bringing the mojo back

I'm going to be pretty candid here.

Packing up my life, leaving the house and a job I loved, and leaving my immediate family wasn't as easy as I thought it'd be.

{shock, right?}

The avenue that released the most stress pre-move was right here in craft land. The Lair was my 'home away from home' (even though it was in my basement), my little escape from the world. Oddly enough, through this transition, creating is the one thing that hasn't come back to me as easily.
At all.
Monthly projects due turned into mandatory assignments {gasp!! homework!!}, and what used to be done in pleasure is now done as work.

I think my body realized that I needed a bit of an escape for a few weeks more than mind did, but I'm glad I took it. That's why teachers get Summer breaks...why lifeguards get rest periods...why Sunday School teachers get Monday through Saturday: refuel, recharge, and go back at it with a renewed passion.

This week's challenge
So I'm back at it! I found a great little challenge blog called The Play Date Cafe. It's fun. They give you a color scheme, you make the project! Guidelines without strict parameters = LOVE! I'm tipping my toes back into the rivers of crafting, and it feels ggggggood.

This card expresses exactly what I've been feeling in the last few months. Sometimes it's too much to ask of someone to go above and beyond.
Sometimes you have to just be.

And that's ok.

Materials used in this post:
Hollo's Cardstock
Sweet Baby Pickles - Soft Blue 12x12
Wright's Seam Binding
Hambly Screen Prints
Basic Grey - Green at hear- micro mono stickers
Basic Grey - Wisteria - alphabet stickers
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape - symphony
Ribbon - Target
Glue Dots - ultra thin and mini


  1. Fun card Erin! It's kind of like an art journal page on a card!! Thanks for playing with us this week at The Play Date Cafe - I hope you'll join us again soon!!

  2. Such a great card, Erin! Lovin' those textiles, and I'm so glad you're getting back in the swing of things by joining us at The Play Date Cafe! TFS!

  3. Oh we're so glad you found us! I love all the texture you've used and the way you've done the elements at the top, really lovely. Thanks so much for joining in the fun with us over at The Play Date Cafe this week!

  4. This is so creative and beautiful!! I love the design!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog for the Well Owl Be Blog Hop!! I'm happy to be a new follower :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Wow, I love your card! So pretty! Love those colors this time at the PDC! Thanks so much for hopping with us this weekend! Happy to be a new follower!


  6. I can totally relate, after we moved a couple of years it took me awhile to get my mojo back. My new studio just didn't work for me and it took a whole year for me to get comfortable enough to start creating again. I really love your card, the three ribbons are great, I love the music notes and the birds. They are all some of my favorite elements for my project.

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog for the "Well OWL Be" Blog Hop :D