Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The Transformation of a Lifetime

I am a self-proclaimed personal growth junkie. I have been reading self help books, going to counseling, doing courses and any number of other alternative healing avenues (some you most certainly have never heard of). I was doing all this because I was carrying a huge amount of shit (forgive my language) with me everywhere I went and I didn’t know what was wrong with me or how to change it.

In April I found yet another course to try. I told myself that if this one didn’t work I was giving up – giving up on trying to be happy, on trying to be positive, energetic, vibrant, beautiful, a good partner, a good mother, a good person, etc. etc. etc. Say what you want, I didn’t think I was any of these things and I was exhausted from trying to be.
In April I tried out the Landmark Forum. I found that this giant pile of shit I was carrying around was preventing me from seeing or being with anyone or anything. I couldn’t be open to new relationships because the shit pile stopped me. I couldn’t be open to anything new or good because the shit pile stopped me. I couldn’t even be with myself happily because the shit pile stopped me. The shit pile was weighing me down big time. I was tired alllll the time (my avoidance tactic). I knew I should be happy for all the things I had in my life and yet I wasn’t – and I would beat myself up about that too by the way.

When I did this course, things changed for me. I transformed into a person who is free! The shit pile is gone. I am a person who is full of vibrant energy! I no longer require daily naps!! (Although I still enjoy them once in a while). Since this course I have re-done two bedrooms in my house including paint, floors, baseboards, and decorating. I did this while working, looking after my three-year-old and doing further Landmark courses (Dad helped also – Thanks Dad!). I am now a person with authenticity and integrity. I am no longer afraid of committing to things. I am a person who is responsible and accountable for all my own “stuff!” This may not seem like a big deal for you, but it was HUGE for me. HUGE!

What I got out of this course was beyond imaginable for me. I got my Self back; the real genuine me. I got closer relationships with family and friends. For the first time in my life I have a relationship with my step-dad (whom I have been avoiding for 20 years). I am also able to allow my child to see her dad and I am able to see him too, without pain or regret or sadness or hurt or loss. The reason I can do that is because through this course I really became aware of how much I love him and how much I want him to have a great life no matter if I am with him or not. For those of you that don’t know me, I had been struggling with the loss of that relationship for the past two years. It is a gianormous weight lifted off me.

Most courses I have done have lasted a month or two and then faded away. This course is designed so that we don’t return into all our old habits (unless we really wish to of course). This one has lasted me since April and I’m still going strong. It made such an obvious difference in my life that my Dad, sister, brother and sister-in-law have now taken it as well.

I invite you now to look at your life. What is working? What isn’t working? If the part that wasn’t working was, how would your life look then? What is it you want? Money? Freedom? A relationship? Success? A new career? Motivation? Who would you be in your life if you had what you wanted? I invite you to come see what is possible for you and your life!

It doesn’t matter to me how amazing my life is, if everyone around me isn’t having an amazing life as well.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Birthday Cards

Time to catch up on my posting! Here are some birthday cards I made in the last few months for the special people in my life. I hope you can tell which were for the girls and which were for the boys!

All products are Close To My Heart unless otherwise posted.
Cardstock: Colonial White, Olive
Pattern Paper: Florentine
Stamp: Treasure Life
Ink: Olive, Pear
Embellishments: Pewter Frame, Sweet Leaf Ribbon, Green Stickles not ctmh

All products are Close To My Heart unless otherwise posted.
Cardstock: Colonial White, La Belle Vie Pink, La Belle Vie Mauve
Pattern Paper: La Belle Vie
Embellishments: Paper Flower, Bling Assortment, Mocha Opaque Gem, Hemp. Ribbon and Sentiments not ctmh.

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Cardstock: Whisper, Barn Red, Pacifica
Pattern Paper: Dakota
Stamp: Rugged Dude, Enjoy Life
Ink: Cranberry, Outdoor Denim
Embellishments: Pewter Brads, Baker's Twine. Die Cut and Sparkles not ctmh.

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Cardstock: Colonial White, Ponderosa Pine Green
Pattern Paper: Lucky
Stamp: Hot Diggity
Ink: Ponderosa Pine
Embellishments: Canvas Badge Button, Lucky Shapes. Die cut, brads, ribbon and swirly not ctmh.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Cool Christmas

I was in a groove of making Christmas cards a few weeks ago and I had made about three different ones before I realized they were ALL made with cool colours so I figured I might as well continue... Anyway, I've finally managed to get them up here and I'm putting them in for a few challenges.
The Christmas challenge with Heart 2 Heart.
The Just Us Girls Challenge this week is for embossing and two of these cards have that technique.
Over at Casual Fridays the challenge is to use knots (see ribbons below).
Hope you enjoy and thanks so much for checking them out! :)

All products are Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: White Daisy, Crystal Blue
Pattern Paper: Wonderland
Stamp: Flakey Friends
Ink: Crystal Blue
Embellishments: ribbon and sparkles not ctmh

Cardstock: White Daisy, Crystal Blue, Chocolate
Pattern Paper: Wonderland
Stamp: Flakey Friends
Ink: Crystal Blue, Chocolate
Embellishments: Designer Ribbon, sparkles not ctmh

Cardstock: White Daisy, Crystal Blue, Pansy Purple
Pattern Paper: Wonderland
Stamp: Snowflakes
Ink: Gypsy, Crystal Blue
Embellishments: sparkles not ctmh
Cricut Cartridge: Art Philosophy

Cardstock: White Daisy, mauve not ctmh
Stamp: New Fallen Snow
Ink: Gypsy (second generation)
Embellishment: Ribbon and sparkles not ctmh

This one is a small 3x3 card and I used heat embossing to make the snowman.
Cardstock: White Daisy, Crystal Blue
Pattern Paper: Wonderland
Stamp: Magical Season
Ink: Versamark not ctmh
Embellishment: White Daisy Ribbon, white embossing powder and brads not ctmh.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Playing in Paradise Challenge

I just got lucky and happened to run across the challenge for Playing in Paradise this week, which was to make a masculine card. Perfect seeing as I just made a birthday card for the best dad in the world! (mine of course). This is my first time entering this challenge. Thanks for looking and I hope you like it! :)

All products are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Black, Colonial White
Pattern Paper: Mischief
Stamps: Everyday Life, It's Your Day
Ink: Black
Embellishments: Canvas Badge Button, Designer Black Ribbon, Hemp. Black curlicue brad and black glitter (which the camera never does justice to!) not ctmh.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Craft Fair

I gave my first craft fair a try this past weekend here at Providence Farm. I shared a table with my mom selling her awesome home-made chemical free soaps. Check out her website here: She kicked my craft fair butt! Lol. Her and her soaps are much more well known from their popularity and her doing the Saturday Market here in Duncan every weekend. My craft was my cards of course, and my brimmed toques. Apparently it wasn't as busy as it can be and I most certainly can't say I'm rich now, but it was a great learning experience and I had fun. Send me a message if you'd like some cards or a snazzy toque!