Design Team: Scrapping Your Heart Out
Theme: Shades of Fall
Designer: The Rush Ranch
Another beautiful fall morning at the ranch. Skies are blue, and the color changes across the valley are fantastic. Fall is my favorite season. Look at the photo of the valley floor, below:
I don’t know about you, but the news around the world today seems so harsh and scary. It’s hard to stay focused on the priorities of our lives, but we’ve got to do it. We’ve got to guard our home gates first – taking care of ourselves and our loved ones. In my last post, I encouraged you to do something kind for yourself, to practice self-care. I’ll bet the majority of you just breezed right over those words. Women often feel like we don’t have the time to spend on ourselves, or that we don’t “deserve” it. Some of us don’t even know what “self-care” looks like! But hey, it looks different for everyone.
Here is what it looks like for me:
Fall & Winter: I love candles — especially spice–scented candles. Their glow and aroma seem to enhance a peaceful atmosphere for me. I love a cup of hot cocoa, or tea. I love to wear warm, soft socks to pad around the house in. I like a more quiet atmosphere, with either soft music, or no music. Baking bread, soup in the crockpot, or cookies in the oven. I like to read with a blanket across my lap, or a crochet project on my hook. A bubble bath in the evening is a wonderful way to relax. And don’t forget nap time!! I’m pretty much at the black belt level when it comes to self-care in cool seasons. I guess that comes from living for 46 years in Alaska!
Spring & Summer: I love to be outside on the deck, writing notes or letters to friends as I gaze out upon the valley below. My hair is usually in a ponytail or hair clip, no makeup, and sneakers on my feet. I also like to take a craft project outside to work on, such as beading, polymer clay, or Kumihimo braiding. And napping. I love to nap where the sun puddles across my bed. Cuddle cat is optional.
What do you like? What calms you? What kind of atmosphere is beneficial to you? Know those things about yourself and make them happen as often as possible. These are small but effective ways to take care of yourself.
Here it is, my preview of Shades of Fall. As always, my mini kit is free and may be used for commercial use. Please visit the other designers in the blog train below to pick up their kits, as well.