We celebrated a very special birthday recently.
Most of the time, I try to capture what is happening and what they are doing without them noticing me. Like this shot of Esther and Hannah playing.
Each time I go through the day's photos, I learn something about how I shoot and what I like to shoot. It's such a fun experience.
If you haven't tried photography, I highly suggest it. It's much easier to pick up than you might think and it's incredibly rewarding.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
It took me quite a few weeks to figure out what I wanted to do with it. After some pinterest searching and a few failed mock ups, I finally found my inspiration -
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If I ever become a millionaire, I'm going to have Nate Berkus design my entire house. The man is a genius. I stalk his stuff at Target. Seriously stalk it. I want all of it.
Ok, back to the clock.
So instead of cutting painters tape by hand and most likely having crooked lines, I cut strips out of black vinyl using my silhouette Cameo. One direction at a time, I placed all the strips onto the clock face and just eyeballed the width of each stripe. The control freak in me was blown away by my lack of measuring. Thankfully it turned out pretty good and no mistakes are staring me in the face.
The outcome was exactly what I wanted and so perfect.
You might be wondering why there are no numbers. Let's be honest, who needs a clock anymore? With my phone always by my side and a computer in the room, I'm never looking at the clock. So I skipped the functional and went straight to beautiful.
It was such a fun project and I really enjoyed the challenge of figuring out the pattern.
Thanks again for the kit, Kristin!
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
ps. How good is her 1989 album? I finally gave in and bought it. I'm loving it. Don't judge me.
Jake Weidmann, Master Penman? This man is incredibly talented. Listening to him talk about penmanship had me wanting to write lots of letters.
Everything was ready to go. Supplies, check. Water, check. Online tutorial, check. Then I remembered one important detail - oh right, I can't hand letter.
You've probably noticed a trend around here lately - cross stitch. The color and texture of cross stitch keeps me coming back for more. This week, there's a slight twist. Cue plot-twist music.
The only measuring I did before painting was to find the middle of the card. I put a very small and light pencil mark where the center X should be. Then it was just a matter of following the pattern.
The envelopes were made using this card maker that I got on super sale at Michael's. I don't typically make my own envelopes, but I wanted envelopes for this post and these were free and fast.
I tried lining the edges with washi tape, but it ended up looking messy. Plus, it seemed a little too busy, but then maybe I just like plain brown envelopes.
this post about letting the color cakes soak in hot water before using them. It made such a difference! The colors were richer and deeper, which made this project just that much more fun.
Kid President that said "Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody." That really struck a chord with me. I plan to send out all of the cards that I made and hopefully I'll make a few people feel like a somebody.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Psst - I made you a printable incase you want to make them, too (see bottom of post).
You know you're an adult when you can't drink caffeine anytime after lunch.
My Silhouette machine did all of the work. It cut the box design and all of those tiny circles. If you don't have Silhouette machine, you can use a needle to punch the holes.
When the stitching was complete, I folded and assembled the boxes.
Here's a better look at each box -
It's most definitely all of the above (and especially the bee part).
Cross stitch boxes PDF
Silhouette machine file - Nordic
Silhouette machine file - Heart
Silhouette machine file - I Like You
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
In May of 2014, my house got hit by a car. Thankfully, no one was hurt. I was in my bedroom when it happened. It's amazing how fast you can put on pants when you realize something just hit your house.
It wasn't a very useful porch. Charlie is the kind of dog that would bolt at the first opportunity to pick a fight with the biggest dog on the block. Leashes are a pain, the porch was slanted and just not a fun place to be - so it didn't get
much any use. Then boom - insurance money. I took the opportunity to make some upgrades.
Now we have this glorious porch and we use it as often as we can. My family and friends came over to help me overhaul the yard. We ripped out bushes, mysterious plants and the old garden dividers that looked like headstones.
This is a photo from the day we did the overhaul. Frank even took down a very dead and unhappy pine tree. Now my yard is no longer an embarrassment.
Last week was glorious in PA. We had a little taste of fall around here and it did not go to waste. We spent as much time as we could on the porch. Notice that the little princess has to have a rug. It didn't take me long to catch the hint that she does not like sitting on the wood.
shall not pass.
Charlie did not like that I left her on the porch to snap this photo and she made sure I knew that.
This porch has been a ray of hope for me. Getting to this porch was a big ordeal that took a lot of work and stress and calls to my insurance company. The result was worth the work and stress and phone time. The beautiful weather was perfectly timed and enjoying this porch is good for my soul. I'm thankful God has control.