Haven't been blogging much lately. In fact after a long talk with my dear, sweet hubby, I have come to the realization that I needed to cut back on a lot of things in my life.
Of course my plan is to continue trying the be the best wife and mother I can be, while at the same time doing the most I can for my class of 30 kindergarten students.
On top of that . . .
I still want time for me (I LOVE my Zumba classes!)
And blogging - I love it! But sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming - high pressure even, when I want to complete a project, photograph it and put it online.
Recently, while reading a favourite blogs, Lemonade Makin' Mama
I came across this statement made by Sasha, the Mama herself (she had recently spent a ton of time decorating her house for fall, making it "perfect" for her hubby, son and daughter (and blog!):
"Later, I stood there gazing adoringly at our pretty fall-itized house and it was like God very gently and lovingly whispered some correction to my heart, "If you put out a pumpkin bedecked in liquid gilding but have not love... and if you carefully arrange your son's collected feathers in a crock but then yell at him because he's up on a chair messing it up, you become a noisy gong or a clanging symbol... and if you fluff pretty pillows and throws but have not love...you are nothing."
This really struck a chord with me.
Who do I do all these creative things for?
Blog readers, worldwide?
But really - who gets to enjoy what I do everyday in REAL LIFE? Taste my baked goods? Keep cozy under my crocheted afghans?
Find their favourite books in the handy book basket that I arranged in the corner of the living room?
The answer is my HUSBAND and my CHILDREN!!
And if I am stressed about completing the perfect project and have no energy or patience for my family, what's the point?
So on these realizations, I decided to tone my blogging down, and gear the time with my family, UP!!
I'll still continue with all of my projects, but I'll complete them in a relaxed fashion, when I really FEEL like it. Not according to some crazy blogging schedule I have set up for myself.
So on that note . . . here is my latest project.
I hope you enjoy it because it might be several more days before I share another!!
A Teal and Red Autumn Mantel
I recently fell in love with these branches at Michaels. Luckily they went on sale the other day and I got them for half price!!
The apples are vintage Christmas tree decorations and the flowers are from Michaels.
I used my newest Cricut cartridge to cut these elaborate leaf shapes out of scrapbook paper. I glue-gunned them to a length of twine and now they add a line of colour along the front of the fireplace.
I'll share a bit more about this home-made piece of autumn art on another day. The scrapbook paper served as the colour inspiration for the whole mantel.
I am really pleased with how this turned out. With my recent decision to simplify my life, I think this mantel décor will do quite nicely until I decide to switch it up for Halloween!
Happy first few days of autumn!