I had told my therapist (heck yeah.. I admit to that kind of stuff) I was going to make her something to hang up in her office.  My first thought was something that said “Shit could be worse, right?”  But I thought the better of it.  While I found it HILARIOUS I’m not sure everyone else would too.  Instead I saw this cute little saying that was a good reminded.  Here is the image…


(actually if you click that it is a zip file of a PDF you can print off at home and frame.. 8×10)

It really has me thinking.  What do we have to be thankful for?  The breath in our lungs.. even if it smells like burnt bacon due to an unfortunate frying pan accident (burning bacon is ALWAYS unfortunate)  Waking up in the morning.. even when.. or perhaps ESPECIALLY when there is a baby foot in your face?  (Savannah has gotten extremely acrobatic lately in her sleep)  It can be something as simple as the first sip of coffee/tea in the morning.. Even at our darkest moments (and trust me.. I’ve had them) there is usually something to be thankful for.  Though, in truth, in those darkest moments it is the hardest to see those things.

I tend to find facebook posts that are all “I am SO THANKFUL FOR ALL THE THINGS” to be silly at best and annoying at worst.  That being said, as I think of my reaction to them I wonder if I haven’t gotten too cynical for my own good!  Maybe New York is rubbing off on me.  Anyway.. I don’t need to post on facebook things that I am thankful for.. but I do need to remind myself that I have a whole heck of a lot to be thankful for… even if it is just for the smell of burnt bacon.



I’m not sure about you.. but I adore fall.  ADORE!  It is by far my most favorite season.  It wasn’t always that way.  Down South (I’m originally from Mississippi) We have a very short and not overly colorful fall. (Yay Pine Trees) I mean, it is there but.. it isn’t.  You go from Hot & Humid to Cool & Humid.  Anyway.. when I moved to New York I experienced my first ever *real* Fall.  It is September 1st and I already can see a change in the leaves on the trees.. There is this awesome bite in the air in the morning that says “Hey.. this is about to GET SERIOUS!”  One of my favorite things about Fall here in the Hudson Valley of NY is the myriad of colors.. from greens to oranges.. even some purply looking leaves.  This photo reminded me of that.  So this is today’s color calling card – Beautiful Jeweled tones that remind me of fall!


What else does fall remind me of?  PUMPKIN SPICE!  I will admit to getting giddy when I hear Starbucks was rolling out their yummy Pumpkin Spice Lattee’s EARLY!  (Even if I can’t drink them because I am sugar-free for 3 months now)  Still.. It makes me happy!  The smell of it just makes me want to dance!  It is this scent that says to me “FALL IS HERE!”

This month the designer stash at P&Co was this freaking epic palette of colors.  I was super inspired by everything the designers were making and suddenly a kit idea that I was holding off on came pushing forward!  PUMPKIN SPICE & EVERYTHING NICE!




So.. I had this fun idea!  If you buy Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice.. either or both parts between Today (sept 1st) and Sunday (sept 7) – I will put you into a random drawing for a Starbucks Giftcard!!  That way someone will get to enjoy the yummy Pumpkin Spice deliciousness for me!

Now – happy Labor Day & Enjoy yourselves!  I know I will!

PS – I totally scrapped!




This week I spent quite a bit of time working on a back to school collection. (look at this awesome LO by Keely!) It has been TWO YEARS since I last made a school themed kit.  I really wanted to create a kit that wasn’t too “little kid” or too “big kid” I really wanted something that would work for everyone!  I’m really super happy with what I ended up with… a HUGE collection of 30 papers, 80+ elements PLUS 20 digital stamps, 20 word art stickers, 3 alphas & 12 journal cards! 

Get this full collection for only $5.60 through Sunday!

Here is some great CT inspiration!

This week I have a brand new set of styles (works over any color or pattern etc) brushes & patterns!  I’ve been a busy bee!

If you buy these pieces together you save 38%!

Click on “freebies” above and check out this fantastic new set of brushes that matches the Scholastic Collection!folder