Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Fun

We've had a fun Halloween! Last weekend we carved our pumpkins with some of John's work friends.

Then we went to a Halloween party hosted by one of my crafty friends.

Today Alex was able to wear a simple costume to school for the day. It was a rainy afternoon, so I helped his class with inside activities. They decorated a cookie and made some halloween crafts after lunch. I am so glad that I have the time to help at Alex's school!

We all went trick-or-treating around the neighborhood tonight, including Paddy. We had a great time, especially Alex.
(The bowl went missing, so next time we will use an extra box!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

For All Things

I love the color combination from The Paper Players challenge and the For All Things stamp set.

I used these colors plus Whisper White and Chocolate Chip as my neutrals. First I made my own pattern paper by stamping the leaves. I used a watercolor brush directly on the rubber stamp and on the paper to vary the colors.

Here is my finished card:

At first glance, Mossy Meadow was not my favorite from the 2014-2016 In Color collection, but I like it more and more as I use it. It is great for fall and holiday cards!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Simplicity Links

I have not blogged about simplicity or minimalism lately, so I thought that it was time to share some links. Blogs, podcasts, and even a Facebook group helps me stay focused on simplifying our lives.

I am working through a career transition and Tammy Strobel's answer to my recent question gave me some helpful perspective. You can read her post about rethinking work on Rowdy Kittens.

I enjoyed reading Courtney Carver's discussion on the difference between simplicity and minimalism at Be More with Less.

I am happy to hear that one of my favorite podcasts about simple living will continue to have new episodes. I can relate to so many episodes of Simple Life Together.

I am working to cut back on some memorabilia and get our printed photos into a Project Life album. I've had all of the supplies for a while now, so it is time to use them! I love that I can move around the pages in my scrapbooks. I started with some photos of a trip to visit family in 2010.