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This thing called life….

Captain Obvious…do you know one?

THIS!

This little cartoon cracks me up.  My co-worker / friend made this.  We giggle about it often.  So if you work in a small office I’m sure you feel my pain here.

I never understood the need to point out the obvious.  I mean, I obviously KNOW that I’m making copies etc…  It’s not like I’m standing there asleep unaware of what I’m doing?!

If you’ve been reading my blog over the past 2 years, you have heard me mention that I am a Capricorn.  Capricorns are very serious about their work!  I do not feel the need to fill awkward silence with silly comments.  I don’t mind the silence.  In fact I WELCOME it.  🙂

Do you work with, or know a “Captain Obvious”?  Tell me about in the comments!

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Canvas Painting + Wine

blank….freaks me out

A blank canvas.  This scares me.  A lot.  I sit down in front of one and immediately freak out.  What if I make a mistake?  Can’t I trace it first?  LOL  Thank goodness they encourage bringing your own wine to drink (see mine to the right of my canvas?).  It helps the creative juices flow.

I attended a Canvas Painting workshop recently – it lasted about 2 hours or so.  You probably have heard of these types of things before.  Sometimes you’ll find them in a restaurant/bar area or in a studio like this one.  The Pottery Works in beautiful Lancaster City is where this one was held.  And Lindsay was our instructor!

So there we are…starring at our blank canvas.  The thing I absolutely loved about this class is they walk you through it step-by-step.  No artistic ability is needed – no really! 

step one

First we picked where on the canvas we wanted to start the sunset/sky.  We started with yellow then mixed yellow and red together to get the orange.  The red was last at the very top.

Step two & three

Next we made our setting sun.  I like how there was no real wrong way to do this.  It’s whatever you see in your mind.  You just go with it.  I didn’t like mine at first, but it grew on me.  While the setting sun and sky were drying we went ahead and did the black (ground).  This was the easy part, I couldn’t really mess this part up.  HA!

Step four & five

OK, time to freak out again.  It was time to paint the elephant.  WHAT?!  I can’t draw an elephant.  Oh but I could.  Once again their step-by-step instructions saved me.  And guess what?  I painted the elephant!  Next was the tree, which I painted with no real issues.

step six & finishing touches

I added some finishing touches to my tree then it was time to paint the baby elephant.  UGH here we go again.  But it wasn’t so bad.  I finished it off with some plants and other touch ups; and of course my “ASA” at the top.

I gotta say that this was a really great experience.  I will definitely be going back to paint more pictures.  At the beginning of class they told us that no negativity was allowed.  You were not allowed to criticize your painting (I have to say this was hard not to do – it’s just human nature I think to be your own worst critic).

Have you ever done one of these classes before?  Share your story!

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This is not a sponsored post by The Pottery Works.  I used my own money to pay for the class and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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30 Days of Lists [day 1 & 2]

#30lists Day 1

#30lists Day 2

Hi everyone!  How are your lists going?  I had fun yesterday decorating some pages in my Erin Condren on-the-go notebook.  FUN!!!  So far so good.  Above are day 1 and day 2.

If you are joining me on this journey, leave your blog link below, or your Instagram name so I can check you out!  Have fun!

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PS:  This is not a sponsored post by Erin Condren or 30daysoflists.com  – I used my own money to purchase my On-The-Go Notebook and all accessories for it – all thoughts and opinions are my own!  I love these products so much that I wanted to share with you all.  If you use my Erin Condren referral link (as mentioned above) you will receive $10 off your first purchase and I will also receive $10 on a future purchase.  Happy shopping!

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30 Days of Lists + Erin Condren On-The-Go Notebook

Hi all!  Beginning March 1, 2015 I am participating in “30 Days of Lists”! 

What is THAT?!?  Well it is a month long challenge using prompts to make daily lists.  For me it was a way to get back to my writing and creative side.  I am using my beautiful Erin Condren On-The-Go Notebook.  If you missed my Life Planner post, go here…you don’t want to miss it!  I love all things Erin Condren.

Instead of spamming you with daily posts I thought I would post a weekly re-cap of the previous week lists.

Above is a sneak peek of my cover for March.  Hope you like it!

If you’re interested in participating there is still time!  Just go to 30daysoflists.com for more information!  I hope you’ll join me on this list journey.

If you are new to Erin Condren products and would like a $10 off coupon, please go here.

Stay tuned!
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PS:  This is not a sponsored post by Erin Condren or 30daysoflists.com  – I used my own money to purchase my On-The-Go Notebook and all accessories for it – all thoughts and opinions are my own!  I love these products so much that I wanted to share with you all.  If you use my Erin Condren referral link (as mentioned above) you will receive $10 off your first purchase and I will also receive $10 on a future purchase.  Happy shopping!

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Pink Peppermint Christmas Cookies Recipe

Pink Peppermint Christmas Cookies!

The best part of the cookie exchange was I got to taste these wonderful cookies!  I love chocolate so I was excited!  But to my surprise it had a peppermint flavor to them.  OH YUM!  The tin was adorable too!

Be sure to stop by Midwestern Moms to snag this recipe and pin it for later use!

I will be making these for the upcoming Holiday!

Thank you, Devon!

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OH MY YUM!!! Sugar Cookies

My favorite bloggers and I decided to exchange cookies this year!  This recipe for Sugar Cookies is the one I chose because it is near and dear to my heart.  It’s an old family recipe that has been made by my Mom, Aunt, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and now being made by my Sister and myself!

3 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup butter
1 pint buttermilk
7 cups flour
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 heaping teaspoons baking powder with the flour
4 level teaspoons baking soda in the buttermilk

Cream butter and sugar; add other ingredients and mix well; alternating the flour and milk.  Drop by large tablespoons on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 about 10 minutes (brown around the edges).

Decorate with red and green sugar crystals or frost them after they cool.  YUMMY!

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The Erin Condren Life Planner

So I have taken the plunge.  I did it.  I’ve been looking (drooling) at the Erin Condren life planner for over a year now.  When I was looking for an editorial calendar for my blog I looked at these but couldn’t justify the price for blog use only.  But I came back to them recently and I decided to get one.  Not really for my blog but just for my life in general.  As you can see from the above picture, the presentation of this planner is so pretty!  I love the design of the box and tissue paper inside tells me I’m about to open an awesome product.  The picture on the far left is the cover I chose and my name.  The bands and markers are sold separately.

I’m so glad I did it!  I am in love!  No really…I am.  It sounds strange, but I love all things stationary and this thing is pretty sweet.  It may seem like an ordinary planner but it’s not.

Target has cute stuff for planners!

 I’ve had fun buying things for my planner (don’t tell my husband!).  I’ve found cute stuff at Target, Michael’s, AC Moore and Hobby Lobby.  Etsy shops make cute stickers and accessories too!

My planner buddy is AWESOME!

In the EC (Erin Condren) world of planners, you can join facebook groups.  These women are so creative and I get inspiration from them.  You can also sign up for a planner buddy (like pen-pal in the OLD days LOL).  My planner buddy is from New York and she sent me a box full of goodies!  I was in shock.

My first week with my life planner

There is definitely a technique.  I know this sounds cRaZy to all that do not get the planner thing.  There are so many ways to decorate.  I like to use mine as a creative outlet.  I use the note pages in the back as an art journal.

My favorite song lyrics
My favorite Bible verses
Another picture of my planner – like my OMG sticker?  hehe

My doodle of a girl jumping for joy

So you see, this is more than just a calendar.  I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak in to my life planner!  If you are interested in getting yourself one, use my referral link!  You get $10 off your first purchase and I also get $10 on a future purchase!  SCHWEET!

Click HERE to order one of your own!

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PS:  This is not a sponsored post by Erin Condren – I used my own money to purchase my Life Planner and all accessories for it – all thoughts and opinions are my own!  I love this planner so much that I wanted to share with you all.  If you use my referral link (as mentioned above) you will receive $10 off your first purchase and I will also receive $10 on a future purchase.  Happy shopping!

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