This week started and ended quite lovely. On Monday I traveled with a friend to a little shop about an hour from home. It is only open by appointment and she had the most amazing fabrics, threads and ribbons for crazy quilting and embroidery. She was delightful and taught us a number of stitches and ribbon flowers and led us to the best ice cream shop I have been to in a long time. The trip was amazingly energizing and it kept me going all week through teaching and my own projects I needed to complete. On Friday, three friends and I took a trip to some of our favorite shops. It was our own mini shop hop with lots of laughter and good food. I highly recommend a week like the one I just had for everyone.
Life gets very busy and we don't always take a lot of time for ourselves. There always seems to be cleaning, laundry and general household chores to do. They don't go away-they just pile up. Please do take time for your kids, spouse and friends. It's good for your health and disposition. Do something you love every day. For me, it can be a walk with my husband, a phone call to my kids, taking 30 minutes to read a good novel, explore a new shop or doing something artsy. What are the things that bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart? Take the time and do it!