Hand-Painted Vintage Sign

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I wasn’t going to write a blog post about my goals for 2015.

I wasn’t going to tell you all the things that I want to accomplish in the coming year and how I was going to OWN the next twelve months. I might have to turn in my blogger card for stating this, but the truth is that kind of thing doesn’t really interest me. They say if you write down your goals and share them with others, you are more likely to accomplish them. I’m more of the mind set, do what you gotta do and if you find that you’re doing something well, let’s celebrate that. Tell me your tips and tricks for conquering life and I’m all ears.

It’s not that I don’t make goals.  I do.  And I share them with others too. I’ve even read about and encouraged others with their goals. I just don’t find them super interesting to write about in this space.

But then last week I got this message from a reader on Facebook:

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Words to Live By

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**Disclaimer – I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Michaels and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

I know I’m not alone at the beginning of January when I breathe a huge sigh of relief. All the hustle of the Christmas season is behind us and a new year stretches ahead like open highway. I love having all of the holiday decorations put away and there is a bareness that makes me want to create something new. So when I was asked to be sent a surprise project of Spring Wood Surfaces to work with, I immediately jumped in to share it this first week of 2015.  Inspired by one of my favorite quotes, this is my focus for 2015.

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Pantone Color for 2015: Marsala

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Happy New Year!  I hope that you had a fabulous holiday season and are ready to embrace all that 2015 has to offer.  I definitely am.  2014 was a year of starts and stops for me as I discovered my new norm within our changing family dynamics.  As a stay at home mom having her first child head out on his own, I was suddenly examining what I wanted to do within this new season of life.  And frankly 2014 brought a lot of stumbling over things that I quickly learned I DON’T want to do.  I’m excited to finally feel like I’ve got direction and a plan for 2015… one that I can’t wait to share with you over the next few weeks.

But first, let’s talk color.

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Unique Gift Wrap

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Last week while getting my haircut, I was chatting with my stylist about something or other when she suddenly stated, “Oh my goodness… why are you creating another project for yourself?!” And then we laughed and laughed because after 10+ years together, she should know the answer to that.

It’s what I do.

Case in point… when faced with a challenging gift to wrap, I will in fact come up with an even more complicated way to wrap it.

It’s what I do.

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Movie Night: Elf

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Last week’s movie night didn’t go quite as planned. I had barely pushed “publish” on the post when my husband mentioned he was meeting up with a friend and wouldn’t be home for it. Then my son called to tell me that he had just finished his paper for English and in it argued why White Christmas is the WORST holiday movie EVER!

I don’t even know what to say.

Where do you begin with a statement like that about one of your seasonal favorites. Seriously… that’s a pretty tall statement considering there are A LOT of bad Christmas movies out there!


That’s just the reality of blogging, folks… people (even your family) surprise you and sometimes what you see on the screen doesn’t end up going down the way you might think.  But I refuse to let that derail this little series and this week’s movie night is sure to be a success. How could it not… we’ll be watching Elf.

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