Begin Again: Hello, Fall!

by holli on September 15, 2014

I took a few weeks break from blogging and am glad that I did. A few personal things took my heart on a roller coaster, and it was great to already be on a break from writing since I found myself dealing with a bit of grief from a friend passing away (still am) and stress from the shift in our lives with the kids back in school.

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Celebrating the change in season with a little leaf inspiration!

No matter how big the kids get, I think I will always miss them and feel a bit down when they go back to the classroom setting. But, with this new start for them comes a fresh start for me to focus on my blogging goals and home making projects. One area that I want to reignite is creativity. And so, without further ado, I have a fun craft project for you…

How To Make a Fall Leaf Garland

Supplies: leaves, colored paper, hole punch, scissors, pencil, string or ribbon.

Time: This project can span over a couple days with one day for collecting leaves and another for assembly, but I found it was easily accomplished with kids over an hour time frame.

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We used some Maple and Oak leaves pictured here as well as Aspen and Cottonwood.

Steps:

1. Go for a walk and collect 3-5 leaves that you like.

2. Select 3-5 paper colors

3. Set each leaf onto a sheet of paper and outline the leaf.

4. Cut out the leaf shapes: at least 3 of each or more depending on how long you want your garland to be.

5. Using a hole puncher, punch a hole into each leave near the base of the stems where it joins the leaves.

6. String together, knotting each stem at even intervals so that they don’t all end up bunching together.

7. Hang up over a window or door frame and enjoy!

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The Adventure Hits Pause

by holli on August 19, 2014

I knew when I decided to listen to my heart that it would be a roller-coaster of an experience. Attending a workshop about non-profit photography in Bolivia is still something I am dedicated to doing, but the workshop may have to be postponed until spring 2015. The organizers will decide on Sept. 1st if that needs to happen, and that oddly enough coincides with my fundraising campaign deadline.

So, I am hitting pause on my fundraising efforts. At first this frustrated me almost to tears, but then I realized this is the kind of workshop where my fellow students and I need to have our hearts fully open and ready to learn. Traveling to a 3rd world country is not for the faint of heart; especially to a location where you need to bring along altitude sickness medicine and get Yellow Fever shots.

On the bright side, this cements the decision in my mind to attend no matter the date. It has also made me announce to the world my dream that seemed to impossible to say aloud. And, I will refocus my efforts on earning the money for the workshop through my creativity. The Etsy shop is filled with drawings and I plan on adding painting and some craft kits.

Stay tuned as I refocus my efforts and strive to provide something useful with this here blog.

xo,

Holli

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Help Me Grow Through Gratitude: Art Preview

August 14, 2014

UPDATE: Not the kind of update I had hoped to give! The workshop may be postponed until spring 2015. So, I have decided to put my fundraising efforts on hold until a decision is made (they chose Sept. 1st to make the final call). I am dedicated to attending no matter when it happens. A […]

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Bolivia: learning through my lens!

August 12, 2014

UPDATE: Not the kind of update I had hoped to give! The workshop may be postponed until spring 2015. So, I have decided to put my fundraising efforts on hold until a decision is made (they chose Sept. 1st to make the final call). I am dedicated to attending no matter when it happens. A […]

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