Friday, November 05, 2010

I'm wishing my life away

I am moaning again!
I just have so much on my plate that I kind of wish it was next year :(
By which time I will have done my MA work and my Dissertation proposal and ethical clearance and Christmas and everything.
BUT
some of those things are actually good and fun (ish) and enjoyable so I must remember to live in the present.
to enjoy the beauty of the leaves as they change colour
to enjoy the sound of my kids laughing as they tease each other
to chat to my other big kid on MSN and feel glad he is settled in Uni.
to have a good visit with my mum. Isn't it nice that she can pop in when she has meetings in London?
to be thankful that the new boiler system at one of my churches is finally working
and that there are so many good people in the congregations
to have the most wonderful husband in the world (sorry if you thought it was yours, he's mine)
and that even when I feel like I am falling, I know that God is there to catch me.

And I managed a teeny time to craft yesterday.
Its Daring Card day and the theme is Topaz as it is the first Friday of the month.
I know a few people who are having big birthdays at the mo' and so this might just be the prototype for all of them. I went for the orangy Topaz that is apparently the one for November. it does mean the clours are quite similar to the ones I used last week...

As the card will be hand delivered I could go mad with the foam pads! The dies used for the card are Paperartsy and Nestabilities; the kraft cardstock is Papertrey Ink. Punch is Martha Stewart; numbers are sizzix dies; Paper and chipboard are Cosmo Cricket Earth Love and the Distress ink is Marigold. The cream glitter card is scrummy. I have no idea where it is from and have very little left. I swooshed it with ink to make it a little more orangey in tone.

Right, back to the grindstone. The lectionary readings for the last few weeks before Advent are full of doom and gloom and thinking about the end times. Well kind of. This week the Apostle Paul says "forget all of that stuff, just stand firm and see what the Lord can do in your life".
Rather than running round and feeling like the sky is falling in, I think I had better take Paul's advice.

4 comments:

Natty said...

I think it's just adorable - those colours are perfect for this week's dare. I love the collections Cosmo did last year and nabbed a 6x6 of this line, but sometimes wish I had the chipboard too. So cute!

Kathy said...

You've captured the colours perfectly and the layers look fab.
As for all the rest - I know that you will get there, and then it will all feel worth all this effort and struggle. But it's also good to take a minute to look around and enjoy the moment too, eh?

Lynda said...

This is lovely - the shape is gorgeous and so are those papers! You've really made me see how stressing out can 'spoil' the moment - glad I read this today it's been a big help!

Love Lynda xxx

Mags said...

My Grannie used to sing a song called 'Count your blessings' which she learned at Sunday School in the 1890's.

The last line is 'And you'll be surprised at what the Lord has done.' It's good advice, I think! Helps me to keep going, anyway.

Beautiful card, those colours are just gorgeous and the bird is very elegant!

luv, Mags x