Tuesday Rewind

Hey readers! Just thought I’d do a little “Tuesday Rewind” and show you what I’ve been doing the last week or so.

I re-opened my Etsy shop after a long sabbatical, and I’m glad I did it! Getting to work on little projects that have been swirling around my brain has really lifted my spirits. Here’s a few photos of some of my work that is still available in my shop: Purple.Desk.Designs

Some Hand-Lettered labels for the books of the Bible:

Hand-painted Canvas:

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Purple Desk Bouquet:

 

And I’m working on more listings for the end of this week!

Also, I was able to spend some personal time decorating my week in my Happy Planner:

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So… there is a quick catch up! Have a happy Tuesday!

 

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What I’ve been up to lately…

Not much actually.

A lot of sitting. A lot of reading. A lot of contemplating.

I’m not sure I’ve ever felt so “in-between” before … the hubs and I have been looking at houses, and baby Malloy numero dos is due in a short 4 months … and yet I feel stagnant! I’ve worked a few shifts at the hospital, organized a bit of the apartment… and been really REALLY lazy. It might be the first time in my life that I am not hard-pressed on working on some type of project or taking classes or making myself be busy.

Right now, I’m just trying to NOT be stressed out. I’m trying to dwell on things that give me joy – because I think stress has stolen my joy for a looooong time.

So – I thought I’d just share a few things I’ve done the past week. I’m slowly trying to rejuvenate my creative side.

Here is my first try at a DIY Happy Planner Cover. I just used some scrap paper I had laying around, and a few self-sealing laminated pages. It was fun! I think if I were to make these more often I’d invest in a laminator and a HappyPlanner hole punch because my hands were tired after trying to punch through the laminating pages – they are pretty thick. I am pleased with my first try.

Here’s just a snapshot of the inside front pages; just having some fun with my sharpie brush tips that I got for Christmas!

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I also got to sit down and play with my weekly inserts. Someday when I have the iPad I so desperately have been coveting I might make my own inserts. I dream to own a sticker and planner studio! *sigh*

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I really enjoy decorating my planner – I’m very encouraged by the planner community to keep it up even if it’s only for me! Here are some of my older posts. I’m enjoying seeing how my planner taste is developing.

August 2016 Monthly Layout

Vacation Week 2016 Layout

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A “Sa-battle-ical” of sorts…

Okay, so my post-naming game is off… but I blame it on the 4 month long “break” I took from blogging and my work-in-progress Etsy shop. Long story short, I took a break because: finals week, dad had heart surgery with a rough recovery, ALL DAY sickness per pregnancy, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, aaaand work work work work work.  I also just really needed some time to figure out if I wanted to keep blogging/etsy-ing/social media-ing. As it turns out, I still do. I just know I have to make it work for me, instead of this hobby making me work. This “battle” of decisions on how to do that exactly… still out on who’s winning.

Thankfully I’m on a small vacation in Vail, Colorado in which I can sit and think about these things because 1) the husband is out snowboarding all day, 2) our sweet first child is staying at grandma’s, and 3) I’m nursing myself back to health from a sinus infection so I literally have nothing to do but sit around and think. I’m not great at just sitting, but it’s been good for me. It’s forced me to think about all the tough decisions I’ll need to make in the near future. I’ll save you the stress of reading my list of tough decisions because trust me, ain’t nobody wanna think about that.

I WILL give you a look at some of my goals for 2017 and perhaps a list of post ideas for this year. I want to continue pouring happiness into the internet-osphere from this little blog, in hopes that someone, somewhere, will feel uplifted.

Personal Goals for 2017:

  1. Increase my faith in God, however that may look. I’d say 99% of my faith looks like me, creating lists of things I want to accomplish in my life, and asking God to provide ways for me to do all of them. (Without really asking God what HE wants me to accomplish). Although this probably doesn’t sound like an awful idea – I know from experience it can be a terrible stumbling block for my faith when things don’t go the way I planned. So, this year, I’m going to do my best to really let God lead. I want to be flexible. I want to be patient. I want to be tested and pass with flying colors. This is  super scary for me because I am a control freak and not having any sort of plan in which to increase my faith just leaves me feeling stranded.
  2. Read more and write more. I’m in no way inclined to think I’m a good writer, or even a tolerable one. I’m sure I’ve made more than a few unbearable grammar mistakes that my precious friends have held their tongue about. This is not a goal I would have normally picked for myself, but it seems like a good challenge that I am willing to take on.
  3. Catch up on my photos. I used to scrapbook a LOT, but it seemed to take up more time and space in my house than was necessary. I also didn’t ever feel like my pages turned out how I wanted them to. I started digital scrapbooking with Blurb last year, and it’s been pretty great so far. I still have a ton of work to do, but I hope to finish my daughters baby book through her second birthday, and finish a few vacation books before the end of 2017.
  4. Make some moves on my Etsy shop. I have been hesitant to really work on my Etsy shop because I fear I’ll be getting in over my head. Even with the few hours a week I was putting in when I first opened it, it felt like a lot of work. The custom orders I was doing were fun, but sort of giving me more stress than I could handle so – I might be tabling those for a while! I’m looking into digitizing everything, and I think it will allow me to feed my creative side while also taking care of the dreaded financial/business monster that tags along with it.

Possible upcoming posts:

  • Book Reviews
  • Stitchfix Maternity Box Review
  • Personal Calendar Peeks
  • A Hometown Shout-Out (it’s getting really cute – lots of folks cleaning up old buildings and inserting small businesses that deserve a look!)
  • Etsy Shop Reviews
  • Fair Trade (my favorite)

There you have it! My first post of 2017. Hope you’re not scared off 🙂 Keep on the lookout for my next post!

One of those weeks…

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you’re still working on Monday’s task list and BOOM it’s Friday morning? That’s me today. It’s been a whirlwind and I’m not sure how I got here. I’m not GREAT at being flexible, but I don’t think I had a choice this week.

Between class, homework, lab, pick-up shifts, family time, groceries, meals, laundry, dishes, Etsy custom orders, and all the other stuff I do on a regular basis, I’ve spent a lot of time at the hospital with my dad who just had heart surgery. He’s doing great now, but it’s always emotionally difficult when someone you love is ill!

So, I guess really this is more of a reflection post than anything. My life is crazy sometimes, but I’m so thankful for everything and everyone in it. It would be easy for me to “whoa-as-me” about every little detail of stress right now, but I just wont do that to myself. I’m healthy and able, and it’s SWEATAH WEATHAH.

My poor planner has been quite neglected. I took a few minutes this morning to give it some love. I’m kind of just “planning as I go” for this week. Maybe next week will be more well-thought out. Just thought I’d share a little snippet. A little fall-inspired washi tape is all you need sometimes! Thank you Target dollar spot 🙂


Here’s also a few pictures of custom orders I’ve been taking. What do ya think?


7 Ways to Beat the Blues

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It’s been one of those days. Or maybe weeks (or for some of us, one of those years!)

I feel BLAH. There’s really no other way to explain it. The weather is gloomy, the apartment is a mess, there is a ton of stuff to do but I have ZERO energy to do it. This funk has really got me down! This tends to happen when I procrastinate and when I’m unorganized. Often when I have these days I have to find a way to snap out of it or else they day is finished before it even begins.

So how do I snap out of it? Here’s a few ways to beat the blues!

  1. Make a list. Any list. Write down everything that’s bothering you, or everything that’s circling your brain. No order, no category, just write. Getting it all down on paper helps me prioritize and time manage my day. I keep a notebook or a printable brain drain by my bed so at night or in the morning I can write down all my thoughts and get them out of my head.  It’s not hard, just try it! Don’t expect to get all your to-do’s done today. Just get them down on paper. By having them in front of you, you have at least made a step toward getting some of them done, right?  Try it!
  2. Take a shower. I’m a morning shower girl, because it wakes me up and makes me feel ready for the day. Think of the water “washing away your troubles” ey?
  3. Set a timer. Have some chores that need to get done? Set the timer for 15 minutes and get as much done as possible! Then after 15 minutes quit and find something else to do. Or reward yourself and set a timer to scroll through Pinterest or Instagram for 15 minutes. Alternating increments of 15 minutes of work and play are sometimes the only way I get things done – but HEY I get things DONE right?
  4. Pour yourself some coffee or tea. Caffeine is an obvious choice for us busy-bees. It’s not just the caffeine I like though, it’s the warmth and the mini-break I get while drinking it. It’s soothing to me, and a good way to slow down and just take some time to settle my thoughts. Obviously you need to be careful when consuming caffeine, know your limits! I try my best to drink Fair Trade coffee or tea when I can. If you live near St. Louis… Plowsharing Crafts has a wonderful selection of coffee beans!
  5. Go for a walk. Endorphins! Even a brisk 5 minute walk will get those wonderful little guys flowing through your body. Even if it’s nasty outside, go get some fresh air and when you get back in you’ll be happy to be inside.
  6. Put on some feel good music. My go to Spotify stations are John Mayer, Spin Doctors, and Coldplay. Dance music is always good too.
  7. Call a friend. Even if you’re not a talker, sometimes just having someone listen to your thoughts can brighten your situation. I usually feel that face-to-face conversation is best but when you have resources like Facetime you might as well use it if it helps! Maybe you don’t want to talk about your problems… ask your friend how they are doing! Listening can also be cathartic!

So – that’s just a small list of things that help me get my motivation kick-started. They don’t ALWAYS work, but they are a good place to start.

What do you do to get yourself together and going? Like and Comment below!

 

Coloring September Calendar – Free Printable

Hey everyone! So I know that adult coloring books are all the rage right now, and maybe some people are over it… but I’m not! I still find it fun and relaxing. I’ve been pretty lazy since our camper vacation, so I’m trying to motivate myself to get back into a normal schedule for the fall. My goal for September is to make a whole month’s meal plan of dinners, as well as an at-home work out schedule. Hopefully, if I already have it planned out I will be less likely to deviate from it. Soooooo… I decided to have some fun and make a coloring page out of a September calendar. Feel free to download it and use it yourself. If you do, let me know how you like it. I’m tempted to do all the months, but we will see how much time and energy I have to do so. Enjoy!

Brain Drain Printable (Free!)

Sometimes, the days just aren’t long enough – or so they seem! Things are so busy right now. I’m often found lying face down on my bed because I’m overwhelmed with stuff to do and that’s apparently how I handle it. That and naps. Lots of naps. BUT NO MORE!

Despite all the planners and printables I’ve purchased and downloaded, nothing quite settles my brain unlike a chicken-scratch notebook-list of things that come to mind. If I can just “drain my brain” of all the chaos I can maybe get a hold of the day. It’s still always ugly, but at least it gets the job done. Because I’m a fan of esthetics, I decided it was high time to make my to-do list less ugly and more happy. Perhaps then, on days where I’m just unmotivated, I can look at my pretty little brain drain and get to crackin’ on priorities.

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So here it is the brain drain, my first try at a free printable! I’ve printed a week’s worth to try out and to see if I need to make some adjustments. I wanted to share it with you guys because maybe you too need a brain drain! I’m thinking I might make a “night brain drain” to help me wind down for sleep – and maybe it’ll make the morning brain drain a little easier. What do you think?

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Printable Brain Drain Organizational Tool

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Do you use the “brain drain” method? Have you already made a printable? Share with me your likes and dislikes! Follow and/or comment below. 🙂

August Layout – Happy Planner 

So I’ve been using my Happy Planner as my day-to-day planner for a few months now, and I have to say I’m pretty happy with it! It’s layout is similar to my ECLP, but what I like most is the disk style which allows me to pull out the pages and utilize all the room I’m given. I love the design of the ECLP, but the spiral binding just doesn’t work well enough for me.

Weddings, our anniversary, classes …August is busy already! I don’t know where the time has gone. I guess after being on vacation I just haven’t gotten back into my groove at home. The best way I know how to do that is to jump back into my planner!

It’s hard to plan when your table is covered with other crafts (I’m currently addicted to calligraphy) sooooo you do what you can and use a step stool. It’s fine right? Besides, it’s closer to the ground so my squirmy child can be by me AND have the basket of toys close.

Don’t mind my little piggies, I was strapped for space. I’m loving the stickers I got from Cricket Paper Co. on Etsy. They are a perfect summer/fall combination for the month of August!

Our 6 year  wedding anniversary is coming up soon – it makes me even more excited when I see it all dressed up on my calendar! We haven’t made any plans since we spent a lot on our last adventure – but maybe we can still make it out somewhere!  We’ve never been into doing traditional gifts because usually we like to get out and do something together – but maybe this year we could play on it.

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Still looking for the perfect pen that doesn’t smudge :/ .

Do you use a Happy Planner? How do you organize your month? Comment below!