My husband and I spent the last couple week-ends moving our kids into an apartment about an hour away from home, so they could start college classes. My daughter is a junior, but this is her first time living off campus. My son (My baby! How did this happen?) is a freshman and this is his first time away from home. It’s fun and exciting and scary all wrapped into one. And I guess it’s official . . . I am an empty-nester. (Well, except for the four cats and four dogs that still live with me and thank goodness they still need me for a few things. *sniffle*)
I haven’t decided how I officially feel about it quite yet. I am vacillating between being slightly giddy to have my entire house and all my time back, to feeling like a huge part of my life–and a very good part . . . maybe the best part of my life ever–is over. I know they will be home some week-ends, and we will have holidays and I probably will even get one or both of them back home for the next few summers, but a part of me wants to collapse on the floor, kick its feet and wail “Tooooooo soooooooon. I demand a do over” and cry for a solid week.
So welcome to my Fall Funk. In order to try to alleviate some of the “woe is me” that threatens to consume me, if I am not careful, I am sharing a fall-themed freebie I’ve been working on for awhile now. (Making scrap stuff is so much better than fretting and obsessing about eminent life changes. A little “Pixel Therapy” if you will.) It all started with a visit to Brandi Girl Blog. If you haven’t been, and you like color palettes . . . prepare to spend a few hours (or days) and prepare to swoon with happiness over and over. So many inspiring, gorgeous palettes. Oh, you might also plan to have a sore “right click-save” finger before you are done, too. I sure did.
Here is the palette I fell in love with . . .
Thank you, Brandi. I am calling it “Autumn Afternoon” for my kit.
(Although in retrospect, “Fall Funk” would have perhaps been more appropriate. *sigh*)
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That is so awesome!! I LOVE seeing my palettes in action, so thank you for sharing, and thanks for stopping by my blog!
Oh, it is I who should be thanking you for all the pleasure I got scrolling through your blog. So many pretty palettes! Thank you for creating them and for so generously sharing your talent with us. ♥
Gorgeous…thank you so much! Love the color’s!!!
You’re very welcome, Holly. I am so happy to hear you like it.
Thank you for this beautiful fall kit.
You’re very welcome, Lou Anne. It is my pleasure to share with my friends at Pixel Scrapper. ♥
What a cool kit……..can’t wait to mess with it. Thank you for sharing your talent.
You’re very welcome, JoAnn. I hope you have a lot of fun playing around with it.
Awesome colors I am a FALL FREAK I luv the fall the colors, the food ,the family gatherings ,the hayrides ,the backyard firepit with friends all laughing etc I could go on & on .THANK YOU ;~} for sharing this BEAUTIFUL kit trust me it will be used over & over…
So beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us!!
This is absolutely stunning!!! Love, love, love the palette!
The colors are so amazing and the you did such a wonderful job here. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Bring on the beautiful Fall season!… 🙂
Okay, I just ready your entire post and you have me in tears. My heart is hurting for you and what you are going through right now. I have exactly four years left before this happens to me too. My only child, is a freshman in high school this year. I felt like this summer could be the last summer where he just wants to hang around Mom and Dad. Next year he starts driving and well…. we may be lucky to see him coming and going. I don’t know how I will handle it, I really don’t. He is my life, my joy, what I look forward to each and every day. Our kids our supposed to do things that make us wish they were to leave the nest and live on there own. But I just don’t see that happening for us. My son is so fun, he smiles a lot, he laughs, plays around and is just a joy to be around. I love every minute that I spend with him and have since before he was born. He was an awesome pregnancy too!
I will pray to give you the strength needed to get through this time. You can E-mail me if you want to talk, if you are feeling blue it might help for you to talk about your kids with someone. Keep your chin up.
Letting children spread their wings is always so very hard.. Always remember, these wings will bring them home again. Treasure them always. and Heartfelt thanks for such gorgeous kits. They are so very appreciated. Best of everything for the future.
Ty I like the palette choice
What a Fantastic Kit! Love it so much! Thanks so much!
You are an awesome designer – this kit is a beauty – thanks for your generosity and sharing.
beautiful kit! thanks so much!
So very beautiful. Heartfelt thanks.
Aw…. my kids are 11 and 13, so I still have a few more years. When my kids were just babies, though, one of my friends told me, “Enjoy every stage!”, and that’s what I’ve tried to do. I know you must miss your “babies” horribly… I hope you’re able to enjoy your free time and space! 😉 Thank you for the beautiful freebie!
Muito obrigada pelo kit. Meu filho mais novo está indo para a faculdade. Vai morar com a irmã mais velha.É tempo de eu me entreter com fotos antigas, do tempo que a casa era cheia de crianças…Bem, quem sabe elas voltam algum dia…
Love the colors. Thank you