I thought our new rose bushes may have reached their peak a few days ago. I trimmed off all the old blooms and thought they looked a little sad, missing their pinkness. Then I took a closer look and spied all the buds.
This doesn't begin to capture the new flowers I have today. It's a full wall of roses - standing at attention to salut the new day, the new season. Did they arrive because I was willing to cut off the expired flowers? Probably not. But I like to think that tending to the rose bushes and cutting them back led to the growth.
I bum out a little when the kids go back to school but it's a good time to establish new routines. I've said this before, but it's amazing that the year can be 3/4 of the way through and you still have a chance to start again. A new school year. A new season. A new rose. And this month, a new Crusade:
Congratulations to Julie Prichard for being the Top Hat Pick for Crusade No. 22. You can read more about Crusade No. 23 HERE. I have so many loose ends to work on to make room on my table and in my mind for new ideas, new projects, new directions. One thing that helps me GET STARTED on FINISHING is being organized.
Then there is Gathering. Isn't that part of the process for beginning but also for ending? I love the Gathering ritual - whether finding new stuff or re-discovering my own stuff, pulling it all toghether in one supply box is a thrill for me and makes the creative phase so much more enjoyable.
And I love Gathering at the end too: usually at the end of a project I clip paper scraps and remnants into my process journal then begin the task of putting away all the supplies (ok I'm really bad at THAT). For this recent project I have enjoyed putting all the Evidence together as I embark on writing Thanks Yous for 700 socks, gather all my thoughts and remembrances, and clippings of ribbons and tissues, painted envelopes, and all the lovely cards and notes, to chronicle in a scrapbook.
New season = housecleaning of the blog variety. You may notice on the left side I created new buttons which will take you to my link lists. They were getting long so this was my solution.
On the right I added a new *pink wink* button which will open a new page and you can read about the project in chronological order. I know there are visitors who are still arriving to read about it and this was a *duh* for making it easier.
The last of the socks came in this week. I will send them on to 7B soon.
And to wrap up this post...I'll share with you a recent diversion. I made one of these for Fallon and myself. You know I swooned when I found the asterisk bead. *faints* I wear this daily with a full heart.