April 19, 2014

Easter blessings


Hello there dear friends, just a quick visit to wish you all a blessed Easter!
Hope to post again soon. 

xo,
Abby






April 5, 2014

God's plan

March 21st marked a year since my husband became ill. Some of what happened is now a blur, while other bits and pieces feel as if they happened seconds ago. And while I wish for us to never live that year again, I can honestly say I received wondrous gifts that could never have happened otherwise. 

So here I am a year later.....

discovering God has a plan for me, always has 

I discovered a new church that reawakened my faith more than I ever thought possible. Now don't get me wrong, my faith in God was ALWAYS in my heart but my beliefs were dormant.There was no desire to go to church or read scriptures or pray...and when I did it was without much hope and feeling. Now that I actually FEEL God's presence in my life my connection with Him feels tangible....I see Him in everything. 

Each day feels like a gift with new opportunities to live a more meaningful and selfless life. I see my journey in life more clearly....and in that clearer path the knowledge that God has guided my every step and inspiration all along. 


I recall during the year that in coping with my husband's illness the emotional chaos became contagious in our home...the studio probably suffering the most. I rarely crafted in the room, instead running in for this and that, and crafting near my family in the living room. I shared a glimpse of the studio's sad state here.  Looking back I realize the chaos I created in the studio was parallel to what was happening in my (our) life that year. 

but little by little.... 

this girl was discovering God has a plan, always has


The new year inspired....my one word, surely His doing. And in clearing the studio from the unnecessary, I have discovered that my little studio is more than just four walls with a quirky girl's artistic style sprinkled everywhere. It is a place to celebrate my faith, to create in His name. 


I am constantly inspired and even though my crafting time is still limited I cherish the time more than ever and just wait for the moments of crafting to present themselves. No scheduling, or sacrificing of family time....just waiting because.....

He has a plan, always has


And check out that floor! It exists, ha! 

I'm off to enjoy the beautiful weekend, hope you do the same my friends!

xo,
abby

Before I go, today's quote (from my daily devotional book):

In a day when many challenge the inspiration and infallibility of God, faith and reason are not necessarily opposed. But when reason won't take you another step, faith keeps on going because it connects you to God. If you look you will see him at work everywhere-including your own life. 


April 1, 2014

Welcome April

Good morning (or evening) where ever you may be. 'Tis the first day of April, could it be....it feels like winter finally has no fight left in her and is bowing down to her friend...spring!

A handful of posies just for you....Happy April!


Much to do today and leaving to work in just a few...here's today's quote....

The only thing that we can genuinely claim to be is ourselves. And our best is good enough, even on a bad day. Simple Abundance

Enjoy the day,
xo
Abby




March 23, 2014

a place for everything

I don't know about you but I love pretty storage boxes. I figure if I must keep track of mail and such why not create something lovely to put them in....


Some of my wooden boxes begged to be dressed for just the thing. I created a few for myself...


and some for my store too....


So, do you use pretty boxes to store your daily happenings too? 


Well dear friends, it's late here, time to wind the evening down :) Thanks so much for visiting!

Have a great week!

Abby

Before I go, a quote to share from my daily devotional book....

God wants you to look to Him and know that in your darkest moment you don't have to be afraid. What you have going for you is so much greater than anything that comes against you. So rise up in faith and say with the Psalmist, "My heart comes from the Lord". 







March 15, 2014

dear beautiful spring

For a moment there I seriously thought I would never feel the warmth of spring once again (silly I know)...but alas it does feel like its arrival is soon to come! 


I'm taking advantage of this beautiful day so I'll leave you with a BIG hello, wishes for a wonderful weekend....and today's Simple Abundance quote:

Simplicity gains importance in our lives as we begin to make peace with ourselves. That is because we gradually come to the inner awareness that we don't need to gild the lily. Some of the trappings can be relinquished because the Real Thing is finally ready to be revealed. 

{my quest to simplify has been very slow moving materially speaking, but internally there are changes stirring daily...hourly in fact. Perhaps my quest to simplify was never meant to be about my physical surroundings but one of a spiritual journey} 


xo,
Abby

March 11, 2014

real life

It's morning as I write today, with just a few minutes before my work day begins...again. I have been working extra hours every day (except Sundays) for the last 2 weeks and I'm exhausted but so grateful to have a job that provides me and my family stability, especially in this economy....though, many times, I long for a day with no clocks dictating my next moment. Do you ever have those days too?

When I have little windows of time I work in my studio. This petite box has been patiently waiting to be finished. In fact...I started working on her in January! I adore cameos, old or new....they are the epitome of elegance and romance. 


Thank you for sharing your thoughts on whether I should change my blog name. I am leaning towards keeping it...perhaps removing the word "paperie". I am praying on it. 

Well, I must head off to work now, I'll leave you with today's Simple Abundance quote:

Real Life, the real life of joy we are meant to be living, begins when we restore a sense of reverence to our daily affairs. Today search for the Sacred in the ordinary with gratitude in your heart and you will surely find it. 

This quote means so much to me as I journey through the Lenten season. I feel God's call more than ever lately. 

xo,

Abby

March 2, 2014

what's in a name...need your help

What happens when one's blog name no longer reflects the person behind the name? I am pondering this question a bit more lately...thinking my blog name doesn't quite fit who "Abby" is anymore.

When I first began my blogging journey I created mostly cards and other paper crafts, with the occasional venture outside of the paper-crafting "box". Though now it has evolved into creating with so many more mediums and textiles that it I feel a disconnect with my blog name.

While I can research all of the technical aspects of its affects, no one can be more honest and helpful than you, my blog friends and family on whether I should make the change. I've even considered hosting a "name that blog" party to help me out :) 

Please share your thoughts...
When you read my posts and see my creations what comes to mind? And more importantly, is it a good idea? 


I'll leave you with a picture as we enter the Lenten season. I'm looking forward to Lent more than ever before...perhaps an internal transformation occurring here :)


wishing you a great week,

xo,abby



February 24, 2014

in times of quietness

Sharing a few photos of my latest projects....

working on more of my keepsake boxes

this one is the tiniest little box, yet so darling


another stationery scroll...this one features a bejeweled crown


I just love this vintage lace with hearts, such a pretty way to wrap a gift


and topiary trees....love 


So today I am going to deviate a bit from my Simple Abundance quote. I want to share one that I received from one of my lovely customers. I never expected that in opening a little store on Etsy I would be blessed with new friends who truly care. They know my story and often times send me encouraging messages of support. These ladies are very special bunch :) 

Here's today's quote:

In times of quietness, our hearts should be like a tree, lifting their branches to heaven to draw down strength which they need to face the storms that will surely come in life. 

-Salesians of Don Bosco

How beautiful is this quote! 

Wishing you an amazing week,

xo,abby

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February 18, 2014

inspired....Somerset Life's Kraft paper challenge

It's been a long while since I last created something inspired by Somerset Life's creative challenges. It certainly is not for lack of inspiration, since they usually send my imagination on a creative spin every time I read their current challenges, but more so that life's obligations typically require my undivided attention. 

But every so often, when everything aligns just perfectly, I am excited for the chance to bring an inspired challenge to life. Such was the case some days ago when I read their challenge to create something with Kraft paper and remembered having some of the paper leftover from Christmas. 

Now if you are unfamiliar with Kraft paper, it is a somewhat gritty, porous paper...similar to a paper bag, but heavier in weight. Plain, and perhaps even boring to some, yet somehow demands the attention of many, including artists. 

So, how does one transform this ordinary brown paper into something beautiful and unexpected? Well, I decided to give this challenge a go! 


So, I cut a variety of shapes resembling leaves, stamped them with French script then dipped them in hot scented wax which seeped right into the paper, creating a dark, almost glossy effect...and best of all, a heavenly scent.


With a little bending and scraping here and there I created the lines one would see in leaves, and with a few simple trimmings, some crinkled seam binding for hanging, they are perfect little additions to a few pretty gifts. 


Now I know this is not an earth-shattering transformation, and Somerset Life is sure to have many intricate and amazing Kraft paper creations to choose from...but, for me, it is their very simplicity that I love the most! 

Thank you my dear friends for your visit. Taking the time to stop by my very tiny space in 'blogland' is much appreciated!

xo,
abby

Before I go, a quote from Simple Abundance...

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen. 


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February 13, 2014

another round

With every choice, every day, you are creating a unique work of art. something that only you can do. Something beautiful and ephemeral. The reason you were born was to leave your own indelible mark on your personal world. This is your authenticity. 

~Simple Abundance~



Another round of snow kept me home from work today. Did I mention something about embracing winter's magic a post or two ago? Ummm, I think I take that back :) Just kidding, he he. The extra time spent with family was a welcomed gift. And I was able to create these petite gift card bags....so much fun!

To those in the midst of the frigid winter...keep warm. To those blessed with the warmth of the sun...send some my way please:) Thanks so much for stopping by dear friends!

xo,
Abby


P.S. I'm nearing a year since hubby became ill. I was so terribly fearful to share my story with you and admittedly I still find it hard to open up about my personal life. I'm hoping to break these guarded walls down little by little and share more with you. Today I will share that he's much better now but in some ways he's not the same man I used. to know.  At times I feel as if I'm caring for a child and an old man at the same time, does that make sense? 

There's a saying that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger and it is so true! I have learned so much about myself, my marriage, my husband, and my faith. All lessons and wisdom never to have been gained otherwise. 



February 8, 2014

grateful?

February arrives cold, wet and gray, her gifts disguised for only the most discerning spirits to see. Gentle is our path. Gratitude is the thread we weave into the fabric of our daily lives this month, giving thanks for our simply abundant lives and asking for the gift of one thing more: grateful hearts.

Simple Abundance

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A snow storm, an ice storm, a power outage, and a water filled basement in one week....February is certainly starting off a bit difficult to see with grateful eyes...but I'm trying.

A peek at a few of my latest additions to my neglected shop....


a little twist to my bird nests clothes pins

can't resist creating my keepsake boxes

more moss heart gift tags...love their uniqueness...

and working on adding a few faith inspired stationery scrolls to the mix...love love love this one

Hope you are all well dear friends! Send some sunshine my way if you have some to spare:)

xo,
abby


P.S. I've had some trouble (again) with my laptop and I've lost emails, docs, etc. Needless to say emailing anyone commenting on my blog has been a difficult task. Forgive me if you haven't heard from me, but know I'm grateful, always. 


January 30, 2014

a look back

Do you ever look back through old photos and blog posts? Every so often, when I have a few moments to spare, I grab a cup of hot cocoa, a warm shawl and journey through some of my old photos and posts. Found this one.....a teacup of mini roses. I remember taking this photo.....still love it so. It reminds me that spring will surely come...


Keeping it short tonight, very tired girl here...

nite xo,
Abby




January 22, 2014

embracing winter's magic

~January, the month of new beginnings and cherished memories, beckons. Come, let winter weave her wondrous spell: cold, crisp, woolen-muffler days, long dark evenings of savory supers, lively conversations, or solitary joys. Outside the temperature drops as the snow falls softly. All of nature is at peace. We should be too. Draw hearthside. This is the month to dream, to look forward to the year ahead and the journey within~ 

Simple Abundance
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Two years ago I shared a bit about my struggles getting through the winter months and what I did 'while waiting for spring'. And here we are in the midst of another frigid, snowy winter....and admittedly finding myself pulled into that place again. It's pretty amazing how the grayer days of winter can affect one's spirit so. Thankfully, I can return to this quote often during this time and it helps to see the season in a different light and embrace its majestic beauty.



Creating while in the midst of these low dips in spirit is the to key to helping me get through these spells.  So I've returned to the very thing that helped me get through it in the past....flower petals to my rescue me once again! 

I do love creating these heart flower tags. Still need to add a few more petals to make them nice and lush but I already love there simple and romantic charm. (look for them in the shop soon:)


keep warm dear friends,

xo
abby



P.S. I'd like to send a HUGE thank you to Karen from My Desert Cottage who came to my rescue. There was something odd happening with my photos lately where they looked dark and dull. She was able to guide me through it all and now my photos look much better, so relieved! Thank you Karen, you are a life saver! 



January 11, 2014

love.....the most powerful force in the universe

Have you ever heard that saying? 'Love is the most powerful force in the universe'. I sure think it is. In fact, I'm pretty certain that if there were a virtual chain linking all of the most wonderful words ever created, LOVE would definitely be the first in that chain link.

Inspired, still, with the idea of honoring one beautiful word.....another stationary scroll came to be. This one with the word 'Love' snipped from a vintage dictionary page and encased it in a petite heart. I believe it may be my favorite one so far :)



It's a dreary, rainy, Saturday morning here and I am leaving to work in about 15 minutes....ugh and grateful :) 


Today's quote from Simple Abundance:

Turn away from the world this year and begin to listen. Listen to the whispers of your heart. Look within. Your silent companion has lit lanterns of love to illuminate the path to Wholeness. At long last, the journey you were destined to take has begun. 

xo,
abby

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January 7, 2014

can you see my heart?

I am a very INexperienced 'photographer'....or shall I more accurately say, a 'just wing it, never refers to her manual, crosses her fingers kind of photographer'. Terrible of me, I know! So, of course that means most times I must take dozens (upon dozens) of pictures to capture the few that may work. But every so often I discover an imperfect one (in the sense of photo quality) that manages to capture so much more than its original purpose.

That was the case for me with this one which is completely over exposed and would probably earn me a big 'F' in a photography class, yet I love it! The background has practically disappeared to reveal only the heart (and key) in mid air....and it suddenly brought to mind one of those deep, philosophical questions we often return to....what if we looked beyond a person's physical appearance and only saw their heart? Gosh, what a glorious world it would be, wouldn't it!...for it is only in looking into ones heart that one will discover all you will ever need to know. 




So this brings me to another thought. I am reacquainting myself with the book, Simple Abundance by Sara Ban Breathnach. It was a gift from a very dear friend 2 years ago. Admittedly, I failed to keep up with it for many reasons, but this year I am committed to reading the daily passages. Will I forget at times? It's very likely. Will I put off a few of the tasks the author encourages, perhaps. BUT, I do know that I will receive exactly what I need.

Friends, this book is so inspiring, so heart-soaring that I want to share snippets from the pages with you. Together, I want us to take a journey that will lead us to a life of Simple Abundance. Can you imagine, finding contentment with what you have right now, and having no desire for bigger and better! I don't know about you, but a short journey through some beautiful blogs and a jump over to pinterest can (at time) make me feel lacking in my everyday.

So, no schedules here....I will post as often as I can...hopefully very often. I can tell you this, I foresee wanting to post a snippet everyday!  We'll see :)

Shall we start today.....

New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self discovery. The answers to your questions will come, but only after you know which ones are worth asking. Wait. Live your questions. Then ask. Become open to the changes that the answers will inevitably bring. This may take some time, but time is the New Year's bountiful blessing: three hundred sixty-five bright mornings and starlit evenings; fifty-two promising weeks, twelve transformative months full of beautiful possibilities, and four splendid seasons. A simply abundant year to be savored.

Don't you just love it!

Until next time,
abby