I think it’s time to recognize that I am just never going to be a consistent blogger here ever again. Everytime I try to recommit to posting on a schedule, I don’t. Clearly my priorities lie elsewhere. But just in case anybody out there actually wants to know what’s been going on in my life, here’s a run-down:
-The school year has started for Big Dalek/MiniDork. We walk to school with her friend/neighbour and she goes to an awesome afterschool program every day (also with the neighbour girl) and her mom and I take turns picking up both girls. It’s going to make a HUGE difference in how much I can get done working from home.
-MicroDork is still too young for preschool so he’s underfoot while I work on the Etsy stuff. He can be a poster boy for the “terrible two” stereotype sometimes, but he usually makes up for it with moments of epic adorableness or heart-melting kindness.
-My vintage trailer renovation is almost done. It’s complete enough that we used it this summer to go to Ohio and Vancouver Island (where I fulfilled the dreams of my inner 8yo and saw wild orcas)! At this point only cosmetic changes and some bonus function additions are left.
-K-9 is friggin’ huge. He is bigger than almost every other dog in our building and he’s nowhere near done growing. Right now he seems to be going through some sort of dog adolescence and can be an asshole sometimes. But we’re still training him and for his age, he is doing really well behaviour-wise. And he’s still adorable and playful and wonderful to snuggle. He’s got this amazing furry tail and butt. I call him Fluffy Butt often.
-I’ve been seeing someone who is really wonderful, and exactly the kind of personality I needed in my life. He’s very private online so I won’t be saying much else.
– I have all sorts of thoughts and feelings on my divorce stuff. But I’m just not comfortable talking about my ex online for everyone to see. It seems like a shitty thing to do. And while obviously I have my feelings and opinions there’s always two sides to any story. Anybody who thinks their side is 100% impeachable is fooling themselves.
– My grandmother passed away last month. I’m doing ok, really. She was very adamant that she was ready. And I’m glad she’s not hurting anymore. But it’s sad for everybody who is here to miss her.
I’ve been making more friends here in Calgary (shout-out to the YYC Planner group and my fellow planner addicts)! Honestly, as a whole, my life is going pretty well right now. My depression is under control. My ADD treatment seems to work pretty damn well. My kids are a handful but cute just like everybody’s kids are. I live in a pretty amazing place (just hours from some of the most beautiful places on the planet)! And I’m busy enough to not have time to worry too much about stuff that’s not deserving of worry anyhow.
Didn’t think I’d have another one up so soon! But it turns out a fan request led me to stop putting off something I wanted to make for myself anyhow:
Back-to-School flags and banners!
You can buy the printable artwork in my Etsy shop.
And the free Silhouette file is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uc66jdeltopq04d/SchoolFlagsCUT.studio3?dl=0
Please remember, as is the case with all my free cutting files:
I do not promise to help you figure out how to use your cutting file. This freebie is intended as a courtesy for people who are already comfortable using the Silhouette to make print and cut stickers. There are plenty of videos and helpful websites and Facebook groups for Silhouette newbies. Unfortunately I do not have the time to walk people through the process.
Here’s a free cutting file for Silhouette users to go with my Orca listing. https://www.dropbox.com/s/ti0obopf5esfysb/orcaCUT.studio3?dl=0
A few tips:
Make sure you printed the file called “EDITABLEOrcaSetforSil” and not “EDITABLEOrcaSet.”
Load your sticker paper without a mat.
Then click on the cutting icon (second from the right in the upper corner) to pull up the cut settings.
Under edit select “Select All” (use Command A on a Mac).
Click “Cut” in the cutting menu. Then send to your Silhouette.
You can buy the matching artwork as an editable PDF in my Etsy shop. Please understand that beyond these tips, I do not promise to help you figure out out to use your cutting file. This freebie is intended as a courtesy for people who are already comfortable using the Silhouette to make print and cut stickers. There are plenty of videos and helpful websites and Facebook groups for Silhouette newbies. Unfortunately I do not have the time to walk people through the process.
I’ve mentioned my love for Pilot, Frixion erasable pens, highlighters and markers before. Those babies ACTUALLY erase, unlike the “erasable” pens of my childhood that were basically the trolls of the writing implement world. “We ERASE!” they’d promise. Then they’d laugh at you when your paper was wasted because it ended up covered in sort-of faded pen marks that were far too visible to write over. Screw those pens.
The Frixions have started making it into more and more brick and mortar stores, which is FANTASTIC. But the North American line has limited colors. So imagine my pleasure when I spotted a Paper Mate display at Staples featuring a competitor in the friction-erasing gel pen arena!
The colors were even slightly different than the Frixion pens I own so I snapped up a pack and tested them the very same day. Here’s what I found… Continue reading
I am SO pleased with my latest listings in the Etsy Shop. First I want to share these cute dental hygiene and teeth whitening tracking stickers:
But I’m even more excited and proud of my new EDITABLE stickers!
You can now add your own text to my blank flags and daily routine trackers BEFORE printing! No need to pay for a custom file, and no need to handwrite your selected text. I am excited to continue making editable downloads. I think they’ll be very useful for planner addicts.