I’ve been MIA, but not because of the movie premiere.

{Which, by the way, was really good! The back of my head gave an amazing performance.}

There has been illness, major changes at work, house errands. I’ve been so busy!

First order of business… the scarf that I promised last week goes to {by random drawing}… Miss Dixie of Dixie DIY! Congrats! I’m sorry it took me so long to make the announcement.

I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship over the past few months. It’s something we take for granted too often. And the older we get, the harder it is to make new friends and to honor commitments to each other. It is too easy to cancel plans or duck out of girls’ night – for good reasons – life is insanely busy!

But we need our friends, don’t we? They are a constant source of inspiration, support, and renewal. You feel it in your spirit when you’ve missed out on that one-on-one time together.

Having said that, the Lord has richly blessed me with some pretty amazing friends.

Allow me to introduce you to Kimberly.

Wait here she is…

Dang it… that’s her super adorable little boy again… getting his first little kiss from beautiful little Miss Stella. Does it get any cuter!!

Ah, here she is. Completely gorgeous, right? I would shave my head if I could grow red hair like hers!
Kimberly and I are fairly new friends. I often wonder where she’s been all my life!
But let me confess… we’re bad influences on each other. We get together and the creativity starts flowing and, before we know it, our wish/do lists have grown 300%! Bad, bad, bad… And now that we’ve both discovered Pinterest, good laaawwwd!
But, seriously, Kimberly is sheer genius. She comes up with the most amazing creative solutions.
I mentioned wanting to make tee-pees for the boys, but I couldn’t find the fabric that I wanted to use. It seemed like everything was sooo expensive – considering I needed 8-10 yards per tee-pee! I also wanted the fabric to be heavy enough that the boys could paint their own designs on it. Can you picture how great that would be?
My dear Kimberly put a lot of thought into it and came up with a fabulous idea.
Are you ready for this?
So perfect. So accessible. So affordable!!! I picked up a 9′ x 12′ dropcloth (approximately 8 full yards of fabric) for $20!

So, guess what I’m starting this weekend??
{I should mention a mountain of other ideas have now formed around these dropcloths. Watch out, Home Depot! I’m coming to clean you out!}
Who do you draw creative inspiration from? I hope you have a Kimberly.

I challenge you this week to handwrite a personal note to a friend you haven’t connected with in a while. Not only will you COMPLETELY make their day, you will receive a huge emotional boost, too.

So… Go. Write. Be happy.