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Becoming whole again…

 

Fire Within

Grief can arise from many life situations, but know it is not a permanent state of being.

When we experience any kind of devastating loss, whether it is the loss of a loved one, a dream, or a relationship, feelings may arise within us that are overwhelming or difficult to cope with. This sense of grief can also come up when we are separated from anyone or anything we have welcomed into our lives. And while it may feel like we are caught up in a never-ending spiral of sadness and emptiness, it is important to remember that the grief we are feeling is not a permanent state of being. Rather, grief is part of the process of letting go that in many ways can be a gift, allowing us to go deeper within ourselves to rediscover the light amidst the seeming darkness.

The emotions that accompany any kind of loss can be intense and varied. A sense of shock or denial is often the first reaction, to be replaced by anger. Sometimes this anger can be directed at your loved one for “abandoning” you; at other times you may feel outrage toward the universe for what you are enduring. And while there are stages of grief that people go through – moving from denial to anger to bargaining to depression to acceptance – the cycles of grief often move in spirals, sometimes circling forward and then back again. You may even experience moments of strength, faith, and laughter in between. While these emotions seem to come and go sporadically, it is important to feel them, accept them, and allow them to flow. With time, patience, and compassion, you will eventually find your center again.

As we move through our grief, we may find ourselves reluctant to release our pain, fearing we are letting go of who or what we have lost. We may even regard our movement toward healing as an act of disloyalty or giving up. Know that while the hurt may fade, the essence of what you had and who you loved will have already transformed you and forever stay with you. If anything, once you are ready for the pain of your loss to subside, their memories can then live more fully within you. Remember, that healing is a part of the spiraling cycles of grief, and that in letting yourself feel restored again, you are surrendering to a natural movement that is part of the dance of life.

© 2013 DailyOM

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Inspirational, Personal, Quotes, Thoughts

 

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My 4th of July wreath…

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Well, not really… At least that is what I was planning to do as my door decoration… Let me start from the beginning…

When I have decided to look into creating my own 4th of July wreath, I first looked on Pinterest as many people do… However, he one that really caught my eye can be found here – something I thought would be simple enough for me to do myself (even if I consider myself not so adept at 3D paper crafting… lol) Of course, it was a couple of weeks ago so, after reading the whole post on how to create that beauty, I told myself I will re-create it while on my summer shutdown – and promptly filed it away somewhere in the recesses of my brain.

…until Tuesday, when I remembered my plans to decorate my front door – after all, my kite wreath needed a break… So, I gathered my supplies: red, white and blue cardstock and some glitter cardstock, Stampin’ Up punches, HiTemp glue gun and plenty of mini glue sticks and a 12″ foam wreath that was hiding in my craft closet (I really should have used a 9″ or 10″ wreath, but forgot to buy a new one…)

As I started to punch the necessary pieces to create my wreath, I realized that I had no idea how many pieces I really needed so, in order to have enough kept on punching till I got a big blister on my thumb and a couple of bruises from pinching my palm in the punch I was using… Obviously – I told myself, I am not using punches enough in my card making and I lacked the experience… sigh…) Then, I had to crumble over 200 pieces and that is when I realized that my cardstock was three different weights: the white cardstock was lightest and easiest to crumple, the blue cardstock was heaviest weight and I had to spray it with a water mister in order to crumple it, and the red cardstock was somewhere in between the two… My fingers cramped dozens of times and they got colored in red, blue and an interesting shade of purple…

When everything was nice and crumpled, I got my HiTemp glue gun and started assembling my wreath… After gluing a dozen of pieces – and burning my fingers every time – I realized I should have bought a LoTemp glue gun… But it was too late to do so, and I kept on working on my wreath… I REALLY wanted to make myself a new door decoration!

A day full of chores kept me away from finishing the wreath this morning, but the evening was all mine – I KNEW I was going to have it hanging by morning… Until an hour ago, when my HiTemp glue gun decided to put an end to my creativity… One of the blue pieces I was getting ready to affix to the wreath slipped and my left index finger got so much hot glue on it was blistered by the time I got to the kitchen, dousing my hand in cold water… Let me tell ya, getting glue off a blistered finger is NOT for the faint of heart! I got a cold pack, trying to numb the pain and stop the burning process, but it did not really help much…

As you can see, the wreath is unfinished and will remain that way until I can regain use of my finger… The empty space at the top will be filled with blue cardstock pieces, while the bottom space is divided in three sections to be filled with red and white pieces (about 12 pieces in each section…) At the top of my “craft” shopping list is – as I am sure you have guessed – a LoTemp glue gun for future projects… I am looking forward to crafting without self-inflicted injuries…

I wish you all a Happy 4th of July!

 

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Find the light…

 

FindTheLight

Find the light behind the darkest cloud and you’ll begin to see the light behind everything.

© 2013 Tracey Selingo

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2013 in Inspirational, Quotes, Thoughts

 

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Summer kite…

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     A few months ago, feeling more crative – and brave – than usual, I have decided to try something way out of my “cardmaker” comfort zone. I picked up my collection of monthly “Stampin’ Up” publications, and quickly I have decided on re-creating one or both the kites tha were shown. I had to chose some patterned cardstock from a recent non-Stampin’ Up purchase, because I wanted the large base rosette to have more weigh that the Designer Paper Series Stampin’ Up is offering, but otherwise I kept with my all-time favorites: butterfly & flowers punches, color cardstock, background stamp, border punches, brads & ribbons, all SU items (some current, some long gone…)

     Although it did not turn out as pretty as the original, I was pleased with it and decided to hang it on my apartment’s door. To my surprise, I had a few neighbors from the complex stoping me and telling me how beautiful they thought my wreath was and asking where they could get one. Thery seemed quite amazed to hear I had made it myself… Maybe I should make some more and list them in my PaperMoons Designs shop… lol… Just noticed I have the wreath hanging all crooked in my photo – I am thinking that new eyeglasses are definitely in order!

     Gotta start gtting ready: I am leaving for the McGhee-Tyson Airport in a few short hours to pick up the “kiddies” – I can hardly wait!!!

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2013 in handmade, papercrafts, Stampin' Up, wall art

 

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Some days are for doing…

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Some days aren’t for talking or wondering. They’re not for dreaming, seeking, meandering or procrastinating.

Some days are for doing, like today.

What are you going to do, change, learn, find, proclaim, invest or manifest?

© 2013 Tracey Selingo

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Inspirational, Quotes, Thoughts

 

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Two Hearts as One…

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Love is a wonderful reason for celebration…

Lately, with my demanding work schedule, I haven’t had enough energy to devote to my favorite hobby, cross-stitching. And – if by chance – I get to finish a card or two, can’t really muster the will to get them photographed so I can post them. Soooo… I took advantage of having this weekend off (as my plant celebrates its 25th anniversary…), and took photos of my work 🙂

The card was cross-stitched on 14ct white perforated paper, which I have discovered to be much better for my cards. I have used DMC 6 strands Embroidery floss. I guess this card would be easy to customize by a simple color change for the wedding cake, to match those of the wedding party… Hmmm…

The back of the cross-stitching is not showing. The inside of the card is white and had been left blank for a personal message. However, I guess a stamped greeting could be added, something along the lines of “Best Wishes”, “Celebrate” or something similar. The card is 4.25″ by 5.5in, with the cross-stitch area of 2.75in by 4.25in.

Well, I guess I’ll go fix a breakfast of scrambled eggs & toast. Y’all have a wonderful weekend!

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Cards, cross-stitch, Love, needlecrafts

 

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New Packaging for the Wood Mount Stamp Sets

New packaging for wood-mounted stamps – thanks, SU!

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Today is a two-post day.  I can’t help myself – when I stumble across exciting news, I can’t always wait to share. 

I just saw this video on Stampin’ Up!’s Youtube channel and had to share it with you.  It’s a sneak peek at the new packaging for wood mount sets – starting May 31.  Being the nerd that I am, I am beside myself with excitement over this storage solution.  It is perfect, and I can’t wait to get my hands on these cases!

While I still collect many wood mount sets, I’ve started buying a lot of clear mounts because they are easier to store and take up less space.  This new packaging will definitely make my clear mount / wood mount decision much more difficult when I am selecting sets.

I’m in love.  What do you think? 

Thanks for stopping by!

Brian

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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized