Saturday, June 30, 2012

With You

I follow this blog: Viv On A Whim.

Viv is struggling with the very recent death of her grandson, Jacob: only 15 days old.

It makes my heart break.
I, and many other followers, left our messages of love and sorrow, prayers and condolences.

But comment caught my attention.
"I am sad with you right now."
With you...

I find this painfully beautiful!

It gives me a sense of closeness, support and community.

Jacob's death makes me very sad.
But I only had thought of how it makes me sad...or I am sad for Viv and her family...or I am sad because of...

I feel compassion and sadness, but I hold it separate.  How could I truly be included in Viv's pain unless I too know what it's like to lose a baby? It is almost as if I feel my pain but I would never try to hold it up to someone who has greater pain.  My pain isn't worthy.

I am sad with you.
That makes all the difference!
It is valid.  It is held...deeply...together...

I can be all of these things WITH you.
I don't have to be them alone.
And neither do you.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Purse Makeover

A few months ago I bought a purse on clearance: $11.
Monday night I decided it needed something different.
Voila: painted and embellished with a simple circular weaving!
And...the best part...I used what I had!  No money invested!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Moving Sanity

the tiny ache
the tiny pain
the tiny joy

Working on this drawing during my recent move kept my sanity.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Not Original, But FUN

Remember my trash can(CLICK HERE.)
It was created out of the desire to use what I had, and NOT run to the store to!!

Just last night I was ready to go buy a small wall mirror that I need for the bathroom.
I was on my way when a craft fairy came and smacked me on the forehead.

Gluing buttons on something is not a revolutionary idea. But I was able to use a hand mirror I already had and encrust it with vintage buttons I was 'saving' in a drawer.

I played again!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sing It With Me!

this little light of mine
I'm gonna let it shine...  (repeat 2 more times)

let it shine

let it shine

let it shine

Friday, June 15, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Heart Wants Love

"But my heart does not want the answer.
What my heart wants is LOVE..."  -Karly Randolph Pitman

I love these words.
They come from the author, Karly Randolph Pitman from First Ourselves.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Learning... let my soul bend.  Why have I kept her so rigid?
Let's. Go. Play.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Is Anyone Out There?

Heeelllllooooooooo.  Is anyone still out there. 
I know.  I have been gone a long time.

It has been a year since I moved to Arizona: blending my teenage daughter with two young step kids, building a new marriage and working three part-time jobs.

Well, I have been absent from blogging.  But, now a change in my work schedule will allow me more time!

I moved again, two days ago.  After settling in, I realized I need a laundry basket to transport clothes to the outside washer.  My mind immediately went to BUY mode.  Then I saw the empty trash can!
With a good scrubbing and play time with my Sharpies, I now have a new laundry basket.