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Goodbye Winter!

3.29 Winter 14-15 chalkboard

I’ve probably said this before, but I may not make pretty scrapbooks, but I feel like this chalkboard is kind of like my version of a memory book. I’m not even all that great at remembering to write down things that have happened on the board, but I hope that I at least capture the highlight reel.

When I look back at last season I think the only thing I am really bummed that I didn’t do was go sledding. There were a few days where it was nice out, there was sun and beautiful snow but I just could NOT get myself to go out in it. What’s happening to me? I used to love to play in the snow. Instead I just felt cold, cold, cold. I even started sleeping with a heating pad on the end of the bed near the end of the season (I couldn’t find my heating blanket, which I haven’t used for 10 years and probably threw away). I can already tell a week into Spring and I am SO HAPPY to have some warmth and fresh air. Yesterday I went for a walk outside for an hour and a half!

Onto SPRING! Onto new blossoms and shoots, clean air, AND SUN!

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Happy New Year!

Do you make resolutions? I really could use some. Things like creating schedules to cook regular meals, keep the house clean and make bill payments and work on some fitness goals. It’s nearing on 10 years that I’ve said I want to run a 5K and yep, that hasn’t made much progress more than the wanting part.

fall 2014 chalkboard

It’s Winter and time to clear the board and start a new season, but in the meantime here is a rough list of what happened in the fall. Highlights include Matt and my trip to Kentucky and getting engaged (although it also created a lot of self induced stress as well, on what that expectation means to other people), two new babies by two good friends, and finally taking the leap to start the Little Art Book project I have been thinking about forever. We hosted Thanksgiving this year at our house and the kids wanted to draw on the chalkboard so I let them erase  it, so some of the items at the bottom were later photoshopped in. Also, not listed is another niece or nephew that is expected in our family in June! 2015 is looking to be a GOOD YEAR!

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I was just looking over the previous season’s post and realized that I had said I wanted to crack down on finishing up items on my to-do lists from 2009-10 with hopes to create a new list for 2015. Well, I completely forgot about finishing up those items when I got sidetracked and focused on the Little Art Book, which is actually an item on that list. Time to go revisit those lists and see if I can crank a bunch out in a short period and still have time to start a 2015 list.

Happy New Year!

And since it is a new year and a change of season, this is as good a time as any to share our adventure from New Year’s Day. Leading up to the new year we were talking about our fitbits and the few times we reached 20,000 steps and my sister suggested we aim for 30,000 steps on New Year’s Day. THIRTY THOUSAND STEPS! For me, a thousand steps is roughly 10 minutes, so walking 30,000 steps is walking for 5 hours. It sounded like a fun idea and we talked about where we could walk. I’m reading Wild (I haven’t seen the movie yet) and love stories of people just walking/cycling/traveling great lengths on their own. What we didn’t think about is that we live in Northern Illinois and it is COLD. We didn’t let it stop us though and I came up with a big loop and my sister mapped it out to find that it was 9 miles. It was cold but my sister is a FAST WALKER. I was a bit overdressed and overheating and she was slightly under dressed and getting frostbitten legs, so at our pit stop we rearranged clothing a bit, had lunch and were on our way again. We were golden until about 20,000 steps when we both hit a wall. It was literally “I could go forever” to “I can barely lift my feet” in the span of 1,000 steps. By the time we got home we were limping and I’m sure our faces showed our agony. We only had 23,000 steps.  We recouped with the hope of going back out and making those last 7,000 steps, but as the sun went down we both realized there was no way we wanted to walk in the cold AND dark, so we took our adventure to Target and did some shopping, did some laps, did some more shopping, did some more laps and then finished our last 150 steps in my basement. 2 days later and my feet still ache, but I was able to still get in my regular 10,000 steps yesterday. I realized that I think I want to add in more regular 20,000 step days every week. I can do it!

 

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

9.22 seasonal calendar

It’s September 22nd, my birthday and (what I deem as) the first official day of fall! So, what does that mean? It means it’s time to document my seasonal chalkboard, erase it and then start fresh. As you might be able to tell at the length in which the board is covered, this summer was BUSY. It was also a very hard one with the loss of my father, and probably why I really don’t want to rehash the season’s individual events, good or bad, right now. As much as I am not looking forward to another cold, dark winter, I’m finally ready to move on from this summer. Fall has been traditionally my favorite season, so let’s hope it stretches out for eternity.

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Speaking of lists, I’ve been really wanting to crack down on crossing off every last item from my yearly lists that I made in 2009 and 2010 and actually create a brand new list for 2015. Keep tuned as I might share a few adventures.

How many girls do you know who are thrilled to get a rotary reel lawn mower for a birthday present? My 16 year old (and current day) self are so HAPPY!

My sister surprised me with a reel lawn mower, something I’ve been wanting since I was probably 16 years old. Maybe even younger. My dad had an antique one in our shed, and every once in a while I’d try to take it out to mow and it was SO HEAVY and RUSTED I could barely mow a few feet. Then when I was probably 15 or 16 I went to stay with my grandma and she had just purchased a new rotary mower and had me mow her small lawn and it was such a breeze. I’ve wanted one ever since. I was a little worried that my dream might be just a fantasy after reading some of the negative feedback on reel mowers on Amazon. “Too hard”, “A good workout” and, “you’re gonna get ripped!” But after the easy assembly and taking it out for it’s first run I realized it was just as easy as any of the self propelled mowers I’ve used. I think that might be because I’m a little impatient, so even though the mowers were self propelled, I still push them to make them go even faster. So, pushing this little beauty was easy peasy.

One last note: Not only is it my birthday, but I recently found out it is Tatiana Maslany‘s birthday as well, ahem, only a few years later, cough. Who else is addicted to Orphan Black? I totally like to think of myself as a Sarah, and after dinner last week I realized my best friend looked like Cosima, with the same hair and glasses, holy cow. She was very much pleased when I told her that. If I can’t be Sarah, then I’d definitely want to be Felix, he is too beautiful, fabulous, sexy and sassy.

Chalkboard Calendars Winter and Spring

It’s exactly halfway through the year so no time like the present to post this.

7.2.14 Chalkboard winter 2014

Last summer I started using the chalkboard I made for our living room to keep track of all the memorable things that have happened. I’ve enjoyed it so much so I’ve kept it going for each season. I can’t be reliable to post regularly to my blog or scrapbook or journal or anything, but writing on a chalkboard is easy enough. I figure, I’ll try to write everything down on the board as it happens, take a picture each season and if I ever feel so inclined I can print those out and put them in scrapbooks. I think there are long slots on some project life pages.

I never got around to sharing Winter’s board when Spring rolled around, so this post is a two-fer.

The list says: Camelot Tree Farm, Cleaning, decorating and hosting Christmas, Fireplace & Fire Wood, Petit Fours and Mittens, Ice Globes, Bunny Sitting Rue, Tomato Sauce from the garden, No Work on Fridays, Too Cold days -17, Sledding, Confetti on New Years, Salon Haircut, Bomb Diggity mail, 36/36 Spoon Art, Gaelic Storm, Heater Broke, Wolves Game, Matt got an iphone, I got an ipad, Katie and Winter buttons, Ipod broke and replaced, Pie Boss

And just a quick commentary on a couple things: We hosted Christmas at our house. We used our fireplace for the first time since we moved in and let me tell ya, this winter called for it. When we were house hunting we weren’t looking for a fireplace but I am so glad to have it. I got my hair cut at a real salon for the first time in over a decade. I LOVED IT. I was SOOO Happy with my hair until I got the next cut. The next cut was meh. I just got it cut again with another kinda disheartening experience so now, even though I know that salon and stylist are capable of giving me an AMAZING hair cut, I’ve been getting schlock instead. And after literally a couple of years of Matt making due with this ancient, cracked screen, slider phone, he upgraded to an iphone. It pretty much updated our household into the current millennium. Now it feels like that was forever ago and that he’s had an iphone forever. Meanwhile, the home button on my ipod touch broke so I had to take it into the apple store. Fortunately I always get the apple care plan and they swapped it out with a new one. And then for Christmas I got an ipad which is great for using on the treadmill, which I still do regularly, getting in my 10,000 steps every day.

And now for more current happenings:

Monthly chalkboard spring 2014

The list: Maple Syrup collection and all day cook, Pie Boss, Walk to Oasis, Blumen Gardens, Animal Crossing, Walk to China House, Tchotchke Mantel, Steel Drum Band, Rex Manning Day, 2048, Iphone!!!, Easter breakfast/syrup waffles, Kane County Flea Market with Ann and Courtney, MS Walk in Chicago, geocaching, 5 weeks of Hell at work, Butterfly release, Bowling, Vino & Vangogh, Union, IL, Black 47, Deer on path, photobooth convention, Gorey Exhibit, Rockford City Market, Matt lost wallet for 2 months, 20,000 fitbit steps, treasure maps/hunt.

Quick commentary: wow! This spring, I tell ya! After the absolute coldest and dreariest and longest lasting winter, we were amped to get out, get some fresh air and be productive as soon as possible. Some pretty epic things happened this season. Attending the maple syrup fest and then making my very own maple syrup from sap collected in my own yard will be one of the most memorable things from the year, let alone that season. I attended the International Photobooth Convention, showed at the Rockford City Market, and FINALLY updated my phone to an iphone as well (only after talking about it for probably 2 years first). Most recently, my sister created a treasure map in my parents’ yard with a treasure at the end for my nephew to find. This is exactly my kind of project and I’m very excited about the possibilities. Overall this Spring I kept very busy and stayed happy and productive.

Chalkboard related – When I originally made this board I painted it with many layers (a whole can) of magnetic paint and then chalkboard paint. Because of all the layers it caused the top layer to be very rough and uneven. Before Spring I finally sanded the board down and gave it a fresh coat of chalkboard paint and now it writes so much smoother. Also, since I’ve been using the chalkboard strictly to keep track of events each season I was a bit sad that I lost drawing space for my niece and nephew, so I bought another board. We used it for the Rockford City Market, pictured here on A Beautiful Party’s post.

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edit to share this post I just read:

I love this! Natalie and her husband create a list on a chalkboard each season as well, only they are making a checklist of things they need to do! What a great idea. Read this post to see some of the items on their list for this summer.

 

My Fall 2013 list

Time to share a new quarterly chalkboard list.

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It’s been a few days since the Winter Solstice. Matt is always quick to correct people, the solstice and equinoxes are NOT the first day of the season, despite popular belief. Regardless, I will use those dates (roughly) to change my running calendar of what has happened over the season. I’m pretty sure there are a bunch of things missing from this list, things I wanted to write down but then couldn’t remember what they were later.

I feel the need to expound on items on the list because even now I sometimes have a hard time trying to remember what something was referring to. I got the fitbit in August, so technically it should have been on the last board, but I wasn’t fully immersed in it until this board began. Still going strong wtth regular 10,000 daily steps. My sister and I went to Renegade in Chicago, as usual. Garden Harvest, Kite Fest, not sure if the kite fest IS the garden harvest or if I’ve already forgotten what the garden harvest was. We took my nephew to the kite fest and ran around, it was fun. For a very late birthday gift to Matt I got tickets to see Blue Man Group. I’ve seen them several times already, but Matt had never seen them before and had a great time. I’m a big baby and complained about how I just wanted Baker’s Square pie for my birthday and then when it came to my birthday Matt’s parents showed up with the pie from 45 miles away. It was SO NICE, but I felt absolutely undeservedly spoiled. Matt and I went to see the movie Gravity, opening night, and REALLY enjoyed it a lot. We had multiple book club meetings at Twin’s (my neighborhood pub) and everyone got really excited about a woman who comes in regularly to sell customers blocks of cheese. My brother, SIL, nephew, neice, Matt and I went to this “pumpkin patch” which really just looked like someone’s front yard, where they sell tons of pumpkins for SUPER cheap. I taught a notebook making class at the Craft Day Extravaganza. Looking back what I really remember was the panic and stress it caused me, but that was all self induced and unnecessary.  The whole clan went to the corn maze, which we hadn’t done for a few years. My friend Bethany invited me join her and her students on a field trip to SOFA and of course I was filled with tons of inspiration. I decorated our front tree with pumpkins and finally finished documenting the tree changing colors, and made an animated gif of it. I posted to my blog everyday in the month of November. I joined my friend Bethany for an art show opening at NIU and then we took a short class about public installation work. I worked with Food52.com to sell my gold & silver garlands and had TONS of holiday sales between that, my shop and wholesale orders, I went through hell week when it was revealed that the owner wanted to change my work schedule so that I would be coming in at 4 a.m. I was so close to quitting, but we worked it out so that I now work a slightly modified schedule and now essentially have Fridays off, woo hoo, and then of course I threw my 8th annual gingerbread house making party.

Things I just remembered that should have been on the list: I saw the movie About Time and it tore me to shreds, that movie is SO GOOD, I made this skeleton sweatshirt that I love, love, love, I donated items to help benefit Typhoon Haiyan relief, I found new boots, I printed and fell in love with this stationery, I had an art evening with Erica working on gelli prints, my notebooks and necklaces are for sale at the Visitior’s Center in Rockford, IL.

It was a VERY BUSY and productive fall.

It was fitting that on Christmas my nephew zoned in on the board and erased the lower half to draw on. Time for the next list to begin.

Good-bye Summer, Hello Fall

9.6.13 Summer Chalkboard 1
The picture on the left is from when we first moved into our house in August 2011. Picture on the right is from this summer.

Sometimes I really hate the summer. Many people get modified work schedules or take lots of time off during the summer and there are so many plans and activities organized to fill up that empty time. Normally people think of summers as being relaxed, but for a person who continues to work 40 hours a week and then have every weekend and evening stacked and packed, summers can be pretty high stress. On top of it, summers in Northern Illinois can often be horrendous with the heat and humidity. I realize that summer can often be no better than the dead of winter because I don’t want to be outside at all, and find myself rushing from the car to the house. Whether I’m inside to stay out of the heat or the cold, what does it matter, either way I’m house bound.

But, THIS summer? This summer was amazing. If all summers were like this, I could become a summer person. I think the high was mid 90s (and those days in the 90s were probably less than 7 days total), it didn’t even reach 100. Mostly it was nice and cool in the 70s and 80s. And yet, there were almost no mosquitoes. It was almost too good to be true. There were plenty of activities planned too, but I didn’t feel obligated or worn out. We had a few weekends that weren’t spoken for, allowing us to just relax when we needed it. Mostly I was just excited and constantly looking forward to the next thing. My pale skin has not been this tan since middle school when I held a pool pass and spent most of my time in the sun.

At the beginning of summer, anticipating a lot of fun activities ahead, I started using my chalkboard as a list to remember the summer. I originally created this board to be able to chalk out ideas, scribble fun doodles, or let kiddies draw when they visit, but this summer the board has been dedicated to the list. I like it so much I kind of want to keep a list for every season. Perhaps I need to create another board just for that.

9.6.13 Summer Chalkboard

It’s been a very full summer and while I have enjoyed it, now at the end, I am also missing my downtime and have barely peaked my nose into my studio. It is currently a WRECK of EPIC PROPORTIONS after a couple of craft shows and large orders that went out last month. This summer was amazing, but I am looking forward to things calming down a bit, major and deep cleaning of my studio, and working on a lot of projects that have been stuck in my head.