Thanks for popping in. Second day of the year, the sun is shining, and all is calm. Dave‘s gone to work to warm up the polymer, ready for stamp production tomorrow, and I have been making a bloggy plan for the year – and a project with a quote for today! I did start spinning earlier. Started running from one thing to another, panicking about all the things that need doing at work, and then caught myself getting anxious. I had gone from full of beans and happy to overwhelmed and unhappy within half an hour. So I got my toolbox out, my “How to handle LIFE” toolbox, rummaged a little, and came up with a good solution. No. I didn’t go back to bed! Decided to block the rush of anxiety with some gratitude and acceptance. It works every time. I just wrote down 5 things to be grateful for. Then I wrote down 5 things that I am going to do today. Instant calm again. The mind is a minefield, innit!
Acceptance is a big one for me at the moment. If I can’t change it, there’s no point in fretting about it, or wishing it were different. For example, Dad is ill, the kids live thousands of miles away, and so on…Can’t make Dad better, but I can ensure he is in a lovely, safe environment, and I can spend time with him every day, to make sure he is ok. The kids live in the States. I miss them. Wish they lived closer. But they don’t. Thing is, I speak to Grace on Facetime most days as we work together, and Mark texts and calls often. And what’s more, they are so happy, healthy and successful in their careers, I have nothing to worry about with either of them. I just have to accept it is what it is. And on that note…
Quote #2 is very appropriate, and succinct.
If it be so be it
Six words, all just 2 letters. Simple way to say Acceptance is the key. I say this to myself often, just like
It is what it is
The last couple of years have certainly been challenging for all of us. You, you and you. So much has happened, over which we have had absolutely no control – and still is. If we don’t learn to practice Acceptance, we will go mad. Or at least get very frustrated, angry and/or frightened!
I found an old canvas which I made a long time ago using my favourite geese stamps, illustrated by Mel and combined with Transfer Gel. Thought I’d use it as a vehicle for today’s quote. Good News! Just checked, and we’ve got 15 of the Geese stampsets in stock!
Anyway, let’s look at the canvas and add today’s quote…
My cherished Letterbox stampset is an essential piece of kit for me. Here I have simply mounted the letters I need, and stamped along a piece of copy paper using that more subtle than black Shadow Grey Archival ink pad (18 left). Trimmed it down to a little slip of paper.
- Next job is to integrate it on the canvas, so it looks like it grew there…Sam! If you’re looking for your Fossilized Amber ink pad, I’ve got it!
- Use a Clarity Stencil brush to sweep some colour around the edges
- Drag the paper across the surface of the grey ink pad.
How to attach. Decoupage Kleber und Lack is the gear! It’s a fab glue/varnish sealant, which dries quickly. CLICK HERE.
- Use a brush to apply to the back of the paper
- Place it where you want to set it
- Gently press into place with a finger
- apply a thin layer of the varnish over the top to seal it.
All done. Dries in minutes. Looks like it grew there.
I hope you enjoyed this. Leave a comment below, talk to me. It’s nice to know I’m not alone.
Barb x x x