Monday, November 22, 2010

Silhouette Electronic Cutter Giveaway

I would love to have one of these awesome machines. Hook it right up to your computer, and cut anything. Plus the Silhouette Store has lots of fabulous designs for pretty cheap you can download and cut to your hearts content! Home decor, cards, scrapbook pages, and lots lots more!

To enter the giveaway, visit Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick and she'll give you all the details. Good luck!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Links

I am almost done with a project that I want to show you but I've decided to spend a lazy Friday morning (before my afternoon craziness) catching up on random blogs I follow and thought I'd pass along some great links. Enjoy!

* I love surrounding myself with quotes.
* I think I may have to scraplift this layout. Except without the cat. :)
* Found this great technique for mirroring any stamped image.
* I would love to do this to my washer and dryer.
* Brooke makes this look easy.
* This would be fun for teacher or neighbor gifts.

And finally,

* If you like to laugh, go here and here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Time to Simplify....

If you dared to wade through this post, you know I've had a little nagging voice at the back of my head for the last couple of months telling me I need to shift priorities. To simplify my life and get back to the basics. I listen for about 2 seconds then push it back in my head and go back to "life as we know it". This past weekend, that little voice became a BIG voice in the form of misplaced ribs and inflamed muscles in my back. OUCH!! I've been living on Advil, Tylenol and hot/cold packs since Sunday morning. Thankfully, I have a friend who is a Massage Therapist who worked on me for an hour last night and she referred me to a great Chiropractor who will see me tomorrow morning. I guess it's time to really pay attention to the voice. Stress really does have a way of manifesting physically when you don't take care of it, doesn't it?

So. I'm simplifying. I'm working on whittling away the life-clutter that I've loved but that has taken my focus away from what matters most to family.

One thing that is not so concrete and will be a little (or a lot) challenging is learning to use the word 'No'. But I need to focus on being picky about what I allow to occupy my time.

One of the more concrete things I can do is to discontinue my Stampin' Up! demonstratorship. I still LOVE, LOVE SU!. I always will. But trying to round up workshops, clubs, ideas, etc. is more than my not-so-little body can handle now. I'm pretty sure I will still be "current" until the end of March because of the way SU! runs things but I won't be actively advertising. I won't, however, turn down orders if they happen to come my way until that time. I'm stressed, not stupid. ;)

I still will also be holding card classes in my home, but not as often as I have been. Probably only 3 or 4 times a year. Yes. That's more do-able. And I'll be able to use the non-SU! supplies I already have in my stash which will decrease my monthly out-of-pocket expenses, which is another thing I need to simplify.

Now, I will still be crafting & posting my craft projects occasionally, but it will be on my time and not because I need to get ready/advertise for a class or club and will be when I really feel the inspiration to craft something. Because, seriously now. I can't totally get rid of my crafting/paper crafting hobby. I love it way too much!

Whew. I think I feel those back muscles loosening up a tiny bit already. :)

If you've had the same thoughts as I have and you've been simplifying your life as a result, please leave me a comment! I NEED to not feel alone in this. I NEED to hear what things you are eliminating to help you live a simple but rich life!