Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Motivation

I've been wondering lately how to get motivated to get organized and get my to-do list tackled. I think, for me, that motivation is in more abundance when I'm in a good mood. Most of the time I'm in a neutral mood, but the times when I'm feeling happy that energy just makes me want to create and get things done. It's almost like a snowball effect, because it makes me happy to have done creative things and checked something off my to-do list, which gives me more energy to do those things. Knowing this is helpful for me, but I just need to figure out how to feel that happy energy when I'm feeling down, stressed, and sad. What are things you do?

Monday, October 26, 2009

We really need a table, badly




I have some strips of fabric left over from when I made a baby quilt for my sister-in-law a few years ago. I thought I could use them up in another quilt and maybe sell it at the craft fair. Maybe I'll have to keep it for a lap quilt :)



As you can see, it's a bit cramped in our little apartment. We don't have a table, just a side table and Ikea chairs. It makes it pretty challenging, but funny at the same time.

Diaper Cake



My sister-in-law had a baby shower on Saturday and I wanted to do something practical, but fun. I'd see diaper cakes around before and thought it would be fun to try. Too bad I waited until the last minute. Target didn't have any cool ribbon, so I had to settle for the thin curly kind. Luckily it came together just fine, but I had such a different image in my head.

Friday, October 23, 2009

More crafty goodness!

I have been keeping track of crafty posts all over the internet and have started to go through it to get some cute ideas. I thought I'd share a few of my favorites:

Super cute onesies, I MUST make some like this. Seriously, a cupcake?! Fantastic.

Ruffly apron, my sister-in-law made me one and it is so cute!

Adorable purses, how talented is my sister-in-law?!

I am now realizing the saved posts are 95% recipes and 5% (if that) crafts. More blog stocking on the horizon :)

Speaking of recipes. Besides sugar cookies, I'm thinking of making some Clone of a Cinnabon rolls, oh - so- good! I can't believe I haven't posted them yet. I will have to make that a priority. Until then, check the recipe out here where my hubby and I found it. And here's a little picture to taunt you until you make it yourself.



Photo courtesy of Lindsey.

Sugar cookies on my mind



I saw these forever ago, and was thinking on my commute home yesterday that a Christmas version would be great for the craft fair. Don't you think?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Craft-y



My work is having a craft fair next month. Employees can bring in anything they or their family makes and sell it. My mind is racing with projects. A few ideas so far are some onesies, photo prints, and baked goodies. I'm so excited to earn some spending cash and get in the holiday spirit by making crafty stuff.

Do you have any suggestions of things that would be great sellers?

I promise, more photos are forthcoming!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Addiction



For years I've been joking about Twilight fans, well, because it was easy. Now it's my turn to eat crow. I love the series and it's like crack to me. I finally got a copy of the third book in the series, Eclipse, from my library. I had to wait for months because of all the holds. Anyway, I started Saturday and finished it last night. I never read books so quickly, but I couldn't put this down. So, to all the people I teased and made fun of, I'm sorry. I totally get it now.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

There's hope yet!

I did it! I did my meditation and I went on a 9 mile run (well, 7 mile run and 2 mile huffing and puffing :). Hopefully, I can keep the momentum going!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Darn

Thank goodness tomorrow's a new day :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wake up sleepy head!


Photo courtesy of Happy Lists



I'm failing miserably at waking up early to exercise and meditate before I get ready for work. Inevitably, my alarm clock goes off at 6am and all thoughts and promises from the day before about getting up are pushed aside and the attitude of "I don't care" takes over. I'm such a grump! I've noticed, though, in the times where I have willed myself out of bed, once I'm up and going I'm happy to be awake early.

So, the psychologist in me wants to come up with some reward or punishment, but so far nothing has worked. Tomorrow morning I'm trying guilt. I'll let you know how that goes. I'm hoping that by posting this it will also help motivate me, since I have to face you tomorrow and report :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Good books



I'm reading Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin. I hadn't heard of Ms. Grandin until about a year ago. I was working as a substitute teacher's aide with severely disabled elementary school students. My supervisor, the director of the program, recommended I read her books to learn more about autism. Ms. Grandin is autistic and is an icon in the field of animal welfare. This is the second book of hers I have read. Toward the end of this book she speaks of her own religious beliefs. In explaining how she feels about her designing "one of the world's most efficient killing machines" she explains how most people have become detached from the "natural cycle of birth and death." She says "They do not realize that for one living thing to survive, another living thing must die." This struck me on two levels. First, this is absolutely true. Personally, I am rarely exposed to birth and death and so my perception and understanding of it is a bit skewed. It's difficult for me to think of all the animals who have died for me to eat and live. Second, and more profoundly, it made me think of Jesus Christ, my savior. In a very literal sense he died that I may live. His atoning blood in Gethsemane made it possible for my sins to be forgiven and to live with my Father in Heaven when I die. His "giving up the ghost" and dieing on the cross made it possible for my spirit and body to be rejoined after I die.

I am constantly being reminded in this life of all the many symbols there are that point to a Father in Heaven and a Savior.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A thought for today

I came across a powerful quote reading the Nie Nie Dialogues and it really rang true to me and I wanted to share it with you.

"There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire,
which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity;
but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity."
-Washington Irving

Sometimes life is easy and wonderful and carefree. In those times I savor that peace and joy greedily. When adversity comes, I want to be the "true woman" Irving speaks of who's "heavenly fire . . . beams and blazes". I think I'm finally at a point in my life where I can feel less sorry for myself at those dark times and feel more empowered to face my adversity head on and plow my way through until that peace and joy to return.

Expanding

I think I'm ready to expand this blog a bit. In addition to recipes (which have died down considerably since we moved) I'll be including a little more about me. I hope you enjoy the addition :)