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When Quitting is Winning

My best friend made a comment that wouldn’t leave me alone. She’s a deep rooted soul, and sharply discerning. I swear she can see straight through to the core of anyone. It could be creepy; in fact, it is to some. But she’s also honest. And I love that about her. I’ve never felt like I have to pretend to be anything but my raw and quirky self, and that’s exactly who she wants me to be. We’re real and honest and pretty goofy together.

So when she drops a truth bomb in my lap, I pay attention. I may pout about it, but I do pay attention. Read more…

The feet of someone walking away

Hey. It’s been awhile.

Perhaps you haven’t noticed. I wouldn’t blame you- consistency isn’t one of my strengths, let’s just be honest here. But I’ve missed you. Missed this– this whole blogging bit. The planning, writing, photographing and editing, wishing I knew what I was doing… It was beginning to feel like Lost Upon A Time was gaining traction. My workflow was becoming more efficient, and I was learning SO much. One of my scrap wood designs is even going to be featured in a legitimate magazine! That’s huge to me!

But we had a change of plans.

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It’s cold. So I’m singing.

As a long-time fan of old American Standards (think Rogers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Ella Fitzgerald singing the American Songbooks), Rosemary Clooney is in my CD collection. I’m a sucker for those tunes.

While Suzy Snowflake isn’t my favorite by any means, it is catchy. And today, it’s snowing.

You know, they say that when you’re a blogger you should establish yourself as an expert. And when you’re a maker, people like to see your process. So, here I am being an expert wierdo, while standing in the snow and creatively singing at my phone.

I hope you like it!


Stay warm, Friends!


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7 Prompts For Love Notes

Love notes are always nice, aren’t they? Fun to give, fun to receive- whether they are shared between lovers or friends. A simple “I love you”, or “you’re such a great friend” is hard to beat. It sure gets the point across. But a creative, personalized message is often more meaningful. If you’ve toyed with the idea of penning a sentiment of your own, but found yourself stuck on what to say, this post if for you.


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Two Minutes to Awesome

Roses, chocolates, and lace are everywhere right now. Just about any doodad you can think of bears the words “I Love You” or “Be Mine”, and sits on a store shelf ready for purchase. While it’s nice to be on the receiving end of one of those heart shaped candy boxes, all of that marketing can make the big holiday of love feel cheap. But, there are some creative and meaningful alternatives out there.

A friend of mine once told me Valentine’s Day was her favorite holiday. (Seriously? Who says that?) She makes valentines and sends them out to different people every year. For her, its not about romance. It’s about celebrating love; the kind that sustains all kinds of relationships.

That’s pretty inspiring. Read more…

Love notes: on the fifth day

Work boots.

Redwings. He wears them every day. Well, except to church on Sundays. They’re well worn; molded to his feet. He has a winter pair and a summer pair. There’s an old “junk” pair included in the rotation somewhere. I can never keep straight which is which.

He lives his life in these boots. Fairy tale princes may ride in on brilliant white steeds and clad in shining armor, but mine pulls his half-ton pick up into our dirt drive way and hops out dressed in torn jeans and steel-toes.

Today’s love note sits inside one of those pairs of boots.

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Love Notes: Day 4


Yesterday’s post got me to thinking. Not only about love notes I’ve been given, but also the handmade birthday cards, and get-well-soon cards. Quick notes, and random smiley faces somebody had scribbled down just for me. There’s something more permanent, more significant about a sentiment you can touch, than a text or e-mail that carries the same message. Don’t you think?

If you could get a kind note from anyone, who would it be? What would it say? In that quiet closet, deep within your heart, what are the words you’re most wanting to hear? I wonder that myself. I usually try to stay out of those closets; it’s too easy to get locked inside them and lose perspective. But I can’t help wondering… Perhaps there are common themes among us.  Read more…

Love Notes: Day 3

My plan is working.

He found his second one last night. With a half-grin he looked my way and asked, “So, what’s with the love notes?” I smiled, and continued brushing my teeth.

I finished day three, this morning. My goal is to work ahead, so I’ve begun tomorrow’s as well. I’m having SO much fun with these notes. They’re low pressure, unlike the assignments we’d get in art class, where you dive in expecting to blow your peers and prof away with your exceptional work. Yeah. Never happened.

Love notes are fun. Doodles; poorly spaced and wonky.


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