Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April OLW Blog Hop

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Welcome to our OLW blog hop!

A special thanks to Margie for hosting this monthly fun hop.
 If you have arrived from Amanda's blog, you are in the right spot.  If you get lost along the way, there is a full participant list at the end of this post.

 First off, I'm sorry I had to skip out on last month's hop.  I really missed it.  But I did catch up on my work (see photos below). And here this month has been even more challenging.  My dad has not been feeling well the last few weeks and then ended up in the ER last Monday evening.  Then he spent the rest of the week in a hospital about 1 hr and 15 min from here.  I spent a lot of time on the road last week.  But I also learned how to manage my time a bit better.  If I was going to accomplish anything related to being crafty and/or doing housework, I had to keep focused when I was home.  One morning I spent about 10 minutes printing April's OLW information.  I also printed off the PDF for writing the two letters and took them with me to the hospital.  I was able to use the drive up there to think about what I wanted to write, and then used the time while my dad was gone out of his room for some testing to write my letter!
Viola', here I am feeling happy and calm!

I always enjoy listening to the monthly video presentations and keep forgetting to include a few highlights that encourage me each month.  Here are a few from April's presentation.

"Things don't always go as planned.  Be hopeful.  Good things can come."
About the cycle of life, "The process from bloom to re-bloom is a long process but it happens every year."  Comparing those cycles to our own life cycles.

Here are photos of my March project.  The action I wanted to accomplish didn't happen until the first part of April, but I definitely felt a sense of renewal on some deeper feelings and vows I made back in September of last year.  March was a busy month and I filled it in based on my wall calendar so I could remember why I wasn't able to really take action until April.  This is not about being discouraged, but about being truthful and positive.

Here are a few photos of April's project,

Washi tape madness!!  I've joined the club!  
Target carries it in their office supply section.  I had to do some squats to find it, but find it I did!  And I had to search 3 different Targets (benefit of going to the city everyday!!) before going back to the last one to find it!  Thanks Melissa and Paula for your directions on how and where to look!!

 Please continue on to Tere's creative and fun blog!

MAY 1 OLW Blog Hop Participants
Margie   http://xnomads.typepad.com/blog/one-little-word
Monica   http://scrapinspired.com/
Jamie    jmpgirl.blogspot.com
Lisa     http://backtoallen.com/category/challenges/one-little-word/
Jenn     www.studiojenn.blogspot.com
Jill    http://jillconyers.com/
Veronica     www.veronicanorris.typepad.com
Cheri    http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com
Monica B    http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com/
Ruth     http://suburbansahm.blogspot.com
Kaylea    www.myscrappylife.com
Cindy    http://www.cynthiacrysdale.com/
Donna    http://holimess.blogspot.com/
Kelly    http://mindingmynest.com
Carolina    www.micinnamons-en.blogspot.com
Cindy    http://seriousplay.typepad.com
Naomi    http://poeticaperture.com
Nikki    www.inkyart.com.au
Amanda    http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com
Rebekah    http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com/
Tere    http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/
Kimberlee     http://scrapsandsass.blogspot.com
Brighton    www.dearbrighton.com
Kristina     http://hrinspirationfromthe403.blogspot.ca/


Lisa said...

So sorry to hear about all the 'stuff'; I was recently there, when my dad had a heart attack. Those long drives back and forth did me good, too :) Here's to a great May.

Kimberlee Gerstmann said...

Glad you are able to feel good about managing your time. I hope your dad is better soon!

I like how you are doing your OLW project. Inspiring stuff!

Ruth said...

Nice to see you taking part this month. Hope your dad is better soon.

Cheri said...

Hope your Dad is better soon and your life settles a bit! Kudos for getting through this month's assignment.

Naomi said...

Gorgeous artful pages! Great job on both months!

Donna said...

Beautiful. I love the gray and yellow. I'll have to look for the tape. It looks great.

MonicaB said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad. I hope he is doing better. Great job on your pages and getting caught up. Love the yellow and grey!!

kelly said...

love your page designs. and i totally agree that alone/quiet time is a great way to sort out thoughts. prayers for your dad's healing. love, kelly

Nikki said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad and I hope he is on the mend. I often plan ahead to make the best use of my time - it makes me feel so much happier to be in control. During long drives I often mull things over and have a little notebook in the car in case I get a clash of inspiration!

cinback said...

I share your love of washi tape! Nice touch.

Ethel said...

Sorry to hear about your dad! Take care!

Janeen said...

i like the look of the Washi tape. Great project.

Missus Wookie said...

Cool use of the tape. Hope your Dad is feeling better. Kudos on getting stuff done around 'stuff'.