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I Heart Shopping.

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Geeky Girl, Illustrations, Life

Flower Child No. 1

I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about how much I love to shop.

Shopping for baby clothes, decorating our house, buying myself clothes or beauty products.  It is my zen.  Best of all is going to the art supply store.  Of course there aren’t any that are close to my house so it’s always a trek with a well thought-out list.

I took a hand lettering class on Skillshare and one of the materials was a Palomino Blackwing pencil. I got the assorted variety so I could try them all out.  No stores here sell them so since I was going Amazon crazy with ordering things for baby girl’s 2nd birthday this month (I’m in so much denial with how fast time is flying), I threw in some art items I have been coveting.  I’ve been sketching but I haven’t used my pencils yet.  I’ll update here when I do.  I also ordered a book that I have checked out of the library probably 5 times at least, no lie.  Water Paper Paint is the best book for someone who is interested in experimenting with watercolor.  Not only are the exercises good but the author has style so the finished products look wonderful as well.

You can follow me on Pinterest where I have a pretty popular watercolor board but I pin style faves, house interiors, etc. If I could purchase everything I absolutely would, it’s my virtual wishlist of sorts.

 

Organization Tips Part 2

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Geeky Girl, Organization

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Hey there.  Time for Part 2 of my lessons learned organization tips.

  • Mail Station – We used to have a pile of mail and that turned into a pile of mail for me and another pile for my husband.  Then if we weren’t able to get through our little piles and we picked up more mail, there was another unsorted pile for each of us.  It was a mess.  So I bought this vertical file from the Container Store and we have the following folders:
    • Incoming – rarely use but it comes in handy when there is a stray pile and you just want to get it off the counter
    • Outgoing – rare again, I like to act on whatever needs to go out as soon as I get it.  Or it gets taken directly to the car or my purse so I have it on me to mail when I’m out and about.  We only have one place that needs a check, everything else is auto-pay baby!
    • Stamps/Labels – lifesaver, they are all in one place and easy to find
    • One folder for each of us, even the kiddo – perfect so we each handle our own mail.  Addy’s wellness check paperwork and other things go in there and then we go through the folder together.
    • To File – Remnants of our mail that needs to be filed and we don’t have time right that second.  Usually I just like to put those items where they need to go so it doesn’t pile up at all.  I am a pile killer in training.
    • To Pay – rare again, just use this as a home just in case.
  • “Everything is impossible until it is done” – Nelson Mandela. – This is my favorite quote at the moment.  I am turning into a project manager extraordinaire and I am tackling everything as such.  One of the things I hate is working all week and then cleaning up all weekend.  No thank you.  So everything is tackled in bite size chunks and manageable pieces.  If I have a free moment to clear out the sink of dishes and put away the clean ones, just take the time out and do it.  If I keep this up through out the week, when it is time for the weekend it is 85% chill time and that is key to recharge and get some rest.
  • Meal Plan first, grocery shop second - Both of us don’t like the “What’s for dinner?” question so we figure it out ahead of time and go from there during the week.  Salmon is a given so one day is taken care of, we have a Trader Joe’s (yes!) and we’ll get frozen meatballs, marinara and angel hair pasta for another easy meal. So on and so on.  Has worked wonders.

I have an iPhone and I am a sucker for a good app.

  • Mint is AMAZING.  I tried the budget method of different folders and loads of cash, didn’t work.  But this app is the best, you just plug in your accounts and set up budgets.  Then you maintain categories for everything, it lines up with your budgets and you can let this beautiful interface show you trends, savings, etc.  It is wonderful!
  • Wunderlist – I can make my own lists, which I only do right on the fly, like a mall trip or an art store trip when I inevitably forgot to buy Cerulean blue watercolor paint.  Always happens.  Or you can make team lists where 2 or more people can read/write to a list.  We use it for grocery shopping so we can “watch” the other person shop and quickly add something to the list we might have forgotten.  It’s so futuristic, love it.

Organization Tips Part 1

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Geeky Girl, Organization

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I’ve mentioned before that organizing doesn’t come easy to me.  It is not natural, always a work in progress over here.  This is a little long so I broke it into two parts.  I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.

  • Put it back – I’m getting better about having a place for everything and when I’m done, I put it back.
  • Like with Like – I am grouping things together like a mad woman.  All hair stuff in one drawer.  All lotions, body butters and bath stuff in another drawer, etc.  All baking stuff in one drawer, all of the rare cooking utensils in one drawer and so on. This makes such a difference in efficiency for me and other helpers in the kitchen that aren’t even familiar with ours.
  • Using lazy susans in the cupboards for spices and alphabetizing them.  Could sound crazy to some but it helps a. lot.
  • Clearing off and wiping down the bathroom counters every night
  • Having as much as you can containerized.  In my purse and extra bag I have all of my on the go art supplies in a zip pouch, on the go beauty items in a zip pouch, etc.  Pouches are perfect for grabbing and taking to meetings, love.  In my extra bag I carry another zip pouch (I know) with more beauty stuff, my sketchbook, iPad, agenda etc.
  • Mani/Pedi Box- I use a hobby box from the Container Store that is actually for crafts but works perfectly for everything needed when painting your toesies.

What works for you?  Let me know, I could talk about this stuff all day.

Edit. Edit. Edit.

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Geeky Girl, Video

For the first time in a long time, this past weekend I messed around with video editing.  I forgot how much that takes out of you, well me.  I majored in photojournalism and minored in digital media in college.  One of the courses I took was digital video art.  This movie is called “One” and the assignment was to convey a mood/emotion.  We also weren’t allowed to use color.

I think it’s safe to say that video art is my least favorite.  Meaning that when I go to an art museum and see that little TV installation in the corner with flashing lights and an audio track playing, I don’t quite get it.  I’m more into paintings, sculptures, everything else.

So when we completed assignments for the class, those assignments were more on the abstract side.  I loved using Final Cut Pro, I had fun putting storyboards together and I was happy with my final projects.

I was editing a video of me painting this weekend but since I am using iMovie ’08 (super old I know), I can’t find a way to speed up the video.  No one wants to see me paint for 30 minutes….so….yea.

I’m working on it though.  I would love to share.

♥ Fun Fact - This was completed in college, early when Raul and I were just dating.  He is the mystery man shaking around in the box.  One of the signs he was a keeper.  True love. ♥

Girl Crush – Kate Spade.

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Geeky Girl, Organization

Kate Spade Rose Agenda 2014

In my ongoing quest for getting everything in order, I bought an agenda.  A real, tangible, velvety separators, college ruled and beautiful script filled rose Kate Spade 2014 planner.  It took me a good 20 minutes before I could write in it.  I was frozen just like I am with sketchbooks.

So so pretty.  I have resolved to have one spot for all of my plans, to dos, thoughts, “mind flies”, etc and this is it.  I tried the digital thing and it only took me so far but I can already tell that this planner routine looks promising.  Before I made the plunge I researched how to even use one and I found this excellent article which was originally about kids using planners but then there was a link that gave some back story/help so us adults can get familiar with the idea first.

Man, it is just so pretty.  My girlie side is showing.