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30 days without want


For a while now I have been wanting to do a project I am calling “30 Days without Want.”  The basic principles is this:

I already have 90% of what I want and 100% of what I need and that’s fabulous.

So why do I keep spending money on things that I don’t need, and in the end, could do without anyway? (Read: why the hell do I have so much random stuff?)

Couldn’t my time and money be better spent?

Hence the project, which began roughly on August 19 of this year.  I say “roughly” because I didn’t actually plan a start date.  I  had the project in mind for a while one day (which I am about to tell you about) I remembered it, and it felt right.

The Day:

I got a new classroom. It couldn’t have come at a better time. This summer break seemed to fly by and it seemed that school was upon me well before I was ready for it. I spent most of the summer doing my best to dodge work emails and phone calls and only showed up for the mandatory meetings, all the while DREADING the idea of starting a new school year.

I couldn’t quite figure out why I wasn’t getting into the groove, starting to get jazzed up about new notebooks and boxes of perfect crayons and newly sharpened pencils.  I still don’t know exactly what the problem was, except that I was having none of it.

Which brings me August 19. The day after my birthday. I show up at school only to be told I’ve been “moved.” Continuing with my cloudy mood, I was sure that this was going to be bad news. 

As it turned out, I was wrong. My new room is at least 3 times the size of my old one  with a sink/kitchen area (no stove!!), a closet with large, roomy shelves, plenty of bookcases, and a WINDOW. Wow. After a couple of years of being in a shoebox, well, I couldn’t help but stretch out my arms and twirl around a bit…just because I could.

My back-to-school mood improved dramatically in about 30 seconds! Suddenly I was having visions of book baskets and incentive charts and reading nooks and all the wonderful details that go into making a classroom. 

But at the same time, somewhere in my subconscious I must have been thinking about how lucky I felt…and how this room was so much more than enough.

And so I decided that even though I have a brand new room to decorate and organize, I am not going to max out my credit card at the Dollar tree or anything like that.  I am only going to use what I have on hand or what I can make or salvage. 

And why not take it all the way, right?

Here’s my personal plan:

1. bring my lunch everyday

2. eat breakfast at home

3. no more craft supplies for the next 30 days…use up my stash

4. only new classroom supplies that I can beg/borrow/make/salvage

And that’s it. I’ll keep you posted. I wish I had pictures to show you, but my camera charger is MIA.

Next time.



Fall Family Bucket List


I woke up this morning because I was too cold. Yep, too cold. In August.  In South Carolina. That’s got to be a first.

It hasn’t warmed up much today–overcast, light rain, windy. Feels just like fall. Which got me dreaming of scarves and piles of leaves and apple cider….So much so that I decided to go ahead and write up a Fall Family Bucket List.

I’d been meaning to do this sort of thing for some time.  I tried a Christmas advent calendar last year, and it was a huge hit with the kiddo.  I had planned to do birthday and seasonal calendars as well, but didn’t quite get around to it for D’s birthday in March or for summer.   But after jotting down some ideas and getting input from the rest of the family, now I’m all set to go for fall. Here’s the plan for September through Novemeber!! (in no particular order)

  • go to a football game
  • drink apple cider
  • make a campfire
  • go camping
  • carve a pumpkin
  • decorate the house for fall
  • pumpkin pie
  • apple pie
  • pecan pie
  • jump in a pile of leaves
  • sweet potato casserole
  • visit the mountains
  • new fall candles
  • go to a fall festival
  • tamales
  • cozy movie night–Wizard of Oz and Oz
  • new warm clothes–socks, scarves, gloves, hats…
  • go on a hayride
  • corn maze
  • fall crafts
  • plant bulbs
  • play yard games
  • take the puppies on a hike
  • make dog biscuits
  • make a scarecrow

yay! I’m so excited.  I’ll post pics when I get the whole thing set up 🙂

So, What’s on your fall bucket list???

Hi. :)


Well hello!  I’ve been doing this blogging thing on and off again for some time now.  I’m getting back on it these days because I have so many cool projects in the works and I think it will be lots of fun to share them all!

Here are some of the things I’m working on:

  • Traveling Art Journals, with my facebook group. We are a group of 19 ladies across the US, Canada, and beyond that is circling our art journals among us, making pages for each other, and passing them along to the next. It’s super fun and has been an amazing experience.
  • I signed up for the Sketchbook Project  2013. Have you??
  • School’s almost out and it wouldn’t be summer with out some summer art projects for the kids.  This year we are working in the school’s butterfly garden. We’ll be doing lots of butterfly hunting, planting, weeding, composting, upcycling and having fun!!
  • I also plan to kick off my summer with a massive amount of painting and art journaling, which I will be sharing here, of course 🙂

Stop by some time and say hi! Thanks for visiting!