creative day number one.

yesterday i had the idea to do a bit of a make-over on my room.  we’ve lived here for a year and half now.  and so for about a year and half i have not liked our bedroom.  it’s felt cramped and ugly.  so last night i was inspired to change this ugly room.  i moved around the furniture, found some extra frames kicking around and bought a roll of washi tape and voila a room make-over (pictures of the whole room later).  

last year i bought this great set of stamps from anthropology.  it has always been my plan to stamp ‘come thou fount’ to hang on the wall. it reminds me of singing special music at church, playing it for chapel at bethany, and walking down the isle when i got married – all lovely memories.  so today was the day the great stamp project was completed.  it took a long time to finally get around to completing this project that has been swimming around my head but today i did it.  and i liked how it turned out.

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it’s been a while…

i know this about myself.  i start things with much eagerness and anticipation of all the fun that will be had and i do have fun for awhile. and then life gets busy and forget that i like to blog.  i had a good time that few months last year when i was faithful to this little space on the internet.

so here i am again.  no apologies.  no guarantees as to how long i will be around.  i’ve been doing my final practicum for this social work degree that i have been slowly chipping away at for years and years.  it’s taking more out of me than i expected.  it’s harder than i expected.  it makes me want to cry more than i expected.  i feel like i have little to give right now.  i have had these urges to start taking pictures, to write more stories like i used to but  haven’t listened cause i have been just too tired.

tonight i listened to my dear friend amy’s courageous and beautiful project (please do yourself a favour and listen to it here ) and was inspired by creativity and vulnerability and the search to know ourselves deeper.

this week is spring break.  i anticipate rest. i anticipate spending time with friends and family.  and tonight i decided to anticipate creativity.  my goal is to use this space again for a week.  to tell stories and take pictures. every day this week.  and we’ll see. maybe i’ll want to keep going after a week. or maybe i won’t. time will tell.

 

summer anticipation.


 i love pinterest.  and if you don’t know what that is you should meander on over after you are done reading.  but be warned, it’s almost worse than facebook for addiction levels.  boo to that.  yay for the inspiration that is found there.

well there is is this section on pinterest that’s displaying all sorts of beautifully inspiring quotes, which is where i found the above.

it makes me think. when was the last time i looked at the stars. or sat still and just listened.  or stopped to look around me.

in my heart i know the time is soon. and this makes me very happy.

exams and final papers are done.  (well for me they are – justin is still in his office studying away for a couple more weeks).

this is what life has looked like in our house for the past while.

humourous really. but i kid you not this is a real feeling you are seeing. a feeling very familiar to the both of us in this home lately.

And so we greatly welcome summer. and rest. and sunshine. and watching the stars. and sitting still to listen. and stopping to just watch the world around me.  i think i will live differently when these things are part of my life.

and so here is my wish list for this summer.

canoe. garden. spend a night or two in a yurt (here!). meet a new baby. spend time with family near and far.  celebrate birthdays. watch a play. float in a lake. bike. walk. picnic. lay in the sun. read a book or two.

it’s really a simple list. but i cannot wait. the anticipation is heavenly to me.

and now i leave you with a few beautiful pictures from the beloved pinterest site.

happy dreaming about summer…

childhood abounds at the krushel home

my dear husband.  if anyone know’s my husband they know he has a special little section of his heart devoted to 80’s toys, and all things from his childhood. so i thought i’d let you get a little picture of the excitement that came to our house this week in the form of a little ebay purchase…

the package came. much joy was had anticipating the goodness within.

the opening began. requiring much concentration as to not damage the memories.

concentration was taken to a new level when the exacto knife was brought out to carefully open the wacky packs (fyi: i had previously never even heard of these 80’s collector cards – oh the new things marriage brings to one’s life)

pure joy. opening the packages and seeing your new wacky pack cards. i would just like to say that is not a fake smile. that is a true ‘i am so very happy’ smile from my husband.

and there you have it. a childhood ambition realized.  ebay: $6. justin’s happiness: priceless.

and just in case you were curious at what was inside these mysterious packages – here you have it – wacky pack cards. wow.

if you would ever like to take a little trip down memory lane. you are welcome to come over.

a whole new world of toys and reminiscing has been brought into my life since i met justin. so much so that i was actually quite excited when i found this. oh fisher price little people how you brought such a happiness to children.

i like you husband.

seedy saturday here we come.

well tomorrow is seedy saturday. and if you live in the area you should meander over to E.D Feehan high school and check it out between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.  and while your day you should come and say hi to me and the garden crew.

we are going to have a little demonstration of an african bag garden.  i’m just finished our little sample garden and felt like i was doing a fun school project.  so here it our little sample african bag garden…

it’s snowy and cold so obviously we don’t have real garden plants (just some real house plants that should not be eaten) but you get the idea. such a way to have garden with very little space.  i think i might try a real version of this this summer.

if you want the instructions on how this all works and what to plant where look here (or you could some to seedy saturday and i would give you a hand-out!).  and then watch this sweet little girl from uganda tell you how it works.

and finally some beautiful pictures of beautiful people next to their beautiful little gardens.

gardening. i miss you. and can’t wait  until we’re together again.

come soon summer.