It’s never too late to learn

Just about a year ago, in a post titled, “Going back to school – sort of”  I wrote about my love of learning and my desire to continue my “education” through non-traditional methods like tutorials and online classes.

ShimelleSeveral years ago I discovered Shimelle Lane, a UK Scrapbooker and amazing teacher.  She offered an online class called “Learn Something New Everyday”.  The idea was that, for an entire month, you learn something new everyday and scrapbook about it.  The class cost $15 and along with all the incredible materials, I also received a lifetime membership, if you will.  Every year on September 1st, I receive an email from Shimelle encouraging me to start the adventure all over again at no additional cost to me.  What a deal!

While I haven’t gone through the full 30 days every year, I have been made more aware of the process of learning something new everyday.  I’ve always considered myself a curious soul, but learning doesn’t just happen.  It requires effort and intention.  This is where Shimelle’s class hits the spot.  She provides you with daily prompts, but doesn’t box you in either.  And she doesn’t pile on a lot of extra work.  You can record your insights in any method you like from the simple to the complex.

I’ve decided to give this a go again – not everyday, but two to three times a week.  I’ll be sharing my efforts and collecting my thoughts and pictures in a very simple mini book.

What are some things you’d like to learn to do?  What are some things that you could teach?

Until next time,

Grace

 

 

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You know that head tilt thing that Ellie does?  I want to learn how to do that.

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Saturday Snippets | August 29, 2015

Welcome to Saturday Snippets.  This is where I share links and odd bits of info from the past week.

1. Amazing story of a man who knows where his strengths lie.

2.  When I make soap, I order my scents from brambleberry.com.  Their Rustic Fragrance Collection makes me want to make several batches of soap.  I’ve made soap using the Cinnamon Sugar fragrance oil and it felt like we were showering with cookies for months. I think I want to try the Warm Flannel next.

3. Get out the Kleenex and count your blessings.

4.  Too cute.

5.  And finally, while this video did not get my dogs howling, it did garner a few head tilts.

Well that’s all the Snippets I have for today.  Have a wonderful rest of your day,

Grace

 

 

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You mean this head tilt??

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Nine Today

Mindy turns 9 today.  In honor of her special day, I thought I would tell you the Nine Reasons I Love Mindy.

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01d6b0189448943bfe1e6c257324a01911dd6046c31.  She gets sooooo excited when we get ready to go for a walk.  Everyday.  Like it is the first time every time.  I love her enthusiasm.

IMG_54762.  She is wonderful with other dogs.  I often take care of friends and family’s dogs and Mindy is very welcoming and the first to say, “Wanna play?”

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3.  She endures the celebratory bow ties.

Mindy on Chair4.  She would let you pat her head from now until the end of time.  It’s her signature move.  You’ll be standing and suddenly she will appear right under your hand and just stay there.

5.  She is not fond of junior high aged children.  Not sure why, but she runs and hides in the back bedroom whenever a child that age is around.

015ec4347527f24feddfe18f4391a9a682248e77b86.  She wakes me up every night around 2am to go outside.  Most of the time she has to go to the bathroom, but sometimes she just likes to sit outside on the hill and look at the stars.  Kinda makes me crazy at that hour of the night!

01edbe3e7dcef64b8b9f73ff68a3ef773e91c31e877.  She loves to look out the window in the craft room.  She’s content in there for hours.01f1f54fce48bea944f189e44b152eca939dfff85c

8.  She and Ellie are my constant companions.

 

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9.  She loves to herd Woody.  Mindy is German Shepherd/Border Collie mix and has a very strong need to herd.  She also loves to lick his face.  He’s used to it now.

 

 

We do love her and are so glad she came into our lives.  Happy Birthday Mindy!!!!

Grace

 

 

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Happy Birthday Mindy.  We’re really glad you came to stay with us.  We ruff you!

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Saturday Snippets | August 15, 2015

Welcome to Saturday Snippets.  This is where I share links and odd bits of info from the past week.

1. Pretty cool.

2.  Would love to make this for family gatherings.

3. So good.

4. One of my favorite card designers shares her art journal.

5. And finally, I am constantly learning.

Well that’s all the Snippets I have for today.  Have a wonderful rest of your day,

Grace

 

 

Dogs Galore

 

 

We’re more than happy to be your teachers.  And so far you get an A+.

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Checking in…

Hi there.  Remember me?  I know it’s been ages (June!) since my last crafty post (I promise I’ll be back), but I’ve had a very busy summer taking care of dogs (my other passion, next to crafts). AND while I enjoy a thematic series of posts as much as the next guy, I fried myself a bit with my daily projects/posts back in May and needed a breather.

Despite my lack of daily posts, I’ve been busy crafting and creating and organizing and walking dogs and playing with dogs and … ;-).  It’s been a fantastic summer, but now I want to get back to a regular posting schedule (not necessarily every day) and share my creations with you.

Here are a few of the things I did to pass the summer away:

celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary.

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took care of lots of doggies (yea!!!)

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celebrated summer birthdays with outdoor jenga.  Lots of fun.

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won a giveaway from Andi at AndreSueKnits.com.  If you like hand painted and dyed wool, this is the place to go.

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made a reversible, adjustable apron for my father-in-law for Father’s Day.

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celebrated the 4th and made bow ties for dogs.  It took longer to take the picture than it did to make the bows!

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took photos everyday using the Collect App.

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made myself a new planner (eek!).  More posts to come about this projects.  I am loving this new design.

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made neck coolers for the dogs.  For several weeks this summer we experienced several triple digit days in a row.  When I woke up one morning at 5am and it was already 70 degrees, I knew it was time to wrap these babies around my babies.

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made a bead drying rack.  I have discovered the “pandora style” bead and am anxious to share my progress with you.  Excitement coming soon!!!

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made a gelli plate for mono printing.  I’ve wanted a gelli plate for some time, but they’re pricey, so I made one.  It works great for a fraction of a fraction of the cost.  I’ll share more in the weeks and months to come.

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worked on knitting projects (with a little help from my friends)

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Hope you’ve had a wonderful summer.

Stay tuned for more…

Grace

 

 

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It’s been so much fun playing with all my friends, but now I need a nap.

 

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Saturday Snippets | August 8, 2015

Welcome to Saturday Snippets.  This is where I share links and odd bits of info from the past week.

1.  I definitely need to expand my dog’s skills.

2.  Enjoying watching Alton Brown’s show Good Eats.

3. I am so motivated  to start a granny square blanket when I see this.

4. Amazing

5. And finally, the power of the head tilt!

Well that’s all the Snippets I have for today.  Have a wonderful rest of your day,

Grace

 

 

WEM

 

We would be more than happy to help carrying the groceries – especially the dog biscuits and kibble.

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Saturday Snippets | August 1, 2015

Welcome to Saturday Snippets.  This is where I share links and odd bits of info from the past week.

1.  Simply adorable and a snazzy dresser.

2. Brilliant.

3. It’s important to have friends.

4.  This dog needs to work on his protecting skills

5.  This is so impressive and inspires me want to walk longer and faster.

Well that’s all the Snippets I have for today.  Have a wonderful rest of your day,

Grace

 

 

Woody

 

 

Out our house, this is our first line of defense.

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