Yesterday, Al looked at the small patches of spackle on the wall and asked me why I was painting the living room. “It’s just time,” I told him. Actually, it was well past time. I have been collecting swatches for at least two years. I wanted to be sure that I had chosen just the right color. Today I took my swatch to the paint place and got it mixed. I told myself to trust my vision no matter what. I know that part is going to be hard sometimes because when things don’t go exactly like I planned, I am full of questions and doubt, especially when a creative process is involved. I am determined to be patient this time. I know my family will be glad to know that they won’t be dealing with the temperamental artist I usually am.
Yesterday, Stephen R. Covey died at the age of 79. He was best known for his 1989 book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. A lot of people I have met through the years have read (and love) this book, and the advice still holds up, so I thought I’d share the 7 habits of highly effective people:
- Be Proactive
- Begin with the End in Mind
- Put First Things First
- Think Win-Win
- Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
- Sharpen the Saw
About the Vases
Last month, I received a wonderful, thoughtful gift from my friend, Diva In Demand. It was a lovely handmade necklace, but that was not all. Macy’s, through it’s purchase of artisan works, was helping
Haitian craftspeople to support themselves and rebuild. I had to give something away if it would help a couple of my readers feel half as special as I have last month. So I looked at the lovely metalwork, painted wooden pieces and jewelry and I beheld these lovely papier-mâché vases (if you want to place genuine plants in them, the merchant recommends placing a water tight vessel inside of the vase to contain the plants and water – artificial plants are fine).
About the Giveaway
Leave a comment on this post to enter (or Facebook like on the status that points to this post) . On July 15, there will be a random drawing and two people will each be awarded one vase. It’s my way of passing on just some of the kindness that has been passed to me. Good luck!
Where have you been all my life?? While working on my art journal (which I promise to share after I complete it, which may be by the end of the Summer), I have rediscovered some things and found some things that made me wonder, where was I to miss out on this? Washi tape is one of them. One of my art journal friends had this patterned shipping tape and I was like, where did you get this and she was like tar-jay and I was like must get to there. Of course, when I find something that I like, I have to find out everything I can about it and this tape was no different. It must be hot because I’ve found patterned duct tape and vintage tape all over the web and several paper crafting brands have created versions. There are even markers specifically created to draw on the tape! I know this information will come in handy! Have a great weekend.