A Letter of Regret From Your Anxious and Depressed Friend

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Dear Friend,

I was not always this way.

I did not always hide away from the general public for months or weeks at a time. Once I was quite confident. I occasionally felt happy. I had a full time job and I could face customers with no concern. I would chat to people over the phone, make an effort to see friends, be interested in daily life. I could cope with negativity. Overcome it, even. I wouldn’t let anything bring me down because I had something inside me that made me keep going out there, into the world, facing it all.

But sometimes, Friend, things happen. Sometimes just one thing. Sometimes many things. The courage to face these things is strong at first, at least stronger than now. But depending on luck, or coincidence, or fate, or opportunity, eventually the voice of that courage for some people is quieter. Weaker…

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Garden Update!

When it comes to gardening, I’m definitely not an expert but I’ve done my share of experiments. I think I tried too many things last year and not all of them were successful. 

So this year I decided to keep it simple. In fact, with so many other projects going on, I almost didn’t do a garden this year. But something changed my mind.

There is something very therapeutic and sort of magical about nurturing a tiny little seed into a living plant that produces food to eat or flowers to enjoy. 

So here’s my garden so far – tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs, because we use them a lot and they do well here, and flowers because they’re pretty. Yes, it’s kind of a jungle at the moment. The PVC structure is a makeshift greenhouse; I took off the plastic already. 

  

I also transformed this ugly cinder block thing into a fabulous ring of sunflowers – and this year I got some tall ones!  

  

Craft Haul Pt 2 (Amazon & Hobby Lobby)

So I mentioned in my last post that my rotary tool, clay blades, and bead baking rack from Amazon hadn’t arrived yet. But then they did! You can see I bought the cheapo version of a Dremel; I figured it would suffice for light-duty usage. 

  
Then I ended up going back to Hobby Lobby for more of my usual supplies. 

This time I got clay and such, sandpaper & Velcro for making my own sanding discs, another kind of resin because the Magic Glos got me all inspired to try something new, and patterns because they were 99c and I could use a new art supply bag.  

 

But then I found the perfect backpack at the random discount store next door! I’m sure I can use my patterns another time.

 

So I’m busy as usual, working on perfecting my sanding, experimenting with resin, and hopefully doing some just-for-fun items soon 🙂 

Hobby Lobby (& Amazon) Craft Haul

Hi guys! I’ve never actually done one of these craft haul posts before, but I just went to my favorite store with birthday money and a long list, so I thought I’d share!

I usually buy more clay & jewelry supplies, but Hobby Lobby was having a big 50% off sale on scrapbooking stuff, and I’ve just started selling art prints and greeting cards in my second Etsy shop. So I ended up buying mostly papercrafting items – paper and a punch board for envelopes, blades, envelope seals, glue, etc. I went back later and got a postcard template stamp.

But I also got some Christi Friesen powder pigments and some Lisa Pavelka resin (which I couldn’t believe was on clearance!) to try with my polymer clay. Then I ordered blades and a bead rack online and, perhaps the most exciting item – a rotary tool to save my hands from lots of tedious sanding!

The loom bands are actually for my hair, the embroidery cards I use for jewelry box tags, and the miniature light bulbs – can you believe they actually work?? – are for dollhouse lamps. Because I love tiny things and kind of have a knack for making them. 

  
I haven’t gotten my Amazon items or tried everything yet so I might have to do another post, but I hope this gives you some creative inspiration! What do you usually buy at the craft store?