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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Why I Blog

By Kristine Erickson | this heart of mine

Today, we will taking a little detour from the projects and recipes. Jen of Classic Play asked me to participate in a little series answering questions about why I do what I do. They are questions I really think about quite often, in the privacy of my own mind, and today, I’m writing it out to share with you.

Why do I write?

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Recipe: Tart Cherry Cupcakes

Tart Cherry Cupcakes | this heart of mine

This final creation with Montmorency tart cherries is happily and satisfyingly my favorite. You see, I consider MJ and myself novice cupcake experts. MJ is not the crazy food person I am but I can get him talking about texture and taste when it comes to these little bits of cake. We’ve enjoyed our fair share from a number of places and we are very sure of what we like. Forget light and airy, we like to sink our teeth into (and successfully hold) a dense, spongy cupcake. Flavors must be right on the money and as for frosting, we aren’t as young as we once were and while mile-high frosting looks delicious, it’s just too much. It took three batches of cupcakes to get this recipe right and when I tasted the third and final trial, a huge smile spread across my face because I nailed it. The tart cherry taste is bright and cheery, the cupcake is dense and spongy and topped with frosting, the whole thing sidles up to perfection.

Tart Cherry Cupcakes | this heart of mine

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When Life Goes Perfectly

Like the new look? Yeah, it isn’t on purpose. I mean, it is on purpose by way of updating WordPress, finding a whole bunch of errors, trying to fix them myself and then having to reset my whole sight. When life hands you a box of doo-doo, light it on fire, right?

So, while I spend the day not doing what I planned, excuse the mess. I am working on it.

Have a wonderful Monday!

P.S. Picked a winner for the giveaway last week!

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