Sometimes I just don’t have enough to say about a single topic for a nice, coherent blog post. Enter: Five Things. Here are five things I want to share with you about my weekend!
1. My family spent Saturday afternoon in Peddlar’s Village, in Lahaska, Pennsylvania. On any given weekend, it’s a fun place for shopping, eating, and enjoying a little time outside. This weekend, even better, was their 42nd annual Strawberry Festival.
We got a big dose of sunshine and flowers:
Creative Inkling) and walk away with some collage fodder and Tim Holtz tissue tape (another effort to satisfy my longing for washi tape!):
2. On top of Saturday’s beautiful sunny day at the Strawberry Festival, my husband took the girls outside to play this morning while he trimmed branches from a tree hanging low over our garage. I caught a moment on camera that I really treasure: sisters becoming friends.
3. Like many other arty and crafty folks, I love a fabulously messy work space that shows the delightfully creative chaos going on in my brain. But there is something to be said for a tidy art space too! Check out this unstaged countertop where I was working on my cook bookmarks this afternoon:
4. I made the commitment last month to work in my art journal every day, and with the exception of Easter Sunday I stuck to it! This morning I signed up at Julie Balzer’s site to participate for the month of May. I love the way that this commitment has led beyond the art journal itself into other creative explorations, and I have also enjoyed looking at the blogs of other art journalers to see their own unique styles, subjects, and creative commitments.
5. I love to cook, but sometimes it gets hard to find the time in the midst of my husband coming home from work, and getting the kids bathed and in bed. I have a little more freedom to work with more complicated recipes on the weekends, when my husband can play with the girls while I prep the food. I love it when I can stand at the kitchen counter washing, chopping, measuring, pouring--and re-directing the girls to their father: "See if Daddy can do it," "Ask Daddy about it," "Daddy will tell you!" I can get "in the zone" and enjoy the Zen of food prep, and then I remember how much I really enjoy cooking (something that sometimes gets lost during the week).
Tonight I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the tomatoes and potatoes I prepared for roasting.
I had a fantastic weekend, enjoying sunshine, crafting, and family time. If I can have these three things on any given day, life is good!