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Project Lineup August 30, 2011

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 9:03 pm
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Kate was right!  I totally agree with her post above.  As a finance graduate and a HR professional I would recommend contributing to both a 401(k) and a Roth.  Doesn’t mean I’ve actually kicked my butt in gear to contribute to MY Roth {sorry Dad!}, but for the record I agree and those are the responsible things to do.

Speaking of my irresponsibility…this Saturday I found myself wandering the isles of Hobby Lobby {favorite craft store by far} for about 2 hours.  You might ask me what could I possibly do in a store for that long, but believe me it’s not difficult for me to do.  You see I’m definitely not an in-and-out of the store kind of person.  But then you add in all the possibilities in that store and I get a bit carried away.  I went in there for just 4 items:  A 16 inch pillow form, ½ yards of fabric, a marking pencil, and a 12in zipper.  I came out with those items plus items for 3 more projects! Yikes!

I love a creative project.  It will keep me in a good mood and challenge my creative side {that finance side of me needs a balance}.  It’s just that I usually don’t finish projects right away.  In fact I made a list last night and I am currently in the midst of 6 different projects right now.  Here is a glimpse of a few of them:

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Even though I have all of these projects at different stages, you’ll be happy to learn that I completed the project that required the 4 items {a 16 inch pillow form, ½ yards of fabric, a marking pencil, and a 12in zipper}!  I attended a sewing class this Sunday at The Needle Shop in Bucktown with my sister.  It was a four hour class that teaches you how to use a sewing machine {theirs or your own} and you complete a pillowcase during the class. It usually costs $70, but was on sale for $56 for the month of August {lucky us!}.  I really enjoyed the set up because there were only 4 students in this class so there was plenty of time for questions and Cherri, our instructor, was awesome and very patient!  I would recommend the class to anyone who is unsure if they want to learn to sew.  I definitely enjoyed the class and will be thinking about the next one I want to take.  Here is my final product:

To top it all off, this class helped me knock #10 off my aspiration list for the year!


Lots of love… February 17, 2011

Filed under: Sarah — Uncharted @ 7:59 pm
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In honor of Valentine’s Day, and this week being full of love, I thought I’d post a list of simple things that make me (and I’m sure many others) happy…

10) Getting snail mail…there’s something so nice about receiving a colorful card in the mail that you can actually hold.  Email’s nice too, but snail mail is better.

9) Hearing a song on the radio that makes me sing out loud…I was doing this the other day at a stoplight, when I looked next to me and realized that a preteen girl with her mother was staring at me like I had 3 heads.  It was such a good one though, that I kept singing anyway.

8 ) Thinking up something creative…I’ve been feeling very crafty lately, and have been coming up with new foldables and projects for my students to make things more interesting.  I know it’s super nerdy teacher-esque, but every time I come up with something new I feel good.

7) Getting flowers…and Jonathan knows it.  He’s a really good flower picker, abnormally so for a guy.  But every holiday I get fresh flowers that bring a big smile to my face.  I know some people just say flowers die, but something about having that colorful burst of life in your home for even a few short days is uplifting.

6) A glass of wine after a hard day…there’s nothing more relaxing than curling up in my PJs on the couch with a glass of red, catching up on my shows or reading my Kindle.

5) Text messages just to say hi…it’s nice knowing people are thinking about you, not necessarily needing you for something.  I love getting a random hello in the middle of the day.

4) Buying a new pair of shoes…I know they just stay on your feet all day, but glancing down and seeing a shiny new pair of shoes that make you look just that much cuter is a nice feeling.

3) When kids are thoughtful…there are a lot of things that you see kids doing these days that make them seem selfish and unaware of others.  But this Valentine’s day my students were really sweet to each other.  And one even suggested that we all make cards for our special ed reading buddies AND our pen pals to brighten their days.

2) Panda bears…if you know me, you already know this one.  But even if you don’t know me, you can’t deny it.  Want scientific proof why humans are so mysteriously attracted to these big huggables?  Check this out>>>Why we love pandas.

1) Finishing  a book…sometimes in the midst of all the crazy in life, it’s nice to know that you can actually still finish things once in a while.  And finishing a book is very satisfying.

What loves do you have? What makes you smile? 🙂


A Little Piece of Papercrafting February 4, 2011

Filed under: Sarah — Uncharted @ 6:25 pm
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First of all, I want to start this week’s blog entry by apologizing to those of you who read our blog for my entry last week.  I hope nobody saw it for more than what it was: a simple opportunity to vent and see if anyone out there ever feels the same way I do.  And it turns out, people do.  It’s always good to know you’re not alone.

Now, on to this week!  I’m posting late because I have had a lack of reliable internet connections in my life the last few days due to the blizzard that hit Chicago.  And because of this blizzard, I also had a lack of WORK to do.  Now, three snow days later, here we are!

On Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 pm when our principal announced that we would be having a snow day on Wednesday (mind you, this was the MIDDLE of my reading block with my class), I had mixed feelings.  It’s funny how when you’re a little kid and you hear ‘snow day,’ you jump for joy and cry out in happiness (yes, that did actually happen on Tuesday afternoon), yet as an adult it’s a completely different story.  I should have been happy to have a snow day, and I was happy…to have ONE, just not THREE.  You see, you never really realized when you were a student how much intense pressure your teachers were under to cover a certain number of concepts with you to a particular level of mastery by the end of the year.  So when I found out we had snow days on Thursday and Friday as well, pretty much all I could do was be cranky that I wasn’t going to be able to ‘fit it all in’ before standardized tests start in March.  Until I saw what made it through the blizzard and into my mailbox…

Some of you have seen that Kelly, Karla and I enjoy papercrafting, and have attended several Stampin’ Up events with my friend Penny from school.  Well, before I left for Denver 2 weeks ago, Penny was basically stalking me.  No, not in a creepy way, in a way that ended up being totally cool.  She was desparate to get in touch with me to let me know about a special offer that Stampin’ Up was having for new demonstrators that sign up.  So, after much waiting and drooling over the list of stamps, colored cardstocks and rich inks that I would be receiving in the mail, it finally came…just in time for my snow days!

I spent several hours holed up in my house wearing PJs and drinking hot cocoa, working on new card designs.  I’m getting really excited to organize a party with some friends to share them and see what they can come up with, as well!  So those of you who are reading this and live in the Chicagoland area and enjoy stamping and papercrafting, let me know, I’d love to make our first papercrafting event a real party, so maybe you’ll get an invite! 🙂 The card below is a thank-you card I created (in hopes of the snow melting and spring arriving soon…hey, the groundhog said so) to give my friend’s family for hosting a girls’ weekend for some of us at their Bed and Breakfast over the next few days.  The only thing I’m worried about is that I’ll start ditching my real work to continually experience the joy of papercrafting.


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