Monday, September 13

matters of the heart...

"matters of the heart"...
seems like SUCH an appropriate title for sharing several very different things...
all of which effect my heart in some way...

warms my HEART...
friendship...
one of the side benefits of blogging and other social media.

i've been able to "meet" some extraordinary people since the start of my blog.
people from all over the world, actually.
some of them are readers who merely reach out and leave a comment.
some are people whose blogs i follow personally and derive inspiration from.
and others are often found through a mutual interest of some sort.

that's how i met renee.
many of you know how much i adore rhonna farrer - a digital designer & a household name in the scrapbooking industry.
some how....
through rhonna's blog & on twitter...
i met renee...aka: craftymom123
regardless of the specific details on how this friendship came to be...
the important thing is that it "came to be".
we've corresponded back and forth through my blog as well as my twitter account...
leaving encouraging messages and always "checking in".
a few months back, i sent a little gift to renee.
last week...
renee sent a little gift to me...

a housewarming gift, actually.
giftsfromrenee6620

the handmade card...
the personalized towels & notebook...
SO sweet...
and with so much thought behind it.
thank you renee...
i'm so thankful for the kindness, generosity, friendship and thoughtfulness of others.
it warms my heart.


be still my heart...
literally...

don't know if you noticed...
things were quiet here on the blog last week?
only one post all week.
i have a good excuse.
see these socks?
hospitalsocks6619

these were complimentary during my one night stay at the hospital.
yeah.
an unexpected stay after an irregular ekg at my doctor's office.
because i had a heart catheterization and an ablation done in 2002...
they had to rule out wpw wasn't flaring up again.
no worries though.
everything turned out good & i'm home now.
the assumed cause?
• underlying worry over clara's upcoming cardiologist appointment
lack of sleep
• an overabundance of caffeine consumption in this form
• and the one we are all too familiar with....stress.


a happy heart...
photos from customers/readers

nothing makes me more happy than to get photos back from customers/readers.
specifically photos using the products i've created to help make their celebration extra special.
needless to say my heart was DEFINITELY happy seeing this....

a banner from the •cottage garden tea collection• used for a recent birthday party.
banner

thanks for sharing this heather!
everything turned out beautiful for reagan's 6th birthday!!



soothes my heart...
there.
i said it.
i can't keep her underwraps any longer.
the "amazing artist" & the "secret interview" i've mentioned a couple of times?
yes...
this is her...
AND...
well...
here's a peek at her dreamy, soothing, beautiful art...

italianbakery

and there's SO much more to see.
i don't want to give too much more away...
the interview isn't quite ready to share yet...
but i assure you...
it will be worth the wait.
and because i know you will react similarly to me...
(anxious to begin a personal collection)...
there might...
just might...
be a fabulous giveaway associated with the upcoming interview.

so there you have it.
"matters of the heart"...
all wrapped up in a nice little package this monday morning.
i hope we'll all be inspired to reach out to others...
take better care of ourselves...
fill our day with happiness...
and fill our surroundings with beautiful things...
today and everyday, for that matter.

i hope you all are well...
it's good to be back!

KEEPING IT REAL
i've got a collection of photos sent in by customers/readers that i really need to share.
i hope to have them posted this week.

i may have played down the whole hospital thing - casually throwing it into the middle of this post...
in fact, i hesitated even sharing it because i enjoy keeping things "light", "pretty" and "inspiring" around here.
but...
if i'm going to keep things real with you - it wasn't really an option NOT to touch on it at all...
now was it? *wink*
i assure you, it wasn't pleasant and i hope to never travel down that road again.

9 comments:

Roberta September 13, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

Ahh Jess! Hope you have a better week and you put yourself first when it comes to your heart ;) Maybe you could try switching to tea instead of coffee...I actually made the switch over 3 years ago while I was still working in a corporate office...as a controller...talk about stress! No withdrawals at all and can't say that I miss the coffee one bit. We drink a combination of "Blueberry Breeze" (a blueberry green tea) and "Red Rose" black tea. I could drink black tea cause I love it but someone turned me onto the blueberry breeze and I like the antioxidant benefits and it's yummy and yet not overpowering like some herbal teas can be. Hope this helps, fondly, Roberta

jess @ pen n' paperflowers September 13, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

thanks roberta...actually, i don't consume any type of caffeine except in the form of chocolate. (and unfortunatley it's usually in large quantities...*wink*)

Lindsay September 13, 2010 at 11:06 AM  

Hope you are ok! Thinking about ya! :)

Save Me A Seat September 13, 2010 at 2:01 PM  

Hi Jessica,
I hope that you are feeling much better this week and I'm so sorry to hear about your rough patch last week. Unexpected trips to the hospital are never fun. Thank you for all of your hard work on the western invitations. I was working on assembling them today when I got your post. You are an amazing woman and I am thinking of you and wishing you well. xoxo Christie

jackie fo September 13, 2010 at 2:23 PM  

Wow - that sounds like quite a scare. So glad you are okay and thank you for sharing!

Half Baked September 13, 2010 at 3:08 PM  

Hope you have a much better week Jess. Take care of yourself! Hugs!!

Kris Pare September 13, 2010 at 7:49 PM  

I hope you are feeling better. I know too well about all that stuff. I LOVE those towels, gorgeous embroidery--one of my secret favs :) Thanks for sharing!
--oh the tabs are darling below! I was thinking it would be sweet on my little one's dollhouse especially doing a holiday theme one with glitter and sparkle. I'm doing the Pooh, think, think look for other ideas :)

Renee September 16, 2010 at 2:02 AM  

Oh, Jess, I am so touched by your beautiful post of how our friendship began....I know I have said this before; you are oh-so special. Thanks for being the caring and sweet person that you are.

I am so glad that you are feeling better!

Hugs,

Renee

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