picture, than click here!



Here are the supplies I used:



Friday, August 8, 2014

You & Me

Hey guys!

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the October Afternoon blog a bit ago.  I shared how I do a faux letterpress look with embossing folders.

Here is the card, and if you want to see the easy tutorial, just head over to the OA blog here!



And of course here are the supplies I used to make this card :)



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