Sweet Tooth: Holiday Baking

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Traditionally, I do a bit of baking for a few relatives, friends, & neighbors. The added challenge this year? A newborn & very little sleep! However, I really do enjoy it, so I made time…& carried the baby in his Bjorn carrier while I rolled dough & sprinkled sprinkles!

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Creative recovery project: Holiday Baking

On the menu:
-Shortbread Kiss Cookies
-Molasses Gingersnaps
-Sugar Cookies with Red Sugar Sprinkles

Happy holidays & merry moments of creativity πŸ˜‰

Chapters (Week 52)

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IMG_7875-1.JPGI’m home now a week from the hospital, adjusting to a new life with a child. I won’t lie and say all is bliss or some miracle mother’s intuition kicks in & I suddenly have all the answers. No, but the mess is lovely & organic & challenges me to live one step at a time, one day at a time, to listen to my body & my baby, to treasure the joys & patiently wade through the difficulties. I strive toward kindness toward myself, my baby, my husband, my dog. While rest eludes me in this stage, I find strength in the Higher Power of my understanding & in taking a moment to breathe, pause, smile, & recall all I have to be grateful for & how far I’ve come already.

This week’s creative project: Capturing the moment

I have completed my creative recovery goal, posting a creative project each week for a year. As this chapter closes, & a new one opens, I look back over a year of the fulfillment of creating with my hands and finding encouragement all along the way. Though my posts will be less frequent this coming year, I look forward to continuing to share my creative journey of recovery with you.

My Beloved is Born (Week 51)

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IMG_7750.JPGThis week, my post is simple. There is no more astounding, no more complex, no more artful a creation than a child. I am humbled & grateful to share with you this week as I introduce my son.

This week’s creative miracle: Asher

Halloween & Pregnant (Week 50)

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Lots of fun & excitement gearing up for my baby’s arrival in a week. So, naturally, I wanted to take advantage of my round belly on the closest holiday to his birth–Halloween! I typically don’t have occasion to dress up & celebrate this holiday, but good friends in recovery invited us to a party, so my husband & I decided to attend & the pregnancy costume ideas began stewing!

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This week’s creative project: Pregnancy costume, Wilson the Volleyball from “Castaway”

Easy as pie, I used a paper plate, craft paint, & raffia to create my Wilson volleyball. I used elastic craft line to tie him comfortably around my stomach. My husband was a team player & accompanied me as Tom Hanks’ character. It was a fun way to celebrate recovery with friends, creativity in costume, & silly excitement for my pregnancy figure (that isn’t always something I can enjoy or take or take pride in).

Hope you all had a happy & safe Halloween!

Wooden Quotation Boxes (Week 49)

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20141023-202231-73351838.jpg Making gifts for others throughout this year in “creative recovery” has been one of the greatest joys of this endeavor. Recently, a number of my dearest friends blessed me with 2 baby showers to celebrate my son, who is a true gift of my recovery. Without God, my program of recovery, & the loving, safe support of these incredible friends, I’m confident this pregnancy could not have taken place.

To attempt to thank them & express my deep gratitude, I created for them some special & personalized gifts.

This week’s creative project: Wooden Quotation Boxes

20141023-204249-74569722.jpgI purchased unpainted wooden shadow boxes. After painting them, I gathered twigs to fit each one, printed meaningful quotations on canvas, & added hangers to each box. Using hot glue and small copper tacks, I affixed the twigs & quotations in each box.

For my friends who received these, I hope you know even a fraction of what you mean to me & how deeply you’ve blessed me and little Asher πŸ™‚

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Ink Stamp Thank-You Cards (Week 48)

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thank you cardsIn the midst of family illness, pregnancy complications, and general emotional strain, I am finding I have MUCH to be grateful for these days. In this deep place of gratitude, I was finding a need to express my thanks to many.

This week’s creative project: Ink Stamp Thank-You Cards

A simple project to be sure, I purchased some blank stationary at Michael’s (on sale, yay!), a fun stamp, and anΒ ink pad.

First, I tested the ink & stamp. With full coverage, I set to stamping a handful of blank cards with a fun, typewriter stamp. When dry, I added a simple, handwritten “Thanks!” to each one.

Done & done πŸ™‚

Greeting Card (Week 47)

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20141007-211942-76782378.jpgMy sister is pregnant with a baby girl, & to accompany some baby gifts, I wanted to make her a special, custom greeting card.

This week’s creative project: Baby Greeting Card

I recently picked up some blank card stock & envelopes from Michaels. I then gathered up other fun supplies from my craft shelves: floral paper, twine, colored pencils, mini clothespins (aren’t these just too cute!).

I trimmed out a tiny onesie from the floral paper, strung the twine through as a clothesline, then pinned the onesie in place using the wooden pins. Super easy & now I can add a unique touch to my sister’s gifts πŸ™‚

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