Before There Was Pinterest

Before there was Pinterest, we collected magazines. Magazines filled with insightful articles, useful tips, and beautiful images. And none of this “pin now, read later” nonsense. We’d read, look, and plan, right then and there.

And OK, so maybe we still do that, to some extent. What I’m getting at is why I have so many magazines. In these pages were endless hours of inspiration, in some form or another. Like my mom, I’d go through and cut out favorite pieces to use later. (In the mid-to-late ’90s I went through a huge decoupage phase, but that’s another story.)

Now, nearly four years after my mom died, and nearly three and half years after the bulk of the sorting, I’m going through my collection again. As years pass it becomes easier—and much less overwhelming—to let go of a few more things. There are a few more books being added to the donate pile, and lot more magazines (how did we find room to store these things?) being put in the recycle bin.

But I’m not in a rush to purge simply for the sake of minimalism. I’m taking a little bit of time to review these stored keepsakes. I’m taking time to reevaluate what’s still really important—and what’s not. And I’m taking the time to remind myself of the things I really felt passionate about. Maybe I’ll find that some of those things are really worth keeping.

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Sharing the Love

When I was 4 years old, I received my very own pair of left-handed, green-handled scissors. They were all mine! I still remember the joy of finally being able to cut things. (If you did not know, it used to be next to impossible for a south paw to cut with regular children’s scissors.)

This fascination came into play when making this year’s Valentine cards. I love being able to remind my friends that they are loved…while using the most amount of pink this girly heart desires.

Thanks to Pinterest, I came across an idea for paper feathers and knew I had to so something with it. And thanks to liagriffith.com for the feather template, and a varied supply of scrapbook papers on hand, I was able to put together one of the most satisfying Valentine cards yet.

I love my friends, and I’ve loved this project. After cutting out more than a hundred paper feathers, I’m also ready to give the scissors a bit of a break.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Living a Beautiful Life

“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful—that will be my life.”
—Elsie de Wolfe

Everyone has beauty to share. It is something that flows out from within. It’s not a status symbol or a score to obtain, to make you superior to others. It is a gift to be shared, and to draw others in. It is not about perfection, but creating an environment conducive to growth, a place where we all bloom.

I hope to create such an environment wherever I go. And I hope many future posts here share this same feeling.