It’s been a funny couple of weeks and many ‘non-urgent’ activities have fallen to the bottom of the to do list. I have a stack of unread emails in my inbox, a heap of unfinished projects, a messy house (hey, what’s new) and tumbleweeds rolling around the blog.
Adrian and I have a lot to sort out. He is obviously still grieving – for both parents – and nothing but time makes that any easier. We haven’t started the job of clearing the house yet, but have had a fair bit of stuff to do, including finalising all the social services paperwork (we were on the ‘Direct Payments’ scheme, so have to sort out redundancy for the carer and reconcile the bank accounts – tedious, but necessary). It’s the end of a chapter and the start of a whole new book for us. Peeking through the grief we feel a sense of freedom and we know that our future is now full of choice and opportunity.
I may not be around blogging as much as I’d like in the immediate future. I’m still making time to create – mainly introspective musings in my journal, workshop and retreat ideas (one of the many things that I’ve been reluctant to commit to before now) and quite a few magazine submissions. Luckily for me, Chocolate Baroque has an amazing Design Team, so there will still be lots of inspiration coming your way over on the Design Team Blog. I’ll try and interject some non-Christmas stuff this month in case you’re not quite ready to be thinking of that yet.
Here’s a simple one layer card that I made this morning.
I had used the Zinnia stencil with PanPastels on another project and laid it over a sheet of glossy card to clean it with a baby wipe. The pastel to baby wipe ratio was just right to leave a beautifully softly coloured pattern (I tried it again a few times and it’s a bit hit and miss, but the key is to use glossy card). I stamped over it with Memento (Teal Zeal), but stamped off on paper first to give a softer colour, then stippled around the edges and stamped the sentiment. Stamps are all from Butterfly Dreams.
Says it all really!