the first week at the paper plunge was a huge success with nine entries and over 700 views! i'm pretty proud of us! the second week is off and running...the challenge-round. we have asked for crafters to create art that incorporates circles in some way. here is what i came up with-
ink: tuxedo black momento, crumb cake
cardstock: black, crumb cake, typeset and watercolor
misc: blendabilities (old olive, pumpkin pie, cherry cobbler, daffodil delight, and bronze), cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon, black candy dots, sponge
the new blog-the paper plunge- has given me a new zest for my crafting/personal pursuit of happiness. however, i have found, when you keep happiness to yourself, it's not that awesome. spreading some sunshine is what it is all about.
a nice woman, jodi mckinney, commented on my blog just recently, so i decided to check out her blog in return...Life in Between. i came across a post entitled, "the world needs more henrys". it's about a man that jodi and her friend came upon at the strip districts meat, in pittsburg, pa. she wrote about walking into this wonderful butcher, when all of a sudden, "enter delight. enter zest for life, passion for his job, expertise, dedication, knowledge. enter warmth and kindness." after reading the whole character study of henry, i was speechless. i had goosebumps that told me that i, too, should be a henry. yes. the world needed more henrys! i went to school the next day, pretended to be henry, and loved my job and the children i teach. it was no longer about common core or standardized testing...it was about loving my job and helping my students love being in our room. i felt different. they attended differently. it was wonderful.
by being a henry, i was reminded to enjoy something in every day...whether it was the way my students hung on my every word, a kind comment on my blog i will cherish, or just knowing that i made someone smile.
i am so grateful i have this outlet...this time i can spend making pretty things, that maybe someone may copy and actually put in the mail to make someone else happy. believe me when i say, i am not happy 24/7. a smile that lasts all day just makes you looks like a psycho...but finding joy in the everyday moments that are not spectacular-just regular-is a gift. choose happiness.
thanks for stopping by-
i appreciate you.
until next time,
peace be with you-