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Your Song Designs sells music greeting cards and gifts. Each item is handmade using vintage sheet music and decorative papers from around the world. 

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Music from my garden

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." -Andy Warhol

When I slow down to take in the world around me, I am overwhelmed by the beauty and magic that surrounds us. These moments of wonder change and inspire me and I hope they will uplift you, too.

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Shooting the rapids

Julie Haydon

When I was growing up my family spent a few weeks every summer in El Portal, California, just outside Yosemite National Park. During the day, we splashed around in the river, in an area where the rapids were not too dangerous. We spent hours hopping from one rock to the next to cross the river. When you are down in the canyon in the midst of very powerful rapids, the sound is almost deafening and the velocity of the river is ominous. Looking down on all of this grandeur from the riverbank is a completely different experience.   From this distance, the force of the river is inspiring…

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Turning right

Julie Haydon

Every day, I hike the beautiful hills surrounding my home with my two dogs. My favorite trail winds down into a beautiful canyon, then turns to the left to follow a creek. I love this trail and to take it always feels like an indulgence to be savored. At the fork where we turn left, another trail goes to the right, down the hill…. When we got to the bottom of the canyon, I turned to the right for the first time.

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Growing with intention

Julie Haydon

To me, trees illustrate so poignantly the importance of growing with intention. Whether I find myself on level ground or a rocky hillside, taking the time to spread out my roots can be the difference between remaining upright after a storm or collapsing with the rush of water. I am easily distracted by the illusion that there might be a faster way to reach the sunlight, but the reality is, I will never get there without a healthy foundation.

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Get out there and bloom!

Julie Haydon

Though this plant had barely even popped out of the dirt, it was already bold enough to show off a cheery orange blossom.  It wasn’t concerned at all about being too small or not being ready to support a flower...  The discovery of this tiny flower, helped me refocus and realize that the only way to truly prepare for the unknown is to open my heart.  

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Adopt the pace of nature

Julie Haydon

I am finally learning to weather these times with more grace by realizing that this is only one season of my life. Like my rose bushes in their dormant season, not only is it just not the time to create showy flowers, and it is actually not physically possible. So long as I’ve watered, fertilized and I continue to weed ruthlessly, sometimes there is nothing more you can do but wait patiently till the season changes. 

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