what i wore

ok so this is kind of a play of all the "what I wore" blog posts out there. these girls are beautiful and I admire that they can get themselves all dolled up and take a ton of awesome selfies. me on the other hand, not so much. My wardrobe is pretty bland, nothing crazy or vintage. Nothing expensive or trendy. Just regular. This outfit is a joke. No really. The story behind the jacket is my mother, who thinks I'm heavier than what I let on sent it to me last month. A size LARGE puffy coat. Bless her, she tries. She knows I've been uncomfortable with the extra baby weight I gained and still have not lost. Truth is, I haven't really tried. GASP. Shame on me, right? Uh, I just don't want to do the diet thing anymore. I feel as though I've been dieting and watching my weight since I was 12. Anyway, back to the ginormous puffy jacket. It's a Burton and I love that but I wish it were a size smaller and several inches shorter. Jeff said, and I quote "it looks like you're wearing a sleeping bag". This was with the hood on. I was like, "stop, now you're just being mean" and then I looked at myself in the mirror and almost died of laughter. This after a few beers on New Years Eve. I needed something warm to put on so we could watch the fireworks and thought, ok..perfect time to pull out that coat mom got because I would never wear it in public. I think he was just jealous because I lasted a lot longer outdoors in subzero temps than he did. Ha! So fast forward to the next morning when I ventured out to get us a couple of lattes. The coffee press wasn't cuttin the mustard after staying up WAY past my bedtime. It was even colder than the day before...my poor car almost didn't start. I wore the ugly coat out. In public, granted I was in my car the whole time. I looked a mess that day...I didn't even run a brush through my hair. Yes! Embrace messy hair ya'lls! Nope, it wasn't the good messy hair look. On goes the beanie and sunnies because my dark circles are looking fierce. And this is how this glorious Alaskan ensemble came together. I ran in after my coffee run and begged Jeff to take a photo of me outside and I'm not sure you can tell but I'm trying desperately to hold back my laughter.

This is an attempt to not take myself so seriously. Another resolution added to my 2012 list. :)

And look! My PL is coming along!

The only thing missing is a photo of Butters. Can't believe I left him out! I've got a little spot for him though. You know what I'm loving most about this project? That I'm not able to use my stash of coveted papers and Thickers. This is going to be so much fun. Great way to kick off the new year!


I told myself I wouldn't let my blog go into sleep mode as Christmas nears but it did of course. Too many things to get done not to mention just enjoying the time, you know? So that's what I've been up too as many of us are. I'm working on a couple of giveaways next week, something to kick off the new year. :) Merry Christmas everyone! Tina


My December Daily is now in the works...I think not having a cover or size nailed down was keeping me from moving forward. I had this freebie Starbucks cd in my car for a few years, still wrapped in plastic. While waiting at the bank drive thru, I finally opened it up and listened to the few songs on it. I looked at the cd cover and thought....hmm...this could be of use for the inside pages. I never thought of making it the actual cover until this weekend when I told myself to get this thing started now or you'll regret it. So here it is and I'm loving the process, even if Christmas is less than a week away.

Evidence of the process. My messy dining room table. I no longer find it inspiring or productive to create in my designated scrap room. I hate being away from my guys. Everything in that room...all the supplies and over abundance of scrap stuff is weighing me down big time. I purged quite a bit already but I'm thinking of taking it even further. It's just hard to let that stuff go, especially when you start going through it. I think "oh, I can use that" and "I love this paper, I can't part with that". Creating here is working for me now. I basically have everything I need in a carry tote...simplicity is the best inspiration. That combined with a view outside and a pretty bouquet of flowers.

Tyler slept over at his aunt and uncles Friday night as we enjoyed a night out to ourselves. Oh the holiday office party was ok...food was good, desert was even better but we didn't stay too long. We made our exit after shots of Crown were being poured. It just gets too crazy around there and from what I've heard today, a few fellas were actually cut off and escorted out, another man's wife was aggressively kissed and some not so kind words were exchanged. Yes, this is a company Christmas party I'm speaking of. Jeff and I had a much better time getting home and watching a movie. I know, we sound like a couple of duds, right?  Think what you will but this was one of the best nights we had together in awhile and although we missed our baby boy immensely, it was so nice to be able to have the volume up as we watched Fright Night and kick back a few beers and not worry about waking the boy. I was grateful for the night but Tyler was super clingy the whole weekend. I couldn't step anywhere without him being right next to me. I missed him so much, I even smelled his blanket before going to bed that night. Crazy momma thing I suppose.

You all ready for Christmas?!?! I sure am. :) I even purchased myself a little something from my own list and use them in these photographs. It's the Visual Supply Co film presets for ACR (available for Lightroom too). I told myself I would never buy another set of actions again but I couldn't say no after seeing the before and after. Love the grain and it's so spot on to film, it's not even funny.


We enjoyed a pretty chill weekend. The only time we headed out was to purchase the little guy a better snowsuit so we could stay outside longer. Best purchase of the winter thus far besides the sled. Lot's of coffee drinking, some scrapbooking, playing in the snow. The big difference from this winter and all the winters from here on out is that I cannot fall into my snow coma where I live in my sweats, watch endless amounts of television and sleep to my hearts content. Oh man, how I miss the extra sleep. Having a kid, I'm learning is all about keeping active even when it's cold and dark out and I want to do nothing more than catch up on Grey's. Or play with paper uninterrupted until my eyes burn from creative exhaustion. Part of me misses all of that, not going to lie. This is the part where I say "it's all worth it" because it is...really it is. The balance, the sacrifice, the self evolvement. I feel way more creative than I ever have and I know that's because my time with paper and scissors is limited. I feel more alive being outside breathing in the icy cold air rather than the stale indoor air. (this is HUGE for me as I am a self proclaimed homebody) Naps are few and far between but it's all good. Being tired is second nature to me now. :) And now my blogging time is coming to an end, the boy should be up from his afternoon nap any minute now. Thanks for reading.