Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Long Absence


I just wanted to stop in and let everyone know that despite my long absence, I'm still alive and will be back at blogging once school is out in a few weeks.  I didn't plan to be gone so long, but our lives kind of got derailed recently.  To make a long story short, we finally got pregnant (many of you know about my struggle with infertility) with TWINS in November!  I felt like my heart had finally become whole with Beau and Maisie in my belly.  Unfortunately, they were born premature on March 28th and did not survive. My heart is broken into a million pieces and I've been having a difficult time coping with the grief.  The month anniversary of their birth/passing is this Thursday, so it's all still really fresh and painful.  I haven't been able to focus on anything other than baby stuff since I found out I was pregnant and after I lost them, I haven't been able to do much of anything but cry.  So, I apologize for disappearing on you all.  However, I guess it's good that as an outlet for my grief, I've started creating on TPT again.  This Saturday I posted 2 new products and I have 2 bigger projects I started over a year ago that I will be finishing up soon.  I look forward to getting back into the blogging world again as soon as school is out.  May 20th seems like a long time away, but I know it'll be here before I know it!

Until then,

Monday, June 15, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge #1: Makeover Madness

I'm participating in the TPT Seller Challenge this week and the first task was to revamp one of our older products and blog about it.  It's crazy to see how much better my product designing has become in just 3 short years.  I look back at some of my very first projects and cringe just a little inside because now I KNOW I can make them look better.  However, I'd honestly rather work on a new product than spend precious time going back to an older one.  Thankfully, this challenge gave me no choice!  I knew immediately which product I wanted to give a much-needed makeover to.  It's my all-time best-seller and was one of the very first products I put into my shop waaay back in 2012.  Its cover previously looked like this:

and now it looks like this:


I guess it took me a few years to learn that the description can be in the listing instead of on the cover page. Haha!  I'm very happy to have a cleaner, more inviting cover page to advertise one of my best products.  I also changed the backgrounds for the anchor charts and updated some older fonts with my own.  It's so neat seeing your own handwriting on a product!  So what do you think?


You can check out the newly-edited product in my store HERE.  It'll be on sale for the next 4 days!

Thank you, thank you, to the girls behind this Seller Challenge.  I knew it needed to be done, but it took a good swift kick in the butt to make it happen.  Visit the ladies below to see all the sellers participating in this challenge!

 http://www.thirdinhollywood.com/http://www.teachcreatemotivate.com/
http://sparklinginsecondgrade.blogspot.com/http://www.peppyzestyteacherista.com/
 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summer Reading Linky

There is so much going on in my life right now, it's not even funny.  My husband and I are in the process of purchasing our very first home.  If all goes well, we will be moving in on July 15th.  Can't wait!  We've also been doing infertility treatments that sometimes require us to make the 2 hour (one way) trip to St. Louis four to five times a WEEK!  This is serious business, folks! And on top of all that, the Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup Finals.  As you can see, my free time so far this summer has been very limited.
 

All that being said, I always have time to read.  The best gift I ever received was a Kindle from my dad for Christmas.  I was worried I'd miss holding actual books in my hands, but honestly, the thought never crosses my mind anymore.  It's just so convenient!  I haven't had much to blog about lately, so I thought I would join Molly's linky party over at Lucky to Be in First.  My summer reading list just keeps expanding, so what's a few more, right? ;)

Books I Want to Read This Summer:

1) After The Storm by Linda Castillo
I love the entire Kate Burkholder series! Simple living + murder = right up my alley!

2) Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite novels.  I named my cat Atticus in honor of it. Hopefully this only makes it better!

3) Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
I love murder mysteries like this!

4) Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Recommended by a teacher friend. Honestly, I don't know how I haven't read this already!

5) Meditation for Beginners by Yesena Chavan
Boy, oh boy, do I need this in my life right now!


Books You Should Read This Summer:

1) A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
I honestly can't say enough good things about this heartwarming book.  Everyone I've recommended it to has LOVED it!

2) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I didn't expect to like this, but I really got into it!

3) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
This one lived up to all the hype for me.

So what are you waiting for?  Get reading!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fun with Fonts

Oh my goodness, it's been ages since I've update my blog!  Life sure has been hectic and crazy around here!  My husband and I have been going through the whole infertility process and every appointment, blood draw, ultrasound, etc. requires us to drive to St. Louis, which is a 2 hour drive one way.  Needless to say that's where a lot of my time has been going!  We start our first injectable cycle tonight, so keep your fingers crossed that we magically get pregnant the first round!  Not likely, I know, but stranger things have happened!

Anywho, on to the good stuff!  When I am home and not working on school stuff, I've been playing around with fonts.  I think it's safe to say that my font addiction has now gone from collecting to creating.  I know the last thing the world needs is more fonts, but I just love them so much, I couldn't help myself!  I have 42 fonts up on TPT right now (7 sets of 6), as well as a listing for my entire collection, (including all future fonts!) for a great discount.  I'd love for you to check them out by clicking HERE.  If you do use my fonts on a product, I'd love to see it!