Project Life: Week 6

Week 6 and I’m pretty impressed with myself having stuck with ANYTHING this long!  I didn’t do a very good job remembering to take photos throughout the week but the weekend, as usual, provides good material.  If there weren’t weekends, this project would just be about displaying pretty paper… which, I’d actually like in a strange way.


I digress…

1 I stuck with my usual date card added a journal-rundown of the events of the week and took advantage of my lack of photos to include two uninterrupted 3×4 cards from the Seafoam Collection.


I took advantage of a wide shot of Sharayah’s encounter with two sandhill cranes in Grandma’s front yard to stretch across the four 3×4 slots and I embellished some Seafoam paper with black chevron washi and added a label for a little text. 3

and that’s pretty much it…. 4 Not a whole like to write home about but that’s okay… some weeks are like that!

5 Overall, this has been about giving myself permission to keep things simple and reminding myself to just ENJOY the process…

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My “Go To” Blanket Pattern

I knit… a lot.  Certain things bring on the compulsion, especially hearing about a new baby on the way.  I think every knitter has a “go to” blanket pattern for such occasions and this one is mine.  I love it because it looks fancy but it’s so easy.  Thank you Joann’s and your tear sheet patterns!



I love Love LOVE it!  I’ve made it several times after this first one and so when I decided to make a throw for myself I knew just the pattern to use.

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It’s easy to switch up for different types of yarn and gauges.  Give it a try!

You can download the PDF of the pattern HERE.

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Mini Valentine

I love Bananafishstudio a little too much.  This shop alone could annihilate my checking account. The freebies, though, make me happier than Christopher Columbus in a speed boat (name that commercial!)  So, when this free printable showed up in my Google Reader I couldn’t wait to make one. 



I won’t go into assembly details because they are all here, but it was EASY!  Print, cut, glue, then fill it up!



The only additional step I took was to hole punch the front and back covers to run some baker’s twine through to be able to tie the book shut.

What do you think?  Cute or what!?  I love this as an alternative to a traditional card and Sharayah seemed to love it… especially the animal pics 🙂

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Ombre Paint Chip Art

I’ve got to admit, all this “paint chip” art leaves me with mixed feelings.  I can’t help but blaming these crafters for the future when I’ll have to pay for paint chips for an ACTUAL PAINTING PROJECT…


when I was cleaning up the office I found this stack of paint chips I’d picked up to test out office colors.   It seemed like a waste to just throw them away so an impromptu project was born and my judgmental side received a little stab of conviction.

1All I did was grab the closest punch and went to town, working from the darkest cards to the lightest to create the gradient effect.  I thought about making it 3D with the butterfly wings bent but went the lazy route and used ye olde glue stick to fix them to white cardstock, cropped to 8×10.

2Then into a dollar store frame it went and up on the wall on an existing nail… because I’m a planner like that.


I don’t love the frame but I do love that this project was completely free.  Maybe I’ll go back and hit the frame with some spray paint for a pop of color.  We shall see.

So there it is.  I can no longer be outspokenly judgmental of paint chip crafters.  Darn you Pinterest.

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Project Life: Week 5

The fact that it’s February already is sort of blowing my mind.  I’m still waiting for winter to show up here in Florida but it looks like we’ve been skipped all together this year.  The skies do get amazing with this type of weather, though, so I can’t complain much.


1Again, a simple title card and lots of Martha Stewart labels wrapped around edges.  I’ve started stamping on cardstock then cutting out the shape to add a bit more embellishments to my photos.  On the bottom, I let the pinwheel card show through from the week prior and used a 3×4 card for some journaling.  The bottom right is a photo of a million and one freaky little birds that were swarming outside my office window. It was straight out of a Hitchcock movie.

2The second page was pretty much devoted to our Third Annual Friendsgiving a.k.a. “we are too busy to see each other during the holidays so let’s do something in February when the thought of Thanksgiving food sounds good again and we aren’t so busy.”

3I couldn’t resist adding some bakers twine to this cute little card…

4I’m really loving the look of photos cropped down and layered over a background card.  These are cropped to 2.5” square.  A little washi holds them in place and helps me justify the rolls and rolls of tape I’ve accumulated.

5I took a screen clip of the evite we used for our dinner and cut it to fit the four 3×4 slots across the middle (throwing a snapshot in for good measure).

6Why did I include three pictures of the same turkey? Well, you see, every gathering we have turns into an instagram challenge.  I’m not sure how this got started but two of my friends in particular are pretty competitive so these were the three “entries.”  I love that I caught one friend in the act, lining up a shot!

7 How is your February shaping up?  Freezing off your tail feather?  Pull the flip flops back out?

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Project Life: Week 4

Four weeks into the new year and I’m totally into this project.  So far I’ve realized that it’s helping me to remember all this little moments.  This week was low on the photo front but I still managed to snap a few of my favorite things: good coffee, knitting, cocktails, hibiscus and drives in the country with my window down.




I’ve taken to keeping the week’s “title” card fairly simple with a little embellishment and  the date range stamped out.  The “today is good card is the backside of a card I used in the prior week.  Love that they are two sided!2Again, just keeping it simple, a few shots from a weekend drive and a bit of journaling.  The “drive on” was just me doodling but I decided to cut it down to fit across the 3x4s.

3Knitting, washi tape AND my favorite stamp?  This was easily my favorite part of this spread.

4  and I really liked how this turned out with the rest of the Martha Stewart label wrapped around the side (I wrote on the label on the reverse of this card last week).  I just did a simple mat under the 3×3 photo to make is stand out a bit more.  I love how the flower matches the paper.  6

These pinwheel cards are so fun!  I decided to include a bit of journaling as well.

5 So there you have it!  Week 4 in Project Life!

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Turn on your heartlight…

I may or may not be quoting the Neil Diamond song, but this project has a little sparkle with or without the Diamond.  It all started with a random branch that my aunt and cousin spray painted in my grandma’s backyard while using gold paint for homemade Valentine’s presents.

I liked the branch so much I brought it home, scheming to make some kind of mobile out of it.  Enter a few dozen hearts hand cut out of glitter scrapbook paper.

1 Then I just poked small holes and used fishing line to attach the hearts to the branches at different lengths.  (This was the point were my poor friend stood holding the branch up while i tied and tied and tied… she’s a trooper!)

3And a little bit more fishing line had the bad boy handing from the chandelier


I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!  It’s hard to tell from these pictures but there is a nice sparkle to it.


and it really cheered up the place after I took down all the Christmas decorations (yes I JUST took them down!)


I have a feeling that this will be up way past Valentines Day!

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