I remember a couple of years ago deciding I was going to to step down from some of the Design Teams I was on and just enjoy some time creating just for fun , without guidelines and deadlines. Well, instead I found myself just creating less :( It's good to just take time for "life", don't get me wrong. I was spending way too much time in my studio). But.... I miss pushing my creative limits at times. The other day I decided to paint. Not for anyone, just because. Painting is not something I'm super comfortable with for the most part. But I was surprised how much a enjoyed it when I didn't worry so much about what the end result was going to be.
So, when I'm done, It's nothing super special and I am not happy with the way the writing turned out at all , but I'm going to be OK with it. I wasn't going to post it but I decided it's something worth talking about. If you love to create but it's always for someone, for a Design Team requirement, or to replicate something you were inspired by on Pinterest..... Try using your next free craft/art time for YOU. For no other reason, except for the fact you just enjoy it. Paint, cut, draw, or even just doodle. Go into it with the idea that you don't even have to show anyone. There really is something to be said for just enjoying the process... without any expectations.
So. .... that was that one relaxing day. lol Now full speed ahead. haha There has been so much going on. I had to pick and choose photos as not to drown you in them.
I always have to share about these sweet boys when they stop over for a visit. Their mom had a training day at work before school starts so they came over to play. ( you know me, I hate to play alone. :)
We did a couple of crafty things I had picked up at Hobby Lobby especially for the next time they came over
Emmett is working on coloring his scare crow after finishing his Tee Pee.
Wyatt so good at coloring and drawing.
Emmett, well., he's all about getting his projects done quick and playing in the buttons. ( a boy after my own heart).
Last weekend Dan and I went to SD for my Aunt Donna's 90th Birthday celebration. Her husband, Uncle Al ( my moms brother) , had his 90th celebration last year. And the year before that was my Aunt Viv's ( my moms sister). They are the last of my family in SD. Aunt Viv was at the party also of course so we got to see her.
She is going well, and has moved to an assisted living since her visit here. She loves it!
My parents were both from SD and met and married there, and started their family. Only my next oldest brother and I were born here in NE after they moved down here. SD hold so many memories for my siblings and I ( and my kids) of great family times. My Grandparents farmed there until they retired and moved to town. After Grandpa passed, Grandma lived in that cute little house for many years.
It's seems slower paced there. (Populations under 300) A little more untouched by the craziness of the world these days somehow. Maybe I just want to believe that , but it's just feels so comfortable there.
My Aunt Donna an Uncle Al are just amazing people. They farmed all their lives and still live out on their farm. They are hard working people with hearts of gold. My Aunt Donna has had lots of medical problems these past years, but they still just keep going. You can tell by my Uncle Al , that he's quite a character.
I love these people.
Wes and Amy weren't able to make it because they are in Colorado camping. They love adventure ( and to make me worry :) so they are on the motorcycle.
Before they left Wes designed a T shirt logo, and I helped him print them off and iron them on, so they would all have one. They actually looked amazing! He did a great job on the design.
Last night I went to Lincoln to see my great niece Amber and her boys before they headed back to AZ. They are the most adorable "littles"! We always wish out far away family lived closer, but enjoy every minute of their visits.
I figure those who come here for craft/art inspiration will catch that at the top of the post and carry on. You die hards who have been coming here for so long that you know my entire family will read to the end. lol
If you got this far.... I LOVE YOU!