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Mishmash and Uncle Looey

19 Jun

June 18 – Mishmash and Uncle Looey (and the accidental DIY)

I have a thing for old books. They’re fun to read, and they’re fun to decorate with. A few months ago, I read a blog post about making a journal out of an old book. (FYI: This is from one of my favorite blogs, and I’ve not added it to my Internet Favorites list yet, so you should check it out.)

So of course, I went through my apartment, looking at all my old books and picked out the perfect one to journal-ize. A children’s book called Mishmash and Uncle Looey was the winner. I made the journal some time ago, but I kept the pages I cut out for a later project.

Yesterday while Dustin was computer-ing I picked up the stack of pages and cut out our letters. I didn’t have any plans for the letters, but Dustin liked them and suggested framing the letters individually with black frames. So that’s our plan.

And that’s the story of how Mishmash and Uncle Looey became an accidental wall art DIY.


This is what growing up looks like. Kind of.

22 May

May 21 – This is what growing up looks like. Kind of.

With a new job and a growing collection of freelance writing assignments, I’ve got quite the collection of contact information. I haven’t had the best system for keeping everything together and organized, either. I have several business cards in my wallet and a few e-mails I’ve saved for the information in the signature.

But this weekend I grew up and entered the world of organized, young professionals. I created a Rolodex out of a recipe box, index cards and alphabetical dividers.

Then, because I want to ensure that “young” will be tacked on to “professional” for a while to come, I made my Rolodex cute with scrapbook paper.

And a bonus photo so you can have a better look: 

The weekend, holiday argument

22 Apr

I had a seemingly constant argument with my dad when I was growing up.

In my pre-teen mind, weekends and holidays were for sleeping late, playing games, and watching TV.

In his farmer and father-of-three mind, weekends and holidays were for catching up on household chores.

My opinion on the subject never went unheard.

Dad, I can’t do this laundry now. It’s a weekend.


I can’t clean my room today; I’m on Christmas break. 

He would smile and make his point clear just before he walked out the door to check on the farm animals.

You’ll find out when you’re older, you work for your boss during the week, and you work for yourself on weekends. 

I was certain he was wrong. My 12-year-old self new better. I knew for a fact that if you used your time wisely you wouldn’t have to do housework and laundry on weekends.

And yet every weekend it seemed I was back at square one, with a messy room and dirty clothes, protesting Saturday chores.

Fast forward through high school and college.

Here I am, a little less than a year after my college graduation. This weekend was the first weekend I’d had to myself in quite some time.

Dustin was working. I had no obligations. My opportunities were endless. There were DIY projects waiting to be made, blog posts to get ahead on, books to be read.

And, I spent my weekend cleaning and catching up on laundry.

It’s a bitter pill to swallow.


Enjoy my photos from the weekend. 

April 20 – work environment

I needed a short break from transcribing notes and editing legal articles, so I took a few minutes to capture my work environment. This photo shows the bulletin board next to my desk.

April 21 – Unfinished

I had several DIY projects in mind for the weekend. I was going to transform a cardboard “B” into a chevron door decoration and a cardboard box into a pretty box for storing makeup. I got one white coat of paint on each in between cleaning and laundry. Maybe I’ll have time to finish them later in the week.

April 22 – Finished

With the exception of load that’s in the dryer waiting to be put away, all of our laundry is completely finished. It’s a good feeling.

Art Journal

4 Apr

In college, I had a rhetoric minor. Every class necessary for that minor required you to keep a creative writing journal throughout the semster. I looked forward to buying a new journal each semester, and I usually spent weeks shopping for the perfect  journal.  Even if my journal from the previous semester still had plenty of blank pages, I found it necessary to start fresh with a new journal.

We were always encouraged to fill our journals with photos, drawings, and similar things that would inspire us. I honestly never put anything in my journal other than words.

I always enjoyed journaling, and I ended up with some of my best pieces of writing because of the activity.

Since graduation I’ve only journaled a few times, and I’ve not felt very inspired. Yesterday during a conversation with my sister about some of her art projects, I decided to do something about it.

I combined this mini magazine notebook DIY with the idea for this  art journal and the idea behind keeping a journal filled with things that inspire creative writing. Here’s what I came up with.


I made the notebook by folding a small stack of computer paper in half. The cover is a piece of scrapbook paper that I trimmed to fit the computer paper. The instructions for the mini magazine notebook DIY basically did the same thing. They suggested sewing the pages together, but I couldn’t get the needle through the paper (maybe my paper was too thick), so I stapled my notebook together.

I used scrapbooking supplies to spruce up the inside of the journal that will (hopefully) inspire creative thoughts. 

After I took this photo, I drew a few pine trees on the map.

I had a lot of fun making this journal, and I can’t wait to fill up the blank panges.

Leave me a comment and tell me what inspires you. I’d love to hear from you.