Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pens! Pens! Pens!


I love pens.

Seriously.  I looooooooove pens.  I love pens more than some humans.... 

Ok, maybe not.  But still, my heart does go pitter patter as the sight of gorgeous rainbows of pens!  I'm a serious addict and have no plans to curb that addiciton any time soon.

Because of said addiction, I own hundreds of pens.  People will frequently see my pen collection or the massive amount of pens in my drawer at work and say "There's no way you can use all those pens!"  WRONG!  I most certainly do.  I rotate them out almost weekly and prefer hand written notes to computer generated printouts, so I use them a lot.
I figured I may as well share this fabulous collection with you all, so I thought I'd start sharing a new set of pens every few days....  Here goes!

Stabilo 88 Fineliner Pens
Felt tip pens - sometimes called fineliners - are probably my favorite type of pen.  I am not sure why, but I feel like my handwriting looks nice with them and I love the way they write.  With a fineliner pen, you do have hold  your pen somewhat upright, so if you write with your pen slanted, you may not love them.  

One of the other selling points of these particular pens is the color choices.  I love that they have tons of colors - including neon!

Here's a sample of how they write, along with the colors/names.


The neon colors don't show up great in the photo, but every color but neon yellow looks really nice and bright in person.  These pens are so much fun!  They write smoothly and don't bleed through most paper.


I would highly recommend them!  I feel like Amazon has the best price and you can get them online HERE.


Remember, anytime you use the link above to purchase on Amazon, you're helping support Pink and Paper.  

I'll be back soon with more pen love.

Happy writing!





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy


I wasn't going to post today but I saw this quote online a few minutes ago and it really made me think.  

All my life, I have worried about keeping everyone around me happy.  In my mind, if you weren't happy with me, I was bad.  I thought if people weren't happy with things I did or said, it meant I was wrong or it meant I was a disappointment.

At 41 years old, I can finally say I am learning to change this.  It's a hard habit to break.  When you've tried to be a people-pleaser your whole life, it becomes a bad habit just like smoking or chewing your nails.  I often find myself giving up what I want, or sometimes what I need, so that others aren't upset with me.  Don't get me wrong - I'm not talking about being a selfish jerk and ignoring other people's feelings.  I'm talking about being you, unapologetically.  I'm talking about learning it's ok to be different than someone else and to not agree with everything they say. 

If you rely on other's happiness for your self-worth, stop.  Stop now!  I wish it hadn't taken me so long to learn this.  The last few months, I've started to be more "Cheryl" than I feel I've ever been.  And if people don't love all the parts of the real me, that's ok. I'm not going to be a jerk - on purpose, that is - but I am going to be me and I'm going to be ok with that.    

It is not my job to be everything to everyone around me.  Or to create happiness for those that can't do it for themselves.  I will love those around me.  I will be kind and generous.  I will do what I can to help others - but I won't lose myself in the process, anymore.

If this is you, remember the wise words of Kevin Hart...


Happy Saturday!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

It's been too long...

Hello all you Internet peeps!  I have been gone way too long.  I've missed you!

Where have I been?  Let's see....

My last post was a little over a year ago.  At that time, my tiny little business started to grow a little.  Through word of mouth - and the blessing of God - I started getting orders from friends of friends of friends.  I loved it. For a while.  I ended up working in the evenings after work, all day Saturday and between church on Sundays.

My home suffered.
My ministry suffered.
My health suffered.
My weight suffered.
My husband felt like a single man.

But, I had cash!  Needless to say, it could not continue the way it was.  For a few years, I thought getting paid for my crafty wares was the ultimate goal.  I have since discovered it's not all it's cracked up to be!

I am a type A personality and I tend to be a workaholic, especially when it's something I enjoy.  I kept saying yes to orders I didn't have time for.  And it was no longer fun.  It was work.  And not even decent work, but hard work.  I had to create these personal items people wanted, then execute them in very short time frames.  I don't know if you've tried, but coming up with a good idea is hard on 3 hours of sleep.  Everything - including the quality of my products - started to suffer.

So....around Christmas, I decided I was done.  I stopped taking orders, which was really hard for me.  Saying no is not my strong suit.  My husband and I were talking one day and he asked me why I had stopped posting here and I realized how much I missed it.

My posts may only be read by my family and a few others, but I love sharing my life and creations with you all.  It's therapeutic and it's my happy place.

This time, it will be different.  Before, I was worried about having a "successful blog" and staying within my niche.  That is not the case anymore.  I will share with you whatever suits my fancy.  Some of it will be paper and crafty, but some of it won't.  Sometimes, I may just share cute otter pictures.... because they're fabulous!


I mean, who doesn't need this in their life????? O.M.G.  I want 42 of them.

That's all my rambling for now.  Happy Wednesday!!!!



Thursday, March 31, 2016

New projects!

Hi guys!  It's been way too long since I've posted!  About 3 weeks ago, things went INSANE at work, my Etsy store and business picked up big time and I discovered 24 hours in a day wasn't enough to do it all!

We've had two of us doing the work of four and I've been working a lot of overtime.  The paychecks will be nice, but I'm done!  We have a new person starting in 3 weeks, so the countdown is on.  All this overtime would have been tolerable on its own....but for some reason, I got a gazillion orders and projects during this time as well.  Now, I'm not complaining about God blessing my business.  I am just tired!

Since I haven't had time to craft for myself and post, I thought I'd at least share some pics of what I've been doing....



My co-worker asked me to make this "faux" ticket for her to give her dad on his birthday.  She and her sisters got him tickets to the Lakers/Thunder game and this was how they told him.  What a cute idea!  I would have never thought of that I totally enjoyed it.  I laminated it so he could keep it.  She said he loved it!

I also did several Easter baskets.  I forgot to take pictures of a couple, but here are two of them.

Please ignore the bad pics... I took them at my desk at work.


This is an Easter basket for a very sweet, lovely young lady.


 She loves horses and wants to grow up to be a vet. 


Her mom chose the colors to match her room, so she could use the basket after Easter.


This is for her brother, Trey.  He loves super heroes and his favorite is Batman.

One last project...


I made several personalized bunnies for Easter.  This was for a co-worker to mail to her niece.

I have several other projects to share, but not today.

Hugs,
Cheryl





Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Harry Potter

I don't love Harry Potter.

(GASP!)

I really don't.  I have tons of friends who love the books, love the movies and just love everything Harry Potter.  I just don't get it.  My husband read the books, then saw the movies.  I went to the theater for one and ended up sleeping for more than half the movie.  I just couldn't get into it.

For those of you who love Harry, I thought I'd share what I worked on this week...



A lady I work with ordered this wall decal for her daugther's reading nook in their new home.  I hope she loves it!

I have made several wall decals and don't have any in my own home.  Do you?  Since I've had my Silhouette, I have all these ideas and never do them for myself.  I must change that!

I just thought I'd share what I've been working on.  Now, I'm off to work on bunnies and baskets for Easter....

Smiles,
Cheryl





Monday, March 14, 2016

Wedding Shower Fun

A few months ago, one of my dearest friends got married.  None of us are drinkers or big into partying, so a bachelorette party wasn't going to happen.  I decided to throw her a sexy shower instead!

I went with pink and gold for the colors and loved how it turned out!  I thought I'd share some pics with you because I was on a tight budget and was still able to do an elegant shower.



The lighting in this room is really poor, so please ignore the yucky photo.  We sat up the drinks in the kitchen dining area, and this was on that table.  I bought a frame from Michael's and then purchased the gold foil honeycomb paper at Hobby Lobby. I covered the mat with the paper, then used gold vinyl for the wording.   I let the bride take this framed art home but now I want one!  I think I'll have to make me one...

I bought several candle holders at the dollar store and glittered those babies like crazy!  They were everywhere.  Thankfully, my mother has a serious obsession with cake plates, so she had tons we could use to elevate our decorations and make it fancier.




As you can see, I love my gold vinyl! Everything that didn't get glitter, got vinyled!!  I use several paper punches to make dots and then did simple stripes on some.


I also made some big confetti using vellum paper and placed it around the table. This fab candle holder came from a 70% off shelf at Hobby Lobby.


It's hard to see in this pic, but I made ring dishes as favors. I used gold vinyl and put their first initial on each bowl, them put in a cute bag and tied with a bow!


More cheap candles looking all fancy...



The night before the shower, I found this cute cup at Michael's. Of course, I had to personalize it for the bride!



Just a few more shots of the spread...

That's all folks! I just thought I'd share some ideas for an easy and cheap party!

Hugs,
Cheryl

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Etsy!

A decal ready to ship!
I just wanted to pop by and let you know that Pink and Paper is back on Etsy!  I had a store a few years ago, sold a few items and sorta lost interest.  I've been selling quite a bit to friends, relatives and co-workers so I thought I'd go ahead and list my items in my store.

Right now, all I have are decals, but I have several items sitting here ready to photograph that should be up in a day or two.  For now, here are some decals I have to offer...












If you need one, shoot me and email or visit my store HERE.

I'm working on Easter baskets, so I'll be back soon to share them with you guys!

Smiles,
Cheryl










Thursday, March 3, 2016

Marco Rubio is a hottie!



If you live in the USA, and don't live under a rock, you know it's election year!

I'm super patriotic and love my country.  I love that we have the freedom to choose our leaders, even if sometimes our country goes temporarily insane when choosing!  I'm not going to go into who I think should win or why you should vote for a certain party.  I'm not up for that debate today, although I do love a good political debate.  I just wanted to make a point, then I'll jump off my soapbox.

Please, please, please be informed when you head to vote.  I was having a conversation with someone the other day and they were so uninformed about the candidates that it was pretty pathetic.  Here in Oklahoma, our primary was a couple of days ago and this person was headed to vote armed with almost no information about anyone that was on the ballot.  I was told "I'll just decide when I get there!"

WHAT?!?!?!?  Nooooooooooooooooo!!!

I know most of my readers are female, so let me just say.... Ladies, don't do this!  Do you want to live the next 4 years with a horrible president? I don't.  Do you want to see our country go further downhill?  I don't.  Do you really want to be the gal who votes for Marco Rubio because he's a hottie?  I don't.

Mr. Rubio in action!

Isn't he the cutest?  My hubby thinks he has big ears and looks like a little boy but I think he's a cutie patootie!  Why not have a hot president?

Because that's not their job!!!  They must run our country and if they're hideously ugly, but well qualified, we must vote for them.  If I go to my polling place and choose Rubio because he's the cutest, I should lose my right to vote!  I know I'm being silly now, but I am very passionate about this.  Do your family, your country and yourself a favor - study before you vote.  Make your vote count by being informed.  Don't choose based on what's popular, who's cutest or what your friends tell you!

Geez, I sound like a public service announcement.  That means it's time to shut up.  That was my two cents for the day.

One more, just because...


Have a great Thursday!
Cheryl