Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas List Ideas

Maybe you have a hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list. Maybe you're looking for ideas that you'd like to ask your family for this holiday season. Either way, here are some gift ideas that I think would be fun to give or to receive. (I talked about most of these in this week's podcast, but I thought it might be helpful to have some links for those of you who are interested. And, of course, there were a few things I didn't get a chance to mention with the hacking cough from hell.)

**None of these companies know anything about me or have compensated me in any way. I just like these products and think they'd be great gifts.

Scrapbook gift ideas
Julie Nutting Prima Planner & Accessories
Echo Park Just Be You Collection
Elle's Studio Date It Stamp
Vector Graphics from Creative Market
Traveler's Notebook inserts from Etsy Shops - Butterfly Notebook, Happy Dappy Bits, and Yellow Paper House
WRMK Mini-Punch Board
Webster's Pages Blush with Gold Dot Planner
Webster's Pages TN Calendar Inserts
Kelley Purkey Work Planner Stamps

Stitching gift ideas
Cross stitch world map
Anything from Sarah K Benning -- Etsy shop
Embroidery Book
Erin McMom - Hand Embroidery
Cinder and Honey Embroidery Patterns

Photography gift ideas
Instagram Photo Poster Collage
Chicken wire frame  (These would be super cute in a grouping of four)
Adobe Photoshop Class from Creative Live
Adobe Lightroom Class from Creative Live

Other ideas
Artist Sketch Board
Kallax Shelf Unit

Now, I don't actually own any of the things I've listed here, so I can't evaluate them except to say I think they'd make awesome gifts for pretty much anyone. If you decide to order any for yourself or others, I hope you'll let me know. :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DD pics for week 1

Today is December 7, and these are the photos I've taken thus far for December Daily. I haven't really manipulated these via editing yet, but I'm fairly pleased overall with the variety of pictures I have. I don't yet know which stories will definitely go with which days (some of them might need to be used out of order to make my album work), but I'm glad that I have this combination of photos to choose from at this point. 

So bummed that this is blurry! (I might print it out super small and use it anyway, idk)

Now, I haven't actually made any pages in my DD, but at least I'm taking the pics, right? That's what I'm telling myself.  :)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Planning the week ahead

So, um, yeah, it's Monday afternoon, and I'm just now planning the week ahead. If that's not a sign of the status of things in my life, I don't know what is. Y'all, I'm the hamster on the wheel who isn't getting anywhere. At least that's what it feels like some days. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's feeling that way, so there's comfort in that. (Or that's what I'm telling myself.)

After looking at my planning from last week, I just had to laugh. Oh  yeah, I have these huge, amazing, grand plans of what I'm going to accomplish each day. But if I'm being totally real, about 1/4 of it actually gets done when I say it will. In light of that truth, I thought I'd try to be a bit more realistic about my plans for this week.

On a more positive note, I did finally finish decorating my Christmas tree.

To-do -- School, pharmacy, Skype podcast, make senior final, schedule mammogram, watch Westworld finale, work on my stitching project, start putting away mountain of clean laundry currently blocking the dryer and give up about halfway through, move rest of laundry mountain to chest at foot of bed
Dinner -- Potato soup and biscuits

To-do -- School, WIN period, ESS, 2nd Opportunity class, return purchase to Target, beg a lawn care service to come take care of my leaves, update blog, surf internet mindlessly, sit on couch and stare into space
Dinner -- Takeout

To-do -- School, make sophomore final, grocery, plans with the fella, watch Walking Dead episode we missed, quick house cleanup, work on stitching project
Dinner -- Out or the fella cooks

Thursday (*it's supposed to spit snow!)
To-do -- School, WIN period, ESS, 2nd Opportunity class, copy final exams, work on stitching project, place final internet gift orders for Christmas, watch for impending snow with great anticipation followed by greater disappointment
Dinner -- Crockpot chili

To-do -- School, get a flu shot, wrap some gifts, laundry, make great list of to-do items around house/yard, accomplish none of said giant to-do list items, plans with the fella
Dinner -- Out or the fella cooks

To-do -- Proctor ACT, wrap gifts, update blog, work on December Daily, put away laundry on chest at foot of bed
Dinner -- Out with T + guest

Breakfasts - pastry or fruit or pb crackers
Lunches - mac 'n cheese or frozen or leftovers

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Jewelry for sale

I only sold about half of the jewelry pieces I created for my friend's craft fair booth, so I thought I might check if any of my blog readers would like to purchase some. Each piece is unique, so be sure to snag the piece(s) you want ASAP. I'll ship to you within 2 days of purchase; actual shipping cost will be added to your order total. I prefer payment via PayPal.

These recycled silk sari necklaces are $15 each or 2 for $25






These ribbon bracelets are $6 each or 2 for $10



These metal necklaces are $12 each or 2 for $20



11. SOLD

12. SOLD


14. SOLD

15. SOLD

16. SOLD


Please leave a comment here if you're interested in placing an order.Hopefully, you'll  see something you like and snag a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend or family member or even just treat yo'self.