Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Adjustment Period

I just noticed that my last post was the day I started my new job.

Let's just say going from several months of unemployment to a regular schedule has taken its toll a bit.

But I'm hoping to back at it soon!  LOTS of projects I want to tackle!

Photo-A-Day Challenge

On my birthday last year I started my own photo-a-day challenge.  One picture.  Every day.

Let me tell wasn't easy.

I think I may fall short by a few pictures when March 2nd rolls around this year...but just a few.  Some days were definitely better than others but all in all its pretty awesome to look back and remember where I was when I took that shot.  On the job hunt  for several months definitely made coming up with a pic a bit of a challenge (lots-o-cat pictures lol) but I'm happy I did it.

So I've been wondering how I should continue and then I came across this post on The Idea RoomPerfect timing!  I like the idea of joining a group and working on a project together.  I also like that I'll have daily prompts.

Care to join us?!  Check out all the details for the challenge here.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Subway Art

I've pinned a couple of tutorials on how to create subway art in Photoshop with every intention of creating some for myself but it wasn't until a friend asked for some help that I got down to it.

I had some great sayings to work with thanks to some Twitter quotes from her favorite actor.  The files I created are in high resolution so she should be able to print them at 16x20 and still have them look sharp.

She intends to frame and hang them in her office at work.  She has pink, grey and black accents so it was easy to decide what colors to use.

I'm by no means an expert, but I'm pretty happy with how they came out.  I think the grey one is my favorite.

Now to decide what I would like mine to say.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I heart hearts and Valentines Day!

Maybe my single self isn't supposed to be into Valentines Day but I really do love it.

I think it started  when I was a kid and my mom would always give each of us something special. I often got a Valentines themed stuffed toy.  I fondly remember a white puppy holding a puffy red heart in its mouth.  I loved writing out cards for my classmates.  I loved making cards for my parents.

For me its also an excuse to decorate a little since the withdrawal from taking down the Christmas decorations had settled in and its a great excuse to be crafty.

Here are some of the Valentine's Day crafts I've pinned lately:

You can buy this garland over on Etsy but it would be super simple to make on your own.

I know it's a made-up commercialized holiday (which isn't really a holiday) but if one day of the year everyone expresses their love just a little more, then I'm all for it.

What Valentine's crafts have you been making?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The light

Thankfully that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel was not a fast-moving train after all.  It was a close call on several occasions but I survived two and a half years of temp work and soul-sucking unemployment.  Yesterday I was finally the top candidate for a position and got the job.  I start Monday.

Every few months I've wondered if I would have to give notice on my apartment and move out.  I worried about keeping my phone going.  I worried about buying groceries.  It was exhausting.

Yesterday, after getting the good news, every ounce of stress I've felt came leaking out of my eyes.  I just let the tears fall and even laughed a bit through them.  Laughter has always kept me sane.

So not too long from now I'll have enough in the budget for what I need, and a little in the budget for some fun...some crafts...and LOTS of bubble bars from Lush. I can't wait.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Well that's not good...

Due to some technical difficulties with my computer and my life :P my daily blog posts haven't been possible. But I'm hoping to be back up and running shortly.

So who's buried under blizzard Nemo right now??