Saturday, January 16, 2016

Fabric Dori's galore!

So ..... I started making these fabric dori's.... I posted about them a little while ago.  This past summer I was introduced to the planner community and found Cori, the reset girl. Her whole story is amazing and she is super motivating and encouraging with her story and life. As a thank you to her, I sent her the little girl dori in the picture above. She posted this:
And my instagram blew up.... it was so exciting to see it and know that she loved it. That and others loved it...  so... I'm taking the plunge and opening my own etsy store for my little creations. My friends will say it's about flipping time. Why does it take someone outside our circle to kick it in the rear. 

Good news is my friend Kim is going to have some in her store (www.scraphappydeal.squarespace.com). The little girl one will be a limited quantity!

Thanks for all the encouragement and support!
Happy.... planning, crafting, sewing, whatever you're doing to make you happy!
Andrea

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Life is not always rainbows and sunshine and daisies...

I think that as people we try to make it seem that we are ok. When people ask if we're ok, we say yes. It's takes someone special to call you out and say... you're lying. And when you're ready to talk, I'll be here. 

Over the last 6 months, I'm pretty sure I've cried more, had more alcohol (which isn't hard since I wasn't a very big drinker anyway), and said the f word more than in my entire life. In the last 6 months, I've also realized who truly is there for me while I'm going through what feels like the biggest valley in my life. Perspective, I know.

I do know and believe that things happen for a reason. I have yet to figure out in my situation why and maybe I never will, but I need to trust that it's to make me a better and stronger person.  I wish that I could say through this while thing that I trusted in God's plan,  bit I didn't.  I got mad at Him. Like how can you see me hurting this much and let me keep hurting. How could God let me fall for someone who couldn't/wouldn't/or didn't want to love me back?! I try to put on a good face, especially since I am a teacher. Sometimes, I just can't be roses and sunshine and daisies though. Sometimes I just want to curl up under my blankets and go back to sleep and try to forget the pain ripping though my heart. But instead, I get up, plaster on a smile and make it through the day.

It got me wondering just how many of us do this. How many people wake up every morning and put on a brave/happy/content face just to make it through the day? I take a lot of selfies. ALOT! One day I was trying to take a selfie and got this:

After what seemed like a great selfie.... this happened:



I always try to be happy. But it was just too much. The pain inside my heart and head was just too much and these came out. I made a scrapbook page about it. A page about how my heart feels like it's been ripped out. A page documenting what it's like to be real. It's hard sometimes putting on a happy face and making it seem like everything is ok. When do we make real life a priority and not painting a picture at what we THINK people want to see?!


I can say that I am getting better. I am not 100% back to myself yet, but I am getting better. I've done alot of self reflection, praying, journaling, asking for advice, and lots more. I've started a new eating plan and exercise routine. I've utilized my essential oils more. I just want to be happy. I want to find or be found by someone who will love me for me and will compliment my life. I know God sees the desires of my heart, He tells us so. So for now, I will work on me getting back to my new normal self. Being healthy in my life and hopefully having fun.

I know this post isn't happy go lucky and only mentions the scrapbooking and doesn't show you anything crafty. But sometimes you just have to get real. Real with life and what's happening in it.

Hugs to you,
Andrea

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Fabric Dori's (Midori Traveler's Notebooks)

Holy heck.... Where has the time gone?! It's almost Christmas. Life has definitely been crazy to say the least. I've been trying to get some crafting done, but time escapes me and I just want to relax and sleep instead! hahahaha!

This summer, I found Mirdori Traveler's Notebooks. My first one is a FoxyDori. It's leather and truth be told... i haven't used it that much. It's fun. But i watched a youtube about making a fabric dori and was hooked. Here is my first one and what's in it after traveling to a conference.

Front, cover with charms

Bottom view of all the full goodness in it.


I used this from Kelly Purkey's line from Hero Arts, to house some goodies.
I made this folder out of a file folder that I got at the Target Dollar Spot. I've since started laminating them to make them last long.  I covered it with my favorite paper from KI Memories and some fun gold tags!

This folder is filled with all of the bits and pieces from my conference in New Orleans.

My Project To-Do list!

A food diary to keep my food on track.

A notebook from Heidi Swapp that I use for my essential oils recipes.

I took notes during my conference in this cute journal from Michael's. 

Coloring Book from Yellow Paper House.

This dang cute notebook from Uwajimaya in Seattle. They have the funnest bookstore!

I am on a roll making these things and am constantly looking for fun fabric. Let me know if you'd like to buy one. email me at ancichandrea at hotmail dot com.

Happy Sewing, Planning, Crafting, etc.
Andrea


Friday, August 28, 2015

Playing in my planner....

Plating in my planner over at paper issues.....
Happy crafting....
Andrea

Friday, March 27, 2015

YAY..... I was featured....

After a super stressful week at school, I was looking at the Paper Issues blog today and found this:

Totally fun right?! So i get to put this on here:
Made my night!
Thanks ladies!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Finally feeling crafty again.... (Paper Issues Online Crop)

It's been a while since I've felt crafty. But I was playing along with Paper Issues Online Crop. It's been fun playing in my craftroom. I didn't' realize how much it makes me happy!

Here is a layout that I got done, it was for a scraplift.

I can't wait to play some more. 
Happy Crafting!
Andrea

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass

I know this may not be new, but I am loving this song right now!

 
School is in full swing now... starting my first full week. The first 3 days were interesting to say the least!
Happy Monday!
Andrea