Tuesday, 11 November 2014

I Can Still Blog Right?

Hello friends,
Are you still out there in Blogland? It has been a long time. When I started my new role as Instructional Aide for 40+ hours a week and registered for online classes for licensure I knew my online presence was going to be severely limited. Who are you kidding? It has been non existent. I would like to say it has been because I have been pouring over the books but basically life has bombarded me for most of the year.
However, all work and no play make me a dull girl. So I decided it was time to get back in the saddle. Digi Scrapping, or Scrapping of any kind will probably have to be on the back burner but I can still blog right?
When Autumn moved in I started to get all nostalgic. I love the colors and the warm cozies that it brings. I added a few Autumn colored Dalias and a few squash to the mantle in a rustic display and filled a jar with Candy Corn. My son ate a handful of Candy Corn and declared that he was now ready for Christmas. I loved that moment.
I have realized that small touches are important for all of us. SO, today I downloaded a downsized Christmas planner from Organized Christmas (anymore than the basic five planner sheets and I get that nervous feeling in my tummy). Yes I have determined that friends and loved ones will at least hear from me this year even if it is not a home made card.
I have also gone a step further and downloaded Traci Reeds 2015 Life Planner. It is a planner with Project Life in mind. At least if I am going to keep filling my computer with photos I would like a keep a journal of the memories for those days when I might actually get to put them in an album.
Well that’s it from me. Plain and simple. I think I have forgotten how to blog. Thank you for being on this journey with me. Here’s a couple of photos for you.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Where Have I Been?

Hello Friends. Where have I been you ask. That is a good question. Changing life and culture over the last 20 months took its toll on me. Going through change and struggle tends to make me less creative.


I posted this picture in 2010 as part of a project I was doing. It was the cry of my heart and remains so even today. (PGCE  = Post Graduate Certificate in Education). One of our desires in returning to the USA was so that I could pursue  a teaching license. Little did I know that living in Virginia would make it even more problematic.

My BA is from a non-regionally accredited school. Which for Virginia means that it is unacceptable. So, after a lot of research and praying about my options I have begun another BA. I am enrolled at Western Governors Uni’. WGU is an online school and competency based so I am praying that I can reduce the time to licensure from 4 years to 3 years.

One tremendous blessing was being able to transfer from substitute teaching into a temporary contract position for most of last year. Due to budget issues they have not yet renewed my contract but I am praying that they will.

So this is where I have been. I am hoping to get back on the blog bandwagon again. Thank you for your readership and friendship.


Sunday, 16 February 2014

Happy 80th Birthday to my dear Dad today.  After a year of chemo he has bounced back. Thank you Lord.

Took four months off from blogging only to find out that Windows Live Writer no longer is supported and won't upload!  That's pretty disappointing as it used to make me look good.

I am taking a breather from studying Algebra. (trying to pass a school assessment for registration to a teacher licensing course).  I am having a hard time wondering why simple math has to be expressed in complicated terms. Hubby says it's to learn formulas that get very complicated later on. I guess I'll buy that. 

I am celebrating moving back into my own space. 

We fought letting my 15 year old have his x-box in his room at the sacrifice of my space and sanity. We finally gave in and I have my craft space back. I am thrilled. 

And in honor of that space I finally finished a LO from two years ago.

 Love this photo of my little sister!
Ah well, back to Algebra.

Friday, 14 February 2014


Sometimes relationships are about being brave. 
Thank you for your bravery my beloved.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Embarking On Project Life 2014

It’s 2:30 on a Sunday afternoon. The  Morning was filled with worship at Chilhowie Baptist Church and various family members going in varied directions. Grammy has to stay home with 24/7 company at the moment so we all take shifts on Church days.
I was happy to arrive home and smell breakfast being lovingly prepared upstairs. Sausage gravy and biscuits with eggs, and pan fried potatoes. Yum! I always enjoy family meals with Grammy and Pa as they are filled with friendly chatter most of the time.
Now I am sitting at my desk blogging and putting together Project Life Pages for the first time in about 4 months. I can’t even tell you why it has been so long except I am glad to have this time right now.

Despite the fact that in the next few months I am about to embark on a huge undertaking, I know that capturing moments on film and then journaling and organizing memories is both therapeutic and important to me. So I have been thinking through what I can possibly commit to. When I look back at 2013 Project Life It took such a huge commitment every Sunday afternoon. I am not willing to give that kind of time this year. However, the captured memories are a must, so how can I do that this year and not have such a burden on my time.

I am going to create monthly double page spreads instead of weekly. If there is a special event I will do more pages and add in. I will make the pages more journal friendly and try to sum up the month with major themes.

I have already made 12 monthly double spread templates and invested in a new digital Project Life pack for the year. Hopefully one kit will prevent hours of searching for just the right embellishments. So here we go again Project Life 14. Always learning. Always tweaking!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

A Creative Plan for 2014

I have been the proud owner of a DSLR camera since last Christmas and although I have enjoyed using it all year I have not used it in manual mode. That’s like owning a Maserati and not changing up from 1st gear! So I have decided to concentrate on my photography skills more in 2014.

I gave 2013 to learning Digi Scrap and Project Life and had a lot of creative fun but have decided to let it take a back burner 2014. I developed a passion for digi design this year but have realized that it will need a lot more time than I have to give right now so that too will be foraged away until I have the time. I am investing in my education for teacher licensure next year and my time will be limited so I will need to be more focused.

A perfect time to concentrate solely on photography. I plan to do one annual project next year that will go along with developing my skills and providing for my blog. Click It Up A Notch has just the project and is just the right place to grow. Nov 1, Click It’ will launch their Project 365. I have heard of this before but never been apart of it. Taking a photo a day I will be part of a community, posting my photo’s, learning from others and, hopefully, getting feed back.

I live in such a beautiful area that I won’t lack for content. I will post my photo’s on City Girl Gone Country because of the content. What will you work on in 2014?

Sunday, 20 October 2013

I Think I’ll Make a Lapbook

I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately and the desire to return to my crafting roots has come to the surface!  It feels cathartic.

I have been invested in Project Life for most of the year and have loved all the mini stories that can be captured on a page. I have also dabbled in Art Journaling but was forced to give that up when leaving London. I want to create something that can bring both those things together. All the mini stories but in a larger than life tactile way.

So, I have turned to Lapbooks. Having home schooled my son for 1 year I always wanted to make Lapbooks but he returned to school before we had a chance.

What is a Lapbook. Simply, it is a file folder that is used as a base to record whatever subject you are learning. The inside of the folder is built up in very creative ways to display the material. Like this amazing Lapbook from runofthemillfamily called History of the World part 1.

I am hoping to do lots of messy play along with added memorabilia and carefully chosen pictures. I will capture the month of October seeing as it is such a delectable month.