I'm a hot mess right now

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This is pretty much what my brain looks like.

Kinda beautiful and interesting…but just a jumble.

I've been trying to get so many things done, but I just can't seem to focus.

Do you ever feel like that?


Blogoversary 2017

It seems fitting that I I'm in the process of restarted this blog and that today is the anniversary of when I started so many years ago.

I have decided that this will be more of an 'old school' blog. More about sharing my thoughts, sharing my craft and hope that you will join me here to share YOUR thoughts and your crafts.

I'm not so worried about trying to monetize with sponsored posts, I just want to find other crafty people I can connect with and maybe share some experiences with.

I do hope you will join me.


Rabbit holes are dangerous

I've been listening to a lot of Podcasts lately…
Podcasts are my jam-at least they are right now.

I listened to Podcasts years ago—like 10 years ago, after they first came out.
«Maybe that was 20 year? How long have iPods and Podcasts been around?» I hadn't thought about them in quite a while but like 4 months ago, I decided to look and see if they still existed-you just don't hear much about them anymore «at I haven't»

But much to my delight,  they do!
I decided to go looking to see if I could find any on crafting and/or happiness «I'm sure I was feeling particularly low that day» and I came across one by Gretchen Rubin «AKA The Happiness Project lady» which led me down a rabbit hole of other podcasts.

I subscribed to a couple, I did this through Google play «I have an Android phone and wanted to listen there instead of having to downloading/sync to my old school iPod-5th generation». But then, about a month later while at MOPS «Mothers Of Preschoolers» we started talking about Podcasts…I don't even know what led us to that discussion.

One of the other moms «one I adore and admire very much, despite having just met her this year» mentioned the NPR podcast Serial, which I couldn't find on Google Play,

So, back to the land of Apple and iTunes I went. Where I fell DEEP-down another rabbit hole: the NPR rabbit hole.

And then the more I listened to my initial list of podcast, they led me down another rabbit hole.

Man, rabbit holes are dangerous!

I've almost completely abandoned crafting podcasts-they are truly more fitting for YouTube vlogs or video podcasts; this is due to the visual nature of them-which is a completely different rabbit hole/blog post.

So I have made a conscience decision to stick with inspirational: God, life, craft, business themed within' the inspiration realm

I'm loving my new field of podcasts. I'm inspired daily and have been far more productive.
Less time in the TV rabbit hole—this rabbit hole is my comfort zone comfort hole: where I go when I'm too overwhelmed to figure out what to do; too frustrated with my life because I'm so irritated with how things are moving…where I go when I just want to hide.

All those things are within my control—and although I have always known it, I think I have just forgotten about it over the last 5 years with everything that has happened. With marriage and motherhood I have let myself fall into a different rabbit hole…one of depression and an attitude of day-to-day-just-survive. 

Since everyday I want to thrive instead of just survive…Podcasts have become my healthy rabbit hole.

How about you? Are you thriving or surviving?
I hope you're in the thriving camp. If you need a buddy for your thrive journey…

Lets walk this thriving path together.


P.S. Checkout the list of what I'm listening to over in the sidebar
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Summer update

We went and saw Despicable Me 3.

It has been a busy week and a half.

We survived camps.
The Tiger went to girl scout camp—which she LOVED!
We are very lucky to have such an active Girl Scout association in Indiana. There are no less then 8 different state-wide camp locations for girl scouts to attend.
And the Dragon went to half day camp at a local community center—she was not as thrilled with her experience.

We also got through our next adventure—4 days with Glammy and Pap. Which means 4-days of freedom for mom (and dad), except I worked a lot during that time.
What to do?

But I did get to focus on sleep, setting up/cleaning my office, and updating/cleaning out my Etsy shop (which is having it's first sale).

What would you do if you didn't have your kids for 4-days?

And we have just survived Independence Day which was called "The worst day ever!" by the Tiger because she didn't get to stay up late and watch fireworks. Which we did on the 3rd of July. But earlier in the day was called the best day ever because we got to see a long-lost friend.
Can't win for losing can I?

What's next?

Your guess is as good as mine.


A long week and a vinyl haul

My vinyl haul from ExpressionsVinyl.com has been my joy this week.
Honestly, this has been a long week.

Filled with anxiety.

The Tiger's last days of Kindergarten was Wednesday and there was a lot happening around that.
The Boar started a new job and all he wants to do is talk about it at the most inconvenient time.
And the Dragon has been very needy.
And I got some blood test results back.

And nothing I seemed to do this week worked out.

I tried making Milk-Can Supper via Cook's Country.
I love and trust Cook's Country. After seeing that episode a couple months ago, I  knew I wanted to try it. And then I saw the recipe on Pinterest and though that maybe I could adapt it a bit and make it in the InstantPot.

Which would be a nice challenge for someone who has had an InstantPot for ONE WEEK!
But why not?
It's just about adjusting the time and then everything else is pretty much the same, right?

Yes, that is how I rationalized it. I looked up how long to cook potatoes in the pot and called it good!  And it would have worked, everything was cooked properly…however, the flavors just were not there. I was going to document the whole thing and then tell you all about it. However, it's not even worth mentioning beyond these two paragraphs.

And that meal just turned into more fuel for my anxiety flame.

Which is why, instead of starting my friends order for 21 t-shirt Heat Vinyl Transfer's, I shot a video instead. I think I just couldn't take it if one more thing went wrong this week.

But since the video turned out pretty well—except for the lack of solid focus for the first half and the lack of me properly staging my shooting area, and my editing skills in iMovie.

So here's my video «below also», my one thing that «sorta» turned out the way it was supposed to.

I'll try again for something better—this weekend.

My Silhouette Cameo—which is actually such a good deal right now I'm almost considering purchasing a new one. But I will not, because my husband would kill me. Besides, I also have a Silhouette Portrait, how many cutting machines does one person need?
I mean, I don't really need both machines, but…what can I say.
I like gadgets.
And crafting.