Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I love Christmas.....and Shutterfly!

Well, the tree is already up. Presents are being bought and wrapped. Now it's time to pick out Christmas cards. Every year I have gotten our cards from Shutterfly. I had already perused this years options, when I saw wonderful news on my Facebook newsfeed! Shutterfly is giving free cards away to people with blogs. With Ryan still in school, our Christmas budget is pretty tight, so I am so thankful not to have to cut people off of my card list!!

I have a lot of favorites this year! I have been looking into the folding cards.

Option 1

Option 2

In the past, I have gotten the flat photo cards and love that all I have to do is stick them in the envelope!

Option 3

I also really like the flat stationary cards. Especially the square ones.

Option 4

Option 5

So many to choose from!! You can see all of them here.

I love me some Shutterfly. I've used it since college. They always have great deals, promotions, and products.

I have made four photobooks throughout the years. I even made our wedding album and was able to use awesome layouts and get a quality book for a fraction of a photographers price. I even got a photobook for free once! You can check them out here.

They also have other great gift products. Last Christmas we got my Nana one of these calenders and she loved it!

They also have great photo printing services with special prices and deals and you get them really soon.

In case you couldn't already tell- I love Shutterfly, and you should too!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Back to the Basics

Today was rough. Not like in your face rough, just million things piling up on you with no end in sight kind of rough.

Things at school are crazy busy. I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I love that the kids are used to me/my routines and things are just all around smoother. I love that we are on the down hill slide. I hate the never ending testing and paper work. I hate the urgency, stress, and worry of getting some of my kids where they need to be. Did I mention all the paperwork? Needless to say, I had my grumpy pants on all. day. long.

On the home front, I am a planner. I love lists. I love getting things together. I love being ready for what's next. I really have never struggled in making decisions. Like I think I came out of the womb doing this. With all that said, I have no idea what we are doing for Ryan's clinicals. None. Nadda. Nothing.We have made lists, thought about it, talked EVERYONE I know's ear off about it (sorry if you are one of the unlucky ones). All of this and I am no more settled than I was when we started and this REALLY frustrates me.

So between school and thinking about our future every second of the day, I have been one big ball of crabby, not nice, stressed, irritable, pity partying, not fun person. And today was the culmination of all of that blowing up in my face. Needless to say it wasn't my best day ever.

However, lucky for me today was the day that Ryan and I finally decided to sit down and get serious about reading our Bibles together. I decided to start off with something easy and did the proverbs for the day (Ry started with Romans, ha go figure!) In one little proverbs it had over 4 verses about the Lord directing our path, leading us, having the final say etc. etc. etc. Think He's trying to tell me something? It was exactly what I needed to hear. So now I just need to focus on not only asking for guidance, but trusting that he is giong to deliver it. Sounds easy, right?

Now to go along with this new focus, I needed a new journal. Now old on my parents income Beth would have run right out to Target and bought some cute little diddy. But new my husband is in PA school Beth made one out of stuff at the house! Here's what I did. First I cut a regular spiral in half. I learned this trick at some workshop and use it all the time in my classroom. (Note- if cutting your own spiral, check to see if husbands important PA notes are in spiral BEFORE cutting! whoops) This will make it easier to carry with me to church, school, etc. The rest was just a little scrapbook paper and modge podge AND I used my cricut dear!

Here hoping tomorrow is better.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Day 8- Miracle

Last Wednesday, I had Bunko.

At Bunko, there was a miracle.
Not one miracle, but two miracles.

I got two bunkos and actually won something (ahem, the biggest prize).

I really, really love the prize for two reasons.

1. It is handmade and I love ALL things homemade! (except for those silly crocheted towels that I own 100 of due to getting married)

2. It was already on my 'To Make' list.

I won this fabulous jewelry holder that the hostess had made by her friend.

My jewelry is currently in a complete state of chaos and this beauty got me motivated to do something about it. I made two more pieces to go with it, and have one more in the works.

I made this bulletin board with an old frame that was setting in the garage from on of the million times I hit up the flea market this summer and old bulletin board ( that I used a pocket knife to cut-I am my father's daughter) and some scrap fabric. So it was free, which I love and Ryan really really loves. I'm planning on hanging some jewelry pieces on it as well as some pictures.

I also made this little diddy to hold my rings. When I visited that largest, most wonderful dollar tree on the planet, I found this little shelf. Some paint, paper, and ribbon later it is done!

One thing about it being cold- I spend less money due to not wanting to get out for extra supplies, so I end up using things around the house I already have and that in of itself is a miracle!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Day 7- Sweet Saturday

So, when I said 'daily creating joy' I really meant something like semi regularly when I have time and am not falling asleep before 9 in the chair due to pure exhaustion creating joy. Just to clear the air.

So, I really loved today. Today was full of things I enjoy doing. In November, I had the amazing opportunity to do the Susan G. Komen 3day 60 mile walk for breast cancer. I can definitely say it was a experience I would not trade for the world. It was tons of work both getting ready to walk all those mile and raising the $2300 fundraising goal, but one of the greatest things I've done. Needless to say, my feet don't have such fond memories. But today, we were treated to pedicures by one of the girl's moms. It was a wonderful, wonderful way to start my Saturday. Friends and feet rubbing!

After all that goodness, I spent most of the rest of the day crafting. I went to a friends house to make some fun things for an upcoming shower we are hosting.

When I got home, Ryan took me to a couple thrift junk stores. I don't know what else says true love but taking your crazy wife to sift through things that belong in the garbage and then actually allowing her to bring some of it to your house AFTER she spends money on it. I do love him.

All that junk made me feel like getting some stuff made! First I made these fun wine glasses with glass etching. I also made a gift for a friend who is having a fun winetasting birthday party this week.

I'm gonna save the rest for tomorrow. Unless, you know, I fall asleep in the chair again.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Day 6- Time

Tonight I created some time for this guy

and this girl.Add Image

I love them.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Day 5- Back to the Land of the Living

Well, thankfully today was a bit more productive.
First- I made dinner. I know Ryan was glad. Poor guy eats a lot of Ramen. We are currently doing E-mealz. If you are on a budget or have trouble coming up with ideas (check and check, for me) E-mealz is an awesome tool. We paid for 6 months of it and now I'm just cycling back through.
Second- I finished my pencil holder thing. No other name, just pencil holder thing. The only thing left is to add my kids numbers on red dot stickers I have at school Please God, let this end our pencil dramas.

Third- I started my kiddos Valentines. When I was rationalizing my absolute desperate need for a Cricut to Ryan about 8 months ago, I pointed out every. little. thing. I could do with it. Cards, tags, decorating, the sky was the limit I told him. Think of the money we will save I told him. I will use it all the time I told him. Well, turns out he has an amazing memory (good for PA school, not so good for me) and remembered this when I was browsing Valentines at paradise Target. "Isn't this why we bought a cricut?" he said. "Oh, why yes it is dear darling detail remembering husband" I said. This much resembled a conversation we had at Hobby Lobby while browsing the cute Christmas tags. All that to say, I used my cricut and some dollar scrapbook paper to start my Valentines. I just knew that thing would come in handy! ;) More on those tomorrow.

Lastly- I made a bed! Not our bed, we are about to get back in it for heavens sake. (I know my mom, who very well may be the only one who reads this blog, just died a little inside) But I did put the clean sheets back on the spare bed and made it! Be proud Mom, be proud.

(No idea why my camera wants to add polka dots to every picture! Time for a new camera? Yes please. Happening in the near future? Probably not. Here's to polka dotted memories.)

Whew- all that work- is it the weekend yet?

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day 4- The Weekend Edition

This was one of the most of the unproductive weekends of my life.

I got next to nothing done.

Everything I touched turned to crap. Seriously.

Projects dragged on forever and turned out lame. However, surely in the last 48 hours I made something.

Let's see what I did make.. (and what I didn't make)

I made plans for a friend's baby showers.
I did not make dinner. not. one. time.

I made a block pencil holder for my classrooms in hopes that my kids will not drive me absolutely insane about their pencils.
I did not make myself finish it tonight just to get a picture for this blog.

I made myself start a workout system after a bilingual student asked if I was pregnant.
I did not make myself do it today. Dedicated, huh.

I made myself (and Ryan) go grocery shopping.
I did not make the bed at all.

I made Ryan go see When In Rome!
I did not actually make him. He actually is just nice like that.

I made myself wear heels to church today.
I did not make it out of bed before 8:30.

I made myself waste too much time on the computer.
I did not make myself pick a facebook celebrity lookalike. Noone wants to admit they may or may not resemble Lindsay Lohan.

I made a decision about where I want to live come August.
I did not make myself promise to stick to that decision.

I made a huge mess trying to be crafty this weekend.
I did not make myself pick it up tonight. Will. Regret. Tomorrow.

I also did not make myself finish this list. Here's hoping this week is more productive.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day 3- Glass Pebble Magnets

I was all set to make my budget cards. Really needed to make those cards so I can get a nice fresh start come Feb. 1st. However, after a extremely long day of testing at school I forgot to grab the stinkin cards. Go Figure.
So, on down the list I go. This past Saturday my college roomie, Jessica, came for a visit. While wasting time on Saturday we found the biggest Dollar Tree in. the. world. Or at least the biggest one I have ever seen, and I have been living in the same town as it for over a year!! Oh, the wasted time.
I was able to pick up a lot of materials for projects I have been wanting to try. One of these was those glass marble things you put in the bottom of vases and such. I have seen various tutorials turning these bad boys into cute magnets. So, today I created them!

Luckily, I already had everything I needed on hand after just spending one dollar at paradise Dollar Tree. Here's what I used: scraps of paper, glass beads, modge podge, epoxy 300 and some magnets I had left over from some Christmas presents.

I love having gifts ready at the house to give to surprise a friend or take to a last minute birthday get together and these will be perfect! (Can you tell what my love language is?)

Maybe tomorrow I will finally remember those stinkin cards! Finally Friday!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 2- Budget Cards Holder

So, with Ryan in Physician Assistant school we have to budget. We have been completely blessed to be able to handle his school this far, but with clinicals coming up in August we may or may not be moving. After looking at school districts in all our options our budget is going to get much tighter. much. much. tighter.

With our current budget, we have a bit of a cushion. This cushion has allowed us to be somewhat loose with it. However, if and when we move we will no longer have that cushion so we are going to attempt to track how much we are spending in certain categories.

I am the worlds worst with my check register. Embarrassing, I know. I do keep track online but could definitely be better in this area. So, I figured what better to motivate me that something cute.

All that to say- today I created a holder for the cards we will use to keep track of our spending in categories.

It pulled some scrap fabric I had, sewed it like a wallet, added some velcro and done! Now when I say I 'sewed' I do not mean that I pinned perfectly or sewed straight. I am too lazy busy for that. Tomorrow I'm planning on making the cards to go into them.

I also worked on some curtains for a friend's nursery and for my last trick, I'm off to CREATE some sub plans! ;)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day One- So it begins...

Well, I've had a blog before.

I was lame at it.

I gave up.

However, I continued to read a TON of blogs everyday. Do you have any idea the amazing ideas out there on blogland? I have found touching stories, amazing crafts, wonderful gift ideas, and so much more.

My google reader has more stars than a galaxy. (If you don't know what that means and you read blogs- go to immediately. You. Will. Love. It.)

I have tried out plenty of the ideas. Some have been wonderful, others have been a trainwreck.

But no matter how pretty it was- I enJOYed doing it. That's right- crafting, creating, making, painting, cutting, glueing, staplegunning, sewing- it all brings joy into my life.

So that brings me to my latest attempt at blogging- Creating Joy. I am going to attempt to bring a little more joy to my day to day by creating something EVERYDAY and blogging about it to keep up with my progress. (And so my mommy can see.)

Now to be real I'm still going to have to be responsible for the education of 19 crazies little darlings, cook dinner for my sweet husband, make sure my house isn't a complete tornado and many other things. So, everyday will not be a crafting extravagance, but hopefully this will open my eyes to other ways I create everyday.

So, for today I created....this blog! Turns out making a blog cute was a little challenging for me, but its done and it makes me smile. So day one....done! We'll see what comes up tomorrow!

You can think I'm corny. I'm really ok with that. :)