Saturday, December 14, 2013

Chalkboard Designs

It's another snowy day in Minnesota!  It is actually beautiful to look out and see it lightly falling.  It is even more wonderful when you can enjoy it and not be concerned with running off to work and being concerned with slippery roads and accidents. 

Fall and Winter bring out the "project girl" in me!  Have you been seeing all of the "Chalkboard" designs and decorations of late!  Our local scrapbook store was doing a make and take project as a 12x12 inch wall hanging and while I loved was not an option to make it smaller.  So, onto the internet to find what I needed and next into Creative Memories Storybook creator software (oh, I am still sad that digital is not currently a part of the new CM company) I went!  I made mine in a 5x5 inch frame.  I have the vision to create a new photo for each of the seasons of the year and then of course some of the best of holidays!  Isn't it just the cutest!!!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Life Balance

It's another beautiful Fall day in Minnesota!  I know so many people that "love" the Fall of the year!  For those of you who know me, my true LOVE has been Spring!  I love the "new life" of the season and there is probably not one thing about Spring that does not fit into my love category!  However, maybe it is getting a little older, while I still love Spring, I am discovering a love for Fall as well!  I'm telling you, days like yesterday and today could last forever!

I look at my blog postings and I see that it was over a year ago since I last posted!  In looking back, not too much has changed til now!  That gives you just a little glimpse into what my life has been like for the past year!  Busy, that is!  Busy is not always good and after a few headaches and other little medical things,  my life is on a journey for balance!  I have coined it as work-life balance!  It feels as though the year has passed me by, even though I went through the motions of much of it!  Enough, enough, enough...I am out to regain the "Joy" in the simple things in life that really do tell you a lot about who I am!  Knowing that true Joy comes from Lord, I am reminded that “with God, all things are possible!” 

This beautiful Fall weekend has allowed me to be outside, I actually went for a run last night, biked today and then as a good friend was walking by...I joined her for a walk around the lake!  Last night I stopped to pile rocks...there is something peaceful about it!  I could hardly wait to share it with my sweet friend Margie as we were walking! It has a message of peace and balance.  It is one thing to see this, but it is a whole different thing to stop and take the time to do it!  I encourage you the next time you are near water to look for those flat stackable rocks and create your own balance of rocks!  I am so sure you will experience that same peaceful feeling!

Enjoy these wonderful days!

Friday, September 7, 2012

My Room

What an exciting and anxious time this is at my house!  For those of you who don't know me, I have a small photography business.  I have been doing it for about 7 1/2 years...while my love for photography is still there and my business will remain...I have decided to focus more on outdoor photography and small children and babies as it will work with natural lighting at my house and outdoors!  This is quite a change for me.  While it is all good, I somehow feel a little anxious about it all as well.  I'm not sure where that is stemming from...I'm thinking it might just be more excited for what the end result will look like!  As for photography, I will be doing a website makeover and getting some littleone's photos on it!  I will be doing a photoshoot with little "Lizzy" tomorrow and can hardly wait!  Along with this excitement, it means that I get to re-establish my living in the spare bedroom that turned "studio" a number of years ago!  So check out the photos above...the darling white desk and chair (Tina, thanks for inspiring me! and Thanks Target for placing it 1/2 price when I ordered) and adorable fabric (Thanks E-bay for helping me to find this fabric...I had purchased the fabric and made a cute totebag this Spring and so wished I could get more of the fabric...hmmm, I had bought it in Mesa, AZ and I live in MN!) that I will be decorating with!  I think I will add a pink  dot or check to the fabric selection...and with very lite aqua walls, I am dreaming this room to be nothing but adorable and a place I will spend alot of my time!  I'll get to have a "guest" room again, so to be more inviting to my family and friends and I'll set up a sewing station in my closet that I can just shut the door when I want to quit for the day!  Now doesn't this all just sound like alot to be excited about!!!  For now, I will continue to prepare that room and anxiously await UPS to be at my front door with my fabric, desk and chair!  I'll be sure to share photos as the room takes shape!  Maybe my room can even make it to Pinterest in the end!!!
Have a great Fall weekend with family and friends, sweatshirts, firepits and carameled apples!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Digital Scrapbooking

Photos, Photos, Photos!  Who has taken all of the photos on my computer!  Oh, being single, I guess that would be me!  After having been so very busy for so long, little by little I am attempting to get all in my life back in order.  I started with finishing projects, organizing things in my house, going through all the clothes in my closet amongst other it is time to catch up on my photos-o- my-photos!  I don't know about you...but it's no fun to do everything in order, so I skipped right to my summer vacation at the end of July.  The kids bring just such a joy to your days!  This little Cole melts my heart without a doubt!  I'm trying my best to be a little more creative with my pages.  It's kind of freeing to not have everything pefectly straight...  I love the new fonts I used as well.  Those typewriter fonts are fun!  How do you get them to react...just have them say "fuzzy pickles!"

Digital Layout with Pickleberrypop!

The fun it can be to create a digital scrapbooking page.  I have to admit, I am a "type A" type person.  Everything needs to be in order and properly aligned.  This page really took me from my comfort level, but somehow I love it!  Digital is a very fun way to do things that you would otherwise never do!   I'm excited to be entering this page in the scrapbook page contest!  Not expecting to win, but the thought of winning and being able to share that with my great niece Breanna would be fun!  Pickleberrypop is a great website for digital kits, ideas and sharing!  Be sure to check it out if you have not already done so!  Friend them with facebook and you learn of all of their new kits and special things going on!  Let me add that I put my page together in Creative Memories Storybook Creator 4!  It's the best software! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sea Salt Caramel Cookies

Sea Salt Caramel Cookies (These are similar the to Sea Salt Caramel cookies at Great Harvest Bread!)

1 cup of flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt (I use only 1/4)
3/4 cup brown  sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups of quick oats
3/4 cup butter
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1 package of Kraft caramel bits
sprinkles of sea salt

Cream together butter and sugars.  Mix in egg and vanilla.  Blend in dry ingredients and caramel bits.  Use a cookie scoop to have uniform cookies!  Make on baking paper on pan.  Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees and then sprinkle with a tiny tiny pinch of sea salt and bake for 1 more minute.  Allow to cool on paper and cooling rack. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pedestal Plates

Recycle, Reuse and Create Sweet Little Plates!  I was lucky to find these plates and candle holders at the local Good Will store!  Just .99 a piece...together, what a fun little serving and display plate!  Simply glue the 2 pieces together using "jel super glue!"  What a fun little gift!