Friday, March 30, 2018

Gods blessing on the one who is willing to sell Proverbs 11:26



There are so many quotable verses on living a Christian life in Proverbs and I generally find something to focus on. Like this verse I'm reading tonight;

People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God's blessings on the one who is willing to sell. Proverbs 11:26.

My take on this verse was that Old Testament farmers would hoard grain which would inevitably raise the price.

The lesson learned for me, at this time, is that I need to continue to purge my scrap and stamp hoard by selling it or (better yet) giving it away. Off to planning.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 Goals

I'm using a combination of 3 methods to work on some personal goals this year.


  1. I'm using the Totally Tiffany Get Organized Challenge to make my studio a bliss station
  2. I'm using David Allens Get Things Done and Alan Henry has an awesome lifehacker post simplifying Davids method. Ive wanted to start the 43 folder organizing system for quite some time.Maybe its time
  3. Marie Kondos Konmari method will hopefully help me organize my life better
So my commitments in my regular composition notebook I use as a journal look like this;

  1. Financial Health
  2. Getting Closer to God
  3. Cleaning and Organizing my Studio
  4. Develop Healthy Habits 
  5. Improving My Professional Skill Set

Totally Tiffany 2018 Organization Challenge

I started the Totally Tiffany 2018 Organization Challenge several weeks ago. I had a false start after not really embracing all of her ideas and after I completely fell off the wagon for 2 weeks, I've decided to get back on board by starting from the beginning.

One of the concepts is to post your progress and since I cant figure out where to post it on her site, Im doing it here so I can check it off my list.

Here's what I've done previously;


    1. Watched TT Week One Get Organized Video
    2. Learn the 4 section system
    3. Prepare to Purge
    4. Bought 12x12 vertical paper storage
    5. Sorted all my cardstock and organized it into the above boxes in ROYGBIV
    6. Sorted 75% of my designer paper and put it into (what I can fit, there is still a lot left) into the above boxes by ROYGBIV
    7. Donated some stuff to the Champlin - Buy Nothing Facebook page (CTMH ink pads, ink pad holders, Stampin Up catalogs, paper crafting magazines)

    Here's what I've done in the last week;

    1. Watched TT Week One Get Organized Video
    2. Created my Get Organized Notebook with all the things I learn
    3. Created my What Did You Do Today notebook
    4. Create my Rewards chart
    5. Create my Themes and Sentiments list
    6. Prepare to Purge (again)
    7. Find a permanent purge box
    8. Find my locations to donate
    Here is what I still need to do to get my reward;
    1. Gather all my stuff from three rooms into my studio
    2. Create an organized only space
    3. Take some more before pictures after I get everything in the room

    My reward for this week will be to buy 2 new outfits



    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    It Was a Block Sale....

    ....and as a garage sale junkie, a Block sale or City Wide sale is like winning the lottery. A lottery where you spend money instead of getting money but you get a bunch of really cool stuff instead.

    The first house had a lot of old lady junk that didn't really appeal to me except for an antique Mirro cookie press with a 50 cents masking tape price tag.

    When I asked the elderly blue haired woman running the sale abut it, she said she had lent it to someone years ago, couldnt remember who anymore, but didnt get the plates back.

    I was quietly looking at the press and she was looking at me, looking at the price. and said, " How about a quarter?" I said, how about a nickel, since there arent any plates. Press lady finally says, I don't know what you are going to do with it anyway since you cant make cookies with it. I said Im going to save it for a rainy day because you never know what you can find at a garage sale. I gave her a quarter and told her she could keep the change. Sometimes its the win more than the money.

    So on to the next sale, right next door as it turns out. Another elderly woman with some elderly things that mostly had seen better days. An old black fur coat with a large hole for $2.00. A pink baby doll dress for $1. Then I saw it. Could it be? Cookie press plates. My rainy day had come already.  I gingerly picked up a ziplock bag and counted 12 round disks and a couple metal icing tips. A flower, a dog, a Christmas tree, one that looked like a camel. Why would anyone want a camel shaped disc I wondered? There was no price. Ughhhh. Guessing, the press and plates would sell on eBay for around $15 so if I could get them for a buck or 2, I could make about $10 on eBay but again, its not the money, sometimes the find is the win.

    How much are these I ask the plates lady? She was clearly lonely and instead of naming her price, she regaled me with stories about her baking days and how she had learned to cook and bake from her mother. Not wanting to look eager, I waited for a pause to ask her again how much these were. Loneliness is a tough thing. My own mother used to tell me how lonely she was after my dad passed away so instead of hurrying things along, I sat down on a stool and listened as she softly spoke about the things her mother taught her and I shared stories about my mother also. She got teary at one point and so did I and after sometime, we got back to the business at hand. She said she had borrowed a cookie press and plates but her husband had accidentally only returned the press, leaving the plates behind. She didnt realized until so much time had passed that she couldn't remember who she borrowed it from and thus couldnt return them. She said she had always felt bad about it and had hung on to them for so long hoping the owner would ask for them back. As she is getting sadder talking about the missing plates, Im getting happier and finally she looks at me so quizzically. I tell her I think I know who she borrowed the Cookie press from and pull the press out of my purse. 

    With plates and press reunited, I ask if she wants to walk with me back to the neighbors house and return the orphaned set to their rightful owner.

    We three spent quite awhile laughing about the situation and then some more time sharing baking stories and talking about 'back in the day'.

    In the end, they let me keep the press and plates and I promised to bring home made cookies by the following week.

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    Eye Shadow Comparisons


    There are still several brands I need to add but heres a start. 


    Rating: 5/10 (5/5 color payoff, with a miserable fallout)
    Brand: Urban Decay
    Color: Protest
    Size: 1.2 grams
    Price: unk
    Experience: Shimmery mineral makeup stored in a spill proof metal bottle with a brush cap. While i love this color and the payoff it gives, there is way to much fallout and I end up frustrated every time I use it. Regardless, UD is still my favorite brand.

    Rating: 5/10 (5/5 color payoff, with a miserable fallout)
    Brand: Urban Decay
    Color: Smog
    Size: 1.2 grams
    Price: unk
    Experience: Shimmery mineral makeup stored in a spill proof metal bottle with a brush cap. While i love this color and the payoff it gives, there is way to much fallout and I end up frustrated every time I use it. Regardless, UD is still my favorite brand.

    Rating: 10/10
    Brand: Urban Decay
    Color: Mushroom
    Size: 
    Price: 
    Experience: Plastic potted metallic goodness. Steel grey and more shimmery on my skin than in the pot. Lovely color. UD is my favorite brand.

    Rating: 10/10
    Brand: Urban Decay
    Color: ACDC
    Size: 
    Price: 
    Experience: Plastic potted metallic goodness. Shimmery bruise color in the pot but goes on like a navy. UD is my favorite brand.



    Rating: 10/10
    Brand: Medusa's Makeup
    Color: Amulet
    Size: 2 grams
    Price: $13
    Experience: Love this vegan and cruelty free company. Love that their monthly beauty box is only $16 with free shipping for 3-5 full size products. The shadow is full of knockout color thats easy to apply and hangs on for dear life. The only issue with Amulet is that it looks grey in the capsule and brown on skin.

    Rating: 10/10
    Brand: Medusa's Makeup
    Color: Midnight Oil
    Size: 2 grams
    Price: $13
    Experience:Love this vegan and cruelty free company. Love that their monthly beauty box is only $16 with free shipping for 3-5 full size products. The shadow is full of knockout color thats easy to apply and hangs on for dear life. This navy blue color looks very similar to the Sugarpill Velocity.



    Rating: 10 (nuff said)
    Brand: Sugarpill
    Color: Velocity
    Size: 4 grams
    Price: $13.00
    Experience: This navy shadow has a lite shimmer and a hell of a lot of color. Staying power is awesome and there is little to no fallout. High quality for the retail price. Lack of animal testing and $6.00 shipping make this a 10.

    Rating: 10/10 (5/5 staying power, 5/5 pigment)
    Brand: Mac
    Color: Talent Pool
    Size: 1.5 grams
    Price: $16
    Experience: A beautiful color and quickly becoming a top drawer shadow. This is a true mermaid color somewhere between aqua and teal.



    Rating: 9/10 (5/5 staying power, 4/5 pigment)
    Brand: E (eyes) L (lips) F (face)
    Color: Teal Tease
    Size: 47 grams
    Price: $3.00
    Experience: This is really a liner but its a very creamy, highly pigmented product and easy to apply as a shadow. It comes in small glass pot with a small brush and for the price, and even twice the price, no one has a better potted cream shadow than E.L.F.

    Rating: 8/10 (5/5 staying power, 3/5 pigment)
    Brand: E (eyes) L (lips) F (face)
    Color: Toast
    Size: Unk
    Price: $3.00

    Experience: Love, love, lovey dove dove this color. Super blend-able which means it rubs around pretty easily even after drying which it never really does. It doesn't really rub off either though which is good. It comes on a plastic pot instead of glass like my other ELF potted shadows but still, this is a top drawer shadow!

    Rating: 8/10 (4/5 staying power, 4/5 pigment)
    Brand: Too Faced-Matte Hazelnut from the matte Chocolate Chip palette
    Color: Hazelnut (medium brown)
    Size: unk
    Price: $25/palette
    Experience: This is a really nice brown with lots of pigment and staying power. A diaper wipe left some color behind and I had to use eye makeup removed to get it all off


    Rating: 7/10 (5/5 staying power, 2/5 pigment)
    Brand: Mac
    Color: Bitter Velvet
    Size: 1.5 grams
    Price: $16
    Experience: I want to like this. I like green eyeshadow, its blendable and a pretty color but its just not as vibrant as my other green shadows. I like that it sticks around all day.

    Rating: 5/10 (5/5 color payoff, with a miserable fallout)
    Brand: Urban Decay
    Color: Protest
    Size: 1.2 grams
    Price: unk
    Experience: Shimmery mineral makeup stored in a spill proof metal bottle with a brush cap. While i love this color and the payoff it gives, there is way to much fallout and I end up frustrated every time I use it. Regardless, UD is still my favorite brand.

    Rating: 5/10 (5/5 color payoff, with a miserable fallout)
    Brand: Urban Decay
    Color: Smog
    Size: 1.2 grams
    Price: unk
    Experience: Shimmery mineral makeup stored in a spill proof metal bottle with a brush cap. While i love this color and the payoff it gives, there is way to much fallout and I end up frustrated every time I use it. Regardless, UD is still my favorite brand.

    Rating: 5/10 (3/5 staying power, 2/5 pigment)
    Brand: E (eyes) L (lips) F (face)
    Color: Aint That Sweet/Let It Go
    Size: 5.5 grams
    Price: $3.00
    Experience: Notice there are 2 names for this pretty light pink icing colored shadow. They are exactly the same but ELF has branded Aint That Sweet as Let It Go as part of their Disney/Frozen product line. Ive had the Disney version for more than a year and havent noticed and product degradation. I do have to use my finger to apply as I dont get even application with a brush. The other issu I have is I haven't been able to pair this with anything else as I cant really blend it so I wear it on my lids.

    Rating: 5/10 (4/5 staying power, 1/5 pigment)
    Brand: Too Faced
    Color: Unicorn Tears (holographic light blue/pink)
    Size: 2.5 grams
    Price: 1 of 4 items in the LE Unicorn Tears set; $26/set
    Experience: Ugh, I realized after reviewing this product as a shadow that this is really a highlighter so while it sucks as shadow, it positively rocks as a highlighter. Note that Paris Hilton has a lipgloss and highlighter set called Astro Purple and the highlighter in that set is very close in color and experience as the much more expensive but a lot cuter Too Faced version.

    Rating:  3/10 (1/5 staying power, 2/5 pigment)
    Brand: Too Faced
    Color: Firefly
    Size: 1.7 grams
    Price: $18
    Experience: I had really high hopes for this as it is a perfectly lovely, shimmery gold but there is almost no staying power. It brushes right off but I gave it a 1 because the loose glitter lasted longer than any other shadow I tested.

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    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Creative Process & Goal Setting

    Ryan Holidays workflow on how to write a book

    Im fascinated by the creative process and how others document their work and flow. This pictorial article by Ryan Holliday has lots of tips for the creative process.

    I've done the note card thing for awhile for studying and for organizing my day via the GTD method so I especially enjoyed the notecard filing box and found his exhaustive post on he uses it to organize his notes as a reminder that I need to keep up with it and also that it might help me with scrapbooking. More to come.....


    Totally Tiffany's What Did Yo Do Today to Move Yourself Closer To Your Goals - WDYDT;

    1. Goals and Rewards
    2. Great pictures of her WDYDT notebook. She has a fantastic layered system with sections for each goal. see pic at the bottom


    fig 1: Totally Tiffanys What Did You Do Today Goals Notebook


    Monday, July 3, 2017

    My Judgmental Self

    I've been reading this Post Election Thoughts blog post from Lara Casey and I am floored by her truth, confessions, and humility.

    Please go read Laras blog post before continuing


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    Is calling Pres Trump a misogynistic, hate monger and then saying but 'i'm going to pray for him' hypocritical double speak? Maybe, I don't know but since November 2016, I've never felt such sadness as I do with the current state of the country. I've cried at things the POTUS has said and at the way I imagine he has made people feel. I've been frightened, and frustrated, and felt hatred towards him and then felt guilty at feeling those things when I should be praying for him and the rest of our worlds leaders.

    Though I still have some general negativity, Laras blog has opened my eyes. These issues affect all of us. Despite my personal safety net of race and income level, I (we) are all impacted by the culture he is nurturing in the white house.

    For example, those women DT feels the need to sexualize are someones daughters, sisters, friends, wives, and mothers. The Muslims he wants to ban from the county may be the scientists who cure cancer. Those living in poverty, who he doesn't want to associate himself with could be the POTUS when they grow up.

    We dont have to support him  but we should pray for him and all of our leaders. Letters to our senators and congressman might help too.