Week in the Life : Tuesday Photos + Words (and a workshop giveaway)

Just a note that Stacy Julian organized a really cool project encouraging everyone to give ourselves the gift of the present moment. This is precisely what we are doing with this week in the life journey. Check out her blog today.


From Tuesday:

week in the life : tuesday morning by you.

week in the life : tuesday morning before school by you.

week in the life : morning work by you.

week in the life : chris at work by you.

week in the life : driving to the farmer's market by you.

week in the life : farmer's market by you.

week in the life : capturing me by you.

week in the life : coming home by you.

week in the life : hello darth by you.

week in the life : pumpkins on the porch by you.

week in the life : simon's day by you.

week in the life : farmer's market bounty by you.

week in the life : fresh flowers by you.

week in the life : simon + chris fixing tostadas by you.

week in the life : german apple cake by you.

week in the life : reading homework by you.

Went with the simple list idea again - not as detailed as day one, but still much more than I would ever do without this project.

1. Super happy Simon wake-up this morning. He came into our room around 2am. I stayed for a bit and then went to his bed (which happens to be a bit more comfortable because of a firmer mattress). He joined me at about 5:45am just before the alarm went off at 6am.
2. Breakfast routine same as Monday: bagel + cream cheese for Simon, cereal for Chris, and me, I have to wait a bit for my thyroid medication. I usually eat after Simon leaves for school.
3. Every morning that Simon is cheerful I am so very thankful.
4. Working on a project for Australian Creating Keepsakes.
5. Listening to OPB.
6. Head out to the Farmer’s Market. Pick up spinach, carrots, celery, red onion, raspberries, and flowers. Grab a toasted bagel from Bagel Sphere.
7. Ship package to Australia.
8. Look up some recipes at www.allrecipes.com. Do a bit of meal planning for the week.
9. Text Chris to pick up a couple things at the grocery store.
10. Make German Apple Cake + eat hummus and pita chips for lunch.
11. Clean up kitchen.
12. Move laundry around.
13. Back to work. Internet. Emails.
14. Talk to Mom on the phone. Ask her about how to get the cake out of the bundt pan.
15. Totally bummed that Mothering.com message board has been down today.
16. Simon comes home on the bus.
17. We check out his Communication Notebook. Looks good. He brought home the same library book he brought home almost every trip last year.
18. On comes the Darth Vader costume and Star Wars video.
19. Chris talks on the phone. Mom reads about cloth diapers.
20. I take a little nap.
21. Dinner is tostadas (Chris cooks). Dessert is the German Apple Cake.
22. Simon does his math homework (no complaints tonight) at the table and then puts on his PJ’s.
23. Reading homework on the couch.
24. Family light saber battle.
25. Simon in bed. Read Green Eggs + Ham.
26. Back to work for a bit.
27. Watch Tivo’d John Stewart.


This week I am excited to give away a spot in Kolette Hall's Giving Well (In 2-hours or Less) online workshop at Big Picture Scrapbooking.

Kolette is one of my favorite people and happens to be having a baby right around the same time as me next year. She is a fabulous product designer and instructor who really keeps the emphasis on things being meaningful and coming from the heart.

Here's the basics of Giving Well:

Gift-giving is an art. From the gift tag and wrapping paper to what's inside the package, you are saying something when you give a gift. Back by popular demand, Kolette Hall has designed a fresh round of fabulous, manageable gift ideas for the holiday season and all year long. This class is literally packed with everything you need to give well for the holidays or any special event all year long - and Kolette has designed every idea you will see in this class!

Every other day, you will receive a new idea for "Giving Well (still in 2-hours or less!)." True to form, Kolette has also included her exclusive downloadable artwork to help you create the perfect gifts, holiday cards and gift tags. As those of you who joined us last year for Giving Well know, you will be amazed with what you get in just four weeks of class time.

You asked for it, so we're starting class a month earlier than last year to make sure you have plenty of time to get those projects done for the holidays! Whether you are mass producing one gift idea or choosing to craft a different gift for each person on your list, you'll get tons of ideas for creating personalized gifts in less than two hours. Come join Kolette as she guides you in your new art form: the art of Giving Well.

You can read all the details about this online workshop here. It runs October 9 through November 5th. While you are there you can also check out her year long workshop for 2009: A Life Well Crafted.

To be entered leave a comment below and let us know if you have started planning for the upcoming holiday season yet. Comment section will be closed at 5pm today (Wednesday) and the winner announced shortly after.


A complete list of posts related to the week in the life project can be found here.

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  1. kristen

    2008-10-01 12:12:33 -0400

    does 'thinking' count? i've started the christmas card process in my head...just some rough ideas that i think about throughout the day. need to be more deliberate...the time will be here soon! kristen in nor cal

  2. Jan

    2008-10-01 12:18:24 -0400

    I've actually bought two presents and I'm booked into a Christmas Card class at my LSS. For me this is pretty good!!!
    Loving the project Ali - thanks.

  3. Anthonette

    2008-10-01 12:20:40 -0400

    Since my son was born 5 years ago, I've been making photo Christmas cards. The hardest part, is getting a good photo first. I've been thinking about possible photo locations. I love kraft cardstock, so I'm sure I will use that as the base. Each year, I always get mad at myself because I start too late and then stress myself out!

  4. Corie

    2008-10-01 12:21:00 -0400

    Hi Ali,
    Always, always, always inspired in my everyday life by your art! So each year after my birthday- 9/26- I begin the fun of the holidays, take out the Halloween decor for the kiddos, and plan my gift list. This year I got to celebrate my bday with a dear friend at a ScrapPink retreat so I had her use her fabulous photography skills on my kids before hand so I could have the photos ready to make cards at the crop. Then I treated her to the hotel to return the favor! I LOVE the photos, and it gets me so excited to see the Christmas pile already growing in my art room while the rest of the house starts to look like Halloween. Hurrah! Would love to join this class, so thanks for the chance at it! -Corie, in Seattle

  5. Rachelle

    2008-10-01 12:25:48 -0400

    just starting to think of creative ideas to do with my toddler. Want to get the new advent calendar boxes from Karen Foster to decorate and do the holiday spirit prompts form your earlier postings. Such a cool idea!

  6. Mary

    2008-10-01 12:26:34 -0400

    I got a few stuff at Target after Christmas last year and I plan to work on those it this year. I am looking for a traditional thing that I can do ever year but so far I am searching for one. I plan to make tis tags for my co-workers though and give it away for the staff in school.

  7. erika kubida

    2008-10-01 12:31:49 -0400

    what a wonderful giveaway! I have only just begun my holiday preparations. It's insane how quickly this year has gone by!!
    Summerville, SC

  8. Kari D.

    2008-10-01 12:33:54 -0400

    I love your self portraits. I need to take more of those. I've yet to perfect the picture in the mirror... working on it. :)

  9. Diane

    2008-10-01 12:37:38 -0400

    I've been thinking about my Christmas card. Actually started planning it in July.

  10. Wendy H

    2008-10-01 12:38:51 -0400

    Sounds like a winner...hope I am!

  11. Kate

    2008-10-01 12:39:45 -0400

    I have started working on prototypes for Christmas cards and an invite for my birthday party which is Halloween! I am going to celebrate the day after as some of my friends still have kids they want to take trick or treating. So I will have a Dia De Los Muertos party instead on Nov. 1st. But other than that- no activity yet for the holidays.

  12. Chris Harris

    2008-10-01 12:44:46 -0400

    Holiday planning - I'm just starting to think about it, although I have bought a few items for my family as I have found them on sale. With the economy the way it is I hope to decorate more, shop and spend less than usual and make more gifts and cards, etc than I have in the past. I better get started!!

  13. Tracy

    2008-10-01 12:52:02 -0400

    Ali - I have started making mini-books for my extended family for Christmas. I am excited to make my first beagle-themed book for my brother's dog!

  14. Cathy S

    2008-10-01 12:53:19 -0400

    Not planning yet, just starting to think about it. I work better under pressure, so still have a bit of time left!

  15. Chris W.

    2008-10-01 12:57:45 -0400

    We're doing a "dry run" for Thanksgiving dinner next weekend. I can't wait. It's my favorite day of the year!!

  16. Heather

    2008-10-01 12:57:54 -0400

    I've been thinking of Holiday gifts for 2 months, but haven't started anything yet.

  17. Andrea

    2008-10-01 13:04:25 -0400

    I have looked at Kolette's class it looks like a great one. I have a plan going for the season. My goal is to keep it simple and enjoy the season.

  18. Kathleen Taylor Scott

    2008-10-01 13:04:43 -0400

    Still new to this world of scrapbooking and paper crafts. My family believes that I have all kinds of talent in this area, but I'm less certain. Certainly I'm enjoying this enormously.
    Still haven't put an album together, but I'm doing your week in the life project and am looking forward to putting the album next week. I'm loving this blog and what you propose! Went out yesterday and bought scrapbook covers and will do an 8x8 layout following your layouts. Thanks for doing this, especially when you have so much going on in your life right now. Your providing both the push to do it and the guidance. I'm happy to provide the practice....

  19. Valerie

    2008-10-01 13:06:26 -0400

    I'm hoping this year to make every single Christmas gift myself. It'll be a challenge with 3 kids and a full time job, but I really want to do it.

  20. Angie

    2008-10-01 13:07:21 -0400

    I have started planning and I am making aprons and front door wreaths for friends and family as gifts!

  21. sophie

    2008-10-01 13:13:33 -0400

    Yes! With Christmas round the corner, I have been looking at my scraps and cutting them up in preparation of making Christmas cards! Being environmentally friendly at the same time=)

  22. alison

    2008-10-01 13:13:46 -0400

    We always do handmade cards with a pic of my boys. It's usually a ton of work, but WELL worth it! It's hard to keep up with it all, but somehow we manage!

  23. Maggie

    2008-10-01 13:15:17 -0400

    Okay, this totally threw off my Ali schedule. Bloglines usually doesn't pick up your new posts until evening. But, love the idea, so I'm commenting for the joy of the lovely thought of the cool class.
    Just one question: Seems your husband is in a strain with the mouse...tell the poor guy to move it to the other side of the table! My son's have to use my right handed mouse all day...now I'm totally convicted. Though, I have to say, they seem to have become ambidextrous...they use their right hand.

  24. Stephanie

    2008-10-01 13:17:43 -0400

    I might be too late but oh I would love a chance at this.
    Stephanie S., Woodbridge, VA

  25. Amy Cline

    2008-10-01 13:27:44 -0400

    I hope I am not too late!! I really love this project.

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