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Things You Should Know About Me & My Blog

First of all, if you’ve returned to this blog multiple times over the past couple of weeks, you’ll notice that each time the layout/header/images/logos are different. I apologize. See, the thing is, I often see things on other blogs that I like (as far as the layout goes) and I think to myself ooooh, I should try that!

And then I do it.

And I like it for about a day.

And then I change it.

But I think what I have now is here to stay…at least for a little while.

Thanks for sticking with me.

Second, I never really did a disclaimer for my blog, so I guess I should do one (as best I know how):

As much as I love to make things and be creative, very  few of the things I do or make, I’ve come up with on my own. Pinterest is a black hole, and most of my “creations” come from there. Granted, sometimes I tweak things or give them my own personal touch, but as far as the ideas go, 99% of the time, they are not my own. That being said, I will always try my best to link back to the original maker, you can read more about why that’s important to me | here |

The same goes for paper products I create.  They are usually not my own ideas, I get inspiration from places like | minted | for paper products, and then put my own spin on them. Again, I will always show you the original as well as my own version.

OK, enough of the boring stuff, here’s a few other little things you should know:

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I will never, ever  do a “What I Wore” post. Some of my favorite blogs do them, and if you’re someone who does them, God bless you for giving me fashion advice. I love to look at them, but no one wants to see what I wore.

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When I do a project that I got the idea for somewhere else, I won’t do a tutorial. It seems silly and pointless for me to take 500 pictures of something that someone else had already done and re-type all the instructions.

But,

I will always post a picture of the final project, regardless of how it turns out.

I hate the fact that in blog-world, every project turns out absolutely perfect. In my head I’m thinking, how many times did you make that before it turned out exactly the way you wanted?  So no matter how gross a recipe is or how off my seams are, I will always share a picture with you (and it’s OK to laugh).

Proof of that is | here |

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I want to hear from you! Let’s chat if you have questions, critiques, or feedback.

40 in 50: Valentines for the Boys + Grace

One of the greatest things about being an aunt is getting to spoil my 5 nephews and 1 niece like crazy. 3 of them I only get to see a couple of times a year (if we’re lucky) because they live in Hawaii, the other 3 live in town, and spending time with them is one of my most favorite things, and at times, great birth control.

They are all to the age where they understand what mail is and love to get something personally addressed to each of them, which is why I thought it would be so fun to send all 6 of them their very own Valentine’s.

Granted, Valentine’s Day is a super-girly holiday (can we even call it a holiday?), but I did my best to create manly Valentines. After all, no 6 year old likes to get a hot pink card in the mail, but let’s be honest, they all had at least a little pink in them.

P.S. There’s 2 more babies on the way in our family, which means 8 kids total.

Family vacations are about to get a lot more chaotic.

40 in 50: Healthy Power Balls

I made this recipe the other day, mostly because I like the thought of having healthy, small snacks around the house to grab when we’re on the go.

They were gross.

This is what they should have looked like:

Appetizing enough, right?

I felt like I was eating rabbit food. I think Ian’s exact words were, “they need more sugar”. (I didn’t have the heart to tell him that there wasn’t any sugar to begin with).

Moral of the story: If you’re going to make a healthy treat, be prepared for it to taste like crap.

It is so frustrating to have something not turn out the way you were anticipating after you put so much time and energy into it. Whether it’s cooking, sewing, or a project around the house, it’s a huge letdown when you feel like all that you put into it has gone to waste (especially when it’s cute fabric or an expensive ingredient you’ll never use again).

I recently came across a quote on Pinterest and decided to make a print out of it to hang in my craft room:

Can I get an amen?

At least I can say I tried. I’ve learned my lesson, and Ian and I both got a good laugh out of how horrible they were.

Yes, it’s discouraging, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to give up.

Bad sign that my first 2 of the 40 projects have been a bust?

Nah, I’ll keep plugging away.

40 in 50: Washi Tape Keyboard

Just being honest, folks. Ian hates it, aaaaand I kind of do too. Just because you can type without looking down at the keys, doesn’t mean it’s not helpful to see them every once in awhile. Especially the numbers.

And I wasn’t even going to think about covering up all those symbols.

On the plus side, my white keys no longer look so dirty! And it wasn’t as hard as I was anticipating, granted, it’s not perfect. I used a rotary cutter, self-healing mat, and ruler to cut the little pieces, and it’s easy to pull up a piece if you don’t do it perfect the first time.

My advice: Do it, it’s cute, and worth having to get 2 inches from your keyboard to make sure you’re hitting the right button. Also, save your passwords so you don’t have to type them each time, those can be a real doozy.

40 in 50

OK, sorry I’ve been MIA lately, apparently having a puppy is more work than we anticipated. We are loving it, but our social/personal life is not.

That being said, I’m so excited to start this new project. Part of the reason I began this blog was for accountability, I have so many unfinished projects, but my hope is now that I have a place to share them, they’ll get done! Let’s see how it goes:

Is it just me, or is it super-easy to get way overwhelmed?

It seems like every time I log on to Pinterest I find about 5,000 new projects I want to do.

So why is it so hard to start just 1?

And that’s how I came up with my newest project:

Sounds a little daunting, right? But they don’t necessarily have to be big things, just things to get me up and doing something!

Here’s my list of 50 “projects” (in no particular order):

1. start a blog  done!

2. organize the craft room

3. make a roman shade

4. make a pair of baby boots

5. submit at least 2 designs in a minted contest

6. make 4 linen frames

7. hang ceramic moose head (it’s cuter than it sounds)

8. organize the pantry

9. write a handwritten note to 3 friends

try 10 new recipes

10. broccoli stir-fry

11. healthy power balls

12. raspberry breakfast bars

13. cilantro lime rice

14. mexican chicken

15. baked french toast

16. monkey bread

17. healthy baked chicken nuggets

18. turkey burgers

19. make this salad

20. finish the Beth Moore study I’m currently in the middle of

21. help my friend design a blog

22. make burp cloths

23. create a template for posting recipes

24. make valentine’s for the boys + grace

25. make a memory calendar for Ian & I

26. hang bathroom organizer

27. make a baby blanket

28. spend more time with friends

29. make a wood frame

create 5 prints

30. how to pray for your husband

31. scripure

32. ?

33. ?

34. ?

35. create my own font

36. update my idea book

37. washi tape my keyboard

38. make a baby block

39. make some fabric flowers

40. create a free printable

Here goes!

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