Life Lately: June, July & August

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So Summer, that’s a thing that’s happening right now. I have been so offline compared to past summers and that’s because I have just been way more busy not just with work life but also with personal life. I’ve been traveling a lot more on my days off, spending time with my family and friends, going out, doing things.

Right now my family is in the middle of harvest, we’ve had a bit of a rough start to the season. We had some machines rebel against us, so we had to make some decisions on how we were going to handle them. This made me so stressed out, where we are also had a heat wave which didn’t help anything. We’ve made it through unscaved basically and are back on track with our harvest. Right now I’m working 10-18 hour days so I don’t have much of social life just because I’m so tired after work. I’m glad harvest is only about a month and half long.

I haven’t done a life lately since sometime in the spring, so since then I’ve had my half birthday, in June, that was really fun to celebrate with my family and one of my pen pals/friends/brain twin sent me a fantastic little package. I made myself confetti cupcakes, and my mom gave me a unicorn topper kit for decorating. My boyfriend gave me a Fluffy from Despicable Me Pop Funko which is super adorable. It was a great day!

In July I went to a Geek Girl Brunch in Portland, it’s the closest chapter to me. We went to Sandy Hut, which is this grungy little dive bar that has an amazing breakfast that is inexpensive. The mimosas were $3.00 each way better than like $7 like at some places (or more). I also loved that the chapter leaders made up these amazing coloring books and gave us crayons. It was also so, so great to meet Mercedes finally. We’ve been friends on twitter and talk, but it’s so great to put a face to the name. That day was full of making friends, and hanging out. I can not wait to go to the one in September. I get really nervous before going to them, because I feel like no one is going to like me or talk to me and it’s always the opposite. GGB is such a fantastic community and I’m happy to be part of it.

I haven’t really been playing a ton of video games lately because of work. But I have really been enjoying Albion Online and Splatoon 2. Splatoon just had a splat fest of Mayo vs. Ketchup. I picked team Ketchup, because hello, it’s Ketchup. But I guess Mayo won…? I think its garbage how so many people picked team ketchup that there were tons of Ketchup vs Ketchup matches and those didn’t count towards the totals. Apparently this is an ongoing problem… *sigh* I hope they fix it in the near future. Not sure how many more Splat Fests I’ll be doing if this is their attitude. As for Albion Online, I’m going to do a whole separate post about it. I really enjoy the game, I’m a solo player – no guild- which some say is the “wrong way” to play but I disagree. It’s a great game for me to play this time of year because it’s very much a grindfest which takes little thoughts. Additionally the combat is simple and fun.

I started a brand new bullet journal this month, I found one that was on sale and I think I’m ready to get back into it. I used a bullet journal system, before it was know as bullet journaling. I used my system all through middle & high school, and into college. Then I used it organize my social irl life and my social internet life. Since finding the Erin Condren Life Planner I thought it would be a bit much to keep both up, so I’ve just been using the ECLP. But I really miss my bullet journal, and it works so well for me. I’m almost done with the ECLP so in 2018 I will be using a bullet journal and a recollections planner from Michael’s. Way less expensive than the ECLP, and planning, in my opinion, should be inexpensive (I got my recollections planner for about $15, while an Erin Condren can cost between $55-$60).

I’m also using my bullet journal for the Iggle Daily Journal prompts, it’s fun to put a bit of a spin on my old system, and make it accommodate new things. I also got a new toy, it the HP Sprocket that prints little pictures that are stickers you can stick to things. It’s been a ton of fun to incorporate them into my journal so far. The first spread I did for August is meant to celebrate Harry Potter because that Monday before the first was the 31st and Harry Potter’s birthday. I did red and yellow for Gryffindor and had these two really cool washi tapes that were perfect for the spread.  If you like seeing bullet journal spreads, or planning related stuff I share my spreads on my dedicated instagram.

 

This week is IGGPPCamp! It’s my third time going to camp, and am so excited. I got sorted into Troop Chimera. I also made a map of the campgrounds for in my bullet journal in the IGGPPCamp section. I think it turned out pretty cool.

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I’m part of Iggle Flicks and we will be hosting a bunch of watch-a-longs during camp. Mine isn’t until Sunday evening. When I thought I would have time off/be done with work. From what I’ve seen so far, all the activities look super fun this year! I have an activity that will be live on Saturday, so keep an eye out for it! (I’ll put a link HERE when it goes live) Until then enjoy this sneak peak:

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I’m sure I have more to share but I can’t think of anything right now, haha. So for now we’re caught up. Hopefully once work calms down a bit I can get back on a regular schedule of posting things. Thanks for hanging in there with me! ❤

 

 

DIY: Sticker Book

Oh hey another DIY? I guess so! This one did take me more than an hour, but I was dog sitting and didn’t have a lot to do.  From start to finish this project probably took me three and a half hours to complete. I think if I do it again I’ll do it in half the time, but I was figuring out just exactly I wanted to do, and how it was all going to work together.

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DIY: Planner Cover

Who else loves to see all the cute covers people have on their planners? I know I do! I went Etsy window shopping and with shipping those cover can cost a pretty penny! I’m sure they of the most excellent quality, but I’m trying to save money this month. I know I picked an awful time for a no-spend, with the holidays and all. So my solution was to DIY a cover.  Continue reading

Autumn Obsession: Pumpkin Bread

I feel like this fall I have eaten my weight in pumpkin bread, which could have gotten pretty expensive if I was getting if from Starbucks, or at the grocery store. Luckily pumpkin bread is really easy, and cheap to make!

I love my pumpkin bread recipe because of all the different spices I use, and because of how moist it is. It’s one of the few breads I never get tired of making!

I am so excited to share this recipe with you all. For so long I’ve wanted to start sharing my recipes, so I’m glad I’m finally doing so, and I hope you all enjoy!

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So I Don’t Have To Dream Alone

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Dreamcatchers have become synonymous with summer for me, I love them, from the way they look to the mythology behind them. Did you know Dreamcatchers come from Native American traditions? They believed that Dreamcatchers would protect the sleeping from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. Positive dreams would slip through the hole at the center, while negative dreams would get tangled in the web and would perish at the new day’s first light.

So let the good vibes roll with these super easy and fun easy to make Dreamcatchers!

What You’ll Need:

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  • Wooden Embroidery Hoop
  • Washi Tape
  • Yarn
  • Felt, needle, and a bit of fluff
  • Pony Beads
  • Wooden Beads
  • Charms
  • Feathers
  • Piece of Wire for hanging
  • Leather Strips
  • Anything else that is fun that you would want to include

Instructions:

  1. Start by covering your embroidery hoop with washi tape.
  2. photo-25-500x500Wrap the yarn around the hoop in creative ways- you can eaither just go for it and make sort of a spiderweb pattern, or you can make a more traditional pattern with the yarn.
  3. Make sure the yarn is tight. If you’re feeling confident in your yarn wrapping ways then you can include charms as you go. *If necessary you can use hot glue to make sure it’s tight in places*
  4. Sowing step! You can make a heart, a star, a unicorn,  or anything else you want for this step. Make 2 outlines that will be cut out and sewn together, adding the bit of fluff so it’s a bit puffy. (You also don’t have to do this step, the dream catcher is anything you want it to be!)
  5. This is the dangly bits part, so you now want to attach what you’ve sewn plus a feather, origami, or whatever else to the bottom of the embroidery hoop.
  6. Secure wire, or ribbon to the top of the hoop for easy hanging.
  7. Hang on wall You’re all done!

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