Thursday, September 8, 2011


{Supplies used: Studio Calico February Kit, "Candy Shoppe;" Martha Stewart Crafts heart punch; Sew Easy zig-zag head; cream thread}

This card was based on a sketch from Sketch Support, but I don't think it ended up close enough to the orginal to even link back to it. I laid down a dry adhesive across the front of the card and started laying leftover strips across the card. I used it as a birthday card, but it could be used for anything - a "thinking of you" card, thank you note, "get well soon" card, or even a valentine!

The card was primarily made from leftovers of a pair of layouts I did back in February or March. I'd like to post them later this month if I get a chance to play with my scanner. One is a photo-free layout, while the other is a word-free layout. Together, they tell the story of a weekend, but can stand alone if desired. I love that. I had actually sort of forgotten about them until I was making this card and realized I had all these little paper strips left over in the same length.

Life has been busy lately. I was off from work this past Monday, and I couldn't believe how nice it was to just be home alone. I realized it was the first day I had been home for the entire day since somewhere around August 11! This is really different from how my life has been in the past two years. Trevor had to work on Saturdays for so long that we rarely did anything with friends on those nights, and I've rarely worked five day work weeks as a substitute. This fall, I've worked almost every school day (we've been in session for a month already). We've had plans every weekend, too, and this one is no exception. Thanks to the shortened week, my school has to adjust the schedule to make up the block classes that were missed on Monday, so I've got tomorrow off. It's going to be a day of relaxing with my husband, cleaning my scrapbook room, relaxing, and hopefully, scrapbooking or cardmaking. :)
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Saturday, September 3, 2011

What I'm Reading: Blog Edition - August 2011

Welcome to the first post in my new series, "What I've Been Reading!"

Once a month, I'm going to share a short blog roll -- sometimes there will a theme, and other times the only common denominator might be the fact that I love them all. This month, I'm going to share a list of my all-time favorites -- a selection of blogs I've been reading for at least the past year.

Blogs I've Been Reading: Long-time Favorites Edition:

Ali Edwards

I love pretty much everything Ali Edwards has ever done. She has an incredible talent for telling the story with both words and photos. For a girl with a newspaper background like me, telling a story through words and photos is important.

Jennifer McGuire Ink.

When I first started visiting Two Peas In A Bucket, I was drawn to Jennifer McGuire's projects in the Designer Garden because she was one of the youngest designers there. She was also single at the time, which made her projects extra special to me, a single college girl. Since that time, Jennifer has gotten married, had a baby who started kindergarten this fall, and transitioned primarily into making cards and other projects. I have always loved her work, and I hope you will, too.

Skinny Taste

I discovered Skinny Taste via Ali Edwards' Twitter account last year. Trevor and I love the recipes on Skinny Taste. Greek Zucchini Meatballs, Barbecoa Beef, Cilantro Lime Rice, Corn Salsa...It's all delicious, and it's all healthy!

The Project Girl

Jen Allyson is a designer at Design House Digitals and My Mind's Eye -- she's responsible for the darling Lime Twist line and the amazing, vintagey Lost & Found lines. Though I love her paper, her free printables are what have me following her blog. The Project Girl is almost a misnomer -- she's really The Organization Girl. Her printables have helped me through a move, packing for a honeymoon, planning for the holidays, and all sorts of things!

Kelly Purkey

Kelly Purkey first caught my eye on Two Peas in a Bucket for her bright projects, mostly featuring food and travel (two of my biggest loves as well). She is fun, upbeat, and courageous -- the girl picked up and moved to NYC from Chicago simply because it was her dream to do so!

Hacking Netflix

A great place to keep up to date on what's happening with Netflix, Roku, and various alternative sources for TV and movie content. Since we cancelled our cable six months ago, Hacking Netflix helps us figure out how to find content we want to watch via inexpensive and legal means. :)


A collection of touching, moving secrets mailed from anonymous people to Frank Warren. The cards are artfully done, well-written, and wonderfully moving. Note: This is usually not safe for work or sensitive eyes.

Things Organized Neatly

A collection of images featuring, well, things organized neatly. It appeals to the IKEA-loving part of me that values order, clean lines, and organization.


A lot of great ideas for dealing with the extra "stuff" in our homes. Unitasker Wednesdays are my favorite -- a item with a single task is featured. More often than not, it's an item for the kitchen because, let's face it, we all fall for kitchen gadgets.

Fed Up With Lunch

In 2010, an anonymous teacher in the Chicago area ate school lunch every day and blogged about it, including the changes in her health, the way her students reacted to the food, and her concerns about what was served in schools. Now, she's working on a book, and blogs about school nutrition reform. (PS: I'll go ahead and "out" myself -- I'm the survey respondent who wrote about "lunner" last week!)


If you check out any of these blogs, please let me know! If you're already a reader, I'd love to know, too! And, if this list has made you think, "Oh! Lynsey would like this blog, too!" please let me know!

Happy reading!