Thursday, March 6, 2014
The wedding planning is in full swing now!
Have I mentioned that my daughter is getting married?
OH happy day!
Interestingly enough, she is getting married on our 29th Anniversary.
It was a funny coincidence...not planned...just happened that the venue she chose was only available on that particular day during the time they wanted.
There are so many details involved in wedding planning today.
So many choices to make!
I've been thinking about when I planned my wedding...29 years ago...
I only had a handful of choices to make and the number of things to choose from in each category were very limited!
I did not go to a bridal salon and try on lots of dresses.
I went to a fabric store and looked through pattern books.
I chose my bridesmaid dresses the exact same way.
I did not have cake tastings with lists of flavors and fillings.
I chose white cake with white frosting (a wedding cake, duh!) and then I chose the color of the frosting roses on top!
I went to Hallmark and chose my invitations from a pool of about 25 styles.
I had to choose the kind of punch to be served at the cake and punch reception at the church.
No alcohol. No choice. Period.
Did I want mints and nuts at the reception? Yes. Done.
I chose two soloists and the songs they would sing.
The flowers were pretty standard...we chose colors and the florist recommended types of flowers.
We went with the thriftier choices.
I loved my wedding!
I got married before reality TV and Pinterest. I was blissfully unaware that my wedding could have been a statement of my style and a representation of our personalities.
I was 19-years-old.
I don't think I even knew what my style was at that age...
To me, our wedding was a ceremony...a celebration of having found the one that my soul loves!
It was a reason to eat cake.
Then we got the heck outta there and started our life together!
I'm enjoying the modern process of wedding planning.
It's fun to do some of the steps ourselves...to be creative...
I'm enjoying helping my daughter express their style in the invitations and decor.
It's SO FUN to pin wedding ideas on Pinterest!
It will be a lovely wedding.
It will be a lovely wedding because the people getting married are loved. They are made for each other. They are chosen for each other by God.
In the end, it doesn't matter what decor is on the tables or how the invitations look or how beautiful her dress is (and it is very beautiful!).
What matters is that two people will be starting their life together, speaking vows before God and their family...they will carry on the legacies of each family and begin their own legacy for their children and grandchildren.
That is the stuff of life.
Flowers will die...lace will yellow...cake gets stale...
Love lives on for generations...
Posted by HA! Designs at 4:50 PM
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I just read Steal Like an Artist - 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon.
It's an easy read...I finished it in a couple of days...a handful of 15 minute escapes to feast on it's pages...
Any creative type should read it.
It's inspiring. Affirming. Informative.
What did I like most?
Don't wait to know who you are to get started.
or as Nike would say...Just Do It!
Practice Productive Procrastination.
Who knew having many projects going at once actually stimulates creativity!
I also like the idea that "stealing" is good.
Francis Ford Coppola will explain:
"We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can't steal. You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice and that's how you will find your voice. And that's how you begin. And then one day someone will steal from you."
And then there's this:
"Write the book you want to read."
I shall try.
And then there's the part about doing good work and sharing it with people.
Scary. What if...? Nevermind. Courage!
I highly recommend this little book.
Its simplicity is its strength.
It's doable. Possible.
If you have a couple of hours to be inspired, pick up this little number and enjoy every word.
Posted by HA! Designs at 4:35 PM
Saturday, March 1, 2014
So I've been working out with a rubber band...
Rubber tubing actually.
It's a mean and vindictive workout partner.
It refuses to go as far as I try to pull it.
It's stubborn...snapping back as if to say "You're not the boss of me!"
I have learned a few things...
1. Rubber bands are better used to wrap around pony tails or newspapers or to fling at little brothers when they least expect it.
2. My arms are VERY WEAK.
3. My arms have NO STRENGTH.
4. My "mommy" arms are gone, long gone, so far gone, gone, gone, gone...isn't there a song that goes something like that?
5. I need to change my attitude about band workouts.
6. I need to dominate that band!
My friend, who introduced me to the evil band, keeps reminding me that I can add reps to my workout when it gets easier.
Well, that sounds lovely.....when might that happen I wonder...
So far, I'm happy with my rep count.
They say "the more the merrier" but I'm pretty sure that doesn't refer to reps in a band workout.
I did make a muscle the other day...
and it was pretty firm.
Not so squishy.
Maybe that #$&% band is working.
Maybe I should be thankful for the band.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...
I am eating sugar again but not ANYWHERE near what I used to do...I'm practicing self-control...not always easy, but I have to say, it feels good to tell myself "no" and then go about my day. I'm okay with it. And sometimes I let myself have a little somethin' somethin' and it's a lovely treat...and I'm thankful. :)
Posted by HA! Designs at 9:05 AM
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
My friend and I run at 6am, three times a week. It's early...very, very early.
This is how it goes...
I wake up at 5:40.
I pray that she'll cancel.
I check my phone for texts.
Or, sometimes there's a sweet text saying something like "See you in the morning" or "I'm game to run if you are!"
I put on my running clothes and check my email while I drink some water.
I search high and low for my keys.
I give up and borrow Alex's keys.
I hop in my car and turn the radio to Air1...a very fabulous Christian station that plays super cool music without interruptions. It's glorious. If you live around here, it's 88.1 and you will LOVE it!
I sing all the way to our meeting place about 3 miles from my home.
She always beats me.
I hop out of my car and act excited to be running at 6am. And by act, I mean I'm acting. I could win a freakin' academy award for all the acting I do at 6am!
We stretch and talk and then I stop acting and I'm actually glad we're running.
It's fun to hang out with a friend first thing in the morning.
Especially a friend that doesn't mind that your hair is frizzy and doesn't notice the pillow creases on your face...but maybe she can't see them in the dim light of pre-dawn.
We finish stretching and head out...chatting as we go.
She runs faster than me so she does more of the talking...I listen.
She must think I'm a really good listener, but really, I'm out of breath because she's running fast.
I'm learning to be a better listener.
About two thirds of the way through our run, I begin to feel like stopping. I'm tired.
It's right about then that we cross paths with "God Bless You Guy".
He's an older gentleman who's dressed for work. I imagine he works in an office. We think he's walking to the bus stop. We don't know. We are running and can't stop to ask.
As we approach him he smiles at us and says in a very cheerful voice, "Good Morning ladies! God bless you!"
We reply: "Thank you! You too!"
Then we always say to each other, "He's awesome!"
It's wonderful to receive a blessing so early in the morning when our strength is waning.
We continue on our loop back to our cars.
The run is over and we stretch and chat before we leave.
I say a little prayer of gratitude for "God Bless You Guy"as I drive home.
I wonder if he knows we look forward to seeing him.
A blessing is a wonderful thing to give another person.
It takes very little effort but can mean the world.
"God Bless You Guy" inspires me to be a blessing to those I meet...he reminds me that just a few kind words can give a person the boost they need to keep on going!
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Posted by HA! Designs at 8:26 PM
Monday, February 24, 2014
I've been praying a lot lately...
There's so much going on.
The world is hurting...
my loved ones struggle...
my kids are far away...
we are in transition...
excitement is afoot...
And just when I feel like my prayers are going up and turning to vapor...
falling on deaf ears...
God sends a message.
LOUD AND CLEAR
I've got this.
I heard you.
I hear you.
I love you.
OK...I will...and...Thank you!
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Posted by HA! Designs at 3:09 PM
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Feelin' Crafty today!
I have lots of these fabulous vintage brass stencils but I wasn't sure what to do with them. In my recent clean-out of my studio, I just couldn't get rid of them. They're metal, they're letters, two things I'm attracted to when I peruse thrift and antiques shops. Surely there's SOMETHING unique I can do with these!
Then it hit me.
I love candles...and the letters slip together end to end. I could make a decorative text sleeve for a candle!
At first, I was inspired by my daughter's upcoming wedding...and the first design I came up with uses their initials and the date of their wedding. I love it!
The problem with these stencils is that there is only one of each letter...which makes doing anything other than stenciling with them, a little challenging if you have only one or two sets! I was able to come up with letters of varying sizes to spell Family, Love and Fun...and made one more candle sleeve for a larger candle!
I love the varying sizes and the mismatched look! I've made one other project with these stencils about a year ago...this sign hangs above our bed...I made it for my husband when he came home from his deployment.
I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for more of the stencils! I saw a lamp shade made from these stencils, connected by jump rings, and fell in love! I must make one for myself...someday...when I hit the motherlode of brass stencils! My favorite thing about these projects is that they give an old utilitarian supply that has served it's purpose, a new and beautiful life!
Posted by HA! Designs at 12:04 PM
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yesterday was an odd day.
It started out rainy.
By mid-morning it was cloudy but dry.
I met my friend (my running partner) for coffee...
We had cancelled our run that morning because of the storm.
It was almost sunny out.
"Let's run later!" We said.
"YES!" We agreed
We enjoyed a mostly sunny day.
When the appointed time arrived, the skies darkened.
We got out of our cars and looked at each other.
"It's now or never." we declared.
And we stretched as the sky opened up
with a downpour that exceeded my shower that morning.
And much colder.
We took off running.
It was very difficult.
The wind pushed us from the side.
Then from the front.
The rain drenched us completely.
I entertained the thought of suggesting we turn back.
But I didn't want to quit.
I certainly didn't want to be the one to suggest it.
I secretly hoped she'd suggest it.
As I heated up, the rain felt good on my face,
not so good in my eyes.
Mixing with sweat, it burned.
I struggled to breathe, sucking in drops of sweat-laced rain with each breath.
Perhaps we were running faster than usual.
We certainly wanted this run to end.
And it finally did.
And we felt proud.
But we did it...we did the hard thing.
The good thing.
Turns out, she had wanted to quit too.
Neither of us wanted to be the weak one.
And it made us both stronger.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Posted by HA! Designs at 11:32 AM