Finding joy in the Everyday

Happy Thursday loves!

I cannot get over the wonderful and thoughtful responses I got on my blog yesterday, seriously it floors me everyday that I have people even remotely interested in my life. I appreciate every single response and while I'm cutting back on fanatically replying to every comment, I will definitely be responding to you all on that one. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

Last night, despite having to a long to do list, Rob and I ventured to Davis for Farmers Market after work (I think Rob's still trying to cheer me up from my monthly slump because I know farmers markets aren't his favorite thing in the world). I attended UC Davis for my undergrad and every time I go back to visit, my heart hurts a little. Davis is the only other "city" I've ever lived in besides Sacramento/Elk Grove and it's full of SO many wonderful memories of college. And Farmers Market was one of my FAVORITE things about living in Davis. I used to stop by for my Market Salad after class every Wednesday so Rhonda, the woman who worked there gave me her cell phone number and I would call her when I was on my way so that she would make sure to set aside my salad for me!

The Market Salad from Monticello Bistro = BEST SALAD EVER.

Wednesdays are Picnic in the Park nights, lots to do for families, see all those bounce houses for kids in the back?

DIY Giftbags

After grabbing a few brews with our friend Chris, we ventured home to work on my latest project: Gift bags for my Mom. My Mom is a principal and for staff appreciation, I hand-make bags for her to give her staff. I didn't plan on posting about it on the blog (not really sure why I wouldn't but that's why the picture quality is AWESOME sucky) so I didn't take process pictures but I'm happy with how they turned out!

I started with stamping the bags, then painting a design using the stamp as a frame. The black paint is actually chalkboard paint written on with chalk marker. I free handed all the names and designs. I love the sheen of chalkboard paint, it really makes black pop. I dressed up the tags with some washi tape and used a stamp to say Thank You. There's a million more things I wanted to do but with a few hours, making 11 bags that was all I managed before climbing into bed at midnight.

Pardon the blurry picture. And clearly I had Target on my mind last night 😉

Despite being tired, I really do love crafting and making an idea come to life. Rob even stayed to help me with the stamping and although I think that relinquishes most of his man card, I love him for it! <3

I'm SO excited tomorrow is Friday because that means the weekend is almost here!

Happy Thursday!

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15 thoughts on “Finding joy in the Everyday

  1. I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! Can't get over that picnic in the park deal. I wish we had something like that in our town. That would be a great way to get a real sense of community going.

  2. That salad looks absolutely perfect in every way. And you are so freaking crafty. You should come to Lincoln and teach me how to craft. You know, like teaching me how to dougie, except it's crafting...

  3. Your bags are very lovely. Pink and black are one of my favorite color schemes. My husband wouldn't admit it, but I think he secretly likes to help me craft projects like that.
    I love the little things like your salad lady as well. I think it's the things like that that form relationships with people that we may be sometimes to "busy" to notice. A nice older lady at my local sandwich shop always "sneaks" a cookie to my youngest when he is with me. He thinks he pulling one over on mom and I just love it.

  4. We use to visit the Farmer's Market every weekend during the summer when we lived in the Mid-West... I need to make time to go to them here in Utah 🙂 Love the look the black chalkboard paint gives on the bags! Pretty my friend!

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