Shaking things up.

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.”   -Eleanor Roosevelt
  I don’t know why but I feel like I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone a lot lately!  I get very happy, cozy, comfortable in my little house, on my little street, with my little family and don’t venture outside of my box too often.  I have everything I need and want right here.  But it is sooooo great for the soul to shake things up and try new things, even when it’s scary for us introverts that just want to go to bed at 7:00 pm with a good book and a warm hubby.
The art festival was awesomeeeeee!  I can’t explain how much fun I had!!  I was there 45 minutes early for set up (type A, first born, perfectionist) and had extra time to get the booth exactly how I wanted it to look.  Again ANAL.  I sat in my chair, listened to music and talked with lots of interesting and inspiring people.   Some of my favorite people came by to see me which meant the world to me and sells were great.  The encouraging words I heard from some of you Saturday morning gave me the boost I needed and jump started a day that turned out to be wonderful.  A little extra love and some kind words are sometimes all you need.  I am soooooo glad I did it.  I think about all I would have missed out on if I hadn’t participated.  Being there for 12 hours, I was bone tired by 9:15 pm when we packed up our cars but it was a good tired.  I was FREAKING out because I had to get home in the dark from downtown Charlotte.  I almost wreaked my car when I turned the corner and saw all the big downtown buildings lit up in the night sky.  I was directly under them!  I have lived here in the Charlotte area for over 7 years and am ashamed that I haven’t seen this beautiful skyline at night more often.  It was beautiful AND I made it home by myself in the dark on those crazy roads.  I feel really proud of myself and feel stronger.  I want to do more. I want to experience more.  I want to break out of my little box.
Here are a few photos from the festival.  I mostly forgot I even took my camera!


This week I am doing something else I have never done!!  I am going to the Haven Conference!!!!  The Nester and I leave tomorrow afternoon and will be driving to Atlanta for three nights!!!  I have barely conquered Charlotte roads and am now taking on Atlanta.  I will be driving in Atlanta traffic, trying to find our hotel, and trying not to get us killed all at the same time.  Luckily Nester has been in the car with me lots of times, so I think she knows what she is getting herself into.  Any who 2 days of Do it yourself conference bliss!  I CAN NOT WAIT.  It will be nice to get out of here for a few days.  Nice to have a break from the kids (even though I loveeeeeeeeeee them, breaks are soooo good).  I think the kids could use a break from me as well!  Just a change of scenery, a change from the everyday normal, a chance to learn and grow with a good friend.  I am really excited!

Ok so these pictures have nothing to do with what I am rambling about. I thought I would throw them in, because this is me NOT stepping outside my box and using the same colors that I always do and love!!!

$8.00 yard sale find.

$7.00 antique store find.

I didn’t even clean my brush before adding another color.  I told you I was getting crazy!

Great grandmother’s fabric!

How are you going to shake things up today!?!?!
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3 Responses to Shaking things up.

  1. Empty Nest Full Life June 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Glad things went so well! Not to freak you out, but there is no comparison to Charlotte traffic and Atlanta traffic. I would drive in Charlotte any day over Atlanta, sorry I can't be more encouraging. Wish I were able to attend Haven. Sounds like a lot of fun, and the pieces you have painted are great.

  2. Cally June 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Your booth looked great! I am so glad you had fun, and that you stepped out of your box. It is very inspiring. :) I love the blue floral fabric you used on your chair! It looks great!

  3. Janet June 19, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    Your pics show a very attractive display of beautiful items. I just told hubs it's a good thing for our checkbook that we don't live near you, LOL. Glad you had a good day, and got home safely.

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