Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Plans, Glorious Plans!

Before I jump head long into my plans, I want to share a few goings-on from around here.
This past weekend, I participated in the bi-annual Cocoa Daisy crop. I have participated in all the crops they have had and I can say by far that this weekend was the very best! Such inspirational challenges and fun camaraderie and silly banter back and forth on the boards! If you are looking for an online kit company with inspiring design team members and beautiful kits, Cocoa Daisy is the place to go. It is my absolute favorite scrappy spot.

Here are a few of my creations based on some of the challenges from this weekend’s crop and a picture of my desk during the crop. How is it that I have this big, beautiful desk, but I choose to cover it with stuff so that I leave myself a very small workspace? Crazy! I know...

The desk...Yikes!

This was the first layout I completed. It was a fabric challenge, where you had to use a large amount of fabric on your layout. I love how this one turned out!

I created this card for the clothing challenge. In this challenge you were to create a card based on clothing pieces that the challenge designer gave us to use.

This layout was created for the sketch challenge. Vicki Boutin, who is the guest designer for November created a sketch for us to use for this challenge.

For this challenge the wonderful Amy Tangerine inspired us to stitch words onto our projects.

I hope to finish additional layouts this week, so that I will be eligible for Queen of the Crop honors.
This weekend I did step away from the computer long enough to do this:

Woo Pig Sooie! What a great way to spend time with my guys! The wind was blowing like crazy, but our seats were perfect, out of the wind and warm underneath the upper deck seating. To top it off the Razorbacks won big over Tennessee 49-7.

So now onto my plans…. My mother swears that I was a planner from a very early time, I am beginning to believe her, because I am raising one just like me….and boy is he difficult when things don’t go has he has planned! Any who…here is what I am planning for the coming months:

  • A fall craft: for my boys, nieces and nephew to complete while we are at my parents for Thanksgiving week. I got my inspiration from Mrs. Ronda’s cute little card, using this exclusive stamp from Cocoa Daisy.

  • Use the mini album from this Cocoa Daisy add-on to make mini album about all the things I am grateful for right now.

  • Mini Art Projects with the boys…I started these this summer with them as a way to pry them away from technology for a bit. I never imagined how much we all would enjoy doing them. They still ask me to do art projects all the time.

  • My December Daily. I constructed most an album last year and got swamped and didn’t do anything with it. But the positive side of that is now I have foundation pages that are nearly complete, so I am ahead of the game for this year. WooHoo!

  • Start thinking and planning my Project Life, I am going to do it a bit different this year, and also start contemplating my one little word for 2012.

  • Also planning some projects for a possible etsy shop…

Man! That is a lot of bullet points and plans. I guess I am an over planner. But in all those thoughts and plans I hope to find a happy medium, where I can feel successful in capturing the everyday moments I don’t want to forget, creating wonderful, art that calms my soul and feeds my inspiration, yet still finding time to live in the moments so that I can enjoy them too.

Is there a happy medium? I believe so… I just gotta find it….Maybe it is hiding under that big pile of stuff on my desk….

Here’s to finding the happy medium in your life! May you find time to do what you love in the middle of all the chores and tasks that you have to do on a daily basis.
Until tomorrow…Hugs to you! (Ok, Ok, maybe not actually tomorrow, but you know I will be back eventually!)


  1. It's so fun to see what you've made (so far :) for the crop! Good luck with those fab plans...!

  2. Fabulous projects, Olivia! I enjoyed hanging with you at the crop, so much fun, I'm still laughing! Good luck with all your projects!