I have been on a bit of a vacation from electronics. You may have noticed! There is a certain freedom in turning off the ringer on my phone, not scrolling Instagram several times a day and keeping the laptop closed. I've no intention of giving up this space, but I have developed some good habits that I intend to continue. One of these is, for an hour each afternoon I ignore everything with a screen and sit down with a book and a cup of tea. It's such a little, lovely thing to look forward to every day. Sometimes the little, lovely things are the most important.
I have been keeping my life small lately. Purposefully small. For some reason I have just needed that. I imagine there is a connection between the need for that and the need to quiet the electronics. If I have learned anything this past year, it is to listen to my body and to listen to my inner voice. I've been spending more time at home and using some of that time to do some fun projects. Some of which have been on my to do list for years, like our new stairway gallery wall that I will show you soon.
Recently I turned a basket into a new light for my studio so I could justify a new light, that I fell completely in love with, for that stairway. It's amazing what you can accomplish with doilies, pom poms, fabric, velvet ribbon and a good dose of gumption.
I also updated this standard scrapbook storage that I found at Michaels and made it my own with some Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper. There is something so appealing to me about taking something basic and making it more uniquely me!
I think Em is feeling a bit of spring fever. She has fallen in love with sewing and after having some minor surgery to remove ingrown toenails, she thought the best way to recuperate was by sewing a series of drawstring pouches. For her adventure pack. Very Emma of her. ;)
Her birthday is coming up soon. 15 years old. What and how? We have been brainstorming party ideas and collecting items for the party and take home gifts for her friends. I love that she takes such an interest and enjoys having a hand in the party prep now too.
Something tells me that I'm not the only one. There is something about a change in season that has me switching up the routine a little, shaking off the rut and seeking inspiration. And adventure. Maybe it's time to open my life back up a bit. Maybe the season for small is passing. Maybe it's time for a change.