Monday, December 31, 2012

Get Ready!!

Well, it's the last day of the year, and I'm super excited to start a new one! Although, now that it's 12:40 in the afternoon, and I have tons of items on the checklist that are not yet checked, I'm having a little paniced moment of can I just have one more day before I'm supposed to start being good? So here I sit looking all kinds of glamorous...

Yeah, I'm that kind of resolutioner. It generally lasts about two weeks before I start to think, "Well, since I've been so good for 14 WHOLE days, surely I deserve a little reward, right?" And it's all down hill from there...

But this year WILL be different.

I've spent the last month or so kind of reevaluating what I want in my life and what I want to work harder at and what is and isn't worth a fight and what is most important. You know, all those little existential things...

And what I've come up with is that I actually enjoy my life. Our life. We are happy. We are healthy(ish). We are young(ish) and capable of a lot. Overall, I think what we've got going is good.

But there is always room for improvement, right? Right.

I am always wishing I could have crossed one more thing off my list. Always looking at that damned Hex Quilt thinking how I thought I'd be able to finish it in six months. That was three years ago...

So I've decided my word for this year needs to be something to get me off my butt more. Something that helps me get more accomplished. More work done. More fun had. More memories made. More projects to be proud of. More discipline where food goes. Less being afraid and more going for it.

Seeing a theme here? Yeah, I was going to go with MORE for my new word of the year. But then I decided that was waaaay too broad and not at all exciting. So I'm going to borrow a phrase instead. It's one we've all seen ten thousand times. We all know who it belongs to, and it's a little cliche, but I just don't care.

Like I said, cliche. But it's what I need to hear when I'm sitting there doubting myself about drilling a hole in the cabinet to hang twinkly lights. What will Eric say? You know what he'll say. He won't like it. What about resale? What about when you don't want the lights there anymore? Will it look bad? Will he say I told you so? I don't want to have to dig those damned lights out of storage. What a hassle. No, I'll just do it later.

And then later never happens.

That's what usually goes through my head when I have one of those "crafty" ideas. But this year I drilled a hole in the cabinets to hang the lights. I even hot glued sparkly stars to them and made snowflakes to hang and a garland. And it looks awesome. I love it. And Eric didn't even say he hated it. Which is a win in my book. And maybe that's the key. Just doing it. What's the worst that can happen, really? I have to patch and touch up the cabinets? BFD.

So I'm just going to do it. I'm going to trust myself that I CAN do it and that it will be great. Which of course it probably won't be 100% of the time. But at least I will know that I tried. And learned something along the way, too.

I've decided that in order to do all this schtuff that I want to, I definitely need to streamline my crafty list of projects. I know, like I could possible to less than I already do, right? Ha! But nevertheless, it's something I need to do.

And so I've decided that Project Life is going to be the answer. I know, it just seems like a bigger task, huh? Well, I've decided to approach it a little differently. And yes, I know you've heard this story before. PL2012 made it all the way into March before it died. And I thought I would be so clever to put my own spin on it - do it card by card, to fill up a recipe box, which turned out to be way too small, so then it went to a file drawer, but then turned out to be way too much to take on daily. So yeah...

This year, I have conformed and bought an album and Becky Higgins sleeves. Yes, I spent money. And it hurt through the entire checkout process. Here's the plan:

This plain and simple album from American Crafts. I have to admit that I was able to snatch these up on a BOGO deal at Michael's. Amazing.
This, this, this, this, this and this set of sleeves. Oh wow. I just realized I ordered waaaay more sleeves than I planned on. Way to make it harder on yourself, Britt...
And this bookplate to dress up the plain and simple album. The perfect addition to make it look just a little more grown up when I put it out in the living room hutch. And I LOVE gold right now. Yes, Mom, I love gold, but that doesn't mean I'm going to start painting everything in the house with Krylon Gold. Yet... Oh, and they're clearanced out, so be sure to grab 'em if you want 'em!!
I generally get overwhelmed by having too many options, and I HATE having things looked crowded and chaotic, so I've decided to stick to a fairly small color palette, and add colors as I can handle it. I'm loving grey, pale pink, light teal, and gold right now. Obviously there will be more additions to the palette as I go. There's no avoiding it. But I'm reeeeaaallly going to try to keep it consistent. For now.
I have been maniacally scouring the web for freebie printables to go along with my stash of journaling cards and papers, and am completely ecstatic about what I've been able to find! I started a Project Life Pinboard too, in case you're as addicted as I am.

I'll be adding TONS to it as I find it. Because I can't seem to help myself.

OH! I almost forgot the most exciting thing! I am actually taking the DAY by DAY class over at Studio Calico and it starts tomorrow! I am so stinkin' excited! I was supposed  to get all my EK Success projects finished up today so that I could start it tomorrow with absolutely nothing on my to-do list to distract me. We shall see how productive I am with the rest of the day...

Oh, and I still have to finish my December Daily. Half way through it I decided I hated it and want to start a new one. Because I'm a total freak. So hopefully that gets finished today. Or at least this week. And I'll post pics when I'm done.

That's it. I promise.

Have a very Happy New Year!


  1. You go girl. I am proud of you and love your idea to start the new year. Good luck and keep us posted on how you are doing.

  2. OMG! I am so HAPPY you added a pinboard for PL! I am going to attempt one this year and had absolutely NO idea where to start.. You continue to amaze and inspire Britt :)