The funniest thing happened on the way to post last night.......I just could not get it to look right. I can't figure out the spacing thing...how do I leave space between paragraphs? It looked so all mashed together.
I had intended to share with you that I was taking off a bit of time from scrapping and submitting layouts to concentrate more on writing. I was going to delete the entire thing but I already had a comment to say hello.
Hence, the no hair flip.....just a breathing spell to concentrate on writing.
I am so excited!! Sharon and I have both been PC scrapping for ten years or more and the woman is good! She is rather shy about tooting her own horn so I embarrass her by tooting it for her! (She who tooteth not her own horn, the same shall remain untooted...I always say...:-):) . I am always trying to get her to submit her wonderful digital pages and finally she did and two of them were picked up immediately by SS for the Simple Schemes. I told her they would be!!I told you, the woman does beautiful work!
Fortunately for Sharon, I am not the type of friend who says "I told you so!" However, were I that kind of person.....:-)
You can see a lot of Sharon's work and my work in the gallery at www.cottagearts.net. PS...Please don't tell Sharon that I told on her...it's just our little secret...ok? I mean, how many people are going to read my blog...two or three...four tops? :-)
Poetry is such a blessing in my life. As a very compassionate and sentimental person, I have found that people will listen more intently to what I have to say if I put in in verse.
Things that might seem too passionate or too personal become acceptable as poetry and things that at times might be thought too personal to discuss freely can be described from the depth of my emotions and discussed freely without causing embarrassment. The beauty of the nighttime sky, a lovely flitting butterfly, a tiny newborn baby's skin, being fat when once I was thin, city sidewalks late at night, the beauty of a bird in flight, doing the things I think are right...all of these are subjects of my pages and touch chords in the hearts of others as well.
This was one of my favorite entries from this year. I guess I had secret hopes
that if I entered this one last time I would get an honorable mention. I know that's a lot to ask with the sheer volume of talented scrappers out there and more coming up each year. But I had to give it one last shot.
I won't refer to my entries as losers though. As I look at them I see that they
expressed what was on my heart and mind and were representative of the simple style that is mine. They are my "as yet unappreciated to the fullest extent and unpublished" layouts.
I wonder if not placing in this yearly contest would cause as much pain to entrants were it to be called something less formidable... Annual Layout Contest......2005 CK Search for Stars.....Best of 2005 Contest...or is a contest by any other name still the Hall of Fame?
Well, I was proud of myself for entering and I am sincerely proud of all the winners and each one was deserving of the spot they won. It is my sincere hope
Isn't life just like a scrapbook page? Each day we are offered a fresh start or a nice clean page to fill as we wish. We can be as creative as we desire and we can use it to teach others as well as learn more about our selves. Each morning we decide how we will create our page or fill our day.
We can have a bad day and pass it on creating whirls and spirals of anger on our page or we can decide that our page and our day will be used to pass on the good parts of our day and the love that we feel for family and friends.
Some folks can be in the midst of a beautiful page and choose not to share it while others pass on beauty in the midst of storms in their lives.
This is a blank page, a new day...make it a thing of beauty.
There's a light in the window of Heaven That beckons us to our home That tells the weary traveler That she is on the right road. There's a light in my window to remind me That on earth is where we all start And it is kept burning brightly as we travel By the love in our dear ones' hearts.
If you can keep your head when all about you Are getting published and you are not If you can trust your talent when others doubt it But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, And continue to submit when it seems for naught Or being rejected and dealing well with rejection And yet not being discouraged enough to make you stop...
If you can submit -- and not make being published your master, If you can still enjoy the creative process just the same... If you can meet with Triumph and Rejection And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth about your creations And sometimes see that your pages are misunderstood Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken And stoop and build them up with worn out scrapping tools.
If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one big MMM or Hall of Fame And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart to keep on creating To put together pages that you alone may love And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or talk with Publishers -- or those who can help you reach your goal If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If your friends opinions and critiques are welcome to your ears If you can let them share their honest thoughts about your work
And leave with heart that is hurting Your talent will be recognized and you are a winner, And -- which is more -- you'll be published my son.
Another photo from a walk that Hubby and took around our little Coronado village. Where but in California can one go for a walk and see sailing ships, cruise ships, palm trees and flamingos all within a 3.4 mile walk!
I will show you later the page I decide to create with this photo but I just wanted to share this cool digital photo with you.
With all that is going on in my life lately, I sometimes feel as if I'm standing on one leg. Even too many good things to do can sometimes leave you exhausted and feeling as if soon that other leg will fail you and down you will come.
Life is so exciting for me now that I have to watch and not let myself attempt too many things at once....I still need one steady leg to stand on!
I find myself going slower now on creating pages for anything other than myself and in the style I'm comfortable with. I love being on the Design Team for www.cottagearts.net and I love writing my little columns for ww.pccrafter.com and www.simplysentiments.com. When I first started writing the monthly article for PCcrafter, I remember hubby and me laughing as I typed away and said "I"m working on a deadline here!" (I had always wanted to say that.) But now, I find myself actually at the end of the month rushing to get things done and turned in on time. The time is zooming by so quickly and I don't want to miss a moment of anything life has to offer!
I love writing for my publisher (BlueGrass Publisher) at ww.theultimateword.com and it was a wonderful thrill and answer to a lifelong prayer to be able to share my poetry in book form (and for Cottagearts to create the Simply Stated CD with Michelle's art and my poetry). For years I typed up verses and copied them or in the last few years emailed them to various people just for the joy of sharing. Now I can share with people all over the world.
AND what fun to be able to say all of these wonderful sites "out loud" and not have to worry if they will be deleted. Hey! This is my blog and I can say thank you to CottageArts, PCcrafter, Simply Sentiments and BlueGrass Publishing!
And here I am at 60 as a retired person finally being published from time to time in Simple Scrapbooks, PK, MM and Legacy, and traveling more than I ever have before....and on my own! I feel like such the adult and it only took me 60 years!