Monday, September 1, 2014

Thirty-three Things

Yesterday was my 33rd birthday.

For me, a birthday is like New Year's - a great time to set some resolutions and goals. I've been pondering all month what I'd like to accomplish before I turned 34. While waiting after school for the kids to get to the car, I would pull out my notebook and write. This is the list I came up with, thirty-three things I would like to accomplish this year:

1. Develop a meaningful and consistent personal scripture study program.
2. Keep the Sabbath Day holy in a more complete, meaningful way.
3. Increase my temple attendance.
4. With my family's participation, develop a more meaningful and consistent Family Home Evening program.
5. Memorize 12 new hymns.
6. Develop and implement a plan to study general conference talks between conferences.
7. Memorize the Book of Mormon scripture mastery scriptures (involve the boys).
8. Improve my Visiting Teaching.
9. Develop and implement a plan to be better prepared for Sunday lessons.

10. Develop a plan to lose weight and increase my fitness through healthy eating and exercise. Reach the weight that is ideal for my body and work to maintain it.

11. Develop a good system for food storage and meal planning.
12. Provide an environment conducive to academic success for daily homework.
13. Be a better homemaker. Create a plan for better housekeeping and stick to it.
14. Organize my cook book; learn 12 new recipes.

15. Set important financial goals and create a plan to achieve them.
16. Go on a vacation together.
17. Find and implement new ways to honor Josh daily.

18. Keep a journal for each child. Be as consistent as possible.
19. Study out each child's love language. Find ways to fill their buckets daily.
20. Implement consistent study of Preach My Gospel with the boys.
21. Increase my volunteering at school.

22. Read 12 new books.
23. Plan for finishing college. Research degree requirements and financial aid. Create a timeline for submitting applications, a start date and graduation.

24. Keep a daily, one-line journal.
25. Maintain a planner and use it regularly.

26. Seek out and implement methods to build the confidence and self-worth of my dancers.
27. Be 100% prepared for every class, rehearsal and private lesson.
28. Create an environment for my competitive dancers that is healthy, positive, and team-building.

29. Submit to 12 publication calls.
30. Complete Adlyn's nursery/the craft room.
31. Be a better blogger and blog-reader. Post consistently. Comment regularly.
32. Make a birthday card for each member of my immediately family and send them out ahead of time.
33. Purchase a sewing machine and learn how to use it.

Some goals I have already started on. Some I will start working on today. I'll put the rest into action as I develop good habits and am ready. I am posting this list publicly so that I can be held accountable. I intend to revisit this list with you for updates. Some of these goals will have crafty projects related to them, and I'll be sure to share.

Thanks for the birthday wishes on Facebook and Instagram, by email, text and in person. There's nothing like a birthday to make you feel special :). Have a good one! Tessa

Sunday, August 31, 2014

True Love Always - The Studio

Josh and I just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago. To celebrate, we went out to dinner and a movie. The next day, after church, we took some couple selfies to commemorate a dozen years of marriage :).

I love this photo and decided it would be perfect for the latest challenge at The Studio. It's a tic-tac-toe challenge, and I used the stars/paint splatters/3 alphas column.

The three alphas from top to bottom: Crate Paper, American Crafts, Fancy Pants Designs.

The floral patterned paper is by Teresa Collins (love her stuff!). The star vellum is from a new 6x6 stack by DCWV. The stack is filled with basic designs (dots, stripes, etc.) and printed in black as well as gold foiled. It's gorgeous! The butterfly and star brad are My Mind's Eye.

I used the new changeable stamp from Heidi Swapp to stamp the stars. It's kind of a fun gadget! I do wish it came with some sort of storage solution for the little stamps, though. I'm on my second package of these Studio Calico wood stars. It's going to be a sad day when I run out.

If you'd like to play along with the challenge, we'd love to have you! Be sure to stop by The Studio Challenges blog today for the tic-tac-toe board and details, as well as to see what the rest of the team made. I promise, you won't regret it. Thanks for stopping by today! Tessa

Friday, August 29, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts

Hello! I have happy news to share :). I was invited to join the Chickaniddy Crafts team for the next year! I was lucky to have the chance to design with Heidi's debut lines for Winter CHA 2014 and I am excited to be designing with her new lines now!

I'll be sharing Chickaniddy Crafts projects in the next couple of weeks. Be sure to check out the design team announcement here, and like Chickaniddy Crafts on Facebook here.Thanks for stopping by today! Tessa

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fabric Tape Mason Jars - Love My Tapes

Hello, hello! I LOVE Mondays. They make me feel extra productive. On Monday, I've got a blank slate for the week and I can make the improvements and adjustments that are needed. After a relaxing Sabbath Day, I am recharged and ready. Mondays just feel good :).

On this happy Monday, I am sharing a washi tape project that I made for my mom on her birthday a couple weeks ago.

I found small Mason-type jars at the dollar store in town. I picked up several and inspired by all the cute washi tape jar projects on Pinterest, I decided to give my own jars a go.

I used three Love My Tapes fabric tapes around the jars. I overlapped each one just slightly to create a solid band around the jars.

To top the flower vase jar, I replaced the solid lid with a flower frog lid. I found a package of these at Michaels; 4 pieces for $5.00, I think. To top the candy jar, I punched a 2.5 inch circle from a piece of cardstock. I applied the washi tape in strips over the cardstock, then used sharp scissors to cut off the excess. Then, I just added the cardstock piece over the lid and beneath the ring.

I made this card to go along with the jars. I would have used the same tapes, but my craft space is not the most organized and I couldn't find it when I was pulling out supplies for the card. At least I color coordinated, right? The sticker sentiment is by SRM Stickers.

I'm sure I'll play with tape and more jars soon. I love that I can easily customize and coordinate gifts with different styles and colors of tape. You can check out my jars on the Love My Tapes blog today.

Thanks for visiting, and happy Monday! Tessa

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Hello! It's funny how my recently quiet blog isn't reflecting real life at the moment. Real life is anything but quiet with school starting this week.

This year is quite the year for our little family. Colten started junior high, Carson is on his last year of elementary school, and Jaxon started kindergarten. Lots of firsts and lasts this year. I'm adjusting to two schools and three different schedules, which will change as Colten starts school sports soon.

Adlyn is adjusting to having only Mom home during the day to entertain her. Mom is adjusting to her constant cries for attention. ;)

But in all the craziness, I've been impressed to do my very best to take it all in. The time I have left with Colten and Carson at home is shorter than the time I've had with them so far. The school years will go by faster, the summers will seem more brief, and soon, they'll be leaving the nest. A feeling of near panic sets in inside my chest from time to time when I think of how little direct, at-home influence I have left over their precious lives. It makes me want to be a better mom, better person.

And better wife. Josh and I just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary over the weekend. A dozen years done and an eternity to go :).

As for the crafty stuff you probably visit here for, I've been busy there, too! I just don't have much to share at the moment. September will be absolutely full of projects, though, so the blog drought won't be long ;).

Thanks for stopping by and letting me speak from my mama heart today. Have a good one! Tessa

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mood Board - The Studio Challenges

Hello! I am really excited about today's challenge at The Studio. I had the opportunity of creating a mood board to inspire the design team, and hopefully you!

I was inspired by summer, the beach, relaxing and my favorite color palette (blue, red, yellow). I thought that this photo of Addie on the 4th of July would be perfect:

The flowers are Sassafras Lass (yes, I am still hoarding quite a bit from that beloved company), as well as the chipboard "4".

Adlyn's first Independence Day was a long day, so it was really fun to capture such a goofy, happy smile at about 8:30 pm while waiting for the fireworks to start. Just a week later she got her first tooth, so this is one of the last photos I have of her toothless grin ;).

I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the July part of the title. I wrote it out, scanned it, then cleaned it up using the software before cutting. If you'd like the file, let me know. I'm thinking about offering freebies like this here on the blog.

If you'd like to play along with the mood board challenge, you can find the challenge and the design team's takes post at The Studio here.

Have a great day! Tessa

Friday, August 15, 2014

Teacher Treats - SRM Stickers Challenge

Tonight is the night. The class lists get posted at school and my boys can't wait to find out who their teachers are. I'm in the middle of making first day teacher treats for whoever they may be. I'm re-making these chalkboard tubes using SRM Stickers and containers:

It was fun to see these pop up in the search results on Pinterest when I was looking for teacher appreciation ideas this past year :).

I re-made them the following year:

I think I like these even more - I love that washi tape!

I'll share when this year's set is done. Back to school is one of the themes for the SRM Stickers challenge blog this month. If you'd like to play along, check out the challenge details at the SRM challenge blog here. Thanks for visiting today! Tessa