On Instagram this month, I posted a heart a day, #amonthofhearts. AllSparkledUpDesign . Part way through the month, I wondered if I would have the stamina and commitment to finish. Some of these took hours to complete. The discipline of taking a creative photo every day for a whole month taught me so much.
~ You never know you can do something until you try.
~ Don’t give up. Just keep going.
~ God has millions of ideas. Scripture says God is the author of all inspiration. If you hang out with him, you’ll find that out.
~ Don’t over think it. Sometimes what you do doesn’t have to be big or loud or even shared. God enjoys the flowers blooming deep in a jungle, unseen by humans, the songs of birds unheard by ears. Some creativity is just for your and his enjoyment. It’s ok. Slow down, breathe deep.
~ I had more ideas for hearts than I had days in the month. So I’m hoping to do this next February too.
Today is Day 28, the end of the month of hearts. Here are the remaining heart photos I posted on Instagram. Enjoy!
Date Marmelade Scone and Turkish Coffee
French Beaded Flowers.
Pennyslvania Dutch Heart. I’m still not finished with this one.
Our Siamese kitten and her favorite stuffie and scarf.
Coffee Heart in a cup I used as a child.
Peach Walnut Flip. I usually bake this in a U-shape but twisted the ends to form a heart this time.
The old Remington Portable typewriter was really fun to use for the typed heart. I had forgotten how noisy but charming a typewriter sounds!
A heart of Charms. Some from my childhood, some from my husband’s family, some from my mom and grandmother.
I really didn’t want this month to be about sweets. But… Chocolates!!!
Orange Ginger Cake. I didn’t write down the recipe as I made it up. It was scrumptious!
I was feeling so rushed but decided there WAS enough time. And there was! I just had to believe it and it happened.
I drew this four times before I decided to just let it go and do it freehand. Words of wisdom from I Corinthians, chapter 13.
For the very last heart, I made a paper cutting. So simple and yet so deep. Love them all, ALL of them.
A beautiful labor of love, Julia!
Julia Monroe said:
Yes and Thank you!
J R said:
Love those French beaded flowers!!