I hope you're looking to find some beauty in each day. It almost feels like it's getting harder to find the good. But, I'm sure that's just a mood for me right now, and tomorrow will look a little brighter. Let's take a peek at my week.
As Tropical Storm Cristobal worked its way through our area, we watched the rain fall for hours! It was a wet weekend.
Some of the weather carried into the beginning of the week, but it finally cleared up. I worked on getting some earrings made for the Etsy shop since I had noticed a real lack of them. When the sun was finally out some on Tuesday, I snapped pictures in the craft room (it was still too windy with chances of rain to risk heading outside with all my gear.)
With unpredictable weather, I was able to stay inside and create for a few days. By Wednesday, I was playing around with the eco-dyed papers I had made along with some interesting image transfer skins.
However, that was as far as I got with those because I just couldn't make a decision.
Besides, it was pretty outside! I took a little walk around the property and found an amazing array of mushrooms. I couldn't help but take a dozen or more pictures. Here's just a few.
I'm sure dampness from all the rain had something to do with the abundance.
On Thursday, I felt plenty productive as I knocked loads of to-dos off my list. I even had a few beads on my desk!
All that screeched to a halt when the dog lost her mind while the exterminator was outside. She knocked me onto my knee and I spent a few hours icing it. (It seems to be fine, just a little sore.)
I was able to get most of my housecleaning done on Friday even with the sore knee. So, I had to forgive her. I mean, how could you not?
My best friend and my Goddaughter came over on Saturday afternoon for a swim. Once they left, we delved into watching Artemis Fowl on Disney +.
It was a fine movie...but as a fan of the books, it just didn't hit all the right notes for me.
I had some ups and downs with my #the100DayProject as well over the week as I missed a couple days and wasn't exactly thrilled with all my results. I'll let you be the judge.
I like Day 62's fine. I had to use some of my handmade stamps, and that's never a problem.
On Day 63, I was to use some of the "nice" paints I have stashed away and hidden. The components of this page are nice...it just could be better.
The above spread was created for Days 64 and 65. I need to use an old recipe card (I have a box of them!) and some acrylic inks. I struggled my way through this, trying new techniques. And, I finally came up with something I like.
The task for Day 66 was to trace stencils. I was soooooo unmotivated by this one at first. But, when it hit me that I could use watercolor pencils and crayons, I found my groove. As the knee injury came while I was working on this page, I kept it fairly simple.
Letter stickers and lace needed to go into this spread for Days 67 & 68. They made it onto the page, but it's those areas that bother me the most. I'm still trying to decide if I can fix it.
I did find plenty of inspiration and beauty to share with y'all:
- I encourage you to check out these floral sketchbook paintings from Sonal Nathwani. Each page is more mesmerizing than the last!
- Tiffany of Southern Gals Designs did some experimentation with Ice Resin and paper on her YouTube channel. Some of the results are surprising.
- Learn how to avoid common polymer clay mistakes from Ginger at The Blue Bottle Tree.
- Here are some cute tutorials on making heart headpins.
- This old wisteria tree in Japan is an amazing sight to behold. Go see!
- I'm always a little in awe of the intricacies of paper cutting artists. Patrick Cabral creates amazing wildlife sculptures.
- I flipping love these cartoon drawings of celebrities from Dino Tomic. He uses several different styles to capture his subjects. I had a good time looking through his Instagram.
- This combination of embroidery and paper and nature from Mrs. Ciccoricco is so special and somehow soothing.
- Here's a quick roundup of several ideas and products to organize your jewelry.
- Damask Love shares a tutorial on making a resin keychain.
- If you liked the floral sketchbook I shared to start, you should also definitely check out how Nathalie Lete is spending her time at home: covering her walls with flowers.
I've seen so much hate online lately, that I feel like I'm getting sucked up into it. All I want to do is spread feelings of love, acceptance, and inspiration. I just want to see people respect one another and am doing my best to do the same. I hope you're surrounded by love and beauty this week!