Happy New Year – a few days late!
Happy New Year! 2015 flew in out of nowhere. Well, not really since I knew it was coming, but I still wasn’t prepared for it.
Details & updates first. Plans later.
Every year on the first I make a layout about my plans and goals for the year. In the past couple years, it’s been mostly about my art-related plans and goals. Not this year. I adapted it to fit my typical style and although it’s a little “plainer” than I might have liked, it encompasses lots of what I want to accomplish. I always feel better about things when I see them written out. I think it’s because if you don’t say [or write] something out, it doesn’t really exist. Either way – here’s a peek at my 12×12 page.
Since it’s kinda small [in the photo], here are some of the plans and goals I have in mind for this upcoming year.
“keep up with project life : w2 style. it’s been amazing to look back on all our adventures. make & mail [at least] 1 card a week. a little spin on the 365 card challenge. keep trying to get “out there” & discovered! participate in 26 papertrey ink MIM’s. get healthy & drink more water! hit up planet fitness at least 3x/week. actually run an entire 5k. try something new and document it. read 20 books for pleasure and business. cook at home and make a cookbook. take more photos. enjoy life. embrace happiness. and maybe get a new tattoo.”
And yes I love lowercase letters.
Since my December was beyond crazy, I didn’t have time to make and/or send out personal holiday cards. Therefore, I made New Years cards with well wishes inside. The front used a new stamp set from PTI and a new die cut as well. The adorable white card measures about 3″ by 4″ [perfect for Project Life details] and has six small triangles cut out. I stamped the same sentiment three times in three different colors, coordinating with the front panel and the card base. I layered the white block above a strip of silver washi tape.
The inside coordinates with a similar sentiment which helps send my message of good new year wishes. So, in case you didn’t get an actual card from me, please accept this virtual, slightly digital card. It still includes my well wishes for your best year ever.
What would the week after the holidays be without a tiny, yet serious semi-disaster? Here’s a little back-story. So I bought this fridge new when I bought my house almost five years ago. About six months ago, on a random day, the fridge didn’t seem as cold as usual. The freezer was still super cold, but the fridge wasn’t cold. And we unplugged it and let it defrost and then it was fine.
It happened once more, the same way and we used the same remedy to fix it. Well it happened again and so I called my fantastic dad to help figure out how to really fix it. He picked up a part and came over to help with what should be a 20 minute project.
It’s never a 20 minute project when it comes to projects I have dad help with. Ever. So, that being said, we went on to plan 2 which included taking the door off of the freezer, me actually climbing inside and removing the ice-making thing-a-ma-jig and the back panel, and using my blow-dryer to defrost the massive ice build-up that had accumulated on the compressor coils.
Good news is : the fridge is back to being cold and we got it all put back together the right way. And it was a fun little adventure with dad. Yay!
I owed my friend from work cupcakes. So, I took some inspiration from the classic s’mores and created a chocolate fudge cupcake with a peanut butter core, complete with marshmallow buttercream [oh. my. goodness. – deliciousness.] and a graham cracker dusting. So, so fantastic. Plus, they were mini cupcakes which is more adorable than a standard cupcake.