Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Self prescribed timeout

Hello Friends.
I have been doing a lot of thinking. 
I have been avoiding a lot of hard emotions and feelings.
I have been trying to "get in touch" with myself.
I have been avoiding work.
I have been saying yes when I should be saying no.
I have been stuffing my grief deep inside when I should be letting it have it's time.
I have been angry and I have been barking. 
I have been feeling guilty for one reason or another.
I have been trying to be better. 
A better friend to myself, my body, my soul, my heart. 
I am trying to realize that I just cant do it all.

All of these feelings or lack of feelings have left me completely run down. 

I need to put aside a few things to make room for what needs my attention now. For right now that means self care, family time, bringing ideas and inspiration to life that light a fire inside me. It doesn't mean trying to blog, thinking of and executing blog posts has gone from enjoyable and inspiring to absolute dread. For those of you that come often or every day I know you have noticed a decline here and I don't want to feel guilty about that. 

I am taking a self prescribed time out. 

I will be gone until August. Not sure when exactly but I do know I will be back. I love to be here writing and sharing... just not right now. Have an amazing summer friends.

I value each and everyone of you that support me and read my story. I will not completely disappear, you can come follow along with me, my summer and my inspiration on my Instagram feed, my handle is nadinekaren. 

Until next time.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Layout Love Tuesday

Product: all product is from various companies that I put together for the May month kit for Treasured Memories. Check out the kit- The Sweet Life. 

Tip: for this layout I created the arrows using left over letter stickers. For the 'v' portion I cut apart an X and then used a lower case L  for the body.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Being Anna Rae: 4.5 years old

Anna Rae
Age: 4.5

- you go to playschool 3 days a week, play soccer twice and go to hip hop on Tuesdays
- you love mashed potatoes & veggie meatballs
- you told me you have a boyfriend and his name is Kristoff
- you got very upset when I told you you couldn't marry Daddy
- you love animals and nature
- you have the kindest heart
- you wear a skirt or dress everyday
- you give the very best morning snuggles
- you love to draw pictures of people
- you love to collect rocks
- you want to be a princess when you grow up
- you have slept through the night for a month now (finally!)
- your favorite show on TV is Wild Kratts
- your play friends: Jenna, Lizzy, Lucy, Evelyn, Alex, Scarlett
- your room is always messy
- you get frustrated easy & are quick to stomp
- you love Lego
- you are already asking when we are going camping
- you tell me: "I love you 99." or "I love you more than Cinderella."
- you always ask Daddy what color jersey he is cheering for so you can cheer for them too
- you asked me just yesterday how babies get into tummies (sigh)
- you have the best laugh
- sometimes I feel like you & I have a secret club
- I thought you might pass out from laughter when I made a play dough butt
- If I sleep in you come & tell me "I'll let you have coffee if you get up." 
- you amaze me every day and teach me so much about kindness

Friday, 8 May 2015

Saying Goodbye

Last Saturday my family gathered to say goodbye to my Grandpa. He past away on April 24 at the age of 92. He lived a long life that was full of trials I can't imagine but it was also full of so much happiness & so much love. He immigrated from Poland as a very young boy, he grew up & worked his finger to the bone. Giving and giving, helping to be a part of building our province. He worked hard until he could no longer give anymore. He married my Grandma almost 60 years ago, how amazing is that. 60 years. He raised 5 daughters, most likely the hardest work of his life. He had 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. 

Loosing him was hard, I cried and cried for loss. For death. For no more second chances. For no more "I should go before it's too late" trips. Death is final. I cried hard for my Dad, this all felt too soon, too much to deal with. I cried hard for my Mom, who too has no father now. 

As they opened the doors to carry my Grandpa to the hearse, it rained the prettiest rain. They stepped outside and the rain stopped. A good friend reminded me once that this rain is the angels sharing your grief. I smiled when I saw the rain. At the grave side service I was struck by a moment that was absolutely beautiful. The sky was black, all around us were black clouds that promised rain. There was a part in the center of those black clouds that allowed the sun to shine down onto us. As we stood there placing roses on his casket the warmth from the sun could be felt on our backs.  It shone like that until we all walked away, then the clouds closed and the rain came. I smiled again and said goodbye. 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

New Card Class & Kits at Treasured Memories

I have been busy designing and creating. First up is my newest card class for Treasured Memories. I am IN LOVE with these papers from Jen Hadfield's Cottage Living collection. Second, I have created a new Disney inspired mini book (you can see my first one here) using the Say Cheese 2 collection from Simple Stories. These papers are amazing, the pops of gold foil are the perfect addition to their collection. 
{Wrapped up in Bows}
Thursday, May 21
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Disney Adventure
Disney inspired mini book kit available for purchase at Treasured Memories. These kits have all the product, photos and instructions that you will need to create this fabulous book for all your Disney vacation photos. You can call the store at 780-414-1540 to have yours set aside. 

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Layout Love Tuesday

This month I chose and assembled the Month Kit for Treasured Memories. I also designed all the pages that go with it to inspire you. This page was created from the kit product and is one of my favourites. I love the triangles and pictures of palm tress are never a bad idea! Head on over here to view the month kit: The Sweet Life.

All product from the May month kit: The Sweet Life from Treasured Memories.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Mother's Day Gift Idea: for the gardener

I am back this morning sharing one last idea for a Mother's Day gift. This one is for someone who maybe doesn't need plants or for someone who gardens but you're not too sure what they like to grow. I know this one might be my favorite but that could be because I have a serious magazine addiction. Mother's Day is this Sunday and I plan on sleeping in, then drinking mimosas with my Eggs Benedict. What are your plans?

To create this gift pot you will need:
- plant pot (Dollarama)
- Magazine (Safeway but I am sure it can be found anywhere)
- chalkboard heart stick (Micheal's)
- Jar (Dollarama)
- sugar hand scrub (recipe below)

Sugar Hand Scrub
{this is perfect for getting that garden dirt off your hands)

Dish Soap

In a small jar, fill 3/4 with sugar, top up with dish soap. Stir to mix together, check consistentcy. You are looking for a thick mix that can be scooped out. Add sugar and continue mixing until you get a thick consistency that you're happy with. I had to add quite a bit of sugar after the initial mix. I tested mine out and it works great.
*Tip: the sugar settles and you will need to mix prior to using. I just shook my jar up and that did the trick.

To see my other gift idea posts from last week you can read here, here & here.