Thursday, January 10, 2013

Creative Spaces

If it weren't for my job, I wouldn't convert much of the crafty inspiration rattling around my head into anything tangible.

Exhibit A: my crafty workshop.

I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to workshop ideas, which kept me inspired to plug away at making a part of our unfinished basement into something more than a dumping ground. It never occurred to me that it would ever be ready for its close-up, least of all in print.

But Megan convinced me that my workshop was indeed ready for some professional lighting and photography, and somehow I ended up in an incredible special issue with these amazingly creative people:

I'm still just shaking my head in disbelief.

The best part of the process was having a neat and tidy creative space for the day of photography because my workshop is NEVER clean. Ever. Behold the reality:

And now I have proof in print that it's been magazine ready...if only for one short day. Plus my sliding barn door got its moment in the spotlight, too.

If you want to see all the stunning creative spaces that are far more than a whitewashed unfinished basement, you'll want this issue. It's on sale now in many bookstores and craft stores. You can also get it online HERE.

I've also got a copy right here that's looking for a new home, so leave a comment by Monday, January 14 at 5pm MST and I'll pick a random winner.

Don't miss the other chances to win copies over on the Creating Keepsakes blog, either. Seems like everyone is giving one away!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The pep talk

For the first time in many months, our late evening text messages got back to an old topic as we started down the path of healthy eating habits.

The Blond Series
Anne: It's part of my "new normal." I hate that description for my life but haven't found anything else that fits.

Me: How about "survivor"? That feels a lot more like strength, healthy mind, and confidence. "New normal" feels like compromise, acceptance, and...well, defeat. I know I sort of applied the statement way back when, but I'd like to retract that, Your Honor. :-)

Anne: You are 100% correct. {Peanut Gallery, a standing ovation please. This is a first. I am never right -- even 50% -- where she is concerned.} Acceptance and defeat are exactly what that phrase implies. I guess I'm crossing into the next phase. When you are broken, you strive for normal. When you get to normal again, you look for better than normal. I guess that's where I am right now.

The Red Series
Me: You ARE better than normal. You have an awareness...because you're a survivor. That's a perfect example of better. You have a new appreciation for subtle nuances in life that maybe weren't there before cancer. You choose your battles *a bit* more wisely than you used to...and that's DEFINITELY better.

Anne: Thanks for the pep talk. I'm not where I want to be yet but then again, it's the journey...not the destination. :-)

Me: As Muggsy says, "well DUH, Mom."

A very early step in the journey

Saturday, November 10, 2012 mean YOU don't have a pretend Hollywood boyfriend too?

I suppose if I'm going to reappear after a 2 year hiatus, it really should be with a bang.

It's date night in Schaererville, and I'm glad there's a new Daniel-Craig-as-007 film every few years to guarantee Mr. O and I get out of the house together - without the kids.

This film marks 50 years of Bond, and this deliciously dashing iteration of an icon is still the best yet.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


With help from NORAD, we tracked Santa......the magic of Christmas and the magic of technology came together to keep the spirit of the season in their hearts.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Peaks and valleys

In the textbook of emotional physics, there is balance to be found among the ups and downs even though sometimes the downs seem absolutely untenable and heartbreaking.

To love a pet deeply requires pragmatism and an open heart, because we invariably outlast them and we have to accept that there will be pain and sadness at some point. But there will also be opportunities to love that deeply again in a lifetime, and I just can't imagine missing the peaks in order to avoid the valleys.

When the climb to a peak comes so effortlessly, and seems like it was meant to be, I sure can't question the why or the how.

Samantha, I don't doubt that you were nudged our way by a very special power in the universe. I'm grateful that our paths have crossed, and promise to always love you deeply.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Too soon a memory

There's a saying that when a loved one becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

Sydney, you will be a treasure in our hearts forever and your sweet spirit will always be at our side as we make our way through life without you.

We're finding comfort knowing you're in good company on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, and that you've also got a special someone there who will throw the frisbee to your heart's content.

RIP, sweet pup.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It's only hair...

October 9 was the big day...the day I donated my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. To me it was a tangled mane of extra that WILL grow back...but to a woman who has lost her own hair to cancer treatments it's pretty darn special.

Two ponytails. The blessing of thick, fast-growing hair.
A special reason to make this her honor...

...wishing I had even half of her courage.