Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Blessed

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Hide tide was mid-morning today, so the girls took the opportunity for a swim. I sat out on the dock with them, just watching the river go by and thinking about how our summer is going. Going into our move last August, we really questioned whether or not to rent out our home in Jacksonville.  We actually had something lined up with a friend, but it fell through, so we decided that was a sign. We'd make a go of it. It's been a stretch financially, but we are making ends meet. And by making ends meet, we're able to come home and enjoy our home whenever we have the opportunity.

This has been blessing. If my husband had to have a heart attack, I'm glad that it happened here, where our biggest support system is. And now that we are home for the summer, I'm so happy we did it this way. The girls are loving being home. Benny's loving being home. I'm loving being home (though I still have to travel back over to Tallahassee occasionally, it's great to be able to work remotely for the most part!) Heck, even the dogs and cats are loving being home!

So while I was sitting on the dock today watching the girls swim, the dogs lounging in the shade of the boat house, I responded to a few emails as a pod of dolphins swam by, and I said an extra thanks to the Man upstairs for allowing us the opportunity to live this life. We are blessed. We're home.

Friday, June 17, 2016

2015 Documented Life Project: Week 22

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Still playing catch up with Documented Life Project 2015! This was week 22. If I remember correctly, the challenge was textured paper. Across the center of this spread is a cream piece of handmade textured paper I had in my stash. There's a piece of a coffee filter peeking in from behind it, and I've added stamping and other bits and pieces of papers I had around, including a paint sample! The little butterfly near the bottom left had been flitting around my work table for a while, a little pretty I made from some scraps lying around, so I glued her in there on a whim. She has three layers to provide some lift and more texture.

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This has been our first full week back home in Jacksonville for the summer. I'm back on the road for another work trip next week and I'll have a few days here and there over in Tallahassee throughout the summer, but for the most part, we're home! This week, we've just been absorbing that fact and enjoying every minute of just being here.  See more of my 2015 Documented Life Project pages here.
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Friday, June 10, 2016

2015 Documented Life Project: Week 21

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No, that's not a typo. It really does say 2015 up there in the title. I've been working through the Documented Life Project 2016: The UnPlanner pretty steady but haven't shared any photos yet. And then I realized I still haven't finished the Documented Life Project 2015 (I'm a chronic late project finisher...but I always do my best to eventually finish what I start!).  When I pulled this journal back out, I remembered how much of a love/hate relationship I had with the size (9 x 12 for a single page or 12 x 18 for a double spread like I'm doing them), but now that I'm back to working smaller for 2016, I kinda like the larger size!  I'll work to finish this one by the end of 2016 and then hopefully have two finished projects done at the same time before I start 2017.

Documented Life Project - Week 21

This is week 21 from 2015. The challenge was cheesecloth, which I incorporated near the bottom under the houses. Though I actually used drywall tape instead of cheesecloth. :-) When in doubt or without, improvise with what you have! That Daily Telegraph up at the top and all the text in the background is actually deli paper from a restaurant up in Fernandina. When the waiter brought me my lunch, I liked the deli paper so much, I asked him if I could have some and he brought me a whole stack (though I'll admit he looked at me a bit strangely...)  I'll continue to share 2015 pages as I finish them and start sharing 2016 pages.  To see more of my 2015 Documented Life Project spreads, click here.  The 2014 Documented Life Project was the first and my favorite so far. Click here to see those.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Best Shot Monday: Boca Grande 2016

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We had a wonderful week down in Boca Grande last week, so I wanted to share a few photos with you to document our week! Sarah discovered sun block with zinc oxide in it, so that's why she looks a little ghostly white in some of the shots! She's very diligent about her sunblock, so when she discovered this stuff, she was very happy and not the least bit embarrassed by her white face. She's doing her very best to preserve her freckles just as they are. :-)

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My friend Vanessa and her sweet daughter Blaine spent part of the week with us, so we had to catch a girly shot by the famous pink gas pump in front of Hudson's Grocery.

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My husband HATES to have his picture taken so we were lucky to catch him in a few shots, above with Sarah and Blaine.

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Our traditional night before we leave photo shoot on the beach, Sarah styling with her zinc oxide sunblock ... and this was AFTER we tried to get some off with a washcloth and water. :-)

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Our three mermaids on the bow of the boat heading to Cabbage Key.

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Vanessa and me.

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And our gang at Cabbage Key.  It was such a treat to have Vanessa and Blaine with us!  Hopefully we'll start some new traditions together! 

Friday, June 3, 2016

June Free Bling Friday

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Time for Free Bling Friday! Congratulations to Debbie from Jacksonville, Florida, for being the lucky winner of May Free Bling. This month, I picked up two pretty little magnesite stone beads that have been sitting on my work bench for a while and added a little bling to them. The stones are a tad smaller than a dime, and they are highlighted with sterling silver and tiny little Czech glass beads.

To get your name in the hat, leave me your first name, city and state, and a way to contact you in comments below no later than midnight ET Thursday, June 30. I'll pick a random number winner on the first Friday of next month, July 1. New to commenting on Blogger?  At the very bottom of this post, under the "You Might Also Like" section, you'll see a post date (6/03/2016) and "comments" in hot pink. Click on the "comments" and a comment box will open.  Open to U.S residents only.  Please help me spread the word and share this post!

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Friday, May 6, 2016

May Free Bling Friday

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Time for Free Bling Friday!  Congratulations to Jennifer from Jacksonville, Florida, for being the lucky winner of my April Free Bling.  This month, I have some danglers for you.  I've combined light amethyst Swarovski crystals and peacock coin pearls, all in sterling silver. These hang about two inches from top of earwire to bottom of pearls. 

To get your name in the hat, leave me your first name, city and state, and a way to contact you in comments below no later than midnight ET Thursday, June 2. I'll pick a winner using random.org on the first Friday of next month, Friday, June 3. New to commenting on Blogger?  At the very bottom of this post, under the "You Might Also Like" section, you'll see a post date (5/06/2016) and "comments" in hot pink. Click on the "comments" and a comment box will open.  Open to U.S residents only.  Please help me spread the word and share this post!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sparkly Little Bracelets

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Just finished up this custom order for a long-time repeat customer.  Ten of these bracelets in total.  These will go to some special employees, the business of which I'm not naming right now in case some of those employees stop in here and see their surprise!  That freckly little arm belongs to one of my redheads, the perfect model.

We had our state softball tournament this past weekend ... three long days of softball!  I brought the family with me since the nice Vero Beach location brought with it the opportunity to not only see some great softball, but also hit the beach.  We are about five miles from the beach at our home on Jacksonville, but here in Tallahassee, it's about an hour an a half.  We miss being that close!  I've been using a very talented sports photographer named Tom Hagerty to photograph our state tournaments, and he does such a fabulous job.  Check out this shot in particular; it's my favorite of the tournament, and just so happens to feature one of my hometown team's athletes.  You can see all of Tom's awesome photos here.   

I've mentioned my role in Tallahassee here several times, but I realized I don't think I've ever really told you all what it is.  I'm the Executive Director of the Florida College System Activities Association.  You can read all about us here.  And of course, you can follow our Facebook page here!