Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Grass Cutting & Life Pondering...How Things Have Changed!

     
This was a post from May 17th, 2016, how quickly life can change!!!  

 So Sunday I spent the day cutting grass to help my Dad out. We have 5 acres so its quite a day of quality time on the lawnmower. I don't know about you but some of my best, craziest, and deepest thoughts happen while driving, cutting grass, or in the shower (I once wrote a poem for an English class while driving to said class). So as I rounded the yard once again I got to thinking about my parents upcoming wedding anniversary and that they have been together for something like 45 years or so (I'm terrible at remembering that kind of stuff but I know its in the 40s) and I thought about my grandparents who celebrated 50+ years of marriage and it was like it hit me...Wow I most likely will never be able to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary. #singlegirlstruggle  It was a bit sad but I'm to the point that I'm almost kind-of come to terms with my singleness so it wasn't like earth shattering. It was just a very real realization that there are some things in my life that are considered by most apart of life and its milestones that I won't experience. At this point in my life I'm pretty sure that motherhood is something that I won't be taking part in and I'm ok with it now. So the two big ones, marriage and kids I don't really have any control over, well yes I could just go and marry any ol joe blow or just go ahead and get prego on my own, but yeah I'm going to pass on that and say that if God hasn't allowed it to happen then...well it just is what it is. Now before you go all, "People get married if they want to," "You have to put yourself out there!"  I have, it hasn't happened so save it. I get told from one person that, "It will happen when your not expecting it!" And from another, "You have to put yourself out there make it happen if you want it to!" Could all you people get together and realize how dumb that sounds and that us single people don't want to hear it anymore!

    Anyway, this post is not about that. Its about Celebrating what I can and making my own anniversaries. I thought about how there are things that I can't control and there are those that I can. I have always loved to Go! My mom said that I would try to go home with all the missionaries that
Getting on the Longest cable car in South America. Also, Mom corrected the mix up that we went in '91!
would visit our church. I remember when I was 11 and my parents took me to Venezuela how exciting it was to travel. As I rode in a taxi across town in Venezuela by myself (yep my parents where those kind of parents that put their 11 year old daughter in a taxi by herself LOL!!!) I remember looking around and taking it all in (and being able to actually concentrate on the surrounding since my Dad wasn't in the car freaking out and praying aloud about the driving haha!!). I remember how exciting an international airport was to a eleven year old, even after I had projectile vomit from some fruit I ate before the flight home! I remember eating the chocolate covered ants, the weird Birthday cake at the missionaries's neighbors daughters Birthday party, and all the other strange and exciting things that a trip to a new place brought. I remember the feeling of nervousness as we were searched and all of our stuff was gone through after a day trip to Columbia (haha! Oh the pretty fields and fields of plants!) I'm still not sure why our missionary friend thought that a trip to Columbia was a good excursion?? haha well at least I can add Columbia to my List of Been There.
But after an amazing 2 weeks the things I truly remember was the wonder of having been some place I had never been, meeting people that where so different, learning about a new culture, and collecting exciting experiences that would forever be with me. I came back from that trip changed and as I grew older I knew that I would travel again. Another thing that trip produced was a promised to myself that I was going to go to Europe! I didn't know how it would happen but I knew it was something I just had to do.
     Now during my teen years if you would have asked me what I was going to do when I grew up I without a doubt would have told you matter a factly that I was going to turn 18, get married, and be a stay at home Mom Bahahaha!!!!!! Now I will go on record and just go ahead and say it, I blame my parents for that misplaced but well meaning, very conventional and domesticated, AG pastors daughter, church girl who grew up with a stay at home Mom, kind of thinking. Well lets just say that didn't happen. And in some ways now looking back I'm kind-of glad it didn't or I would have missed out on a lot! But anyways I moved on from my plan A, to Plan B, then Plan C and finally ended up in school. Then Katrina happened and EVERYTHING changed. Now I don't want to talk about Katrina because well if you live in South Louisiana your just kind-of over it! Yep it was bad and it sucked but some good came from it...I realized that I didn't want to invest in things! Nope things could be gone in a few hours and all you have left is what you stuffed in your Nissan Sentra. Nope it was after Katrina that I decided to travel and invest in moments, memories, and experiences. I did what I had always told myself I would do, I went to Europe! After that I've been back multiple times, brought some of my students even, 2 months in Alaska, made an amazing trip to Chine with my Dad, spent 2 weeks with a friend in St. Martin, missions trip to El Salvador, Jamaica trip with the girls, two cruises with friends, scuba diving in Belize, and planning another trip to Europe with students and friends this coming June.

    Now I know what your thinking...you started with grassing cutting then you went off chasing
rabbits LOL!!! Well the deep thoughts while cutting grass got me to thinking about the fact that I want to make and celebrate some anniversaries of my own. I'm going to find out from my Mom when that trip to Venezuela was and I'm going to celebrate that and June 6th, 2007 when I finally got to Europe. I also made a promise to myself that I would travel to all the 7 Continents. I may not be able to control if I get married or have a kid, but this something that is in my control! I will do this! I'm only need 3 more!! So here's to the things we can control and the things we choose to celebrate!
One of my favorite quote is,
 "I may have not gone where I intended, but I ended up just where I needed to be!"

Here's to promises to ourselves, not letting how we thought our lives should be keep us from enjoying how our lives ended up being, to celebrating all types of anniversaries, and making memories.

P.S. lol... In my parents defense on raising me to believe that domestic bliss was just an 18th Birthday away... I have to say that I had an amazing childhood and thought/think that how I grew up was just about the best way in the world a kid could grow up...wooden spoon and all. No I didn't get that life, and knowing that I could be missing out on something that could have been a fraction of what parents have does make me wonder that I'm missing out on something great. Oh well we play the hand we are dealt and c`est la vie!

P.S.S. Only regret was I didn't get a rock from Venezuela Ughh!!!! I must go back to S. Amer for a rock!!  hehe

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