Monday, November 28, 2011

Learning to Sew

On Sunday I used a GROUPON {love groupon!} to a small business in O'Fallon called DIYStyle.

We took a 2 hour sew class to learn the basics and I cannot wait to use my skills basic knowledge. It was a lot of fun and I feel very domestic today.

I use to know how to sew. When I was in fourth grade, my parents worked and in between all the summer activities I signed myself up for, I would do crafts..lots and lots of crafts to keep myself busy.
I learned to sew and made scrunchies :) and sold them at softball games and craft fairs and donated the money to the library.  {My mother in exchange donated all of the supplies that kept me busy, and I was not a cheap-and-cheerful crafter - opps!}

I think I am getting a sewing machine for my birthday! I love learning life's skills basic knowledge.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

23 Adult Truths - if you need a good laugh!

I follow the blog BatesHook.

I really enjoyed this post today and thought I would share.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Resume and References...the search begins

On Thanksgiving I updated my resume and cover letter and applied for jobs for the first time in my life. 
I am optimistic that I will find something out there that is right for me! 

It took me about 4 hours to get it done and about 4 months to get it started but I am officially applying for JOBS!

Here are a few words of wisdom I am using on my journey! 

Wish me luck!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Flashback Friday - Old friends

This past week I had happy hour with 3 good "old" friends, Leanne, Kelly, and Erica! I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants! We spent about 3 hours telling new and old stories, it was one of those nights that just does not come often enough!

Leanne and I going to our Sophomore formal

Leanne and I sophomore year at a Drury Sig Pi and DZ exchange

Erika and I

Kelly and I in Vegas!

Erika and I at Mardi Gras in 2007!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday - Happy thankgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

I am thankful for:
  • My husband and that everyday we grow closer together and become better friends
  • My inlaws! God is making up for the lack of normal people in my family by giving me my in-laws :)
  • My friends that I truly care for like family!
  • My job {even though I do not love it - at least I have one!}
  • This Blog - for being more therapy than I ever thought it could be! 
Best wishes to all! 

PS I am going Black Friday shopping for the first time ever tomorrow! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Evans Wedding

Last weekend one of our friend's got married in St. Louis and here are a few pics from their nuptials! It was so nice to see old friends!

I love watching brides laugh- I could not stop laughing on my big day!

Wes, my husband, was a reader

Good times with great friends

Dancing the night away!

Best picture of me and the hubby in a while!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Feel the Love

I knew 2011 would be difficult when my dad died 13 days in {January 13, 2011}.  I tried to embrace that was hopefully the lowest my year could be and figured it could only go up from there.  But I never really expected it to be this filled with happiness and love.

On Friday, November 18 I was asked a very important question by one of my best friends, Jen. She asked me to be her Matron of Honor. And boy and I am honored.

Jen was my Maid of Honor in 2009. Jen and I were on our executive board of our sorority together in 2005{President and Vice President}, and have been so close ever since. I am glad that over the last 2 years that our friendship has endured distance (she moved to Chicago 2 weeks before my wedding), death (she surprised me and flew in for my father's funeral in January for like 12 hours! What an awesome friend! I was amazed and I will always be touched that she did that!), jobs (she is so motivated - works all the time like me and is in China at least 4 times a year!) and so on.  On September 2, 2012 I am so happy to be able to stand next to here as she enters the next "phase" of her life.

On Tuesday August 9, 2011 I went to the Muny {for the first time} to see Bye, Bye Birdie. Before we went in my other dear friend, Karli asked me an important question as well.  She asked me to be her Matron of Honor. This was the second time I was ever asked to be in someone's wedding and I was shocked and honored! Karli and I went to high school together but were not friends until we were in our sorority together. I was president in 2005 and she was president in 2007, and that is just the start of our similarities :)! I see Karli more than any of my friends. I am lucky to see her as much as do considering she lives an hour from me. Her dad passed away unexpectedly on October 3, 2011 {one more thing we have in common}. She was literally with me the entire funeral and I never expected to do the same for her 10 months later.  On June 9, 2012 I get to stand by her side on her BIG day as well!

Wedding parties are one of those difficult decisions where you both feel the luck and burden to pick/rate your friends publicly. For that reason and many more I am so touched to be publicly chosen to stand by these women.  They are both some of the best people I know and I love them as sisters. They are my family.  They have been there for me on the best and worst days of my life and I know they will be for many more to come!

Jen And I 

Karli and I 

Crafting and cutting

A few years back I bough a cricut cutter to cut vinyl and scrapbook paper.  
{I do not scrapbook}.
3 years later I never use it because we have a professional cutter at work, 
that is easier to maneuver.

These are some of the cutters on the market, the retail price and the specs:
This may be helpful to any crafters out there! 

  • Cricut Expressions Machine - the one I have.  About $250 retail ( I bough a package online.) The idea is to buy themed cartridges to cut different fonts and designs.  There is a program called SurCutsALot that basically Hacks that idea and lets you almost anything. But since a lawsuit it works with all the other cutter but this ones now.

  • Silhouette Cameo - Retail $300. The Silhouette is an electronic cutting tool for personal use. It connects to your computer just like a printer, but instead of printing designs it cuts them with a small blade. With the machine connected to your computer, you'll get access to all of the fonts on your PC plus the thousands of cuttable designs found on the Silhouette Online Store.

  • BossKut Gazelle - Retail $529 The Gazelle will cut 12" media. It's software is easy to use and designed especially for the scrapbooker with the features that all the crafters want.  500 g of pressure. Cuts cardstock, glitter paper, chipboard, balsa wood, foam, Grafix plastic
  • Craftwell Cutters - Retail $250 The first and only electronic cutter that allows you to cut without a mat!I
    ts ease of use combined with advanced technology makes the eCraft the perfect cutting system for all consumers- beginner to expert. It is ideal for scrapbooking, banners, paper crafting, card making, fashion designing, home decor, and so much more.The eCraft's unique design and paper feeder system make it easy to cut materials automatically, without the use of a cutting mat. Use the Paper Tray to stack multiple sheets at a time, or use the Roller to cut 12" by ANY length.The eCraft is ultra slim, and its lightweight design and onboard storage compartment let you take it anywhere. Use it on its own with SD Image Cards, or attached to a computer with the eCraftshop Design Software that comes in the box! With the large selection of fonts, shapes and designs, anyone can be an expert in minutes. Making great looking projects has never been easier!
  • Pazzle Inspiration - Retail $600.
    The Pazzles Inspiration® is a premium personal electronic cutting system that lets you unlock your creative potential. Discover the freedom of being able to create and cut any design or font, or even use and modify premade designs to fit your needs!The Inspiration Creative Cutter® connects to your computer similar to a printer but instead of printing the Inspiration uses a small blade to cut any font or design, including designs you have created, in sizes as small as 1/8” all the way up to 12”x24”. Cut a variety of materials including paper, chipboard, and fabric or go even farther with added tools to draw, engrave, emboss, distress, and pierce!
  • USCutter - starting at $179. These machines are a lot like the ones I use at work.  
    Mainly for vinyl only.
    Includes USB and works with Flexi and other popular software through standard Roland PNC1000 drivers. Includes a 1 year license for SignCut Productivity Pro, a versatile cutting software . SignCut Productivity Pro is cutting software and not design software, it works in conjunction with a variety of popular design platforms, including Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, and the FREE design program InkScape. This cutter is also compatible with SignBlazer Elements cutting software, available as a free download from the support section of USCutter's website.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Boots with the FUR!

I had to share because they are so cute and ready for winter.
This is Haley, one of best friends' daughter with her Boots with the FUR!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Flashback Friday - Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving last year was especially awesome because my father had been in the hospital for almost 2 months - barely lived and made it to Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years before passing.

We gathered at my grandmother "old" victorian house {she does not live there - her antiques do} for the first time as a family since I was about 2 years old.

Ordered food from Bob Evans so we did not have to cook - and spent the evening telling stories and looking at antiques. It was very nice and we all knew it was our last like that so it was also bittersweet.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday - Potential

"Continuous effort - 
not strength or intelligence - 
is the key to unlocking our potential."
Winston Churchill

This past week I have had 4 separate encounters with close friends that all have told me that they think I have a lot to offer a company and I they do not feel like I am living up to my POTENTIAL. I think this sums up where how I am feeling these day as well. 
I am a worker - I LOVE to work, and it makes me so much of who I am. These days I am on auto-pilot. Meet clients - return emails - repeat. 

I was born to manage. To strategic plan. To set goals and achieve them.
And each and every day I miss this as much as I would miss
 water or food if I was without them.

"The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential
When you do what you do best, 
you are helping not only yourself,
 but the world." 
Roger Williams

So here is my personal action plan: 
I would like to have all of this done by the new year.
  1. Update my resume and my references
  2. Contact a recruiting firm
  3. Start apply for positions I have found
  4. Don't give up
  5. Work on a business plan - for (if nothing else) the fun of it
Wish me Luck! 
I am going to need it!

Another find!

I found another bag! I am not getting this one because I already got the other fabulous {and cheaper} one.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Its Tea Time!

Everyday I start my day with a tea {no longer a coffee drinker for a year or so - on occasion I will get a latte when I am meeting clients}. Last year I got hooked on Teavana! It is amazing and now I cannot go back to Lipton ever again.

The Tea Bar :)
I put the tea and the labels in containers from Hobby Lobby
I got them half off so they were only $1!
I got this Hot Shot from my boss in Grad School because I used it everyday and she never did!
Next you scoop out a teaspoon of a tea
Then I use the Teavana Perfectea Maker - so easy

Fill with hot water.
Steep for as long as the label says for that tea -
for example most green teas are 30 seconds to 1 minute while Oolong is about 3 minutes. Steeping too long or not long enough really effects the taste.
Then you sit the tea maker on your cup and it drains the tea and voila you dump the leaves
SO EASY and easy to clean up!

Then I add my precious Splenda

And that is my perfect morning!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fall is hear - my first wreath

Using Pinterest I have saved a years worth of wreath ideas and did my first one the other day. Simple foam circle, a set of leaves, a letter A, ribbon, glue gun, and some paint. It took about 20 minutes and I am so excited to hang up my very first wreath!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

How to - Hang a picture

Hanging pictures can be a pain! I am very impatient when it comes to hanging things up and getting them where you want them straight.

I have been using the technique for years and it really works!

Start with paper, a pencil, and tape.
Put the paper on the back of frame and mark where the nail would go.
Tape the papers on the wall where you want them.
Put the nail through the marked spots.
Hang photos!

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