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January 13th, 2015 · Family, P365, Photography

Hello Friends! I have been having a weird time with my scheduling since the boys went back to school this week.  During winter break I could run whenever I got the urge and take pictures at will. Now that they are back in school, I’m struggling to remember when I should do what to get it all done. I find it’s bedtime and I haven’t had a chance to run or take a picture with my big camera. Silly me, thinking I COULD actually get it all done. duh. This first picture is with the 5D and the other three are iPhone 6+ pictures. SO anyway, here’s what has been going on around here. Over the break Jordan and Jalen both did their science fair projects. Jordan chose to test our three water sources (well, tap, filtered) to see which was the cleanest. I helped him put his board together on Saturday and he turned it in on Monday. Judging was today and he won 1st place in the school science fair. His project will move on to the County Science fair next month.

January 13 | HES Science Fair Winner

January 13 | HES Science Fair Winner
Look closely, those are not leaves, those are birds. Like a million of them. It is somewhat creepy but completely amazing to see and hear these birds fly around.

January 12 | Black Birds

January 12 | Black Birds
Fresh manicure. Thinking of Valentine’s Day and hearts and love.

January 11 | Red

January 11 | Red
Today’s prompt was habit. I routinely try to peel these yummy clementines in one long piece. I routinely eat as many of these a day as I can.

January 10 | Habit

January 10 | habit
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Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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P365

January 12th, 2015 · P365, Photography

Hello Friends! Here are a few more P365 to share.
We have new bovine neighbors across the street and this year, like last, we have escape artists in the bunch. Meet #calfHoudini

January 7 | Solitary

January 7 | solitude #calfHoudini
These are some of my most used stamps for my business packaging.

January 8 | My Gear

January 8 | My Gear
I have been wanting a better way to store/display all my earrings and yesterday I found this cute rack on sale at Versona for less than $8. I made longer faceted earrings on the top row. I’ll have some for sale later this month. I’m smitten by the rack and by the earrings.

January 9 | Multi-faceted
January 9 | Multi Faceted

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So, you want a personalized stamp?

January 9th, 2015 · bossy Joscie, stamping

Hello Friends! I have always loved personalized items. Always. I can remember the crushing defeat of looking through rows of bicycle license plates hoping against all hope that there would be a JOSCIE plate. Maybe it’ll be right here, sigh, no. The defeat of not-so-common-first-names or oddly-spelled names is one I have fought my entire life. I can remember my mom ordering stationery with my name on it when I was younger, it was such a thrill to see my own name on every sheet of paper! This is part of the reason I love creating personalized stamps. The other reason is because I’m a personalized stamp addict and I keep making more and more for myself!
I hear you now: Yeah, yeah, but how do I get MY OWN personalized stamp? How long does it take and what do I do to get started?!
Well, I’m glad you asked. (haha)
First ask yourself, what do I want? Address stamp? Handmade by stamp? One Little Word Stamp? Name Stamp? Name and URL Stamp?
Hmm, I think I want a one word stamp that says cultivate.
Okay, now, go over to the shop and look for the type you want.
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ah, yes. Here it is.
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Order it. In the check out process there is a space for a note to the seller. This is where you can include your personalization information. Of course, if you miss it or it simply does not display, just email me with your info: joscelyne@cutchens.com
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Now, you wait. (please check your email as you wait.)
I get a happy email that says, You have a new order. I do a happy dance and check out the invoice to see what I get to make for you.

Oh, look, this lady wants a one word stamp!

I look for the info either on the invoice or in my inbox that says the personalization.

What are the odds? That’s my word too! haha.

I print the invoice and stamp it. I use illustrator to create the image, make a proof and email it back to the customer.
I say: Please check this proof for accuracy and let me know if it is approved or if there are any corrections/alterations.
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Now it’s my turn to wait. If new customer is as obsessive an email checker as I am, it goes pretty quickly. If there are any corrections to be made, I make them and send a new proof. If the proof is approved, I place it in the queue to be ordered. I create a file for the stamp manufacturer and when I have a few, I place the order. I mark the invoice as ordered. I check to see if anything else needs to be prepared for the order. If there are in-stock stamps or flair to go with this order, I prepare and bundle these items. Then I wait and wait and wait and stalk the postal carrier. When the stamps arrive, I stamp the blocks with my bossy joscie stamp, package, weigh, print labels and take them to the post office.
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Then you get #happymail!

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That sounds awesome, but how long does it take? I’m glad you asked! It takes about 10 days from the point that you approve the proof until it is in your mailbox. Sometimes it is super fast. Of course, if you live outside the US, it could take longer. If there are holidays, it could take longer.
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Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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Back to reality

January 6th, 2015 · Family, P365, Photography

Hello Friends! Today was a tough day. Even though we went to sleep at normal bedtime, it sure was difficult to get out of the bed, especially since this morning was “the coldest day of the season!” Thankfully, we all got up, got dressed, had our breakfasts, packed lunches and got to the car and dropped the boys off at school with no trauma.
You may already know, I have a weakness for collecting things. Especially things that come in multiple colors. Nail polish, converse, scarves, earrings, necklaces, lipsticks… I could go on and on. I was completely inspired by this prompt. I’d like to photograph a few different collections when I can.

January 5 | a collection

Jan 5 | Collection
Last night I prepared one of my favorite dishes. Baked French Toast/Bread pudding. This particular incarnation used a dozen of our own eggs and blueberries we picked at the George’s home last summer. Also, lots of sugar, some cream and some butter. super yum. Took it over to a luncheon with some ladies from church today, it was quite nice! This pan is new, from Sam’s Club. I super love it, it’s the size of a half baking sheet and has a lid too. perfect for large potluck events. You can also see one of my favorite dish towels from Paper Source. and a jar of George’s local Honey. :)

January 6 | where I’m standing

Jan 6 | Where I stand
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January 4 | a reflection of me

January 4th, 2015 · Family, P365, Photography

Hello Friends! As you know, I’m continuing our family tradition of taking monthly headshots. Today was that day for January. After our post church lunch at Outback, we stood outside on the porch and snapped away.

Troy | January 2015

Jalen | January 2015

Jordan | January 2015

Joscie | January 2015
I also thought I’d take a group family shot near the fireplace while all our Christmas cards are on display! we had to push the coffee table and a chair out of the way, but, whatever it takes to get the shot ;)
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and finally, since today’s prompt was about a reflection, I took a full length mirror selfie in the hallway. I’m really wanting to get a better lighting system out there but for today, I did the best I could. I love this tone on tone tights and skirt action today.

January 4 | A Reflection of me

Jan 4 | A Reflection of me
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Open Possibilities

January 4th, 2015 · P365, Photography

Hello Friends! Today’s prompt was open possibilities. I had a few ideas. The first was the seed catalog that I’ve been drooling over.

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but since I just posted a list yesterday, I opted for these ceramic egg cartons. There was a time in our life when I thought 4 ceramic egg holders would be enough to hold all our eggs… but no.

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January 3 | Open Possibilities

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Also going down in our house on Saturday, Science Fair Action.
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P365 Day 2

January 2nd, 2015 · calligraphy, P365, Photography

 

Hello Friends! Today’s prompt was Thinking Over. Yesterday’s blog post was my way of thinking over my goals and plans for this year so I thought I’d write it out in a pretty list because, duh, I love lists. Sadly it has been raining all day long today and it’s just so dark in the house. I had to move these items to the bay window in the kitchen to snap these shots.  The first one is my POTD.

January 2 | Thinking Over

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Last week Troy and I hit up some antique and thrift stores and I found this super cool ink bottle. There is a little reservoir at the top of the bottle to hold a little ink at the top. We washed it out and I filled it with my sumi ink from Kuretake. Sadly the lid leaks. but still so pretty. I also picked up a metal record holder that will be used to dry my calligraphy envelopes in the future.

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birds eye view :)

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I picked up that carrot oblique holder from paperinkarts.com and I super love it.  The paper is Rhodia dot grid from amazon. I took classes to learn calligraphy from the amazing Melissa Esplin, I highly recommend it. My daily devotional is Girlfriends in God. Photo a Day Prompts from Katrina and CY365. Running every day in January. Running 1000 miles in 2015. Monthly Headshots. Handwritten cards.

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Love love and blog you later,

Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

 

 

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Hello 2015

January 1st, 2015 · scrapbook

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Hello Friends! 2014 was a great year. It was the year I stopped being content and complacent with my diet and lack of exercise.  With the encouraging words from my Doctor: You are choosing NOW what kind of OLD PERSON you will be! I started watching my diet and regular exercise. I became a runner. ME. a RUNNER. I ran in 3 races. Voluntarily, even.  I gave away nearly every bit of clothing because it simply didn’t fit anymore. I’m lucky that we could afford to buy new clothes that fit and I’m super happy. I’m still working on some areas to improve and enjoying the process. In 2014 we planted a garden. We harvested lots of corn and cucumbers.  We faced some issues in the garden and hopefully we’ll move forward with a more successful garden next year.  and next year I’ll cut more corn off the cob that freezing it on the cob.  Late in 2013 we built a chicken coop and purchased 3 adult hens.  By this time last year we had collected our first dozen eggs.  In January of 2014 we ordered baby chicks. The chickens are doing quite well and we actually had our first dozen day last month (we collected 12 eggs in one day). The production has slowed a little as it’s gotten colder and days shorter but we still have an abundance of eggs. I’ve been making home made bread every few days and I love it.

I’m welcoming in 2015 with a happy heart.

I’ve chosen my word for the year: >> CULTIVATE << I will cultivate the best life I can for me and for our family and our homestead.  This year we’ll be adding bee hives to our homestead and I am SUPER excited about it. My goal is to try and grow or make as much of our own food as possible. We’re not talking doomsday preppers, we’re talking, self sufficiency.

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January 1 | Good Morning 2015

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I’m doing a photo a day (at least through January) with Katrina Kennedy. My purpose for this project is to take more pictures that document our homesteading efforts to make into a photo book.

I will continue our monthly headshots. It is one of my favorite projects and as long as the family continues to cooperate, I’ll continue snapping!

I’m aiming to run 1000 miles in 2015. That’s about 19.25 miles a week | 2.75 miles a day (x7) | 3.2 miles a day (x6) | 3.85 miles a day (x5) | 4.8 miles a day (x4) | 5 miles 1 day a week and 3.5 x 4.

I’m going to mail cards throughout the year, just because it’s nice. I’m aiming for 52+, about one a week.

I will do a daily devotional. In the wee hours of the morning, instead of rising to facebook and email, I’ll start my day with some time dedicated to my relationship with God.

I will practice my calligraphy more. It is so relaxing and enjoyable.

I’m sure some of these resolutions will merge and intermingle and I just can’t wait to see how it all works out.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Love Love and Blog you later,

Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

 

 

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Kickstart your 365 Winner

December 28th, 2014 · scrapbook

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Hello Friends! Thank you so much for your comments, it looks like a lot of us are going to try out P365 for 2015! So exciting! :) Without further ado, the winner of the Kickstart your 365 giveaway was determined by random.org:

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Congratulations Suzy! Good Luck everyone in the pursuit of P365!

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Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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Kickstart Your 365 class giveaway

December 25th, 2014 · P365, Photography

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Hello friends! I know it has been awhile since I’ve blogged but today I’m here to share an opportunity for you to win a spot in a class by my friend Katrina Kennedy that will help you Kickstart Your 365! What is 365? It’s a photo project where you take a photo a day. Katrina’s class can help set you up for a successful project. She’s a great teacher and photographer, has a team of inspirational photographers and a community of photographers ranging from beginners to professional.
The class starts on Dec 29. I will choose 1 winner for the class on Dec 28 and announce here and email the winner soon after.
If you would like a chance to win, leave me a comment telling me 1. You want to be entered 2. Are you new to p365 or a veteran?
Good Luck! Love love and blog you later!
Joscie, rhymes with bossy

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