Welcome, Blog Hoppers!! I was going to take the easy way out for this post and write up a technique about stamping with bleach. However, I decided to write a more thoughtful post, in honor of the fabulous Women I am connected to as part of this Blog Hop. I admit this is not my strong suit, but here goes…
I try to find Beauty in everything. Some days it is easier than other, but for the most part, I usually succeed. The Fly Girls that are part of this Blog Hop, make it so much easier to do that, these days 😉 . I met them through an online class, taught by Kelly Rae Roberts. They are funny, energetic, caring, helpful, and best of all talented at what they do! There is never a shortage of posts on our Facebook group that contain something Beautiful– whether it is through words, or gestures or photos. It has been a whirlwind of activity and so much fun, so I would like to take this time to thank them for sharing themselves with me, and for all the Beautiful work they do. See the list below and follow along the Blog Hop to see their work- I am sure you will agree!
Scrapbooking affords me the luxury of documenting the Beauty I see in my family and friends. It is one reason I am passionate about that art form. I look at my children and see Beauty, and I feel the need to preserve that.
Starting a new business has shown me the Beauty of Friendship. There are several friend that have supported us from the very beginning-Karen, my mentor and friend, Beth who was our first “Like” on FaceBook , Gail and Anne Marie who were our very first (and continuing) customers, and Karen who used our Rubber Stamps for her latest cupcake designs. Your continued support means the world to us!
But perhaps the first glimpse of Beauty came from my parents. We were not rich, and so never had “real” artwork on the wall, but we created things ourselves. That gift of appreciating hand-made things, has stayed with me and I am truly grateful for that. And I still receive that gift at Holidays and Birthdays, when my Mom makes me hand-made cards!
I hope that I can pass along the gift of appreciating Beauty to my Children. It is one of the most important things we can do for our kids, I believe. In this crazy, technology-driven, competitive world, they will need a way to satisfy their souls. What better way, than to be surrounded by Beauty- whether it is a simple hand-made card, the loving gesture of a family member, or the support of a friend. And if they are also associated with others that see and make room for Beauty in their lives, will then, their lives will be complete!!
My kids are always teaching me things, and just today, while I was cleaning off pictures from a digital camera, I found a bunch of pictures that my daughter had taken (1240 of them to be exact). And one theme emerged from those shots- that there is also Beauty in Fun! There are so many shots of my daughter and her friends, just being kids and enjoying their lives. It made me smile, it made me think, and it made me renew my quest to find not only Beauty, but also Fun in my life. So, to close out this post, I decided to share some of those shots, and to wish for all of you reading this-
Beauty AND Fun in YOUR lives!
Are you ready to Hop along? Here is the list of the Fly Girls’ Blogs…
Amaranthine Violet: http://magic-gypsy.blogspot.com/
Amy Hillenbrand: http://amyhillenbrand.blogspot.com
Beatriz Peñas B.:http://beatrizbepe.blogspot.com/
Beth Cougler Blom: http://sobliss.wordpress.com/
Carmen Patti: http://carmenpattistudio.com/wordpress/
Carol Bray: http://theredpaintedcottage.blogspot.com
Christina Fajardo: http://christinafajardo.blogspot.com/
Cindy Jones Lantier: http://www.lantier.org
Deborah Velásquez : http://deborahvelasquez.blogspot.com
Elissa Brown: http://thefreckledarmy.blogspot.com
Frauke Schramm: http://quilthexle.blogspot.com/
Hillary Courson: http://www.hillarycourson.com
Jacquie Williamson: http://www.jacquiewilliamson.blogspot.com/
Jane Paynting: http://inkspiredwings.wordpress.com
Janet Forrest: http://tatterednworn.wordpress.com/
Jennifer DeVille: http://jenniferdeville.com/blog/
Jill Lambert : http://www.jill-lambert.blogspot.com/
Julie Hamilton: http://spaark.wordpress.com
Kanchan Mahon: http://Kanchan-Mahon.blogspot.com/
Karen Claverie: http://giddyupletsride.blogspot.com
Kari DeSaulnier: http://karidesi.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Conard: http://newfromoldcreations.blogspot.com/
Kathleen McKinnon: http://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog.html
Kathy May: http://kathymaydesigns.org
Kelley Miller: http://www.kelleymillerartworks.blogspot.com/
Kelly Corso: http://birdinatreecreations.blogspot.com/
Kelly Hoernig: http://www.kellyhoernig.blogspot.com/
Kim Hyer: http://www.apaperaddict.com/
Kris Lanae Binsfeld: http://cherishdesigns.wordpress.com
Lenore Angela: http://www.lenoreangela.blogspot.com/
Linda Barutha: http://lindabaruthadesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa Michele Products: http://www.lisamicheleproducts.blogspot.com/
Liza Zeni Baker: http://lizazeni.wordpress.com/
Lynn Richards: http://alittlebluesky.blogspot.com
Lori Leissner: http://leissnerart.blogspot.com
Lori Moon: http://lorimoonstudio.blogspot.com
Mary Cottingham: http://www.barnbugstudio.blogspot.com/
Mary Sterk: http://justmarydesigns.wordpress.com
Megan Schmitt: http://www.schmittenwithwords.blogspot.com/
Melanie Douthit: http://www.douthitgallery.blogspot.com
Michelle Dwyer: http://www.magnetisedbylife.com/
Michelle Reynolds: http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com/
Rachél Payne (Rae): http://collectingyourself.wordpress.com/
Rain Hannah: http://honeyandollie.com/
Rhiannon Connelly: http://www.starrybluesky.wordpress.com
Ruth-Mary Smith: http://patchworkfamilieshub.blogspot.comm
Sherry Richert Belul: http://simplycelebrate.net/cherry-blossom-soup
Shirley Ann: http://leonardarenaissancewoman.blogspot.com/
Stacey Chadwick Brown: http://staceybrownarts.blogspot.com/
Susan M. Walls-Beverly: http://www.susanscharmingtrinkets.blogspot.com
Teresa Cash-Czech: http://www.asmilemaker.com/
Tina Carlborg: http://www.tinachicky.blogspot.com/
Tonya Love: http://passport2creativity.com/
Ursula Smith: http://www.EasyScraps.com This is our website where you can view our Scrapbook album kits, and our own line of Rubber Stamps, used in the designs throughout our blog.
Zulma Cadena: http://edustory.wordpress.com/
Mary Cottingham http://www.barnbugstudio.blogspot.com
For more info on classes by Kelly Rae Roberts visit www.kellyraeroberts.com.