We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. -Maya Angelou
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” -Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Be sure to check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art gallery here at Layered Pages! I upload new pictures of my art on weekly basis now in my gallery. My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged.Have a wonderful weekend! -Stephanie Hopkins
Well, in my Books Aplenty: March Reading Forecast post, I discussed ten books I selected to read in March. I was I am hoping to read ten books if other projects didn’t get in the way. Umm…other projects got in the way. In the back of my mind, I knew this would happen. Around March is when I tend to feverishly get the crafting bug! There is so much to be inspired by the spring season. Yup, I got my art on. However, I did read six books and that is pretty darn good considering how much time I spent on art.
Despite not reading all the books I had projected, I’m quite pleased that I’m still reading an average of one to two books per week. That is the point. To read and keep reading. Also, it really helped me be less indecisive in which book to chose next. There really is something to say about being organized and making a list. -Stephanie Hopkins
Number of pages read in March: 1,998
Lots of book reviews coming up soon! How many books did you read for March? Do share!
Here are the titles I’ve read for March and the review post dates:
A New York Secret (Daughters of New York Book 1) by Ella Carey – -My book review HERE
The Turncoat’s Widow by Mally Becker – Book review on April 1st
Finding Napoleon by Margaret Rodenbery -Book review on April 5th
The Family Plot by Megan Collins – Book review on August 12th
The Silent Girl by Kelly Heard- Book review on April 9th
The Necklace by Matt Witten – Book review on September 6th
Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again. – Gustav Mahler
I love the colors and new blooms that spring brings and how they present new beginnings. I’m blessed to live in a beautiful neighborhood that has walking trails. There are so many beautiful sceneries and it’s wonderful to see so many people enjoy the neighborhood as well. You often see people walking their dogs, kids riding their bikes, fishing at the pond, feeding the ducks and families walking together. Looking forward to the weather warming up even more to get outdoors more often. -Stephanie Hopkins
February’s Image of the Month: Dante Gabriel Rossetti – Proserpine
Be sure to take a look at January’s Image of the Month: By the Water’s Edge. I include half of a poem I have written.
“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”
― Kobayashi Issa
The Lonely Stark Tree
The lonely stark tree impelled its roots deep into the soil by the water’s edge
Its branches stretch towards the greenish-blue water beckoning for a taste of its sweet sparkling mineral
Longing for spring’s rebirth, the lonely stark tree’s dormancy endures the southern winter season with strong viability
Though frail looking, the lonely stark tree bends and sways with the wind in song of seasons to come
Hold tight, be strong, your time to shine draws near
by Stephanie Hopkins
See also Lisl’s Image of the Month ~I’m Just Gonna Leave This Right Here
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