tuesday’s gone with the wind

I put a little more time into these journal pages than I normally do, and they have become my favorites so far.

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Above I started with a piece of scrapbook paper on top, and a cool gift wrapping sheet on the bottom. I then glued a picture of flowers by my favorite artist, Lulie Wallace. In the corner is a paint chip of the color I just painted my bedroom. I like to write random thoughts on top of my pages after I am done gluing. Nothing profound – just whatever’s on my mind at the time.

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I had a lot of fun with this page! I think the randomness of my questions is a good reflection of how quickly my brain switches gears from one subject to the next. This is a prompt I will have to use again on a larger page next time. I never run out of questions.
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easy like a sunday morning

Why in the world would anybody put chains on me? I’ve paid my dues to make it. Everybody want me to be what they want me to be. I’m not happy when I try to fake it. – Lionel Richie

Last week we went to Pensacola Beach,  Florida with my husband’s parents and our 5-year-old son, Jack. I love the feeling of much needed renewal that traveling brings me. I am much more present in unfamiliar places,  especially surrounded by nature. I could’ve stayed there forever.

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My latest art journal is almost complete, and I couldn’t be happier with how it has turned out. I wanted it to be more personal than my other journals, full of random thoughts and writing prompts. Here’s some of the pages I have made so far:

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Have a good day, y’all!

Art Journaling

I have always loved and collected journals. I have created written journals, inspiration books, travel journals, and sketchbooks. My most favorite type of journaling though is through art journals.

I like to create my art journals using pages from magazines and colorful papers that inspire me. The act of gathering these beautiful pages is both meditative and relaxing, and by far my favorite part of the process. I love flipping through old books and inspirational magazines, listening quietly as the pages speak to me. My favorite places to collect pages are Anthropologie catalogs, Frankie magazines, and home decorating books. I like to cut them all up, glue them into a beautiful collage, and write and/or doodle on top of the pages whatever I feel at that moment.

Sometimes the pages just speak for themselves.

 

Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of you are.” 

Carolyn V.Hamilton

I like to add lists and any current thoughts to the page – such as things I love, what I’m grateful for, and things that I find inspiring in that moment.  I like to look back at my pages and remember where I was physically and mentally when I made them. They each serve as an visual and artistic scrapbook of my mind.

I will journal for days and then take a long break to catch up on the things I neglected while absorbed in the process. When I start journaling, I usually can’t stop. One time I created a whole journal in three days. It’s as if a creative switch turns on and I know it is only a temporary one. The rush is exciting and thrilling. It’s then I make the best pages.

These pictures are just a few of many of the pages I have created – more to come!

How to Have a Successful Yard Sale

If you are planning on having a yard sale, this is the perfect time. Do a good Spring Clean of your house, putting what you’d like to get rid of in a pile out of the way. Go through each room of your house and consider each item.

Once you’ve gone through your house, you need to go through the pile of stuff you’ve accumulated. Sort everything into categories. (i.e. baby stuff, clothes, housewares, craft supplies, antiques, etc.) Try to price everything ahead of time.

Price your items low. Your goal is to get rid of everything. Buyers will buy more if the prices are right. Furniture prices should be half the amount you would have sold them on Craigslist. Garage sales shoppers love garage sales for the cheap prices and the steals! Price accordingly.

I bought the colored circled stickers from Office Depot for your prices. These are great if you have more than one person selling. Assign a color to each person. Have a notebook with each person’s name assigned to a page. As you sell, take off sticker and place it underneath the name of the person with that color circle. At the end of the day, count up each person’s profits and disperse the earnings accordingly.

Check to see if you need a permit from the city to have a yard sale.

Setting up -Ask a friend or your church to borrow a couple of long tables for your garage sale. The key is to not have much on the floor that can easily be walked passed and/or overlooked. Hang clothes on a clothes line for easy access and viewing.

Display your best stuff in front. I made sure all of my hot ticket items were as close to the road as possible. These items include antiques, appliances, furniture, strollers, cribs, play sets, tools, old records, etc. You want people driving by to stop and turn around. I made sure that the best stuff I had to offer was the first thing people would see.

Display your items as if your yard is a store. I brought out our book shelves from the living room to have a prettier place to showcase my stuff. This might sound ridiculous, but I am 100% convinced that the way I displayed my items are the reason so many of them sold.

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The Leonards Family Yard Sale – March 2015

Sort clothes by sizes – If you have a bunch of baby clothes like I did, sort them by size and assign a box to each size with a large clear label. This way moms searching through your clothes don’t create a huge mess when looking for the size they need. I had a box for 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 2T,etc. Each item was $1. I know that my price for clothes was high, but the quality was next to perfect. What I didn’t sell I planned to keep anyway. Make sure to fold the clothes and keep them neat throughout the day.

Arrange items in groups. Have kitchenware together and home decor together. Make sure utensils aren’t being mixed up with yard tools.

Make room for traffic. Have a good amount of space between tables so that people aren’t crowded.

Place your cash register on a table in the front  with a good view of everything. You don’t think people would steal things so cheap, but trust me it happens often.

Advertise A LOT. Post an article in the newspaper and on Craigslist. Make flyers and post around your neighborhood, Starbucks, or YMCA. Post about it on Facebook and social media. You want to get the word out.

Make bright neon signs for the neighborhood with large bold letters reading:

YARD SALE
SAT 7-3
123 WEST AVE
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You want the signs to be clutter free, easy to read, and noticeable from the road. Be sure to use a fat permanent marker and good legible handwriting.

Play music. Living in Louisiana, we played upbeat zydeco music and created a fun and easy-going  atmosphere for shoppers. Silence is awkward. Background music is a must!

Make sure to have lots of change. The last thing you want is to not be able to break large bills. Go to the bank the day before to make sure you have enough ones, fives, and tens – as well as a lot of coins (especially quarters) so that you can have smooth transactions.

Early bird shoppers – if you want to avoid them, be sure to make a sign and/or advertise “NO EARLY BIRDS.”  If you don’t mind people coming (extremely) early, you are good. I was caught off guard when a lady showed up at 5am when it began at 7am. I charged double. The lady was happy to pay it. It’s completely up to you.

Always negotiate your prices and be kind and friendly. This helps a lot. Remember your goal is to donate and/or bring back into your house as little as possible!

Follow these tips and you are guaranteed to sell most of your items and make a larger profit. If you have any other suggestions or if I missed anything, please shoot me a comment! I would love to hear from you.

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Art Journaling

I started making art journals three years ago when I stumbled across some on Pinterest. So far I have made close to 20 journals that serve as beautiful scrapbooks and inspirational diaries.

The pages that fill the journals are only really meaningful to the creator of them. This took me a while to realize. When I first began making them, I would proudly show my mom the pages, only to hear, “These are really great, Leigh Ann, but what are you going TO DO with all of these?” My answer was simply, “nothing at all.” Making them just felt good. It was a place to express my creativity and write my inner thoughts…. A place I could escape to once Jack and Nick went to sleep and all was quiet. The journals became my therapeutic and creative outlet, and as often as I could – I was making them.

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Part of the reason I created a blog was to show some of my pages in the hopes that someone else might want to join in on the fun. I plan to post a How To page in the near future, but until then, here are a few of my favorite pages from one of the first journals I made back in 2012.

Since I am new to blogging and my page is pretty blank, these journal entries will hopefully provide you with a better insight of myself – what I like, the places I enjoy, the kind of music I listen to.

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I started with a blank sketchbook and added pretty paper to the pages. I found pictures online I thought were beautiful and added them where I saw fit. 

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I wanted to look back at this journal years later and have a good idea of who I was and what I loved when I created it.

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Above are just several of the many pages I have made, these being the most descriptive. Most of my other pages are collages, daily mementos, and travel journals. Do you like to journal? Thanks for checking out my page! Have a wonderful day.

Blogging – The Struggle is Real

Is it just me, or did anyone else have a tough time when starting a blog?

I think I made a terrible mistake when I read all of the “tips and tricks” for beginners when I created my blog. For most people I know these posts were very helpful, but for me I am left feeling overwhelmed and intimidated, really. 

The posts I read were great, but some were packed with so much information that my brain shut down after a while. There’s also a ton of technical components I just don’t understand, such as SEO, how to create links, what to put in my menus, social media buttons, etc.

I think the one of the main problems I am also having is coming up with a cohesive theme. Apparently that is super important according to all of the posts I read. I really don’t want a theme, I just want to post what I am currently thinking or working on, and these things change all of the time. Can I just blog about things like Art Journaling, politics, my house renovations, personal stories, and/or how to make wreaths? Do I really have to stick to one theme?

I don’t want to make money off of my blog, nor do I expect to get published. I just want a blog that represents who I am, what I like, and what I think others should know. I am also looking forward to creating conversations and meeting great people!

I know I will find my way the more I post, but if you have any advice on what helped you in the beginning I would be more than glad if you passed it along to me!

Thank you for stopping by!

– Leigh Ann

Yarn Bombing

I am obsessed with nature and all things colorful, so when I came across this rad thing known as “yarn bombing,”  I had to know more.

Yarn Bombing is a type of graffiti, or street art, where yarn in any form is attached to an object in a public environment.

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It all started in 2005 with Magda Sayey, 37, of Houston, TX, but has since gone worldwide.

 

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If it were up to me, every tree, stop sign, car, truck, statue, you know it, would be full of colorful yarn. I am definitely going to sign up for crochet lessons in the near future. My backyard is in serious need of some yarn bombage

Check out Magda Sayey’s TedTalk to hear her full story on the Yarn Bombing movement: