Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Reflection on Freedom!

 Hello, Crafty Friends!

One of my New Year's resolutions was to rid myself of anything or anyone that made me feel less free!   I stopped feeling "obligated" to do what was "expected."  Now I enjoy a kind of freedom I can't explain.

I don't have to give 110 percent, go the extra mile, or keep a stiff upper lip.  What is the point of "suffering in silence" when a single word might bring relief?  Why should I look for the best in others when those "others" are not interested in looking for the best in themselves. I Prefer to spend my time celebrating the people among us who don't require a "deep dive" to find their empathy, honesty, or humanity!

Recently, I was working on a product review.  It was just a stamp and die set from a company marketing its craft products on Amazon.  I didn't spend a lot of time on the image, I used two or three colors and that was it, but for some odd reason, this card became a reflection of the energy I have in my life right now.  I feel so exhilarated and so very, very free!

Reflection on Freedom!

Chana Malkah

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #768

 Hello, Crafty Mates!

Welcome back to another WOYWW "Friendly" Blog Hop!  It is just delightful to visit other crafters' blogs to see and chat with them about current projects, and classes they are taking. This is a fun group of talented crafters!   Visit 
Julia's Blog (Stamping Ground) and learn how to join us!
My desk is pretty static today!  I am sorting through products that I need to review to get caught up and because I am trying to declutter my studio.  I cannot think when I am surrounded by "stuff!"  I did complete some projects and I will share those!
This is a cute locking diary!  After it is reviewed, I will gift it to my granddaughter.  Underneath the journal and to the right of it, are other small products that need to be reviewed.  I have tomorrow blocked off and plan to put my head down and get this done!
I am looking forward to using these alcohol inks!  The colors are all neutral. If I can give them a positive review, I will order some of their colors.  They would be a nice alternative to Tim Holtz!  There is also some paper for St. Pat's Day (I'd better get on that) and stamp sets.  The Panda stamps have the accompanying dies!

I am posting two cards on my blog today!  The Birthday Card for the 90-year-old and the sample that I prepared using one of my promotional products.  They were on my last WOYWW post, but not the finished projects!

The gold embossing does not show in this photo.
but it shows a bit better in this one.

I love this card! This is how I feel about my life right now!  I am ready to embrace whatever comes next!
Those of us who live in Atlanta, Georgia were blessed to know so many civil rights giants!  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one and Dr. Benjamin E. Mays was another. This poem, by Dr. Mays, is a community favorite!

I Only Have A Minute
                                                                  by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
I have only just a minute
Only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can't refuse it. 
 Didn't seek it, didn't choose it.
But it's up to me to use it. 
I must suffer if I lose it.  
Give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute, but eternity is in it!

Peace, Out!
Chana Malkah