Monday, December 31, 2012

December 2012 Updates

  • I spent most of December working at the Salvation Army, six days a week, nearly 13 hours a day, coordinating the Red Kettle Campaign.
  • We drove to Columbus, GA to see the Columbus Cottonmouths play against the Fayetteville Fire Antzi in the Southern Professional Hockey League. It was great to see hockey in Georgia, but none of these guys would have made UND's college team!
  • My "sponsor" in Thirty-One, Angel, joined me for the Spring Premiere on December 9. We went to a movie theatre in Austell, GA with several hundred other consultants to see all the new products on the big screen. I'm completely in love with the new products and colors!
  • We had two Christmas parties the weekend of December 15-16. It was a fun, but busy weekend.
  • We flew to Minnesota on Christmas Eve to spend the night with Trevor's family and celebrate the holidays with them.
  • On Christmas Day, we flew to North Dakota to spend some time with my family - for the first time in six months!
  • We drove from my parents' farm to visit my sister in Jamestown, ND. This was Trevor's first time seeing her house and meeting our "fur niece," Maddie (a massive, sweet, one year old mutt who loves to cuddle and thinks she's a lap dog).
  • When it was time to come back to Georgia, we spotted a "repo flight" on the schedule. These are flights that airlines add at the last minute to move planes between hubs. This flight got us - and our friends, the Gerlachs - back to Atlanta when we otherwise would have sat in Minneapolis for a couple days waiting for open seats!
  • Tonight, Trevor and I will finish out the year with a little Target shopping and a relaxing evening at home. We probably won't even be awake at midnight this year!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 2012 Updates

  • I started working at the Salvation Army as the kettle coordinator for the holiday season.
  • We voted in the election.
  • I had two interviews for teaching jobs.
  • We went away to the north Georgia mountains with our community group.
  • We spent a low-key Thanksgiving Day at home before sharing dessert with our friends, Jen and Justin.
  • My sister, Nicole, and her husband, Mario, stayed with us for a night on their way to St. Lucia for their honeymoon. They will do so again on their way home Saturday night.
  • Trevor lost his grandmother, Rosina Schwegel, on the morning of November 25. She was ready to feel eternal peace, and we can take comfort in knowing she is no longer in pain.
  • We have both been miserable with allergies for the past month.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Nic's Wedding, Part 1

Treat bags for the candy buffet, set at each place setting for guests to fill at their leisure

Close up of the bags - those are little cars above their names because Mario is a mechanic

Like Mother, Like Son - both Mario and Kimberley are decorating while talking on the phone!

Grandma, Nicole, and Mom pondering the candy buffet set up

Groom's dinner cake, made by one of my mom's coworkers. She sent a picture to her grandsons, who immediately said, "My birfday, Grandma?" Guess Michelle will be making more when her grandsons' birthdays roll around!
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

June 2012 Trip Photos

Just sharing a few random pictures from the trip home for my sister's wedding in June. These are all non-wedding photos.

ORD Airport, June 2012

The Farm, June 2012
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Saturday, November 3, 2012

October Updates

Here's what we were up to in October 2012:

  • I joined Trevor on an overnight to Charleston, West Virginia at the beginning of the month. It was a gorgeous day, and we discovered an awesome place called Ellen's Homemade. We ate lunch there and took ice cream cones to go. Trevor had a Guiness-flavored ice cream in a chocolate waffle cone, while I chose a pumpkin-flavored ice cream in a cinnamon waffle cone. It was absolutely heavenly.
  • A college friend of ours, Chris Cooper, was in town for a wedding on October 6. We both knew Chris for many years before we met each other - a common theme in our story! We met up with Chris and the Whiddons for brunch the morning of the wedding. While we were on the north side of Atlanta, we took a trip to Trader Joe's, which is always worth mentioning because Trevor does not love doing that!
  • Columbus Day struck the two of us with the stomach flu. It took us both two days to recover, which was especially awful because we flew to Minneapolis the day after we recovered. Trying to pack for a week away from home after spending two days in bed was absolutely awful!
  • While we were in Minneapolis, we did some shopping at the Mall of America and visited The Walker Arts Center. We drove to Sartell to see Trevor's grandmother, who lives in a nursing home there. We spent time with family and friends we hadn't seen in nearly a year. 
  • We celebrated the marriage of our dear friend, Ty Salisbury, and his new wife, Katy. We hadn't met Katy before, but it was clear to see these two are perfect for one another! 
  • I attended a very special bimonthly meeting for Thirty-One Gifts on October 27. Our company's founder, Cindy Monroe, came to our meeting! It was awesome to see her in our little town and to hear her talk specifically about the opportunities we have as consultants in Georgia. My sponsoring consultant, Angel Delong, joined me to have our picture taken with Cindy - an opportunity I really didn't think would be possible for a brand new consultant like me.
  • After our meeting, I rushed home, and Trevor and I changed into Halloween costumes to celebrate Mike Whiddon's 30th birthday/Halloween at their home in Alpharetta. It was quite the 1960s throwback - the Whiddons were dressed as The Flintstones and the Van Nevels were dressed as Batman and Robin. 
  • The morning after the party, we were up early again to attend the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain. This year was the coldest and ickiest of the three years we've been to the Fair. We still had a lot of fun, and I even got Trevor a good start on his Christmas shopping for me! ;)
  • And finally, Halloween: We decided that the Papa John's we ordered for Halloween last year should become a "family tradition," so we ordered pizza and ate that in between trick or treaters. Trevor dressed up in his Batman costume, but I just put on a witch hat for the evening. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Belated September 2012 Updates

Here's what we were up to in September 2012:

  • I was able to drag Trevor to Market Day on the Square in Newnan for the first time ever. This is huge. It's totally not his thing, but I got him there. Hooray!
  • I turned 28 on 9/15. It was pretty low-key because we'd just had everyone we knew down in August for Trevor's birthday, and we had something else going on that day...
  • Craig and Pier were married on 9/15 in a beautiful, jewel-toned affair in LaGrange. We had a great time celebrating with them and seeing old friend of Trevor's and Craig's at the reception.
  • I had a couple Thirty-One parties, which will help me grow my business, for sure.
  • September 29 was "Your State Parks Day" in Georgia. Most state parks were completely free to visit, so we chose the Little White House in the Warm Springs/Pine Mountain area. We also stopped at a cute little winery on our way home that evening, too.
  • I also ended up doing a lot of subbing this month as strep and other nasty diseases started hitting the local schools.
  • I was offered a full-time, seasonal position for November and December. I'll share more about that when the time comes to actually start the job, but for now, let's just say I'm really excited to have a set schedule for awhile again!
I'm hoping to resume a regular posting schedule soon. It may not hold to my usual pattern, but it will be regular posts at least!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Masculine Birthday Card

{Supplies: Cardstock - Recollections by Michael's, patterned paper - My Mind's Eye, stamps & die - Paper Trey Ink}

This is pretty much my standard card for guys. I make about a dozen of these at a time and tuck them away for when I need them, or for when someone asks me for cards (now that people know I make cards, I get a lot of requests for mixed bundles of cards).

My method for mass producing these cards is pretty simple. I start with a stack of 12 x 12 sheets of patterned paper. I score the sheets that will be stamped so I create a window for myself to stamp within. I stamp and emboss each sheet, and let the embossing powder cool while I start cutting and scoring the card bases from 8.5 x 11 cardstock. I also cut out the backgrounds and layered pieces at this time. I die cut the stamped cars on my Cuttlebug, and then I start assembling cards while I watch a movie on Netflix. It is definitely a good project to tackle when Trevor is on the road as it will keep me busy for several hours at a time.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Nicole's Shower - Inspired by Shimelle

{Supplies: Studio Calico's July 2012 kit, Elmwood Park & Dear Lizzie date stamp from March 2012  kit}

This layout was inspired by one of July guest designer Shimelle's layouts. I started by cutting/tearing out the tickets like Shimelle did, and I applied a bit of brown ink to the edges to give them a worn look. Next, I pulled out the grey cardstock and photos, and I realized the tickets would cover too much of the photos, so I turned the paper sideways and went from there. I added the thin blue strips of cardstock because I wanted a little more color in the page, and it perfectly matched Carrie's knit top in the upper right photo. After the thin blue strips, I started layering strips beneath the tickets to create a place for the title. I also slid the little toothpick banner beneath the tickets, too. Finally, I placed the letter stickers for the title and glued down the little veneer birds.

There's no journaling on this layout because I didn't think it would look right anywhere on the page. I think I might be adding another page, as I had a ton of photos that were taken that day (I handed off my camera, as I was sitting next to Nicole while she opened gifts).

This week, my big project is creating a card file. I'm compiling birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays in a single Word file I can easily update over time. I'll be printing it out to put in a physical file box with cards I've made in advance for these events. It's a big task, but I am going through it with the thought that it will be a lot of work this one time, and very little work in the future. 
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Stationery card

Watercolor Ornament Christmas Card
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Project Life 2012: Week 8

{Supplies: Studio Calico January 2012 kit, yellow arrow sticker by Studio Calico, airplane stamp by Martha Stewart Crafts, kraft star sticker by Stucio Calico}

This was one of those weird weeks when I found myself going back and staging a couple photos to round it out. Even though I was obviously doing things, I was too busy living to take photos. The only "live" photos are the ones of me playing ski ball and of Michael and me in Raleigh. 

The first half of the spread - Girl Scout cookies, a necklace from my parents, and boarding passes for my flights to meet Trevor in Memphis.

The second half - Michael (a dear friend of ours) was my pilot from Memphis to Raleigh-Durham, so we had to get a photo to mark the occasion! Then. we have the Easter decorations in our front entry, me playing ski ball at the local bowling alley, and our wall, post-patching and pre-painting.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Red Bull Soapbox Derby - Atlanta

On June 9, Trevor and I went to Atlanta for the Red Bull Soapbox Derby. We got their early so we could walk around the pits, which opened a couple hours before the actual race.

Top Gun inspired car

The Flintstones

Team Penguin had some fantastic dancing penguins at their pit.


Sweetwater Brewery's vehicle was quite popular...for obvious reasons.

A new take on the Ramblin' Wreck of Georgia Tech

I loved this cute little car and the nerds who went along with it.

The Goonies car was one of my favorites, for sure.

The pink high heels were another favorite.

The Atlanta roller girls were pretty awesome. The children they had at their site held adorable signs they'd drawn, urging us to "Do it for the narwhals" or "Do it for the kittens." By do it, they meant vote their vehicle for the fan favorite award.

The Monopoly car was really well done, too.

This car was done by a beer magazine's team.

My favorite grocery store, Publix, even had a miniature of their trucks entered in the race.

The Joker was even there, with the Batmobile he stole.

Monkeys and a space shuttle? What's not to love?

The view down the track - snapped quickly as we crossed it to get some food from the food trucks parked inside Piedmont Park.
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