Musings

Hello there, 2016

I hope any of you still out there reading, have had a wonderful start to the New Year!

I did something out of the ordinary for me this holiday season. I closed up shop for about 2 weeks and completely stayed off of social media as well. At times, I will confess, I got very nervous and wondered if I was crazy. Closing up the shop during such a busy time of year?

Other times, when I settled in with my boys or hung out with my husband, I felt, "I should be able to do this and not feel guilty, isn't that what all of this is for?"

The truth is, I enjoyed my time off and I had lots of time to think about what I'd like to do for 2016. I'm not one for resolutions, I actually don't like them at all. Could be my secret fear of failure or the fact that it seems once you make a resolution you're more likely not to follow through, but I prefer to set goals, and plan for them.

My husband makes fun of me for my rather thick Traveler's Notebook, but secretly loves that it's "lived in" and that's where I write down all these goals. I don't like to be generic in my goal setting, which is what I feel a resolution is. I like to be very specific and if we're getting specific, I love lists! Lists make me happy, they give me a sense of purpose and accomplishment all at the same time.

The only thing that's better than writing a long list that organizes and breaks down all the mess you have ahead of you for the day, is the act of checking those list items off one by one!

Speaking of goals, accomplishments and failure, one of my "un-resolutions" for this year is more focus on my blog. I have a weird relationship with my blog. I don't feel like many people read it but I seem to keep wanting to put myself out there. Obviously not often enough if you see how often I post.

The truth is, sometimes I feel like I don't have anything interesting to say, so many people seem to lead these wonderful lives full of direction, organization and beauty. Mine is full of chaotic little boys, anxiety over dinners I hate planning for and long nights printing and playing with paper.

That doesn't sound very glamorous or post-inspiring to me so I often get stuck when I think of topics to write about. What can you learn from me? What am I going to tell you? Are you going to care?

Perhaps this is why I've taken to Instagram more often, because it's easy for me to post a quick update. Nothing fancy, just a snapshot of what I'm currently doing. It's always easier this way because I never really have time to sit and do anything for an extended period of time while the boys are awake.

The other reason my relationship with my blog is weird is because I've been blogging longer than it seems. I've switched my blog twice now and both times, I didn't really bother to transfer my content. This last time was very scary because I had nicer posts with helpful content that people actually engaged with. To most, I think it would seem like a bad move to leave that behind, all that SEO (gasp) and engagement, but I just wanted a fresh start. So far, I haven't been posting all that often and no matter how much I want to commit, it's hard to find the time to write and I find myself still trying to find a way that works for me so I can post more regularly. 

For those of you out there that blog, how do you do it?

Do you write your post on the spot like I'm doing now? Do you plan months worth of content and then schedule it? That actually seems like such a great idea except for the fact that you have to take one day and spend all of it writing. I don't know if I have the attention span for that. Same reason why I don't plan out meals and cook them all in one day as I've seen so many advise.

So yes, I'm trying to figure out how to work it all out. I love Instagram, it's my favorite platform, but there's something nice about having a place to go when you want to say a little more and there's something nice about having someone who wants to listen. I love reading about people, what their lives are like and what inspires them.

Although my life isn't that glamorous, I assure you, it's full of inspiration. Maybe this year, I'll have to just share more of it, even if it isn't Pinterest worthy.

So here's to 2016, being less afraid to share and being more comfortable in my own skin so that I can tell you more about my adventures, if you like that sort of thing. :)

A Peek + A Download

I’ve finally come out of my hole!

It’s been a long couple of months of sketching and designing and I finally sent everything off to print! What am I even talking about? The 2016 Calendar, of course!

This past year has been a rather turbulent one for me. Lots of things in my personal life have been out of my control and I’ve found it rather hard to cope with at times. Couple that with the decision to move back home after not even being in this house for a year and you’ve got a pretty decent recipe for a large batch of stress.

So without really thinking about it, I started sketching flowers a lot. I do this often but these were rather quirky and for some reason, brought me lots of peace. Then I thought to make these into patterns that I could use around the house. And then, I finally thought that a calendar, full of beautiful blooms coupled with short, inspirational quotes about growth and overall positivity, was something that I wanted very much for 2016 and I had a hunch a few others might appreciate it as well.

Here’s a sneak peak at one of the months, this one is inspired by my mother who used to draw flowers for me when I was a little girl.

Her birthday and Mother’s Day are both in May and this being one of my favorite patterns, fit perfectly.

The idea behind this calendar is that once you’re done with the month, you can cut the left side and have the quote to frame or keep or to send as a postcard to a friend. It will be digitally printed to enjoy all the beautiful colors and letterpress printed for that extra special touch.

 


In the meantime, I couldn’t help myself and I made a couple of wallpapers because I actually love the December pattern as well and wanted it on my phone. So here are May and December for you to download. If you also want the iPad versions you can find May here and December here.

Hope you enjoy those downloads and stay tuned as I will be converting the rest of the patterns into lots of different things. If you'd like to see them as something in particular, let me know in the comments or comment on my instagram feed as I've been posting a lot of my behind the scenes work there too like the video below.

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For now, have a happy Wednesday, a particularly happy one too because it happens to be my eighth wedding anniversary today! :)

Being Thankful with a Giveaway

My youngest brother got married recently and I packed up the boys and took them to Florida to attend the wedding, visit a while and have my grandparents finally meet Liam, my youngest. I planned to go offline for a little while and have some family time but I didn't mean to disappear this long as I did plan on working while I was down there.

Being a bit OCD and knowing that Mother's Day was around the corner, I carefully planned it so that I was able to ship Mother's Day cards out while I was on vacation and still take other orders to fill upon my return. What a masterful plan and how proud was I for being so organized!

Everything was perfectly planned right? WRONG!

Of course, when you think you've got your stuff together and you've thought about it all carefully, some little element that you never gave a thought to and that technically shouldn't have gone wrong, does. My computer, being the 5 year old lady that she was, decided she was going to crap out on me toward the end of my trip. Luckily, I had already filled the orders I had received while I was down there but it totally zapped me of the time I was so looking forward to having for working on a few top secret projects I have going on.

Not to mention, like the idiot that I am, I hadn't backed up in like, forever!

You can probably imagine the cow I was having. I'm savvy enough with computers and I was able to get it back up a couple more times to save a few important files/folders but seriously, how could I live without ALL of my folders and files and all the work I've been doing for so long. I mean, I could, but I just didn't want to. There had to be a way and luckily, Geek Squad ended up saving me because once I took the computer to Apple they told me the logic board had to be swapped out... again! 

Good news is, I was able to get my drive backed up and then run the computer back to Apple and shipped off to be repaired again. However, while I saved my info (thank goodness!), I was still facing a computer that would most likely die on me again. So with a heavy heart, I had to buy another one. Ha ha! Did I say heavy heart? I meant crazy ecstatic!

Seriously, it was a nightmarish few weeks wondering if I was going to lose all my info and all, but now I'm writing to you from a brand new Mac Book Pro and that's pretty awesome! You know what else is awesome? This photo of Liam who stole the show the entire trip!

It's great to be back, looking at silly photos of these two boys that I was lucky enough not to lose. Moral of the story: BACK UP! I actually set up a back up day in my calendar so it can alert me every week. Don't want that to happen again.

So, since I had such good fortune after disappearing on you, I thought I'd make a smashing comeback with a giveaway!

I believe that when you give you get back and when you get, you should definitely give!

So here's my Thankful Giveaway. I'm giving away this "Thanks" Letterpress Set so you can be thankful too, in a very stylish way of course. All you have to do is Instagram, Tweet, Post on your Facebook or Share about it somehow then come back here and let me know where you shared in the comments below. That's it! You have till Thursday night to get it done and I'll announce a winner by the end of the day! The more sharing, the more entries.

READY, SET, SHARE!