I didn't plan it, I tell ya'. It just happened. It's partly Ashley's fault for talking me into Disney +. Yep, Ashley's fault. I'm going with that.
It was a chilly afternoon when I got home from work and first thing I did was climb into my pajamas and the second thing, I poured myself a cup of hot, salted caramel coffee. And, the third thing I did was to snuggle in under the blankets on the couch. And wouldn't you know it - somehow the remote controls landed on Disney + and even more amazing, when I scrolled to The Mandalorian I was intrigued and hit play.
And, that's my story.
Like everyone else in the known universe, I am hooked - on the Mandalorian and, of course, baby Yoda (The Child).
Today I am sharing a 12 x 12 page I created of three of my grandsons using an assortment of professional photos Ashley had done fairly recently, which I adore. My unwritten goal for scrapbooking this year is to make pages in whatever size I desire and whatever might suit the story, or the design style I am going for.
Another unwritten goal for 2020 is to use my digital stash. I have sooo much digital product! Folders and folders from many different designers. Besides using my digital stash I plan on purging everything I know I won't ever use. Sometimes I purchase a kit and I know I will use 75 percent of the kit - at least I hope to use it - but that other 25 percent needs to be sent to the trash bin. It is freedom. It truly is freeing when I purge those things I don't use, or even like, or it simply isn't my style. It actually motivates me to create. For instance, pattern paper: I will almost always trash big, bold prints because I know I won't use them, and especially won't use them as background paper. However, in this kit, as an example, I kept that pretty flower print with a pink background because I figured it would make beautiful accent paper. I was right!
I also used an older word art brush for the title by Ali Edwards that I acquired probably 6-7 years ago and have kept in my stash. While it is a frequently used folder of word art, it is the using of some of the older pieces, and those kits I've never used, that I hope to change this year. Granted, it is digital product and isn't wasted. It can be used again and again. I have to, first, use the supplies.
And, one of those goals, as I said, is to document what I am reading.
I have chosen a 4 x 8, page-size album by Citrus Twist Kits (probably the Sapphire Blue) using a combination of digital and traditional pages. One of the first pages I wanted to include were the goals. Here I used a mix of Feed Your Craft and Ali Edwards' LIST Story kit, perfect for all sorts of lists including reading goals.
A creative endeavor well outside my normal designing fare. Yet, I adore it. Probably, because I left all the design work to Ali Edwards', using a journal card that I enlarged to 6 x 8, the size of this page, added a photo of Samuel, some journaling using that old-fashioned script font I recently found - and love, a few embellishments: some chipboard words, stars, and numbers, and called it beautiful.
Things that Make Me smile, all these awesome things, a few of my favorite things - about Samuel:
1) The way you scoot your plate to me so I can scoop up your next bite of food, I scoot it back to you and you slide the plate just a bit further away. After you take a bite we do the whole thing over again - and again - until your plate is clean. It's a win-win situation,
2) It's been a long time coming but now it's here. You have figured out how to play by yourself for hours at a time even. You can play LEGOs or pull out your Hot Wheels and once everything is set up you are all set to play.
3) The way you repeat a portion of everyone's sentences in a conversation. To gain understanding? We don't know, but it sure is cute. I am lovin' the awesomeness of having conversations with you, too. You and I are buds, now.
It's been a long time coming but I can finally see the end of having my living room design - finished! After hanging my grandkids photos and several other pieces of word art and art pieces, recently, I realized I have one more piece of furniture, one more painting to re-purpose, and a few décor pieces I'm looking for and then I can call it satisfying. Pretty much loving everything about my living room these days.
Loving cooler temperatures! My body temperature runs seriously hot these days so anytime we find the temperatures hovering in the 40s - 50s with lows in the 30s I say, "Yes!" It has been a freaky winter with January breaking some record high temperatures here in the southeast, reaching into the 80's - in January! So I am thankful for any cooler days when the air and sky are crisp and clear and blue, and the frost blanketing the ground, and the winter breezes a tiny slice of heaven on earth.
Saturday's have become our date night when Jeff started his latest project, downtown Savannah, Riverside, Eastern Wharf, a 22-month job, which means later evenings and even on Friday's he is plumb tired and dates were difficult. So, we pushed them to Saturday's. But, we've had our Saturday breakfast's for some time now and I love these mornings. We recently visited a new-to-us, Funky Brunch Café and will definitely add it to our breakfast rotation of restaurants for breakfast. We don't set our alarm on Saturday's but inevitably, because our bodies won't let us sleep much past 7am, we are up and moving and still eating a fairly early breakfast.
Some other things I am loving right now, are the One Little Word class, my pull cart that I take into work with me that carry's my briefcase, lunch box, and bag, relieving me of the back-breaking carry. Loving that John is in his last semester of Welding and will graduate with all his welding certificates. Loving that small group has started up again after the holiday break and that a couple that had attended, recently returned and they add so much to our group. Loving having an accountability partner for walking more, my reading goals for the year and my book club!
One of my favorite table games has forever been Yahtzee. We have this vintage game box from the 60s that has seen better days, yet it still houses our dice, scorecards, and writing utensils perfectly AND even better, we've enjoyed many a games of Yahtzee. We've had to replace scorecards over the years and we've added to our dice, because we've figured out we can play more games if everyone has their own set of dice. Oh, and I realize the plural of dice is die but I can't stand saying die when referring to dice.
Last summer I introduced Ian and Wyatt to the game, teaching them how to play, and while Ian likes the game he can take it or leave it. Wyatt, on the other hand, took to it like ants to honey. When Ashley and the boys were home for Christmas, and stayed almost an entire month, Wyatt was more than willing to play games of Yahtzee, regularly. Almost daily, really.
This grandma was happy! Playing my favorite table game and spending quality time with my grandsons. I say grandsons because, inevitably, Samuel would sit with us during the games playing with any spare dice we have on hand. Wyatt had this uncanny knack for rolling Yahtzee more often than not and sometimes would roll two Yahtzee's per game. But, he wouldn't simply roll Yahtzee, his luck was crazy good filling in the other scoring squares, too.