100 Happy Days day 4 and other stuff

I almost let the day go by without posting a picture for the happy days challenge. I had a craptastic night of sleep last night. According to my Facebook feed I was not alone in the lack of sleep department.

Sierra and I headed out early to take her to meet one of the owners if an audio studio in Indy. She had a three hour job shadowing session. Her interest lies in music production. Even though this studio works mainly with sound in the realm if commercials, radio ads etc., she was still able to see how the equipment works. She was hooked.

I came back home to work with the little girls, grab a nap, figure out supper and then head out to Zumba. Back home after that. I ate and now I am ready to crash!!

So, here is my pic for the day. My new glasses. They are cute and the fact that I have them means we had the money to buy them. That makes me happy!

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Art journaling

While spending some time on Pinterest I stumbled across a pin for a list of  free art journaling courses. I chose to sign up for the first one that was listed. You can find it here. I have been drawn to all the beautiful art journal pages that I see all over Pinterest. So many talented and creative people. I wanted to try it but was so overwhelmed with all that can be involved with making an art journal. Never mind the fact that I am not artistic. I can knit. I am a decent seamstress as long as I have a pattern or a detailed tutorial with a lot of pictures. Then there is the tiny detail of my personality where I am a rule follower. I need a list of what to do. Telling me to follow where ever my inspiration leads could lead to some scary results. Often things look gorgeous in my minds eye but they never translate that way when I try to put them into a physical form. Patterns,pictures, and directions are my friends. That it why it probably took me two hours to create the cover page for my art journal. It’s more scrapbookish than artistic but at least I started! Yay Me!

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Today’s picture for 100 Happy Days is of one of the fabric filled hoops I have on my sewing room wall.  It’s more vintage fabric that I attached a turtle pin to. I love land turtles. I have for as long as I can remember. This pin was purchased at a cute shop in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Sadly the name of the shop is not coming to mind. I had traveled home for a visit and my mom came down to the coast to spend the day with me. We had a great time going through the shops. I see this everyday and it reminds me of that happy time.  What happiness did you embrace today?

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100 Happy Days

After my friend Julie shared the 100 Happy Days challenge I thought “Why Not?” I could definitely use some happy and this challenge seemed the perfect way for me to find it among all of the everyday happenings in my life. I will be sharing here, as well as on Facebook. I will likely have days where I add my picture in with a post as well as days where my happy picture is the post.

Today, as I was milling around my sewing room, I looked at my cutting table and realized it was covered in several things that make me happy.

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 A newly knitted cowl, cloth napkins from vintage fabric waiting to be hemmed, and my favorite coffee cup. Then there is the scattered curriculum that our 15yo is using this year. It reminds me that I GET to home school my girls. A yellow, porcelain treasure box purchased 32 years ago with birthday money given to me by my great-grandmother. I still remember picking it out.  Crafts made by my girls. So very much to be happy about. :)

I would love it if you joined in. Just click the link above to sign up. Who couldn’t use a little more happy in their lives?

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” — Rose Kennedy

I first saw this quote on a friend’s Facebook page last week. It is extremely accurate. 

Random Boring Entry

I wish I could say that great and exciting things have been happening since my last entry. Alas, this is not the case. Just the ordinary things of life have been going on. I also wish I could say that I feel like being witty and cute but I really don’t. So my apologies for the boring post.

For a little while last year I was only home schooling three of our five daughters. Our oldest finished last year in March and our second daughter decided she wanted to try out public school. Here in our state you have to enter as a freshman because they will not accept your home school work past 8th grade. She was enrolled effortlessly and finished up for Christmas break with As and Bs. She enjoyed her world history class, liked what she learned in her English class but wasn’t too thrilled with her other classes. She was also not happy with the politics of the system. Since it is her story, I will not share here. I will say that I am proud of her for going, for working hard and for deciding what is best for her. We stayed out of it. She knew she could come any time or stay until she graduated. Now that she is home she is focused on researching careers she thinks she may be interested in. 

Our oldest started college last month. It’s rather strange to think she is old enough for college. She is also working part time and finally licensed and driving! I now have someone that can run to the store for me. That is if she is awake or actually at home. ;)

The younger three are growing, learning, and living and loving life as all 9,7, and 5 year olds should. They are all very caught up in Monster High and shopping for new dolls to add to their collection. They love to watch you tube videos on how to make things for their dolls. This means there are a lot of card board boxes cut to pieces all over my house. ;)

I’ve been working to organize my week so I can work to get things listed in my shop. It has proven harder to get going than I had hoped. I think I finally have my sewing organized so I can actually follow a routine. Hopefully having scheduled days to work in the shop will actually result in my having more to list. I’m not looking to make a lot of money but I would like to make enough to fund our crafting or book budget.

Let’s see, what else. I am working to get back to the gym more frequently. I have three Zumba classes during the week but I would like to add some weight lifting into my routine. If this weather would quit being so crazy I could actually get safely to the gym more often. Our county does not do a great job of plowing our road and I just don’t drive on ice. 

Finally, I came across a pin on Pinterest today about art journals. I have seen plenty of pictures of art journals on Pinterest and have even pinned some info on how to make them with kids. The pin today gave you a good list of free art journal courses. You can find the link here. I chose the first one, Art Journaling 101. I am signed up and ready for my first email. I shared it on facebook and a few of my friends there have signed up as well. I’m looking forward to jumping into this. I am a craft oriented person, good at following a pattern etc. I lack artistic skills. The kind that seem to just flow out of people and fall onto a page looking like a great artist had been there. I am so not one of those people. I just feel a need to expand journaling to a new level. I think art journaling will be the thing to fulfill that need. 

Ok. I am off to watch some Netflix and knit. I have a cowl on the needles right now. I am stash busting. I happen to be using a surprisingly nice acrylic(yarn snobs look away) in a golden yellow color. It will pair nicely with a lot of different colored shirts. It isn’t a big one, so I think it will be light enough to wear all the way into spring.

 

Up and running

I’m back! I have a lap top now and I should be able to blog more consistently. No promises of everyday or ever week but more than what has happened since our computer crashed. We are in the midst of our busiest birthday month. One daughter turned 15 and one turned 7 and I turned 39!! I’ll be back later this week to update more and add in some pictures.