The dreariness of this winter has really sapped my energy. I
desperately need some sunshine to recharge! Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like
I will get any for a while.
Despite the weeks upon weeks of cold, dark, dreary, rainy weather, at least I can work on colorful projects! I’ve spent most of my time working on beading projects and I’ve created some really neat pieces.
This daisy bracelet is beautiful! It is my own design. I absolutely love it and I had so much fun making it! I am working on a tutorial and will post it when I finish.
This bracelet turned out gorgeous! This was created from a pattern I purchased on Etsy. I really love the colors of this one:
I love this pattern in general and ended up making it in multiple colors.
These earrings were also made with superduos and I think they turned out really cute!
I wanted to create some pretty, colorful, dainty bracelets that would be great for stacking and at a lower price point. I made the beaded bracelets below using the ladder stitch and Miyuki Delica seed beads. The Miyuki Delicas are tiny and come in beautiful colors.
Though most of the past few weeks have been spent on beading, I did manage to get in some crochet time. I made two cute, retro, nylon, crocheted bags. I still need to block the front flaps, sew on the button and add a liner. I will post pictures of them when I am finished.
I have ordered the supplies for several new crochet projects and I can’t wait to get started on them.
Side note: I have been told that people tend to follow blogs that are heavy on pictures. I am terrible at taking pictures. I always have been. Even though mobile phones today have amazing cameras and photo editing capabilities, I still don’t seem to ever get around to taking pictures and when I do, they turn out horrible. If I didn’t feel the need to include pictures, I would write and post everyday!
Have you ever sat down to work on a project but found yourself constantly distracted by ‘Life’ at home? The kids were fighting. The dryer was buzzing. The dog chewed up a pillow. The cat threw up on the floor. Someone wanted cereal but there were no clean spoons??? It happens all the time at my house. When you have a family, it can sometimes feel impossible to get any crafting time in.
But, I have to create. Seriously, a creative outlet is important to my mental health. Lol
When my kids were younger it was very difficult. When I was at home there was always something else that needed my attention. The only way I would be able to start and finish something was to do it somewhere else. So, I started taking classes.
I did three winters of weekly quilt a-longs. I took two semesters of Stained Glass classes. I took a semester class on writing and illustrating children’s books. I’ve done many, many paint and sips. During this time, the only time I was able to really work on any of my projects was when I was actually AT the class.
That is why we have decided to host Open Studio sessions at Lavender Crossings. During these hours you can come, claim a place at a work table or in a cozy chair, and work on your project without having to worry about folding the laundry or loading the dishwasher.
We have tables and chairs; sinks to wash out your brushes; outlets for your sewing machine. Basic crafting tools like cutting mats, rotary cutters, irons, scissors, paint brushes, heat press, etc. are available for you to use. We will also have a limited amount of basic materials and supplies available for purchase.
The cost for Studio time is $10 for an evening session (6-9) and $20 for a Saturday session (9-4). No appointment is needed. Just show up with your project, sign in at the front desk and get to work! Coffee provided. 🙂
Dates and times for Open Studio Sessions will be listed on our Events page. Hope to see you there!
I found the spa property for sale on the internet. We were not looking to buy anything. We were not planning to move. Our house was not on the market. But I came across it and felt led to go look at it.
It wasn’t just a spa. It was a house, a commercial property, and 10 acres of land in the middle of nowhere. I told my husband that I believed we were supposed to buy it. We spent a lot of time in prayer over the next few days. We made an offer. I asked God that if this was not what he wanted for us, to please not let the sale go through! It did. We closed within two weeks of making an offer and many stars had to align for it to happen.
My husband, Mr. ‘NO’, the yin to my yang, the one who attempts to keep my spontaneity and impulsiveness in check, even said he believed we were being led here. A miracle, if I’ve ever seen one!
Why me? Why us? Why here? I didn’t know then and I don’t know now. I will probably never know. Was I led here to make a difference in the life of one of our staff members? A client? Was it so that I would have my children in the right place to meet someone that would change their lives or whose life they would change?
Many times over the years I have asked myself, ‘Why me?’ Our lives since making this decision have not been easy. Immediately after purchasing the property I was laid off from my job. The house we put on the market didn’t sell for two years. Translation: We paid two mortgages for two years! We pulled our children out of private school and put them in the public school system. We had issues with neighbors. We had problems with staff. We went into debt. A lot of debt. But through it all, I never once waivered from the belief that God led us here.
After nearly a decade, we have made the decision to close the spa. We recently became empty nesters and I believe we are now being led in a different direction. Did we accomplish what we were brought here to do? I don’t know. I hope so.
We are prayerfully considering our future and trying to discern God’s will as we go forward with the next phase of our lives. Stay tuned for information about our future plans!!!