One batch down,

And one to go. Today has been one of those days when I feel like more than one day has taken place. One of my card batches is just about done and then I have one more to complete. Then it is on to dinner and our other adventures.
Yesterday I learned that I need to be more aware and appreciative of the people who help me. I thought I had learned that lesson, but I found myself learning it again. Sigh.

The Ride.

roadI do a lot of things with my kids in terms of spending time with them and making sure they have experiences that enrich their lives and help them learn to be happy and healthy adults. A lot of times my kids are resistant to a lot of the activities and things I try to do with them, but every now and then there is a glimmer of hope that they appreciate the positive impact I am trying to have in their lives. One of the things we used to do a lot more often when they were younger was going for a ride. Sometimes we’d go to the mountains and go hiking or just a ride into the country to look at the changing seasons or just to calm everybody down and take a break from the screen. Recently, after we had run some errands, Miss A asked if we could go for a ride. It really meant a lot to me that she wanted to have some quiet hang out time because it means that I did something that was good for her that she enjoyed.

Ramping up.

todolistIt is that time of the year when my days really start to run together. Yay. There is Thanksgiving, the beginning of Christmas mailing season, and wrapping up all of our 2014 business so that it does not overlap into 2015. Today I spent a lot of time on Christmas card production, which I am hoping to complete by Tuesday so that I can be completely free to enjoy Thanksgiving adventures with the kids.

Putting it all together.

IMG_20141121_194146I have been making cards for myself (and helping the kids with theirs) for years. I thought I had learned a lot, but in the past twelve months, I feel like I have learned exponentially where I had been learning additionally. I am still playing with, working with and adding to my portfolio the things I learned at my Copic class and that was almost a month ago. One of the things that really excites me is how I can try something out with this art collaboration and then turn around and apply an aspect to paper crafting. I love the way things can meld together now in terms of mixed media crafting and art. Here are some of the ideas on my Christmas Card drawing board. Stay tuned.