Friday, March 27, 2015

15 year old boy birthday card.

What do you do when your nephew turns 15.  Besides have a slight panic attack because it seems like it was just yesterday that he born, you try and figure out what type of card to make for him :)

I'm not sure about the sentiment, a little worried it's too girly, but I know he won't even notice :)

I cannot believe he's 15.

Thanks for sopping by today.  I hope you have a great weekend!  Abie's last volleyball tournament is this weekend, but other than that, we have the regular stuff on the schedule.  What about you?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Birthday gift card.

So you know I always make the same gift card holder.  4x6 and score at 1 1/2" and 4" and usually round the corners.

Landry had a birthday party over the weekend and I put off the gift card holder until the very last minute, like walking out the door last minute!

I will say, for waiting until the last minute, I LOVE how this turned out!!!!  (excuse the spray paint on my thumb, I was giving our wicker furniture a fresh coat before I ran in and made this Saturday!)

I literally trimmed the paper for the holder and then grabbed a couple of tags from my leftover bowl, did some quick stamping and I was finished!

I hope you're having a great week so far.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Glittered clothespins!

Did you have a good weekend?  Ours was awesome!  It flew by, but was still great.  We got a ton of stuff done around the house, ran errands and spent a lot of time outside :)

Today I wanted to share with you some fun glittered clothespins that the girls made last weekend.  I saw these on Twitter, I think.

The girls set up shop at their craft table with Mod Podge, clothespins and glitter.

The first step was to spread the Mod Podge on, a good thick coat.

Then sprinkle on a nice layer of glitter.

And knock off the excess glitter.

Your finished product!  A lovely glittery clothespin :)

What was awesome about this was that even Landry got in on the action :)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have a fab week!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nephew birthday card.

Happy happy Friday!  Today I wanted to share my younger nephews birthday card. 

It was super simple and fun to make. I used a little plastic jewelry bag, from a craft store,  to hold three different types of confetti.  Then I covered up the top of the bag with some patterned paper and little tag I stamped :)

I kept the inside simple, with just a stamp.

Sorry about the lighting,  it was really sunny when I took the photo, but no complaints from me on that!

Any big plans this weekend?  Mike is working on our fence,  changing it from a 4ft to 6ft and I have the normal house stuff to take care of :)

Hope you have a good one!  Thanks for the visit!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New planner stamps!

It's Wednesday already! Woot woot!

A couple of weeks ago I saw a picture on instagram with a link to My Sweet Stamp Shop and they carry the cutest stamps for your planner!

I picked out three sets that I thought I would use the most, they were $7.95 each. The shipping was super fast and they are the heavy acrylic stamps :)

I've been using them for a few weeks now and love the orderliness they add to my weeks ;) I've been using chalk inks to stamp with,  they seem to bleed LESS through the paper. If I clean the stamps immediately,  they don't stain. I've had problems with chalk inks staining my acrylic stamps in the past.

So here's a peek at the three sets I ordered and one of my weeks :)

Do you stamp in your planner?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dad's birthday card!

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We had some fantastic weather here and were able to spend a lot of time outside, it was great!

My dad's birthday was on Friday and I whipped up this card for him.  I just love that Starburst,  but I still haven't mastered the spacing when I'm stamping with it. Need to work on that.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

St Patrick's Day Banner!

Now that is officially March I figured it was okay to post my new banner I made!

I picked up two different packages of shamrocks at the dollar store,  some foam glittered ones and then a package of different sized cardstock ones.

I punched holes in each of the corners and ran twine through, then strung this puppy up!  And it was only $2!

Have you made anything fun for St Patrick's Day?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pen holder.

Happy Weekend eve! Today I wanted to share an easy pen holder I made for my office.

I had a leftover jar, from some red cabbage I think,  that I took the label off of and ran the jar through the dishwasher. Then it sat. For like months,  in my craft room. I knew I would find a use for it and finally did!!

I wrapped some burlap ribbon around the middle,  remember from the candle holders I made,  and then added some black ribbon too.

So simple and easy! I took lots of fun pens and pencils to work :) to add to my jar.

Thanks for the visit today!  Have an awesome Thursday!

Monday, February 23, 2015

13th birthday Dinner Party!

Happy Monday!  Did you have a good weekend?  We had a busy weekend, but it was FUN!  We celebrated Abie's 13th birthday on Saturday with a dinner party for her friends.

Abie wrote the menu up on the chalkboard out front ;)

Here she is posing in front of the photo backdrop.  This was early in the day.

Getting the table ready!

Checking spacing, making sure everyone would have just enough room.  We used an 8ft table and fit 9 girls around it.

 We ordered this awesome balloon arrangement for her centerpiece.  She loved the way it turned out!

 Landry has really gotten into cooking and helped out SO much for the dinner!  Here she is working on the creamy tomato soup.

I'm not sure who was the Chef and who was the Sous Chef here...

And the birthday girl.  She was SO excited!   She borrowed a pair of my heels, so was ridiculously tall!  The girl is 5'6 in her bare feet already :)  She really wanted a tiara too.  Such a sweetheart.

The chefs, discussing something VERY important.

We made simple place cards for each of the girls, which doubled as a small party favor.

The appetizer was shrimp cocktail, huge hit!

Creamy tomato soup in bread bowls was served next, followed by Cesar salad.

There were two girls that are vegetarian, but still ate the shrimp..., so they had stuffed tomatoes for their entree.

The girls had a choice of beef or chicken, stuffed with goat cheese and spinach and a side of new potatoes.  In the invitation, Abie included a response card which the girls sent back with their choice of entree so we knew how much of each to prepare.

All of the plates, ready to serve.

And dessert, homemade chocolate mousse.

This was a team effort!  From the invitations, to decorating, to food prep to serving and clean up, but oh man, SO MUCH FUN!  A fancy dinner party for your 13th birthday party?  Awesome.

Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon and have a super fantastic week!  :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A purple thanks.

Hey there!  Happy Tuesday to you!  Today I wanted to share with you a simple thank you card I made for my new boss.  Yes,  I said new boss :)

Remember in July when I left my job of 15 Years and completely switched careers? Well, I ended up being pretty miserable.  I missed my old job and the I missed the actual work too, contacted my old boss and was able to get rehired rather quickly.  Even though I'm at a different office than before,   I'm doing the same work and I couldn't be happier about that.

This has been a big learning experience for me and I am so grateful :)

So today was my first day at my new office and my new boss had a little welcome gift for me. It was so thoughtful and when I got home tonight I made this thank you card for her.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine countdown Up!

Happy Friday!  I just wanted to pop in and show you the valentine countdown,  all finished and up on the wall for the girls.  We're part way through it already,today is cookie baking day,  and they are loving it!

It's been a busy month,  Abie's birthday is this month too, but we're firing everything in somehow :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Valentine Countdown

Hey there!! Thought I would pop in and show you what I've been working on.

I didn't do a Christmas countdown this year, life has been....crazy around here, to say the least, so I wanted to go all out for Valentine's Day for the girls.

I've done a countdown for V-day before, but this one is a little different. Each of the bags has a small gift, or card, or a fun activity we're doing that day.

I know they're going to love it!! I'll try and get a pic once I have it all hung up this weekend!!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great week!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Project Life for 2015

Hey there!  I know, another Project Life post :)  I thought I would share with you my kit for 2015 and my plan for this year, and what I've done for the last few years because it works great for me and may work for someone else.

I'm using this adorable 5th and Frolic Edition.  The girls helped me pick it out and I'm in luuuuuv!

Here's a little sample of the title cards :)  Aren't they cute?

Here's a peek at week number one, which was really just a few days.  Super easy!!

And week number two, which has some personal journaling, hence the super sneaky camera angle.  Ha.

So, for my process.  I load up my book with my page protectors.  I only use one 12x12 page protector for one week.  Two is too much for me :)  So for a whole year, that's about 30 page protectors, give or take.  Then I go back through and add all of the title cards.  I just take the stack, right out of the box and rotate them through the book.  SUPER easy.

Then I go back with a few Sharpies and add the week number and the dates.  And then I go back and add the journaling cards, using my same stack and rotate method (see above, haha)  This year, I worked on the whole process on a Sunday afternoon while Mike and I watched a movie.

Now, my whole book, FOR THE ENTIRE year, is done.  All it needs is pictures and words.  I just have to add three pictures a week.  I take all my pictures with my cell phone and print from my Selphy.  I write in my planner, a few notes, every day about what we did or what is going on.  So when I sit down to work on my Project Life, I print my photos out and work on my journaling.  By the time my photos are done printing, I'm usually about done with my journaling and can slip the photos into the page protectors.  SO EASY!!

The best part about this project is that it's recording our everyday.  I was in such a scrapbook slump, only taking pictures of the major holidays and now I'm getting all this awesome stuff!

So, I hope I helped someone that was maybe thinking PL seemed like too much or like they couldn't or didn't want to take it on.  I know it's not for everyone :)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you're having a good week!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Project Life Week 52!!

Well, Project Life number 3 is officially in the books!  I finished up over the weekend last week :)

I wasn't sure how to finish out this week, since the 31st was on Wednesday.  Since I only use three pictures for one week and one 12x12 page protector for one week, I had a delima.  I ended up using six pictures and adding more journalling, problem solved!!

Did you do Project Life for 2014 or divided page protectors?  Thanks for stopping in today :)  Hope you have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fauxdori, Jendori, Chic Sparrow.

Hey all!  I'm super excited to share my post today!  You know I'm a wee bit obsessed with my planners/planning/list making, etc.  For almost two years I've used a few different styles of ring bound Filofaxes and I LOVE them.  And honestly, I'll go back to them, because they are awesome.

However, I've seen, and heard about the Midori Traveler's Notebook A LOT lately and after watching a lot of videos and perusing a lot of Instagram feeds :) I decided to buy a Jendori from Chic Sparrow on Etsy.  Essentially, a Midori or a Jendori or a Fauxdori is a leather cover with a few elastic bands in the spine which you slip paper books into.  There is a whole range of things you could use your book for.  A journal, a planner, a sketchbook, or all three!!

So, here is how I've chosen to set up my Jendori!  PICTURE HEAVY POST AHEAD!!

Here's the cover.  I added a little charm to front :) I love the color, it matches my Madewell Tote perfectly and smells wonderful!

Here's a picture from the top, a little blurry, but I added some monthly tabs and  it gives it a little color too.

And here's a side view.  The leather is super thick!  I'm SO pleased with this cover, seriously!

I ordered two different books from Yellow Paper House on Etsy.  One of which was this monthly, which was blank and I had to fill in the dates.  What I loved about Yellow Paper House, besides the crazy fast shipping, was the number of colors you could choose from for your pages!  They had SO many options for books to choose from, but I just got the two. 

The fronts of the books came blank so I decorated them, for now, with a simple Project Life card, and some washi tape.

This is the second book I ordered.  It was the weekly, January through March 2015.  I picked a fun bright blue color. 

I MADE two different folders to hold all those little bits and pieces.  After watching YouTube videos, mine were kind of messed up and looked a little wonky, but I made them work :)

I think my favorite part are the books I made and were a big part of why I bought the Jendori in the first place.  These books were super easy to make and I even have Abie hooked on making them!

I made one book that was a combination of plain paper and graph paper.  I am using it to keep my to do lists, book lists, home lists, etc in.

Then I was inspired by Tracy's post on her Fauxbochini and I made an entirely separate book of graph paper to journal in.  All of these books fit in my Jendori and I love it!!

Here's the back of my book :)

So, that's it.  I'm enjoying this new system, for now.  I know that I'll go back to my Filofax one of these days, but for now...

What is your organizing plan for 2015?