Pinterest Challenge-A Terrarium

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The project I ending up choosing for the unofficial Pinterest Challenge was building a terrarium. I’ve wanted to do this for quite some time now, and finally decided to go for it. I already had some of the supplies needed hand, so there weren’t many extra expenses.

The only things we had to purchase were the plants and the potting soil. We decided to use cactus soil instead of regular potting soil. I read a few different post about how to build a terrarium and mentioned using cactus soil because succulents don’t like much water.

We bought both the cactus soil and the succulents at Home Depot. We bought three small succulents at $2.28 each and two bigger succulents at $3.48 each, and we spent $4.99 on the bag of cactus soil.

Here is a look at our process. We made it a family activity and everyone helped. It was fun and I plan to make at least one more for our bedroom.

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My inspiration came from Yellow Brick Home and www.brittnayanddylan.blogspot.com.

After I took these photos, I actually went back and removed some of the soil because I thought it looked to high. I like it much better now. It’s only a couple inches lower, but it makes a huge difference.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. I even added some rocks that we collected on the beach in Big Sur, California, so every time I look at it I’m reminded of our awesome trip! I love the bit of green that it adds to our living room. It’s inspired me to add more plants to our space.

Has anyone else built a terrarium? I would love to see it. I need more inspiration for the future!

Tashia

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Instagram Obsession

I’m back with another Instagram installment! I’m still loving this app (and don’t foresee the love affair ending anytime soon) and using it almost every day. Here is what we’ve been up to in Instagrams.

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These are just a few of my favorites from January and February.

If you would like to follow me on Instagram you can find me under tashiadoyle.

Thanks for stopping by! Come back anytime!

Tashia

Pinterest Challenge-Winter Edition 2013

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The ladies over at Young House Love and Bower Power are back with another edition of the Pinterest Challenge. I didn’t participate in the last challenge because I had too many other things on my plate at the time, but I’m definitely joining in this time around. I have a few things that I really want to make for the kids rooms, but there are some things I’d also love to tackle for the rest of the house too, so I need to go through my pins and decide on the perfect project.

The challenge concludes next Wednesday, so I have a week to make something amazing.

As of right now, I’m thinking maybe a painting project or maybe something with pallets if I can find free ones on craigslist. My last couple of projects were sewing projects, so I don’t think I’ll be doing anything like that this time. Ok, enough chatter. I’m off to search Pinterest.

Oh, and if you’re interested in following me on Pinterest you can find me here:

Here is the last project I made for the challenge. It’s a lovie blanket that I made for Harper. It was my first time sewing a blanket and I am so proud of how it turned out. That’s why I love these challenges, because they get me to try projects that I might not try otherwise. So awesome!

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Will you be joining in? If so, I would love to see your projects!

Tashia

Happening Now

Cleaning out spaces that go untouched for way too long

Bracing for the snow storm that’s supposed to hit on Thursday

Trying to finish reading my book so I can move on to the next

Breathing deeply and focusing on being “open” in the coming months

Editing lots of photos to get lots of practice

Hoping to buy my new iPhone 5 soon

Dreaming about warmer weather; I’m so over winter

Looking forward to all of Spring’s new possiblities

Focusing more attention on my blog than ever before

Planning birthday celebrations…a bit early, but who cares!

Scheduling coffee dates to catch up with friends

Continuing to cook comfort food until it’s warm enough to grill

Watching new episodes of The Walking Dead

Playing cars and babies every. single. day.

Searching for new diy and craft projects to keep me busy

Loving movie nights, curled up under a blanket, drinking red wine

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Tashia

Project Life-Weeks Three & Four

I’m back to share my Project Life weeks three and four. As I get further into the project, I tend to like my page designs more and more. I slowly start to get into the swing of things again and really find my style.

Week Three
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I blurred out the photo of Harper on the potty. I try to be careful about what I share on the internet since I know it will be there forever.

All of the sqaure photos are from my Instagram feed and then I printed them on 4×6 photo paper. Sometimes I cut them down to 4×4 to attach them to patterned card stock and other times I leave them and add embellishments like washi tape.
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I try to photograph some of the everyday things around our house to include them into the album like this photo of Harper’s favorite baby doll.
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The “heart this” photo overlay is from Ali Edwards and is available at Designer Digitals.
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Week Four

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I included a photo I took of the tv during the Inauguration. Love adding current events.
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This was Harper’s first time finger painting, so I trimmed down one of her paintings to 4×6 to include that in the week.
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Here I took a 4×6 photo and cut it in half and placed it in two of the 3×4 slots. I love this look and do it often. It’s especially great when you don’t have many photos for the week and need to take up some space.
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As always, if you have any questions about Project Life or any of the other products used in these spreads, please feel free to email me or leave a comment.

Tashia

Project Life-Weeks One & Two

I’m finally all caught up with my Project Life album. It seemed to take forever, which is weird because we’re just at the beginning of the year. Anyway, today I’m sharing weeks one and two with you and will share weeks three and four tomorrow.

The first couple weeks of the year were pretty low key and slow for us. I had a hard time figuring out how to fill those pages with relevant information, but I’m satisfied with how they turned out.

As previously mentioned, I’m using the Sea Foam kit this year, and I plan on using a 12×12 vanilla colored WeRMemoryKeepers binder as my album, but haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet.

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Week Two
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I added a 6×12 insert to document Jeremy’s birthday this year. You can see that in the photo below.

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Below you can see the back of the 6×12 insert and the rest of the page that was hidden behind it in the previous photo.

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I love this project more and more every day! It’s such a great way to document the everyday ahppenings around here. I wish it wouldn’ve exsisted back before I was married, because I would love to be able to go back and see what I was really doing every day and not just the “big” moments.

*If you would like to know more about Project Life visit www.beckyhiggins.com.

**And if you have any questions about the other products or embellishments I used or anything else Project Life related, don’t be afraid to ask in the comments section!

I’ll be back tomorrow to share weeks three and four.

Tashia

13 Books in 2013

Today as I was adding yet another book to my must-read list, I realized how long it’s been since I’ve finished a book. I’ve started a few within the past six months, but haven’t finished a single one. I tend to go through reading spurts. I’ll read five books back to back and then not pick up another book for months. Instead, I spend time watching too much tv or spending too much time online. So, with all that being said, I’ve come to the conclusion that if I set a reading goal for myself for the year, maybe I’ll actually spend more time reading.

I chose thirteen books because it’s 2013, and twenty seemed like too many considering the number of books I read last year. Because it’s already February and I’m just now starting this, I have a little catching up to do, but I’m confident that I can make it happen!

The first book I plan to cross off my list is Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I started it a few months ago because I heard a lot of good things about it. I didn’t get very far into it before losing interest, but I think that was because I wasn’t in one of my reading spurts, so I think I’ll start it again from the beginning. I’ll be sure to fill you in when I finish and I think I’ll even put together a post with a list of some of the books I plan to read.

Although my must-read list is long, I would love any suggestions. So, let me know if there’s a book you’ve read that you just couldn’t put down and I’ll do my best to add it to my ever growing list.

I need a reading nook like this!

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Tashia

One Step Closer

I’m currently taking a photo editing class through called . I’ve never really worked with Photoshop prior to starting this class. I’ve tried, but just couldn’t figure it out.

When I was in college, I did a ton of design work using InDesign, but we rarely used Photoshop. And since college, I use the free version of Photoshop called Gimp to do all of my design work. It didn’t take me long to figure that out, so I’m hoping that Photoshop comes naturally. So far it’s going pretty well.

I’m only two weeks into the class, but I’ve already learned a lot. I’m in the process of figuring out my style. I’ve noticed that the instructor likes her photos much warmer than I prefer mine, so I’m learning how to post process with the look I’m the most drawn to. It’s fun and I love seeing the after photos. However, I plan on being a strictly natural light photographer and don’t really plan to do extensive post processing like some photographers do. I would rather keep my photos as close to the originals as possible so that they still feel like my photos and not overdone.

I love taking classes and learning new things. I look forward to the day that post processing comes easily and I can plow through my photos without it taking forever! Soon. Very soon. Until then, I’ll keep practicing! I just keep telling myself that I’m one step closer to starting my business, which is so exciting and terrifying at the same time!

It sure is hard to get much done when I have two kids that interrupt every five minutes…

Focus Tashia. It’s all about focus.

Oh, on a sidenote, if you are ever interested in checking out the different classes offered at Big Picture Classes, I highly recommend it. I’ve had really great experiences so far!

Happy Friday!

Tashia

Project Life Cover Page

I finally completed my Project Life cover page. I wanted to post it yesterday, but couldn’t figure out what to do with the last 4×6 slot. I’m still not sure if I’m really happy with it but it will do for now. So, without futher ado…

I’m sorry about the color. For some reason all the pictures look bluish. I’m using the Seafoam core kit as my base and plan to add to it along the way. The silver letters are from Target and I simply stitched through them with my sewing machine.

The date button is from Ormalou. They also do custom buttons and I’ve ordered a few of those as well.

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Here is the 4×6 slot that I had trouble with filling. I didn’t want it to be too busy, but it’s feeling a little plain to me right now. Maybe I’ll keep working on it, but this will do in the mean time. The silver star is from etsy.com.

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I’m catching up on all the weeks up until now and still trying to figure out the whole wordpress thing. It’s not as user friendly has I had hoped. Whomp. Whomp.

Enjoy your day!

Tashia

Slow Going

Okay, so I know I didn’t post at all last week. There is actually a very good reason that things are progressing so slowly around here. However, I FINALLY got some ink and photo paper for my printer, so now I can get caught up on my Project Life album and get those pics posted as well as a few other little projects I’ve been working on.

Jeremy (my husband) has been working a lot lately, so he hasn’t had a chance to get to the blog layout yet, but hopefully VERY soon!

I’ll be back tomorrow to show you my cover page for Project Life. Until then, Have a great day!

Anyone else anxiously awaiting Spring?!

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