weekend review + big winners to announce. thus, the two part post.
part one. this weekend was full. completely summerfull. which was lovely. we watched summer rainclouds roll in and then roll out. i snapped drive-by photos. i made a little movie of my little boy unloading the dishwasher. he hands me clean utensils one by one. it's the cutest thing i've ever seen. if he accidentally grabs two forks, he'll put one back. now i know how parents get their kicks. he has completely changed my attitude about doing dishes. (and most everything else in the world.)
we went out for an event and i attempted to rock the smoky eye (thanks to a great how-to in a library book) and came home for a mission impossible marathon (again thank you, local library). saturday morning, i got to read a magazine and listen to my ipod while relaxing by the pool, which is my version of bliss. this being my reward for an early morning work out. i was channeling a wee bit of eleanor saturday morning. eleanor roosevelt says, "You must do the things you think you cannot do." which for me, meant walking into an exercise class called butts and guts. and staying the whole time. the clever title alone makes me want to lie on the couch with kardashian reruns. however everytime i think about losing this baby weight it is like a personal invitation to a pity party. which is pathetic. a pity party never has party favors or pretty pom pom puffs. there are no happy guests mingling or elton john cds playing. there are no fresh flowers or coordinating color themes. pity parties are lame which is my new motivation to exercise. it's working.
i still have bouts of mourning sickness mixed with a general overwhelming sadness about dear ones grieving and dealing with their own experiences of loss and heartbreak. like ocean waves, empathy has taken over a bit and i cannot stop feeling a new sensitivity for what other people are going through. i am much more aware of feelings (mine and others') than ever before. which i hope is life's way of teaching me to be a better, kinder, soft hearted person. these days i am consistently attempting to choose to be positive and cheerful and optimistic when it never used to be a conscious choice. i am continuing to heal from the huge upset and have buried myself in new projects, crafts and thick library books. thanks to those of you who have been so thoughtful; i had no idea fellow blogging friends would reach out and lift my spirits so much.
part two. thank you for the awesome feedback about the new collection of mini diaries. i can always count on you, collectively, as the official cheerleading squad when it comes to my crafty endeavors. i owe all my mini mart shop success to you blog readers, as i am not one who ever branches out to advertise for reals. a heartfelt thank you for the sweet comments and for spreading the word.
as for my giveaway, i've got a few big weekend winners to announce.
ami, I love how these make you think of some positive things for the day! Just lovely.
kendra, I love the youthful print diaries! They are so cute! I love reading your blog! Thanks!
amanda laplante, A classic kind of girl, I can't help but be drawn to the sophisticated prints.
and laura, how perfectly pint-sized & lovely! (i am a sucker for all things mini...)
congrats! winners, please contact me directly with your shipping details.
stay tuned. this week i'll be featuring a handful of guest posts which include a generous giveaway along with more incredible how-to's.