Apr 29, 2012

Party Time!

Hey YOU peoples . . . . IT'S TIME TO PARTY!

Deviant Scrap is celebrating it's 2nd birthday this week AND (if that isn't enough) International Scrapbooking Day is also this week! That means it is definitely time to celebrate!

So starting tomorrow everything but new releases will be 40% off in most of the Deviant Scrap shoppes including mine! New releases will be 20% off.

And there will be 3 new kits released this week, 2 of them late tonight and one late Wednesday.

Wild Things (printable jpg sheets included)

Wild Birds (printable jpg sheets included)

And that's not all!
There are lots of freebies in this month's The Deviant Muse, two of them from me! You can get your Deviant Muse for FREE here. There's also lots of extra games and challenges in the Deviant Scrap Forum here. Did I mention prizes? There are tons and tons and tons of prizes being given away this week! I'm hosting a Zetti Doll challenge with prizes and 2 games, but don't limit yourself to just those . . . look for a ton of fun from more Deviant Scrap designers!

Keep your eye on this blog for prizes exclusively for my blog viewers this week and more exciting news! More information Tuesday!

Apr 19, 2012

Room 654 . . .

Believe me . . .
I know life isn't perfect. I'd even venture to say it is rarely perfect. To make the best of it and muddle through just this side of miserable, I've embraced optimistic perspectives like: life is what you make of it, life is what happens when you're making plans, life is a journey, live in the moment, count your blessings, and many others.

But . . .
every now and then, quite unexpectedly (always unexpectedly because it can't be planned), there is a fleeting glorious delicious BURST of perfection . . . . yes, only a moment, a few moments, an hour, an afternoon or evening, rarely longer than an afternoon or evening. And you know . . .

You just know . . .
there is something Divine. There IS something. There is some kind of mystical magical all knowing force that put you right where you are supposed to be, learning what you are learning, doing just what you're doing. And all of those failures and struggles and pain were part of what got you to this brief but perfect NOW.

And it's all worth it . . .
because you know it's NOT fruitless and meaningless. You know there's purpose - this chaos DOES have order. This, and that, and that all happened because if they hadn't you wouldn't have ended up here, at this rare amazing glimpse of perfect, at this "ooohhhhhh, that's why" understanding. And I don't know about you, but that is where my hope comes from and my faith is reinforced.

Tonight happened for a reason . . .
and I know partly why. And I know someday I will know even more why. This beautiful creature that the Universe entrusted me with 18 years or so ago came home and shared the most beautiful experience I've had told to me in quite some time. She wrote it all down, and in words I can fully see printed and published in a book someday described the magic of Divine. She told the story of how a man she would have never met in any other way was put in her path tonight. In great and beautiful detail she wrote and then read to us the stories told to her by an elderly British patient she talked with while volunteering at the hospital tonight. A man she would not have met had she not accidentally ended up working on the wrong floor due to a confusing construction sign left in the elevator. (see? Divine intervention) For two hours he summed up his long, BOLD, and truly-lived life, powerfully highlighted with advice he somehow knew she needed. I mean, it was the absolute advice she needed to hear . . . right now! AND SHE KNEW IT. She knew it as it was happening . . . they were thrown together for her benefit. It was not accidental. It was a gift. It was meant to be. She didn't talk much, he knew very little of her story and yet he seemed to know exactly what he should tell her.

And so . . .
tonight we listened as she read 7 pages of stories and character observations and bits of conversations she had with other patients that spilled out of her as soon as she got home. We laughed and we cried and we sat there listening, knowing this was kismet, THIS was magic, THIS was perfect. This is the proof that all will be okay, EVERYTHING is just part of the journey. And I was incredibly proud and satisfied that she got it, that she understood, that she saw Divine with her own heart and soul. She knows she has a purpose and the rest is just adventure from here on out.

Thank you, Universe, for sharing Lauren with me.
Thank you, Universe, for sharing Room 654 with Lauren.

Apr 18, 2012

My blog eludes me . . .

Hi all! I don't know why I can't seem to get going on this blog and get things hoppin' again. I think I've been working on the "have to" list so much I've completely misplaced my "want to" list. And the "want to" list is full of all the good stuff!

So, I have some big stuff coming up the end of April that I've been working on. Can't wait to show you and give away some stuff too! Until then, I'll just show a few of the latest projects to at least prove I'm not just eating bonbons all day. (what exactly is a bonbon anyway? maybe I am eating them and don't even know it).

We've been making and sharing Moo cards over at Deviant Scrap this month using a Moo Finder I created (you can download the Moo Finder in this month's issue of The Deviant Muse here). I'm amazed at what everyone has created and shared. You can see here. This is my first gathering of Moos using the Moo Finder.

copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 4/17/2012. All rights reserved.
Slices of my original works.

New kits since last I posted . . .

Lowbrow (on sale for a limited time!) Also available in a printable jpg version in the shoppe.

Here's a little piece made from Lowbrow . . .

copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 4/2012. All rights reserved.

Spring Scraps (on sale for only $3.20 right now!)

Don't know if you've seen, but Pinterest changed their Terms, thank goodness. No longer do they claim rights to what you pin. That should make a lot of folks feel a little better about Pinning. I DO give permission to Pin anything from blog that you'd like to, but I ask that you please link it back to my blog. I feel very strongly that people should keep their Pins linked to the original source.

Apr 2, 2012


copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 3/2012. All rights reserved.
Digital scene. Image credits: everything from my own personal stash and Tumble Fish Studio kits including Spring Market and Happy Place.

I love that spring is here and the daylight is lasting longer. It just feels like there's more time in the day, whether or not I get any more done or not. Spring break for my kids was last week so they are on the downhill side of this school year.

We've had a wonderful visit from my sister-in-law and nephew, got the taxes done finally, and we're now training a new puppy! Rue is a 2 month old labradoodle and absolutely keeping us on our toes. I'm realizing now, mother nature has a way of helping us "mothers" forget how hard things are so we keep having babies. Know what I mean? It seems incredibly hard, at the time, to live on little sleep, maintain the household and all that that entails and manage a new baby. Yet, it must not be so bad or we'd never have more than one. Well, I had forgotten how much work a new puppy is. The definition of rue is regret but we weren't thinking of that when we got her. She hopped around like a kangaroo the first few days so we were spelling Roo kind of French-y. Then I realized it meant regret . . . hmmmm. No, really she is just a spunky little mess but I'm sure in a few weeks we'll have an easier time of things around here.

Other than puppy training, I'm looking forward to a few weeks of nothing but work ahead of me. I've wanted to really dig in and get back to work since Christmas and just always seemed to have something in the way. Knock on wood, the planets will align and I can really get productive again.

I do have a new kit in the shoppe today at DeviantScrap.com ! Spring Market . . .