Gold Paper Succulents with Cricut

Gold Paper Succulents with Cricut Explore | this heart of mine

There is nothing like getting inspiration at the last moment! These gold paper succulents are my project for the third installment of Cricut Design Space Star. Our team chose gold as our theme and I wasn’t inspired….until just yesterday. After scrolling through the Cricut Design Space library, I came across a 3D flower pack which led me to a succulent pack and inspiration hit.

I love succulents, despite my inability to keep them living. Something about watering them. :) Anyway, I really like the faux succulents I’ve seen that have been painted gold and I thought a paper version would be fabulous. Gold is so warm and lovely and perfect for a fall table. These little succulent pots with the Be Thankful flag are ideal for each guest’s spot!

Gold Paper Succulents with Cricut Explore | this heart of mine

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Raspberry Pomegranate Sorbet Recipe | this heart of mine

I’ve been in love with making simple sorbets ever since my first attempt, the pomegranate sorbet. Then came blood orange sorbet and then tart cherry sorbet. And today, a raspberry-pomegranate sorbet. It’s a mix of pure pomegranate juice and real (frozen) raspberries blended together, frozen into cubes and processed in a food processor. Its flavor is bright and refreshing while making your lips pucker a bit too. I’m already missing the berries of summertime and this helps just a bit.

Raspberry Pomegranate Sorbet Recipe | this heart of mine

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Simple Animal Costumes

Simple Animal Costumes: Lions, Tigers & Black-Footed Ferrets | this heart of mine

Lions and tigers and black-footed ferrets. Oh my!

My children love to dress up, regardless of the time of year (though Halloween provides their mother extra incentive and pressure to sew costumes). Currently, Love Bug and Sweet J are highly interested in animals thanks to their favorite show, Wild Kratts. We now know more about cheetahs, geckos, otters and monarch butterflies, among a whole host of others. The favorites, or at least the ones who made the ‘what costumes would you like? list’ are lions, tigers and black-footed ferrets. I have studied images of these animals more than I’d like to admit but I wanted to make sure I was creating cool yet simple costumes.

Simple Animal Costumes: Lions, Tigers & Black-Footed Ferrets | this heart of mine

The costume style is just like the puppy costumes I made two years ago (my babies were so little!!). It’s a long, tunic-like, almost shift-dress-like form. Very simple and easy. I used fleece for all three costumes for two reasons: 1) fleece is very easy to sew with. No hemming or finishing edges. I can cut shapes and then use those shapes exactly like I want. It’s the best!! And 2) Halloween eve is usually a chilly one for us and fleece gives us the best chance to actually wear the costumes without heavy outerwear and stay warm. Win win!

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Ballerina Headband

Easy Headband for a Ballerina Costume | this heart of mine

Sometimes, the best costume is store bought. Easy is good. We found a darling ballerina costume and Love Bug we couldn’t pass it up. (We found it at H&M.) It doesn’t require any work, minus appropriate cold weather additions for the actual treat night. But I couldn’t not meddle. I had to make something. A fluttery, butterfly headband was perfect for my ballerina.

Easy Headband for a Ballerina Costume | this heart of mine

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The Unexpected

The Unexpected | this heart of mine

Hello again! It’s been silent here but I have a fabulous, unexpected story.

After two rather uneventful albeit good “regular life” days last week, I woke up at 2:00am Wednesday morning to intense abdominal pain. By 4:00am I was in the ER and at 8:00am, I was wheeled into the OR for laparoscopic appendectomy. Yes. MJ and I are still wrapping our heads around it. I’d never had surgery before last week, let alone visit an ER, but I checked both off my life list in less that 4 hours. When I went to bed on Tuesday evening, I had food out to defrost for the next day’s dinner and I was envisioning the post I planned to put together for the dress-up ear headbands I made for our children. But sometimes, life takes an unexpected turn.

I tend to keep personal things personal, especially here. Not only is it a desire for privacy and a tactic for self-preservation but this is a creative space to me, for me, and I want to keep it that way. There are others who juggle the personal and non-personal very well, it’s just not a goal of mine. However, today, I’m going to pull down the curtain a bit.

I’ve mentioned in other posts about my struggles with feeling uninspired this year. In a self-employed, creative job, it’s been disconcerting. On top of that, just for fun, MJ and I have a few large personal, real life ‘balls’ in the air I’m not ready to elaborate on. We are in one of those places where it seems like everything is in flux, many things are unsure and nothing is resolving. It’s a bit uncomfortable. Throw a medical emergency on top of it and you are guaranteed a few dark moments where you are sure life is crumbling down around you.

The Unexpected | this heart of mine

MJ rescheduled all his work commitments so he could ferry our children to and from school, be with me and take over full management of our life. Kind friends offered help and food and my mom came and took care of me and our home while I rested. Even as an adult, I sure like having my mom around when I’m sick or, you know, recovering from surgery. I am blessed. Exceedingly blessed.

For my first emergency room visit and first surgery, last week’s shenanigans were lovely. I am not sure when life will level out for us or if this is just our new normal. At this point, I will settle for a few less bumps, hairpin turns and steep cliffs. But we can’t choose. The only option we have is to decide how to react. For me, last week proved that while I really don’t care for surprises, especially ones in the middle of the night, I, we, can make it through. We are capable of managing the unexpected. And, awesomely and amazingly, we have a community of people who care about us, at the ready to throw their arms around us and offer their help.

Thank you all for your kind messages and prayers. I felt them. :)

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