Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Signs of Self Utopia

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My husband has written poetry for as long as I have known him [longer, actually, since he was writing long before we met]. I remember sitting in my dorm room in college, chatting with him on AIM  (I promise I'm not as old as that makes me sound!) and reading poems that he'd send me. He had numerous small black Moleskin notebooks with writings, and it's been a dream of his to be a published author.

For the past six to eight months, he's been working incredibly hard on his first book. Even while working full time and finishing up his master's degree, he managed to compile and complete work, design cover art, and publish the book. We finally received the author's copy a few days ago, and it is beautiful.

It is amazing to hold it and appreciate the diligence and determination that went behind it, but also to know it's a tangible dream realized that has come to fruition.

I am so incredibly proud of my husband, and I hope you feel compelled to pick up a copy of your own! It's available on Amazon here. If you aren't in the market for a book, check out some of his work on Instagram and leave him some love if you have a moment!

//Raindrop shaped paper clips are available in my shop here!\\


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Tornado Warnings, Painting, and Mistakes

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"Faint Coral" by Sherwin Williams

Saturday morning I awoke to an emergency alert on my phone: tornado warning. Thankfully, we were not hit badly and were able to get to work straight away on a task I had planned for the weekend: painting my eldest daughter's room.

Originally I had this paint color picked out for my youngest daughter's room, but the morning I was to begin painting her room she decided she wanted purple instead. We found her a nice purple color and saved this paint we already had on hand for another bedroom.

I am so thrilled with how it turned out! We always choose bright and airy colors for our home, and this color [Faint Coral by Sherwin Williams] did not disappoint. Sherwin Williams is our go-to paint brand. We use them all the time because their quality is great and their color options are phenomenal.

Before moving into our current (new) home, we had painted nearly our entire former home, save three bedrooms. Here, in our new home, we have only managed to paint three rooms. We have a lot more wall space in our new home, and some extremely tall ceilings that we'll have to figure out how to get to when it's time. 

We aren't big fans of painting, so my husband and I have vowed to make sure the next home we purchase (hopefully build!) will be painted the colors we want before we move in. This home is all one single color. Even the ceilings are the same color as the walls! The flat, builder-grade paint is awful, to boot. It's impossible to clean and every smudge and mark shows.

So, even though we hate the process, we love the end result. Paint has the ability to transform the entire look of a room.

 

Some painting tips we've learned over the years:
  • Use the wider painter's tape, especially on the ceiling!
  • Stick all your covers and screws in a Ziploc bag to keep them all together.
  • Roll first, then cut in! It saves so much time.
  • Cut in with the smaller, thinner rollers instead of a brush. It's more uniform and saves time!
  • Peel the tape before the paint dries to ensure you don't peel off the new paint.
 

Do you have any tips to share? My husband and I have a system down and with all these tips we can knock out a room from start (prep/taping) to finish in under four hours! I don't know if that's quick in the grand scheme of things, but it's much quicker than we used to be when we first started painting rooms.

 

Once the room was all painted and I was preparing to put the bed frame back together, one of the long sides of the bed fell from where I had propped it up against the dresser. Thankfully it missed my head, the window, and my daughter, but it did not miss the wall where it put a huge triangular gauge in the drywall and skid downward from there. Nothing like a little humility to round up the day!

Once the wall is fixed and I have her room fully set up and better lighting I will post some more photos.


Friday, January 10, 2020

Year In View - 2020

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My new planners arrived yesterday (finally!) and I immediately dove into starting my daily planner with 2020's year in view. I found this layout on Pinterest and thought it would be a perfect start to the year.

I'm thinking about coloring each day to watch the progress through the year. I think that would be fun to track!

One of my goals this year is practicing my handwriting and hand lettering. Let me know in the comments if you have any good tutorials or practice sheets that have helped you! The last time I worked on making my handwriting look better was in high school, and I still can't get it to look "right" when I'm using brush pens, ha!

Speaking of brush pens, I ordered these Sharpie brush pens along with my planners. What brush pens are your favorite? 

Also, I had lots of smudging/smearing issues on this spread. If you have a favorite fast-drying ink pen, please let me know! I am in need of all the suggestions!

//Do you create a year in review spread? I'd love to see it!\\

[Find the 2020 planner clip in my shop here & the Scentsy Fragrance Flower here!]

Monday, January 6, 2020

Weekly Spread: January 6-12

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I was a bit behind in ordering my new journals for 2020, so while I wait for them to arrive (c'mon Wednesday!) I was able to use the very last bit of this gal to do my first full weekly spread for January. I saw this super clean and simple design on Pinterest and absolutely loved it. 

I used my twin-tip Sharpie to vary the stroke widths and my trusty fine-tipped crayola marker for a subtle pop of color. My rose gold cat face silhouette shaped paper clip is the perfect addition to this spread, since not only does the color match the marker, but Opal also has her grooming appointment this week. 

[Side note: Opal is, in fact, our actual real life pet cat. She just turned three this past November, and is the mascot and face of Opal Paper Co. She is an all-white Exotic Shorthair (the shorter haired version of the Persian) and has two different colored eyes. If only she knew what greatness lay upon her shoulders!]

 
One day, if I'm lucky, I'll get a decent photo of her to share. 
She's graced my Instagram account a few times. 

I think I'll continue with this layout for the remainder of January and switch it up come February.

Leave a comment below linking to your current weekly spread! I'd love to see it!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

February Subscription Box

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If you've been following me on Instagram for some time, you'll know that every month during 2019 I had a different customer special in my shop. I know I wouldn't be where I am without the support of my customers, so I vowed to give back in 2019 in a special way. The customer specials were a hit, and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to provide deals and incentives throughout the year as a thank you.

For 2020, I am introducing monthly subscription boxes and I am so excited about them! I put a lot of thought into each box (I am planning them months in advance) and I am hopeful that you will love them as much as I do!

Each month a brand new themed subscription box (for the following month) will be available to purchase through the last day of the current month. The current theme is hearts so you can be prepared for planning in the month of February.

Each subscription box this month includes:
•Puffy gold glitter heart planner clip
•Set of 3 heart shaped paper clips
•Pink & white check ribbon paper clip
•Pink glitter heart planner charm
•Random color Gelly Roll pen
•Confetti heart stickers (6 stickers)
•Chocolates

You can purchase this month's box here.

There is no monthly commitment to the subscription boxes I am offering. If you want to purchase in March but not in June, but again in July, there is no need to sign up, unsubscribe, then resubscribe. Subscription boxes will be available as a regular listing in my Etsy shop for anyone to purchase. Although quantities may be limited, I will offer a wait list and restock them as necessary throughout the month. They will ship within 3-5 days of being ordered.

Lastly, one person each month who purchases a box will randomly be selected to receive a 10% off coupon toward the next month's subscription box. Yay!

 




Friday, January 3, 2020

2020 Book List

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I have a confession: I don't read.

Well, that's not entirely true. I don't read as much as I should. I don't really know why, because I loved reading as a child. I can't pinpoint where the habit died off, but as my children get older, I realize I don't want that happening to them. 

Recently, my son read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as a class in school. I'm an avid Harry Potter fan, so I read it along with him - which he loved! We both thoroughly enjoyed discussing the story as we read, and we've gone on to finish book two and begin book three together. (We have the illustrated editions, which I highly recommend! Find them on Amazon here. They are phenomenal.)

This year, I have decided to make a list of all the books I intend to read and be proactive about. 

(Click the title to go to the book page if you'd like to find out more about it!)
If you have any ideas for the remaining six spots on my "bookshelf" please share them below!

[If you are reading this blog post within 24 hours of it posting, check out my stories on Instagram to watch me draw my bookshelf in my bullet journal!]

//The "2020" planner clip can be found in my shop here, and the rose gold cat face silhouette shaped paper clip can be found in my shop here.\\


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Year, New You

 
 
For many years, especially within the rein of social media, I have been privy to others' declaration of a single word chosen to focus on in the new year. Although I have always admired the proposition, I have not personally taken the plunge to participate.

Until now.

Perhaps my lack of participation in the past has been due to indecisiveness: how do you choose just one word to define your entire year? Or maybe it was due to skepticism in my own living: how can I focus on just one word to define my entire year?

I suppose I never had the internal direction needed in order to understand the premise.

2020 is my year, though.


I have always lingered in the back of the classroom, and in doing so within the maker community, I feel as if I have hindered my growth. Growth in my business, sure, but also growth as an individual, growth with other individuals, and growth creatively. 

This year, for the first time ever, I am choosing to participate; I am choosing to engage.

[Do you have a word chosen for 2020? Is this your first year participating or your tenth? I'd love to hear your words and reasons!]