Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I'm Happier Than...

Be Happy ~ Be Colorful ~ Be Productive ~ Be Organized

I'm happier than: 
a bird with a french fry, Mr. Bingley on the heating blanket, and a teacher at 3pm on the last day of school.
Yep, I am all that kind-of HAPPY to have my new craft/studio area! 
I started Friday night to clean and begin to organize.
This was a before shot
 Not a ton of work space with my little desktop and I had a glider that never got used and was just taking up space.
So I decided that my Mardi Gras break would be spent giving my craft/studio area a makeover!
I started by getting a student from the carpentry class to make a costume made desk. I was just going to buy two small bookshelves and a large board to make an inexpensive work area. I had seen a couple of Pins on Pinterest on how to do it and thought it would meet my needs. Then I started talking to the carpentry teacher and told him what I was looking to do, sketched up what I wanted, and one of his kids made it for me. It came out awesome and has some great storage under it. So that was done by Friday, then I painted it, and then I had to start moving things to see what configurations would work best for my space. Saturday was spent in town picking up a few supplies and things to help me organize. Sunday I started moving things!
Now for inspiration! As with the rest of my house I never really do a theme. I do what makes me happy! I like color and things that make me smile. Now there were a few bloggers that I follow that I love their craft space and they definitely inspired me. I am absolutely in LOVE with Jaime's studio over at raisinguprubies Her blog http://raisinguprubies.blogspot.com is one of my favs and I just love all the bright cheerful pics she posts on her instagram. If you haven't checked her out go see for yourself its sure to make you smile! I'm kind-of obsessed! Also, I'm kind-of loving everything about this rainbow loving craft room over at kayla_made's Instagram. So I borrowed a few ideas from these ladies, took a bunch of stuff I already had, added some washi tape, labels, a good bit of spray paint and a whole lot of organizations and got what is now my favorite place in my cozy lil cottage!
My Happy Place!!
 Give this girl some spray paint and I can make anything cute :)

 My soon to be pegboard. I totally stole this idea from 
raisinguprubies here is a link to what her's looks like.

 I have a storage cabinet like this at school and love it so much I just knew I needed one here at home. I love all the drawers for little things that seem to get lost. I also love love that everything has a label!
 Got this little storage cabinet at Lowes and added some spray paint and insta cuteness!
Got the glass Faith, Hope, and Love containers from Wal-mart for $3! They are perfect for my ever growing Sharpie addiction. And watching over it all is Mr. Sparkles my oh so cute Unicorn tape dispenser that my sister got me for Christmas. Love Him!

 Love that I finally got all of my embellishments, ribbons, stickers, letters, stamps, and paper all organized and labeled. Makes it so much easier to work when you can find everything! Love the washi tape...its just so darn easy and cute!

I found this cute Little Miss Organized sign/clipboard at Tuesday morning. 
And yes I know the sign says "Keep Clam"...It was one of my mine lil mishaps thanks to Dyslexia. I now keep it as a reminder to get everything PBP, "Proofed Before Printing."

 How cute is this turquoise jewelry holder that I turned into a scissors and tool holder. Thanks TJMaxx for yet another great item! Oh and don't you just love my lil paper Andy Warhol doll haha!

 I don't know about you but this just makes me Smile :D

 Oh that Pegboard!!! And I was totally inspired by kayla_made's "Create" banner. I was trolling Targets $1 Spot when I came across a very cute Celebrate banner that made me think of the one I had seen on Kayla's instagram and I thought that for $3 I could alter it a bit and make my own. So I took it apart and put it back together and added some cut outs from the left over felt from the letters I didn't use. Added some cute buttons and voila...My own Create banner. 
The flowers on the left side of the banner are the ones I make from Arizona Tea cans. They finally have a home.

 Love that my two favorite little vintage suitcases that I use for material and yarn storage now have a place that can call home and been seen.

 My JOY letters from last years One Little Word have found a home as well. I also have had a few people ask about the Parking sign. It was given to me by a friend after a huge misunderstanding involving a handicap parking ticket at my college apartment Haha!! Good times at Nicholls!

 Oh the pegboard! Haha... I know I know its just a pegboard. Going to need to pick up a few more hooks for it. And I love the black and white striped clipboard thanks to the clearance aisle at Michael's.

 So I have pretty much hated this orange and black chair since I got it. I bought this really cute fabric at Wal-Mart to cover it. Thats my next project.

 So I LOVE flowers but with me trying to be on a budget I just don't get them as often as I would like (and since Peonies and Ranunculus are my favorite those are really not in my budget!!!). 
Well Michael's had a great sale and these where just too pretty and such a good price to pass up. 
Also, I can't leave flowers in reach of Mr. Bingley or he eats them, not the case with these! 
I had an old tea container laying around and spray painted it white, added some washi tape, and there you have it. A very cheap and pretty flower arrangement that the cat can't eat and won't die. 
A win win!

 Here is a view of the side of my new desk. There are also shelves that face in behind these that I can store things I don't use that often. 

 I also have these two awesome carts that keep all kinds of stuff organized and I love that I can move them around where I need them. I got this red one from IKEA and keep most of my paper and journaling cards on it.

This awesome lil cart came from Sam's Club and was such a great price! I love that I can have all my pens, pencils, ink sprays, glues, and watercolors all in one place. 
Its Just So Handy!

Well I hope that you have enjoyed the tour! Now I'm off to play and make some mugs and things to post to my site!

~Till Next Time :)



Monday, February 1, 2016

New Age, New Look, and some New News

   
     Be Happy...no matter what your age. 
So I turned 36 yesterday and I have to say that 35 was pretty good, but I'm looking forward to what a new year will bring. I don't feel my age and my kids (I call my students my kids) say that I don't act my age...not sure if thats a compliment or a an insult?? I'm going to just go with a compliment :)
Today was so sweet, one of my kids in my Digital Media class bought me a cake and my whole class scream/sang Happy Birthday to me and we ate way too much sugar LOL Good Times!

So with Jan. over, and all of us southern Louisiana teachers eagerly anticipating the Mardi Gras break, I can say I am beyond excited for my week off to make some big changes to my craft area. Yep I'm a nerd like that that I intend to spend my break redoing and organizing my craft room! I have big plans to make a lot of changes and the first one is that I commissioned the carpentry class to make a costume-made craft table. I'm so excited for the extra work area and additional storage! I am also going to be making room for the Silhouette and heat press which I plan to put to work! 

In the spirit of change I have decided that it was time for a new look for the blog. I used my new photoshop skills and gave the old blog a face lift. What do you think??
I also have some news...I will be opening a lil shop to sell mugs, decals, art, and fun cute things to make you smile. I think I'm going to use Facebook and Instagram as my selling platform for right now and see where it goes from there.

So I'm trying to decide on a cover photo and
 image for for my lil pass time. 
Tell me which image you like the best
1. (I really like this one)

2. (But kind-of like this one haha)

Here are also a few pictures of some of the things I've been making 



 I have a bit of a mug addiction 


Soon to be for sale

Made this for one of my kids that just turned 18 Haha!!!

Here is what my craft area looks like right now...I've got big plans!

So let me know what you think.

~Till Next Time






Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Few Wows From This Week

So we finished up the first week of school and I had a few WOWs. Not all Wows are good. There the, "Wow that's Awesome," "Wow Thanks," and the "Wow Really??" I had a mix of those this week.

The first Wow was on my first day back at work. Monday I walked in bright and early (for some strange reason I was up wide awake at 4:15am...not my norm at ALL!). As I was palming in (yeah we're fancy at our school and have to palm in and out) the grounds keeper and maintenance man both were palming in and we exchanged "Happy New Years" and "How was your breaks?" when both of them said that they were shocked that they didn't see me at work the whole break. I laughed and said that I didn't work on anything school related and didn't come to work the WHOLE Christmas break. They were both surprised and told me so and one even gave me a hug and said he was so proud of me LOL! WOW do I work too much? I think I need to start taking my breaks and really taking a break. It was so nice to not do anything with school the whole 2 weeks! And guess what? I was ok, I didn't get behind, and I didn't miss anything. This year I'm going to stick to my no weekend working and remember that I don't have to do everything.

Second Wow came when I realized that teaching and doing what I do is just what I'm supposed to do. This was one of those "Duh...Wow it took you this long??"

3rd Wow: Wow 2 weeks off and I forgot how loud high school kids are!

4th: Was a Wow Thanks. Our awesome principal canceled meetings for the week (we were supposed to have 3) and gave us time to work in our classrooms and get ready for the new semester.

5th WoW happened on Tue when all the kids had left and me and my neighbor were chatting about how the day went and he asked me how it went and I responded with "Oh it was good" and he said "What, no complaining?" That was a hard "Wow is this what I project to people?" I laughed it off and told him that I was working on that...I really am!

Sixth Wow was Friday when I realized the first week of the semester and new year was already over, I realized my classes seemed pretty good, and all of Jan was 4 day teaching weeks thanks to PD and holidays, oh and that our week long Mardi Gras break is just 19 school days away WOW!!!!

Well I hope that you had a WOW week as well!

~Till Next Time

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Currently...

Happy New Year!

I'm Linking up today with ohboy3rdgrade and using her cute Currently graphic. Go check her out and you can link up too.


So I know I'm not the only one that did the "Best 9 of 2015" on Instagram??
Here is my Best Nine
Seems my art, hair, Mr. Bingle, and or Spirit Week Paper Rock Scissors costume was the most liked LOL!  

Well ready or not 2016 is here! I do know I'm NOT ready to go bak to school...what the heck happened to the past 2 weeks??  I did nothing for my break! Well let me rephrase that:
 I did watch a lot of Netflix. I'm kind of a documentary junky.

 I also ate WAY too much and now have a very tumultuous relationship with my scale.
Which led to me using some of my Christmas money to buy myself a Fitbit
Hoping this thing makes not only a good work watch but also helps me to get my butt moving and getting rid of the extra pounds I seemed to have found over the holidays. 

I did clean and organize my house and put away the Christmas decor

did a good bit of crafting and even made some Bunting with my One Little Word on it as seen above and here
A close up. Mr Bingley is all like "What the heck it's just some lil triangles.
You have better things to do, like feed me!"

Love this paper!
 Played around with some watercolors

and me and my Sharpies had fun with some of my Adult Coloring books

I even got out the Silhouette and t-shirt press and made a few things

I'm a true Southern girl and my Motto is "Monogram EVERYTHING!!!"

I even finished up my 2015 Creative journal before 2016!!
Love creatively documenting life and using it as therapy (I would say cheap therapy but thats not always the case lol) Another year in the books! 2015 was the year of learning to find Joy in the mountain tops and the valleys, and taking responsibility for not letting others and situations steal my joy. This coming year I will continue in the mindset of finding Joy, but I'm going to focus on the word Be.

So my One Little Word that I've picked to focus on and invite into my life this year is 

I'm going to do another post about my intentions for this word in my life once I'm sure what they are. I'm still mulling it all over but here are a few things I hope 2016 brings:

1. Draw closer to God this year. 
2. Spend less time typing and scrolling and more time reading and in the present.
3. Be more active. Get to the gym, use that Fitbit, and complete the 30 Days of Yoga Challenge.
4. Pay off debt!
and there are sure more but working on what they will be.

I do know that I want to spend more time in God's word this year. One of the ways that I'm going to do that is through She Reads Truth and creating in my Bible Journal
 I got this a few months back from my mom  and love the idea of dwelling on God's word and combining creativity with that.
This is my Bible Journal and a couple of pages I have done.




So I am looking forward to all that 2016 will bring, as I'm sure you are too.
I wish you wonderful Blessings in this New Year!

~Till Next Time


Sunday, December 20, 2015

What Was My Focus



    Well it looks like blogging has not been my focus this year considering I haven't posted since March haha! Oh well I was living life and not blogging it (yeah that's what I will go with instead of "I was just too lazy to type).

    So now that I have some time and I'm work free, thanks to that awesome perk of teaching that is called Christmas Break/Mental Recoup 2 Weeks, I've had some time to consider what this year held. I've also started to think abut what I want my focus on for next year to be. My word for this year was Joy and I'm pretty proud of myself and how I was able to infuse the mindset of "Finding Joy" in all situations (may also have helped to be back on my meds haha! But thats not here nor there.) So as I was saying I tried to really remind myself that I could find Joy in every situation. My word for me this year goes beyond just being my yearly mantra or focus. It's one of those things that really needs to root in and
intertwine in my being. I see the idea of finding Joy something that I want to keep close all the time and to be reminded of everyday. I loved the Viking Symbol for joy and thought that it just went with what I needed to be reminded of, to have joy either in the Mountain top or in the valley. So yeah I liked it so much and felt that it was more then just a yearly long thing I went and made it like a permanent thing...like wrist tattoo permanent haha!

I picked the verse Ps. 138:8 as a reminder that I can have Joy no matter what because as verse 8 says,
            "He shall perfect that which concerneth me."



    So as I finish up this year I thought it was time to do a little reflective post, a recap of 2015. Overall it wasn't all that monumental... I went back and reviewed it thanks to Facebook and Instagram (who else has to sometimes refer back to FB and Instagram to figure out when things happened...please tell me I'm not the only one!?) Oh, and I loved taking a look at my year that I documented in my creative journal. So here are the major things that I set out to do. I said I was going to:
 "...stop comparing myself, my job, income, relationship status, house, life, and passport to others. That I was  going to enjoy the journey, whither it's a view from the top or walking the valley below. I'm going to stop focusing on the end and enjoy the middle. Was going to recognize that I am very Blessed and try my best to bless those around me, and also going to focus on being grateful for I am blessed with, and going to remember that no matter what 2015 may bring I can have joy because I know that God is in control of it all."

So I found a much better outlook when it came to work. 

I enjoyed the small things, and I feel like a was a lot more positive and focused on the Joy of the moment.

 Did I still have bad days...You better believe it. 

Was I always happy...Heck NO I'm still single and PMS every month so...

Did I enjoy teaching again, yeah. Do I know if teaching is what I want to do with the rest of my life...Still not sure. 

Was I thankful that I could text Liz with all those crazy text about how I was going to Puke if one more high schooler found their "One true love" while I was still dateless...you better believe it. 

Did I travel, yep but it was just a cruise and a "Kind-of" Road Trip (I won't complain I could have stayed in Buras all year...so bright spot!). 

Did I get down to my goal weight...not even close (heck at this point I'm not even sure what that is? I guess 5-10 lbs lighter then whatever I am at the time). 

Was I healthier? Well I worked out and consumed a lot of vegetables (Coffee counts as a veggie right? It grows on a plant...that's makes it count right??) 

Did I get closer to God?? Well there were moments when I prayed He would just go ahead and take me as I sat through yet another pointless PLC or faculty meeting. 

Did I read my Bible more....No I didn't. Just being real, my walk with God was more like a roller coaster ride. Moments of me getting really close to Him and then having moments were I felt like a was plummeting to the ground, hanging on tight and praying for things/situations to pass, fear I was not going to just forgo my convictions for the "Easy Way", distractions on the side, crying out to Him only when I felt like I really needed him, and feeling beyond blessed to know that in His grace I knew he was right in the seat next to me the whole time, even when most of the time I was focused on all the other things around me. 

I'm I hoping I do better next year...you better believe it!

And the pics from my journal





Love my Family!
Yep, I turned 35! I know what you're going to say, "What, no way you can't be a day over 25!?!
I know I age well haha!

Had a nice lil cruise with Sammie

Got to go to the Art Conference and met one of my Blog crushes Cassie Stephens

Paid off 2 credit cards this year!  Helped with my 5th Prom.

Watched more of my babies graduate and go off into the big world.

Enjoyed a much needed summer break...I did work some but it was in flip flops so all good.

Took our yearly "End of School Girls Trip" to the Beau
Took a Road Trip my my sister Lydia and lil Bug

Fun times!!!

Started a section in my journal for all those notes and quotes I get from my kids LOL!! 


So now I'm sitting here wondering what my word and focus will be in 2016 and as with most things in my life it gets turned into a list.
So far I have no clue what next year will bring? I know I will be teaching, taking classes, enjoying my time with my family, maybe completing the whole 30 Days of Yoga Challenge, expanding my coffee mug collection, paying off more debt, trying to get to that darn goal weight, taking a group to Europe, and trying to live a life worthy of the title Christian.
I was sitting in church and may have been writing in my journal, when I thought of the word BE...
I also thought about the others listed but kept coming back to BE. Be content, be daring, be happy, be faithful, be kind, be...


So I'm going to try and not wait a whole 9 months before posting again. 
But if not... 



~Till Next Time