Happiness Project Blog Hop | Gratitude

Welcome to the Happiness Blog Hop, brought to you buy Scrapworthy Lives!

You should have arrived here from Abstracts Mixed with Extract . If you didn’t, no worries. There’s a complete list of participants at the end of this post. This month the we are focusing on contemplating the heavens. The idea that resonated with me was gratitude.

The process of selling my house has been exhausting. If you’ve ever been through it you know: a house you are selling is not the same as a house you actually live in. I had to take apart my office because people seeing the house could not visualize the space as a dining room. I had to take apart my craft room for the same reason. The two activities that I spend the most time doing are: 1. Being on the computer and 2. Scrapbooking. Now, I can barely do either.

It’s frustrating that every time we get close to getting an offer, the prospect makes an offer on another house. There’s so much inventory that people are only going for the home that fits their requirements 100%. And all the foreclosures skew what a well cared for, well-maintained home is really worth.

What I have lost in all of this is the attitude of gratitude I once had. When I was laid off, I knew I would be OK because of my savings. I was grateful every day that I had had such a lucrative career, that I was able to be on “vacation” for two years and still manage. I can’t remember the last time I stopped and paused in all this craziness to take a breath. I realized I needed to take a step back and look at the big picture instead of focusing just on selling the house. It compelled me to create this:

Supplies: Cardstock – Bazzill Kraft. Pattern Paper – Crate Paper Farmers Market 6×6, Studio Calico Memoir Love Notes and Flower Bed. Embellishments – American Crafts Thickers Delight and Fantastic, Crate Paper Emma’s Shoppe label stickers and layered chipboard and Restoration layered and chipboard pieces, October Afternoon Thrift Shop label stickers, Jillybean Soup Duch Mustard Sticker, Prima flowers, bling. Tools – American Crafts Slick Writer, Martha Stewart large Butterfly and Doily Lace punch, Hero Arts Curly Flowers stamp, MME Girly stamps, Colorbox White ink. Design inspired by Jill Sprott.

It’s funny how cultivating gratitude can turn so much negative into positive. I can’t spend these last weeks and months in this house being annoyed by everything. Once I started thinking about all the good things, the hard chairs at the kitchen table where my laptop is are just a minor inconvenience. The card table that I have to constantly put away for showings is super easy to set back up. I just have to keep focusing on moving forward!

Now it’s time to hop on over to visit Katie Scott at Kiss and Tell Scrapbooking.

If you missed any of the posts in this blog hop, here is the entire list:

Scrapworthy Lives

Pie for Breakfast

Scraps & Sass

Take a Picture and Remember This

1200 Some Miles

Slice of Life

Abstracts Mixed with Extracts

Your Memory Connection (<—- you are here!)

Kiss & Tell Scrapbooking


My Creative Days in Beijing

Melissa’s Blog


  1. I love your layout! The fun colors and embellishments immediately pick up your mood. Good luck selling your house!

  2. What a gorgeous layout. I totally love it and am going to pin it to my inspiration board on Pinterest (hope you don’t mind). It is great that you shifted to gratitude. Selling a house is a nightmare (we just revamped and sold my in-laws’ house). Hang in there, it will happen.

  3. Such a beautiful layout. I love the grid and all the lovely patterned papers.

  4. Tammy, I love your beautiful layout and your perspective on gratitude is very refreshing. Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a great layout! I love the grid design and your comment that cultivating gratitude can turn so much negative into positive. So true.

  6. this is a beautiful post and a wonderful layout. It puts me in mind of the book 1000 Gifts. Such a good exercise to think in terms of gratitude.

  7. What a cool layout! Love this 🙂

  8. A wonderful layout and list of things you are grateful for Tammy! Having just gone through the unemployment ordeal, we often had to remind ourselves to be grateful, too. We were never in jeopardy of losing our home or anything and we had each other and time to travel and those visits from my nieces – gosh it was (and is) pretty good. Thanks for the reminder!

  9. I was planning on starting a graditude journal today for the month of November!! Glad I stop by! 🙂



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