Work in progress...


outside my window... approaching summer really fast... i am again reminded just how hot it gets here!
i am thankful for... summer vacations and the opportunity of travel.
i am wearing... ag jeans, light grey tee & flat sandals.
noticing that... some of my plants will need extra care now that the weather has changed.
i am still reading... "knit two" by kate jacobs.
on my mind... a bunch of stuff... what to pack for 4 day trip, the health of my older dog napoleon, a longer trip approaching, a minor procedure that i got to have done at hospital at the end of june, another blood work in 10 days..... 
pondering these words...  "you have to take risks. we will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen" -paulo coelho-
around the house... my father-in-law & his family over for a few days in order to go to orlando together.
from the kitchen... scrambled eggs with mushrooms, tomatoes and chives. coffee & 4 grain toasts. 
one of my favorite things... boxes that hold old letters and photographs.
i'm creating...  doodles for the next word art freebie.
 a few plans for the rest of the week... buy dog food, trip to orlando on wednesday, while there, maybe visit one of the parks, finish new word art... 
from my lens...

loving the ipad apps!

before the storm

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happy monday everyone! hope you had a terrific weekend. i don't know about you but here at home we were all glued to the tv watching the soccer world cup!
 i'm feeling happy today and i'm certainly enjoying not waking up around 6:15 anymore! school is out and we moms take a break from fixed schedules also.

i finished the new word art last thursday and got me thinking of how much my blog means to me. i actually look forward to having some of my thoughts and of course a new freebie to share.
 i'm so glad i took the plunge when i did in spite of the many reasons that were holding me back. (like writing in my adopted language...)
you have to understand that i've been this crazy perfectionist person almost all of my life and it is not easy getting rid of feelings of self-doubt and plain fear when you have a really dumb mantra that reads:  "it's not perfect yet". 
i know now that the perfect moment will never be and that the moment i have now it's the only one that matters - of course there will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions for the things i want to do but must of all i'm learning to start from where i am, carry on and learn as i go. 
afraid or not!
 i'm work in progress.... a recovering perfectionist...

 that said, i had lots of fun creating this new freebie and hopefully you too will find it useful.
it  has over 30 different .png files - they can be easily re-colored and it includes journaling prompts & some frames. enjoy!

"today" word art:

 a note to myself about perfectionism.

it's so exciting having sandrine create such delightful & exquisite layouts with my freebies! this next one is just awesome! love the photo! 

and no, i did not forget some of us are getting ready to celebrate dad this sunday so with that in mind i also created a word art mini kit for your father's day layouts, cards or why not for attaching it to your e-mails too! Hope you & your men enjoy them!

last week's layouts:

check out some of your layouts using my freebies:

by the way, sue figured out i'm going to greece this summer (she just had to read one of my older posts! lol!) ... and yes, lucky me, i'll be in the greek islands for 3 whole weeks in july!
 i'm looking forward to spending time with my boys, my 2 nieces and relaxing time at the beach too! 

i'll be in orlando this week and i'm hoping we don't get any rain. i know it is going to be scorching hot but that's better than walking around the parks under a downpour! besides, if it does rain, i get only to take my point & shoot!!

i know that a couple of you had problems downloading last week's freebie.  sorry about that!
 i've fixed the link so please try again and if you still have difficulties just e-mail me and will send you the zip file.

have a fantastic week and don't forget to celebrate dad!
happy father's day!


  1. *thanks* today again! lovely layouts here as usual!! esp. the one about perfectionism. like it a lot! hugs terese

  2. Hey Nini my fellow perfectionist! I wonder if like me, you re-read blog posts & edit them to remove unnecessary blank lines / spaces??? My latest blog post has been edited 3 times already & I only published it 10mins ago!

    I'm soooooo looking forward to my holiday, though deciding what to pack is a nightmare. It'll all be worth it though for 2 weeks of relaxation. I hope you have a fabulous 4 days in Orlando ... go to a park & be a big kid ... think of the photo opportunities!

    Thank you so much for both the latest freebies. How you manage to produce such quality each week is beyond me!

    I'm not taking my laptop with me, so I won't be able to comment on your blog for a couple of weeks (boo!), but I look forward to catching up on everything once I'm back!


  3. Thank you for the beautiful freebies! All the pages are great!

  4. I'm so glad you decided to start your blog also. I think everyone needs a place to be able to express themselves freely.

  5. These are amazing, Nini! Thank you so much for the wordarts! Though I need help regarding your Quiet Times word art. I've been downloading it since last week, for how many times and I've been extracting it but I still don't have the .png files, just the previews. I really want to have it. I was able to extract your other freebies and these new wordarts. Thank you and big hugs to you! Have a fantastic week!

  6. Thank you for your freebie and I love to read your blog.

  7. I love your new "today" word art freebie. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.

  8. Hi Nini, your words could come right from my heart, as I am also such a horrible perfectionist. I also re-read my blog posts and e-mails a hundred times and get angry if I find a mistake after having sent my text.
    But as you said we have to accept that we are not perfect and sometimes it is really quite easier to be imperfect.
    I totally love your new freebies that are a little more than perfect. :-) Thank you so much. It is always a pleasure to come to your blog, read your message and discover new gorgeous wordarts. Thank you so much.
    Hugs Corinna

  9. Gorgeousness all over. Love it a lot how you manage to put your thoughts on paper. That's a gift to be treasured. Hope you have a wonderful stay in Orlando. And Greece is such a lovely place to spend your holiday! You'll love it!

  10. Thank you Nini for your beatiful WA.
    I'm downloading right now!
    With love, ViVre

  11. Love your "today" word art. Thank you so much for sharing. You are so talented..and generous.

  12. Thank you for these frebies! They are beautifuls! And thank you for posting my layout on your blog! I'm very happy! ( Sorry for the mistake, I don't speak English very well )

  13. thanks for the lovely wordarts

  14. nini, you're incrdible. You find time for everything, and time for us, with such beautiful freebies....thanks you ! (you will see greeks islands are wonderfuls...on which one are you going ? I loved Santorin especially...)

  15. thanks for the lovely wordarts

  16. Thank you so much for this beautiful word art:)

  17. As always - thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your beautiful work!!

  18. Thank you for your lovely freebie! We have mentioned it over at our blog, Digitally Inspired.

  19. Thanks for the beautiful word art.
    (and ... Greece is beautiful .... Last year I was on Mykonos and Santorin ... fantastic but ... very very hot!)

  20. Thanks for sharing your life and your talents!

  21. we are all works in progress my dear friend. GREAT WA - again! Have a safe week with family ....

  22. Thanks !!! It's very very beautiful, LOVE !!!!!

  23. Thank you for the beautiful WA. I'm jealous - Greece and Disney. Wish you lots of great weather and wonderful days.

  24. I made a layout with your Wordart :)

    You can see here if you want : http://www.digitalscrapcafe.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=19115
    or here :

    Again thank you for this beautiful freebies! Il love them!thank you for sharing your beautiful work!!

    (sorry for the mistake)

  25. many thanks for sharing the word art

  26. Hi Nini, I am a perfectionist too and I understand what you are feeling. As you said, we have to accept that we are not perfect (because perfection does not exist) ; Perfectionists are being cruel to themselves and denying themselves the rewards and self-acceptance that they deserve.

    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely and gorgeous wordarts.

  27. Love your word art...thank you! I need to get me one of those ipads too!

  28. My LO. Thank you again.


  29. these are great as usual - thanks Nini

  30. definitely brilliant!

  31. and another - these are great


  32. Great WA as usual ! Thank you for sharing !!

  33. Love all your Word Arts!! And the inspiring layouts, THanks so much!

  34. Love "Today" WA! Thanks so much for sharing!