Friday, February 10, 2017

Reveal Day at Elle's Studio

Every month on the 10th, Elle's Studio rolls out its monthly kit, along with lots of other new releases. This month's reveal is sure to hit right to the heart.
There are tons of products in the store that are longing for a place on your lovey-dovey layouts and projects. I'm especially fond of this month's kit: 
ln case you don't already know about this, I must mention that there is a subscription option available for the kits, along with a launch-day special price of $9.99. 

I used the kit plus some of the extras to create a layout that recalls the night my daughter met one of her great lyrical loves, Watsky

And yes, you CAN sew on wood veneer! That's exactly what I did above. The wood shapes from Elle's Studio are thin enough that you can easily stitch over them.  Sweet!
Have a great day! 

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Lately, I've been...

...attempting to undertake a one-second-per-day video project. A co-worker of mine has done this for the past two years, and I have been so inspired by her. It's time to step up and try it myself. So far, it's been a simple process, and I've already noticed that I'm moving through the world a little differently, always on the lookout for little wonders and heartwarming moments in my day. I've come to realize that they are in abundance, even in the days that I once thought were similar to all of the other days that preceded them.

...flying through A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab.
I'm hooked. Even though I've been exhausted at the end of each day, I've been treating myself to a few pages before bed -- sort of. A few minutes turns into an hour pretty quickly.  The book is just so good!  I need to get my hands on the second volume already, because the first one will be done by tomorrow, I"m sure.

...compiling a mini-album that centers upon a series of "love lists." Consider it a form of counting my blessings. I'll be sharing it soon!

...surrounding myself with color as often as possible. It counters the blahs. Sometimes this necessitates field trips, like a recent one to the Honolulu Museum of Art, which I documented in a layout for Elle's Studio.

...watching the final season of Teen Wolf. My daughter and I binge-watched the last two months of the show in two days, and in the process, we realized that the show is actually best when binge-watched. It's how we got hooked.  Only when we started to watch on a weekly basis did we kind of waver in our devotion. The series has had some strong seasons and some weak seasons, but we're die-hards: we'll be there for the last ten episodes. It'll be bittersweet, but those kids have been in high school waaaaay too long. It's time to move on.  Plus, I'm really sick of the commercials on MTV.  Even when I'm fast-forwarding through them, I'm grossed out. The "reality" shows advertised are full of skeevy folk doing skeevy things. What happened to good old MTV, the MTV of Randee of the Redwoods and Downtown Julie Brown and House of Style? And videos? Where the heck did all of the videos go?

...dealing with sinusitis. Ugh.  I've been combating it off and on throughout cold and flu season, and it's been kicking my butt.

...worrying, all the time, about our country -- our world, in fact -- and where we are headed.  The antidote for hopelessness, I have found, is in our youth. Being a teacher is, for me, an experience in hope. At the moment, my classes are discussing Emerson and Thoreau, and the timing could not be better.
If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth -- certainly the machine will wear out. If the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank, exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than the evil; but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.  
 -- Henry David Thoreau
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. 
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson