Yay! I’ve started a couple of the template challenges by Sahlin Studios, but hadn’t actually completed one until just last month. But apparently, good things come to those who wait . . . because my layout won! Granted, it was a random draw, so it’s not based on how good my layout is, but I’m happy with it, and that’s what matters.
It’s been a long, bumpy ride, but our house finally sold just before Christmas. And now we’re in the process of buying a new place up here! We put an offer in on this house yesterday and the contract has already been ratified. If all goes smoothly, we should close at the end of March!
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
For our creativity prompt this week, we’re going to use this popular Emily Dickinson poem. Does it inspire you to write music or poetry? Paint? Keep others warm? Come back on Saturday to share your project with us.
Need More Inspiration?
- Write a fourth stanza.
- Write a contrasting poem.
- Create an art print, using some of the words from this poem.
- Illustrate the entire poem.
- Write a “song without the words.”
Our last creativity prompt was oil & water, which turned into a messy, but very fun art project with Callan. (The step-by-step instructions and photos of his artwork are on McMama Says – via the first link in the hop.)
Because his project turned out so well (and he’s not even 2!), I thought I’d give it a try myself later in the week. So one night after the babies were asleep, I mixed up food coloring and oil and then dyed my fingers all sorts of funny colors. Colored hands aside, I got some rather pretty pieces of pink paper, just perfect for Valentine’s Day. They looked like beautiful scrapbook papers, and I really wanted to participate in this month’s blog train with Pixel Scrapper (the theme is “Be Mine”), so I scanned in the papers and used them as the foundation of this kit:
The kit includes 3 papers, 6 journal cards, 3 heart elements, 1 paint overlay, and 1 photo mask. Just click on the image to go to the download.
There are a couple dozen other designers participating in this train as well, with some gorgeous kits – all free to download this month! You can view the full list of participants here.
I did it! It’s up! I split my “mommy blog” content into a new site.
Honey and Cheese will focus more on fine arts, hospitality, scrapbooking, etc. And McMama Says (That’s cute, right? Don’t tell me if it isn’t . . . I already bought the domain.) will be more of my family blog – photos of the boys, toy and children’s book reviews, and projects for little ones.
I’d love for you to stop by and check out the new site. Feel free to follow both, or just decide which one fits your needs better. I’m sure there will be a little bit of crossover, but this should help me fine-tune my content a little better.
This is our Straw into Gold prompt for the week – Oil & Water. I have a project in mind to do with Callan – we’ll see how it goes! Are you going to join us this week? Write, paint, bake a cake – anything goes! I’d love to see what you come up with.
UPDATE: Well, you have an extra week to work on this because I completely forgot to post the link-up on Saturday! Here’s to hoping I remember this week . . .