maya mori

in the midst…

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i feel encouraged…

the first few days of january i felt really inspired.  new year, new goals, new projects, new everything, right?!

then my kids went back to school and the early morning routine was a quick slap in the face.  brushing teeth, forgotten backpacks, homework, whining, uneaten breakfasts, early morning traffic…aackk!

i spent the morning hiding in the world of pinterest, blogs & facebook…trying to motivate myself towards all the great lists i created but days ago.  thank goodness for ryan gosling, huh?  i’ve been enjoying the hilarious handmade ryan gosling for weeks now…but this one made my day mean something again.

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fall is here

i’ve been a bit down lately and it was wonderful to see a post by my dear friend jen (check out her amazing & effortless creativity at bits of envy) that completely inspired me to stop being sad & embrace fall!  first, i made leaves out of brown paper bags & different lace.  i glued the lace to the bags and then used a template to cut them out.

i used three different styles & colors of lace.  i really like the combinations of textures.

next, i made flowers out of burlap, fabric scraps, vintage buttons & broken vintage earrings…and glued it all together.

here it is, hanging on the front door.

then i decided to make a table runner out of the remaining burlap.  i used the rest of the lace leaves and vintage mason jars.  the lids made perfect candle holders.  now i am off to help a friend paint & hopefully find the perfect branches to put in the jars!  thank you jen!