good messy…


“Sometimes there was a storm in her brain…” That’s one of my favorite quotes. It’s usually exactly how I create. I have an idea then I can’t quit until I’ve worked on it until exhaustion. There is certainly a storm and hurricane in thoughts and actions. Then once it gets good and going, I have to take a few steps back from it and let it simmer. I talk a lot about things being ‘on probation’…I have to live with it for awhile before knowing if there’s something more I need to add to it, take away from it, or if it’s truly finished.

In the meantime, there’s a mess to be worked around. But I consider that a very happy mess!

What is your creating process?

free = almost free

Not long ago Scott came through the front door and said, “There’s a rod-iron headboard out by the dumpster.” We couldn’t believe it. He grabbed it and put it in our garage. A month of rainy, busy Sundays later and we finally were able to finish spray-painting it (originally a cream color) and put it up yesterday.

It was a nice thing to open my eyes to this morning.



I love home/nesting projects!


National Scrapbook Day. Oh don’t even act like you’ve never heard of it! It’s big, I tell you. BIG!

Yesterday’s Scrapbooking celebrated in a big way with a crop on Friday until 2am and all day Saturday. Our theme was a cowgirl theme (Yes, you’re right. Not my choice.) But it was a blast to see the store transformed with plans that were made long before I arrived on the scene. The employees did such a fantastic job – and the customers were duly impressed!

Here are some shots from the Friday night crew:

It’s hard to tell from the picture, but our doors were covered  with posters of swinging doors into a saloon

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Each participant received an embroidered book bag with Yesterday’s Scrapbooking logo on it. A bandana with their name embroidered on it (and filled with candy). Other candies (energy pills for scrapbooking!) And inside their book bag were all the makings of a western layout to document their NSD weekend. And the food…holy cow! They are receiving SOOO much food this weekend!!

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I wish this were a clearer picture of Bunny. She is a wonderfully dedicated employee and a constant help in putting together class kits and helping people with our diecuts (she’s a true diecut pro!) I’ve really enjoyed getting to know this deeply authentic and quiet soul.

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Each person received a menu, but honestly…it was hard to decipher exactly what they would be receiving. The employees had fun coming up with names for all the goodies (goodies made by hand by the employees!) I didn’t get back to the Cowboy Sushi fast enough to take a picture. Bacon-wrapped cream cheese something with a pickle on top.

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We complain like crazy about lugging around diaper bags and strollers and all the paraphernalia that goes with motherhood. But scrapbooking?? We have to bring it ALL!!

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Cheryle has been a god-send to me. First of all, she’s from Jersey. Sometimes I want to call her and just say, “Okay. Talk!” I love to hear her accent and watch her wild gestures. Cheryle is the store manager. She’s the one who originally approached me about a job. She’s the one I had a 3-hour interview with because we couldn’t stop talking. I worked two days before leaving for surgery. I felt like my job was toast but she has relentlessly kept up with me during my back surgery and recovery. I can’t tell you how often I have received texts saying, ‘Can I cook you anything? Do you need a ride anywhere? I’m worried about you being new to town and not having help.’ Our friendship has accelerated because of my back surgery. I’m sure someday I will see it as a side benefit for which I am deeply grateful. Last night she gave me a birthday gift for my birthday in FEBRUARY. It’s funny how often in life I have befriended someone who is a crazy, wild talker. They balance me nicely.

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Just inside the front door, this is the scene that is set up for photo booth pictures throughout the weekend.

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Water bottles for everyone – complete with cowboy hat and bandana.

p.s. Aren’t those cowboy boot tags tied on nicely to the paper baskets?! (yeah…pretty much my only contribution to the weekend. Pitiful.)

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Someone working on their free NSD2013 layout…

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Also…TONS of great prizes throughout the weekend. Cheryle worked it out that everyone will win eventually. And the grand prizes TOTALLY rock!! (tshirt: ‘Good to the last crop’)

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A Tim Holtz display…

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An inked/distressed can filled with goodies and a horseshoe, cowboy boot and hat that can be removed and used on a layout. Seriously…they thought of everything!

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Even a cutie mascot…

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Giving away more goodies…

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They would kill me if they knew this was published. But c’mon! – it’s so right for this post, no?! Cute butts. Cute back pockets. Cute boots.

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Melissa and Nancy. Nancy (in the green. And by the way, how much do I love that she didn’t go the typical red and blue route?!) is in almost every day. She has been very encouraging to me, sifting through my layouts and scrapbooks (she might know more about my scrapbooking style than most of my family does.) She has a heart of gold and a story to tell.

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This is SO Nebraska!! These ladies love their scrapbooking and love their Huskers!

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Their menu for Friday night. (Oh my…what cute names they each had handwritten on the bottom of their menus…..achem.)

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Cheryle and Lisa (who has worked at YS for 3 years). They would both do anything for our YS customers!

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Even the bathroom door was ‘cowboy-fied’

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Cheryle and Deb. I got to know Deb (part-time employee; works full-time for the US Attorneys office) the other night a little when we went out to dinner. I liked her immediately. No nonsense personality and knows what she’s talking about. Love, love that! And a great sense of humor, to boot.

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Bev.(below) Love her too. She’s a regular customer that threw herself full tilt into dressing the part. Her cowboy attire was straight-up authentic!

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I can take no part in the many, MANY fine details of this cowgirl NSD weekend. I’m anxious to be more involved next year. But I am extremely proud of the way Cheryle and crew pulled off a great weekend. Every time Cheryle would show me something they were going to do I would say, “Wow. They are really getting a lot for their money!” And her typical reply was, “This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ every year to our customers. They are faithful to us; we want to let them know how much we appreciate it.”

What better place to work, huh? 

Project Life: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

My husband, Scott, and I were very moved the first time we saw the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I’m not even certain we could clearly articulate what it was that stirred us at first. We watch it often, still, as a source of fun encouragement as we continue to process the breadth of its meaning.

Scott and I are both 48 years old. The characters in the movie are in their 70’s and retired, yet they serve as a model of what could lie ahead. Each of the characters embody many of the strengths and weaknesses that each of us possess, so identification with one or more characters was not difficult. Scott and I have discussed many times how much we want to be more like “so-in-so” (I won’t ruin the plot for those who have not yet seen the movie) and less like “so-in-so” as we age. We both strongly identified with one particular couple that we hope to emulate more and more in the years to come.

Age does not have to define your sense of adventure…
…your sense of learning
…sense of evolving.
Age is not a handicap. In many ways, advanced age serves as a great source of freedom.

I have referred to Marigold as a coming-of-age movie because in so many ways it is not ushering a teen into adulthood but rather an adult into the magical period called retirement.

(watch for future posts about some of the sections of the movie that I particularly identified with, and why.)


Background: Project Life is a scrapbooking method that revolves around page pockets in an effort to minimize and simplify the telling of your stories and the images that relate.


I was so moved by many of the quotations in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel that I wanted to capture them in a Project Life layout. Just as we refer to our scrapbooks to relive and retouch our memories, I wanted to be able to go back and read the words that held such meaning to me as I viewed the movie. Some of the quotes are stand-alone inspirations while others are particularly poignant after seeing the movie. Faces and events within the story bolster the words with significant meaning.

This layout is very personal to me and Scott, yet it has served as an important part of our lives the last few months.

We are living and loving our lives right now.
Fear and anxiety for the future can either paralyze us or it can be a jumping board into a new world.

Initially, you’re overwhelmed. But gradually you realize it’s like a wave. Resist, and you’ll be knocked over. Dive into it, and you’ll swim out the other side.

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autumn decorating

My favorite decorating season is Fall. The colors. The texture. The smells. They are all so inspiring and ever-changing. It seems like Fall is a time of finding decorations; not just buying them pre-made.

It’s October 25 and I haven’t done any seasonal decorating. Since we just moved, it has been all I can do to get our normal everyday items unpacked and put away. Plus I will be joining Scott for a while on location out-of-town, so I think I’m kind-of-sort-of deciding not to decorate for Halloween this year (sniff.) Hopefully I will be able to do a bit for Thanksgiving, however; we’ll see…

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying some of the posts I’ve seen around the web.

Like this front porch cornucopia idea from Design Sponge

Or a more modern approach, like this canvas from Yatzer.

Such fun googly-eyed garland from landeeseelandeedo

I love these primitive pumpkins by Sarah Dawn Designs.

I will always have a space in my heart for primitive country.

In my own personal space though, I continue to love the soft natural colors that Dreamy Whites captures so beautifully.

I hope you’re having fun with all the ghosts and goblins, pumpkins and colorful leaves that are so dominant during this time of year. They add warmth and funkiness to our homes.

source: eighteen25