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April OLW Blog Hop

April1

Welcome to the March Blog Hop!

Unfortunately, I didn’t even begin the March prompts. I’d like to think I can do them in April or maybe May. We were suppose to set a plan forward for the month to bring us closer to our goals. This may have involved too much conscience planning for me. I mentioned last month that I have a problem seeing the finished product. I work best by adding a bit here, changing a bit there, moving this over there. When I plan too much things tend to fall apart. Or, I rebel against myself and almost refuse to do it. Ridiculous! I know, I know. I work better in the moment. So I guess that’s why I shied away from this month’s prompt.

However, that is not to say I didn’t do anything with my word in mind. I completed February’s prompt of images that remind me of flourish. Some are projects I completed in February and some are images that remind me of the word.

Other things I’ve done this month toward embracing flourish are work on our oldest boys’ room. My husband and I did some reorganization and planning to really put their room together. We asked for input from them but honestly, I think they don’t really care. Still, we have a plan in place, I’ve shopped for some of the supplies (This involved a trip to Ikea which is so far away I planned a whole weekend around it. This became a mini girls’ weekend with three of my closest friends. IT WAS LOVELY. Wish I could do it more often!) still need to get the paint and patch the walls before the Ikea purchases get put together. I’m hoping April is the month to actually DO the room. This may be a problem since April is full of Spring sports, scouting trips, and Spring break (where the whole family is going to Myrtle Beach to CHAPERONE the boys’ varsity baseball team which the oldest plays on). All that with full time work and regular stuff like laundry and cooking dinners is a bit much. We shall see how that all pans out.

With the warm weather I’ve been surveying my domain. Or rather, my yard. Taking stock. I would say I even did a little yard work but mostly I forced the children to do the yard work. Either way, the garden beds are raked out and the sticks – my God the sticks! – are picked up. Now to mulch – where does all the mulch go??? I need to plant tulips this fall and I’d like to convince the husband to get out the chainsaw and cut up all the branches in the clearing to a manageable size. I have a dream of raking a bit of the woods but I’m thinking this will not be the year that happens.

The Ikea trip has also allowed me to acquire the rest of the materials for my closet project. So that is on the table. Ha! Table! (I bought a tabletop.)

I did a couple smaller projects this month. A jewelry holder that was inspired by about a million-ish (or 7) Pinterest images. (The following are the one I actually made, not the inspiration photos.)

I started a holder for all of my ribbons to go in my craft closet. I’ve been sort of keeping up with the photo a day thing. And by sort of I mean, Not doing it and then doing a whole bunch at one time when I’m  feeling more inspired (or less lazy) and predating them. I’ve also been working on a print for above my bed. That hit a snag so it’s an ongoing thing at this point.

Oh, I almost forgot! I did something unthinkable. Really, this is HUGE for me. I bought a sewing machine. A very basic sewing machine. Now why would anyone think this is so odd? See, I have this thing. If I’m in a room with a sewing machine, I do not even have to touch it, I REPEAT: I DO NOT HAVE TO TOUCH IT, but as soon as I enter the room the thing goes haywire. The thread gets messed up or the fabric bunches or SOMETHING. I have tested this theory many times. It’s not a fluke. Me and sewing machines don’t get along. In fact, I just gave one away last year right before we moved. It had been my mom’s and it hated me. That’s the only reason I can imagine why it did the things it did.

So now you’re asking why. WHY heidi would you spend money on something that will break as soon as you open the box? Obviously I’m a freak, a glutton for punishment, a wastrel who just tosses money out the window. There is no other excuse. Or maybe I had a new theory that if I started with something good, sturdy, basic and NEW – with no one else’s energy associated with it, I could learn to use it. Maybe I could trick it into thinking that I’m okay. As long as no one else touches it. Have I mentioned I’m a bit of a freak? It’s almost killing my 13 y/o that I won’t let him try it.

So I opened it. I even used it. And? It worked! No problems whatsoever. This is not to say I’m cured. Or to say that it won’t break in the future. It is just to say that I made some VERY BASIC envelope pillow covers for some inserts I bought for the new couch. And they worked. And no, they are not perfect but they look GOOD. YAY me.

So those were my adventures for March. I guess it looks like I flourished even if I didn’t write it down first. Can’t wait to find out what the prompts are for April!

If you’re following the blog hop, CONGRATULATIONS! You have made it to the end there is one more stop, Veronica. Or if you’ve gotten lost along the way, the list is below.

Margie   http://xnomads.typepad.com/blog/one-little-word
Monica   http://scrapinspired.com/
Jill    http://jillconyers.com/
Jenn     www.studiojenn.blogspot.com
Kara     http://iwannabemewhenigrowup.blogspot.com
Cheri    http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com
Catherine  http://myview-catherine.blogspot.com
Nikki    www.inkyart.com.au
Cindy    http://www.cynthiacrysdale.com/
Lisa     http://backtoallen.com/category/one-little-word/
Donna    http://holimess.blogspot.com/
Coley    www.coleybelle.blogspot.com
Naomi    http://poeticaperture.com
Stephanie http://playinghouseinmaryland.blogspot.com
Ruth     http://suburbansahm.blogspot.com
Eydie    www.whatwecreate.net
Janet    http://lifeinsideascrapbookroom.blogspot.com
Orange Gearle    http://orangegearle.blogspot.com
Amanda     http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com
Jen      www.jenritchie.com
Melissa S         http://blog.mshanhun.com
Kaylea    www.myscrappylife.com
Missus Wookie    http://www.mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.co.uk/
Cindy    http://seriousplay.typepad.com
Beth    www.thesingularlyordinary.blogspot.com
Tere     http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/
Kelly    http://mindingmynest.com
Heidi    http://mommy.heidimdavis.com
Veronica http://www.veronicanorris.typepad.com/

Nihao, Cupcake! Blog

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March OLW Blog Hop

March1

Ok, my first Blog Hop. Let us hope I have something to say…

I’ve mentioned I’m doing the OLW (one little word) thing this year. My word being Flourish. I bought a locket with my word stamped inside. I’ve been doing the exercises that go along with the class (photos posted below). I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly it’s going to take for me to flourish this year. What is it I’m trying to accomplish. Honestly? I have no idea.

So far I have been crafting more than in the past. Part of this was inspired by completing half of my craft closet reno. I needed access to my crafting supplies for the assignments so I had to start the closet. I now have access to all of my supplies and it’s put me in the frame of mind to create. Working on the closet also made me realize it doesn’t take much to bang out a small space. Also, I really need to embrace the way I work and create. I never see the finished product and work to get there. I just can’t see it. I need to work on a little here and a bit there and then it starts to come together.

Another way I’ve embraced my creative side is the photo a day project. I started it in February and have committed to taking a photo a day with my phone. No need to whip out the big camera. Easy to upload online. Ready-made prompt every day. And I’ve promised myself that it doesn’t have to be groundbreaking. Just a slice of life at that moment. And the thing is? I’m enjoying it.

Photo a day has led me to posting on my blog again. At first I was posting on Twitter and Facebook but then decided, Hey! I have a blog. I have it for a reason. No one wants to see every photo. Therefore, no one has to look (best way to kill your readership is not post for months and months on end. Rinse, repeat). Why is it that bloggers have to remind themselves this is for them. It is whatever they want it to be. There are no rules. So boring photos it is! And once I started logging back into the blog and looking at it, it reminded me that I may want to actually write something again. Huh. Who knew?

So that is where I am at with flourish… I have no idea where I am going or where I will end up but looking back at the last two months I can definitely say my creative side has begun to flourish again.

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If you’re following the blog hop you should go see Lisa next. Or if you’ve gotten lost, the list is below.

Margie            http://xnomads.typepad.com
Melissa S         http://blog.mshanhun.com
Stephanie         www.scrapworthylives.com
Sharyn            http://LaVieEnChic.com
Kimberlee         http://scrapsandsass.blogspot.com
Jill              http://jillconyers.com/
Cheri             http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com
Cindy             www.cynthiacrysdale.com
Jenn              www.studiojenn.blogspot.com
Monica            http://scrapinspired.com/
Catherine          http://myview-catherine.blogspot.com/
Naomi              http://poeticaperture.com/
Jamie              jmpgirl.blogspot.com
Coley              www.coleybelle.blogspot.com
Melissa C          www.smudgetime.com
Donna              http://holimess.blogspot.com/
Monica B           http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com/
Veronica           www.veronicanorris.typepad.com
Heidi D            http://mommy.heidimdavis.com <——- YOU ARE HERE
Lisa               http://backtoallen.com/category/one-little-word/
Nikki              www.inkyart.com.au
Devon              http://www.youhadmeatneurotic.com
Brooklyn           www.everysnapshot.com
Kristina           http://hrinspirationfromthe403.blogspot.com/
Jen R              http://jenritchie.com
Kara               http://iwannabemewhenigrowup.blogspot.com
Eydie              www.whatwecreate.net
Ruth               http://suburbansahm.blogspot.com
Missus W           http://www.mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.com/
Marilee            http://rose-brier.blogspot.com
Cindy              http://seriousplay.typepad.com
Kaylea             http://www.myscrappylife.com
Dawn G             www.sunshineandcreativity.com
Rebekah            http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com/
Becky              www.becky-handforth.blogspot.com
Orange Gearle      orangegearle.blogspot.com
Katrina            www.katrinasimeck.com
Jo                 http://www.mrsbeee.blogspot.com
Nicky              Www.seejanebake.blogspot.com
Beth               www.thesingularlyordinary.blogspot.com
Kelly              http://mindingmynest.com
Tere               http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/

Nihao, Cupcake! Blog

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Flourish

January23

So there’s been talk in the blogging world about your word of the year. As many of you know I don’t do resolutions, I don’t have a bucket list or life list or any of that nonsense. (Unless you do, then it’s not nonsense. It’s just not my thing.) I try to make changes as I go. And as far as a list of things I really want to do? Well, certainly there are things I’d like to do. If it works out and all but nothing I feel I really must do. If I do them? Awesome. If not? Oh well, I’m still having fun.

So anyway… somehow I got hooked on this word of the year thing. At first I tried to be all cynical about such things and sneer at the idea. I also couldn’t think of anything that really resonated. Then the other day something stuck. I can’t even remember what made it stick. Or what brought it to mind but, before I knew it I had a word. I looked up the definition and it became even more firmly stuck. And now I have a word for this year. Crazy. I know. No, that’s not my word. My word is Flourish. (If you couldn’t tell from the title of the post.)

Flourish

intransitive verb

  1. : to grow luxuriantly : thrive
  2. a : to achieve success : prosper <a flourishing business>
    b : to be in a state of activity or production <flourished around 1850>
    c : to reach a height of development or influence
  3. : to make bold and sweeping gestures

transitive verb

  1. : to wield with dramatic gestures : brandish

noun

  1. : an act or instance of brandishing or waving
  2. a : a florid bit of speech or writing <rhetorical flourishes>
    b : an ornamental stroke in writing or printing
    c : a decorative or finishing detail <a house with clever little flourishes>
  3. : fanfare
  4. a : a period of thriving
    b : a luxuriant growth or profusion <a flourish of white hair> <a springtime flourish of color>
  5. : showiness in the doing of something <opened the door with a flourish>
  6. : a sudden burst <a flourish of activity>

 

So now… What to do with the word. I’m not really sure but I did sign up for an online class to explore or focus or whatever one does with their word. Also, it’s a chance to be creative and revive those skills I’ve been letting languish for a very long time. Maybe it will even give me the push to put my craft closet together.

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It seems I have a lot to say…

May19

The rain has been making me crazy and cranky and pairing that with PMS has made me what I’m sure is unbearable. Luckily the sun popped out yesterday while I was driving home and this morning on my ride in to work. I am much happier now. Also, a fabulous woman in the office made mini carrot cake cupcakes for another coworker’s birthday today. That has made me smile. And eat. And maybe just one more because they are so small.

Alas, the sun has gone and more rain is expected. Have I mentioned how over the rain I am? It seems as if it will never dry out around here. The ark jokes are not even funny anymore.

The new house is lovely. I even bought some plants for the yard. Yes, it seems it’s my year to garden. Maybe. I find I am willing to dig in the dirt about every five years. So as soon AS THE SUN RETURNS I will be digging. I hope it goes well since this will probably be it for many years.

The plants came from Flower Days at the Public Market. Somehow I’ve never attended this flower filled event. Unbelievable I know! I’ve lived in this area for about TWENTY YEARS… my God, am older than dirt… and never managed a trip downtown for the event. It of course it was cold and rainy on Sunday. The good news was it wasn’t very crowded because of this. Even without the crowds I got very overwhelmed and probably would have left without buying anything but luckily I brought a friend who kept me calm. We did a walk through to survey the goods and then went back and purchased what we wanted. Let me just say, that was the perfect way to handle it. One, no carrying heavy pots around and two, better to price things and narrow down before actually purchasing. Still, by the end of the walk through I was completely overwhelmed and not sure what to buy. I had to refocus on what I originally wanted and then picked up a few annuals at the booths I was already buying from.

So what did I get? Well, the big purchase was two gorgeous Rhododendrons in the traditional light purple. They had some lovely maroonish ones but I decided to stick with the traditional that reminded me of my youth (so important in us ancient ones). I picked up a bunch of basil, mint and coriander. Also got some gerber daisies, poppies and begonias. Why have I never taken notice of begonias before? They were amazing! So lovely. Maybe once I get them in the ground or the rain stops falling I’ll take some photos to put up here.

In other news, I’ve been baking tons with my new kitchenaid (thanks honey for the Mother’s Day gift!!!) and new double oven. The kids are thrilled with the baking of course because it means yummy treats for them. The scale however is very unhappy with me. Well, too bad scale. I’m having fun, enjoying homemade treats and making people smile.

I’ve also gotten even more crunchy. We’re still composting and recycling of course but now our garbage pickup takes even more recycling then the old one. We are down to about 2 – 13 gallon kitchen bags a week. For six people! And even then, one of them is usually not full. Also, there are still always extra people and kids around. I was a little worried that the kids would stop showing up now that we live further from school but that has not been the case. I’m so glad. I love having people hanging out everywhere. Makes me happy. (Plus, more excuses to bake!)

Oh, and on the crunchy front I’m going natural with cleaners and a steam mop to go along with the cloth napkins, hand towels and old rags instead of paper towels and napkins. I’m thinking I’ll be making my own laundry and dish detergent soon. I know! Who am I?

The boxes are slowly getting unpacked. So far my cake pans and measuring cup seem to have gone missing in the move but those I can definitely replace. The living room hasn’t been touched. Except the other night I hung a bunch of pictures on the nails left behind from the previous owners. Then I made Jeff take them all down because they were giving me anxiety. Yes, he agrees, I’m a freak. I have no idea why but I couldn’t stand them hanging just randomly like that. I prefer them in a box until I have a plan of some sort.

The bedrooms are mostly done. The kitchen is done. The rest? Well, we’re getting there. I haven’t even started painting yet! I did manage to change the hardware in the kitchen though. It made it so much calmer and updated looking.

Sorry about the poor quality of the photos. The one that is probably the closest to how they look in real life is the bottom right. So the top two? Shiny worn brass that came with the house. NOT my style at all. Bottom two? Antique pewter. Ahhhh, anxiety gone. And the change also totally toned down the oak color. Looks much more mellow now. Now, tell me what you think…

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Have A Lovely Day

February8

I  made this and just hung it in my cube at work. I’m thinking that if I can remember to do all these things every day, my world will look more lovely. And yes, I try to do most of them already.

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