Sunday, August 17, 2014

Occupation: Mom

Alex starts kindergarten tomorrow. We met his teacher on Friday, and then I started to fill out some forms. Normally this would have been a mundane task, but there has been a big change around here. A simple line on a form got me thinking.


I was easy to fill in my husband's occupation on the form for Alex's teacher, but I left mine blank. My last day at work was July 31. I quit my job.

It was a decision that was brewing over the summer. I was dragging my feet to sign up Alex for the before and after school program even though we had a good visit. I wanted to pick him up from school. Not at 5:00 PM or later but when the school bell rang. I wanted to walk him to and from school. I wanted to pack his lunches instead of automatically signing up for the easier option to buy them. I wanted to be able to volunteer at school or go on a class field trip. I wanted him to do after school activities. I wanted us all to be less hurried and less stressed.

Our kindergarten is only a half day, but Alex has been putting in full days since he was 3 months old. My work schedule did not mesh easily with the school schedule. My husband's spread sheets gave us an accurate view of our finances, and our interests in minimalism and mustachianism certainly have helped. The door seemed to be opening, and I just needed the courage to walk through it.

The events unfolded in a surreal manner. I needed to meet with my boss for my annual review, so I went in with a letter of resignation. I gave three weeks notice and finished up my ninth summer of freshman orientation as an academic advisor. I wrapped up my last day, and then we got on a plane the next morning to visit family in Indiana and Ohio.

We returned a week before Alex's first day of kindergarten, and I savored this little bit of summer.
We spent a lot of time at parks: playing in the water, running around, Alex climbing, and even grilling out for dinner.

Now the blank of that form seems less intimidating after some thought. I will fill in my occupation as "Mom" and see what else comes along in the future. I've been a mom for the past five years, so I think that I can handle the job.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Display Board

In July, I worked on projects for a display board at the annual Stampin' Up! convention. I was not able to attend this year, but I had the opportunity to contribute to the Fun 'n Crafty Stampers board. I had to work past some perfectionism in this process, but it was a lot of fun to make the projects. Here are some highlights:

I even won some free stamps and framelits for contributing to the display board! My order is on the way, and then I will share some new cards here and on my Facebook page. What have you been creating this summer?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Packing Light

I have been neglecting my blog a bit, so it is time to catch up. I will start with a quick post about our recent trip to visit family in Indiana and Ohio. We only used carry-on luggage for this 10 day trip. We were staying with family, so we had access to washers and dryers. The grandparents also had books and toys to entertain the 5-year-old. In addition, we borrowed some clothes to wear to a wedding. (Thank you Mom and Dad!)

Still, it was not easy to pack in just backpacks and my tote bag. I read some helpful posts online to get started:

The Art of Simple Travel

The Minimalists

Be More with Less

I did manage to squeeze in a few craft supplies to make a card for my cousin on the trip. (I may have strategically sent my mom a paper trimmer to help with this...) I packed precut card stock, 2 ink pads, a few stamps with an acrylic block, twine and a glue stick.

The real challenge will be only using carry-on luggage for winter travel. Challenge accepted! Do you have any packing tips to share?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thank You Card

I combined 2 challenges over the weekend to make a quick card. I choose colors from The Paper Players challenge and used the sketch from Fab Friday.

Here is the card that I created:

I am happy with the result and I enjoyed using the new "in colors."

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Four Frames & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Tools - Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder & Decorative Label Punch
Ink: Wisteria Wonder & Mossy Meadow
Card Stock: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, & Whisper White
DSP: Moonlight Designer Series Paper

Also, I have been adding some cards and supplies to my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fun n Crafty July Blog Hop

Welcome to the second Fun 'n Crafty Blog Hop! This month we are featuring DSP - Designer Series Paper. I hope that you have already visited the other stops on the hop. I will post a list below in case you missed any of the creative projects and cards along the way.

The Designer Series Paper packs from Stampin' Up! make it easy to coordinate colors and mix 2 or more patterns. For my cards, I used the Petite Pairs stamp set and two new DSP packs. My first card features the Gold Soiree pack, and this paper really shines when you see it in person.

The second card uses the Moonlight DSP stack and features the new in-colors Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss. As I made this card, I thought about my mom's birthday next month. Since I wanted to share the card now, I will make her a different birthday card.

I look forward to trying more of the new DSP from Stampin' Up! for future cards since other designer series paper packs are on sale this month. Thank you for stopping by my blog and make sure that you do not miss a stop on this blog hop.

Blog Hop Participants:
Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper
Kathy T. of Stampablog
Tobe B. of The Craft Sea
Angela M of Stamp with Angela
Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
Sara G of 1200 Some Miles

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Around Here June 2014

Wow... June is wrapping up quickly, and we've had a good month.

Alex continues to grow, learn, and entertain us. He's worked on some puzzles lately. His "Kindergarten Prep" graduation and was held earlier this month. He only has one month left at his preschool/daycare. Three of his friends had birthday parties in June.

We continue to ride our bikes and hang out at the library and parks in our town. We have also visited the local pool. My favorite books to read to Alex are the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems.

I am in orientation season at work, but I am finding some time for crafts during the evenings and weekends. I will have a new card to share this week for the Fun n' Crafty Stampers blog hop on Wednesday.

I almost forgot to mention that I had a birthday this month... I enjoyed celebrating with co-workers, John and Alex. I made us an ice cream pie, but I do not have a future in cake decorating. Twenty years ago I was in New Zealand for my birthday, and then I continued on to Australia as part of a three-week trip with People to People. It does not feel like the trip was twenty years ago!

Have a good week!