I know I'm too late for the contest, but I loved last week's Tuesday Trigger from Moxie Fab World.
I created two cards based on this. They are similar in idea, but used a few different stamps from the PTI On My Couch and Chairished sets. I love all the white space!!
I'm creating and uploading this from my iPad, so fingers crossed that it works!
I've been reading The Nearsighted Owl for a while now. I originally linked to it because I like the occasional fashion blog, and super extra bonus points if the blogger is plus sized.
But I soon realized that Rachele is about so much more than clothing.
She's about confidence, acceptance, learning about who you are and living it, and (I think) most of all - the end of any kind of shaming or judgement. Especially when it comes to your body.
I won't go into a whole thing about fat love/acceptance/shaming right now, but for the past two years I have been slowly learning to love myself. Including my dress size. And I have Rachele to thank for some of that.
I've recently joined her class How to be a Fat Bitch, and I'm really looking forward to connecting with other empowered women of all sizes and shapes. As well, of course, as learning and accepting myself.
I recently read The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.
One word review: WOW.
I was fascinated by this book. Definitely one of the best non-fiction books I've ever read. The author makes the material extremely easy to read and understand by use of plain language and plenty of examples.
In the first part of the book, Duhigg examines how habits are formed. There is a cue, then a routine, then a reward. You are completing hundreds, thousands of habits every day. Showering, brushing your teeth, eating, driving, etc etc etc. It's what keeps you moving through the day. But you had to learn these things at some point in life. And once you learn a habit, and it becomes ingrained, can it be changed? Yes! But it certainly takes work.
In the second part of the book, Duhigg talks about how habits influence business. He uses examples such as Tony Dungy and the new CEO of a fledgling Alcoa. How teaching people to do their best over and over and over - making it a habit - can turn a company or team completely around.
In the final party of the book, Duhigg discusses social habits. He cites events such as the Montgomery Alabama bus boycott and the creation of Saddleback Church. He also educates the reader about how companies use your shopping habits to determine your gender, age, marital status, income, and much more. It is scary how much Target knows about you!
I was initially interested in this book a few months ago because I have really started taking notice of what an absolute creature of habit my dog is. After her ACL surgery two years ago, I started walking her around the neighborhood since she wasn't supposed to be running very much. But now, even two years later, she wants a walk every day at 7:30. Rain, shine, snow, bitter cold, etc. It doesn't matter that we didn't do this for the first four years of her life. Now it's a habit.
I am a creature of habit as well. I drive the same way to work every day. I wake up around the same time. I eat the same things over and over. After reading this book, I have some insight into why. And it's okay! It's familiar. It keeps me sane.
But it's also good to examine your habits and decide - is this a good habit? Can I get the reward through a different routine? Can I add habits to my life that would make me healthier, smarter, better? It's so interesting to me. I think everyone who is willing to look at themselves would benefit from this book. I loved it!
This post is AKA Pinned It.... And DID It!!!
A while ago, I saw this idea on Pinterest of making a pumpkin topiary.
Isn't that cute? It's a little too far on the shabby chic side for me, but I managed to make it my own. I also wanted it to be a permanent part of my fall decor, so I decided to use fake pumpkins. I also decided that due to the cost of fake pumpkins, I would only use three and they would display my house number.
So Francesca and I went off to Michael's to gather supplies. I got three pumpkins, some leaf/acorn pieces, a package of moss, a 1" dowel, a pretty bucket, and of course a handful of hot glue sticks.
I started by drilling holes in the bottom of each pumpkin. I have no idea what this drill bit is called, but obviously it's used to drill holes. I searched around the garage until I found something that would work.
It was at this point I realized I wasn't sure how I was going to drill a hole in the top of the pumpkins for the dowel to go through, since the stems were not as easy to manuever with the drill bit. I played around with them and realized I could just put the bottom hole on top of the stem beneath it and hot glue those suckers. So no dowel needed!
The next step was painting on the house numbers. I know my own limits - freehand lettering/drawing is not one of my gifts in life. So I printed out three numbers in 100 point font. I don't really remember the size, but I just kept increasing the font size until each number filled a page.
You can see the number 4 lightly drawn in pencil on the top pumpkin. It was then I discovered that I, in fact, did NOT have any black acrylic paint. So after a quick trip to Walmart, I painted each pumpkin in the stenciled number. I really glooped it on there. That's a technical term for really really thick paint. I wanted it to be visible from fairly far away, so glooping it was a must.
After the paint was dry, it was time for assembly! Hot glue!
I started with some floral foam in the bottom of the bucket.
I hot glued leaves and moss around the perimeter, then just placed the pumpkins and glued them in place. Keep in mind, floral foam does not hold up super well to hot glue. So just be careful you don't melt away all the foam, but also that you don't burn your fingerprints off when you push leaves into the glue.
So here is the finished product! I glued some moss around the leaves and even in beween each pumpkin.
And here it is adorning the front of our house!
I put this wooden sign we have in the bucket as well.
I think it turned out super cute! I'm really proud of myself for actually completing a craft. And the fact that it is adorable is just the stem on my pumpkin, so to speak... The whole thing took me about two hours, including that extra Walmart trip and playing around with it to see what exactly would work for construction.
Happy July Blog Hop! Every month, Papertrey Ink hosts a blog hop for its customers. This month there is an inspiration photo:
Here is my card:
I used PTI Daydreamer for the sentiment. I masked that off, then started stamping flowers around it. I used mostly images from Rosie Posie. THe small flowers (that basically look like dots) are from various other sets, like Botanical Silhouettes. I masked off the flowers, then filled in leaves, mostly from Turning a New Leaf. I used colored pencils and gamsol to give the leaves some dimension.
I made a whole set of these cards using the various sentiments in Daydreamer. They all use different PTI color combinations. I will be sharing more in the next few days. I love the way the whole set turned out!
Papertrey Ink's Stamp a Faire event starts tonight! I have packed up just about all my PTI gear and am taking a road trip to northern VA to meet up with a bunch of other stampers for a craft day tomorrow. These photos are what the back of my car looks like right now.
Since I'll be leaving at like 2 am, I packed it all up tonight.
And, of course, there is Bailey wondering where I think I'm going without her. Don't worry, she will be spending the day with her aunt Cesca and best doggie friend Captain.
Can't wait to see everyone tomorrow!
I've become a frequent visitor to our local library lately. I'm usually an instant gratification type of person, and having to wait for books is not really in my nature. However, spending 50 cents (my library charges for holds) instead of $12.99 for a brand new book is much more in my budget these days. So I've been catching up on some of the books I've made note of over the past several years.
One of those books is A Stolen Life, a memoir by Jaycee Lee Dugard. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 at age 11 and kept in captivity for 18 years before being reunited with her family.
The book was interesting. I know that's a bad descriptive word. She obviously talked a lot about her time with the Garridos. And of course the horrible acts that Phillip Garrido did to her. But it was very clinical and matter of fact. When it was happening, she didn't know why or even really what those acts were. It seems like her emotional growth stopped when she was taken, at age 11.
The book jumped around quite a bit, meaning she would explain events, but couldn't really put them into a concrete time frame or order. Which is totally understandable. Hell, I can't remember the specifics of things from when I was 12 or 13 or even 25. But the editor did a good job of keeping as much order as possible.
What I did like about the book were the 'Reflections' after every chapter or two. The 30 year old Jaycee would reflect on the events discussed in that chapter and how she sees them now. She seems to understand that things happened the way they did and there is no changing that. Let's deal with it and move on.
What was tough to get through was the sense that this book was written by a child. It seems like her growth has been very much stunted. Which is to be expected, I'm sure. It also seemed like she was detached from the details, like they happened to someone else.
Overall, it's a fascinating story with a reasonably happy ending. Happy in that she escapes these people that were so horrible to her, but reasonably in that the toll it has taken on her emotionally, physically, and psychologically will likely last her entire life. As well as into the lives of her daughters.
This card is for my dad's birthday, at the end of June. Hard for me to believe that my dad is 64! Is it just me, or is it weirder to say the ages of the people you love than your own age? Like I feel fine being 33 but saying my sister is 38 or my dad is 64 sounds so strange! I guess people just have an eternal age in my mind. I could easily say my grandmother is 58, even though she's 85. I don't know, I'm weird.
Anyway! Onto the card. My parents have recently become horse owners. My dad really seems to enjoy it. I used this horse stamp from Hero Arts on kraft cardstock. I seem to go to this blue/orange/kraft color combo for many masculine cards. Or some variation of that.
I also used the MFT grass die. Horses hang out in the grass, right? I used some Distress Inks to give the grass some depth.
That's it for today! Have a great holiday!
This is a quick little card for my nephew's 5th birthday. This is the first time I've used the Movers and Shakers dies, it was really pretty easy! I was debating adding something along the bottom of the card to simulate water, but that never really works out for me, so I stuck with the cloud paper.
Thanks for looking!
Stamps are PTI Boy Basics: Frog Hop. Letters are PTI dies as well.