I slacked off…

and made a card today. :)

I used papers from the July card kit from SimonSaysStamp.com and some random embellishments that I had stashed in the single craft box I’ve unpacked.  The flowers are from Recollection, the ribbon is just the Michael’s satin stuff, and the letter stickers are…Doodlebug? I think?

For the inside of the card, I used one of the stamps from the kit.  It says “you are absolutely DELIGHTFUL” and I heart it tons. The mat paper is from the kit, but the pink layer on top is from some random pink card stock. No clue where I got it… The edges are inked with distress inks. I’m not entirely pleased with how it came out, but I think it’ll do!


We’re moved.

The move has been completed. We hand in the keys to the old place tomorrow and all that’s left to do at the new place is some unpacking of odds & ends.  Ok, it’s a lot of odds & ends, and we’re not unpacking the decorative stuff until our new sofa and entertainment center have arrived.  So it’ll still be a while before we can say we’re through and settled, but at least we’re HERE!

The new place is awesome. It’s a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment with all rooms on one floor. The building has elevators so getting around is a lot easier for me. I have a parking spot right next to the elevator and our apartment is fairly close to it as well, so it works nicely.  Also, we’re on the 1st floor (though not at ground level, since the garage is underground plus half a floor), so we can play with the dogs at night without worrying about our downstairs neighbors being bothered…because there are no downstairs neighbors! That also means we can do laundry and run the dishwasher whenever we need to.

The dogs have already settled in nicely and they loooove the place.  Recon is so much more relaxed and Sage is doing what Sage always does…sleep a lot and antagonize Recon when she’s awake. ;)

Geekling is another story.  All this disruption plus some pretty brutal teething has set him on edge and he’s just not sure which way to go or what to do or how to do it.

The most epic of all epic things, though, is that the day we moved into the apartment, Geekling learned to WALK!  It’s pretty awesome. :)



I’ve been avoiding packing boxes and instead of doing that or napping while the baby naps, I made cards.  The first one took me about 30 minutes; I got the June card kit from SimonSaysStamp.com and had to try out the papers and embellishments that came.  It was fun!

Everything used was from the card kit except the white faux stitching (Sigmo White Gel Pen) and the kraft base under the banners (I believe it’s just Kraft paper from Michael’s…can’t remember).

Obviously there’s still a half ton of supplies left, so I’ll be making quite a few cards or perhaps using some of the bits and pieces on a layout or two.  I’m pleased so far, and I really want to see the July kit!

I like this 2nd card better, to be honest.  The colors are bright and it was just a ton of fun to make – easy peasy, too. The square focal image in the middle is done with various brands of Washi (or Washi style) tape – some are Target, some are Trendy Tape, and I think one is something else, but I can’t remember…hrm.

Anyhow! It’s just a 3″ x 3″ square mounted on a little black card stock and popped up on foam adhesive. The sentiment is from the Michael’s dollar bin…as is the flower embellishment in the middle.  The twine is doodlebug from SimonSaysStamp and the base is plain white Bazzil cardstock.

And now…I think I’d better go clean the kitchen or make some boxes pack themselves. ;)


Pinterest & FlyLady

I’ve been finding a ton of neat stuff on Pinterest to help with organization.  Currently I’m looking for stuff that will go into a binder to help us with daily tasks. We’re also working on getting up earlier in the morning, but that’s SO HARD when we sometimes don’t get to go to sleep til midnight. It just seems like there’s always a ton that needs to be done at the last minute.

I know a lot of this has to do with lack of organization and extreme procrastination, but making the leap from lazy to living is proving harder than we anticipated.

The good news is, we get to start with a blank slate at this new apartment.  Everything is going to have a place…and everything will be IN that place.  Because of that, I’ve shifted gears a little… We’re still trying to change habits day by day, but I’m not getting fussed if we miss a step or two.

I’ve purchased several plastic over-the-door shoe organizers for the purpose of sorting cleaning things and keeping small nitpick stuff all tidy and together.  One (that we already have) goes on the back of Geekling’s door; It contains extra diaper creams, his babylegs, a few cloth diapering necessities, his baby shot record, baby tweezers and combs and nail clippers..you know, baby stuffs! All kinds of little fiddly bits that I want to be able to see at a glance rather than have to dig in a bin or drawer.

The two that I’ve purchased most recently are going on the back of our closet door and the back of the laundry room/pantry door.  I’m fairly certain I’m also going to get another for one of the closet doors for holding extra cleaning things.  I’m not certain about that, though, so I only ordered the two for now.

I also need to figure out just exactly where everything is going in the new house.  There’s a half ton of closets in this place: I think 3 coat closets plus closets in each bedroom, plus a storage closet outside on one of the balconies…so, yeah, lots of storage space.  We’ve got the storage unit but I’m really hoping to cut down on our junk so that the storage unit is just not necessary.  I guess it’s taking the place of our garage for now, since we planned on buying a house and HAVING a garage.  I envy those of you with enough space to store holiday decorations year round. :(

Annnnyway. Pinterest and FlyLady.net

Pinterest is useful, and FlyLady.net is getting me off my tush. Hopefully we’ll continue the trend….


I sat down at my craft desk yesterday and looked at my supplies for about 30 seconds…. then got up and went to pack more boxes.  I’m so stressed about this move that I can’t even force myself to take 30 minutes to put together a quick card or layout.

It’s going to be so incredibly wonderful to be in he new place and settled for a while.  I want to just be able to enjoy life as a family rather than house hunting continuously and fussing about not having room for things and yada yada yada.


July 6th we take possession of the apartment. July 7th the movers come. By July 8th we should have all our stuff in the new place and everything will begin to settle down.

My friend Amy & and I are planning on joining a gym together.  We’re also doing a massage/spa day at a local place about a week after the move. I’m also hoping to convince her to start going to kiddie events with me. My goal is to get fit, get active, and get involved. I don’t want Logan just sitting at home all day every day staring at the walls.  This is going to require me being a social creature for a while, I think…so I might as well drag Amy along so she can be miserable with me! ;)

And now, I have to go figure out why my son is talking to himself instead of napping.