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Monday, January 7, 2013

One Little Word for 2013: JOY

Happy 2013!! 

I'm back from my planned blogging break and so ready for a new year!  Every year I choose one little word that I focus on that year.  Whenever I'm having a hard time focusing, or when I'm struggling, all I have to do is think on my word and it always helps bring me back to a happy place.  

In 2012, it was balance.  
The year before it was simplify
For 2013, my one little word is JOY

free printable from Laura Winslow Photography

I want to find joy in the ordinary moments of life, and I will strive to find joy in my struggles.  For the past few years,  I haven't really quite felt like myself.  I think it's just that so much has changed, and although most of it involves good changes, it's been quite an adjustment.  We've added two little babies to our family just under 19 months apart, we moved, the boys started new schools, the job situation for my husband has been a very bumpy ride, my sweet Grandpa passed away very quickly last year, I had a health scare, and I miss my girlfriends.  


I am fortunate enough to have really good girlfriends- wonderful, treasured, lifelong friends.  But one moved away, then I moved away, one remains in the city we moved from, and one had moved away years ago.  So, I find myself in a weird spot where I'm feeling the need to reach out to make a new friendship or two.  And honestly, I kind of feel like the new kid on the playground, which for a creature of comfort like myself, is a hard spot to be.  But I'm looking forward to keeping the wonderful friendships I already have, while reaching out and making some new girlfriends too.

But despite anything that life throws my way, I have a choice on how to respond.  And I am choosing JOY.  


free printable from Worthy of the Prize

I'm thrilled to be back to blogging after my planned blogging break where I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday break with our four little boys.  I'm looking forward to sharing my updated craft area with you No really, I know I said that before but as soon as I clear off this pile of bills sitting here, I'll take pictures and share it's cuteness with you... I LOVE it, minus the pile of bills of course.  I'm also looking forward to sharing how I {appear to} keep on top of everything, how the cleaning fairies come to our house at night {it's awesome}, some new recipes, and some DIY fun with you.  And of course, VALENTINE'S DAY!  One of my favorite days of the year is coming up quickly and I can't wait to share how we're celebrating it this year.  

Here's what I did for Valentine's Day last year:







{with ideas for a 14 Day Countdown}


What about you?  
Do you choose One Little Word each year?  
What's your word for 2013?  

I'll be posting pics on Instagram with the hashtag #gallamorewestjoy and I'd love to have you follow me there too!

xoxo,
 Laurie



Thursday, January 12, 2012

Red Burlap Heart Wreath Tutorial

Burlap is my #1 go-to craft item these days, so I literally gasped when I saw RED burlap at Jo Ann's the other day.  I bought all that was left from the bolt {about a yard and a half} thinking it would be plenty.  I used it all that same day and need to go back for more already!  Here's what I made with half of it... this "accordian" style red burlap heart wreath.

It was very easy and inexpensive to make.  The only supplies were the hanger, red burlap, wire bending tool {what in the world is that thing called?}, and ribbon for hanging.


I pulled and twisted a wire hanger until it was in the rough shape of a heart...


cut the burlap into loooooooong strips, about an inch and a half wide and really long {sorry, I didn't actually measure}


Then I just folded them back and forth, while piercing each piece of the burlap onto the end of the wire hanger. 


And I just kept going and going, back and forth until one side was filled with these gorgeous folds of red burlap.  Then just repeat on the other side, trim the edges that appear too shabby {I love shabby, but it was a mess when I first finished!}, fluff it up and add a ribbon to hang.  I'm loving jute these days so I added this jute webbing with red on it for my ribbon.

Here she is hanging from an old shutter I found at a local antique shop, along with my old framed sheet of music {by the way, I love that thing.  It's from an old Spanish monastery and was given to us by my in-laws.  And I have no idea what it says.} 


 Those adorable little mailboxes {from the $1 section at Target and I added red vinyl to them} will be used during our Valentine's Day Countdown starting on February 1st.   They're perched on top of handmade cupcake stands made for me by my friend Jen at Twiddler House.


 Also on the piano {that I really should dust more often... oops} is this Valentine's Day print from Beth Proudfoot and that sweet little bird tiered dish that holds some heart candy.  I love that candy dish, even though it's really supposed to be a jewelry holder :)


I have a few more Valentine's Day posts coming up {I know I'm early here, but I LOVE Valentine's Day and once we get going on our Valentine's Day Countdown starting on February 1st I'll be posting some of those crafts/activities/sweet treats then!}  

But be sure to check back tomorrow for a special Valentine's Day giveaway from one of my very favorite Etsy sellers!!  I would love for you to follow me on Facebook or here on this blog via Google Friend Connect {on the right side of this page} so you don't forget to come back tomorrow!  xoxo



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