I am always intrigued by journaling, more specifically art journaling. I have always thought I was best at mixed media type of projects, so art journaling is right up my alley.

This is what it looks like when you Google Image search "art journaling." Awesome, isn't it?

At present, I don't have time to sit down and create an art journal, so I thought I would start journaling here every once in awhile. Sometimes, I just need to get my thoughts out of my brain to clear my head. So here it goes:

Currently, I am...

Loving: my new apartment

Needing: to unpack and decorate said apartment

Wanting: a nap and a massage

Reading: nothing, any suggestions?

I got the inspiration for this post from Jill, a woman I follow on Pinterest. Check out her Writing/Journal Ideas board for lots of writing prompts and journaling ideas!


Friday Update

I don't know about you all, but I have been BUSY lately. There are lots of fun, exciting things going on in my world, like moving into a new, bigger apartment this weekend, trying out for an NFL Cheerleading squad in a mere 3 weeks, wrapping up my third graduate class, AND taking part in a blog hop hosted by Nancy Zieman!

Today, you can see me over at Totally Stitchin' where I talk about my experience with the Trace N' Create Template- Nancy's Hobo Tote Collection. Check out what I have to say!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!


My Loves

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I like to think that people celebrate this day by showing everyone they love, not just a significant other,  just how special they are. In honor of that sentiment, I put together a collage of those I love most:

I love this quote from Rumi. My true loves start with the people in my life, so I thought it was fitting :)


So What! Wednesday

I am participating in a new-to-me link party with Shannon of Life After I "Dew" called "So What! Wednesday." Sometimes you just gotta let it go, right?

  • I get the keys to my new apartment on Friday and haven't packed one box yet.
  • A seam ripped while I was washing up my very first quilt. I can fix it (I think)!
  • I don't have a fancy camera to take pictures of my projects. I never said photography was my specialty. Although, I do have my eye on this bad boy!
  • Valentine's Day is tomorrow and I haven't gotten Kyra a card yet. 

So What Wednesday


The Inspiration Board

The Inspiration Board, a new online app from I Heart Naptime launched yesterday, and it is so fun to play with! Here's how it works:

  • Create a virtual inspiration board.
  • Upload images that you want to add to your board.
  • Personalize it with built-in goodies: text, washi tape, backgrounds, frames, etc.
  • After you're all done, you can save it, print it, share it, etc.

To celebrate the launch of The Inspiration Board, I Heart Naptime is having a huge giveaway with prizes for all different kinds of boards. Learn more here.

For my first board, I put together inspiration for my dream craft space. Take a look:

What do you think? What else should be included in the ideal craft space?


More About Me Monday #8

1. I'm generally always sleepy. Basically, I am always down for a nap, and I kick myself now for hating them when I was little.

2. I always have like 5 DIY projects going on at the same time. Here's what I have in the works right now:

  • Puzzles for my niece & nephew for VDay
  • A stitched gift for Kyra for VDay
  • Slipcovers for my couches
  • Sewing a hobo bag from a pattern I recently received
  • A storage bin
  • Finishing a flip flop wreath for my Mom
The list of things that I would like to make is even longer. Sometimes, it's craziness going on in my head :)

3. Speaking of craziness going on in my head, I have anxiety. It's a chemical imbalance in my brainz. Nothing more, nothing less. I wish there wasn't such a stigma associated with mental illness, but that's another post for another day.

4. I looooove beauty products. If you didn't catch it, check out my "What's in my Makeup Bag?" post. It explains a lot.

Also, I am typically the go-to hair and makeup girl amongst my friends. It comes from years of doing my hair and makeup for dance performances. (It also helps that my bff Andrea is a cosmetologist!)

5. I heart baseball. I was on Tiger Crew, the marketing group for the Missouri Baseball Team, while I was at Mizzou. And, the St. Louis Cardinals are my absolute favorite!

Tiger Crew Throw Back Pic. Can you find me?


Birthday Surprise!

Kyra's birthday was this week, and he asked for money. Let me 'splain. Kyra is a personal trainer, and he wants to get another certification that will help him train athletes. In order to get this certification, he has to drop over $500 on study materials and the test itself.

At first, I was like, "Money? How boring!" But, I wanted to give him what he wanted and it made sense that he wanted some extra cash to help pay for his certification. I couldn't just put money in a card though, so I added a little creativity!

Here's what I did:

1. Breakfast & a Card with $

On special occasions, like birthdays, last days of school, holidays, etc., we always start with a special breakfast. Kyra regularly wants steak and eggs, but I can't cook steak, so I turned to Panera. Enter their Steak & Egg Sandwich on a bagel!

2. 43 Reasons Why I Love Kyra

It was Kyra's 43rd birthday (SHH! Don't tell him I told you!), so I cut 43 strips of colorful paper and wrote a reason why I loved him on each one. Then, I taped each reason to a dollar bill and wrapped it up in a box. I left this one in his car, so he would be surprised when he left for the day!

3. A Cupcake & a Card with $

I stopped by Jilly's, a local gourmet cupcake bar, on my way home from work and got him a chocolatey, peanut buttery slice of heaven.

4. Stitched Instagram Collage

I got some of our Instagrams printed and put together this little collage to give him at his birthday dinner. It turned out exactly how I wanted it to, and he loved it! To finish off the money train, I taped a $50 bill to the back of the frame.

I am working on putting together a tutorial for this Stitched Instagram Collage, so keep your eyes open in the next couple of days!

Kyra's birthday was wonderful! I love giving gifts, and he happily received the things I offered :) I think my favorite thing though about what I did is that it lasted throughout the whole day. I l.o.v.e birthdays and think that they should be celebrated ALL DAY!

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