Now I know many of you don’t want to hear it but cover your eyes….it’s pumpkin spice season! LOL!  As soon as September 1 arrives we barely have enough time to grasp the fact summer is ending and it’s in our face.  I’m not a fan of it, but I do love the crisp fall air and all the pumpkins.  I love the colour of the fall leaves, they always blow me away and the Ottawa Valley is almost obscene with its fall beauty.  I also make a pretty mean pumpkin cookie, hopefully I can get around to that again.  Might even share some with you!  Of course I can’t forget back to school!  Hopefully once your little ones are back to their school routine you can get into your paper crafting routine once again.

September has some new things being offered for classes.  I built a card background completely with a stencil for the first time.  Once you figure it out it’s actually kind of cool and pretty easy.  The possibilities of what you could do with this stencil are really endless.  Did I mention the picket fences blending brushes yet?  They are my latest obsession and make the whole blending thing so much easier.  You really need to try them!

I also tried my hand at a card box too.  Photo Play has made some pretty neat little kits that make it very easy to customize a great gift for someone.  One sheet of 12 x 12 paper covers the box and the cards you put inside are up to you.  If you want to try something different, sign up for this one.

Linda Mills Artistry is also returning for another great alcohol ink class.  At the time of my writing this I’m anxiously awaiting her samples to show up.  Not that she needs to have anything on display, her work is always fabulous.  Her classes filled extremely fast last time, if you are remotely thinking of attending,  don’t wait too long and be disappointed.

As we start the transition to the fall months and get back to our routines, make time for yourself again.  Whether it’s a class with me, a visit to have your hair done or a stroll with your favourite coffee, put your own self care first sometimes.  As women we are so good at neglecting ourselves aren’t we?  Don’t feel guilty taking care of yourself.  As the saying goes, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”.  I took this to heart a lot this year so far and I can say while it was difficult at first, it’s the best decision I ever made.

Hope to see you soon.

Cards and coffee,