It doesn't take much to get me excited for fall. My very most favorite time of year and lately I have felt it in the air and smelled it floating on the breeze in the evenings. I've been baking muffins and making soups and those things always seem to bring fall on even it it's just in my mind :)
The Harvest Lane line from Simple Stories is my most favorite autumn-ish collection with warm and cozy colors and patterns and while I had muffins in the oven this morning, I pulled out supplies and set to work creating a couple of cards.
Both of these cards use Maya Road chipboard as well as tea stained tags, trim, and scrunched seam binding from My Craft Spot.
I used some of the fun patterned paper from Harvest Lane and die cut acorns using my Autumn Acorns Papertrey Ink die, Classic Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, and Ocean Tides felt.
So how about you? Do you love to hang onto summer and savor it until it's gone, or wish it away and hope for fall to come quickly? I don't want it to come too quickly, but I will certainly be enjoying it before, during, and after it has come and gone.
I think you should treat yourself to some Harvest Lane...you'll love every last scrap of it!
Today I feel like telling you of my struggles. I have a feeling your struggles are the same as mine. I have a problem with being very hard on myself. Always finding fault with myself, focusing non-stop on my imperfections, mommy guilt that is a part of me seems to never end, and the list goes on. Maybe it's because I now have more time to think that suddenly I am my own worst enemy...instead of being my own best friend. I can see so much good in others, yet when it comes to finding my own worth, I think there is none. I strive and expect perfection in myself...but can't see the sweet and wonderful qualities I have been given because I am always thinking I should be more...do more...and be like someone else. It's tiring and I have needed a kick in the rear and am giving myself one :) Today as I knelt for prayers with my little one, another negative thought about myself crossed my mind and I was reminded of something I read...something my brother wrote HERE. Basically, my negative thoughts regarding myself far outweigh the positive and it isn't good for me, for you, for anyone. This realization comes at a time when I need it so much. I have felt the heaviness inside and it leads me nowhere but down and nothing good can come from not loving and accepting myself. So easy to say, isn't it, but hard to put into practice, but that's just what I'm going to do and I will continue to remind myself to STOP IT! I need to grow up! :) How about you? Is it something we all struggle with, and why is it so difficult to love who we are?
Another wonderful and inspiring individual is Holly Gerth. A sweet reader of mine directed me to her site a few months back and I love the feeling I get when I take the time to read the uplifting messages left there.
Hope you know you are loved...you have a special purpose, are unique, and wonderful, and special to so many!