The past few years have been a struggle for me as I try to navigate my life in my new found role of Empty Nester. I am no longer needed as the nurturer, homework-checker, limo driver, lunch-packer, chicken soup-maker, laundress . . . . and the list goes on. No pity party here, I just wasn't prepared for the day when that last one went off to school and my job became "redundant!" Where were the piles of laundry, the stacks of groceries, the houseful of teenagers that were always on my couch and in my fridge?
I really miss them. I knew I would adjust, I knew it would be just fine and I also knew the little chicks would fly back home from time to time. But what do I DO with myself now? What's my role? What's my job? How do I fill those hours each day that are no longer eaten up with the chores of "mothering?"
Like a ship floating aimlessly around the big wide ocean, I knew I had to find direction. I had to find my TRUE NORTH. So I set out on a new journey . . . immersing myself in my art and travel and charting a course to destinations unknown!
Of course, True North is a metaphor for setting myself straight, making my course, finding my direction. And any time I veer off course, I just listen to my heart and find my way back to my True North!
To celebrate the search for my True North, I created this tag for the Stencil Girl Talk Blog this week.
I started with an old piece of map and a #12 manilla tag. I use Golden Matte Gel Medium to adhere the map to the tag and trimmed it to fit. I then placed the Around the World Latitude stencil designed by Mary C. Nasser over top of the tag. I lightly pounced on Golden White Gesso, allowing the colors and lines of the map to peek through.
Once the gesso was dry, I used the Compass Rose stencil designed by Julie Snidle to add the directional emblem onto the tag with a black Staz-On Ink Pad. I also stamped my sentiment on the card and hit them both with a heat gun to set them. I brushed in a little watercolor wash to make the compass and letters stand out.
As a final touch, I tied on some hand-dyed ribbons and string and added a little travel tag. I love the way it turned out and now when I find myself feeling lost, I just look up at my tag hanging above my desk and am reminded that I am on a journey . . . and I just have to keep heading True North!
Thanks for joining me as I lament my empty nest! It has been an awesome week working with Stencil Girl! Please head over to their blog HERE and give them some love - they also have some wonderful discounts and giveaways all week! Thanks to them for their support of The Documented Life Project and Art to the 5th!