'Find your heart's ease and go there often'
I love, love, love spraying and manipulating the background to get shadows and lights playing against each other. The window is a Stencil Girl stencil I've had for a while. I made a maple leaf stencil with a punch (T. Holtz). The dots are a stencil called 'half-tones'. The white flowers below the window are just paper scraps I made and used as masks on another project. I wrote my quote with a dip pen and white India ink. Lastly, I took my art pens and shaded the leafs and window.
I'm all about gray these days, and am not sure if such a dark palette can help you find ease, but it works for me.