May 26, 2009

Crochet? Anyone?






I learned to knit when I was 5. My grandmother taught me. She said the hardest part about teaching me was that the knitting needles were so long and my hands were so small. Today, there are all sizes of needle lengths for even the smallest of hands. I knitted a few scarfs and afghans, and even learned to crochet while growing up. I haven't done either of these since college. I wish I learned more from my grandmother in this realm. She was the best at all things hand-made. She always inspired me and still does.

I came upon this picture in flickr and then checked out Attic24's blog. I am in love with her afghans. The colors are so beautiful. Bright and bold, just wonderful. It makes me happy just looking at these things!

I'd like to learn how to do "granny squares". Because I could do these on the go. A square here, and there. Also, with the summer months coming they wouldn't be so darn hot to sit under as I crochet. I found a shop here locally that can teach me. Note-to-self: Take crochet lessons this summer.

May 22, 2009

I want a Mentor




Build, yep, that's what I'm doing. That's what we all are doing! We are
building our lives. No, I really don't have a model or a personal guru
that I can run up to every time I feel stuck and need some help in the
decisions I'm facing. I've got to figure it out for myself. I've got
guidelines (the bible, morals, ethics), but on the day-to-day little
minor things it's pretty much up to me and the little choices I make.

For instance, I'm re-painting my Family Room. It was a light brown. This
room doesn't get much light. It faces South. When the sun is high in the
sky it doesn't really get into the room. I've been calling it THE CAVE.
The paint I've chosen is very light, almost a white. I like how it's
transforming the room. It's got a Beach House feel to it now. I want
it to be PERFECT! But I don't trust myself and my DECORATOR skills to
pull it off. I want someone to copy, someone to come running up and
TELL ME WHAT TO DO.

But I'm going to have to be BRAVE. I'm going to take it a little slow.
I'm going to have to ignore the voices in this house who don't like
change. And trust that the vision for this room will appear. I'm already
getting some ideas, and scrapping some other ones. It's fun!

How do you mentor yourself?

"Maybe being brave is no more than staring down the "less than" feeling and stepping up to the "I am worthy" feeling." -Terri St.Cloud

May 17, 2009

You Are What You Think


I have started collecting quotes that I love. I have a little 4x6 notebook that
I carry in my bag and when I see a quote that resonates with me I'll jot it down.
This quote is by Dale Carnegie. Wouldn't that have been fun to listen in on one of his talks? I can really get inspired by great speakers, speakers that tap into my self-reliance. My wanting to do more with my life, my self. I love to be around "Yes" people, it's like they give me permission.

What are some of your favorite quotes? Please share!

May 10, 2009

Mother's Day


I'm so lucky, I've been playing for the last 5 hours! I've finished up my "Doodle Alphabet" inspired by Sue Doodles at www.suedoodles.wordpress.com. I've sat
outside on one of those crisp 70 degree sunny days listening to my Kim Komando podcast as I played with my pitt, sharpie and faber-cast markers. And now my DH is making dinner, my DD is doing the salad and I get to enjoy the company of my DS for a few more hours before he goes back to school.

Yep! Life is Good!

Hope everyone is enjoying their own Special Mother's Day blessings as well!
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By day...I work in the Healthcare field, where every .. i.. has to be dotted and every ..t.. has to be crossed. This blog is the place where I can let myself go and have some fun. I am on a journey. A journey I started a long time ago, but it has been a bit sidetracked with Navy Wife relocations and raising kids. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I have got some time for me. No, I will not be one of those moms walking around the house with Empty Nest Syndrome, I have got way too much to do, to learn, to create. Sure, once the kids are gone I will miss them....but hey, there is always the phone, the email, the texting and the Plane tickets! I love my life and my family and It is fun moving into this new stage. I am into Digital Scrapbooking, photography, journaling, Art Journaling and Drawing. I am a do-it-yourselfer and I am trying to teach myself to draw. I am finding that it takes a lot of patience, lots of practice and a good eraser! And if you're really curious there's a 3 part Interview by Eileen: HERE All the best, Eden