Happy Mail

Artists, crafters alike are by nature thoughtful and creative!  What other group of individuals would have come up with Happy Mail. As artists and crafters we seem to intuitively know how to show others how special they are to us.  To receive an envelope, often colorful and/or blinged out, containing a card and some little (or big) something that the sender KNEW you would love is exhilerating.
In January, suffering from a case of the post-holiday blues, I felt as if my creative mojo had left me just as my Christmas tree finally left the living room.  Then came the mail -- HAPPY MAIL from my friend Barbara a/k/a SusieCraftHappy.  The thoughtfulness of this Random-Act-of-Kindess was the catalyst for a complete healing of my post-holiday blues.  And because like minds think alike I am crazy about the goodies she sent.  Barbara even remembered my little one by sending a Valentine baggie with Hershey Kisses.  Doesn't get much better than that.  And check out the Action Wobble on the bag topper and the detail in the card! 
Now my challenge is to color this stamp with my copics in such a way that I'm at least a little comfortable posting a finished project. 
You can check out my friend Susie right here!
Thanks for stopping by & happy craftin' ....

Fun With Claudine Hellmuth

Anticipation and excitement are always abuzz right before HSN has one of their 24-hour Crafting Extravaganzas.  The hype surrounding last month's crafting event was huge because it came right on the heels of Winter CHA. 
All the usual players appeared on HSN with the new must-haves for all us crafting junkies, including Anna Griffin, Martha Stewart, and my absolute favorite ... Claudine Hellmuth
I managed to come out the otherside of the 24-hour event with only TWO purchases, the Anna Griffin Limited Edition Cuttlebug -- and no, I DID NOT already have one, but yes, I did take full advantage of easy-pay.  The other gem added to the cart was the Claudine Hellmuth Home Sweet Home Crafting Kit.  You can view it here
Using a 4x6 shadowbox here are a few of my favorite boxes so far. 

  The excellent quality of paper and embellishments made it even easier to add my own flair to the pieces.  Of course I used that golden cuttlebug, but I also got to use CTMH's Liquid Glass, stickles, and the white Signo pen.  Because I'm having such creative freedom with this I'm probably not close to finishing, but had to share this gem in the making.
Thanks for stopping by and ....
Happy Craftin'

Quietly Waiting

We're all gifted seasons in life where God in His great love provides the opportunity to learn a lesson so valuable we just know it was meant to deepen our relationship with Him.  These life lessons are tangible proof that God is actively working to mold us into faithful servants.  I happen to be a very very slow learner who sometimes will do things my way with clear knowledge that I am not following the lesson plan -- the lesson plan that asks me to keep the greater good in the forefront, the plan that will ask me to sit back and trust.  And the biggest obstacle of all -- stay away from the trap that I have the answers.  By refraining from the ways of this world, I can make room for God to fulfill his promise stated in Jeremiah 29:11-13:  "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

As is my habit when looking for that deep-seated peace I went straight to the prayers my dear friend wrote to the Blessed Mother.  Following is the one that settled into my heart. 
“Blessed Mother, you lead us to your Son. We are stubborn, and turn inward to worry instead of to you in prayer. Please do not give up on us!”
- With all the tools we are given, including scripture, church services, prayer warriors, the examples of saints, etc….I am so ashamed sometimes, like today, when I find myself worrying and almost panicky about things that I don’t even have control over. God and every divine being He has created are always there. We are never alone. When we think we are by ourselves, He is still there, quietly waiting for us to speak our truth and listen for comfort and peace. What a merciful Lord to wait patiently, and only judge us on our conscience and discernment.