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Update #10: Small -Lady- Business Saturday! Come Support and Visit!

Hello!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week??? I can’t! Soon, it’ll be Christmas, then New Year’s, then 2020.

I exaggerate.

But anyway! I posted about a month ago how I was going on a little hiatus from my site to focus on a few special projects. One of the projects I have been working on (shameless self promotion time) is a small lady business Saturday event!

This event was founded by two good friends of mine in 2015, and I had the opportunity to have a booth at the event last year. This year, I volunteered to help organize the event with the two of them. (Wow! I did not realize how much work went into it and I cannot believe the two of them did it by themselves last year! Kudos!)

Not sure when the small business Saturday movement started, but this event is similar in that it encourages patrons to shop local for the holidays but with one twist…we feature lady business owners!

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I will also be vending at the event as well! Please come out and support not only small business, but girl bosses of Northeast Ohio!

You can find a full list of the vendors at our Facebook event page found here!

Hope to see you there!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

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A New Chapter, A New Beginning

Good Morning Sunshine!
I’ve missed you!
 
I have learned a lot about being “an adult” these past few months. I’ve also learned a lot about myself.
So much of my life has changed over this summer, and I can’t believe it’s almost over (summer that is!).
What all has changed, you ask?
Great question! (readers digest version)
It all started off when I decided to end things with my ex. The problem here was that we lived together.
Learning experience #1
Next, I went through management change at work. (that’s when I started knitting again)
Learning experience #2
 
Then, I started dating someone new. (He’s as goofy as me!)
Learning experience #3
  Next, my coffee shop closed and I lost my job (more knitting)….
Learning experience #4

but, I got a new job!
Learning experience #5
Which brings me to my final (and I think most exciting) change.
I’m rebranding my blog and moving to WordPress!
I’ve been thinking about where I want to take my blog, and what I want it to be about.
I think it’s time to get “out with the old, and in with the new.”
This whole summer has ended one chapter of my life and a new chapter is about to begin.
I’m ready to move this blog in that direction with me.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to be setting up my new site, and will post about it on here when it’s finished!
I hope you all are as excited as I am!
See you soon!
Talk soon,
Jen
 
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Goodbye June. Goodbye July. Hello August!

Hi!
Remember me?
I’m still here if you forgot.
I haven’t forgotten about you!
June was a very rough month for me. I won’t go into detail, I’m just glad it’s in the past.
I looked forward to July and all the plans I had in store…
and now July is half over.
I’m starting a new chapter in my life.
It’s time to get motivated!
It’s time to get stuff done!
It’s time to stay positive!
It’s time to remember the past is the past!
(You’ll understand what I’m talking about soon.)
Thanks to everyone who has continued to read while I’ve been away.
I am excited to revamp my tiny, little blog this fall!
When one door closes, another one opens.
It’s time for me to explore what’s behind that door!
Talk soon,
Jen

My “informative” Sunday post.

Hey everyone!
How are you?
Truth be told. I’m just okay.
Blogging is a full time job. A full time job that I haven’t had the time to work.
My job is kicking my butt. I’ve been going through a transition and it has been very difficult for me to leave work at work and not take it home.
If I had it my way, this would be my job. I would love to dedicate hours to all of you reads to inspire you to create beautiful things.
Right now, it’s not. Maybe one day…
So this is a post to tell you that things will slow down for my blog for right now. I still will post my weekly art journals, I know how much people enjoy reading them.
I posted my goals for June here, but I do not think I will accomplish as many as I hoped.
I will still be creating and making things, but I will be writing drafts and saving them for July or the months to follow.
I appreciate all of my (very few) readers, and I want to produce only the best for you!
So if you are wondering why I haven’t been posting as much, I hope this entry clarifies for you!
I’m not gone! I am still here! You will see more of me soon!

Talk Soon,
Jen
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Art Journal Vol. 9: More Fun with Project Life!

No matter how busy things get in my life, I always make sure I have time to journal at least once a week.
I’ve been getting a lot of re-pins from one of the blog entries that I pinned here from Becky Higgins creator of Project Life. I love the way this looks, so I decided to adopt it for my own.
I decided to used the Midnight Collection this page because of the color theme of my picture.
Here is the photo that I decided to use, it still is one of my favorite photos my dad too of me at a game (yes, I like football, and yes, I’m a Steelers fan).
The first thing I did was turn the photo into a 12 X 12 image in Photoshop. Then, I divided the image (still in Photoshop) into the corresponding slots in my design pocket. I then printed and cut the images if needed.
 I inserted the images in the slot. (I did step back and admire my work at this point)
Finally, I played around with the Midnight Collection until I found something that satisfied me. I wanted the image to be the focus of the page, so I only wanted to use one other insert.
I LOVE the way this turned out. I will be reading Becky Higgins Blog for more inspiration like this one!
Talk Soon,
Jen
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May Reflections and Monthly Favorites!

As May draws to a close (I cannot believe it already!), it’s time to do some personal reflections and feature my favorite posts from this month!
May Favorites:
You guys viewed this Sentimentalist Pillow Set the most this month, and I also got a lot of compliments in person about these!
 
Art Journal Volume Seven got a lot of attention! Is this a sign to use more Photoshop?!


My personal favorite was this week’s art journal: 24 things to do before 25!


So how did I do with this months goals? Let’s see:

1. Art journal once a week and post on Wednesdays! (accomplished!)
2.  Become a weekend warrior: post a blog on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays!
 (every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!!!)

3. Do a better job to write drafts and save for rainy days! (Half done)
I was really good at the beginning of the month, then not so much towards the end.
4. Make friends! I have already reached out to a few blogs that are great. (sad)
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5. Figure out my layout, right now it’s all over the place! (Almost there!)
I poured I don’t even know how many hours coding, but I am almost done!!
 
 
What about June? June…holy cow, the year is almost halfway over!
 1. Actual feature a MAP craft! 
 I mean my name is “Geo-Crafty” and I haven’t even done one map craft yet!
 
2. Create a new feature.
My week usually looks like this:
Wednesday’s – Art Journal
Friday’s – Random
Saturday’s – Weekly Top 5
Sunday’s – Mine vs. Theirs
I want to come up with another feature to do on Friday’s, maybe Saturday’s?

3. Get out of the Pinterest rut!
I’ve fallen in to the pinning Pinterest hole, and not making anything I pin. I need to get out!

4.Make one new blogger friend.
I’ll set the goal small. One for June. I can do it!

5. Finish my layout.
I’m almost done! I think one more day of hunkering down and forcing myself to code and it’ll be done!
Did you make any goals for May? How did you do!?
 
Talk Soon,
Jen 
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Art Journaling Vol. 8: 24 Things to do Before 25!

Yesterday was my birthday. Throughout my years of reading blogs, I take note of things that I like and want to try myself. A few months ago, I came across this idea on A Beautiful Mess that Elsie did for her birthday. Every year she made a list of things to do before her next birthday.
I decided to do the same things…but turn it into my art journal this week!
I had a lot of fun with this page!
The first thing I did though was make my list!
This was the hardest part! I thought it would be really easy coming up with 24 things to do this year, but nooooo! I had to enlist my friends for help!
Once I figured that out, it was time to journal!
I wanted it to be an interactive page! There are plenty of bows to undo and mini books to open.
Here is the list that I came up with:
1. Try Yoga
2. See a Volcano
3. Start a Tradition
4. Weekend Road Trip
5. Start a Garden
6. Quit Smoking
7. Fix my Car
8. Create a new Feature (on my blog)
9. “Do” Black Friday
10. Get a Haircut
11.Throw a Themed Party
12. Celebrate 1 year of Blogging
13. Paint my Apartment
14. Paint 5 Paintings
15. Go to a Football Game
16. Decorate for a Holiday
17. Document my Life More
18. Buy a New Camera
19. Sew a Dress
20. Read a Book on Greek Mythology
21. Run 5 miles without Stopping
22. Sell Something I made
23. Create the perfect Bar cart
24. Make Myself Happy
Hopefully, I can stick to this list! Stay tuned until next birthday to see how many I’ve accomplished!
Talk soon,
Jen
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Weekly Top 5: Apps I Used Throughout College

I love talking about my college experience. There were so many things that I wish I knew when I first started that would have made my college career so much easier. I guess that is what college is about through, learning?
I am part if the generation that was raised knowing technology. I remember taking computer classes in grades school, yet I didn’t get my first cell phone until I was a junior in high school.
I wanted to take the time today to recommend apps that I discovered in college that could be useful to those of you just starting university and even those who are almost done!
1. Pandora (Free – iTunes; plus signup)
Type of App: Music
I have had my Pandora for almost 5 years now. I don’t know how I would do work without it. It’s a great way to discover new music. If you read my top 5 last week, many of those bands I discovered on Pandora.
2. Voice Dream Reader ($9.99 – iTunes)
Type of App: Education
This app saved my Fall 2013 semester. For those of you who have to read a large amount of journal articles…this app is for you! Yes, it’s a little on the expensive side, but you get what you pay for. This app reads WordDocs and PDFs similar to a book on CD. Auditory learners: add this app to your wish list!
3. GoodNotes (Free – iTunes; $5.99 unlimited)
Type of App: Education

 Tired of wasting money on notebooks that you only take three pages of notes in? GoodNotes allows you to create separate notebooks to take hand written or typed notes. I also like that you can highlight or take notes on PDFs that you can save and upload. I started out with the free version but loved it so much I decided to upgrade to the paid version.
4. DropBox (Free – iTunes; plus signup)
Type of App: Organization
 This app may be less common to use now with the addition of Google Drive, but nevertheless I still find it very useful. The feature that I like the most is that you can create folders with multiple documents and link them to others. Leading a group project? Create a folder for everyone to upload their parts in instead of having one giant long chain email!
5. 30/30 (Free – iTunes)
Type of App: Organization
This app is based on the practice that you can get more work done if you work for 30 minutes, take a 30 minute break, then repeat. It truly does work. It’s a bit micro-manage-y, however my productivity dramatically increased after using this app. Make yourself work for 45 minutes, then schedule a 15 minute Facebook break, another 45 minutes of work, followed by Facebook for 15 minutes. I guarantee you will get more work done.
There are hundreds of other apps out there!
What are some apps that help make you more productive?
Talk soon,
Jen
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Homemade Doggie Treats

I personally do not have a dog (yet!), but I know plenty of people who do!
I was thinking about baking one day, just for fun! However, there wasn’t anything that I wanted to bake for myself. I was thinking about what I could make, and decided to dabble in making doggie treats!
I search for some recipes and found this one from Sally’s Baking Addiction that only have seven ingredients. She used mostly natural/organic ingredients, however I used the ingredients that I had in my kitchen/would normally eat myself. 

What you will need:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup milk (I used 2%, but any will do!)
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup oats (I used quick oats)
2-3 strips cooked and chopped bacon (I used turkey bacon because it’s healthier)

Ready in: 1 hour, plus cooling time
Yields: a lot!

The first step is to cook your bacon. I cooked about 5-6 strips just in case wanted to add more to the batch or if I wanted to snack along the way! After you cook the bacon set aside and let cool.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
While the oven is heating, use a mixer to blend the peanut butter, milk, and egg until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
Chop strips of bacon into bits and set aside
A little at a time, hand mix in the flour and baking powder to the peanut butter mixture. After dough begins to become to thick to stir with a spoon, hand knead until all ingredients are incorporated. Finally, fold in oats and bacon bits.
Roll the dough out into about 1/4″ thickness. Use a cookie cutter in the shape of your choosing and arrange the shapes on backing sheets lined with parchment paper. You can put them close together because they do not expand.

Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until the bottoms turn slightly brown. Remove from oven, flip treats over, and bake for another 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before treating your best friend!
I kept mine treats in a plastic bag at room temperature and made sure they were used up within a week.
The kitchen smelled wonderful when I was baking them, I almost ate one for myself!
Every puppy I gave them too loved them!
I hope that your best friend will enjoy them too!
Talk Soon,
Jen
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Mine vs. Theirs: Sentimentalist Pillow Set

Photo Credit: Anthropologie

Happy Sunday everyone!
What a week it has been! I hope you all are enjoying the changes that I’ve been making to my page.
I knew that hosting a blog was a lot of work! I feel a senses of accomplishment each time I tackle a new HTML code or decide on a stellar arrangement.
I digress…
I found this Sentimentalist Pillow Set on Anthropologie but was sadden by two things:
1. the set was no longer available
2. it cost $148.00
Easy enough!
What you will need:
Four 14 X 14 pillows (or two, however many you want)
One yard of main pillow color fabric (I used anti-pilling fleece, it’s so soft!!)
Half of a yard of accent color fabric
Matching Thread
Sewing Machine
Pins
Hand sewing needles
Optional Tools:
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
Ruler
Project Time: 3 – 4 hours
Project Difficulty: Medium-ish (depending on your sewing level)
First and foremost: PRE-wash your fabric!
This will get all of the fabrics shrinkage and shifting out. That way, when you go to wash the pillow you won’t have to worry about it shrinking!
I bought four pillow forms because they were on sale at the store for $4.00 each.
After you wash the fabric, cut out eight squares of the main fabric that are 15″ X 15″.
This is to include a half inch seam allowance.
Of the accent fabric, measure and cut two “Os” and two “Xs”. I chose just to cut out strips for my “Xs” but you can cut one solid “X” if you like.
Pin the “Xs” and “Os” onto the main fabric squares in the center.

Sew the decals onto top of the squares, using a 1/4″ to 1/2″ inch seam allowance.
I used 1/2″.

Once all four of the decals have been sewn, put the right sides together with the remaining squares.
Sew around the edge, leaving 4 – 5 inches to allow for turning.
Turn the pillows right-side out. Insert your pillow forms.
Hand sew the invisible stitch to close the opening left for turning.
If you have never used an invisible stitch before, I pinned this awesome tutorial that I used here.
Now step back, and admire your work!
What did I learn along the way?
1. Make sure you have enough fabric.
I used fabric that I already had, and I didn’t have enough main fabric for all the pillows. I had to improvise, so next time I will make sure I have enough!
2. Cut everything the same size!
 I made just two pillows at first, to see how hard they would be to make (they weren’t at all). However, the second two I cut a little smaller than the first (14″ X 14″), so they aren’t the same size as the first two.
3. Take your time!
There’s no rush! Make something you are proud of and enjoy!
Although you cannot buy this pillow set from Anthropologie anymore, the website was selling a set of two for $148.00.
I made four for about $25.00.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Talk soon,
Jen