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Tuesday, January 27, 2015


well folks, i'm just going to put it out there right now because life has been ROUGH lately.  losing my Dad has been harder on me than anything i could have imagined, and i know it's going to take some time to feel some sense of normalcy again, but i have to try.

i'm heading back up to my studio to MAKE SOMETHING.  i keep going up there and sitting against the wall or lying on the floor staring into space.  hours go by and suddenly i realize it's time for bed.  tonight, i'm going to make something, even if it's just a tag or getting elements together for a card, i need to do something that's Leah - something the old me had in her.

tomorrow, i'm heading to the gym (putting it up here, on the screen, means i'm committing to it, right?), for the first time since October when i injured my back.  i was incapable of walking upright, sitting for 5 minutes at a time or finding a state of restfulness to allow me to sleep, and i was seeing a chiropractor 2 or 3 times a week, plus wearing a stimulator for a big chunk of my workday.  the MRI showed 3 herniated disks and i was told it could be 6 months or more until it healed to a comfortable point.  when i got the call that Sunday morning about Dad, my back just...  stopped hurting.  or maybe i just stopped feeling that kind of pain.  i'm not sure what happened or when, exactly, because after the first hour, i sprang into action to get myself up to Canada to be with him.  i haven't felt even a twinge of back pain since.

while it's tough to find the inspiration to create something, despite all of the lovely things i have in my studio and the amazing projects i've seen posted by my friends, i think it will be easy to burn 600 calories on the treadmill and probably not even realize i'm doing it.  i have new kicks for the gym, a ton of Fabletics gear i haven't had the chance to use, and a good 25 pounds that needs to go.

here's to fighting through it.  'cuz that's all i can try to do, and i don't know if it's going to work, because this isn't the only hard thing in my life right now.  and to all of you who have endured this kind of devastating loss, you have my condolences and hugs, because grief is SO HARD.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

some odd favourite things popping the cork and hello again

okay, hello there chickens.  haven't been around in a bit as i've been extremely busy with the new job and then with losing my father on Christmas Day and scrambling around ever since.  i'm trying to settle back in but there is SO MUCH TO DO and i feel very overwhelmed. 

that's why it was important for me to decompress a bit last night and spend some time in my craft studio.  LONG overdue. 

i coloured.

i combined elements.

i combined challenges.

i played with some new goodies.

i felt a little better by the time i went to bed, so i'm glad i took some time for ME.  haven't had much of it lately.  and thank you to everyone who's been so supportive while i'm dealing with things.  i appreciate it more than i can possibly express on a computer screen.

here's one of two cards i made last night...  it features the critter from Some Odd Girl's Acorn Fairy clear stamp set, the heart and sentiment from the Nutsy Kaylee set (she's on clearance!) with Some Odd Girl's Sunshine Sorbet paper, some lovely adhesive cork, background papers from Pretty Little Studio.  and the wood sequins are from Chic Tags, coloured up with Wink of Stella from the Paper Issues shop. 

close up of critter love, coloured up with my Prismacolor pencils
(and maybe you can see a bit of the shimmer on the sequins):


annnnnnd i am throwing down for the new sketch challenge (211) at My Favorite Things - i followed it pretty closely:

and i'm also linking up at the current Linky Party at Paper Issues - the theme is "Popping the Cork" (sponsored by the awesome Elle's Studio) and it inspired me to FINALLY cut into one of my adhesive cork sheets.  i think i bought the cork pad about a year and a half ago, and that's just silly. 

and that will do it.  it felt GOOD to get my craft on.  what have you folks been up to?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Paper Issues Swag-Baggalicious!

morning, chickens!  :)  i'm up on the Paper Issues blog today with my FINAL post as a Creative Team member...  i have LOVED being a PI Gal and have been inspired by such amazing talent, not to mention the camaraderie with these lovely ladies.  i am going to miss them all dreadfully but am cheering the new girls on from the side lines! 

have you joined in the Pinspire Me Mondays or the Sketch Saturdays yet?  how about the Link Party?  there's a new one starting tomorrow and remember, you can link old or new projects as long as you link back to Paper Issues!

anywho, my project today is all about the illustrious Swag Bag.  it's no secret i'm mad crushing on my happy mail every time a new Swag Bag arrives, and December's rocked.  this is what i did with it:

yeah.  i had fun with this one!  oh, wait.  what do you mean it's only a sneak?  well you'll have to go to the Paper Issues blog to see the rest of it then, won't you?

SO.  i've got some goodies to give away, and i'll randomly pick one commenter over there to win a little Fancy Pants True Friend action - the 6x6 paper pad and ephemera pack will be coming your way!  CLICK HERE to check out my post and leave your comment to win this:

for the record, the ephemera pack is sold out in the Paper Issues shop, but the paper pad is still available!  it's my absolute FAVOURITE Fancy Pants line to date, and i want you to have it!  :)

and if you want to be inspired every. single. day...  Paper Issues will do that.  thank you, Cassie Box, for tryin' me on for size!  it's been an absolute pleasure and an honour to call myself one of your Creative Team!

Monday, December 8, 2014

3rd annual Hol-ODD-Day hop at Some Odd Girl!

it's TIME!

our Hol-ODD-Day hop kicks off NOW, and i'm so glad you're here! 

We Odd Girls have joined together for a fun event for EVERYONE - not just because you get to hop, but because you get to PARTICIPATE and share your own holiday creations. So glad you've joined us for our 3rd annual Hol-ODD-Day Hop!

We mixed things up a bit to bring you a nice variety of holiday projects that we hope will inspire you. You can comment on all of the blogs, participate by linking your own below (to be eligible to win, be sure you link to us in your post), and comment throughout the event on other people's links as well! And there will be PRESENTS! The hop goes from now through Friday, December 12th, and we'll be announcing 3 winners next Wednesday, December 17th, so you have plenty of time to comment between now and then! Our Hol-ODD-Day Hop link party will close at midnight on Friday the 12th.

Today, all of the Odd Girls have projects to share for the big event, so you can visit their blogs to see all the action happening. Here's the hop list for our awesome team:

Remember to comment along the way, and link up your holiday-themed projects using Some Odd Girl stamps (new or old)!

i created a little wedge box/ornament using the gorgeous Bright Lights Kaylee digi stamp (she'll always be one of my faves!):

the box will be filled with candies (probably Ferrero Rocher) and hung up, either from our mantle or on a tree that has yet to be put up...  these boxes are SO easy to make, and a couple of little punched holes to tie them together, and presto!  instant gift!  (yep, a gift card will also fit inside!)

ZOOM to see this cutie up close:

i also used the green arrow paper from the Sunshine Sorbet paper pad, as well as some Sorbet Sequins and Hexie Dots all blinged out.  

so hop along, and comment along the way, and you are welcome to join us by adding ANY Some Odd Girl holiday-themed project (new or old) to our little Hop Party Linky - just be sure to link to Some Odd Girl in your blog post, and you might be one of our lucky winners - there will be THREE!  

we also have some awesome themed digi BUNDLES for you, so CLICK HERE to see what's in the shop!

What the #@!$%& - new Paper Issues link party!

hey there, chickens!  there's a new flair party in town, and Paper Issues knows where it's at!  you're invited!

our theme is "What the #@!$%&" and there is SO much you can do with it!  punctuation, typewriter keys, typed journaling, scripty writing, numbers, exclamation (WOW! SHEESH! YIKES!), money, texty abbreviations (LOL, WTF, BRB, etc...) - you catch my drift, right?  :)  or use Feed Your Craft product on your page.  link up and be sure to link back to Paper Issues and you might win!  you might also be featured on our Facebook page, or our Instagram feed, or on the Paper Issues blog as one of our Fan Featured Friday friends!

this issue is sponsored by Feed Your Craft, who are all about awesome flair, and there are 3 packs of flair from their shop up for grabs for the winner of this issue!  we also have a discount code for you - use code PAPERISSUES15 now through 12/31 to save 15% off your entire order!  they have LOADS of fun stuff, including this neutral ampersand (of which i would like 100 more!) and book text, which is perfect for anything!

i combined some of the Teresa Collins "Something Wonderful" elements (including the title from the pack!), some goodies from my December Swag Bag, Jillibean Soup enamel stars, some Fancy Pants ephemera goodness and my trusty Dymo label maker. 

those apples?  yeah, they were MAILED TO ME.  by my bestie, Kristy, who hand-picked them in Michigan when Honeycrisp season started last year.  when i opened this huge box to find apples inside, i cried like a baby.  love you, girl.  like whoa!

so, link up!  join in the fun!  your projects can be new or old, but you must link to us!  CLICK HERE to check out the Paper Issues "What the #@!$%&" linky party and see what the rest of the awesome Creative Team did with this one...  we LOVED using the Feed Your Craft flair, and we know one lucky winner's going to be loving it, too!

for your shopping needs, check out the Paper Issues shop and see what's new!  Cassie Box has new goodies arriving ALL. THE. TIME.  and you can use my code to grab 'em before they're gone!