Monday, January 20, 2014

Project Life--Week 2

Is it weird that January is almost over? The concept of time passing always seems to blow my mind. Anyway, here are my pages from this week:
I printed Matt's panoramic photo on two 4x6 images and cropped out the overlapping part so I could include the shot in my page this week. How do you include pano's in your Project Life?

I've got to confess, I don't love that the 4x6 cards in the Midnight Edition all have the white blocks on them. I don't know what to put in that white space...I wouldn't want a title or journaling on the edge of a sheet because that breaks the Golden Ratio rule and then I panic. So I'm left sort of confused about what to put in there! Any suggestions?

For these pages, I used the Project Life Core Kit - Midnight Edition, the We R Memory Keepers Albums Made Easy - Simply Happy, and the Project Life Page Protectors - Design A.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Project Life -- Week 1

Happy New Year, friends! I don't know about you, but 2013 was a rough year for me. I've decided that I want to learn from it and to improve my life--how I spend each day, how I interact with loved ones, and how I pursue my dreams. I've decided to start Project Life. I'm hoping it will help me notice the wonderful things that happen every day. The small things that make up my life. So here's week one!
 This is my title page. I actually have another photo and some journaling I want to add.
 I was very pleased with myself for the confetti. Like, really pleased.
Here's the full spread for Week One. I'm definitely going to need to work on adding journaling to photos beforehand, and being less afraid to write directly on photos once they are printed!
So far I'm having fun! It reminds me to take note of things that make me happy every day.

For these pages, I used the Project Life Core Kit - Midnight Edition, the We R Memory Keepers Albums Made Easy - Simply Happy, and the Project Life Page Protectors - Design A.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Snowy New Year's Eve

What do you wear when you go dancing for New Year's, but it's snowing outside? This is what I've come up with:
Gold sparkly dress + overcoat (please let there be a coat check...) + comfortable snow boots / dancing boots. Also, a red lip. Obviously.

I don't have any New Year's Resolutions this year. I kind of started mine in September: be mindful, be grateful, be calm. I am, however, very excited that I will officially be starting Project Life in 2014, which I hope will help me actively make more memories and cherish the little stuff in life.

Wherever you are, thank you for sticking with me and reading my long-neglected little blog. I hope you have the Happiest New Year yet!!

♥ Shannon

Friday, October 11, 2013

BHG Holiday Crafts Magazine!

I was so excited to have my holiday wreath featured in this year's BHG Holiday Crafts Magazine! I bought a copy for myself (and another for my mom!) and had so much fun looking through it (especially page 34!).
In addition to all the seriously cute winter holiday crafts, there are some adorable Halloween projects. Here's a peek at some of my favorites:
I love the holiday season!

♥ Shannon

Monday, October 7, 2013

Easy Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

This is my favorite fall recipe ever. I love pumpkin bread so much. Like, so much. I like to make mini muffins and every morning I make a hot cup of tea and enjoy it with two mini muffins while I read magazines and cuddle under a soft throw. I highly recommend this activity for instant coziness.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it in a toaster oven--very convenient for energy saving or multi-tasking! Plus it's just so cute.
1 3/4 cup GF flour (I use Bob's Red Mill All Purpose GF Flour)
3/4 tsp Guar Gum or Xantham Gum (this may change according to the package directions on your flour)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup vegan white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup Earth Balance, slightly melted
1/3 cup almond/coconut/flax/hemp milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Grease your pan.
3. Stir dry ingredients together.
4. Add in wet ingredients.
5. Fold in chocolate chips.
6. Bake!

For a bread pan, bake for 1 hour 5 minutes. Yields one loaf.
For muffins, bake for 25 minutes. Yields one dozen muffins.
For mini muffins, back for 20 minutes. Yields three dozen mini muffins.

Store in an air-tight container for up to a week. Mini muffins can also be frozen and eaten later!
♥ Shannon

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Our Workspace on Lifehacker

Thanks so much to Lifehacker for featuring our workspace!
You can find the article here, and while you're at it, check out their tips for apartment living!

For the full post on our shared workspace, click right here!

♥ Shannon

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Ten Halloween Tricks & Treats!

Here's a round-up of my favorite Halloween Tricks & Treats--try something tasty, spooky, or fun!
1. Whip up some Autumn Punch when entertaining guests!
2. This Vampire Bite Necklace is the perfect subtle piece--it's even suitable in the workplace!
3. A Silver Bullet Necklace keeps protection from werewolves close!
4. Follow this guide to plan the perfect Halloween Cocktail Party!
5. For a weekend treat, whip up some Pumpkin Buckwheat Pancakes!
6. Coconut Oatmeal is perfect for those crisp autumn mornings--healthy & delicious!
7. Make a Spooky Halloween Wreath with items from your local thrift shop!
8. Zombify your family photos for Halloween decor with a personal touch.
9. This Hair Fastener DIY is a whimsical take on a Hitchcock classic.
10. A Jeweled Skull keeps Halloween classy, people!

If you try any of these, please let me know and share your photos! I'd love to see how they turn out!

♥ Shannon
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