Monday, August 27, 2012


Mal's Catnip is somehow still alive...
Fish Taco Night

With the Parents

 Note Taking & List Making

Jenn showed me a trick for our new-old camera.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


A while back I mentioned that I was going to re-try the photo-a-day thing, but on instagram, which is more portable and convenient. What I noticed almost immediately was that while its usually easy to find something "photo-worthy" on my days off, its actually quite a challenge on my work days. I started to notice that if I took a picture at work, I tended to take pictures outside on my break. Once that realization sunk in, I decided to start doing that on purpose, more than anything else to motivate me to try and get outside to get some sunshine and fresh air instead of feeling "trapped" inside for twelve hours. Hence, the hashtag was born, #outsideonabreak. It makes a big difference, to spend a little time away from all the incessant beeping and noises. A little down time to regroup (and by a little, I mean, a little.) Sometimes getting my 15 minute breaks seriously feels like a luxury. Here's the pics I've snapped so far. Not stellar, lots of sky photos - but they all remind me of little snippets of time that I got to spend outside... sometimes it really is the little things!

Experimenting Again.

I really have enough stuff especially when it comes to craft supplies. But then I get it in my head that I need  something else. This time, it was watercolors, white embossing powder and teal pigment ink. So what do you know, I magically found myself at Michael's yesterday. And I came home with this. I also found some cool stamps in the dollar bin. Chevron stamp for $1, definitely had to get, they're crazy expensive at places like Impress. Dollar bins for the win! Also found the perfect color teal ink in the dollar bin. They didn't even have teal in the "expensive" section. 
Tonight, I got home and was feeling inspired (by my clean desk) and finished another week of project life. Getting closer to being caught up! Yay!! Had fun experimenting with the watercolors on the top left card. I'm not sure my test audience loved it but I thought it was fantastic for a first try. Good enough to throw in the book and not into the trash anyways. 
Time to order more pics, fold laundry, and get some sleep. Back for a five day stretch tomorrow... But not without a quick pic of my reorganized desk.
Love my "new" stamp organizer and having a spot for my Project Life album. There is an entire box of stuff on the floor that used to be on my desk that needs a new home. The whole object this time was to get rid of stuff that didn't need to be there and for only things that get used all the time to be in sight. Everything else to be tucked away in a somewhat organized fashion. I'm feeling the whole less is more these days. (Still looks like a lot though), there's always room for progress :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Beach House Vibe

If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen a sneak peek of this goodwill painting a while back. I'm loving it, especially for $20 + a can of spray paint for a gigantic, original painting. It's huge, almost as wide as the piano. The white frame makes this painting look a whole lot more "beachy" and way less "grandma" compared to the old gold color. And I'm also loving that it's almost my Friday!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Two Thumbs Up!

Today was a good day! My guy came home which was great, so nice to have him back after the long weekend by myself. Even though I slept in, today ended up being super productive!! I went swimming again today, 45 minutes yesterday and 35 minutes today. *Fingers crossed* I think I've finally found a way to exercise that doesn't make my back go crazy! I finished up two projects, plus we got a ton of cleaning done! Not the usual around here, nothing like some company coming to get me motivated! I'm super excited for this weekend!

First "harvest" from the garden - multi colored carrots!

Coffee date with Joe at Indaba

Strawberry-Nectarine-Lemonade Smoothies

Guest room all cleaned up and ready for J&E on Thursday!

The *other* side, not glam but clean. Good enough.

Mal's chair got a new cover - finally. That was long overdue.

He's definitely the *star* of the show around here!

Will share the other finished project tomorrow :)