Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lost in Blog Land

You can print this one, cut it, and turn it around to be just like the original.

Another one to print, cut, and fold.


Back, print both sides, paste together, and they stand up. (Hope you understand me!)

I love to read blogs. If you're reading this, then you probably often get lost on other people's blogs. I learn a lot from other people. I love to meet people on blogs. I just think they offer a really neat way to communicate, and for a lot of people, there isn't a lot of time, or money to just go, like you can when you visit a blog.

I was reading this morning on Garden Antqs Vintage blog. If you've read it, you'll know she was reflecting on things that really give you thought, make you stop and consider, what's important, what direction is your life going, stuff like that. (She says it better.) I love to be inspired like this! And it makes me so appreciate what I have.

I try very hard not to focus on what I don't have. If I did, I would at times be in tears. My husband and I have been working very hard on getting out of debt, so that means giving up spending on things we normally would. I've been driving my junky car, IMO, way too long, but I don't want a car payment. It's not that bad, and I'm really not vain about cars at all. I can't tell one kind of car from another most of the time, because it's not really important to me. But mine is getting UP THERE in miles, and it concerns me, but I'm on a plan, and I'm sticking to it.

The car's just one of those things. We have stuff here that's not finished, although my husband builds gorgeous homes for other people. Sometimes that bugs me. Not that I don't live in one of those gorgeous homes, because I could, if I wanted to pay for one. It's the unfinished part that sometimes drives me crazy! But then I think, my husband works hard in the miserable weather, laboring very hard, and coming home to what he loves. His family. His nice warm fire. A good dinner. I can't blame him for not finishing this house, when he is playing with our kids! That's the important thing.

So. We could all find things we don't have. What's important is to appreciate what we do have.

I love living in the country. I love that in my small town, we have 1, yes one, stoplight. That means we have no traffic, except for the touring season when people drive through on their way to the beach, which is only 45 minutes from home. I love that I don't have to have a "job" and leave home. I do have kids to homeschool, and work at home to do, but, actually, I've been given a huge gift in that my husband loves me to be home. I can do that!

So these are the things that Garden Antqs blog made me consider. Another thing I have been thinking about, and her blog is a great example of this, is blog favorites lists. You know, the lists on the side of a lot of blogs, where the blogger puts some of their current favorite blogs they like to visit? I LOVE those. I was thinking mine was getting kind of long. Hers is even longer. But I have to say, I love that she keeps her blogging friends list. A LOT of blogs I follow, have deleted their favorite blogs list. I'm sure there are lots of reasons. But they seem to become less personal, at least to me. And less fun. When you see a blog you love, and they list "their" favorites, you get an idea of what the person loves, who "they" are, because of who they hang around with. Yes, if you sell things, it's great to use your blog to link to your sales, to your website, to your Etsy or Ebay stores. I love that, too. OK, that's my complaint, but, I can be thankful that there are still fun blogs out there that keep their "favorites" links. I'll be content with that, but please don't everone give up their lists lol. I love them!

I'm sharing with you some of my many, many Valentine's. You can copy them and use them if you want. I just love Valentines. I have a lot of Victorian ones, but I adore the ones from the 30s through the 60s. Just so cute.


Florence said...

Thanks for sharing. I feel blessed that I have been able to get to know you this past year through blog land. I under stand the unfinished stuff as I have that happening here. But as you said the more important things are that family matters most. Hugs Florence

The Texas Woman said...

I'm heading over to Garden Antqs Vintage now. Thanks for the heads up!

Andy's Attic said...

What a thoughtful post. I will check out that blog. And I just keep adding to my list of favorite blogs because that is how I find new favorite blogs on someone elses blog..hope that makes sense.

Andy's Attic said...

Hi Karen, re seam binding, I'm not sure about the package that is pictured but I have many more in the shop. I'll be in there Friday and check to see what I have...

Susan from The T-Cozy said...

Such adorable vintage valentines. Love 'em!

Andy's Attic said...

Yes, I have other colors of seam binding and the space next to me (Sue of Bird Song) has some rolls of it, too.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello ~I've just strolled in for my first visit...I'm right across the Columbia River in Vancouver WA. You've got so many wonderful ideas. Your blog is so beautifully inviting.
We share similar tastes for so many of the same creative design elements.
I appreciate you sharing these sweet valentines.
It's wonderful how inspiring blog friends can be, that's why I love returning the gesture, by sharing cooking or craftin' ideas too.

I look forward to coming by your charming blog again.
Come by for a visit. Your company would be nice.

Sweet wishes,

Andy's Attic said...

Hi Karen,

Most are like ribbon but some are lace (I think). The ones in Sue's space are like ribbon.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I just found you blog; what a great post! I will be back.

Uncovered Ruby said...

You're so right on Karen..we need to really remember what matters to us when all is said and done! And, I'm glad you mentioned about people having their favorite blogs listed because I was just thinking that I should take some of them off mine because they don't "pertain" to the business...but you know what...they pertain to LIFE and family and faith and again...what matters most. Thank you for sharing my friend! Lisa :-)

Floss said...

Thanks so much for those valentines, and for your thoughts. I've just done a post with final questions for the Magazine Swappers. Could you pop over and let me know what you think, please?