Thursday, May 21, 2015

Messy But Beautiful

When I first thought of the sentence for this print, it was during a week of chaos.
It was totally fun chaos, but chaos nonetheless. 
You know the kind: throwing yourself into a project that you can sink your teeth into and enjoying every moment of it.
Inevitably, the rest of life goes by the wayside and can be an absolute mess in a matter of minutes: dishes, bills, papers to sign for school, and for some reason, people still need to eat dinner and the laundry fairy never EVER shows up.

The other part of messy comes in the form of
art shows and bronchitis for your child and more bronchitis and another art show and then....
shingles on your face. 
Yeah. So messy.
The beautiful part is thankfulness in the midst of the mess. Not exactly FOR the mess,
but IN the messiness, finding a reason to say thank you:

a well-timed doctor visit
my couch
my family

Now I'm finished with shows, Brenna's bronchitis has cleared, my shingles have healed and I'm only left with either a stabbing feeling in my head or itching like I want to scratch my face off.
Some beautiful, some messy.

You can find this print in my ETSY shop.
Just in case you or someone you know needs a reminder that even though the laundry fairy never shows up when you need her and you haven't done dishes for four days or you want to put a bag over your face, somehow, somewhere along the way, it ends up being okay.

linking to Paint Party Friday


  1. Wonderful work, wonderful life in spite of everything! Happy PPF, Valerie.

  2. Wow what a journey. And good on you for still finding gratitude. Nice little card too!

  3. Sorry to hear about your shingles (ouch) and your daughter's bronchitis - sounds like you've had a lot on your plate recently but I'm glad to hear you're both on the mend and I love your determination to stay positive. The print is beautiful.

  4. Your post is timely, at least for me. Struggling too but with different stuff. It helps to know others feel the way you do. Your encouraging words are just what I needed!

  5. Blessings to you my dear! Wow those are hard days I remember well! I had something similar on my face a few weeks back.. with a virus...it was rough...thankfully we do manage! A beautiful tribute to those rough patches! Happy days ahead my friend! Glad your daughter is better too!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. Lovely work and a good reminder as well.

  7. Cute little girl. Yup, life is so messy. Especially this year for my family. This year is the worst mess I ever remember. Ever. But even though you have to dig deep sometimes to find the beauty, you are so right, life is also beautiful. Enjoy your weekend.

  8. Oh no! All the ordinary messiness but shingles, too! Feel better soon and take it easy so your nerves can unjangle themselves!

  9. So sorry you have shingles, Lynn. Hoping your are well and feeling better soon.

  10. You have such a remarkable and admirable attitude, Lynn. I hope all the wrinkles in your life get ironed out soon. Your "thank you" print is gorgeous.

  11. Wow you did have a lot going on. I love darling girl with the wonderful message. It's so perfect to everyone's life at one time or another. The fact that you stayed grateful is awesome. That works for me too...especially while I take a time out before I explode, lol. I hope everyone stays healthy and your shingles clear up too! Take care and big hugs, Rasz

  12. Yes, I agree, beautiful and messy. I love your text and lovely drawing. I hope you feel better soon.