Monday, November 10, 2014

Monthly Goal: November

In light of living more freely I am making one goal each month. The goals are meant to get me out of my comfort zone and open up to new things. Some goals may be vague where others will be more detailed and strict. Goals will be set the first of the month with a follow up post on the last day of the month. Feel free to join in! Work towards the same goal or share your own. Lets cheer each other on. Original post can be found here.

I had a lot of fun with October's goal. Since I didn't quite complete it, I would like to carry it over for November's goal. I really want to finish updating this album as much as possible before starting my December album.

November's Goal:  Finish updating our yearly photo album and share my modified project life process. What are your goal(s)?

On a side note I am reading "The Book of Strange New Things" by Michel Faber. I found out about this book via Martha Stewart's book club. It's the book for this month and it sounds quite interesting even though I am really not into sci-fi books or movies.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Monthly Goal Results: October

In light of living more freely I am making one goal each month. The goals are meant to get me out of my comfort zone and open up to new things. Some goals may be vague where others will be more detailed and strict. Goals will be set the first of the month with a follow up post on the last day of the month. Feel free to join in! Work towards the same goal or share your own. Lets cheer each other on. Original post can be found here.

October's goal was to get my yearly photo album up to date. I made progress, lots of progress. While I did not complete the goal I put a pretty good dent in it. Since my last post, I hit a small road block. I realized I was missing some of my favorite photos. That was because they were taken with my phone, of course I forgot about my phone photos. So I had to back up and sort all those photos and order prints. That is where I ended the month, ordering more prints.

Yesterday I was reminded why these albums are so important to me. My 20 month old pulled last years album off the shelf and was "oohing" and "ahhing" over the photos. She loves pointing people out and saying their name. I then get to explain what was going on when the photo was taken.

How do you display your photos? Are they on your computer/phone, in albums, up on the wall, waiting to be scrapped? I'd love to hear about your photo projects.

Friday, October 24, 2014

October Monthly Goal Progress

How are you doing with your October goal(s)? Don't worry there is still plenty of time to tackle them. You can do it! I am quite pleased with my progress so far. I have a ways to go but have also accomplished so much.

My goal is to get my yearly photo album up to date. Last week I finished organizing all my photos and ordered 197 prints from Snapfish. Wowza! They just got here and I am super excited to get started. I must admit it's a little overwhelming as well.

To avoid being overwhelmed and abandoning my goal I am getting all of my supplies organized and am keeping the scrapbook elements of the album quite simple. For my process I am altering the project life method in a way that works for me. I'll share more about my process later on.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Etsy Swap 2014: What I Received




It's time to reveal what I received from my partner for the Etsy swap party! Honestly I had so much fun assembling my package that I kind of forgot that I would be receiving something as well. It made it that much more exciting when packages started arriving at my doorstep. That's right, packages, 3 in all. The Etsy pieces came from the sellers with notes and then Lauren sent an extra package directly from her. Which was super cute by the way. It was decked out with drawings and doodles. The crazy part is that I received the coasters and her package on the same day. The mailman even bundled them together.

Backing up a step, I received my goodies from Lauren who is an art teacher and blogs over at Cornwell Fam. I really enjoy her writing style, just read her about page. It will make you giggle and smile while wanting more.

Getting on with it...here are the contents. I love everything, it's like she knows me or something. The sketch book (under the cards) was perfect as I recently started challenging myself with a sketch a day project. The coasters are going to look great under my candles. Something about them just feels so cozy.

A funny side note, I bought my partner the exact same pencil case. In fact when I purchased it I almost bought myself one as I thought it would be a great pouch for in my purse. I told myself NO, you don't need to spend money on yourself right now, it's time to give. When I got this in the mail I was like 'Oh no' the seller mistakenly sent an extra package. Then I found the note.


I also got this great watercolor print done by Lauren, herself. Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums.

Overall I had a great experience with this swap hosted by Meg and Amy. Not only did I send and receive great goodies, I found two new blogs to read. They both fit in with my style and likes. I will definitely join in on the next swap and highly recommend it.

Details: coasters – Simply Spain Designs, pencil case – Silke Jacobs, earrings – Cornwellfam

Monday, October 20, 2014

Etsy Swap 2014: What I sent out

Back in September I signed up for my first Etsy Swap through Rivers and Roads blog. Basically you are assigned a person to get to know through their social media sites and buy said person goodies from Etsy. And, it's all done in secret, you don't know who is shopping for you until you get your package in the mail. Fun, right?!

I had a lot of fun getting to know my person, Victoria. She blogs at Through * For * By. She has written a bunch of good book reviews. I even added two books to my reading list based off of her reviews. Be sure to check them out.


I went with books and reading as the theme for her gift. A theme for the gift was not required but I love giving gifts with a common theme! Something about it makes it feel more complete.

If you want to learn more about what Victoria received be sure to watch her blog for her etsy swap post. A post on what I received and a link party is coming Wednesday.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Monthly Goal: October

In light of living more freely I am making one goal each month. The goals are meant to get me out of my comfort zone and open up to new things. Some goals may be vague where others will be more detailed and strict. Goals will be set the first of the month with a follow up post on the last day of the month. Feel free to join in! Work towards the same goal or share your own. Lets cheer each other on. Original post can be found here.

This is it, this is the month I stop procrastinating and get a hold on organizing my photos. One of my New Year's Resolution made way back in January was to organize my photos by month and get prints to put in an album through out the year instead of all at once in December. I hate the overwhelming feeling of loosing photos or forgetting when it was taken.

October's Goal: Start at the beginning: load photos on to the computer, organize by month, order prints from Snapfish, put them in my 2014 album, and lastly add some scrapbooking/project life touches. Oh and it would be nice to back everything up on discs.

Sounds like a lot of work, right? It really shouldn't be that bad as I have kept up on loading them on the computer and organizing. The hard part will be deleting 'bad' photos and editing some of them. I love editing photos using PSD actions. I wish I had more time on my hands so I could edit all of them, but I don't, so I allow myself to edit a select few.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Monthly Goal Results: September

In light of living more freely I am making one goal each month. The goals are meant to get me out of my comfort zone and open up to new things. Some goals may be vague where others will be more detailed and strict. Goals will be set the first of the month with a follow up post on the last day of the month. Feel free to join in! Work towards the same goal or share your own. Lets cheer each other on. Original post can be found here.


September's goal was to blog more without sacrificing quality. I am thrilled to say that I blogged twice as much as usual. That's not saying a whole lot since I have been averaging 2 posts a month. I am happy to say that I didn't sacrifice quality to get the extra posts out. In fact I am pretty happy with the quality. Did you catch the post with tips for throwing a party or the new eco-friendly series? I have many more similar posts coming your way.

a few shots from our trip to Pecks Farm. little e had a blast feeding the goats. How did you spend your September?