Space for rest.

Have you ever googled or searched for rest?  I typed in the word “rest” and up comes many images.  There are the traditional beach scenes, hammocks with a gentle breeze, lists on why rest is good for you, and much, much more.

The one that caught my eye is the traditional rest stop sign.  This reminds me to make sure there is an area of my life that is blocked off for rest.  If I don’t give myself permission to rest, I won’t.  Make sure to have a designated exit for rest.  If you don’t take it the next rest stop may not be for 287 miles.

What is your area for rest?  Is it a certain spot in the house?  Is it your craft room?  Is it the kitchen and cooking your favorite meal?  How do you set aside time or space to rest?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by focusing.

As many of you know I am married to a professional musician.  And for those of you that know me even better, you know that my daughter is a budding musician as well.  With that being said I am pulling our segment on rest today straight from the staff lines of a musical score.

Do you know the purpose of a rest in music?  It is to give emphasis on a certain section (brass, woodwinds, percussion, etc.) while other sections are quiet.  It is also used after a difficult section in the music to allow the muscles to regain their composure so tone does not suffer.

So, you are probably asking what this has to do with crafting.  I want to remind you that it is okay to rest, especially after a huge project is finished or if it is just not coming together.  The ability to rest might just give you the edge to regain focus and create a masterpiece.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting is petting a puppy.

Sometimes rest can be found in the simple things.  Sometimes it’s your favorite cup of coffee, a kiss on the forehead from your significant other, or just a moment with your dog.

This morning I found myself with my dog.  Just sitting on the couch petting him over and over again.  He seemed to like it as much as I did.  It’s very calming to me to be forced to sit and just rub on my dog.

Do you have something that calms your nerves?  Share it here if you like.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Hobbies bring rest.

By the title I bet you think I will talk about stamping.  For many of you stamping is what brings you rest.  And I am sure at some point today I will stamp too.  But what other hobbies (or therapies) do you have?  I like to work out and also to cook.  So today I will be babysitting a brisket and in between getting a few things done.  Tell me what other hobbies do you have besides crafting?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by catching up.

Today’s the day.  Have you heard?  All of the birthday parties, graduations, concerts, and more are done.  This is the first day I have to get caught up.  So be prepared to see the samples for card class, samples for the punch box class, and whatever else is on the list.

Now you know what I am up to.  What are you doing?  Now that it’s summer are you re-arranging your house?  Are you hiding under a blanket and wishing the whole world would just disappear?  How do you cope with conquering the overwhelming pile?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by crafting.

I’ve been in my craft room and lost track of time.  Are you being creative today?

Sometimes it’s good to lose yourself and just have some fun.

Today’s contest is to post a photo of what you have created today!  One lucky winner will receive a pack of Corrugated Elements for FREE!

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So post your photos (one photo per post if you want to be entered more than once) for a chance to win!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting sometimes means sleeping in.

Did you notice I am a little late this morning?  I decided to sleep in and take it easy.  Once in a while a break in your routine is a good thing.  Life is not always meant to be scheduled but also to be lived.  How do you intend to live today?  What makes you wake up in the morning?  For me, it is often you.  What can I create to help you to be more creative?  If you have a certain something that you don’t know how to do or wish someone would think through the template for you, tell me!  I am working on new classes as I type.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  I want to hear from you!

Change of routine for me today.

Today is a good day to rest and stay out of the sun.  The back of my arms are a little tender today since they don’t normally see the sun.  But today is a new day even if my skin isn’t.  To re-charge today I am attending and enjoying a concert.  Not a bunch of creating, blogging, and planning today for me.  What’s on your adventure list today?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting on Mother’s Day.

Hopefully your family is allowing some rest on Mother’s Day.  Or are you getting twenty questions about where things are in the kitchen.  Thankfully my kitchen isn’t that big so there’s not many places to look.  And at 10 am my kid isn’t even up yet.  Oh, the teenage years.  Whatever there is in your family, enjoy it.  Be present.  You will never get this moment back.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂