Happy Monday: Poetry to Start the Week

Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you:

But when the leaves hang trembling

The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I:

But when the trees bow down their heads

The wind is passing by.

-Christina G. Rossetti

 

Good morning and happy Monday! I have a chalkboard in my kitchen were I typically write inspirational quotes for my family to see throughout the week. Sometimes I get my boys to memorize them and other times, just explain the message. But when cleaning out a drawer in my laundry room I came across this old poetry book for kids I had bought many years ago. So after taking a peek, I selected this poem to write on our board for the week. I feel like it’s perfect for this time of year as the leaves turn and the wind sends them on a roller coaster ride to the earth. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Have a wonderful day!

Belinda

Happy Monday Happenings!

Hello and happy first day of October! It sure is cloudy outside my window. Rain is in the forecast for this afternoon so I ran out and took a picture of one of my giant Dahlias. Isn’t it so pretty? I love how this one looks like it has lighting inside. I am definitely going to use this photo of the flower for inspiration when I color up a dahlia image.

Had a great weekend. My oldest turned 15 this weekend and I truly can’t believe it’s that long ago I was pregnant with him. Where ever does the time go? We took him out to dinner to a restaurant of his choice and then on Sunday, we went to celebrate with his grandparents.

I received a bunch of new craaft products last week so I spent a little time on Sunday testing them out. I will write some posts and show you what craftiness I have been up to. I also spent time reading and finished another book so I need to gather my thoughts so I can write a review.

Well, I am going to let you get to your day and get some work completed myself.

Have a wonderful day!

Belinda

Happy Monday: Mums everywhere!

Hello and happy Monday! Great week and weekend. Last week, we finally made it out on a date night. We haven’t gone in months so it was really fun. We tried a new Spanish Restuarant and I think I ate everything on the tapas menu!!Oh and happy fall! I love autumn and the fall flowers are a favorite so I drove to my favorite garden center on Friday and bought up a bunch of mums to plant around my garden.  I planted yellow mums in the front between my Coreopsis. I thought the yellow was a better choice to make things pop.I planted alternating purple and yellow in pots at the end of my driveway. As they fully bloom they will be a welcome burst of color when we drive into our driveway.I planted this amazing pink mum. Yes, I can’t believe they are pink. They remind me of Dahlias or Zinnias. I planted them in pots near my veggie beds. I picked plants with plenty of buds that had not opened yet. Because I love to watch the color burst over time.

I also planted three new maroon flowers in my rear raised bed. I am not sure how well they will do. I think they get enough sun but in the past, they don’t do well on the sloped ground. They get lanky and lean too much for my taste. But maybe since I put them lower, they might thrive. These are the colors that make my heart melt. I love the deep color and can’t wait for them all to bloom.I like seeing mums in the fall. They really brighten up the landscape before winter approaches.

I also took the time to buy some spring bulbs and planted them too. Because who doesn’t a few happy flowers in early spring?

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

Food for the Soul: Catching up with Friends

Good morning! This weekend flew by in a flash but I managed to make the most of it.  Saturday, I spent the entire day with some of my crafty girlfriends.  I hadn’t seen them since last spring and many since last winter so this reunion was really special. Life kind of has a way of keeping us busy and my schedule which revolves around my family and work didn’t seem to make room for fun with my friends.  However, now that the boys are back in school and we are falling into routines, I will be able to make time to be with my friends.

The first picture is of a page in the Fantomorphia coloring book by Kerby Rosanes. I had already begun coloring the flowers in the picture when I saw a few people on YouTube showing pages that they used acrylic paint on their coloring book pages. So I couldn’t resist trying.  I brought my paint and an assortment of brushes to ensure I had the tools to give it a go.

I saw others use black and I thought that it would really make the gears and flowers pop. I didn’t dilute the paint before applying it to the page. As I was completing the painting, I realized that a second coat was necessary to hide all of the brush marks. This technique is a great way to cover a background on a page quickly and then use the black colored pencil for tiny spaces.  I have to say that I love the result and I know that this might not work well in all coloring books, but the pages in the coloring book series are thick and no bleeding through occurred. I only used a blank piece of cardstock behind the page as I painted so that I wouldn’t get any on the desk or the next page. Now I am so excited to paint more pages in this book!

As part of my quarterly business purchases, I have bought quite a few new stamp sets and this fall set simply makes me happy. You all know how much I love autumn so I was eager to play with this new set. I stamped them up on Copic paper and watercolor paper to explore the different results. I absolutely love both versions. I even googled and found pink sunflowers so you know I had to take the opportunity to color up some pink sunflowers!

I had a great time catching up with my friends and left feeling filled up with joy. I work from home so it is very important for me to make time to get out with friends and socialize.  So this time was priceless and I look forward to the next.

Have a blessed week my friends!

Belinda

 

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