Where did the month of March go? Anyone else feel like it just flew by? I’m happy to fully move into spring here in the Carolinas and spending lots of time outside has been so good. I’ve been so busy at my 9-5 design job that the time outside in the fresh air is rejuvenating. Because I have been so busy at work, I have not been very intentional with YDC. It’s hard to spend 8+ hours a day on the computer, to just come home, and do more. We did have some custom sign work going on this month, so we are very grateful for that. I love being able to use my hands, and the skills God has given me, to create something tangible, that is long lasting – beyond the computer screen.
I recently joined a Mastermind Group of other creative women to help with accountability and goals with the business. It’s really helping me set weekly goals and take some action, even if it is just a tiny step. Another tool that is helping me stay accountable has been my planner. I am a paper junkie and could spend hours in the journal isle at Barnes & Noble. And a well-designed planner is always on my with-list every Christmas.
Read more about some of the other faves on my list this month below. Happy spring!
I’m ready to hang some curtains in my office, and I wanted to utilize ones I had in some way. I have plain linen ones, but am seeking to jazz them up a bit. I’m going to attempt to dye them in an ombre technique. Normally, its done from the bottom, up. But I may try it the opposite way, so the darkest color is at the top, and then fades out by the middle. Color possibilities? Either a blush pink or grey. I’ll let you know how that turns out. Has anyone ever tried this before?
(Resource: DIY Ombre Curtains on Pinterest)
2. Sugar Paper 2017 planner from Target
I use good ol’ paper planners because I’m a visual person. I tried a planner app and it overwhelmed me trying to keep up with it. This is the second year in a row that I have used this planner from Sugar Paper that I got at Target. What is so great about it? At the beginning of each month there is a section dedicated to monthly notes and goals – work, personal, health, and financial; each marked into sections. Then, at the beginning of each week, is a breakdown of To-Do’s: Top Three, To Do, To Call, To Email, To Buy, Don’t Forget, and This Week’s Goal. This may seem extreme to some, but this planner literally helps me keep on, keepin’ on. I have all my to-do’s, goals, and schedule in ONE place.
(Resource: Sugar Paper planner)
3. Hosanna Revival Bible: London Theme
I do love me a tattered Bible. But the beauty of this cover and the space in the margins is calling my name. I’ve been eyeing up a Journaling Bible, considering how much I currently write in the margins. I came across Hosanna Revival on Instagram (go figure!) and thought their concept of custom painting Bible covers was genius. I recently found out that they will release a Summer 2017 product line of these beautiful Bibles on April 25th. You can pre-order yours now! Add to my wish list – check!
4. Dr Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap
This is the mother of all soaps. I have yet to utilize it in the many ways you can, but it’s my current face wash of choice when trying to remove make-up and the grime of the day. Just a small amount provides a rich later, and leaves my face feeling clean and fresh. I add a drop of Lavender oil, and sometimes Tea Tree oil, to it to boost the smell and benefits for my skin.
(Resource: Dr. Bronner’s soap)
5. Teil Duncan paintings
My fellow design co-worker, who is a painter herself, shared this artist with me. She said she’s spent wayyy too much time staring at Teil’s beautiful work. How can you not!? Her flower crown paintings are my favorite. In reading a little about Teil, you will find out that she also loves Jesus. It’s very inspiring to see other creatives who use their talents to glorify the Lord.
(Resource: Teil Duncan)