Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Texas Art...

Hello everyone!

I hope you are having a splendid week. Today I have a fun craft project to share.

This past weekend I was blessed to spend a bit of time with two relatives that were visiting from another state. The night before I was set to have lunch with them and some of our extended family I realized that I would like to create a small gift for them to take back home from their visit. Suddenly, an idea began to form in my mind and I created this.




The art piece is on a small canvas and the artwork is a combination of embroidery and sketching with acrylic pencils and a black ink pen. I am pleased with how it turned out, but I was even more pleased by the smiles on my relatives' faces when I gave it to them.

One of the aspects that I most enjoyed about making this was the exploration of combining stitching directly on canvas as well as other elements, such as acrylic pencils.

How have you been creative lately?

Simply,
Sarah

Monday, May 19, 2014

Birthday weekend...


My birthday came and then it went. It left me one year older and richer in memories than I was before it came.

I thought I would take a minute to share a few highlight of what made this birthday extra special.

1. Quality time with a few people that you love dearly is an incredible gift on a birthday. I was able to enjoy so much quality time with loved ones and I was spoiled far more than I could have ever expected. In an effort to remain more in the moment, I chose to mostly take pictures with an insta-camera. (It helps me stay more in the moment than if I use my nicer camera.) So, below I created an Insta-Picture collage with the scanned copies.




2. A meal made with kindness is nourishing to the body and the heart. My sweet Momma made me a very yummy meal. It happens to be a Vegan dish that is one of my very favorite things to eat. It was so yummy!





3. Crinkle-nosed laughter is the very best face to wear on your birthday. Really. That is the best face. I am so thankful my sister captured this picture of my laughter.


All in all, this was one of the best birthdays I have ever had.

I am so thankful for the love, laughter, and blessings in my life.

Simply,
Sarah

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DIY: Napkin Banner...



Hello everyone!

Today I am excited to share a quick DIY project with all of you. I took a little time to create a birthday banner out of napkins and thought it would be fun to share the project here on the blog. Enjoy!

Before we begin looking at the steps the first thing you need to do is gather your supplies.

Here is what you need:

1. Scissors
2. Clear tape
3. A packet of napkins (I found mine on clearance for only $0.89!)
4. Ribbon

Now that you have gathered all of your supplies, place one napkin on a flat surface in front of you. Make sure that the thick folded side of the napkin is the side furthest away from you. Then carefully cut off part of each side of the napkin to create a triangle shape.



Once you've cut the napkin, unfold your center triangle and you will see that you have two separate diamonds that are ready to be folded and hung.


Fold the two diamonds back into triangles.


Now it is time to place the triangles onto your ribbon. Cut the strand of ribbon the length that you desire. Fold the triangle over the strand of ribbon and use clear tape to tape each side of the banner triangle near the ribbon.


Repeat these steps to create and hang as many banner triangles as you need and then hang up your lovely project!


I hope you've enjoyed this DIY project!

Simply,
Sarah

Monday, May 12, 2014

International ME/CFS Awareness Day 2014

Today is International ME/CFS Day.

A few years ago I was very, very ill. As I was searching for answers and spending days upon days in bed, I came across the blog Learning to Live with ME/CFS, written by Sue Jackson. I found the blog very helpful during that season of my life and Sue was incredibly kind to me. She took time to respond to my emails, answer my questions, and write encouraging notes on my blog.

As time went on and my health began to improve, I became less involved in learning about or sharing about ME/CFS.

Today I am unsure about my health and if I had ME/CFS and then it went into remission or if that was never part of what I had going on at all. I know now that I have Fibromyalgia. But, even if I never had ME/CFS, my symptoms when I was very ill fit the diagnoses and I understand first hand how debilitating and frustrating it is to be in bed for weeks and days and not have clear answers or treatments for you exhausting fatigue.

My health has greatly improved and I truly hope that those in the ME/CFS community will also have improvements in their health as more is learned about diagnosis and treatments.

And so, today I would like to help Sue and others in the ME/CFS community to spread the word. If you would take a moment and visit Sue's blog post and some of the links there to learn a little, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you!


Simply,
Sarah

Summer...













I completed the spring semester with a B in Business Calculus and A's in my other three classes. It was a wonderful semester of taking classes, hard work, and new adventures. I am so thankful for my work study position and excited to share that I have been asked to return to my position in the fall.

But, right now it is the summer break. I am taking one Maymester class and I have a library internship in June, but it it is still a major break compared to the busy fall and spring semesters that I have completed. Now I am enjoying playing board games with my youngest brother, watching movies with my sister, snuggling extra with my cat, visiting with my mom in the middle of the day, grocery shopping at noon, laughing with friends, writing, and so much more.

Summer break is here with all of its sunshine, thunderstorms, swimming pools, smoothies, walks in the park, music played and sung in the kitchen, flowers on the table, sort of moments. Summer is here and I have room to breathe, room to create, and I have time to rest. I am cherishing it.

The pictures in this post are from a lovely time spent at a local garden with my good friend Allanah. It was such a nice day and I truly enjoyed taking pictures with her. I am thankful for more time to spend with friends over the summer.

This weekend my birthday will arrive and add an extra digit to my age. I can honestly say that I am excited. (Even though I sort of forgot about my own birthday until after my Business Calculus final. Oops.) I have grown and changed a lot over this past year and I am looking forward to seeing what the next year holds. All in all, I am thankful for this season that I am in and for time to rest and breathe this summer.

I hope that all of you in the blog-sphere are very well! I have missed being here and I look forward to hopefully writing more regularly once again.

Happy summer!

Sincerely,
Sarah

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Snake skin transformation...




One evening when I arrived home from working on campus, I noticed that a snake had shed its skin near our porch. I stopped as soon as I saw it and looked at it for a moment before I dashed inside to get my camera.

Now, I will be honest, I felt a strange mixture of joy while appreciating the intricate beauty of the skin and uneasiness in being so near something that was a part of the snake. However, I pushed through the skin crawly sensation I felt (pun intended) to appreciate the beauty.

As I sat and looked at the skin I thought about transformation. I feel like I have grown and changed so much over this school year. I worked my first office job as a workstudy on campus and learned so much about working in an office environment. I completed Business Calculus with a B, which I would have thought of as an impossible task if someone told me I would do that two years ago. I've continued to grow, learn, and change in many ways too.

Transformation isn't always easy, but even the process that is left behind can be beautiful in its own way.

Sincerely,
Sarah