Since I was last here, I made the tough decision to drop a class. I had to come to terms that it didn't make me a quitter or weak, that it was a considered adult decision and it was okay. It gives me more time to focus on the other very demanding class and also allows me to not feel like I am selling a piece of my soul. We went to my Grandfather's memorial service, which in itself was an emotional roller coaster I wasn't fully expecting. One of these days I will realize I am human and tears are pretty darn natural. Oh, and that it is okay to cry.
I was so overwhelmed last month that I didn't pull out the full Halloween decorations. This is a first in years. Again, I have to be gentle with myself and promise that it is okay if I missed a year.
The hubby and I spent last weekend in one of my favorite cities, Seattle, to celebrate our 2 year anniversary. Crazy how fast THAT time has gone. Sometimes it feels like I have known him forever and others, I think he is a complete stranger. Or maybe just completely strange... We had a wonderful time. Seattle has a lot of the charm of San Francisco with a lot less of the grime, or at least it seems to me who has only ever spent extended stays there. I am sure like with all places that after living in Seattle you would start to see the tarnish.
I have also stepped back into the creative world, one toe at a time. I burst out of the funk with this layout which is now one of my favorites. They are both my own sketches and designed from my muddled brain. I love the mix of colors in this one and have to say that Indie Girl by Sassafras Lass has to be one of the best they have ever done, (IMHO), which is saying something because I own A LOT of Sassafras.
There is also some of my all time, can't fail favorite-- Pink Paislee. How they continue to knock it out of the park with their lines is a testament of their greatness. The turquoise ruffle ribbon, the pink letter stickers, and the AWESOME circle frames are all Pink Paislee. I couldn't wait to get my paws on these Artisan Element frames when I saw them on the Pink Paislee blog and I was not disappointed. I Glimmer Misted these with Mustard Seed and Lemon Zest. I have a feeling I will be picking up more packages of these frames to stash for later use. All the flowers with the exception of the pinkish-red ones are made by me. The white ones are Maya Road ribbon, the green ones are a ribbon as well, and the multi-colored ones are stacked vellum scrunched around a brad.
This layout didn't turn out exactly as I had planned, but close and it was important for me to do. Important in my heart. This is a picture of my family from my Grandpa's service. I wanted to convey how important they are to me. Without my family, I wouldn't be the person I am.
I used some favorite 7Gypsies paper, Fancy Pants rub-ons, Thickers, and a lot of trim. All the trim below is ribbon of some sort. I had originally pictured it all black, but then I changed the patterned paper and the different colors seemed to work better. There is black tulle framing the photo and I melted the edges to give it a crinkly appearance.
If you have read this far, thank you. If you just scanned for the photos and some key words, thank you. And if you are still a follower, I really thank you.