Hello Monday (it's the last one of November!).
* I finished up an awesome custom wedding tag order late last week. I'm hoping I'll be able to share soon!
* I'm honored to be participating in Rukristin's Holiday Extravaganza this weekend:
Kristin has planned 2 full days of tutorials, giveaways, games and challenges. Be sure to play along!
My DIY segment will go "live" at 4pm EST this Friday. You can check out the entire schedule of DIYs and challenges here.
* I just sent out my latest newsletter. If you aren't receiving it, be sure to subscribe here. Given that Black Friday is on the horizon, it might be a good idea :)
* The 19 year-old daughter of my husband's co-worker was killed in a brutal car accident near the Canadian border over the weekend. I just can't imagine what her family is going through. I thought/prayed about them throughout the day today.
The 2013 Holiday Art Journals are now in the shop!
When I saw these 4x6 canvas panels at my favorite art store, I thought they'd make awesome journal covers.
I was right.
Since the covers are canvas, they're totally alterable.
Inside I've included an eclectic mix of papers. You can check out a sample of the interior pages here.
There's also an awesome pack of embellisments. Tags, stickers, wood accents, reindeer (!) and more.
In the shop, you have the following options:
Holiday Journal (no embellishments)
Embellishment pack (no journal)
I'm using one of these for the December round of 30 Days of lists, so I'll be sharing that with you later this week!
Hello Project Life August!
We were in the middle of a another Seattle heat wave.
Michael and I had a great time watching the girls play tennis; we visited the farm and FaceTimed Lauryn's BFF (and her little brother) in Dallas.
We celebrated our little dude's 3rd birthday (this was also our first gathering in the house since moving back).
A new bed for Michael and swim lessons for Lauryn (which only lasted 2 days, as she came down with a nasty virus).
We celebrated the 20th wedding anniverary of our dear friends Michel and Julie and attended Lauryn's Kindergarten Open House.
I'm catching up, slowly but surely.
Have a great Saturday!
I'm setting some time aside this weekend to put the finishing touches on the past few months of Project Life. July, August and September were each just missing a few photos and/or some journaling.
We were still settling in to the house after our move. My husband and I spent the holiday weekend at our neighbor's lake cabin (no kids!).
We spent part of our sixth wedding anniversary on the boat - so awesome!
The following week, my aunt and grandma arrived from California and the kids rode their bikes in a parade.
Our vehicles finally arrived from Texas (we were without them for a month), Lauryn lost another tooth right before heading to New Orleans with her dad.
Michael had a ton of fun during his one-on-one time with my aunt; he was so heartbroken when she and my grandmother had to go back home.
I FacedTimed (just made up that word) with my dear friend Julie; my husband returned home with Lauryn and my stepdaughter Madison; Michael finally showed interest in potty training!
The last week of July included some artwork by Lauryn, Sade's orientation at Target and my prep for 30 Days of Lists.
I hope you guys are having a great Sunday. I'm excited for an awesome day of football watching :)
I spend 10+ hours a week at the gym, which means I really have to love the music that's blasting from my phone. Here are a few of my current faves:
Sara Bareilles - Brave: I easily could have listed every single one of her songs. I could listen to her all day, everyday.
Lorde - Royals: Lorde's entire album is amazing.
Paramore - Still Into You: A fierce love song that you can sing at the top of your lungs - what's not to love??
One Republic - Counting Stars: I first heard this song in September when I saw One Republic in concert (Sara Bareilles was the opening act). They actually opened their set with this song; their faithful crowd went nuts. Over the past few months, I've fallen in love with this track. I've also fallen a little bit in love with Ryan Tedder; he's a genius for sure.
Avicii - Wake Me Up: I refer to this as "the song I used to hate". After a month or so of saying "I'm so sick of this dang song", I fell head over heels.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold Us: I live in Seattle. Macklemore. Ryan Lewis. No brainer. This is also an AWESOME treadmill song.
Cups - Anna Kendrick: Come on. I will never get enough Pitch Perfect. Never.
What are you guys listening to?
Last week, I took this photo of my desk:
The plan was to take another shot today and show you guys how awesome my desk looks.
No photo for you.
Today, my desk doesn't look quite this bad (I've put away the Cinch and my 30 Days of Lists journal is safely tucked away).
I'm in the middle of a mini re-org of my studio; moving things around, repurposing a few things, boxing up (and possibly selling) stuff I don't need.
I'm also gathering supplies for holiday crafting (a few decor projects, Project Life and 30 Days of Lists).
What are you guys working on?
I can't believe it's taken me this long to wrap up this project. I always (always) get behind, but this time I was a complete mess; I lost components, number spots, notes. Oh, and I had to take the whole thing apart and re-bind it because it became thicker than I anticipated!
day twenty-one = my food pyramid:
I still can't believe that I forgot to put sushi on my pyramid!
day twenty-two = my dreams*
day twenty-three = you might not know... *
day twenty-four = how to have a better day:
day twenty-five = us *
day twenty-six = qualities i need my friends to have *
day twenty-seven = favorite classes/courses:
day twenty-eight = in my fridge:
day twenty-nine = next month*:
Can you tell I was starting to get desperate to finish?!?
day thirty = today i want to remember:
I'd been hoarding that Project Life card for quite awhile now. So glad I was able to put it to use.
Here's the final version of the cover:
I still could have used a larger binding, but I decided to just call it DONE.
Are you feeling left out? No worries, September's 30 Days of Lists is available as a pdf!
I think I have just enough time to clean up my office before the next round of 30 Days of LIsts in December!
*note - I changed some of the actual prompts to suit my needs. I love the flexibility of this challenge!
Check out all of my 30 Days of Lists posts here.
This is definitely the best.photo.EVER. Lauryn took her first official school photos last week. Let's hope they turn out better than this one.
Sidenote: I JUST realized that you can share Instagram photos directly to Flickr (duh!). Awesome.
Our formal living room ---> playroom transformation isn't complete, but we are thrilled with it so far.
Michael's preschool class had a costome party yesterday. He refused to put on his actual costume (he KNEW it wasn't actually Halloween). Luckily, we were able to throw something together at the last minute.
We are really loving fall in the Pacific Northwest. Cold and foggy mornings turn into cool, crisp and clear afternoons. My mom and I took the kids to their favorite playground after school yesterday (I let them talk me OUT of going to the gym).
I showed Lauryn how to take a selfie with the DSLR.
Then she totally took over! Above photo by Lauryn :)
She just might have a new hobby.
What are you guys up to?
Hello and Happy Tuesday!
I just updated the shop with the first round of holiday goodies.
December Daily Number Spots
Holiday Die Cuts
That's total photo fail, but this is a set of vellum stars: red vellum (which is gorgeous), silver vellum (which looks a little like metallic pearl) and clear vellum.
New this year = reindeer! I'm completely in love.
Also new this year = woodgrain trees!! These photos really don't do these trees justice. They are punched from super thick embossed woodgrain paper. They're gorgeous.
Have a great day. I'm watching my little guy's gymnastic class. I think we'll be ready for the 2028 Summer Olympics :)