Thursday, April 26, 2018

Grapevine, Texas ScrapGals Retreat - Review in Photos (Day 1 - Friday)

I thought it might be good to recount for you some of our adventures from our recent ScrapGals Retreat in Grapevine, Texas. Note that this is a photo-heavy post and might take a while to load depending on your connection.

Tracie and I left Nashville via a Southwest flight that was quite bumpy due to some turbulence from storms. Our landing in Grapevine was definitely not what I'd call "smooth."

On Friday morning, we headed out for several retreat related errands, then we met up with fellow ScrapGals to explore Grapevine a bit in the afternoon. Here I am ready for our sightseeing and acting goofy in the hotel room mirror.  (Side note: I totally need a big mirror like this at home to be able to see my entire outfit.)

Before we met the retreat-goers, Tracie and I snapped a selfie in a good spot in the hotel hallway by the elevators - no shame, lol!

Downtown Grapevine was lovely and quaint; I enjoyed getting to explore the shops a bit.

This historic log home reminds me of a similar structure in my hometown that is preserved as part of the Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University.


This group shot of us is so much fun!

More scenes from downtown Grapevine.

Shooting this fun selfie with Nikki made my day!





And I couldn't resist a group selfie as we rested and told stories along Main Street.


This grape arbor near the log cabin reminded me of a similar arbor that my great-grandparents had when I was growing up.

I love old theaters.

Can you even imagine walking to Texas? At any time of year...from any other state...it's definitely not something I can imagine doing myself.


After our afternoon of browsing along downtown, we went to dinner at Babe's Chicken, a local favorite.

I loved the mismatched chairs they had lined up in front of the restaurant for the crowds that line up to eat there frequently.

And I don't think I've ever seen this much fried food on a plate before now! We had our choice of fried chicken or chicken fried steak. I tried a few bites of each and thought they did a great job with it.

The sides were also served family style - mashed potatoes, white gravy, green salad, corn, and biscuits were all on the menu with the meat choices.

The waitresses were sweet to snap photos of our tables while we were there.


And Tracie even posed with them for another pic! I was kind of trapped at the end of a table and missed out on this photo op. :)

After dinner, we drove to a nearby town and visited the Little Blue House. It was so amazing that I'll share about it in a different post. Fab.u.lous!

While we were there, we shopped a bit, made a make 'n take with our attendees, and even posed for a group pic.

After all that, I was ready to relax in preparation for our first full day of the retreat. I even bought some pineapple and flamingo pajamas in the hopes of scrapbooking these pics at some point - haha!


And that's a wrap for the opening of the Grapevine, TX 2018 ScrapGals Retreat! Check back soon for more pics and info about the fun we had.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

PonTIFFications #5 - check it out for some crafty chat


I haven't recorded one of these videos for about a year, but I thought it might be fun to check in with you about some of my crafty projects and goals in the next few months. Check it out if you're interested in hearing about and seeing some glimpses of those projects. :)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Documenting Your (Most) Difficult Stories



Join me as I share with you five specific strategies for documenting the most difficult stories of your life. This class is primarily comprised of written content, but you also do have an introductory and concluding video as well as still photographs of the project and a video flipthrough of the completed album. I also encourage you to join our private Facebook group, so you can ask questions, get inspiration from others, and share your own projects in a safe environment.
Note that this is an online course, and no physical product will be shipped to you. There are no refunds for this purchase.You will receive a separate email from me with a link to the course within 24 hours of purchase. (Because I work full-time as a teacher, it sometimes takes several hours before I send out your course link email; please try to be patient.)
If you encounter any difficulties, or if you do not receive the email with the course link within 24 hours, please contact me via email at alowderlife@gmail.com. I always appreciate your feedback and input about class design and scope. Thanks so much for supporting my creative business by purchasing this class!

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

February 2018 Big Happy Memory Planner



Check out my completed pages for February 2018 in my Big Happy Memory Planner -> I had so much fun creating this collection of moments in my life. I really think this is a format that works for me. 😊💗















Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Currently list - February 2018

I haven't done one of these kinds of posts in a while, so I thought I'd share my "Currently - February 2018" list with you. Maybe some day I'll even return to this post and use it as fodder for a layout or something. Do you ever do that with  your own social media or blog posts? Anyway, I digress. Read on for all the currently bits...


Listening


Big Little Lies soundtrack - it's fabulous!
Lots of Spotify, especially Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton playlists


Avoiding

Grading a set of Antigone open response essays and a Julius Caesar essay exam
Prepping for my tax appointment at the end of the month
Cleaning out my closets even though it REALLY needs to be done

Cooking (I use that term loosely)

Avocado toasts in lots of different variations
Homemade cream of mushroom soup a la the Pioneer Woman (ridiculously good)
Easy chicken salad (eaten on crackers or on everything pretzel crisps)

Reading

Timeline by Michael Crichton (about midway through)
Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta (just started)
Origin by Dan Brown (checked out and waiting on ipad)
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Haran (checked out and waiting on ipad)

Watching

The Mindy Project on Hulu (I'm late to the party, I know, but it's fabulous! And I don't like sitcoms.)
Brittannia on Amazon (It's really bloody, but I'm trying to stick with it.)


Planning

*My class for the ScrapGals retreats this year
*Ways to incorporate my OLW - CARE into my life in an intentional way
*My trip to Portland and Seattle this summer
*Home improvements before my European houseguests arrive this fall
*About a hundred crafty projects that I can't wait to make


Failing

At housework and fitness right now. I'm just so tired when I get home in the evenings that I don't want to do anything except stare into space at the television or read. I'm sure I'm not getting enough sleep, but making myself go on to bed at a decent hour on a school night is an ongoing problem. The real issue is that I'm resentful of the things that take away from creative time or fun time. (I battle that inner 12 year old self constantly as you can see.) I'll be forcing myself to do a bit of housework when I get home from work today, but I really need a whole day to address some neglected items. And I made it to the gym once this week already, so my goal is at least one more session this week. Surely, I can talk myself into at least twice a week and hopefully more. Surely...

Looking

For a bathing suit I don't hate for this summer; I'm even willing to pay full price
For a black ruffled apron to have monogrammed
For the perfect cross-body purse for travel
*Y'all be sure and let me know if you have any sources for these items I'm trying to find!


Happy Valentine's Day, my friends!




Sunday, February 4, 2018

Kits for Galentine Mini-book

If you weren’t able to attend my in-person Galentine Mini-book Class, then I hope you’ll consider snagging one of my class kits that are for sale. Click the “shop” tab above to purchase the class. Only ten kits are available for sale. Just seven are left as of 2/13/18.

The contents of each kit are unique, but I curated each kit so that you can create a fun, eclectic gift album to celebrate a special woman in your life. While some of the embellishments are Valentine-themed, you could certainly use most of the supplies for any kind of feminine project. (I say feminine because there are lots of florals and pinks in each kit.)

While I will not provide video instructions with the kit, I will include images of all the sample books I shared with those who attended the class with me.


Here’s an image of three of the four books I’ll be sharing with you.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Decembers to Remember - finished album

If you're looking for info on the "Gal"entine class I'm teaching locally this Saturday, please click HERE.

I'm so excited to report that I finished my Decembers to Remember album last week! Woohoo - cue the choirs of angels singing, etc.! I had to wait a bit before I had enough daylight to adequately photograph the finished pages and to film a flipthrough video for you, but I'm ready to share them now. I hope some of my stories inspire you to tell some of yours.

If you'd like to watch the flipthrough, you can see that by clicking on the photo below.

And here are the still shots of the various stories. If you like to read the journaling and look at details on layouts, then you might want to scroll through these. I shared many of the stories on my Instagram feed, but I think the colors and quality are better in this format. :)