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Us spending time together having fun, learning, laughing, and loving. Maybe you’ll be inspired. I’m sure we had a great time.

The Ringling

Ringling Museum

At some point last summer, we were given passes to visit The Ringling Museum of Art. With all the busyness of getting married, we didn’t use the tickets until right before Christmas. We decided to take a day to relax and meander around a museum. Though to call this place just a museum is a bit of a misnomer. The grounds contain the home of John and Mable Ringling, the Circus Museum, the art museum, extensive walking paths and gardens, a theater, and a couple of restaurants.

Ringling Museum

 

We arrived around lunchtime, and grabbed a quick-lunch at the Banyan cafe before meeting for our guided tour of Ca’D’Zan. We don’t usually join guided tours, but it was included with our tickets. I would recommend doing the guided tour as the guides are well-educated about the house. There are many hidden in plain sight details in every room.

Ringling Museum

Our next stop was the art museum. The collection was impressive, but not my taste. I prefer newer works.  Starting around the Impressionists and such. I found a few pieces to study, but this seemed to be more to my husbands liking.

Ringling Museum

 

These are a few of the photos taken, you can follow the link to my Flickr page to see the rest. There will be photos of the garden shared at a later date.

Ringling Museum

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I’m Running a 5K!

I’ve had as a New Year’s resolution to run a 5K for 5ish years now. Every January I decide this is the year it will happen. And every year, I run once or twice and stop. I get too busy. It’s too cold. I have a myriad of excuses.

This year is a little different. I started running last summer. I live in a state that allows me to run outdoors for all but a few weeks (days if you are really hard-core, I’m not) of the year. I ran at least 3 times a week all summer long. For my birthday, I received proper running shoes.

During Christmas break, during one of my runs, I decided to run a 5K. In late February. By the time I got back home, I had forgotten. This last week, I finally sat down and found a run. Not a race.

On 21 February, I will be running/walking in the Color Vibe run in Lakeland. You are all welcome to come and throw colored powder at me while I attempt this feat. Click on either photo to get to more information.

Anyone have any suggestions or words of advice, I’d greatly appreciate it.

I wish these photos were mine, but in fact are property of Color Vibe. Clicking on them will link to Color Vibe’s facebook page.

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It’s a new Year!

And there will be some changes here.

Sewing Machine

When I started 64 Color Box, I intended to write about our life, sewing, photography, and artsy things. Instead, baking took over. I love baking and am working on making it a source of income. Anyone got a commercial kitchen available? Due to this change in mindset, my baking posts are packing up and moving to a new home. (Give me a couple of days and there will be an official announcement.)

What will remain in this cozy place is space for sewing, photography, and artsy things. With the backlog of projects I have waiting to be posted, you won’t even notice the lack of yummy baked goods. There are also new projects that will be worked on and tutorials written.

I am excited for this year. I expect to make lots of changes. Try new things. Learn loads. Make new friends. Get to know old friends better. Complain less. Enjoy little things. Wow! I sound like a Hallmark movie!

Crayons

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Follow-Through in February

I realised about half-way through January that I should be keeping a log of items I consider belong on my follow-through success stories. I haven’t gotten to that point yet. I’m not here to talk about the failures, this is a success update (at least the ones I remember!)

I have been working my way through my Reminders to Read board on Pinterest. I have gathered quite a collection of titles and would like to read through as many as possible this year. In January, I read nearly 3000 pages or 5 books. I also spent a week at home with no voice to make that possible. I’ve continued reading throughout February, though with a slightly lower page count. I’ve still read 4 books. I am also logging them on Goodreads to help me keep track of what I have read.

My frenzied reading spawned an idea for a reading challenge with my students. Which is my second follow-through for the month. As groups, my students were challenged to out-read me. There were about 4 students in each group. This month was so successful, that we will be doing it again in March! As soon as I know who won, I’ll update the post.

In January, I committed to staying at school until roughly 4:30. This gives me about 90 minutes of time to grade papers and prepare things for the next day. Leaving at this time still gets me home with time to do stuff around the house before my fiance arrives home from work. I have enjoyed not taking work home (it still happens a couple of times a week). Until this week, I have been doing quite well at it. I plan to get back into the habit again on Monday.

Since I am bringing home much less work, I am finding time to complete little projects around the house. I’ve been able to take time to unpack, repack, paint, and move back into my sewing room. It isn’t quite finished yet, but I can use it now. I am now able to walk into the room after work and sit down to a project without spending 30-40 minutes just looking for the supplies I need. A few of those projects will be coming through the blog soon. Which is exciting for me to type since that means that I have extra time!

How is everyone else doing on their resolutions?

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Lemony Fresh

I did something for the first time last Saturday. I picked lemons off a tree. Then I pulled most of the Spanish Moss off as well. That wasn’t so fun. I also discovered that the bay window makes an excellent light box from 8 am until 11:30 am. I think I will make some smooth white Roman blinds to replace the cheap paper ones currently there. They will provide a smoother background for photos. These are some shots with various settings trying out my new discovery.

I have many memories of apple picking as a child. First at my grandparent’s farm. They had an entire grove of trees growing out front. Then on school trips to the local orchard where you could also press the apples into just like Laura Ingalls Wilder. Or so we were told. Eventually, my parents’ trees grew large enough to give us piles and piles of apples. Even in college my friends and I would spend a Sunday afternoon at the orchard picking apples to bake into pies and make apple sauce.

This is an activity that I have been missing. This Saturday let me create a new memory about fruit picking. One of our new neighbours has a lemon tree in his front yard. He no longer uses all of them, so he offered them to us. We took advantage of that offer and nearly cleared the tree! In return, we pulled most of the Spanish Moss off the tree. (This will be a wonderful punishment chore for my children some day!)

I have never had lemons so fresh and juicy. One small lemon easily squeezed out a quarter cup of juice! I didn’t even use a juicer, just my hands. I’ve never gotten such good results from grocery store lemons. I can’t wait to share all the yummy goodies I created with a small portion of the juice I harvested.

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A New Year, A New Attempt

I’ve been mulling thoughts about this topic for a few weeks now. Even now, I am having trouble articulating what exactly this means and how I will be able to show that I am indeed following through on things.

The premise is simple (I think). I have loads of ideas. Ideas for shop inventory, sewing projects, little businesses, baking; I could go on, but I believe you get the idea. My problem is usually the follow-through. There is almost always a point (it’s different for each idea/project) when I stop working on the project. And then it just sits, taking up space in my ever crowded sewing room.

My goal this year is to push myself past the stopping point. I’m going to follow through on ideas and projects. A fair few of these projects will never be seen by anyone but myself and my family. Many are for my little Etsy shop, that I would like to be not so little. A few are further business ideas that I would like to see where they would go.

I realise I am being vague about what specifically I will be doing. Partly because I’m not certain of what I will choose to follow through on. I do plan on giving updates throughout the year. Some of these projects will be quick. Some may take a few months. A handful won’t be complete this year, but I want to make progress on them.

Some proof of follow-through will be in the form of blog posts about projects. You should start to see more items in my Etsy shop (rather than the lousy 2). This project is a work in progress. I can’t wait to see how it develops.

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Quite a Year, 2013

We have had quite a year in the Color Box household. With the exception of a few bumps, it’s been a good year for us. Here are the highlights in photos.

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity (link is not child friendly) took us by storm. We now play this at nearly every gathering of friends. If you haven’t tried it, find a friend with a copy or come visit us, we will play a round with you.

Getting the Shot

We started off the year taking loads of photos. I hope we keep it up a little better this year. We spent some time at the Florida Aquarium for a birthday for a very sweet little girl.

LEGO Army

My Etsy shop had quite a little business going for a few months. Then I ran out of inventory. I plan to get that up and running again with even more products.

Dizzy Izzy  Silly Sister

In February, my sister and her family came for a visit. We had a marvelous time playing tourists all over Central Florida. We did everything but go to the beach, it was just a little too cold.
Historic Mansion

Spring break brought us to Charleston, SC. Despite the cold temperatures (with the exception of one day) we had a marvelous time exploring one of the oldest cities in the United States. I don’t know that I will ever convince Sean to go any further north in March again.

Haunted Chocolate Cake

In May, I found myself jetting off to Arizona to spend an unexpected week helping my mum out with my dad’s first week out of hospital following a heart attack. We are all delighted at the recovery he has made since then. While there, we took a quick trip to have the best chocolate cake I’ve eaten. I strive to make cake this delicious.

YES!!!!  Loving This

Upon my return from Arizona, I received the best surprise ever. Sean was waiting at the airport in this shirt. Of course, I said yes, and now we are slowly planning our wedding. You will probably be hearing lots about that this year.

Very Happy Couple

My brother decided to elope this summer and invited the family along. We took another trip to Arizona to celebrate his marriage to a wonderful woman.

St. Augustein Lighthouse

For our anniversary, we took another trip to a historic city, St. Augustine. I finally got to see the Fountain of Youth I heard so much about in school. Sean found the best hat ever. And we got to watch many cannons being shot!

Oh the Boxes

As if getting engaged isn’t awesome enough news, we also bought a house this year.  We have been saving for a while and discovered that we had enough for a down payment. Then we accidentally found the perfect house. We have been delightfully settling in since September. Including projects that will start showing up here soon (I hope!).

We ended the year in a flurry of celebrations with friends and family. We hope your year was just as awesome and wish you the best in 2014.

 

 

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Ruminations on Resolutions

In 2013, I didn’t make resolutions. Instead, I made goals. I’m sure you are thinking what is the difference. That really depends on your perspective. In my mind, resolutions are things you would like to do sometime this year. A goal is a set plan with a final outcome. I created a list of goals with defined parameters so I would know that I accomplished them.

I know I didn’t accomplish them. In fact, I believe I only fully accomplished one goal. I made it really close to completing all but one. I even managed to keep a fairly good running tally of what I did to accomplish the goals for much of the year (ok, until April!). Let’s review the goals.

1. Use an entire box of baking soda and can of baking powder.

I came fairly close to meeting this goal. Both containers are about half empty. Had I bought smaller containers, they would have been empty. I have learned loads about making baked goods this year. If anyone wants to provide support, I will gladly open a bakery and spend every day baking my little heart out!

2. Use an entire jar of yeast.

I didn’t spend nearly enough time practicing bread baking this year. First off, it wasn’t nearly as popular to take to the office as cupcakes and cookies. Second, I slowly cut out carbs as the year progressed. Bread was one of the first to go since we rarely ate it anyway. I fully plan on making and selling bread in the bakery someone is going to support for me to open!

 

 

 

3. I want to try a new recipe every week.

We tried loads of new recipes this year. As we do every year. I don’t know that we tried at least one every week. Some weeks we would test out 3-4 and others we ate take-out all week. This is something we will continue throughout the coming years since we both enjoy cooking and testing out new foods.

4. Complete one project a month during the school year. And one a week during the summer months.

I admit to being liberal in my definition of projects. I often included projects I did for my classroom as long as it included glue or scissors. Once summer hit though, I was doing a project or two a day. The house looked as if a craft store exploded inside! I think the only way for me to have completed more projects would to have not blogged about any of them. I still have many backlogged to write about.

5. Dragging my boyfriend to various tourist destinations around central Florida.

This is the one goal I know that failed miserably. I’m not saying we didn’t do anything all year. We just didn’t do specifically touristy things. We found ourselves at craft shows, BBQ cook-offs, pancake breakfasts, and many other activities that residents would do rather than tourists.

I fear I’ve bored you with enough ruminations about my goals for 2013. We had a marvelous year. I’m sharing highlights next. We are both very excited to see what 2014 has in store for us. I’ll also be sharing my goal for the year.

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Sunday Sneak Peek

I’m considering making this Sunday post a bit of a game. I think I’ll post the supplies used to create my newest masterpieces and let you guess what the end result will be. I’ll give gold stars to those who figure it out. Though, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have a bit of an advantage since I often post photos of my recent projects there as well. I’ll start this week with one of my projects.

A sort of tutorial will start off the week. This project may not be possible without a Silhouette. It also happens to be for my classroom and was inspired by an Independence Day project.

I never turn down an opportunity to make a cake. I used the latest opportunity to test out an amazing yellow cake. I would eat this cake without frosting! The frosting isn’t bad either.

I’m not always a fan of knit, they stretch and lose shape during the day. This dress may have converted me. I only wish I had bought more of this fabric.

 

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Sunday Sneak Peek

I’m going to have to start throwing in a few non-sewing projects into my daily routine. My closet is overflowing with amazing new clothes. I still have a pile of fabric to get through, so more new clothes are on the way. I have no shortage of crafting supplies, just time!

Check out Monday for a tutorial for a newlywed couple. Or just a fun project for you and your significant other.

These pies didn’t last very long at our house. I’m pretty certain I’m under orders to make more. Especially if they come in the shape of a companion cube!

I love my newest top. I have plans to make a couple more.

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