Sunday, July 16, 2017

Time To Calm Down

I am telling you, things have been crazy around my house. Health issues, sleep studies, allergy testing and repeated blood tests have taken their toll on me. Because of that, there has been no time for the Bake Off posts or the decluttering assignments I had decided would be my goals for 2017.

Now it's July already!!! I decided to participate in a self care/creativity online "camp". I am learning to take care of myself. Cooking new snacks and sips. Adding new exercise routines to my daily life. And creating self care planners and fun photo challenges. It's been so much fun so far. I am loving it. Thank you Cori at Camp Reset!!!

Today I worked on a photo scavenger hunt at Glencairn Gardens in Rock Hill, SC. I had 29 items to find in the park. I was there for about 2 1/2 hours!!! But I got them all. I have to tell you BIRDS ARE NOT HELPFUL WHEN YOU NEED TO TAKE THEIR PICTURE!!! Even the squirrel was cooperative compared to those darn birds.

Here are my photos I am pairing up with their clue:

Picnic:  Location is The Tot Lot

Blue:   The original Snap, Crackle, and Pop

Pests:  Large bee collecting pollen
Trees:  Assorted Trees, but I love the Giant Willow

Water:  Come See Me Festival Fountain

Leaf:  It's a pod, but a leaf too!!

Leaf #2: In case some "lookers" think my pod in the
previous photo is not a leaf, lol.
Footprint: I could not find an ACTUAL footprint.  And the
cement was also too hot to make my own footprint.
So I decided to use the Clemson paw print on the
back of this SUV. Hey, it's all interpretation right? LOL!!

Shade: This was my view from the shade on the swings.

Lovely: Potted Flowers

Rocks: Enough said.

Bird: This is the best shot I could get.
So Cute: a character created by Vernon Grant
on a tile in the park.

Path: There were so many lovely shots of the paths at the park.

Perfect: multiple step fountains.

Furry: SQUIRREL!!!

Clouds: Got it!!

My Shoes: Enjoying a shaded swing while i journal.
Wings: I love this statue.

Flowers: Love the white!!

Bright: Gold Fish in the Go See Me Fountain.
#Selfie: ME!!!

Grass Blade: Monkey Grass
Weather: It was overcast with an occasional
break through of the blue skies.
Branch: over the water.

What I see: Veteran's Memorial

My Gear: My journal, my phone, selfie stick and pen.
And obviously the camera I used to take this shot.

Mindful Moment: This is the spot I hung out for a while
watching for birds and listening to the sounds of nature.

Above me: Some delicate fuschia flowers that were protected
from the beating sun by the shade above my head.

I add some of the shots to my Happy Planner
and completed the pages in my journal.

I had such a great day, I almost forgot I started off this day at work.

Until next time...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Bake Along Challenge 2017

I really waited until the very last minute of this month to post these photos. Our challenge this month for the King Arthur Flour  Bake Along was to make dark chocolate eclairs. This was a new experience for me. I had never made choux pastry before. It was lots of fun and we had yummy dark chocolate eclairs for a couple of days. I am sorry to say that they were eaten WAY TOO FAST!!! But now that I know how easy this was to make, I will definitely be making them again.

King Arthur Flour

King Arthur Flour

Until next time...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Baking Along

This year I decided to challenge myself to some new adventures. I am crafting again. I am expanding my geocaching trips. I joined a new book club and I am participating in a monthly "Ladies Who Lunch" group. I am also following a baking challenge on King Arthur Flour website. Today was my first step into the later.

King Arthur Flour produces a blog called Flourish. Each month they publish a recipe with tips and tricks to teach you to bake up a storm called #Bakealong. This month the recipe is Pizza Party Buns. It was a lovely yeast bread recipe that smelled heavenly even as it was rising. While the recipe called for unbleached  bread flour, I only had all purpose in my kitchen. Also my yeast was slightly out of date, but still rose wonderfully. Here are my results:

Hubby says we will need to make more in the future. I guess they were a hit.

Until next time...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Christmas Card Layout

I have been collecting and bundling my received Christmas for years now with every intention of creating a scrapbook layout with them. I have a friend who does this every year and it's usually one of my favorite layouts this creative lady makes. After not scraping for a number of months, maybe even years, I was inspired to create this after seeing her layout today. I fussy cut images and words from my cards. I made a pocket for the page with the collage of images and inserted photo cards, personal notes and images from the cards that did not really match the layout I created. My paper is My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas.

Thanks for the inspiration Lynn!!

Until next time...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Back To Planning Happy

Now that the book challenge is over, its time to hop back on the craft wagon. I started using my first Happy Planner this past summer. But I have been a few months behind. I use my planner for journaling, a little scrapping, and sharing events. Mostly I do this for myself because it's fun!!! I am going to share a couple of pages here with you.  I am trying to use up little odds and ends of embellishments and papers from my huge stash as I downsize and declutter this year.

Speaking of decluttering, I am also challenging myself to downsize the amount of "stuff" we have in our house. I am following Home Storage Solutions 101 with their 52 week declutter suggestions. Just 15 minutes a day to a less cluttered life. And I really need some decluttering. We started in the kitchen this month. I have been making sure I am adding at least one thing to the donation box everyday even if I don't get to complete the daily guidelines. My hubby has already pointed out how much neater the kitchen looks without all the paraphernalia all over the counters. I can't wait until we clean out the cabinets. There is stuff in there that has not seen the light of day since we moved into this house four years ago. I am hoping less stuff  will lead to less stress in our lives. For now though, I need to get to bed.

Until next time...