Tuesday, November 29, 2011


I am seriously working on finding happiness in my life as it is now. It is kind of a battle for me, but I have really been thinking lately about how we are really responsible for our own happiness. The world isn't going to make sure we are happy, and often times things aren't just going to happen for us that ensure happiness. It is up to  me to find joy in my everyday life. For me, this means digging deeper than the basic things that make me happy, like a cup of good hot chocolate, a good movie, etc. Because those things aren't lasting. If I am not happy with myself at the core, it is a lot harder to be joyful on the outside. I am working on finding things about myself that I love, and on putting out a more positive attitude about the world around me as well. Changing isn't easy, and it isn't quick, but it is sometimes necessary. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Halloween is over? Already? What happened? At this rate it will be New Year's and I will be left wondering what happened to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This year, my kids were (in order from youngest to oldest) a bat, a punk rocker, a witch, and Athena. We trick-or-treated until almost 9 last night, and the haul the kids brought in was substantial. Enough to keep them in candy until Easter.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Crafty organization

I haven't posted since last November. I know, I know, it has been almost a year. Let's not talk about it. Dwelling on things is a bad habit. Let's just move on.

I got crafty this week, something I haven't done in a long time. You see, my dresser has been accumulating a massive pile of stuff, and within that mess was my jewelry. I have various jewelry boxes, and every couple of months I make an attempt to reorganize things, but my earrings, necklaces, and bracelets inevitably end up i a heap on my dresser, or spilling out of a box, tangled and difficult to manage. I had had enough.

So I made these:
And they are awesome. Organization and function masquerading as decor. I love them! Here are a couple of closer shots:

I wish I had taken pictures of the frames beforehand. They were just a couple of cheap, beat up frames from D.I. - I paid $3 for both. One was gold and one was wood. I spray painted them black, replaced the backing with hardware cloth, and voila! You can't see the detail really well on the longer frame, but it is lovely. And all my hangy jewelry is where I can see it, but out of the way. I also put some of my hair clips on there. And hanging on my wall it looks like art. Perfect! The pictures don't really do the whole thing justice. Even Jon thought it was really cool. (You know, since he knows what is cool. Ha!)

So that is it for show and tell. Guess I'll see you next year.