Happy Monday, Friends.
I hope you all had a productive first Monday of the New Year. I have had quite a busy day. I was excited to receive my “official” transcript from Regis on Saturday with my degree completion on it. Yea!! So the first thing I did this morning was to head to our district’s central office and fill out a “horizontal salary increase” form, which will raise my salary to masters level in March. I am very excited about that, especially considering that my student loans are no longer on deferment. I spent the rest of the day in meetings, so you can imagine that I was very glad to get home and get to work on my crafts. I think that crafting, of any kind (ok most kinds) is one of the best ways to relax and release stress. Do you find that to be the case as well? I know that sometimes our crafts stress us out because we can’t get something to come out right, but I find that just being able to put my creativity into something is very relaxing.
Tonight I sat down at my craft table after dinner, pulled out my Valentine materials, poured myself a glass of wine, and put on some good music, and started crafting. I promised myself that I would spend at least one hour a night crafting, if not more. Here is a valentine that I finished. I am also going to work on my “Winter in my Garden” cross-stitch, which is coming along nicely. I’ll give you an update on that tomorrow. As for today, I made this card because I was inspired by the valentines that I made when I was in school with hand cut hearts. I used several different papers for the hearts: on the big heart on the bottom is “dressy” from Basic Gray’s ‘sultry’ collection. On top of that I used “vintage black stripe” from The Paper Studio. The top heart is from a paper stack which I dismantled long ago, and unfortunately, I don’t remember what collection it was. The little heart is also from that stack, except for the black and silver paper in the middle, “GLITR BW DOTS” from DCWV All Occasion Glitter. The sheet music, is actual vintage sheet music that I got in a pack of vintage ephemera. Don’t worry, Grandma, I didn’t rip up any of my sheet music. Then I used pink, velvet ric-rack from American Crafts Boutique Rouge collection. The sparkles and pearls are from Recollections, and I used the same punch from Martha Stewart to punch the edge of the card. The inside of the card is printed on a very, pale pink paper, and hand colored with a pink colored pencil. I love it. The hearts are so sentimental that I think I may make all my other Valentines with this as inspiration. Well, It’s now time to stop and do a bit of planning for tomorrow. I at least have to make some new seating charts. Students back tomorrow. I’m am relying on the power of positive thinking to get me through the week, but who knows, maybe it will be better than I expect (there’s that positive thinking). Until tomorrow…Erica