Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Coming Up for Air

I'm still alive!

I think I mislead people in my blog just a bit that I have tons of time for art, craft, cooking or whatever. In truth, I don't really! My free time is a bit limited and right now I'm spending it preparing a submission to Cloth Paper Scissors for a new publication they're doing. The deadline is March 4th.

Wish me luck!

Have a wonderful day, all of you, and be happy!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Every Day is Valentine's Day

I didn't get married until I was 37 years old. It took me a looooooooong time to find a good man. My dating history had consisted of: You've Thrown a Monkey Wrench Into My Life But I Think I'll Marry This Teenager Instead Of You Man, I Want You to Help Me Raise My Daughter But I Don't Want to Marry You Man, and I Love You But Not Enough to Marry You Man.
Brian and I met online. Scary, huh? He sent me a Valentine's card the first week we started writing. We met in person three weeks after we started writing. We got engaged two months after we started writing. We married five months after we started writing.

Although I'd had a sense of peace in my heart when I accepted Brian's proposal, there were still many many times when I'd worried I'd jumped in too fast. People loved to tell me stories of other couples who'd met online, married and divorced.

The reason Brian and I are still married is really due to Brian. He went through a marriage already (I like to call it his Starter Marriage). He didn't want it to end but you can't fight another person's decisions all the time. For us, we agreed that we were in it for the long haul. Excluding violence or chronic cheating (and I'm sure we can come up with more deal-breakers), we were IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL.

There have been days, sometimes lasting for several days, where it has not been easy and I have seriously doubted my decision, but in the end it has always worked out. And usually better than I could have imagined.

I love this quote from the LDS President Spencer W. Kimball:

“Soul mates’ are fiction and an illusion; and while every young man and young woman will seek with all diligence and prayerfulness to find a mate with whom life can be most compatible and beautiful, yet it is certain that almost any good man and any good woman can have happiness and a successful marriage if both are willing to pay the price
(“Oneness in Marriage,” Ensign, Mar. 1977, 4).

Brian has always been willing to pay the price with me. And I'm a bit expensive at times. My tab is maxed out all the time. Still, every day with him is Valentine's Day to me.

Isn't he just so HANDSOME? Oh. My. Gosh!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Free Small Folk Heart Pattern

Click to make bigger. Fold to your heart's content. I'd love to see what you make with these!

Happy February and thank you EVERYONE for supporting me so much!


**It has been brought to my attention that I should specify the pattern will probably only make sense to those who've gotten the Basic Folded Book tutorial! Sorry about leading you astray!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hearts for your Sweetheart

 I finished the big heart patterns! Yay! I have had a wonderfully supportive husband the past couple of days, letting me work like a maniac finishing this up. I now have a (more or less) permanent photo setup IN MY BATHROOM of all places. The light through my window in the morning is just heavenly...

Anyway, the hearts are 6" tall (that's 15 cm for all you not stuck in Imperial measurement systems) and can be enlarged a bit if you like. I love how they turned out. 

You can use the same pattern two ways to give you variations. This is the open-centered one. Guess what you can do with it? 

Ta-da! Potpourri basket!