I was cleaning up some digital folders and I came across this image. 10 years ago I joined a scrapbooking swap group. Oh, I loved that group! We would have different challenges and swap our creations … I have 2 lever arch files & 4 boxes FULL of them! One day we got extremely creative and decided to do a progressive puzzle swap. This is mine. I decided on a chocolate theme, and made the first piece (with the teddy bear on it). It travelled around Australia and other people decorated mine, while I decorated other people’s puzzles. I have a Barbie one as well.
It seemed so important at the time, and I remember being so excited to receive the finished puzzle (I was stalking my postman a LOT), and hubby just looked and said … “But, what does it DO?”. Fast forward 6 years and I can tell you what it does. It sits in a box in my papercraft cupboard quietly hoping that one day I will take it out and admire it … maybe even frame it.
See, here’s the thing. I thought it was “too good” to use, to put on the wall and risk it fading. But seeing this picture this morning I realise that it’s a waste of beauty to NOT be showcasing this awesome piece of art. So, as I sort through that cupboard and find that little box, I am going to take out my altered puzzles, put them in a nice deep frame, and enjoy them. Every time I look at them I will remember the fun we had waiting for the next puzzle to arrive, hoping the recipient would like what you did, and mugging the postie when we knew our finished puzzles were coming back. This was made with love by some of my favourite people.
What are you hiding away in a box because it’s “too good” you’re “saving it for a special occasion”? Every day is a gift, so let’s dust off those boxes and enjoy the good things in life!