taking a break

just wanted to put up a quick little post to let you know why i've gone missing.

for the past year and a half i had been living with my nanny (grandma) as her health had been declining after a small heart attack. this spring she took a bad tumble at the house and ended up in the hospital and rehab for over a month and then finally in may came home with palliative care. a week after she was home the Lord said her battle here was finished and she passed away peacefully at home.

i do miss her but at the same time i'm thankful that she is no longer struggling with her bad health.

since i was a partial caretaker for her this past spring was such a busy time for me with her and is actually a bit of a blur. and even after her passing i have been helping my mom go through and take care of all of her belongings. we are finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

so i will be back, just not sure when. hopefully in a month or two.

today i'll leave you with this photo of my nanny and i circa 1990-ish...

- jess


cards for difficult times

hello all! today i have a couple of cards to share with you. please note though that this isn't my best photography. i actually photographed these in december and was trying a new little setup. only i didn't process the images to tonight and they were almost all blurry or the focus off :-( i'll try to do better next time!

these are some technique driven cards. i had bought the moroccan stencil from simon says stamp and used it with the tim holtz distress inks and mini blending tool. i've made several cards recently with this technique and colors and i can't seem to get enough of it. those inks just blend together so beautifully and effortlessly plus that stencil is just gorgeous.

to finish up the cards i just added a few diecuts i had and added a bit of stamping.

- jess


january book report

do you like to read? i mean are you one of those people who loves to sink their noses into a book and sit like that for hours...me too!!! in fact sometimes i have to not let myself start a new book if i know that i just won't have the time to read it.

this year though i'm going to try to read 50 books. and the main way i'm going to be reading my books is actually by listening to them. which totally feels like cheating to me! i prefer to hold a book in my hands, feel the paper and smell it. but i just don't have the time. since i'm a graphic designer and sit in front of a computer most of the day i can easily listen to a book while i work. the first few times i tried listening to books i hated it. but slowly i've become a convert.

so each month i figured i would share a little book report of what i read the previous month. you can add me as a friend and see my progress on goodreads. also, please let me know what you are reading and leave me some good suggestions in the comments below.

*i'll be posting the progress number w/ each book as i review it. also i've made up some simple badges whether (a) yes - i loved it and would read it again (b) okay - it was a nice story to pass along the time but wasn't a favorite (c) no - i just didn't like this book

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The Secret Garden // Frances Hodgson Burnett

overview //  this story follows mary lennox as she moves from india to england to live at misselthwaite manor. there she roams the halls of the house and the gardens outside and not only discovers secrets in both but begins to come alive herself.

rating // i'm aware that this is a light read, even a children's book. but i had seen several movie productions of this book yet never read it as a child so i wanted to add it to my read list. i was surprised at just how much i loved this book. i really wish i had read it as a child, but even as an adult it was a nice little story to follow.

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot) - Agatha Christie

overview // hercule poirot is one of the great literary 'detectives' for great reasons. in this first book we find him helping his friend, hastings, trying to solve the mystery of who killed the lady of the house where hastings was a guest. there of course are lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

rating // i had a feeling i'd love this mystery and i did! i've seen a lot of the poirot mysteries on dvd and of course the books are equally as awesome. i love a good mystery to keep my mind working!

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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes) - Arthur Conan Doyle

overview // holmes and watson are once again on the hunt to solve the case of a massive hound who has been terrorizing the moors. with one man already dead they are on a race to catch this thing before another life is taken.

rating // once again, i'm loving a good mystery. i really want to work my way through all of the sherlock holmes series.

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Belonging - Robin Lee Hatcher

overview // felicia kristofferson is looking for a new start, one that involves working as the new school teacher of a small idaho town. colin murphy just wants to care for his daughter, charity and run his general store. as their paths continue to cross in this small town with gossipers and those who want this new teacher kicked out, will their friendship blossom into something more?

rating // i've read a dozen stories like this. they are a nice little read, with christian values throughout. my problem is they are all so similar and you can guess most of the ending within the first few chapters. i wish it had more twists and turns in it.

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The Host - Stephanie Meyer

overview // our world has been turned upside down by an alien invasion. at first glance all seems right, but there's something different about everyone. almost all humans have now been implanted by a "soul" who takes over the minds of the humans they now live in. only this one, melanie stryder, isnt' giving up without a fight. and the "soul" living in her, wanderer, begins to wonder if maybe it's okay for melanie to stay

rating //  i'm not usually a sci-fi fan, but there was something about this book that just kept me coming back to it and wondering about the characters even when i wasn't listening to it. i do wish it had followed a bit more of melanie, as it's from the view of wanderer. 

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- jess


congrats baby girl card

this morning i have a card to share with you. i actually have no idea what prompted me to make this card as i don't have any friends who are having a baby girl...or any friends who are even pregnant!

but sometimes it's just fun to grab stamps and stickers and see what comes from just creating and not really thinking about it.

- jess


january 2015 empties

goodmorning! hope you all had a lovely weekend.

i know it's been a few weeks since i've blogged. and honestly it's just because i didn't have any content ready, mostly due to the short days still and not enough daylight/time to get stuff photographed. but i did a bit of catching up this weekend so i'm ready to get some posts back up!

this morning i have a beauty related post, well actually a video! that's right, i dug out my little camera and set up a little space in my house to record. it's been a while, like since may of 2013 that i have filmed anything...so it might take me a bit to get used to sitting in front of the camera again.

today's video is discussing and showing all the beauty related products that i used up last month.

i'm hoping to figure out a way to start filming some process videos for card making and scrapbooking. right now i'm racking my mind trying to figure out how to setup to film from above my table. as soon as i get that figured out then i will start filming!

have a lovely day!!!

- jess