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My Favorite Ta-Dones

My tendency to look at the bad stuff and what my life may be lacking can have me never seeing the good stuff and what I’ve accomplished. So I thought I’d present a pictorial list of some accomplishments that I am truly proud of.

A remembered resume of really rockin’ deeds.

A round-up of ridiculously cool projects I nailed.

And a chance for you to see what you’ve missed or remember what you liked.

Fiona's room recap on Shalavee.com

painted dresser in Fiona's room from Shalavee.com

Silouettes of myself and my husband, the parents in Fiona's room on Shalavee.com

Clothespin picture display chandy on Shalavee.com

I am extremely proud of my redesign of Fiona’s room. There was a week’s worth of projects that I completed and posted. See the final reveal post here and there are links to the room project posts on the bottom. Fiona's second birthday party decorations on Shalavee.com

I endeavored to have it all done by the time we had her second birthday party and I succeeded. I was also pleased with the way her silhouette poster came out and that is now in her room as well. The tissue poms made me happy and allowed me to spend my money on flowers to arrange. See that post here.

First decorated rocking chair for Talbot Humane society on Shalavee.com

In 2014, I was asked to decorate a rocking chair for an auction to benefit the Talbot Humane Society. More pictures of this are here. And then there was this year’s version.The chair for the Talbot Humane Society 2015 on Shalavee.com

This was actually a child’s rocking chair. I wanted to be within the same vein of minimal collage on raw wood with white accents. It was whimsical and just what I was aiming for. See that post here.

Chandelier decorations for the Summer solstice service on Shalavee.com

Finished Floor cloth for summer solstice service on Shalavee.com

I was sooo pleased with how my first attempt at a painted floor cloth went. I had no idea what the heck I was doing but I bought paints and surfed Pinterest and then got to work. It’s still hanging in the hallway of the church four months later. Probably should take it down soon.

Suzani Table Top Design from Shalavee.com

Party design is one of my favorite creative loves. And I had the pleasure of designing party table tops for a dear friend this past Summer. I was inspired by her fabric to make these happy Suzani circles and scattered wild flower filled vases everywhere. See that post here.

Suzani and Wildflower decorations on Shalavee.com

Suzani and Wildflower decorations on Shalavee.com

And lastly, I was super excited to join a collage challenge a couple of weeks back to practice my “skills” and just randomly make stuff from an inspiration word.¬†The Butterfly Effect, collage by Shalagh on Shalavee.com

I am comfortable with this medium and having a prompt made it easy to make without thinking. This one above is called the Butterfly Effect and was made in maybe a half and hour with 7 different pieces of paper, mostly old maps from a fifty year old “C” encyclopedia. See the post on the Creativity Challenge here.Day 2 of One Creative Week on Shalavee.com

I don’t think I celebrate my accomplishments as well as I should and I’m truly trying to remedy this. I hope you’ve enjoyed the little visual tour of some of the projects I’ve been most proud of recently. Christmas is coming and that ends up being one of the most creative times for me and there’s be more pretty projects to remember and create. Stay tuned.

Wanna see the whole month of posts? Start here. To see yesterday’s post, go here.

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

Unqualified Enoughs

On a ‘not feeling so great’ day recently, I realized I was looking around my house, at my life, at all the things I am supposed to measure up to. Numerous items and definitions and tasks that have no real measured defined standard. I somehow, I had fallen short of measuring up to an undefined level of perfectionism. A unacheivable undefined standard. And so I will fail every day.

That queasy feeling I have knowing that every day I will be judged and found to be an inadequate failure. My house won’t be pretty enough, my writing won’t ever be published or prolific enough, my kids won’t be stimulated enough, and my body won’t be young enough.

Like a slow leak in my psyche, again the case of the not enoughs has taken its toll. Every effort I make goes down the ‘not enough’ hole. My energy drained, my efforts unnoticed.

Perhaps I judge and sentence myself to avoid anyone beating me to the punch of telling me I’m not enough. The crime is punishable by solitude and no risks. I will already create the rejection I expect the world handing me so that I won’t be disappointed when it does. I am in control of my failure, I already know how it turns out. At the gas tank on Shalavee.com

Yet, to have seen the pattern is to break it. Whatever effort I muster in a day, that has to be enough. What I have to give is all I have. And raising the standards, the daily expectations so that I always fail, that’s just downright mean.

So here I am giving myself credit and permission to be OK with whatever I have today. It’s OK. And I offer myself the faith that I will get around to working on and clearing and creating whatever needs to happen in the order of its importance. I will commit to defining my enoughs. The children will have enough love. I will have enough time with my friends. And I will forgive myself my brutal humanity yet again and allow for the risks that will elevate me above a survivor and onto a successfully self-aware woman who is using her wisdom and fear to inspire others out of their fear holes too. Enough is enough.

Wanna see the whole month of posts? Start here.Wanna see yesterday’s post, go here.

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.

There’s No Better Time Than Now

This past week was one of those weeks. My month has already been a little tough with a self-imposed everyday blog posting schedule. Eamon started clarinet which has us driving him to school before 8am on Thursdays. And then Mark’s schedule was extra demanding as he was gone before light and returned after dark for almost two weeks straight. Then it blew up.

A virus going around at Fiona’s daycare had us thinking that was the cause of Mark’s fever. But he was cooking a pretty good case of walking pneumonia. And when three days of fever passed and the puss in both lungs began to press into his heart, his heart began to race and wouldn’t stop. I drove him to the hospital on Tuesday. They pulled his heart rate back down and administered antibiotics and we began to wait for him to get better.Homework on Shalavee.com

Every test they could muster proved his heart was good and remained unharmed. And I held the fort down. The blessing was that the children were used to Daddy being gone so they weren’t too freaked out at his absence. I took the kids to see him on Wednesday which was his birthday. And then Fiona and I returned the next day to cheer him up.

We all did well and I began to give myself little atta girls for all the little accomplishments I achieved. If I got to somewhere on time. Or organized childcare or made dinner as I’d planned, I felt good. And everyday, I kept it going, kept posting, kept my mind, kept the children clean and fed. Just driving through the wreck. When’s the best time to do anything? Now. Now’s the time to create, write, tell them you love them, and finish what you started. Do it Now.grocery shopping on Shalavee.com

He came home a day sooner than I had anticipated and he’s really doing very well. I am kinda proud of how a five-day stint at the hospital got folded into our lives with minimal damage. Except maybe creating my desperate need to have some alone time and catch up on my stuff. And a bit of tension that is my frustration and anger at his disregard for his health.

I suppose this is one of those rough patches you weather in a marriage. You take it as a preview for things to come. Or things to avoid. I’m thinking it should make you more grateful for the moments you have everyday which I usually am most days anyway. And hopefully it makes our family a little stronger as it reminded me who our friends are. I am kinda bowled over at all the support I had from my online communities. They were the real deal there with well wishes coming to me from all over the globe. You don’t have to do it alone. And I no longer intend to do that. My husband and my community and my world are beloved to me and my children are lucky to have all of this too.

 

Wanna see the whole month of posts? Start here.Yesterday’s post, look here. And if you missed the house tour, Go Here.

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.

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