A to Z Challenge – Ink

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I is for Ink

I love to get ink on my hands.  I am a crafter and my craft of choice is rubber stamping.  I stamp my own greeting cards, decorate letters and a few pages for scrap-booking.  I like to get glue under my nails and glitter, well it goes EVERYWHERE even if you’re really careful with it.  I have dye ink and pigment ink.  Brush pens and embossing markers.  Small individual colors and multi-colored pad. Flat ink and puff paint.  And then there is my collection of stamps… wooden, clear and cubed multi-sided.  I stamp, emboss, punch, embellish, and have all sorts of fun.  Tomorrow I must get a little ink on my hands (no matter how careful I am I ALWAYS do) and make a birthday card and a thinking of you card for two friends.  I have the TOY card all planned out and an idea for the birthday card.  It is so much fun!


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Happy and Grateful – Day 314

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

I feel like I have to make this a fairly quick short and sweet post.  One reason is I am exhausted and afraid I will fall asleep before I am done.  And the other is so I don’t get sidetracked talking about my depression.

It was a cold day, but once again I did not have to venture out much in it.  I did get out in the cold to go and fix my Dad some dinner,  And on the way there I mailed a Christmas card.  No, believe me I don’t normally send out cards this early but this was a special request.

The local news website had a story on a little boy with neuroblastoma who may not make it to Christmas this year who wanted a card shower for early Christmas cards.  So I went into my craft corner and created a little something to send.  This had two benefits.  It made me happy to get ink on my hands and I was grateful to have a very healthy daughter.  It also made me happy to try to bring a little bit of joy to this boy’s difficult last days.

That is all I have in me tonight.  Sinuses are killing me, and I am so close to sleep… yawn!  I hope you remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 300

The month of October is upon us.  Fall is in full swing with the leaves gathering on the lawn… maybe a pile or two to run through even.  The evenings are getting dark earlier as the days grow shorter.  And a few of us look forward to a good scare with Halloween coming this month.  Everyday has at least some small portion of good in it.  I am looking for that good with this challenge to find my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join in with the challenge by commenting or writing your own blog… let’s find some goodness today.

I can’t believe it is day 300… I have made it this far the last 65 days should be a breeze.  I thank all of you who are still trudging through these days with me.  I hope I haven’t bored you too much!

Tonight I sit here watching Hocus Pocus trying to reflect on the day.  It was a sore one with the cold weather bringing more aches and pains.  I had to take a pain pill tonight so I hope I make it through this post without falling asleep.

Today’s happiness is a little hard for me.  My depression had me feeling very withdrawn today.  I think the grey skies matched my grey mood.  But there is always some happiness and I would have to say today it was my cat being a little cuddle bug and sleeping with me a good portion of the day.  I think it was because of the cooler weather she just wanted my body heat… LOL.

It was a pretty low-key day.  I did get to my craft desk and worked on a card for a friend.  It is always good to work on cards and I was grateful to get a little ink on my hands.  Hopefully the card will bring a smile to my friend’s face.

I need to post this and maybe read a little more before I go to sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 193

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning. It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life. It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night. I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day. Join along in the comments or on your own blog. There is always good in every day.

It is a race tonight… to get my words on the screen before I fall asleep!  I have taken my meds and am nodding off already.  So lets just jump right into it.

My happiness today would be getting more ink on my hands and making another card.  I can really just lose myself in the creative flow.  And I am grateful for my family.  Had a brief chat with my sister today, messaged my cousin and had coffee with my dad.  I really wonder how people can get by without family, but I know a lot of people who do.  I’d be lost without mine.

(Well if you look close to the published time you will see I lost the race.  Got up to take my boyfriend to work… laptop still open on my lap and the light still on in the room even.  Oops!)

Happy and Grateful – Day 93

We have reached the month of April and I am still on course to post daily with my happiness and gratitude I have found.  Please join in if you feel like doing this too by sharing in the comments or on your own blog.  There is so much to be happy and grateful for.

I haven’t felt the best today but with the continued rain I am not surprised.  I just have to make it through two more days of this and then they say we get sunshine again!  I really need to look into getting one of those full spectrum lights that doubles as the suns rays when you can’t enjoy the real thing.  I do think it would help my mood.

Today was a day spent at home.  I had a card to make (ink on my hands always makes me happy) and a short letter to write for a friend who suffered a loss last week.  The cat was very cuddly today (sometimes I think she knows when I need a hug or cuddle) and kept me company in my lap or on my foot rest a majority of the day.  My boyfriend was busy doing stuff on his day off so I needed the company of my cat to feel less alone.

Not any big things, but the little moments that still can bring a smile and peace of heart.  I am grateful for every small moment I can get.

Happy and Grateful – (the real) Day 38

This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself.  I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day.  There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment.  Please try to find those moments for yourself too…  if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog.  Being aware can really turn a day around!

Oops!  I goofed and missed Day 36… so 37 should be 36, and 38 should be 37 and today REALLY is 38.  I know I was tired when I did my last two posts but didn’t think I was that tired.  Oh well, you forgive me, right?

Today I played catch up!  I slept in late and took a nap in the early afternoon.  I am still feeling pretty worn out, but it is more of my “normal” fatigue.  The busy weekend was fun but today there had to be a stop to the activity… well to a point.

I got ink on my fingers today.  I have 5 cards I need to get made and I sat at my craft desk today and inked up a couple of creations.  I have an idea for a third one and then tomorrow I hope to make that one plus design and make the other two.  The really fun one will be for my cousin’s wedding with all the glitter and sparkles a wedding card should have.  I love having a chance to create things.  It makes me happy to get my hands “dirty” with glitter, glue and ink.  I am grateful I still have enough energy to sit at my desk for an hour or so and work on things.  The day I can no longer do that will truly be a sad day.  Do you have any crafts you like to do?

Day 95 – 100 Days of Happiness

Today did not go at all the way I had planned but it worked out great still.  I set out to make my Christmas cards today and had my planned wording and image saved, but when I went to cut it out, my Cricut machine did not want to work.  I fought design features and changing what I wanted to print for about an hour before I finally decided it just was not meant to be this year.  So I dug up my inking supplies and stamped a very basic card about 25 times then pulled out some cards in reserve to finish off my card list and in one afternoon I had addressed and made all my Christmas cards.  Now I have ten letters to write to go with them… I should have these done and MAYBE arriving on time this year.  A pretty good day in spite of the change of plans! 🙂