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Where have I been?

I have a video for you that updates you on where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. Watch that first, and then I’ll go into detail on how I ended up there. But what’s really important is that you watch the video and then go over and check out the Pop-Up for a Cause for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, where you can buy amazing LuLaRoe clothes and, for every single item, a certain dollar amount ($3-6) is donated to the cause on the sale on Tuesday, August 30th starting at 8PM central and going for about 48 hours. Or just check out the charity here. Or just check out my business here.

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Thanks for watching the video. Here are the links as promised:


Now here’s how I got here:

I sit here, more than 13 months since writing my previous post and almost start to laugh at how much life has thrown my way in this past year. Well, really, past two years since I blogged regularly. Some of life has been incredibly, breath-takingly amazing: getting engaged to a man that is the best partner in crime, cheerleader and alarm clock a person could ask for (yes – it’s Jake! We’ve been together for five years now, and we’ll be getting married in October.), seeing my friends and family grow and prosper with new people and loved ones, learning intense lessons on the fly or when I least expected it working with kids and truly knowing that I make a difference in their lives. Some of life has been side-swiping, throw-me-for-a-loop, I-wish-I-could-re-do-all-of-this awful: dealing with death and grief from people in my life passing away far too young, experiencing what it feels like to lose someone to cancer for the first time, coming to the stark realization of my own mortality and those around me that I care so much about.

But it all comes full circle. Life isn’t black or white. It’s not amazing or terrible. It’s not yes or no. It’s a rainbow, a rollercoaster, a yes-no-maybe-okay-letsgo-letstry. There have been twists and turns in the road. I’ve done blind-landing backflips, and sometimes I didn’t land on my feet. I scuffed my knees up a few times, and I have a few more scars to show for it on my knees and on my heart. But at the end of the day, love is the answer. Love brought me to not just like working with kids but LOVING working with kids, especially when I chose to change schools before last school year to be at an elementary school that specialized in Dual-Language Immersion (half the classes speak Spanish most of the day) and is a level 3 setting for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It all clicked. I had a team that, together, we were able to solve any problem. I learned from them. The kids learned from me. The kids taught me more lessons each week than I have enough space for in a book. I realized that I was channeling my creative energy into problem solving with this kids, about these kids and working with these kids, and I loved it. The days I got to do art projects were the best. Some days, I couldn’t even believe they were paying me to do art with kids – something I feel like was sometimes more rewarding for me than even the kids that were the most excited about it.

Then I discovered LuLaRoe, and my world changed course again. I saw how these colorful, comfortable clothes made women look amazing and feel confident. I saw the beautiful patterns and fell in love. I saw how much people cherished their LuLaRoe and their experience with the people who sold it, and I decided that I wanted to be a person who brought that kind of joy into a person’s life, too. I signed up to be a LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant. As you guys know from years of blogging, I never ever back products unless I truly stand behind them, and I would not sell them if I didn’t love them. Well, I love them. And because of LuLaRoe, I’ve already been able to start doing part of my WHY – stop living paycheck to paycheck. I started in May, and my goal is still the same: to provide a better life for my family (make ends meet for our wedding, buy better groceries, be able to grow our family on our terms) and to eventually start a non-profit where I can, again, work with kids doing what I love to do the most – art. I want to create a place where people who deal with THINGS – depression, anxiety (two things that I have and want everyone to feel comfortable talking about!), PTSD, the trauma of the loss of a loved one to suicide, Autism Spectrum Disorder, EBD and so many more things – can come learn one more way – art – to cope with the chemical imbalance, the grief, the feelings… the need to express themselves.

A month ago, I was making enough money with LuLaRoe that I was able to quit my day job in order to do LuLaRoe full time. I’m going to miss those kids so much, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve impacted hundreds of kids’ lives. Going forward, LuLaRoe will give me the momentum I need to impact THOUSANDS of people through giving back to charity, doing volunteer work and opening my own non-profit.

So, like I said in the video, if the past two years has taught me anything, it’s that life is chalked full of twists, turns and loop-de-loops, but I’m ready for some more adventure, and I hope you’ll join me. Come check out my Online Sale to benefit the AFSP on August 3oth HERE (running until September 1st), or come on over and join my VIP Shopping Group HERE where you can check out my inventory every time I have an online party. I can’t wait to see you over there and catch up. <3

Love forever and always,

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Distress Ink Mini Cards Video Tutorial!

Today I’m over on the Little Tangles challenge blog as their guest for this challenge. I’m so grateful to them for having me! And I have a special treat for you… a video tutorial. That’s right! I got a little over-ambitious last night and decided this would be a good time to make another card video. Ask me when I wake up after my super late-nighter if I still think that was a good idea. I’ll get back to you on that one.

Anyway, the challenge for this week is to create mini cards, and I made four just for good measure. Mini cards are so fun and perfect for making in sets, because even the simplest elements become a big deal when you’re working with a smaller canvas.

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Head over to the Little Tangles blog for more information about the challenge, including information on how to enter yourself so that you might win a Neat & Tangled stamp set of your choice!

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Here’s the video for the set. Enjoy!

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Here are some more looks at the set. See the bottom of this post for a full list of supplies!

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The Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Shaded Lilac are so wonderful together, and I really love using each ink in multiple layers like this – blending it on with a blending tool, stamping it on with the On the Strip 2 wide stripe and then watching it react with droplets of water for even more depth and texture.

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The Everyday Circles stamp set is also great for mini cards – it’s the perfect size to be the focal point of these little cards without completely consuming them. I loooove these sentiments stamped in the Hero Arts Navy Mid-Tone ink. So yummy.

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Also, I made a video. Did I tell you that? I know. I can’t believe it either. I don’t have any concrete plans for making a ton of videos right away, but I would like to make some more. A few of my favorites need updating, and I have some great ideas for “basics” videos that I think even experienced crafters would like. Now if only these ideas would get out of my head and onto the internet.

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Supplies used on this project: Click below to see where you can buy the products used on this project. Click on “SS” for the product at Simon Says Stamp and “EH” for the product at Ellen Hutson. I only link to products and shops that I know and love. Thank you for your support!

Shabby Shutters Distress Ink – Ranger
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink – Tim Holtz
Salty Ocean Distress Ink – Ranger
Shaded Lilac Distress Ink – Tim Holtz
Ink Blending Tool – Ranger
Ink Blending Tool Foams – Ranger
Non-Stick Craft Sheet – Ranger
Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink – Hero Arts
Solar White Cardstock 25 sheets – Neenah
Solar White Cardstock 250 Sheets – Neenah
Mini Scoring Board – Martha Stewart Crafts
Large 7mm Antique Accent Pearls – Hero Arts
Small Accent Pearls – Hero Arts

Thanks so much for stopping by today and to the wonderful Little Tangles crew for having me on their challenge this week! Make sure you head over there and see the creations the design team came up with + leave them some love!

Talk to you again soon, my friends!



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Studio Tour!

Well, you know I’m moving in a few days… so it’s now or never when it comes to a tour of my workspace. Even though everything’s not perfectly in order and absolutely beautiful, I thought it would be really great to share different storage solutions that have worked for me in this space. Maybe they’ll work for you for a particular type of item or a particular space problem you have. In this space, I have more square footage than I’m used to but roughly 5 feet of wall space (which is what my old stamp storage depended on). I had to get a little creative with my desk and using the space within my arm span to make my space work for me. That being said, enjoy the video! All things mentioned in the video are listen below in a nice, orderly list.

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Storage solutions:

  • Desk Top: Linnmon table top, black-brown, 78 3/4″ x 23 5/8″ (link)
  • Desk Legs: Vika Kaj legs, adjustable (to max height) (link)
  • Desk Chair: Boss Multifunctional Fabric Drafting Stool (link)
  • Paper Trimmer: Tonic 12 x 12 Guillotine Trimmer (link)
  • Clear and Black Bins throughout room: ITSO Tapered Bins (link)
  • Hanging Stamp Storage from previous space: (link)
  • Desk Work Surface: 24 x 18 Self-Healing Mat by Alvin (link)
  • Desk Work Surface: Large Non-Stick cutting mat by Ranger (link)
  • Blending Tool Craft Spinner: (link)
  • Craft Spinner Extension Kit: (link)
  • Righthand Drawers: Algot Frame, Mesh Baskets and Spinner Wheels (link)
  • In-drawer Organizers: Skubb Boxes in Lilac (link)
  • Ink Storage: 23 x 4 Shallow Picture Ledges from Target (Reviews on the website are terrible; you can buy better ones at Ikea)
  • Stickle Storage idea from Chari Moss: (link)
  • Stacking Bins: Iris Medium Stacking Bins (Purchased from OfficeMax) (link)
  • Corner Rounder/Twine/Spray Ink Storage: Tiered Fruit Basket from Target
  • Lefthand Drawers: Sterilite Medium 5-drawer Rolling Cart 
  • Shelves to Left of Desk: Lerberg Shelf Unit, Dark Grey, 13 3/4″ (link)
  • Distress Ink Blending Foam Storage: No-Stress Distress Inks Lesson 1 (link)
  • Copic Storage: Copic Sketch Empty Marker Cases for 72 Markers (link)
  • Mini Green and Clear Boxes for little bits & pieces: Sterilite Small Clipboxes in Green (link) 
  • Large Shelving Unit: Expedit 32 x 59 Shelving Unit in Black-Brown (link)
  • Wafer Thin Die Storage: Magnetic Storage Folders by Lifestyle Crafts (link)
  • Wire Shelving: 3-Tier Black Wire Shelving by Room Essentials (link)
  • Stamp and other Hobby Storage: ITSO Storage System from Target
  • How I film videos – a telescoping mic stand: Musician’s Gear Tripod Mic Stand with Telescoping Boom Black (link)
  • Plus a camera adapter: On Stage Video Camera/Digital Recorder Adapter (link)

I’m happy to report that my meeting went really well with my career counselor yesterday. I think it’ll be really good for me to have “homework” again and to have an outside source to help guide me through the job market. Thanks for all of your fantastic comments on yesterday’s post. Seriously, I have the best blog friends. It’s reassuring to know that so many of you have gone through (or are going though) similar situations and feelings; things really do work out on the other side.

Okay now seriously, I promise more CHA coverage tomorrow. As you can tell by my list above, this video got a little more *ehem* complicated than I originally anticipated. This seemed like my last good moment to share this space with you. Tomorrow I pick up the keys for our new, bigger place. Yippee!

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you tomorrow! Same time, same place. ;)



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