It’s no secret that I love chalk art! Imagine my delight when My Mind’s Eye started designing an all chalk art line. What’s the only thing that could make this better? A collaboration between My Mind’s Eye and Rhonna Farrer – swoon!
This awesome collection makes it easy to design beautiful gifts, party décor and much more!
See how much the stickers add to jars and treat bags. You can write on them using chalk (I sharpened my chalk), white pen or white pencil.
There is a 12 x 12 piece of paper that can easily be cut to fit in an 8 x 10 frame (as shown).
The chipboard embellishment, frames, twine, brads and banner kit combined to make the darling eclectic banner.
There is a darling banner kit that comes complete with every you need to make this darling banner. (“celebrate” pieces turn over and can be written on with chalk for a customized banner) I made this banner for my husband’s 40th birthday celebration, so I used the chalk side of the pink pieces. You can do the same if you want it to be girly.
I also made these darling medallions to hang over the bar. They were easy and really added a festive punch. The double sided papers make it so you never get the same look.
12” medallions: 5 – 6 x 12” pieces scored at 1”
10” medallions: 4 – 5” x 12” pieces scored at 3/4”
8” medallions: 3 – 4” x 12” pieces scored at 3/4”
6” medallions: 3 – 3” x 12” pieces scored at 3/4”
4” medallions: 2 – 2” x 12” pieces scored at 1/2”
I’ve loved designing layout and cards with this collection as well. Here is a layout that is not shown in the picture above. It uses almost every product in this collection.
I’m demonstrating these projects on Good Things Utah today. When the segment is available, I will post it here:
Who wants to WIN? I will send a Chalk Studio Banner Kit to one lucky person. Simply leave a comment on my blog by the end of the day on Monday, November 18. I will randomly select and announce the winner on Tuesday, November 19.
What a fun day today is. It’s my return to Good Things Utah! It may not sound like that big of a deal, and you may not have even noticed that I haven’t been on, but I took a little bit of a break from GTU and I’m happy to be back in the saddle.
As I have said before, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. I kind of like the juxtaposition of elegance and spookiness that decorating with fake skulls, spiders, and damask creates. I like to decorate with black, white, silver with a dash of khaki and orange. It’s especially striking against my all white walls. Somehow it subdues the inherent garishness that comes with decorating for Halloween and leaves elegance. Weird, I know.
After having worked on Happy Haunting from the beginning, I am thrilled to have it in my hands and decorate using Happy Haunting. Did you know it’s one of the most popular Halloween lines this year? Janet Hopkins outdid herself!
One of my FAVORITE things about this Happy Haunting is the 8 x 10 Ready to Frame Décor Pieces! Isn’t it to die for (pun intended) – Glittered chalk art! Ready to frame and enjoy in your space!
I created this fabulous door hanging. Seriously, I smile when I drive up and see it.
It was a simple, quick and extremely satisfying project.
Instructions: Download 2013_10_03_GTU_31 Door Hanger
I will post a link to the segment when it is available here:
I hope you like it as much as I do! What is your favorite part about decorating for Halloween? Leave your answer in a comment by October10 and I will randomly select one winner. The winner will receive a package of 8 x 10 Ready to Frame Décor Pieces!
Love the classic look and feel with a twist of deliciousness in “NOW” color combinations and patterns.
RUN, don’t walk to enter to win these gorgeous collections!
(Photo credit: Haylee Bean)
Do you want to know a little secret? I got to send in a LONG list (about 100) of little sayings or words that fit with Rhonna’s beautiful theme for the collection and look what they became:
Yep! These fantastic word stickers. There are 8 different sheets per package!
And… that “sweet stuff” sticker on the picture of Riley? That one was in there just for HIM!
I think I’m creating new classes for KC to teach with these two beauties – lucky ones that get to take the classes!
I had a great time creating with one of the newest releases from My Mind’s Eye, Kate & Co. There are two color schemes: Oxford Lane & Cambridge Court.
Both are fresh and modern and feature fabulous color combinations. You’ll love them!
This is the catalog layout I designed using Oxford Lane. See how fun they are!?
I’ve been thinking about this change for a while.
Since I was promoted from My Mind’s Eye blog and Design Team coordinator to Product Development, I have worked on many projects. The dilemma is that they are “future” projects and can’t be shared now. For instance, I “threw” a Halloween party last week (on the buffet in my bedroom, even) and took pictures for product packaging. I can’t share it since the product doesn’t come out for a few months.
I started this blog many years ago as a place to share my projects and classes. Since I can’t share my projects in a timely manner, I don’t blog.
I have had a feeling for a while that I need to open up more. I’ve blogged about this and still haven’t done it. I think I’m ready. I will still share my projects as soon as I am able. I hope you like the new direction I am going in.
Sometimes I don’t share things, because, well, my life is ordinary. I don’t go on grand trips. I don’t like to cook (I do it because my family likes to eat). We have homework, sports practices, my boys don’t like to clean their rooms and sometimes we struggle. You know, ordinary.
But, at the end of the day, the love that I have for my sweet boys and husband, and the blessings we have make it a little “extra”.
So, welcome to my EXTRAordinary life…
If you have been thinking about getting a Silhouette personal die cut (and so much more) machine – this is the month to do it! Silhouette is offering my readers fabulous discounts!
Follow this link PROMO and type in this code: APacker to receive this offer (offer good Feb. 28 – March 8, 2013) so don’t delay!
I created this fun project with my Silhouette Craft Cutter (original edition) and the Designer Edition Software. I love that you can customize everything with the software.
I used two backsides from My Mind’s Eye Collectable Memorable collection. The gray chevron comes from My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing – Bluebell collection. I love how collections are easy to mix and match. I love that I can get custom pieces without having to hand cut everything!
Have a great day.
p.s. do you recognize the frame from this project?
I always find it difficult to decide what to decorate for in January: snow/winter or go directly to Valentine’s Day. I usually try to split the few weeks between the two and don’t get to fully enjoy either. We have had snow on the ground the entire month of January and it has been cold, so this year I went directly to Valentine’s and have loved it!
Since we have two sweet boys at our house, my décor is focused on family love instead of romantic love. At the end of my life if my boys know one thing, I want them to know without a doubt that they are loved. That they are the most important things to me.
I love the fun, bright colors of the Lucky In Love collection. The sticker sheet is full of darling pieces. I especially swoon at the bicycle built for two!
I love the flowers in the bottom left corner. They frame the heart and draw your eye to the title: “Love Lives Here”.
To create the heart, I cut 21 - 4” x 6 1/2” pieces of paper, lightly spritzed them with water, rolled them around a skewer and glued it together. When I had them all rolled, I hot glued them to the heart pattern (link to pattern).
Download Instructions here: Download 2013_02_01_GTU_Rolled Heart Frame
Heart pattern link: http://www.amberpacker.com/patterns/2013/02/rolledpaperheart.html
I demonstrated this project on Good Things Utah this morning. I will add the link to the segment when it is online here:
I have long admired the beautiful stencils sold by Cutting Edge Stencils. I love their beautiful patterns and could imagine what a statement they would make!
I have looked and looked and looked at their site trying to decide which stencil I thought fit in with my house best.
A gorgeous damask? Sigh!
A spectacular chevron? Can I?
Or this delicious quatrefoil? Beautiful.
After months of staring at their website and pondering I ordered the Rabbat Allover Stencil (Large Scale) in late October.
With two funerals and the holidays, there was no time to play. So when I realized there was a window of opportunity, I jumped on it! I needed to pretty up my powder room. We chose to have our house painted all white. When I look through magazines, I am drawn to all white rooms, and we love it (although we are slowly adding selective amounts of color to the walls). The powder room seemed to tower with the skinny space (4’ x 9’), 9’ ceilings and all white walls. It needed a little something to ground the walls.
And so I went to work…
It really is fairly easy, just a bit time consuming. There are great instructions and a video on the Cutting Edge Stencil website. But here are a few things I learned:
Try it! You know me. I think we are capable of anything we put our minds to. If you have been wanting to try it – DO! You will be so happy with the results and feel really great about yourself at the same time!
I will show you how I finished my powder room now that the paint job is finished after tomorrow’s Good Things Utah segment.
A HUGE thanks to everyone who entered to win the new Creative Spaces vol. 2 special edition magazine. I also wanted to thank you for your kind words towards me. I love it when I get to hear from my readers!
Without further adieu, the winner is… Rosemary Palmer!
Would love to win this - been meaning to pick it up, and just don't have it on my list to do.
Posted by: Rosemary Palmer | January 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Rosemary, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your mailing address so our friends at Creating Keepsakes can send your prize to you!
Come back soon!
I’m going to get a little personal here.
When I was young (Jr. High) I was going through a hard time. Growing up in a religious family, I learned to turn to the scriptures for answers. Sometimes I would read from where I was and sometimes I would open them to a random page and see if I could find an answer.
It’s funny, I don’t remember what this particular trial was. I’m sure it had to do with friends or boys. During this trial, I opened my scriptures to Proverbs 3:5-6.
To this day, it is still a favorite because of the comfort it gave me at that time. As I sit here tonight, reflecting upon the events of today, I felt that comforting feeling again and this verse came to my mind.
Have a fabulous day!
It’s January – time to organize, right!? What great timing for Creating Keepsakes Magazine to release their newest special issue: Creating Spaces vol. 2! This issue is full of beautiful organization tips and spaces.
(read to the bottom for a chance to win a copy)
Many of you know that I was honored to have my creative space featured in Creative Spaces vol. 1 (still available for purchase).
The creative team from Creating Keepsakes came to my home and shot pictures in January 2011, in March we put our house on the market and, alas, I no longer have that amazing space. They even used my room as a feature room. What an honor!
Luckily I still have my furniture, so I can recreate it. But boy, do I have A LOT of work ahead of me!
Guess what!? My friends at Creating Keepsakes would like to give one of YOU a copy of Creative Spaces vol. 2! All you have to do to be entered to win is comment on this blog post before midnight, January 31. 2013. Good luck!
Now I need to go buy one for me!
p.s. 6 weeks without carbonation.
Yes, that’s right – 4 weeks without carbonation. For those of you who know me well, you know what that means: No Mountain Dew! I cut it cold turkey. There were headaches, and I still crave it sometimes. I don’t want the boys to drink it when they grow up, so I knew I had to set the example.
In fact, our entire family gave up carbonation. The boys are enjoying it. They can have lemonade, etc. so it’s not only water an milk for us.
Why would we make this change? As I stated before, I don’t want the boys to drink Mt. Dew when they are older and they were asking me what age they had to be to start drinking it. Talk about a smack in the face!
And, they wanted satellite. In our new home we were able to get 2 channels with rabbit ears. AND, the antenna had to be in a different spot for each of the two channels. They also want the Disney Channel and, of course, the PAC-12 network. It’s been about 8 years since we got rid of satellite. We were cutting back on our expenses and eliminating everything that wasn’t necessary in order to keep me from leaving home to work.
With their desire to have satellite, we challenged them to give up something. Carbonation was it. They both have committed to the change and we have all been carbonation free ever since! Here’s to a healthier lifestyle and hopefully some weight loss for me!
I can’t wait to tell you how it goes.
One of my favorite parts of this time of year is taking the time to acknowledge those who have meant a lot this year. Around here, that can mean giving a lot of neighbor gifts. Unfortunately, my heart is full of more gratitude than my wallet is so the challenge is coming up with a gift that meets the cute quota and is also budget friendly.
While in Michael’s the other day I saw these darling apothecary jars.
Guess what, they are only $1 each! They would be really cute to store smaller craft supplies in (hint). So I picked up a few and got to work on thinking of what I could fill them with for my neighbors. And that’s when I remembered the reindeer food my friend had given me a few years back. The reindeer food is so easy to make:
After I filled the bottles with the reindeer food, I got to work decorating the bottles using our ultra-fabulous All Is Bright collection. The decorative tape quickly adds a designer touch to the bottles. I printed and cut out the cute tags (download here) and layered and embellished to my hearts content. I love the way it turned out and hope my neighbors like it as much!
I have created instructions you can download here: GTU_2012_12_10_Reindeer Food
I am also demonstrating this project on today’s Good Things Utah program. When the segment is available to share, I will post the video here:
(segment coming soon)
Although, with all the deer we have had around our houses this year, I probably should hope they still like me after receiving this gift (wink).
I hope you are having a spectacular holiday season!
Like each of you, with each passing month/holiday our family is creating more memories. We are having a great time decorating for Thanksgiving.
Growing up, my sweet grandma would ask each of us to state one thing we were thankful for before we ate Thanksgiving dinner. I wasn’t always prepared for it and usually came up with a lame comment. As I look back on that experience, I realize that because of my grandma, I am able to be grateful for the small things. I want to pass that gift on to my family.
Like a lot of families, we spend a lot of our “together” time in the kitchen. I thought it would be fun to have a reminder in there.
I used our new Lost & Found 3 – Oliver collection. I love the colors and the patterns – AND those gorgeous embossed papers – YUMMY!
(full room view)
To make your own, download the instructions along with the files for the letters here: Download 2012_11_15_Give Thanks Banners
I am demonstrating this project on Good Things Utah this morning. For our non-local friends, we will upload the segment here when it is available!
If you have been a follower of my blog for a while, you know that I take Halloween pictures BEFORE Halloween! The kids are excited to be in their costumes and aren’t (in their nicest voices) asking you to stop taking pictures so they can get to the task at hand and begin Trick or Treating. It works out great for our family!
Today on Good Things Utah, I shared how to create this layout. This was the last layout I created for CHA-Summer. I used the delicious Lost & Found Halloween collection. The beautiful collection I used to create my Halloween mantel. I was tired and not sure how to keep the design mojo going. Thanks to the beautiful designs, it wasn’t hard and this is one of my all-time favorite layouts. I just love the way it came together.
Wouldn’t it be fun to display THIS year’s Halloween costumes in your home on this beautiful layout? Take you pictures early and/or make the layout early. You will ease the stress and increase the enjoyment of the upcoming holiday!
Halloween Layout Instructions: Download Amber_LF Halloween_Cad Bane
For my friends who are unable to watch the segment live, I will up load the video here when it is available.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow when Good Things Utah celebrates 10 years! P.S. I’ll be there!
Wow! The winner is the last person to comment…
Congratulations Tracy Bohman!
I'd love to take this class but funds won't allow it. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Posted by: Tracy Bohman | October 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Seriously, it never happens that way! I’ve sent an email to Tracy. Thank you to all those who took the time to leave a comment! I hope you will come back soon.
I learned long ago in my scrapbooking career that good pictures are important. As I design pages, especially for catalog work, if I don’t already have the “right” picture, I will take the right picture. Since I can’t afford to have my favorite photographers take ALL my pictures (darn it), that has fostered a desire on my part to become a better photographer.
A few years ago, I bought my first shiny new DSLR camera. It was beautiful! And, even on auto mode it took better pictures than my point & shoot. And, I loved not having to anticipate a kick in Neal’s soccer games. Ah, the freedom! But, I started realizing that even though it was a huge step up, I still ended up with pictures with faces in the shadows, etc.
I had this powerful camera and I wasn’t using it to its full potential. On the recommendation of my cute sister-in-law, I bought this fabulous book: Understanding Exposure. It’s fabulous, I read the whole thing, took notes in the margins, but I was confused. About this time my friend, Natalie, suggested we take a class from Pictureline. We had a great time and for a couple of years, a group of us took a class once a month. I learned a lot thanks to tour amazing teacher, Sasha.
I now shoot in manual mode 99% of the time and will even use RAW. I can tell a HUGE difference in my pictures. But lately I’ve been feeling the urge to get better. Isn’t this what we do in this life? Step-by-step, line by line, precept upon precept improve ourselves?
ENTER Big Picture Classes:
I’m enrolled in this 8 week course and THRILLED beyond words! I’m so excited to refresh my knowledge and take my skills to the next level – AND just in time for Christmas!
Here’s where it gets good for you – REALLY GOOD! My friends at Big Picture Classes have given me the opportunity to have one of YOU join me – on the house!
That’s right. One of you, my friends, will get to take this $139 class for FREE!
Mastering Manual Mode: Reaching your full potential as a photographer
8-week workshop taught by Elisha Snow valued at $139
About the class: You've finally purchased that fancy digital SLR camera and have started shooting pictures in auto mode. You've probably been amazed at the difference in quality, speed and clarity in comparison to that old point-and-shoot, right? If you haven't taken your DSLR camera out of auto mode, then this class is for you! There's so much you can do with your camera, so get ready to be amazed!
In this 8-week class, you'll learn how to reach your full potential in digital SLR photography — exploring what you can do in program, aperture-priority, shutter-priority and other creative modes. You'll learn exactly what ISO, shutter speed and aperture mean individually and how they work together to create that perfect photo. You'll delve into white balance settings and focus modes, and learn more about camera equipment, accessories and lenses. You'll get a refresher on some basic (but important!) composition tips and discover some fun and amazing photo techniques that Elisha has amassed throughout her own learning adventures.
Read rest of description and register here
New to Big Picture Classes? Learn more here
Giveaway Info: The class starts on October 25. That means this giveaway is going to be a quick one!
Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. I’ll randomly select one lucky commenter to take the class with me! I’ll email the winner, so be sure to fill in your email information when you leave your comment. (To be fair, please only enter if you have or have access to a DSLR camera)
If you are not the lucky winner, I hope you will look into joining us! You will love the freedom and creativity that comes with understanding what your camera can do!
I will be sure to share my assignments and progress with you. There are some pre class photos I need to take this weekend.
p.s. Look at the other Big Picture Classes. They have a great variety!
Each year, my Halloween decorations become more and more elaborate and a little more spooky. Not gross, just spooky. You can tell that my boys are maturing and enjoying just a few more creepy crawlies.
I love, love, love – did I tell you that I love Lost & Found Halloween! Jen certainly outdid herself when she created it. I love the orange glitter, black chevron, advertisements and, of course, the embellishments.
All those gross but cool “can kill you” potion labels that are so cute on layouts, make the easiest, cutest home décor! I did not want to spend a lot of money on super cute jars, so I raided/cleaned out my refrigerator and my pantry. I also bought some sparkling mineral water and bottled root beer (the boys loved that). The shrunken heads and skeletons were purchased from a dollar store and everything else that fills the jars came from my pantry.
As you can see, adding just a few spider webs really adds to the authenticity of the jars.
In our CHA booths, we always frame our newest papers. They really are beautiful works or art! The Lost & Found Halloween papers are no exception. I grabbed a few unused frames from my basement and voila! My friend, Jen, who created this beautiful collection, did this in her house, too.
Mixing in a few pumpkins, skulls, candlesticks, books and other personal artifacts, completed the look. My sons loved it when they woke and our mantel looked like this one morning!
I also created a large dimensional spider for my gigantic spider web on my front porch.
I demonstrated these projects this morning on Good Things Utah. I’ve included instructions of the projects that you can download here: Download 2012_10_04_MME_Lost & Found Halloween Decor
I will add the video here when it is available.
I hope your month is fantastically spooky!
In last year’s Pottery Barn catalog, there was this amazing 4’ x 4’ grapevine spider web. Unfortunately, it was out of my price range. As I was looking at my parent’s corkscrew willow tree one day, I realized that we could create a similar spider web out of the amazingly twisted willow branches.
The boys and I and my parents set to work gathering branches, sorting them out by size and laying them out into the shape of a spider web. When we were finished, we added orange lights and a gigantic spider. They loved it!
Now that we are in our new house, it was time to make our own. See this box of corkscrew willow branches? I gathered them last year, didn’t get ours made, and MOVED them to the house. But, I did not move them on moving day so that those who wouldn’t understand the need for a box of branches wouldn’t question my choice. *wink*
After you lay the branches in the shape you want, use hot glue and lash the twigs together with jute. Be sure your branches overlap. Start with the center, since it is the most difficult. The spider web will get stronger the more sections you get put together.
After you have glued and lashed the branches together, trim the overlapping twigs. You are ready to hang the spider web if you would like. Since I have tan hardie board on my house, I thought that leaving the twigs natural like we did last year would make the web not stand out. So, I spray painted the web black. I did not do a solid coat of paint and in places, you can see the natural wood through. I think it adds to the “spookiness” of the web.
Be sure to watch Good Things Utah tomorrow. I will be demonstrating the spider! If you are not able to watch Good Things Utah, I will be posting the information and segment on my blog so that you are able to see it as well!
Our family, like every family, has birthday’s that are milestones. My youngest son has one coming up this month. I sort of feel that he gets gypped a little when it comes to birthday parties (my fault) and I want to make this birthday extra special for him. He is getting baptized on his birthday, so we need to make this big!
We will have family and friends coming to our house to celebrate this special occasion. I had better get going on invitations, décor an party planning!
For this type of invitation, I think it’s important to have pictures. Since a lot of growth may have occurred it is fun for those family and friends who may not have seen Riley in person for a while to see that growth, too.
I actually need to take new photos. The photo on the cover I took two years ago and the one inside is from this Easter. I am hoping to take new ones this weekend. I think I’m going to have to recreate the one on the cover, because it is too perfect with the theme of the invitation.
When Riley came home from school and saw his invitation, he was thrilled! He is dying to eat the donuts, too! I have a few more surprises up my sleeve. You’ll have to watch the segment live or here on the blog to see.
I have also typed up instructions so that you can create your own! Download 2012_09_05_MME_Birthday Celebration Instructions
Be sure to come back to my blog at the end of the month to see how it all comes together!
That nagging feeling… you know the one. It makes you panic when you don’t have reason to panic. It’s the little voice that’s telling you that the path you are on is not right.
The past few days I have had that feeling. I have been stressing that I won’t be able to get everything done this month that I need to get done. It’s a busy month: Good Things Utah, speaking in church, teaching at Pre-IU in Las Vegas, Riley’s baptism, new calling I really need to get going on and the jungle of weeds in our backyard. Busy, but not really more busy than usual.
I figured out this morning what that feeling meant. I thought I was on Good Things Utah on Thursday (my usual day), but I am not. I’m on tomorrow (Wednesday)!
That nagging feeling I had was telling me that if I didn’t get my act in gear, I wasn’t going to get everything done because I would have not shown up to the studio and I really wouldn’t have accomplished all that I needed to. Well, because of that feeling (I like to call it a prompting), on Sunday night I printed pictures for the project and was inspired to sketch the entire project out. I even included what papers to use in my sketch.
I am thankful for that feeling and thankful for where it came from. Now, I’d better get to work!
I love going on Good Things Utah because it challenges me to think outside the box. I’ve been trying to come up with a fun, different table centerpiece that is still simple and not too busy. Then, I saw a gorgeous lace doily table runner and thought that I could recreate a similar look and feel that was a little more colorful and lively using paper.
With the onset of fall quickly approaching, I thought the colors of The Sweetest Thing – Tangerine would be perfect. I love the orangey goodness of the tangerine color mixed with yellows, blues, pinks and a punch of red.
I made three different flower patterns in three different sizes and picked 8 patterned papers from The Sweetest Thing – Tangerine collection. Then I sat down and watched a TV show with Bryan (a rare thing) and cut away. I used 35 flowers on my runner.
I laid out the big ones and mixed in a few smaller flowers to create the bottom layer. Then I added small flowers to the center along with buttons, brads and crochet flowers (also from Tangerine) for dimension. I left the center portion flat (see photo 3) to allow room for a centerpiece.
I think this would be so cute on a dessert table running beneath a bunch of pedestals and stands.
If you would like to create your own, simply download these instructions (patterns included), pull your My Mind’s Eye stash and have a great time!
Instructions: Download 2012_08_23_MME_Table Runner
When the segment from today’s show is available, I will add it here so those of you who didn’t have a chance to watch it live, can see it:
(to see previous projects, visit my blog at www.amberpacker.com)
Have a spectacular Thursday! Happy Creating!
I have been trying to find an antique jewelry tray for in our bathroom for a while. I haven’t been able to find one of these antique beauties that I feel like I can afford. Darn budgets!
The other day I realized that I could make my own – and personalize it! It was really very simple and as you can see, turned out so fun. Perfect for your bath, a teenage girls, guest bath or teenage boys (with modification of course).
On my crafting mission, I went to my local craft store (which happens to be Hobby Lobby) to pick up the right frame. You can pick up a frame from any craft OR thrift store or use a frame you already have (better on the budget)!
You’ll need to make sure you have the following before starting:
I was worried that the size of the frame would be too small because I was envisioning a longer, skinnier rectangle tray, but I think it’s perfect!
I’m demonstrating this fun project on Good Things Utah today (ABC 4 from 10 – 11:00 am). If you are not able to watch it live, I will post the segment here when it is available.
As usual, I have included instructions for you to download so you can
create your own personalized jewelry tray.
but I really want to blog. I just finished typing and scheduling the my blog posts for tomorrow’s Good Things Utah segment and made a startling realization – of the 9 blog posts this month, 7 have been for my Good Things Utah segments. WOW!
After turning the reigns of the My Mind’s Eye blog to the talented Stephanie Howell, I think I suffered from burn out. Somehow, in running the MME blog, I had lost myself. Lately, I find myself thinking: “I need to blog about that” and so I think I will!
Let me share a little of what has happened since I was last on GTU. Since summer is out, I had the boys with me at the studio that day and we ran a few errands on our way home. Bryan and I were going planning on going to the temple that afternoon. I ran one more errand, Bryan’s meeting went a little longer than planned. And at ___ we were still home. I was in the front yard quickly watering the new plants we had before we left when I noticed smoke. I called Bryan (I know – lazy) and said that I didn’t think we should go anywhere with the smoke in the air. We drove up to the top of our subdivision and watched as the fire went up the mountain in about 5 minutes.
About an hour later, we were on our way to stay with family – we had been evacuated!
(my house is the rambler on the right with the plane right above it)
We were one of the lucky families that were able to go home the next day and our home was safe. There were 6 other families could not say that. The fire came to within 4 blocks on both the south and west of our home. It’s amazing to drive up the main road just to the west of us and look to the north from the top. You can see a line of homes 4 blocks long that had the fire stop at their backyards. It was a miracle more homes were not lost.
A mere SIX days later, my sweet Grandma passed away. I am so lucky to have had her in my life. To do her justice, I’m going to create a post just for her.
I have created a Hobby Lobby Ad, three layouts for Shyloh (a page for all seasons) and worked on new products you will love in the next few months when you get to see them (wink).
Our family has had a couple of scout camps (for Neal), moved 18 cubic yards of dirt into flower beds, planted all our trees and shrubs and we are currently getting ready for a fun party at our house on Monday!
I am finally ready to start decorating the house and am excited to share that progress and my dreams for the house with YOU! I hope you are ready to go – because I am!
I want you to know that I know how incredible blessed I am to have the family that I have. We are blessed to be in the neighborhood we are in. Things are not always perfect, but they are
perfectly imperfect and I like it! Hugs,