Hello Lovely!

The February 2017 featured paper is Hello Lovely – a beautiful mix of flowers, geometric patterns, a little gold foil and beautiful colors.  I love the linen pattern, too!

hello-lovely-paper

When I first saw this paper in person, those flowers immediately reminded me of my Gran Wessner (she’s also my namesake – my real name is Geraldine).  I remember as a child she always had gardenia bushes and those white flowers remind me of Gran’s gardenias.

img_1184Gran also had peonies (we pronounce them peenies – not pee O nies), a mock orange bush, tons of lilacs – and there was this lemon tree.  It wouldn’t bloom – she had it for years and not a single flower.  Gran was always reading – and she had read that plants like to be talked to – so she talked to the lemon tree.  Then somehow she heard she needed to beat the tree – so she hit it with a switch!  After several years – she was just done waiting and tossed it over the bank by the creek.  And would you believe that thing bloomed!!!

My Gran Wessner is also the person who sparked my scrapbooking bug.  When we were kids, she made each of us a ‘scrapbook’ with articles she read or pictures that she thought we would like, there were snip-its from the newspaper if we had our picture in there for something and just things in general that reminded her of us.  Sadly, I don’t have that scrapbook anymore.  I’m not sure what happened to it over the years.  I wish that I had understood the value when I was younger.  But I do still have the memories and I will definitely be making a scrapbook layout about my Gran with this paper!

Have you ever found a paper that brought back a flood of memories or you just knew immediately what you wanted to do with it?  If not – I hope you get to experience it at least once!  During the next month I’ll be posting artwork using the Hello Lovely paper pack – so check back later!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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Truly Blessed…

Is there something wrong with me?!  I traded a desk job for shoveling snow – and I love it!

No – I don’t shovel snow all the time – but it’s part of the reason I quit my auditing job.  I wanted to have more time to take care of my family.  And since my husband is willing to go to work to support our family – I don’t have a problem pushing some snow around (it’s WAY better than pushing paper!)

It’s been just over 2 weeks since I quit my job.  I can’t believe the peace that I have felt since that very first weekend.  A lot of it comes from being able to get housework, grocery shopping and other errands done while my boys are at school – leaving evenings and weekends for more fun things.

Another reason I think I have more peace is that my days are filled with productivity – creating layouts & cards, getting my house back together, blogging, cooking….. things I enjoy – some creative, some physical, some mental – I really love it all.

The main reason I think I have found peace is because I truly believe I am following God’s plan for me.  I spent a lot of time in prayer and questioning whether I was making the right choice.  I received answers in multiple ways – and everything was telling me that I needed to leave the job I hated – spend more time taking care of my family – and pursue things that bring me joy.

I know that this is a blessing and not something to be taken for granted.  I’m very thankful that I am able to take more time with my family and do things I love.  I am truly blessed!

Enjoy your life – it’s too short to be unhappy!

~Gerri

Family -Little Things Mean the Most 

I’m enjoying the crisp fall mornings these days – not so much the shorter days.  This month’s Basic Scrapbook class layout is great for pictures of family – and uses the ‘With You’ stamp set.


The sample shows placement for 3 pictures (a 5×7 and two 3×4’s) – you could easily add more pictures using Flip Flaps or additional mattes.

I’ve often heard the phrase ‘little things mean a lot’ – but I love that this stamp set says ‘the little things mean the MOST’.  Why is this?  For me it comes back to family. A few years ago, my son was diagnosed with Aspergers – a high functioning level of Autism that affects him mainly with social impairment – he doesn’t play well with others.  Most people just think he’s rude and don’t understand there’s an underlying issue.
This has been a struggle for our whole family, not just him.

The little things that mean so much are –

When he apologizes for an explosion – that means he’s starting to get the connection between his actions and others’ feelings (and more importantly – care about that connection).

When he can verbally express that he’s getting frustrated – and better yet – walk away and avoid an explosion.

When he can accept a compliment without getting angry (I still haven’t figured this one out – if I’m giving you a compliment – why get upset?)

When his brother doesn’t intentionally try to get him spun up.

When mom or dad can calmly engage – correct, redirect, compliment, reward.

I know for lots of families, these things are just second nature – but for us they’re little things that really do mean the most.  Because these little things are putting my son on the path to being able to function appropriately in society.  They also mean that our family is making little improvements – to be more understanding, to be better, to help each other.  These little things for you – mean the most for us.

Originally, I thought about having family pictures on this layout, maybe instead I’ll tell this story of how such little things do mean the most. 

Generational or Societal?

I’ve been thinking about this post for several months now.  I had contact with 2 different ‘gentlemen’ on the same day and it amazed me at how differently they reacted.

Contact #1 – I was at a stoplight – making a right turn on red.  Being by a school, I was extremely cautious – after checking the crosswalk, and looking both ways I started to move forward slowly to make my right turn.  Suddenly a ‘gentlemen’  (around 20-ish) on a bicycle came flying through the intersection – going the wrong way (he was riding northbound, in the southbound bike lane – or possibly on the sidewalk, I’m not sure).  I of course was in HIS way – so he threw is hand out (there may have been a finger involved) and called me a name that I will not repeat here.  This really irritated me because HE was in the wrong (riding in the wrong lane), yet he blamed me and called me names.

Contact #2 – was just a few hours later, I had stopped to grab some lunch and as I was leaving I had my head in my phone (I was clearly in the wrong!).  When I looked up, I realized I was in the way of an elderly gentleman coming into the door and immediately apologized and then stopped to make way for him.  He on the other hand, stopped and held the door for me and politely said – ‘No thanks, you go ahead.”

After the 1st incident, I was just bugged.  After the 2nd incident, all I could think about was why these 2 reacted differently.  My first thought was of course, the older gentleman was taught manners and was brought up in a much different time.  I also considered, socio-economic, ethnicity, even that the 1st guy was just late for work and really needed to get there.  But, you know – the only thing I can base my opinion on is the generational difference because I don’t know any of those other factors.

I’m glad we still have men & women in our lives who were brought up to be polite – even when some goofball is in their way because she’s looking at her phone.  I sure hope that I am able to instill these values in my boys – I know it’s a tough, long road given the societal attitude of not taking responsibility for your own actions.  But you can rest assured – I’m sure going to try!

Enjoy what’s left of your week!

~Gerri