It’s a Beautiful Life

At the beginning of the month, I retired from my job of 37 years. These past weeks have been full of transition, from being on a structured schedule day in and day out to one so unstructured that I have to really think to remember what day of the week it is.

The first week felt like I had just taken a few days off and would be returning shortly to work. The second week was full of emotion as my former job transitioned away from me as well. Last week, I felt like a kid on the first day of summer vacation looking forward to long, lazy months ahead.

This week – I’ve gotten used to not going to work. I’m finding a new rhythm to the days and a new structure to the week. I’m finding ways to keep busy and engaged in new and different things that I didn’t have time to do when I was working.

It’s a beautiful life. And I’m off on my next adventure.


Stamp: Tree of Life by Power Poppy

Luminous Bouquet

I’m still playing catch up with all the new digital releases from Power Poppy this week. This is the last one that I needed to color (yes – needed!). Just look at all those beautiful flowers and leaves! To be honest, this image was a little overwhelming when I looked at it the first time because, well — LOOK AT ALL THOSE FLOWERS AND LEAVES! But I just took it one flower at a time, making one color decision at a time. I matched the colored image with a rainbow plaid from Lawn Fawn and a scalloped die from Tonic and by the end it all came together.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 80#; Bazzill Basic Cardstock in Quicksand; Rainbow Plaid (*) from the Perfectly Plaid Collection by Lawn Fawn.
Stamps: Luminous Bouquet (*) by Power Poppy; Cuppa Buttercups (*) by Power Poppy (sentiment)
Copics: V01, V04, V06, FV2 (Hydrangeas); G21, G24, YG21 (leaves); G40, G43, G46, RV32, RV95, RV99 (Oxalis leaves); B60, B63, B66, Y02, Y17, YR16 (Clematis); Y02, Y17, YR16 (Peony center); BG0000, BG10, B0000, B000, V01, BV000 (Peony petals)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.