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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kicking off the Holiday Season....

It always feels to me that prepping for Halloween kicks off my favorite time of the year...the Holiday Season.  I begin to take out the fall foliage, the pumpkins the dried corn ears. As I  start contemplating crafting projects - making goodie bags is a good way to start getting the creative juices flowing.  I had bought these cute stamps from Stamp N Up a while back when my husband's cousin had a little workshop and showed us a very cute project with this stamp set. I've been wanting to use them for a while now, but I finally did and was pleased with the end result. This is what I mean by simple graphics-you can dress them up, color them up or mix them up and they really make a nice impact.  This year for sure I look forward to making some gifts from the kitchen...stay tuned as the cold days start rolling in and I take in the entire experience of prepping and sharing with family and friends this Holiday Season.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Labor of love...




My sis is getting married and we are having a small champagne reception for the final dress fitting. I made these with some card stock and the Sizzix machine shown here - very simple manual machine that embosses textures and patterns, I really enjoyed the process of putting the pieces together.  I used a different embossing technique with the dress detail with embossing powder and a heating machine from Stamp N Up... I love the effect it gives....besides enjoying the creative process what really made my day today was when I was describing these to my coworkers and one of them said - it's all about the details with you uh Monica...? and I said in my mind, with a happy heart- YES!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's all in the details can have a much deeper meaning...

I decided to start this blog page to kind of highlight and remind myself that there are so many beautiful things in this world that can enhance one's life, surroundings, everyday life... and not to loose sight of the  little things that add up to a whole lot.  Perhaps material things or mundane things, places and traditions, but I just want to say it is much deeper than that....I do realize and acknowledge that.  This was particularly apparent to me yesterday as I heard Sean Stephenson speak at a staff assembly form work.. have you heard of the 3feet Giant?  you can look him up on YouTube or online,  he is truly a giant, not in stature but in wisdom..   - one simple sentence that clicked - that changed his life forever came from his own mother...not the Dali lama or Tony Robbins his mentor.
"Is your condition/disability going to be a gift or a burden?"  Wow! that was so deep and wise from a mother that was basically trying to comfort his distraught and aching son.

The words that come out of our mouths can have a lasting impact.  You never know what comes out of your mouth in words can do to your child of someone you cross paths with...   Its all in the details... of our words, the everyday conversations we hold, with others and with ourselves that can have a lasting impact for the good or for the bad... so we have to be aware of what we say.  Just as we are aware of our surroundings and appreciate every little detail that enriches our lives...