Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordy Wednesday

So I am a HUGE fan of quotes. I love using them on scrapbook pages, cards and just anywhere I can. I've decided on Wednesday I want to post a favorite quote I found during the week. A good way for me to remember some of them and also might find a way to use them on something I'm making for the week.

"Life beats down and crushes the soul. Art reminds you that you have one." Stella Adler

Someone posted that on twitter and it really spoke to me. I can always tell when I haven't had enough time to be creative as I get very cranky and short. Usually if I can just spend a few minutes playing I feel a million times better. Even when I'm working on something like a sympathy card, which I'll be making today for a very good friend who got word last night at our boys baseball game that her grandma passed away I feel better just making something. I never thought I'd be crafty as growing up it was so not who I was. Now, I can't imagine not being.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sharpened Pencils

"I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address." Joe Fox, aka Tom Hanks.

Only one of my favorite movies ever. I am working on putting together a little shower for Dart's teacher who just started her first year of teaching. I'm trying to come up with some clever wording for the invite. She is a super sweet girl and amazing teacher. Dart had her as a student teacher last year and was beyond thrilled when he found out he got her this year. Trying to think of some fun "new" teacher gifts and decided I wanted to make a pencil bouquet and then remembered the above line from You've Got Mail. Now I want to watch the movie, but think it's a little late to start it on a school night.

Any ideas for a cute saying???


AAAHHH!!!!  Life is feeling good. Kids are in school(3rd day) and I am loving the routines. Ok, life is still crazy, spending lots of time at the baseball field, but at least my days are mine. Being the OCD organized freak I am, this is feeling so much better. I sat down last night and wrote out a "schedule" for things I want to do on this blog. Hoping that now that life is a little more controlled I can keep up on here. 

Decided that on Monday's I'm going to put on here the things I hope to work on during the week, mostly crafty/photography stuff, but may include other stuff if I need to remember it!

This week:
  • work on cards for my Etsy shop(Halloween, card sets, Christmas, etc)
  • work on treat toppers for Etsy shop
  • Senior session edited
  • work on editing all summer pictures
  • PTA cards, I am the VP at my kids school for PTA and one of my jobs is membership so I have to get these done since I totally forgot them on back to school night
  • Start Christmas ideas(I am doing pretty much handmade, with the exception of my kids) so I need to get started and organzied
  • Catch up on my shuttercal calendar
  • start organizing my external hard drive(it is a mess with things duplicated and a such)
  • BLOG!
I am so excited to get started seriously on Holiday stuff.  I love Fall and am excited for the smells and crafts and all that come along with it. So many ideas swirling in my head that I can't wait to get out. 

Anyone else excited about the routine that either school brings or even just the end of summer and all the activities that come with summer?

Since I don't like not having a picture on a post here's one from their first day of school. Check out the grip she has on his shirt. She was a little nervous, but is now a PRO and so excited for school.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Horrible Blogger

Baseball has started, school starts next week, busy planning fall fundraiser at school, trying not to melt in the heat, and seriously going insane.  I feel like I am always writing "update blog" on my to-do list and every day it gets carried over to the next day.  Although school starts next week and both kids will be in school all day.  I have a to-do list 10 miles long of things to write about on the blog and things I want to craft.  I am so excited for school to start and not just because they will both be in school all day.  I am so ready for the routine that school brings.  Although ours will be a bit crazy to start the year with fall baseball, but it is still a lot more normal than summer brings. 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

33 before 34 update

I probably should have updated this in July since that was the half way point to my birthday, but hey a month later is not to bad, especially since this weekend I learned a few of these things to cross off my list.  YAHOO!!!  Still not great at them, but the fact that I am able to do them makes me happy.  

33 Things to before I turn 34:
1. Complete Couch to 5K(this will be a biggy for me. Want to run the Turkey Trot)
2. Learn to knit-almost ready to give up on this, but this weekend I got another lesson and am happily working on a dish rag/pot holder/I don't know what at this point, but it will be something.
3. Learn to applique-my mom showed me this evening how to do this and I will be testing it tomorrow!!
4. Learn all things blogger has
5. Improve PSE skills-still learning this one, but my skills have improved a ton since the beginning of the year.
6. Get my craft business up and going-work in progress, but I do have my etsy shop up and am working like crazy to get stuff in it.  So excited to have a few new skills under my belt to use towards things in my shop.
7. Be Happy with myself
8. Project 365(I might put those pictures here as well)-haven't done so hot on this and need to update my shuttercal, but I have done better this year than I did last so I'm happy with myself.
9. Learn all about my Wacom Tablet-am going a bit crazy at this moment because my tablet is not plugged in.  NOT a fan of my laptop mouse anymore.  LOVE LOVE LOVE my tablet!
10. Read 6 Classics, including Little Women-HAHA!  Have started Little Women, still have time.
11. Learn to embroider-Why oh why did I think this was so hard to do.  Don't know too many stitches, but can definitely embroider something if I want.
12. Learn all about flicker-Still working on this one, but love the groups I've found and it's a daily stop when I'm on the net.
13. Be more green
14. Journal weekly(some here and some in a journal)-FAIL!
15. Make time to create daily-I'm doing okay on this one.  I try and do something daily whether it be with pictures or paper or something.
16. Get a mani and pedi(shocker, I've never had either)
17. Explore more with digital scrapping
18. Take better care of me
19. Take a Jessica Sprague class
20. Let go of things better
21. Take a photography class
22. Start a garden
23. Print pictures monthly-HAH!
24. Do more sewing-Now that I have a machine again(and a Viking again LOVE!!) and some new skills(I feel like Napolean Dynamite using the word skills) I can't wait to do more sewing. 
25. Yoga
26. Be better with money
27. Start a blog for me(Yahoo! One complete, now to keep it up)
28. Explore more of my creative side
29. Send more "fun" cards
30. Learn more about movie maker
31. Make a book of me
32. Menu plan weekly(week 1 good)-excited to get back to this since school will be starting soon.  I miss cooking and planning.
33. Learn more about my copics and different coloring techniques

I'm hoping that my let go of things more one will be put to use on this list some.  Letting go and being okay that I won't get them all accomplished before my birthday.  However some of these things have been on a list for years so getting to cross them off will make me very happy.  I think instead of start a blog for me, next year it will be keep up with said blog better, although I'm hoping to make that happen the rest of this year.  Can't wait to show off some of my projects.
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