Sunday, October 24, 2010

more stationary

I just wanted to stop in really fast to share another set of personalized stationary.

I watched the beloved Felicity while making these.  I somehow missed this show when it came out so I am devouring it now.  I actually made it through three seasons over the summer and am watching the fourth and final season now.  Ben or Noel??  Ben or Noel??

I'll have a lot to share soon - so many fun holiday projects!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

day 4

Lindy and I went to Reno last weekend to visit Beth.  While there, we went to Lake Tahoe.....gorgeous!!  The leaves were changing colors and it felt like fall.  

Onto day 4: something you have to forgive someone for

Aggg.... I don't know why I'm doing this to myself.  I love the idea of doing something that forces me to open up on my blog but I guess I don't like the opening up part.  Here we go...

I'm weird about forgiveness.  I think it is easier for me to forgive BIG issues than little ones.  I think that is because I actually talk about the big issues.  If someone has really hurt my feelings, I go to the person and work things out.  I usually walk away from these talks sad at first (I hate having hard conversations) but then much happier.  

It's the little things.  I don't feel like they are worth bringing up and then pretty soon, they have built up and I can't let go and forgive.  Gotta work on that.

For example, many months ago a random stranger yelled at me at Michael's (I have a love/hate relationship with this store).  It still makes my blood boil whenever I think about it.  Yeah, gotta get past that!!!  

THANK YOU for always reading my ramblings.  Love to you all!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I was looking through old pictures and happened upon this one.  I was in kindergarten and for share time (I'm guessing), my mom and I played our cellos.

It is weird to think I was a little girl at the beginning of kindergarten and now I'm teaching for my sixth year.   

This picture makes me think about how much I love my mom - how special she is to me, how supportive, how loving, and how proud.  I love you, mom!  Thanks for always being there beside me.  

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Day 3

We are in Atlanta right now because we have a new nephew!!  Matt's sister, Val, gave birth to the precious Samuel Matthew at 1 AM Thursday morning.  He is just perfect.  Congrats to the new parents - Val and Brian.  Love you both!  Unfortunately I don't have pictures to share at this point but when we get home, I'll load 'em up. 

It is great to be here with family, relaxing, holding the babe, and reading.  I always get some good reading in while on vacation - even if it is only for a weekend.  This weekend it is the wonderful Artful Blogging magazine.  I HIGHLY recommend it and it just affirms what I am trying to do here.  Although I've only been blogging for a couple of months, I had no idea how it would transform my life already.  I used to journal but haven't for a long time.  This has become a sort of online journal.  A place where I can share what I am up to but also reflect on what is going on - be it my crafts, family events, or my newest "truths" posts.  Ok, before I lose you all (which maybe I already have), onto day 3.

Day 3: Something you have to forgive yourself for

Wow - another tough one.  I think forgiveness is really hard for me - I wish it wasn't.  Just as hard as it is for me to forgive others, it's harder for me to forgive myself.  I'm guessing that is normal. 

I thought about this one long and hard and realized it is more of a daily issue for me.  Whenever I feel like I say something that hurts someone's feelings, make a mistake, or feel like I ruin a moment, I have a hard time letting go.  One time on a trip, I blew up at my family and kinda freaked out and felt like I already ruined the trip or something.  My mom said, "Do you think you have that much control?"  Wow ... that was life changing for me.  From then on, when I feel like I've ruined a moment by being a jerk, instead of dwelling on it forever (I still dwell for awhile) I think about what my mom said.  Do I  really think I'm that important or in that much control that  I can ruin eveyone else's time?  It's still a struggle but little by little, I'm getting better at forgiving myself for the small things. 

If you made it to the end of this post, good job!  I have a lot of orders so you'll see some fun crafty posts coming up.

Love to you all!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Orders and Day 2

Hello world!  I am in such a good mood for one main reason: RAIN!!  After too many days of scorching heat, it finally feels like fall.  We've had rain the past two days and it is supposed to rain again tomorrow.  So happy.

I wanted to show you little sneaks of a couple custom projects I finished up this week.

I love wrapping up a finished project and sending it on it's way.  It's fun making handmade goods look pretty and I just hope the recipients enjoy them!  

Onto my new challenge....

Day 2: Something you love about yourself

I'm just going to say it - I love that I can read people well.  I really feel like I have the gift of being able to see where someone is at, what they need, and how they feel.  Intuition I guess.  Yup, I like that (I mean love that) about myself.  

What do YOU love about yourself?  Care to join in on this challenge with me, all you bloggers?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Something New

Ok, so you all know how much I love this blog.  She's so inspiring and honest.  Not to mention her scrapbooking is spectacular.  She's been doing this 30 Days of Truths project inspired by and I thought I'd give it a try too.

You see, I've been thinking a lot about this blog and what I want it to be.  Is it just a place for creative inspiration?  Or just a place to share what I'm doing with my family? Or is it a place to share me?  The blogs that I love the most combine all three.  They highlight their craft, show the goings on of their family, and share their personal ups and downs.  So I'm going to give it a try.

Day 1: Something you hate about yourself

Oh man, we are really starting all out here.  Ok, well, I think I'm too hard on myself.  I don't think I let myself be free to make mistakes, to fall flat on my face, and look awful while down there.  I think I want to have it all together, to do everything and do it well.  In the meantime, I isolate myself and those around me.  I always want to be there for those I love - to be there for them no matter what they are going through.  But, it is hard for me to let people see me in my worst spots, when I really need help.  Perfectionist much?