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You Get What You Give

This past year,when I’m creatively stuck, and need to feel the gratitude of the gift of the greater than me world, I’ve gone to the craft room and made cards to give away. I started this movement last Fall. This year, people’s gift exchanges put me in the gifting mode. I’d ask people to give me their addresses and I’d then send something hand-made, maybe a few trinkets or stickers or candy or decorations I have around.

A delivery of thoughtfulness puts your brain out into the larger world to appreciate. This practice is so healing to me because it’s being selfless and it seems to be the best excuse for me to create. And lastly, not that I really counted on this, but it’s turning the love around which is being delivered back to me. Friendship is the most precious gift ever and I am a lucky wealthy woman this month and this year.

A really sweet card from a friendship I gained through last years faraway friends card send out surprised me with one with such an affirming message inside about why we get along . That about made my month Homemeade card from Shannon on Shalavee.com

Then there was a hand-made card made especially for me back from a new friend from Instagram.

Package from Christel on Shalavee.com

And a package of goodies from Germany from yet another new friend, including her artwork cards, who had given me such a gift some time ago just by telling me my voice of my creative journey inspired her. Christel really was the first person who’d put their finger on my continued “why” in blogging. Because being me gives me hope. And hope and friendship and kindness are really what matter to me. I sent her this array of goodies and almost thought it got lost in the mail.Chris's presie on Shalavee.com

And this was the fabulous post I was then rewarded with.

“YEAH, your sweet package arrived today @shalaghhogan! Thank you so much for your kind words on your beautifully handmade butterfly card. I loved all the nice details while unwrapping all your lovely gifts: a handmade garland, candies, and a toy car and those glittering robots (Nico loves them!)… You made our day! So good to have (understanding) IG-Friends For those who do not know: @shalaghhogan read about this idea to send a surprise letter/package to 5 friends just to spread joy and maybe to receive joy again.”

I now have a friend named Chris who lives in Munich. How lucky ? And she has a friend who lives in Maryland. How lucky are we ?

At first, as I watched all the love between everyone back and forth on Instagram, I felt left out. And then I realized that we often have to invite ourselves to the party we want to join. And then, when I began to feel a part of it because I had joined in the gratitudinal giving, I enjoyed watching the posts and the hopeful notes and thankfulness that the giving was giving back. Weird how that works but it just does.

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Happy Flowers and Fourth of July

I can admit without shame that I detest our country’s flag colors. Don’t get me wrong, I feel patriotic when I see red, white, and blue bunting up on people’s porches and the flag itself could bring tears to my eyes on occasion. But I really don’t find the color combination attractive otherwise.

Wanting to be patriotic for the Fourth of July, I aspired to make and take pictures that I liked and appreciated the holiday color scheme.

Purple clover too on Shalavee.comNature has a way of offering alternatives that make any color combination OK. So I endeavored to put together a little eye candy in a blue ball jar that everyone could enjoy and that paid homage to the red, white, and blue combination. Yes I pulled over and jumped out of the truck to retrieve the Queen Anne’s lace and the clover. Nothing’s too crazy for art. Especially to stare at two of my favorite flowers.

flowers in the crate on Shalavee.comQueen Anne’s lace, blue hydrangea, and Autumn Sage in a blue ball jar inside a red vintage coke crate and, stick a fork in me, I’m done. Add some vintage white doilies, a white-painted child’s school chair, and a Parcheesi board and I had a cute little photo shoot in my backyard this week. Coke crate on Shalavee.com

 

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Flowers with Parcheesi background on Shalavee.com

Here’s to celebrating your love of freedom and beauty however you want to.

Love to our country and to all the souls in it.

Independence is a place of freedom in your heart.

Truly visit for even just a moment

and you’ll know what bliss is for your efforts.

overhead of vase on chair with parcheesi board on Shalavee.com

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Happy 100 Days of Making

It was brought to my attention by Ms. Kim Werker, the lady who turned me onto this idea, that last Friday marked the first 100 days

for My Year of Making. You  may vaguely remember this project.

You may also remember my realization that I’m much more of a maker than I had previously recognized. March Making collage3

Either way, I kept at it, recognizing and recording every act of creativity I demonstrated each day

from cooking to picture-taking to writing to arting.  And I have these pictures to prove it. Fiona projects on Shalavee.com

I created a collage in February to commemorate my first month of making which you can see here . This project is important to me because I tend to not appreciate the cumulative effect of my life and experiences.

But this project really forces me to keep an eye the quantity of my creativity in front of me.

And I recognized that I’m an uber-creative.Making collage on Shalavee.com

So here’s to 256 more days of keeping track of my making madness because, like it or not,

I’m on a making roll that will last a year. And probably a lifetime.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Tissue Tassels

I can say that one of the biggest perks to having a party is the decorating. My long-standing affinity for paper decoration is due to its versatility and low-cost. There was that one time my friend and I decorated the most store windows in Denton’s downtown. White paper, shelf paper, cardboard, and tissue paper were our supplies totaling under one hundred dollars. It was the labor that was the killer. Well, I have tissue paper still left over from that project. And when I thought about how I wanted to decorate Fiona’s birthday party, hot pink was definitely a color I was using. And seeing as my friend and I have sworn never to do tissue Poms again, tissue tassels seemed to need trying. Because … Easy.

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One sheet of tissue paper will make a pretty fat tassel.

In fact they turned out more like cheerleading pom poms than tassels.

And I didn’t mind that at all.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

Fold the tissue paper in thirds long ways.

The height of your tissue after this step will be however tall your tassel will be.

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Cut the fold along the bottom to open it up for the fringing part at the end.

And yes, that’s me using my really nice fabric scissors. Because they’re sharp.

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Fold the paper over on itself.

You’ll be repeating yourself like short-term memory gal in a moment.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

Cut along that newly created fold leaving the tissue attached at the top by a little.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

Rinse and Repeat.

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And again until you really can’t fold over any more.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

Now cut your fringe.

By folding it a bunch of times, this cutting part will take like ten snips.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

When you’re done fringing, simply roll the top edge up and secure with some tape.

And voilà, paper pom-pom, I mean tassel.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

You could actually cut the piece of tissue in half at the end and have two tassels if you wanted to save effort. The impact would be the same. I just adore their playful spirit and their texture. Plus, the cats loved them. It was the most entertaining watching the little cat standing on her back paws on the back of the club chair trying to balance and play with the tassel in the doorway. Happy tassel making and please feel free to ask me anything paper decorating oriented.

If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

The Curtains : Fiona’s Room

Fiona’s Room Reveal started yesterday. First up on the show and tell stage are the curtains. Ah the curtains. Long story short, they were a long story that needed an ending. I had a sewing phobia. And I got over it. Because I was silly and the room hinged on their completion. The story told in full and funnily is here.

Looks like I may be sewing afterall on shalavee.com

The loose Roman shade design was based on some shades I saw on the Hunted Interior but I didn’t want to have to tie them up every time thus the velcro straps. First, I did a Pinterest perusal to feel the project. hand gathered roman shade inspiration on shalavee.com

This one was for a boy’s room. I loved the suspender straps and if I could have found three pairs of overalls, I’d have lopped off the straps with hardware in a heartbeat and used those instead of the velcro/ fake buttons gimmick.

curtsin tie up close up on Shalavee.com

I wanted a roman shade feeling but looser. Decided to gather them up by hand and used Velcro on ends of my jean tie ups made from Mark’s old jeans and vintage buttons. The jean fabric inspiration was from the pops of navy in the curtain fabric plus I thought it was a bit of tomboy to go with the floral. I’m good at the finger pleating but my husband is not so you’ll note a difference in the quality of pleating in the window treatment shots.

I used some beautiful silk blend curtain panels I’d gotten from the Goodwill in Bridgeville, Delaware while shopping with my bestie during our monthly shop and lunch chow down at Jimmy’s Grill (fried chicken, sweet potato, and slaw). I am a sucker for fabric especially when it feels vintage. Yet I don’t always actually use it for all my good intentions. So this was really a necessary for me to use what I’d bought. This fabric was also the inspiration for a lot of the other art and color touches in the room. Fiona's room Curtains with no rods on Shalavee.com

Sadly, a project also can’t happen for me without some sort of crisis. At first it was the sewing machine. Then it was figuring out how to use two fabric panels to cover the three windows in the bay window configuration. I was stumped and unhappily trying to figure out a work around when it occurred to me to turn the huge fabric panels sideways. They were that big. Eureka, I had enough without piecing them together.

Also the tie-ups ended up different lengths and I mistakenly used sticky back Velcro which the sewing machine hated me more for. At first, I installed the flat wooden pieces that the fabric is stapled to with just one screw each to just “See how to do it”. This used to be known as jury rigging.  But then I spent another hour later on to correct all of my half butt jobs. I did it darn it. Next up is the rod design and second layer of the curtains which make the window ensembles completely fabulous !!!

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