Journal Embroidery | You Shall Not Pass

Embroidery floss is a hell of a drug.

It comes in hundreds of colors in every tiny variation of hue, and taunts me every time I enter a craft store, daring me to buy each and every one. And at just a handful of pennies each, I probably could. But alas, I resist. Because one only needs so much floss.

And I’ve hardly ever even embroidered.

I occasionally use the flossy stuff for knitting projects, but actual embroidery projects? Yeah, I’ve never done one of those. Kind of makes my floss addiction seem silly. But the COLORS. Oh, the colors.

Journal Embroidery | You Shall Not Pass

Lately Meredith over at One Sheepish Girl (who I have just about the biggest shy geek crush on ever – LOVE HER) has been doing a lot of journal embroidery (here, here, here and here), and I thought, hey, I could totally do that! But I’m not much of a journaler. But I am a day planner.

Even though I still don’t have my planner finished due to me still not recovering my life off my hard drive, I still have quite a few important bits in my handy dandy Discbound, and I felt the front page needed a stern warning to any would be intruders.

Yes, Gandalf would do nicely for that.

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Things I Love Thursday | Valentine’s Day Edition

It’s Valentine’s Day! And I could not be happier.

Being a barber (although this applies to pretty much all service industry folks), I prefer to make money instead of spend it on holidays like this. This is a really good money week, is what I’m saying.

Sheldon and Pancakes

Sheldon is a tiny dinosaur that thinks he’s a turtle. He loves you enough to share.

But still, in the spirit of the season, I thought I would round up some Valentine’s Day fun for this inaugural edition of the new Things I Love Thursday feature. This one is for those of us who hate pink, and could definitely do without all the hearts and flowers and lace and frills, and I’m pretty sure there are a lot of you guys out there.

For the record, I am madly in love with my husband of 6 months, partner of 3 years, but even so this particular hyped-up holiday is way too much for me.

So here are your Valentines, in love or not fellow Valentine’s Day downers, with some neat, sweet (but not too sweet), and delicious V-Day love from some of the most crushable folks on my blogroll(s).

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365 Photo Challenge | Day 39 | More Than One

Day 39 - More Than One

Day 39 of the 365 photo challenge is “More Than One.” I have been completely crushing out on Meredith’s journal embroidery over on One Sheepish Girl. So much, in fact, that I think I’m going to do a really geeky page of my own. LOTR style. I can’t wait. And I want to go buy ALL THE EMBROIDERY FLOSS. Like, right now.

Reusable DIY Sticky Note Calendar

In our house, calendars are required to keep life livable.

But there are problems with most wall calendars.

  • You can only see one month at a time.
  • Days get too filled up/scratched off, etc.
  • You have to buy a new one every year.

Reusable DIY Sticky Note Calendar

Methinks I have come up with a better way. With little more than 12 sheets of scrapbook paper and some Post-its, you can make a beautiful wall calendar where you can rewrite and replace days when you need to, see the entire year at a glance (real-time, not even just calendar year), and use it again, year after year.

It’s pretty cool, let me show you how.

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Nesting DIY | Friday Obsessions

Now that we’ve moved into our new place, I am uber jazzed to start decorating, project-ing, and making this place a home.

Nesting, if you will. Yes, I realize that terms is usually applied to baby preparation, but we’re still at least a year and a half away from that.

Nesting DIY Inspiration

But there’s a challenge in the nesting here at our new place. Any projects have to be of a fairly temporary/portable nature, because we’re only going to be here for a year. That means no painting of walls, and working in a very limited space. I’ve been splashing about on Pinterest again (surprise, surprise) and finding some really fun home DIY projects to riff off of in the upcoming months.

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