I guess it really is true, mail has gone out of style. I miss it. Yes, I guess email is more “environmental” but I have letters from dear friends that I have kept for over a decade, I can’t say it’s very often you save an email! I miss the idea that the journey to the mailbox would turn up treasure rather than a snack of BILLS and JUNK. Kids love the mailbox! My little dudes will carry a card they received in the mail around for days, to them snail mail is pure treasure. Just today they received the sweetest love note from their little buddy. Making and sending little cards to special friends is a great way to bring some beauty and thoughtfulness back to the mailbox.
Click image, save to file and print -
Please have fun making your own funky little Captain Crafty cards.
Every movement in the rhythm of family life is fraught with the never ending quest to find the oh so needed, sometime elusive, constantly shifting balance.
Life and living with small children demands diligent and thoughtful behavior to combine the living breathing needs of all our family members with the need for personal space and growth for EVERYONE living under our little patch of sky.
Motherhood brings with it a truly amazing and earth shaking life shift that is wondrous and also undeniably daunting. One is left after the early haze of nursing and sleeplessness to rebuild their vision of who exactly they are NOW.
Now that my boys are 4 – I can step back a small bit and look at creating balance. I can find a bit of time to sew, draw, and get into trouble. But there are never enough hours in a day to do all the things my head would like to design, paint and build – I dream and scheme lots. The problem for me is that once I embark in all the artsy crafty things I need to do for my sanity – exercise often gets squeezed OUT.
And sure enough after a few weeks of crafty obsessive behavior my dear friend “muffin top” comes to town and it becomes a whole different kind of squeezing it all “in” —
Oh, to be …. Balanced!
I sure don’t have any shoes like these but I know who I must have borrowed them from!
Striving, reaching, nagging, for the golden goal of raising children who say “thank you” -
sunlight streaming in, butterflies aflutter, cue the Tosca aria now.
I made these super fun “color your own” Thank You cards to share -
Click photo, save to file,print and COLOR!
Sometimes there are those perfect days where you can visit special places, really feel quiet moments, hear the calm in your head, breath deeper, and soak beauty right down to your bones. Everyone has those special places they like to visit where they can step out of the norm, refuel their fires, and generate creativity. Before I had children I was able to hop a plane and leap into new worlds on a whim – not anymore. Now I must find special places closer to home, short weekend trips to local cities, an afternoon antiqueing with a friend, a walk through an epic garden or a quick gallery stop.
I have always loved beautiful old estates with ritzy gardens and when in New York visiting my sister in the Bronx I love to go to Wave Hill.
A gorgeous 28 acres with far off views of Manhattan, Wave Hill sits high on a shelf above the Hudson River. Visitors freely stroll the grounds, taking in the manicured public gardens, greenhouse, art gallery, 100-year-old wisteria dripping over pillared stone walls and patio coffee shops. What’s not to love!
Today I am still dreaming my yard looks like this …. instead of the plastic toy, yard sale explosion it really is – back to reality and getting crafty with the kids tomorrow.
Last week this little fox was hanging out at my house getting all friendly with the ladies in the hen house now you can find him over at my
Captain Crafty Shop
Check it out, bits of this and bits of that made by me.