Friday, August 14, 2015

Back to school prepping - Lunch box notes

This year, my little guy starts Kindergarten which means I have both kids in 2 different schools, very little wiggle room between 2 school start and pick up times. Yikes!

So to help ease my anxiety, school supplies are all bought and packed. Check.

But school clothes assessment, lunch ideas, plan of action for staying organized, etc. are still in limbo.

I wish I can tell you I found the perfect solution. But, nope.

I DID find a neat item to add to school lunches! All it needs is cutting.

When my daughter started 1st grade, I found great joke printables which were fun for 2 years. When I started writing out the jokes while practicing calligraphy, she loved them...

But, when she started 3rd grade last year, she said she was busy with friends to read my jokes. :(

So the jokes got kaboshed, stored in a box to be forgotten and never see the light of day. Then they were tossed. :(

Today, my mom, the kids and I spent the day checking out a new shopping plaza that opened near our home. One store was a Five and Below. My daughter and my mom wanted to check it out. Oh ok, I guess I'll go too.

So, the bibliophile my daughter is, goes straight to the books. And she finds another Minecraft manual. (HUGE manual!)

Then my son grabs the same one, and neither wants to let one copy go. My mom starts suggesting another book (not the point I was making, but...) and I happen upon this book.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Day 1

Happy New Year!!!

It's been a very long time since my last post. I found calligraphy last year and a wonderful calligraphy community on Instagram... Blogging got set aside.

Reflecting back, I dabbled in a lot of new hobbies, but didn't make as much progress in any one area. Ayayay!

So my one little word (OLW) this year is FOCUS. I'm creating a list of things I'd like to get around to doing. The dabbling wasn't the problem... It was the aimlessness I think.

For example, I set out to learn calligraphy to address my Christmas card envelopes a little prettier... I practiced the letters, but not the envelope writing!!! So I got behind and sent out some cards really late, or not at all. Some are still sitting on my desk. Sigh.

And then there are projects just sitting in boxes. Half completed, started projects with no direction. It's quite a mess as I look through them. And sadly, I'm throwing some out. I still feel stuck looking at them. Fresh start, on to new projects that are inspiring, not stale.

I'm excited to be starting a paper planner this year. I found out around September last year that I still love writing out items and crossing them off. That quick look back isn't possible on my phone calendar, and not as satisfying when it gets crossed off on a list app.

So armed with some tools for myself that have been working, I'm excited to journey into 2015 - creative possibilities, some big decisions to make in life, some small changes in health hopefully for huge results.

One thing I missed by not blogging last year was the chronicle of projects to look back on.

I'm taking the challenge Linda Yoshida did last year... Writing in some form everyday. I'd love it to be calligraphy with dip pen, but giving myself some leniency to write with anything available when I can write!

Below is sumi moon palace ink w/Leonardt Principal nib, on an extra envelope from Tiny Prints (xmas card envelopes).

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lawn Fawn gift tag

Recently I made a stamped/handwritten gift tag made recently for a baby shower... Tried my hand at faux chalkboard.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Kitty card set

Handstamped cards and labels, handmade envelopes.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Waffle Dippers

I made these waffle dippers this morning for the family and it was a hit! My 4 year old who normally takes forever to eat finished in record time. He loved it!
Pictured here are the dippers using the recipe that came with the pan. Be careful when you unwrap (or tear off in my case) the product label because the recipe is on the other side.
I loved the dense batter. The hubs and kiddos wanted their good ol' Hungry Jack batter so we made them also. I used a little less oil than noted for the waffle mix. It baked up really light, fluffy, and looked like mini twinkies.
The best part? Bakes up 18 dippers in 6-8 minutes! The dense batter required an extra minute but the thinner Hungry Jack batter only required 6. But of course, baking time varies by oven.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Another snow card...

Paper: Textured cs from November SSS card kit, misc pp scrap, PTI Select white cs
Ink: Ranger Archival ink
Stamps: Hero Arts sentiment
Misc: Ranger diamond stickles, foam strip, Memory Box country landscape die

Lawn Fawn Tweetings

I'm entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Snow.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper: misc Christmas patterned paper, pearly shimmer cardstock
Misc: Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrow die, LF stitched journal die, Copic markers, Ranger diamond stickles and distress marker in picket fence (bird's hat), foam strips, misc bling, Tombow mono adhesive glue, WRMK 1/8" corner chomper (sentiment base).