I know, I know....I don't post for 48 hours and people start to worry. I'm fine! Yesterday was a sudden trip out of town to see my dear, dear grandmother (the one I wrote about here) in the hospital. What could have been a challenging adventure (with lots of driving, children in the car, and poorly timed naps, etc), turned out to be a smooth, lovely day full of beauty. The sun was shining on the gorgeous drive up the coast (photo above is from a stop along the way) and there was beauty everywhere we looked. I had a magical hour alone with my Meme--holding her hand, listening and talking about old memories. Just as I thought my heart was going to burst with emotion from all of the memories and love and beauty of it all, she said to me--in a brief moment of absolute lucidity--"you've got to hold onto them. the memories. but leave room for the new ones." Yes, yes, yes.
I'm always inspired by images of trees (so much so that I've got one inked on my back), and am finding tremendous beauty in these cards from mav. The image, the texture, the color, and the heart with which she works and lives. It's all there. Her post of yesterday is obviously speaking to so many of us. The art and beauty that surrounds us is amazing, and truly inspiring. We are all artists.
More amazing, beautiful tree imagery was posted by Lisa yesterday. I want to touch her art too! You can see the heart in it. Can't you feel it?
I've got some crafting projects in the works this week that you'll see soon. And I'm encouraged and inspired after my first Whip Up post to keep creating new ideas in that direction too.
Oh, and in an attempt to make my life a little bit simpler, I'm going to try to now answer questions in the comments section here, rather than in individual emails. If there's something specific you're asking about, please come back and check!
Here's wishing you lots of beautiful moments in your day!