Category: Life in General

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A New Crafty DIY Project

Thought for today: Even at it’s worst, life is still pretty damn good.

I have a brand new crafty DIY project to share today but first, a few thoughts to get off my mind.

Relaxing into Life

I am breathing so much easier after my last post.

Being so overwhelmed (which I know I did to myself) was really killing every part of my life because it sunk me into even more depression. I suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) so the winter months are especially tough on me. Throw in even more depression and *BAM*, the perfect storm of hopelessness.

I found that I was losing interest in everything…my blog, art journaling, all aspects of creativity, even my relationships were suffering due to that stupid depression of mine. I hate that things in my life that I love suffer because of my depression. It’s a horrible, horrible mental illness.

Believe me.

Since deciding to just relax and be myself here on my blog, my heart feels lighter as does my head.

So, moving on…

A Little Art Making

My husband can be hard to buy for and he actually likes gifts I have made for him in the past. For Valentines day this year I made him this watercolor heart piece.

I still have to mat and frame it but I really think he’ll like it.

Just by working on this little piece, I could feel my creative mojo stirring to life. Man o man, does it feel good, too. Welcome back my beloved imagination and inspiration, oh how I have missed you!

Anywho…

Crafty DIY Goodness

I picked up some bamboo cutting boards on sale a while back, not sure what I was going to do with them. I do that sometimes, buy things not knowing how they will fit into my creative juicy-ness. Always positive I’ll find a crafty way with my often crazy imagination. It’s something I’ve done for a very long time but I really need to curtail doing it. I realized that I have too much stuff so it’s time to do something with the things I already have in waiting.

But, I digress…

I needed to figure out how I was going to use these cutting boards…and I finally did!

There were three cutting boards and decided to do one for each of my daughters (who I miss so much since they both live away from me now) and one for my mother-in-law. I knew these three would appreciate a handmade something because, lets be honest here, not everyone is appreciates handmade things. To each his (or her) own.

But I felt sure these three women would enjoy something crafty from me…

So, I got to work!

What & How…

I decided I would use my woodburning tool to make them each personalized. After I finished woodburning the outline of each letter and looking at them, I felt something was missing.

That’s when I decided to use some wood stain inside each of the letters to really make the words stand out. It worked beautifully!

After letting them dry for a couple of days, I put a light coat of clear sealant. I let that dry for a few hours. Then I coated each with multiple coats of Dishwasher -Safe Mod Podge, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before the next coat.

This will allow the girls and my MIL to all use these (on the backside) for cutting, then wash them and display the front side (if they choose) on a little plate stand on their kitchen counters. With this Mod Podge, the decorative side is protected and sealed, even when immersed in water.

I know they will be happy to get these little gifts. They aren’t a big something but they were made with lots of love…and I do think they look pretty cool, too. I just hope they each like them.

This is the one I made for my daughter Savannah.

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out and can’t wait for them to find them in the mail in the next few days.

*Doing the happy dance*

Coming up…

I’m hoping to have a lots to share with you soon so be sure to subscribe to my feed.

I have lots of projects to finish up and a couple to get started in the next few days. I’m going to try and do some work in my art journal, too. It has been far too long.

And hey, while you’re here, I’d love it if you’d drop a quick comment. I mean, just to let me know I’m not over here talking to myself.LOL

Until next time…
Peace & Love,

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Working on Figuring Life Out

I swear that I had the best intentions when I started this blog. I’ve been pretty good at blogging in the past but I felt the need to change things up and get my own site and blog from there (here.)  I’ve studied all about the whole blogging world because I was trying to do this the right way. I WANT to be a blogger…a good blogger…but I’ve let myself become so overwhelmed with it.

So overwhelmed that it has made me unable to even work in my art journals in the past few weeks. It’s horrible! My creativity has suffered tremendously!

I would sit down to blog and everything would just start swirling and I’d just have to walk away. Every single time.

So I’ve made some decisions. It’s time to give myself some slack from that feeling of being overwhelmed. It’s alright to feel the way I feel and there is nothing wrong with taking things slow and easing myself back into the blogging world.

So I am.

I’m going to take it slow and ease back into blogging, slowly but surely. It is my hope to consistently blog a few times a week, but I can’t guarantee what I’ll be talking about on a regular basis, yet. That will come eventually but I can’t worry about that right now. One step at a time, right?

I’ve also added some new categories that I want to blog about, too…I’ve added Rants & Raves, Planner Love, Inspiration/Motivation, and my real biggie is My Weight Watchers Journey, which I’m super excited about even though I’m just getting started (trying to get healthy and lose this extra weight.)

I’ve been heavy to fat my entire life and decided not too long ago that I’m getting old and the time is going to pass whether I’m taking care of myself or eating myself to death. It’s time to do something about this body (and health) of mine…so I am.

If you’re on Weight Watchers, please drop a comment so we can connect. I need all the friends on the same path that I’m on that I can get. I’m doing WW Freestyle online only (for now) and I’m also a member at Planet Fitness and I’m working on being better about going and working out.

I guess you can see that I really am trying to figure this life of mine out, bit by bit. I will be sharing all my “stuff” here and I’d be super psyched if you’d stick around and journey along with me.

Back soon, I swear!
Barb