Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Scapular Wall Slide Technique

Scapular Wall Slide Technique: "
Last week’s video of the week was the scapular wall slide. After it was posted, I got quite a few questions in the comments section, so I figured I’d devote today’s blog to answering those questions. In case you missed the original video, here it is again:

Q: In the wall slide, do you try to keep the wrists and back of the hands flush to the wall? I noticed that the demonstrator did not.

A: No, that’s not mandatory. If someone lacks glenohumeral (shoulder ball-and-socket) range-of-motion or can’t effectively posterior tilt/depress the scapulae, it’d require extra arching of the lower back to get the hands flush to the wall. I generally tell folks to focus solely on scapular movement; the hands-to-the-wall will come over time as flexibility improves. Scapular wall slides can still be extremely valuable even if you can’t get your hands to the wall.

Q: Any advice on how much to let the small of the back round?

A: I’m assuming you mean “arch.” My response would be that you should just set your body in “normal” alignment first, and then worry about the arm positioning. Those with bigger butts may have a little bit more arching, but I don’t really worry too much about this, as I’m purely concerned with scapular movement. It really doesn’t matter to me whether your feet are 2″ from the wall or 12″ as long as you’re getting your lower traps firing and opening up the pec, anterior delt, and subscapularis.


16 Tips for Desk Jockeys: What to Do About Sitting All Day

I really need to read this thoroughly and do it and share it with the family.

16 Tips for Desk Jockeys: What to Do About Sitting All Day: "

helpEven if your workdays consist of alternating between hunkering down over the laptop in a full Grok squat with perfectly neutral lumbar spine and standing up at a standing workstation for the entire work day you’re likely still engaging in some anatomically novel and potentially problematic habits. The bulk of you folks might get away with wearing minimalist shoes to work or maybe padding around the office in socks, but I imagine most people are sitting down, staring at a screen, and making strange tapping motions with their fingers splayed out in front of them for seven to eight hours a day. If this sounds a little too familiar you could probably use some help. I know I could.

There’s nothing wrong with this picture, of course. I mean, that’s life. That’s reality, and we can’t always change it. We have to work with it, and if we play our cards right we can certainly work around it. Play around on the margins and see where we can bend the rules. Isn’t that what we’re doing anyway? Trying to make things work in a totally bizarre environment with all sorts of terrible choices at our fingertips? And I think we do okay. In fact, it’s in the margins that the really big stuff happens. You make little changes that only you notice and they make a huge difference. Life only becomes pathological if you do nothing to address the problems that arise.

Let’s go over the big (little) problems with office life and come up with some possible solutions or workarounds.

All That Sitting

You know about the issues with sitting. For one, constantly sitting in a chair with a back is quite new to our physiologies. We used to walk a lot more, stand a lot more, squat a lot more, whereas chairs were a luxury item until a couple hundred years ago. What does this mean? Sitting places our hip flexors in a shortened, tightened, active position. Shortened muscles that stay shortened for hours at a time get stiff and overactive. Ever feel that pain in the crease between your hip and your inner thighs after sitting for a while? Yeah, exactly. At the same time, your hip extensors are being lengthened and weakened. Your glutes and hamstrings are all stretched out, and I bet your glutes are somewhat inactive. This is no good. The hip region is the prime mover from whence all power and locomotion originates, and if all the crucial supporting actors (glutes, hammies, hip flexors, to name a few) flub their roles because they were under (or over) prepared, the entire operation will crumble.

First, try avoiding the problem. Don’t just sit like everyone else. Explore your options, which include:

1. Standing workstation. We’ve gone over this plenty of times. I won’t do it again. Just do it if you can; it’s well worth it. Consider presenting your boss the data in that post as justification for standing. If he or she doesn’t go for it, you might have to rig up something yourself clandestine-style, or try something else entirely.

2. Standing on one leg, a la Seth Roberts. Seth was getting huge benefits from standing while working, but doing so for eight hours a day wasn’t feasible. He found that standing on each leg until exhaustion twice a day (for a total of about 30-40 minutes) got him the same benefits in a fraction of the time. I love getting lots of bang for my buck (hence my love for sprints and intense workouts), so this is worth a shot if you can’t do the standing thing for eight hours a day, either because it’s physically difficult or because your work won’t allow it.

3. Staying active throughout the work day. If you can’t hook up the standing station and you’re too embarrassed to try balancing on one leg, maybe you just get up every half hour and do stuff. Walk around, pump out a couple minutes of squatting, do some stretching. Break up your sitting and avoid long stretches of unmitigated motionlessness.

Mitigate the problem. Sitting will lengthen your hip extensors and tighten your flexors, but you aren’t helpless. You can fix the problem by strengthening your extensors and stretching your flexors:

1. Kelly Starrett’s “couch stretch.” This one is a real bastard, but in Starrett’s words it will let you bask in the sublime feeling of “undoing years of sitting.” Watch the video and do the stretch a couple times a week. You’ll marvel at how great your hips feel. And it only takes a few minutes.

2. Work on your internal hip rotation. Emulate what this guy’s doing. If it hurts, you need it.

3. Maintain a strong relationship with your glutes. Now, I know you Primal folks probably keep in touch with your glutes via plenty of squats, deadlifts, sprints, and over-the-shoulder admiring glances at the mirror, but if you’re sitting for hours each day there’s bound to be some disconnect. Glute bridges are a popular exercise, but I think weighted hip thrusts as popularized by Bret Contreras really build that lasting solidarity between you and your buttocks. If you think you’re engaging your glutes but are unable to establish the glute-brain connection, try poking your butt as you engage it. By actually feeling it harden against your finger, you’ll be able to establish the neurological connection, thus making future engagements easier and more effective.

4. Daily Grok squats and Grok hangs. Stretch your limbs and your body across all dimensions. Sit in a Grok squat and do a full Grok hang for at least one minute twice a day.

All That Typing

Lightly grab the middle of your forearm while pantomiming typing with the hand of the arm you’re grabbing. What do you notice? A vast network of tendons and connective tissue running up your entire arm supports the function of your fingers. You can feel it working and expressing as you “type.” That network can get gummed up, especially when overworked in less than ideal conditions – like a forty-hour workweek (that’s actually more like fifty). Poor typing posture, either from improper seating arrangements or inactive and tight muscles, can make things even worse. Obviously, you’ll want to correct the underlying postural/workstation/muscular issues, but what can you do for sore hands, fingers, or the dreaded carpal tunnel syndrome? You can’t realistically go back to quill and parchment, so try these suggestions:

1. Try nerve glides. This is a good guide that the Bees and I have found very helpful when dealing with typing-related pain. My personal favorite is the median nerve glide, which focuses on the carpal tunnel nerves. Here it is:

  • Sweep your arm out to the side until it is slightly behind you, palm facing forward, elbow gently straight

  • Pull your wrist back until you feel a gently tension somewhere in the arm

  • Relax the wrist forward until tension is relieved

  • Repeat 10 times

  • Ease the tension on the wrist to about half

  • Holding this position, gently raise your arm until you feel tension (stay below shoulder height)

  • Lower the arm until tension is relieved

  • Repeat 10 times

  • Ease the tension on the arm to about half

  • Tilt your head (bring opposite ear towards opposite shoulder) until you feel tension

  • Straighten the neck until tension is relieved

  • Repeat 10 times

Try the rest of ‘em, too. Pick another glide and do them each once a day, at least. Once you start feeling better, you can probably drop it down to just one glide once a day.

2. Get a rubber band with decent tension, or perhaps a hair scrunchy. Take the affected hand and touch all five finger tips together, forming a sort of point. Slip the band or scrunchy around all five fingers and draw them apart against the resistance of the band. It’s like a reverse squeeze. Most people are far stronger gripping than they are going the opposite direction, so it’s worthwhile. Do this casually whenever you have time – in between emails, at home while watching TV, even while driving, you can keep it up with the off hand.

3. Hand massages. The palm of your hand has a fair amount of muscle. Like with any muscle, deep massage will break up knots and improve function – and reduce pain stemming from poor function. Dig into your palm with a ball or even your knuckles, or have someone else give you a deep hand massage. Try this halfway through the day. Note how your hands feel typing, give it a good five-minute working over with the ball or knuckle, then try typing again. Does it feel more natural? If so, treat your hands to a massage a few times each week, or more often, if you can find the time (you can find the time).

All That Shoulder Slumping

Sitting plus typing plus intensely focusing on a screen a few inches below and in front of us has created a nation of slumped shoulders, protracted scapulas, unstable shoulder joints, and tight pecs. We compound the issue with poor text messaging posture, but what happens when we spend a good portion of our lives slumping forward at the shoulders? Ideally (naturally), our shoulder blades are stable, retracted, and down. This protects our shoulders and allows full mobility without bumping into connective tissues. When we slump in front of the laptop, our shoulder blades drift apart, or abduct, putting our shoulder stability in jeopardy. Try fully protracting your shoulder blades (pushing your arms as far forward as possible by spreading your shoulder blades). Now, try lifting your arms directly over head, like you were performing an overhead press or setting up for a dead hang pullup. You can’t do it comfortably. Your shoulders are out of place. Do the opposite: retract and set your shoulder blades back, then lift your arms overhead. It should be a lot easier. That’s how shoulders are supposed to work, but the former example is how most shoulder slumpers “work.” Furthermore, slumping shoulders will pull the rest of your spine out of order, simply because you’ve got the combined weight of your big head and upper trunk pulling down. Not good.

1. Sit well. Recall the Gokhale Method. Key points include sitting with your butt “behind” you, rolling your shoulders one at a time forward, up, back, and then down, and keeping a relaxed, upright torso. Like so.

2. Where are you looking? If I’m sitting, I find it most comfortable for my monitor to be at or even slightly above eye level. This helps me look straight ahead without requiring downward head tilt, which often leads the rest of the upper thoracic into a slumping pattern – especially if you’re not vigilant and you’re prone to lapsing back into bad habits. If I’m standing, I’m not slumping, so slightly below eye level is perfect.

3. Maintain your thoracic spine. Consciously forcing yourself to keep your shoulder blades retracted won’t work forever. If you want it to stick, you’ve got to improve your thoracic spine at all times. Balance your horizontal pushing (bench, pushups) with enough horizontal pulling (rows). When benching, doing pullups, or doing rows, keep those shoulder blades retracted (back and down). Maintain good habits.


Finding lasting fixes may be ideal, but certain tools can help with the transition (or forever, really).

1. Kneeling chair. I’ve heard mixed reviews (with an unfavorable one coming from Maya White), but recent research suggests that they might be better than standard office chairs for improving lower back pain and promoting proper lumbar curvature.

2. Anti-fatigue mat. So your boss has finally succumbed to your entreaties and you’ve got yourself a standup workstation. The only problem is that your feet get tired really quickly. What to do? Try an anti-fatigue mat. Static standing is arguably just as novel as static sitting, but static standing on a somewhat soft-ish vinyl mat can make it a lot easier.

3. Ergonomic mouse and/or keyboard. The jury seems to be out on whether these are worth the money. I’ve never felt the need, but here are two different views from people who talk about this stuff for a living. One and two.

You are not guaranteed a hobbling gait, crooked knobby claws for hands, and hunch back simply because you spend the work week on a computer in an office. You can counter the postural imbalances and pain with smart stretching, mobility work, and exercise. You can avoid them altogether, or at least mitigate their impact, by changing how you sit or work at a computer. No standing in perpetuity required (although it can’t hurt!).

Got any more tips for the office workers among us? Let me know how you deal with it in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you!

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  2. How to Maintain Shoulder Mobility and Scapular Stability

  3. How-to Guide: Standing at Work


Reader Space: Ooh La La Laundry!

She utilized her wall space, with those great Bygel rails and Asker cups! Anyone who knows me, knows it was probably that concept that won me over from the start.... Plus, she added hooks to hang the items that weren't cup appropriate! Adding shelving on the other wall was a HUGE win in this space, walls are a great place to add much needed storage, and this room absolutely proves that point!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

How Water Can Save You $977 a Year

How Water Can Save You $977 a Year: "

Here's the math: based on stats from the linked to post

  • We eat out 3.1 times per week.

  • 3.19 people make up the average family.

  • With 52 weeks in a year, that makes roughly 514 glasses of soda every year for an average family.

  • 514 x $1.90 = $977!

What could you do with an extra $977 a year?

Right now, you could buy a really nice laptop, a whole new wardrobe, or it could go towards a vacation for your family. And all for substituting water for soda only when you eat out. It's not like you're giving it up entirely. Think it over.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sync Your Desktops with Dropbox

Sync Your Desktops with Dropbox: "

sync desktops with dropbox

source: Greg Neate

Dropbox is one of my favorite online services. It not only allows you to backup the documents on your computer(s), but it also lets you share documents easily between multiple computers and even has a public folder that lets me share files with other people.

When I first signed up, I moved my entire file system into my Dropbox folder so that I could access everything from both computers. That worked great except I frequently save things temporarily to my desktop, and I couldn’t access those files from the other computer. Occasionally I would switch computers in the middle of a project and realize that the files I needed were on the other desktop.

It happened enough that I was really starting to get frustrated by it, so I began to look for ways to sync my desktops as well as my file system.

Thankfully, I found a solution!

Here’s how to sync your desktops using Dropbox:

Note: This works, but I have no idea how to reverse it. If you do know how to reverse it, please tell us! Otherwise, you’ll want to be sure that you really want to do this before you do it.

1. Open your file explorer window.

2. Right click on the Desktop and click Properties.

3. Click on the Location tab.

4. Click Move.

5. Select your Dropbox folder as the new location and click Apply.

When you do this, all of the files in your Dropbox folder will suddenly appear on your Desktop. Don’t freak out! What you need to do is create a new parent folder (mine is called — wait for it — Files) and drop all of the other files and folders into it.

Now, do the same thing on your other computer(s).

Voila! Now when you drop something on your desktop, it will automatically show up on the other desktop as well!

Do you use multiple computers? If so, how do you share documents between them?

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Do You Have a Plan if Your Wallet is Lost or Stolen?

Do You Have a Plan if Your Wallet is Lost or Stolen?: "


Losing your wallet — or worse, having it stolen — is stressful, not just because of the worry of identity theft but also because your left without your identification and methods of payment.

One thing you can do to make it a little less stressful is keep a list of everything in your wallet, along with the customer service number for each so that you can have it canceled or replaced. Many people suggest making a copy of the front and back of each card, which is a great way to keep track of it. Another option is to keep a list of all of that information in one place.

Jill emailed and asked if I could create a printable that she could use to keep track of her wallet contents. I absolutely love this idea, and I tried to make this one as flexible as I could so that it will work regardless of what you keep in your wallet!

Click here download or print the free wallet contents printable.

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Project Simplify: Manage Your Paper Clutter

Project Simplify: Manage Your Paper Clutter: "

file system

my husband's business files

Paper clutter.

Although technology makes it easier than ever to communicate, pay bills and do business electronically, the amount of paper coming into our homes still seems to be increasing.

Arts & crafts. Bills & statements. School notices & records. Magazines. Junk mail. Paper, paper and more paper.

This week’s Project Simplify hot spot is paper clutter. I’ve shared quite a bit about our systems already, so I’m going to pull all those posts together here rather than reinventing the wheel. Be sure to visit Simple Mom for more strategies and to see what other people are doing to control their paper clutter!

Like any system, our systems for managing paper clutter continue to evolve, but they’re working pretty well so far!

If you’re viewing this post in a feed reader or email, you may need to click here to view the original post and videos.

Paper Files

Get a peek at my paper files and step-by-step instructions for creating a file system.

Arts & Crafts

Decorating contributor Lindsey Roberts has lots of great ideas for what to do with kids’ finished artwork.

Magazines {An Idea File}

Although this vlog is really about my home management notebook, I also share my method for dealing with magazines. I’m not willing to give them up, but I don’t want them sticking around for too long either, so here’s a peek at my “idea file”:

Homeschool Records

See our homeschool room and how I use binders to organize paper:

Manage Your Paper Clutter Vlog Series

Have you been following the Manage Your Paper Clutter series that Jessica from Life as Mom and I are doing? If not, catch up on the videos we’ve done so far and watch for more to come!

And More!

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Use Technology to Simplify Your Life

Use Technology to Simplify Your Life: "


source: Sean Loyless

This week we’re talking about simplifying family life. Tune in all week for strategies and tips for every area of life, and if you’re looking for more in-depth resources, be sure to check out the Huge Simplify Family Life eBook Sale!

Earlier this week, we talked about the importance of putting technology in its place to simplify your life.

In that post, I promised to share some of my favorite ways that technology simplifies my life as well, so in no particular order, here are my favorite tools:


I remember when Gmail first came out. I was hesitant to make the switch and actually didn’t switch over until a year or two ago. But now it is by far one of my favorite online tools. I love that I can check my email from anywhere, that I can easily search my archived emails and that I can organize them any way I want. Keyboard shortcuts and Gmail labs make it even easier to manage my email load, which definitely simplifies my life!

Plan to Eat

You’ve probably heard me sing the praises of Plan to Eat a time or two already, but it really does simplify my life, so I’m an enthusiastic fan. With Plan to Eat, I can keep all of my recipes at my fingertips, easily drag them to my calendar and then use the automatically generated shopping list to head to the grocery store and get what I need. It really doesn’t get any simpler than that!

Google Calendar

The really cool thing about Google Calendar is how easy it is to share calendars with other people. My mom and I share a meetings and appointments calendar, the Life…Your Way contributors and I share an editorial calendar, and my husband and I share our Plan to Eat meal planning calendar. Like Gmail, I can access my calendars from anywhere, which makes it that much more convenient.


A lot of people think of Skype as a video chat service, and it definitely does that, but I mostly use Skype for its instant messaging. With Skype, I’m able to chat about work issues with various people, touch base with some of my best friends, share business ideas and questions with other bloggers and more. I keep Skype open pretty much whenever I’m on the computer (although I’m selective about who I Skype with), which means I don’t ever feel alone in this crazy work-at-home mom gig.


Oh, yes, Facebook. It’s amazing that a site can get such a bad rap as a time waster when it’s the most popular site on the entire internet! There’s no doubt that Facebook can be a time waster, but I’ve also found that it can make connecting with friends — old and new — a ton easier.

My secret for using Facebook productively? I only friend people that I truly want to stay in touch with, and I only “like” pages that I really want to hear from. In the last couple of months, I have unliked all but a few pages (I don’t need to see blogs there because they’re already in my Reader) and culled my friends list to 200 people. I also hide all the stories about Farmville and the other games so that I’m only seeing pictures, statuses, links and notes.

I no longer feel like I have to check in a bazillion times a day because it doesn’t go that fast, and I’m able to spend more time interacting with the people I really want to interact with but might not have time to otherwise. Perfect!

This obviously just scratches the surface of what’s available to simplify your life, so now I want to know…

In what ways does technology simplify your life?

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Glazing White Cabinets

Glazing White Cabinets: "Our Bathroom (the Master Bath) has been on my to-do list since we moved into this house. It's not horrible by any means, and it's a relatively nice bathroom size wise, it just definitely needed a few touches to make it our style. The previous owners were had more of a "royal" style, and ... well, that's just not us.

We have these nice white cabinets and this dark black granite...and while each is nice it its own right, I don't really like them together.

So this weekend, I took my paint brush and my glaze and decided to do something about it.

I just painted the whole cabinet with the glaze, concentrating on the edges, and after a few minutes, wiped off the areas that I didn't want to be too dark. I took a small corner of the towel to go along the edges so that I could leave most of the glaze in the crevices.

I like this look so much better than just the solid white with the solid black...minus the glaring white strip on the bottom that I just realized I still need to glaze. Oops! I might go back with a small paint brush and make more of a clean line along drawer creases, but this was plenty good enough for now!

What do you think? Do you like the added depth and dimension or did you like the crisp clean look better? This is just one step of a multiple step bathroom makeoever, so stay tuned to see what else I've got up my sleeve.

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Happy Monday!

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Interchangeable Faucet Words

Interchangeable Faucet Words: "

I have one of those cheap faucets from Moen. You know the kind that they put in a new house where you choose the option “stock” when they ask if you want upgraded faucets? If you go to Moen’s website and you click on bathroom faucets and you order them from the least expensive to the most expensive this is the winner for the cheapest faucet…lucky me! So I decided to get creative…


I mean, who wants the boring ole faucets?


The other day while perusing Pottery Barn I came across this pretty faucet.


You totally know where this is going, don’t you? At $449 for a new Pottery Barn Ashland Faucet I decided to take a pass.

But then I flipped off the plastic cap and took a small stick pin and removed the metal inserts for the hot and cold.



Then using my Silhouette machine I designed and cut out new labels for my faucet. Now if you don’t have a Silhouette machine you could just trace your caps and cut out the words. The way the caps are formed I don’t think they will get wet so I didn’t reinforce them or anything I just popped the cardstock circles in.


But then I started getting giddy, sort of slap happy and goofy. I thought, why stop there?




I crack myself up. I have 6 faucets in my house like this…oh the fun I will have! If you have the same craptastic faucets (no offense Moen) and a Silhouette machine and would like the file email me ( and I will send it to you.

Silhouette is offering a special promotion good only this week, March 21-27th! Use the promo code IHEARTIC at checkout when you purchase a Silhouette SD, you will also receive one package of each fabric interfacing (clean cut & sewable) and a roll of white flocked heat transfer material for only $229. If you already have a Silhouette, use the promo code IHEARTIC at checkout to receive a 25% discount on fabric interfacing. But hurry it is only good through March 27th.

Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool

P.S. Make sure you save the little metal inserts. If you ever move your new residents might not appreciate your humor. Smile

P.S.S Why is my mind totally in the gutter of all the things I could put on my husband’s faucet? Smile Smile


5 Ways to Cut Down on Mail

5 Ways to Cut Down on Mail: "

If you have kids in grade school then you receive a countless amount of paper. If you don’t have a plan it can pile up. Then on top of all that you receive an insane amount of mail. If you don’t have a plan for that then those pile on top of school papers and all of the sudden it looks like this.


Today’s post is 5 Ways to cut down on the amount of mail you receive.

1. Get rid of of all credit card offers. If you are on “the list” you get 1-5 of these offers a week in your mailbox. Credit card companies are chomping at the bit to get you into debt. Here is an Opt Out Website that you can go to stop those offers from coming in the mail for 5 years or permanently. cut-credit-card2. Elect to not receive phone books. I haven’t used a phone book in years with the onslaught of information you can find on the internet. You don’t have to throw those huge books away, instead opt to not receive them. Click here to be removed from the delivery list.phonebooks

3. Stop receiving unwanted catalogs. You got on the list somehow, didn’t you? Somewhere, somehow you purchased something and now you are on every mailing list for gidgets, gadgets and gizmos. Click here to get your name off that list. I have no idea how I got on BevMo’s mailing list. I just used this service to get rid of that catalog.


4. Waive that warranty card. When you buy a new toaster don’t be tempted to return the warranty card. “Warranty cards are primarily used by the product’s manufacturer to profile you,” explains California identity-theft attorney Mari Frank. “They will then sell that information to others, who in turn send you mailings for their own products and services. That’s why warranty cards so often ask you for your household income, how many kids you have, what your hobbies and interests are. Provided you keep the receipt, a product remains under warranty for the designated period whether you return the warranty card or not.


5. Stop receiving Val Pak. Some of you may like the Val-Pak. For those that throw it away every time you see it then get rid of it by going to this site. valpak

What ways do you tame the paper monster in your home?


A Photo Tray Project Just For Me...

A Photo Tray Project Just For Me...: "
Last week I took a break from blogging as one of my very best friends from Nova Scotia was spending 3 glorious days with us.
We spent our time together visiting, lunching, shopping, crafting and chatting until 1 am each night.
{Phew, was I tired! This ol' gal isn't used to late nights anymore!}
We first met through scrapbooking more than 12 years ago, where we formed a scrapbook group 5 friends and we called ourselves "The Layout Ladies".
Over 3 years, we enjoyed several eveningsof scrapbooking together, shopping trips, eating out and retreats until I moved away almost 6 years ago.
So last week when my 'bestie' came to visit, I suggested we spend a night scrapbooking together...just like old times.
I convinced her to make a photo tray with me.
I had made 2 photo trays for gifts at Christmas, but I have been wanting to make one just for me.
My bestie made one of her little granddaughter.
My chosen colour scheme was blue & green...but you knew that already, didn't you?

I just love the simple fun of this project.
It can be done in under an hour.
My bestie made her's in this pink & peachy colour scheme.
I think it turned out fabulous, yes?
Her little granddaughter is just precious.
I cannot tell you the joy my friend has in her life from this little person.

I highly recommend crafting with's the best quality time together!
I don't do enough of it...and I really miss it!