- Hey! I'm Shannon. I live in Cleveland, Ohio with my husband, Steve. To find the long version click here.
Steve and I safely pulled into Cleveland on Wednesday night. We drove my jam packed, tiny 2 door car up from Texas. It’s the first big step in relocating back to the north. We still have no idea where we are going to live or what either of us will be doing but we are wishing and hoping that we will know a lot more of that information over the next few weeks. Fingers and toes crossed for us! I will be posting a Project Life update later this afternoon. Happy Friday!
Yesterday I sat down in the little open space in that picture above and cranked out almost 3 months of project life goodness. I also want to take this time to address my totes. As you can see from the picture above, I store all of my crafty stuff in totes from The Container Store. They are clear and much sturdier than the regular sterilite totes and they have dividers and trays that you can purchase to maximize the space inside of them. I love them, absolutely love them. I have a project life tote with my seafoam kit and other miscellaneous papers and embellishing bits. Then I have 2 stamp totes (!!!) one holds ink, big wood mounted stamps, and smaller alpha stamps, and the other holds embossing powder and gun, sprays, stamps with wood handles and cleaning supplies. In a shorter version of those 3 totes I have all of my car making supplies. I also have 2 sterilite drawer towers that hold thickers, glitter, alcohol inks, tape runners, and a bunch of other mish-mashed stuff. I love that I can drag out all of my stuff and tuck it neatly away when I’m done with it. And also – super simple to move!
Speaking of the move – last week we finally made a big dent in our packing. We don’t have a lot of stuff to pack per se, but we both have plenty of clothing, books, and CDs. Everything that we move will ideally fit in our little 2 door cars and 1 car top carrier. It might be tight but it’s nice to see what things look like all space bagged and boxed up.
I also purchased plane tickets to head home and see my family for a little bit at the the end of this month. I know it sounds strange with us moving and all but both Steve and I agreed that with me only seeing my family for 4 days in the last year and a half (!!!) that I needed to go home and spend some quality time with them. We didn’t want to end up with jobs somewhere in Ohio and have to move and immediately be thrown into working full time and not get to see anyone. Also I have an entire apartments worth of stuff that has been in storage for 3 years that I can’t wait to sort through, purge, and organize.
And then – the biggest news – Steve and I both received calls from potential employers last week! Granted the jobs that we did get calls about are at opposite ends of the state – we are still over the moon excited.
And with all of this excitement over the last 2 weeks I am looking forward to getting through today and having 3 days off in a row to relax and to getting back into a routine here on the blog. Thank you for your understanding during this exciting time for us. Happy Monday!
Well, it has been quite sometime hasn’t it?
This has really been the first time I have felt that I could get on here and write. A lot has happened in my personal life in the last month and a half that it has not been feasible for me to get here and write, mostly because I couldn’t really go forward without talking about what has been going on, and I haven’t been able to talk about that until now.
Now that everyone is in the know, I can officially say, Steve and I eloped back in October! When we were in Colorado, we said our vows at the base of 2 mountains next to a river, and it was perfect and beautiful, and everything I had hoped it could ever be. It took me FOREVER to get our announcements out due to working long hours/weeks when we got back from Colorado and having to go to 7 different places to get the damn picture printed. We will be having a reception in the spring in Ohio, but we’ll get back to that later.
I can also officially say that I quit my job, today in fact. This was not a decision that Steve and I made lightly but I know that for me, my marriage, and my family it was the best decision. I am going to still be working but in a position that will allow me a lot more flexibility over the coming months that both Steve and I will really need from me and my job. I will still be working full-time, no worries, family. And I have nothing against my employer, we are not separating on bad terms, it’s just life is taking me in a different direction right now and I am completely open to the change.
Which brings me to the third point. I will need that flexibility to be able to travel, because Steve and I will be relocating in the spring of 2013. It has been something that we have talked about and discussed for a very long time and it is what will be best for the 2 of us. There are 3 or 4 different locations that we have thoroughly vetted, but for now, life is up in the air. It is very painful to think of leaving Steve’s parents and Sid, but Texas just is not a good fit for us, and me quitting my “real” job was one of the first steps in the transition. The second is Steve receiving his degree in December. Then we are going to take our time working out the details during what everyone is predicting will be a potentially hazardous January/February weather wise here and even hairier January/February/March in the north and then we are going to see what happens. Which rounds it back out to why we are waiting 6-8 months or so to start having wedding festivities with both sides of our families.
So, now you know where I have been hiding. And honestly I have had no creative energy what-so-ever. Its been horrible and I know that anything I could have written would have been stressed/anxious/forced babble. So really I was saving anyone who could be reading this blog from that. Because I promise, I have not been fun to be around lately trying to make all of these life altering decisions. The only thing I have been doing during my free time is sit in front of my sewing machine and sew and sew and sew. It’s the only thing that has made sense to me. After I made our announcements I put away my paper crafting items and they have just been collecting dust in their respective corners. I have been making blankets for family members for Christmas, starting with the matriarchs on both sides and working my way down the family tree, because that is about all I know how to make, but I really, really enjoy it. I share random pictures on instagram and twitter if you are interested.
So, now that all the big news is out of the way, I will be working this week to share more pictures from Colorado, including our wedding, and my Project Life Updates (I even made our wedding in the Project Life style, and had enough pictures to fill an entire white album!). I also have my December Daily album ready and rearing to go.
Here is to a wonderful and exciting end of 2012 and beginning of 2013!
1. Little girl named Fi being a hammy ham and older sister Kat in the background. 2. My closest in age cousin, Keara.
These are my last two favorites that I will be posting in the portrait series from Ohio. These are my two (kind of three) beautiful cousins. Fi had no idea who I was (it had been 7 months since I had been back to Ohio) and in a 2 year olds mind that is a lot of time. But once I brought out my camera, this little thing was lit up like a Christmas tree. I tried to snap a few shots of Kat and Fi together but i had to be very close to them and they were so so excited to go see fireworks that they were literally bouncing during all of the shots. This shot of Keara is one of my favorites from a portrait session we did in 3 minutes on the day that I was supposed to fly out of Ohio. It was about 100 degrees outside and she was quite a trooper for me.
Side note: As always you can click images to view them in a larger format and with more clarity. Lately WordPress has been muddling my images. I am working to correct it now.
1. Yummy Breakfast 2. Yuengling came to Ohio and it is always stocked when I come home from Texas. 3. Veggie Pizza! 4. My 4 hour layover set up in Charlotte Airport. I snagged one of those coveted white rocking chairs in the Atrium near a working plug and did some people watching and book reading. 5. My favorite sneakers. Who cares if they are Michigan colors? They are so comfortable and they were a cheap find too :) 6. My little man looking quite little under the table on the new deck at the grandparents house. 7. Knob Creek – a surprise from my dad. I drank that entire bottle all on my own mixed with rootbeer. Say something about how I take my bourbon. 8. Finally leaving Charlotte 24 hours later that I was supposed to.
I love my iphone and I love the pictures that it takes (usually). I love the front camera for self and family portraits (its also extremely useful in taking pictures of Sid who happens to be camera shy except when the screen is facing him). I love that it goes everywhere with me so that even if I am not lugging my rebel all over the earth and I see something picture worthy, I can still snap it. I love having 2 folders full of camera/photo apps. (If you’d like to follow my instagram in real time find me at @shannoncecelia!) Enjoy :]