Friday, December 28, 2012

Picture of the Week

Winter Wonderland....'s cold outside.


Dressed for winter.

Don't ya just love the smell of snow?!?

Snow much fun!!

Waddlin' in the snow.

What the heck is this white stuff?!?!?!?


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MIA ... on a quest to find my mojo

I've been Missing In Action.....

I'm sure many of you have heard me say this....."where does the time go?!?!?!!".  With each passing year, I feel that time flies by faster and faster each  year.

Here we are, a week from Christmas.  Other than making calendars for gift-giving, I haven't had much time, energy or the motivation to be creative.  I think it's been over a month since I've posted anything here other than the "picture of the week".

Christmas is my favorite time of the year and normally, I am overflowing with Christmas spirit. 

The last couple months have been draining.  In November, I finally sat for my CFP Exam.  Most of my energy (mental and physical) for the last 3 weeks has been spent on trying to catch up at work after taking a couple weeks off to study for the exam. 

With all that behind me now, I've been trying to get re-organized at home and get my mojo back.  During this shopping season (BTW... this is the first year that I did NOT go out shopping on Black Friday...did all my shopping online this year), I added to my Copic collection.  I heard that prices will go up again in January, so I took advantage of a sale and now I'm about 30 shy of having a complete set of Copic markers.

To track my Copics, I created a spreadsheet.  I printed the spreadsheet to a 11 x 17 paper and colored the squares as I added to my collection.  Here's a sample of the chart:

I decided to come up with a different method of keeping an inventory of my Copics.  Everytime Copic added a new color, I would have to amend the spreadsheet.  With my new method, I won't have to do that.  What's my new method, you ask?

I created Copic cards using a business card template. 

Each color will have its own card, so all I need to do is print out a new card for any future colors that are introduced to their collection.  The big square is to color in.  There are 2 small boxes below the main box - one box (with "R") is to mark whether I own a refill for that color; the other box is to mark what type of marker I own ("C"iao, "S"ketch, "O"riginal).  I included a section on the card where I could add my favorite color combo for that color.  The cards look like this:  

The cards will go into a binder using business card binder pages that you can find at any office supply store:

I would love to find a business card wallet that held enough business cards to represent all the Copic colors, but I haven't found one yet that has enough slots and is reasonably priced. 

I'm hoping that this is a start to getting my mojo back.  After the holidays, I plan on starting next year's gifts.....a cardkeeper with various themed cards.  That should keep me busy all year, right?