March 27, 2020

I feel a little defeated today

A couple of responses to the HBR article that I shared in a previous post have rubbed me the wrong way.

My point in sharing the article was that maybe it could help even one person to deal with some small nugget of what is going on in their lives right now, because it helped me.  One response took pity on those of us who are having an emotional reaction.  I realize that everyone deals with stuff like this in their own way, but let's not look down on others for the way they are dealing.  If this isn't affecting you mentally or emotionally, I'm genuinely happy for you.

But pity? I don't need your pity.  I need you to realize that mental health issues are a very real thing and is already a major problem in this country.  Do you think that there won't be a million new mental health issues once we are all released from our home imprisonment?  Do you think that everything will just magically go back to exactly the way things were before all of this?  If so, can I come live in your land of rainbows and magical unicorns?

Please don't downplay the importance of taking care of your mental health.  It's the core of who you are.  You put so much thought into what you feed your body and effort in to exercising to keep your body in shape.  What about your mind?

And please, if you take nothing else away from this post, take this:  Please do not ever make someone feel bad for admitting they have any mental or emotional health issue.  Applaud them, encourage them and offer to assist in finding them the right resources.  NEVER TREAT THEM AS THOUGH THEY ARE BROKEN OR SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THEM.  We all struggle from time to time and some of us just need a little more help than others to get through it.

Today I am grateful that I was taught early on that mental health is not an off-limits subject.  I'm grateful that I have people to talk to who don't make me feel like something is wrong with me.

Here are a few links if you are interested in learning more about how to cope with the mental and emotional effects of this pandemic:

CDC managing stress and anxiety

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Emotional Well being during COVID-19  This one has TONS of resources!

March 26, 2020

A new hobby?

There has been a huge call from the healthcare industry for those who sew to make masks.  My mom has quickly jumped on that bandwagon and is making masks while she is at home.  Her 9 to 5 job is a hairdresser but due to the regulations put in place with the Shelter in Place order in Michigan she finds herself out of a job at the moment.  She wasted no time getting to work on masks and didn't hesitate to send me a somewhat creepy selfie.

I find myself feeling a little helpless these days.  I can't do anything to help this pandemic, other than staying at home.  I have plenty to do between work, school and keeping my house from looking like a war zone as a result of my family being home 24/7 but I still feel like I need to do something for the greater good.  With a little guidance from my mom, my family and I have decided to tackle this face mask project over the weekend.  We will see how that goes - I'm a scrapbooker, not a seamstress so this will really be testing my abilities!

Today I am grateful for people coming together and trying to help others.  I am grateful for the healthcare providers and first-responders for standing on the front lines during this war against COVID-19.

We all know someone who is working on the front lines of this pandemic.  I encourage you to reach out (but not closer than six feet) and let them know how much you appreciate their sacrifices.

March 25, 2020

Apparently, we are all grieving.

Someone dear to me shared an article with me today.  A reputable article, from the Harvard Business Review.  It describes what we are feeling as grief.  We grieve for the way things used to be, for the things we used to do, for our normal lives. But we also have grief over what's going to happen next. 

I know some of the grief I have is over what my life used to be like; you know the swanky parties and endless trips around the world.  But seriously, I miss having dinner and drinks in a restaurant with my husband. Now all we can do is order takeout and pull up to the curb to pick it up.  I miss Saturday morning shopping at Target with my Starbucks (yes, I'm that person). Shopping now, is no longer fun but something I have anxiety about.  I miss the simple things.

The article goes on to say that we can deal better with grief if we name it.  I think it somehow gives it less power over us when we do that.  I guess that's what I am trying to do in this blog.

I worry about the mental state of the people in our country.  I did not feel like we were in such a good place before all of this happened.  I fear that this may be too much for people.

Today I am grateful for people in my life who send me articles like this.  I'm grateful to know that someone truly cares about my well-being.

I encourage you to talk to others about your anxiety and grief.  You will instantly realize that everyone else is feeling the same way - YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

If you would like to read the article, you can do so by clicking HERE.

March 24, 2020

So this is life now...

So this is life now.  COVID-19 has penetrated the US and many of us are working from our homes rather than going to our places of business.  Our children are attending school via online classes while we learn to become teachers on the fly. I hope you all remember that algebra and geometry that you learned in middle school.  You said you would never need it but today's the day!

We are trying hard to adjust to our new "normal", which has not been easy.  I have experienced so many emotions during the last week; so much anxiety about the well-being of our country and its people.  Much of this emotion is uncontrollable.  I feel things and don't understand why I feel them.  My body is rejecting the changes and the stress said changes are causing.  I'm having a physical reaction to this virus and I don't even have it!

As Americans we often feel like we are safe from the things that other cultures experience such as war, frequent terrorism and even famine.  For me, at least, that feeling of security has currently (and hopefully only temporarily) left the building.

All we can do right now is push forward.  Continue working at home as much as we can.  Spend extra time with our children and be that stay-at-home parent we secretly envy when we are at work.  Be kind to others because we are all in this together.  Pray, because if we feel secure in our relationship with God, we know that whatever storms come our way, we are on a path that He has made for us.  There is a purpose to all of this, even if we don't understand what it is at this moment.

Above all, let's stop and be grateful for what we have. 

Today I am grateful to work for an organization that is supporting its employees through this rough time. 

March 18, 2019

You are Beautiful, You are strong!

I just want you to know that you are beautiful and you are strong!  

We live in a time where people carelessly throw hate in all directions.  It seems that everywhere you turn there is someone tearing another person down because of their beliefs or words or simply because of the way they look. 

When it comes down to it, regardless of age, race, gender or status, we are all human beings created in the same way by the same maker.  What happened to kindness and thinking before you speak or act?  What happened to treating others with respect and the Golden Rule?

My sweet daughter is in middle school, which is quite possibly the worst time in every girl's adolescence.  She has witnessed several of her friends being teased and has also taken some grief herself.  She wanted to put loving words out there for all of her friends so we purchased 200 bracelets with the words "You are beautiful" and "You are strong" on them.  These were the words that she thought her friends needed to be reminded of often.

I challenge you today to tell someone that they are beautiful and strong.  Lift up another human being at the very moment you are tempted to tear them down.

May 25, 2017

One Good Thing On Top Of Another

I'm all about the stamp sets that can be used multiple ways.  I guess that's just me, trying to get the most for my money!  The Sprinkles Of Life Photopolymer Stamp Set (#139971) is another set that can be used multiple ways - it has all the pieces and parts for making trees, but also includes pieces and parts for cupcakes! 

I used the paper from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper (sorry folks, this appears to be sold out), as well as the A Little Foxy Cardstock (#141638).  

For the cupcake, I used the Watercolor Pencils (#141709), and then took a damp q-tip and smudged the pencil to look like watercolor.  You can use a lot of different techniques with the watercolor pencils - including baby oil, or blender pens (These work great, just be gentle with them, as they are very wet, and only require a very light application), or you could even use blending stumps with water.  

The items used for this card can be purchased HERE.
Please feel free to EMAIL me with any questions you might have! 

Thanks for stopping by!

May 24, 2017

Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty...

If you're a fan of The Big Bang Theory tv show, you will completely understand this card!  Sheldon has a song for when he is sick, and often times it's Penny singing Soft Kitty to him.

I used the Foxy Friends Photopolymer Stamp Set (#141549) to create the kitty, and the Fox Builder Punch (#141470) to punch out my images.  These also come together as a set (Foxy Friends Photopolymer Bundle #142326) to save you a little money when buying both.  

I used Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430) to make the kitty pop off of the page a little. 

Any of these products can be purchased HERE.

Please feel free to EMAIL me with any questions!

Thanks for stopping by! 

May 23, 2017

Owls and More Owls!

Yet another card with this adorable Stampin Up! Owl Builder Punch (#118074)!  I love that you can punch the owl out of multiple pieces of paper, and create several, completely different, owls!

For this card, I also used the  Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (#141632), which is on sale right now for $9.10!  It's a beautiful paper pack - coordinating papers but lots of variety!  This paper is also retiring, so make sure to get it before it's gone!

If you'd like to purchase from my website, please click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

May 21, 2017

Thinking of You

This card was made using that, oh so adorable, Owl Builder Punch (#118074)  that is retiring.  The chevron paper is from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Pack (#141637) and the A Little Foxy Cardstock Pack (#141638).

The Owl Builder Punch is coming up low inventory, so if you want it, now is the time to order!

Click HERE to visit my website where you can order this an many other Stampin Up! products.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

February 28, 2011

Crazy for Twinkle Toes...

Good Afternoon!!

I have had the Twinkle Toes Cricut cartridge since Black Friday, and just got around to making some note cards for my daughter's teachers. I love all of the little critters in tutu's!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!!

October 12, 2010

Trick or Treat!

Good Evening!

Life is a little busy in my house right now, but I wanted to stop and share a project with you anyway!

I used the Cricut Mini Monsters cartridge for the card as well as the cat. I'm not really into all of the scary Halloween stuff so this is about as "spooky" as I get.

The stamp set I used is from Hero Arts and it's called Happy Halloween. It's wonderful because it has a TON of Halloween sentiments in it! Love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a wonderful day!

September 14, 2010

Have a Hoot!

Good Morning!

I am finally back to crafting! I am LOVING my new room! It makes the whole process SO much easier!

For this card I used the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge for that ADORABLE owl! I absolutely LOVE how easy the cuts from this cart are to assemble!

The paper is from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop 8x8 paper pad.

The ribbon is American Crafts.

The adorable Have a Hoot! sentiment is from Scrappy Moms Acrylic Stamps. Here is the image of the full set:

I really love this set because it works so well with many of the Cricut cartridges. They also have several other adorable sets for sale on their website HERE. Their customer service is amazing too!

Well that's about all for today.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!!

September 11, 2010

We Will Never Forget...

In my thoughts and prayers today, are all those who were affected by the 9/11 terror attacks. Please know that you and your loved ones are not forgotten. You are all hero's in my eyes and your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed.

To all of those who give of themselves to serve our country every day - the words "Thank You" just don't seem to be enough. I am so thankful for your sacrifice and bravery.

God Bless America!