Thursday, November 17, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks

I'm thankful for so much, the little things and the everyday things....... maybe more than I can express. The sweetness of an iced pumpkin spice latte, the cool air finally making its way south, and the feeling of anticipation that friends and family will be gathering together soon!

I made this card using Verve stamps bountiful harvest stamp set

I spent today cleaning my garage, at first I was overwhelmed with all that needed to be sorted, and cleaned but after a truckload donated and a few bags tossed I was ready to really embrace the changes I've been working towards. I can't say minimalism is my end goal, but a more thankful, purposeful lifestyle is. I am more thankful for all the items I chose to keep, and certainly for the ease of finding what I'm looking for next time I head to the garage!

Now if I could only find an easy way to choose my Thanksgiving menu! I have pinned sooooo many recipes ...and the shopping...not my favorite part of cooking!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

15 cents each

I know what you're thinking....I'm a floridian what do I know about snow days! Not a lot in truth, I have spent holidays in the snow but the closest we get to a snow day here in the sunshine state is in our dreams! 
I love snowflakes, they are one of my favorite images, and despite the rarity of flurries here, I often embellish my holidays with them in every room! I even have a snowflake pendant I wear from the day after Thanksgiving til the first day of spring! 

I pulled out the Holiday stash, and this is my first official Christmas card of 2016 ..I think I may be a bit behind, but what more perfect way to start! Happy creating my friends!
XOXO Shantaie

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2017 oh so pink mini calendar

I made a pink white and black calendar suite to give as a gift using beautiful and sometimes whimsical stamps, stickers, and accents from SRM Stickers  I spent an afternoon planning, and playing around with my set, the execution was not really too lengthy but I did turn on the music in my studio and just enjoyed the process!

I love these crisp yet soft colors, so beautiful!

The calendar is featured on the SRM press blog today and all the details can be found there, I just love the way it came together, a unique look for each month, but a suite of pinks running through the year.

Have you ever made a mini calendar set before? I would love to see your ideas!
XOXO Shantaie

Friday, October 28, 2016

It's All About The Candy!

I recently adopted a clean eating lifestyle ( with the exception of the occasional pumpkin spice latte...but that's another story) and I really truly waffled back and forth about Halloween treats. I way over thought this people...way!!!
However in the end I came to the decision that Halloween for kiddos is all about the candy, and hello, I'm not messing with that!
I had fun bagging up these treats in a simple kraft bag and layers of cute Halloween images.

The papers are from my spooky stash and combine a mix of my little shoebox, American crafts, and SRM stickers

I found these glittered cobwebs at Michaels earlier in the season, and I have made good use of the pack I picked up, I have put them on almost everything!

The kraft bags are from SRM and I love shopping from my desk for supplies like these that can be used for absolutely any occasion! I keep a dozen or more on hand at all times!

That sheer and spooky gauze was found in the decorating area of Michael's Halloween section, and I thought "oh that will be gorgeous as ribbon for cards" (because I talk to myself in my head when I shop just like everyone else) right? :)

I'm sure the kiddos will much happier with the treats full of candy and handmade with love bags, that a plastic ring or bouncing eyeball.... okay a bouncing eyeball would have been pretty cool too! 

Have a wonderful weekend filled with ghosts, goblins, and of course's all about the candy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hello Fall Vinyl greetings

Today on the SRM blog I tell you all about adding Vinyl to a craft pumpkin for fall decorating! I love pumpkins, and even though I do always mix natural and crafty pumpkins, sometimes it gets a bit dull. Adding a bit of vinyl is just the thing to spark a little creativity to your home, porch, or yard for fall!

Here is a recipe for a guilt free fall treat from stupid easy paleo yummy!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Craft room magic of tidying up!

Last year I read the life changing magic of tidying up, I was already in the process of "purging" my home and felt this book could help me. At first I didn't see how the book could teach me more about letting go of clutter, but I read it to completion, and the message really struck a chord within me.

I have lived in the same house for over 20 years and growing up my family moved a lot, and I didn't realize that I held onto things just in case.... or because I held sentimental value in items stored in an attic .....I'm no hoarder, not even close, but I have taken truck loads to donate, truckloads to the curb, and I still have a home and a shed FULL of things! Difference is now I can actually use, love, and access them without a crane or a crowbar! ;)

I'm not 100 done with my tidying, but I will tell you the craftroom was the hardest, and to be honest I procrastinated doing this room because so many items help sentimental connections to past design teams, favorite crafts, and memories. PLUS there were thousands upon thousands of little things to sort through! 

Don't cringe and decide not to ever tackle your crafty spaces, I pinky promise it is worth it! I kept only what I actually use, and love. As a bonus I discovered new ways to use some old favorite supplies, and I also let go of years and years of my paper stash, fabric stash, and stamp sets. After all whats the point in outdated papers, or fabrics, I found that the patterns were out of style and the possibility of using them was slim to none, and space is premium in any craft area am I right???

If I want a product I know where it is and I probably know exactly what colors I own because everything has a home, and knowing where to put things back makes clean up super quick!

Some things were hard to let go of, really hard. But in the end I have a space that is even more beautiful, functional, and inspiring than ever before! So worth the time and effort....and you know what? I have not missed a single thing I let go of!

I even have space to decorate for the seasons!!!
my spooky desk display!

If you need to take a few hours, days, or weeks to clear it out and make room for mojo, trust me once it's over you will thank yourself over and over again!!!

Have you tidied up?Share your stories!!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

It's A Plan!

Today on the SRM blog I'm sharing my very first designed planner page! 
I use a planner every single day, take a look at this post to see why I had never made my pages anything more than utilitarian! 

I have grown to LOVE making my planner fun, beautiful, and even more useful!