Friday, April 24, 2020

Bloom Where You are Planted - Penny Black Meets Tim Holtz

Life, even in the hardest times, is full of moments to savor.  
They will not come this way again, not in this way.  

Paula Rinehart

Penny Black Angelette stamp, Tim Holtz flower dies, butterfly punch, copic markers,
Cricut cutting and writing feature, silver leafing pen

Hey there,

"Bloom where you are planted."  This phrase takes on new meaning  today when we're "planted" in our homes like potted tulips.  I'm finding I don't actually hate having time to catch up on some things I've been longing to do.  My husband and I are fortunate to be able to work in our tax business from home at a more leisurely pace, with people dropping off their information and having their taxes  filed electronically.  Yay for technology!  I don't know how the young moms are keeping it together entertaining their confined kids with the added responsibility of  home schooling. I'm pretty sure I would have died...or someone would have. 😄  It's much easier for my husband and I.   We are truly blessed.

So how do I  go about blooming where I'm planted?  I have made myself a promise that I will be a better person when things get back to "normal."  I'm walking most days in our beautiful wetlands and enjoying Spring as I have never done before.   I'm spending time organizing and simplifying my home.  I'm listening to less news and more podcasts and books. I'm quilting and sewing masks for my friends and family.  I'm texting, calling, emailing and checking in on those I love.  I'm creating some handmade "just because" cards and actually mailing them.  I'm feeling peaceful and optimistic because I'm not allowing myself to worry about things I can't control.

How are you blooming where you're planted?  I hope you are looking forward to emerging from this challenge with a whole panoply of lessons, skills and memories to add to your amazing book of life.

Thank you for visiting.
Go forth and bloom where you're planted.

Playing along with:
Retro Rubber Challenge #133 - Penny Black Stamp 2017


  1. Beautiful coloring, Nancy! Those flower dies look perfect with that lovely lady.
    I am glad that you seem to be coping with your home stay. We are doing well too, I spent a lot of time at home anyway, so things have not changed too much for me.
    Hugs Monica

  2. Amazing card, I like colours and image.
    Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Twórcze pasje Danki {My Blog}

  3. This is one of my favorite sentiments and I'm in love with the way you put this card design together! Everything about this projects just works! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Cut It Up! Challenge as we celebrate "Our Beautiful Earth!"
    Rachelle - DT : )

  4. Thanks for your positive post.

    Your card is beautiful. The coloring is gorgeous and I love the detailed garden you created with positive and negative space. It's creative genius!

    Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up for Our Beautiful Earth challenge!


  5. I love the beautifully coloured flowers framing the gorgeous Angelette! Thanks so much for sharing at PBSC:)

  6. Very pretty, your coloring and colors are beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us at Retro Rubber this week!

  7. Amazing card, love your coloring!!! Thanks for sharing with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

  8. Beautifully done, Nancy!
    Thank you so much for joining in at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner