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Kansas City Maker Faire 2014

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

We spent last Saturday at Kansas City Maker Faire, which is one of our favorite things to do as a family every year. The Maker Faire has amazing inventions, interesting technology, fun activities, and plenty of nerd culture references: enough to keep any sort of nerd overjoyed and engaged. In addition to giving us grown up nerds a chance to connect with other Makers and get a feel for what’s happening in the world of technology, it’s also an awesome opportunity to spare kids’ interest in STEM fields by showing how FUN those areas can be.

Here’s a peek into what we saw and did at this year’s Faire:

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

A bit of what you’re seeing up there:

micro controllers / 3D printers (LOTS of 3D printers) / new apps / new search engines / robots (we had fun watching high school robotics teams compete!) / a giant inflated playground just for fun / making slime / life sized TARDIS and a Dalek (boy, did Jonas love up on that Dalek) / Lego pits and a Rube Goldberg Lego machine / fantastic artists / LARPing / viewing tiny ecosystems through giant microscopes / tons of great tools for building and making

We didn’t even touch the tip of the iceberg with the camera (we skipped photographing a lot of the things we’ve taken pictures of other years). We spent five or six hours submerged in awesomeness and we’re still kind of floating from it.

There are over 100 Maker Faires all over the world, so see if there’s one near you!

You can also check out our past Maker Faire adventures.

Nerdy Shares

BestIdeasInTheShower

Usually I spread these posts out more, but I’ve found so much cool (nerdy) stuff on the web lately that I couldn’t wait to share with you! Also, I didn’t want the next one to take three hours to read through. Here’s a strong dose of nerd to get you through the weekend:

What interesting things have you found around the web lately?

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Water Marbling | 16/52 Projects

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Water Marbling | The Nerd Nest #megandoes52projects

After our fun with shaving cream marbling a few weeks ago, I wanted to try to do another fun effect on a terra cotta planter. Though I’m sure I could figure out how to make the shaving cream method work in 3D, I decided to try a different technique: I immediately thought of Elise’s Water Marbling using fingernail polish and decided to give it a go. After all, part of the point of my 52 Projects this year is to actually try some of that cool stuff I see floating around the Internet.

Water Marbling | The Nerd Nest #megandoes52projects

Water Marbling | The Nerd Nest #megandoes52projects

I practiced using cards before moving to my planter. Though Elise’s instructions were great, I never did get the water to just the right temperature to really get a good swirl going. So I wasn’t successful at creating an actual marbling effect, but I liked the abstract shapes anyway. I’m happy with how the cards look with my very limited color pallet (I had to steal some polish from Eliza so I could have three colors that are not grey).

Water Marbling | The Nerd Nest #megandoes52projects

Some cards turned out way better than others (I was not a fan of my teal / grey cards, which I thought would be my main color combo used). That’s fine: I can still make the ones I don’t love work by using them as backgrounds. Scrapbooking supplies can make any art mess awesome.

Water Marbling | The Nerd Nest #megandoes52projects

Even though the cards were meant to be just for practice, I ended up liking them way more than the planter. I think that for the effect to really show, it needed to be white. (I could always paint the pot white and try again later.)

It was kind of a mess when it came out, but cleaning it up with a cotton swab and polish remover helped.

Water Marbling | The Nerd Nest #megandoes52projects

The planter is in my bathroom so it doesn’t have to be high art. I’ll try it for awhile to see if it grows on me. If it doesn’t, removing the polish and trying something else will be a breeze!

I’ll be trying this again when I have more patience for messing with water temperatures (probably with Eliza). I’m sure that I’ll get better with practice!

Have you tried an online tutorial lately?


This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 16 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art / 2: Striped Scarf / 3: Pillow Covers / 4: Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines / 5: DIY Periodic Table Mirrors / 6: Band Pin Display / 7: French Monuments with Eliza’s Class / 8: Crystal Nail String Art / 9: Adventures in Dye / 10: Spring Poems / 11: Getting the Garden Going / 12: Le Petite Prince Painting / 13: DIY Cleaning Supplies / 14: Picking Up the Violin Again / 15: Shaving Cream Marbling.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

I take a silly amount of classes (mostly on memory keeping and blogging) online, and I’m here again to share my takes with you!

For this round, I’m sharing takes from Ali Edward’s Hello Story and Aly Dosdall’s class Stashbusters Anonymous, which is now available as a self-paced class so you can prepare yourself for the upcoming sequel to the class: Super Stashbusters.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

I’m working on my 2011 Project Life album, which I add to off and on with this method for documenting the past with Project Life. At this point in the album, I have a lot of layouts I made in 2011 to work with, so I’m integrating layouts into half of the weekly spreads and/or making extra layouts to go in between weekly spreads so it all matches up. Because Stashbusters Anonymous has product and design challenges rather than thematic challenges, I decided to give myself an extra challenge and work the assignments into the pages I was already planning on creating.

For this spread, which covers March 20-26, that meant using a pinwheel scrap paper challenge in one of my pockets. I had a lot of fun making that and choosing cards that mimicked the style and colors of the pinwheel to tie the spread together!

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: You don’t have to just write in straight horizontal lines! Look for lines on card designs to guide your sentences in interesting ways.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: If you’re collaging papers together, using an embellishment over the point where your papers meet covers up your mistakes if things aren’t quite exact.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

(Side note: trying really hard not to get baby fever working with all of these cute baby Jonas pictures.)

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

For my March 27-April 3, I needed to create half of the spread as a traditional layout to match up the spread with other pages in the album. I used the Scrapbusters challenge on using cards and tags for the layout. Layering is a great way to use up lots of cards–I know that I’d be buried in pocket scrapbooking cards if I only ever used them in pockets.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Clear drying wet scrapbooking glue is the best way to adhere tiny translucent embellishments like these music notes! Bonus–you get some wiggle room after you place the embellishment down to scoot it to just the right place while the glue is still wet.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: When you have a lot of layers (especially colorful ones), it can be hard to get the important stuff to stand out. For photos, I often use either large prints or mat the photo in white. Giving a focal point a lift with foam pop dots as I did with the “high five” card is another great way to help an element stand out!

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

I busted through more of my scrap stash to make a background with different patterned paper strips. I re-organized my scraps by size (and separated out the pattern papers that can be used for journaling), which makes creating pages like this go much quicker!

*These photos were taken by our friend Quin.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

This page is also another take on the current #NerdNestChallenge to Mix the Old and New. I stash busted with old paper but used new embellishments from the May Oh Deer Me kit too!

Today would normally be a new challenge, but I’ve decided to drop the challenges from bi-weekly to monthly to give you all more time to work on them. So that means the next new challenge will by July 7!

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

For embellishments stashbusting, I had a serious need to use up some brads. I have a bunch of them, but have a hard time using them, mostly because they are organized in a way that makes it hard for me to see if there’s one that will match what I’m working on (I need to fix that). For a Stashbusters embellishment challenge, I used a strip of brads that fit my color scheme all of the way down the page!

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Brads can be a little tricky to work with. I drew a line with a ruler down my page to make sure I was sticking all of the brads in at the right place! I also use a strip of washi tape to cover the backs of the brads on the back of the page so that they don’t catch when I’m slipping them into a page protector.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

For Week 10 of Hello Story, I decided to stick with what I was doing for Stashbusters and make another spread for my 2011 Project Life. I decided to just create a Design H insert to go between and old and new layout so I could work the everyday stuff into the album.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

I kept it simple with the Olive Core Kit.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

It was easy to write about the 5Ws when 4 of them were already on a card for me!

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

I finished the spread with a super simple page about going to get ice creams with baby Jonas. With colors so bold and so much going on in the rest of the spread, I didn’t even feel like this page needed embellishments.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

For Week 11 of Hello Story, I loved one of Ali’s takes, so I went with the same theme and a slightly adapted scraplift of her design. I made a current page about the similarities and differences between Eliza and Jonas. (Spoiler: both of them are super nerdy, Eliza likes order and Jonas thrives in chaos.)

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 9 | The Nerd Nest

In addition to these memory keeping courses, I’m working through two ecourses on blogging: Kam’s Spark, which is an e-mail based course packed with action items to rekindle your passion for blogging, and Amy’s BUILD, which is the most in-depth ecourse on creating an online platform ever. I have a lot to say about these, more than can be squished in among scrapbook pages, so look for a post about each of them in the coming weeks. But if things start working funky around here, you’ll know why.

I’d love to know what classes you’re taking or some of your past favorites!


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Here’s the deal: because I have friends who teach things and because I teach at Big Picture Classes, I get to take classes for free sometimes. So I end up taking more classes at once than I would if I were paying for them. I’d want to make sure I had time to do ALL of the projects in a given class vs. dipping in here and there if I were working within my crafting budget, so I’d probably limit myself to much less at a time. But as it is, I don’t need to do that, so keep that in mind. I don’t want anyone to feel like they need to be taking a stressful amount of classes. Choose classes based on what you think will be the most inspiring or the best fit for you (and your budget).

Nerdy Shares

YourPrincessisinAnotherCastle

Jake and I have found some cool (nerdy) stuff on the web lately. Here’s some of it for you to enjoy!

What interesting things have you found around the web lately?

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Day in the Life // June

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Last year I played along with Ali Edward’s Day in the Life monthly and it was one of my favorite projects ever. This year, I’m repeating the project. On the 15th of each month, I’m going to document my everyday life. I like having a set day because I won’t worry about finding a “representative” or “normal” day. Wherever the 15th falls, that’s what I’ll document.

Here’s Sunday, June 15th, which just happened to be Father’s Day. I also just happened to only capture photos with my phone this round.

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I woke up with early bird Jonas (who slept in some) and let Eliza and Jake sleep for a few extra hours. I started with coffee, Jonas had a small breakfast, and we worked on cleaning the first floor up a bit. (I really try to not leave dishes overnight, but it always seems to happen.) I woke Jake and Eliza up at 10:00 so they’d have an hour to lounge about and get ready before our family got here.

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I made brunch (biscuits and chicken apple gravy with scrambled eggs and cherries), and my dad, step-mom, and great-grandpa came over to celebrate with us. We did not successfully wrangle clothes onto Jonas before they got here, but everyone in our family is used to that by now.

My mom had brunch with us too, and my sister and her boyfriend came to hang out before my dad et al. left. We all sat around talking, mostly, and showing each other technology things, and getting climbed on by Jonas (who eventually dressed himself).

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After that we had a bit of time before needing to leave for our next Father’s Day celebration, so everyone got in some hobby time. Jake and my sister’s boyfriend played video games, Eliza worked on this month’s Kiwi Crate, Jonas played in his room building Legos, and I finished up a 2011 Project Life spread and made another page for the current #NerdNestChallenge.

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Then it was time to head out to my mom’s side of the family. We left on time, which is pretty much a miracle (we’re, on average, 15 minutes late to everything). On the way there, we listened to Incongruent by Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers. Then I started to read The Giver to Eliza and Jake (Jonas fell asleep).

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We celebrated Poppy (my grandpa) and my sister’s birthday, which is right after Father’s Day. Jonas ran around outside with his cousin Nathan (same age), we all hung out, we ate tacos, and we sang to Taylor horribly off key before digging into soggy granny cake.

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Then we went to Jake’s dad’s. We got there before Jake’s dad and stop-mom, so we hung out with his aunt (who lives right behind his parents) until they got there. Then there was a lot of playing and sliding. Eliza and Jake’s dad had fun finding stories in the shaving cream art Eliza made. Jake’s dad was very creative and picked the one with a bunny looking at the moon to keep.

Jonas decided to spend the night there. We caught up with Jake’s little brother just as we were leaving.

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We read The Giver more on the way back home, and Eliza was really into it so we finished our chapter and snacked before sending her off to bed.

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Jake and I relaxed a bit–he coded and I took a bath and read–until our friend Paul was done with playing basketball. We have a long standing Sunday Game of Thrones date. But because the finale was so long, it was too late to start. Jake and I were going to bed, but then we had to mediate other people’s arguing, which made me too upset to sleep, so we hung out and talked with Paul more and ended up staying up later than we would have if we’d just have watched the darn finale. Grown up slumber parties are the best. Then bedtime.

That’s a day in the life at the Nerd Nest! Our holidays are nuts with so many family branches close by. Thankful for that, but also tired.

Are you playing along with mid-month Day in the Life? Make sure to share a link with yours if you are!!!

Check out my other Day in the Life posts, including how I put them into Project Life.

The Summer List

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It’s been rainy sweater weather around here, so it hasn’t exactly felt summery yet. But it’s supposed to get up to the 90′s today, which means I feel like the seasonal page has turned. I thought I’d list the things my family is excited to do this summer.

This summer, we’re going to:

What’s on your summer list (or winter list if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere)

P.S. I’m going down to three posts a week for the summer. See you on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays!

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

I’ve been working on some big, time consuming projects, so I’ve been looking for something simple for a cheap, quick artistic release. Eliza came to the rescue with something I’ve never heard of before: shaving cream marbling.

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

Her school has an awesome summer program, and she came home from art class this week with a series of really cool abstract pictures. I asked if she could teach me how to do it and she was happy to oblige.

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

According to Eliza: you spread a layer of shaving cream onto your work plate and drop in a few colors of food coloring and / or paint. Use a toothpick or the end of a paint brush to mix the colors together, but not too much, or your whole project will be brown. Lightly press paper onto the swirled shaving cream and pull it off. Scrape the excess shaving cream off with a ruler or other hard, flat edge. Left behind is a really neat design!

Because we were working with paper that was bigger than our shaving cream plate, we experimented with repeating the process over on different parts of the paper, adding dallops of colored cream to the paper with our fingers, and adding the scraped off shaving cream back into the mix. I love that the results are unexpected, unplanned, and an opportunity to just play with color.

We got some interesting and varied results:

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

I made the orange design, but then Jonas wanted to join in, so the rest of my time was spent on assisting and making sure that no food coloring ended up on the walls.

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

The kids’ designs are pretty awesome. Some of these are going in frames to hang in our house or to give to grandparents. Even the ones that don’t look as exciting will look amazing just with a bit of cropping. I’m also going to scan some to use as patterned paper for scrapbooking. Why not?

Shaving Cream Marbling | 15/52 Projects at the Nerd Nest

This project was really fun. I’m so grateful that Eliza’s art teacher sent her home with such an awesome skill! Now that I’ve done this easy version marbling, I might want to try more advanced techniques like this fabric marbling or Elise’s fingernail polish and water marbling. Have you tried any of these techniques?


This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 15 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art / 2: Striped Scarf / 3: Pillow Covers / 4: Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines / 5: DIY Periodic Table Mirrors / 6: Band Pin Display / 7: French Monuments with Eliza’s Class / 8: Crystal Nail String Art / 9: Adventures in Dye / 10: Spring Poems / 11: Getting the Garden Going / 12: Le Petite Prince Painting / 13: DIY Cleaning Supplies / 14: Picking Up the Violin Again.

Savor April & May Recap

Savor April & May Recap | The Nerd Nest #onelittleword

This year, I’m participating in Ali Edward’s One Little Word workshop. My word is savor, and I’m sharing a bit about how I connected with savor in the previous two months, how I did with my intentions, and my take on the month’s prompt from Ali.

Savor April & May Recap | The Nerd Nest #onelittleword

Here are a few ways I tackled each of my intentions the past two months:

Savor the journey While I did a lot of minor things to make sure I was stopping to smell the roses in April and May, the main things that stick out are the trips we took. Jake and I went on a Mid-Atlantic trip and then a few weeks later we took the kids to Nebraska for our friends’ wedding.

We don’t travel a whole lot (we’ve taken three trips this year and that’s absolutely crazy for us), but I do think that I have savoring the journey while on vacation down to a science. I research things to do ahead of time, have a list of more things to try out than I have time for, and don’t set up a strict time schedule. That way, if I get lost or decide to stop and do something I spot randomly–no big deal. If a plan doesn’t work out, there are back up plans.

It’s easier to walk around and just take in a new place if you’re not rushing to get somewhere. That said, there are a few things that have to have specific times (like tickets to a Broadway show or a museum that closes early). For those things, I just make sure that there’s plenty of built in time to wander / get lost / stop and take photos on the way by leaving super early. That makes for some awesome adventures and some awesome journey savoring.

Savor the season Definitely did not savor allergy and sinuses season. Hah! But otherwise, we went to the park a lot, I spent a lot of time reading and working on the front porch when the weather was nice, and I also hit up the fun seasonal activities like dying Easter eggs. Love that stuff.

Savor lost There’s a bit more about this in the page I made for April’s prompt, but these two months I worked on letting go of guilt. I have a lot of guilt floating around in my brain: some of it is mom guilt, which I think is natural even if it’s not logical. Some of it is guilt about having to say “no” to someone I love who needed help and to an estranged friend who wanted to rekindle our relationship. I know what I can and can’t handle, so I need to let go of guilt for saying “no” when the outcome is really what is best for everyone.

What I struggle letting go of most is my guilt for not doing enough to fight social injustice. I am so good at sociology. I am so good at explaining social stratification in ways that people will understand it. I am so privileged and there are so many others who are not being given a fair shot. I don’t have so much hubris as to think that I alone can make a huge impact on the world, but I often feel like I’m wasting my super powers by not doing more in my area of study.

Savor 4 I feel like our family of four time these two months was kind of eaten by soccer season. This was the first time both kids were in soccer! It made me appreciate our numbers all the more, because I’m imagining how nuts it will be in the possible far future when we have three kids in sports at once. I’m exhausted just imaging it (and I’m not even the one running).

We also did a lot of family brunches out (I love it: don’t care if it’s cliche), had a few board game nights, and watched Cosmos all together.

Savor homegrown I pretty much gave up on trying to go to the farmer’s market during soccer season. I did pick up some things from the farmer’s stand in our neighborhood, but none of it is actually local until summer. Boo.

I went to the market when the kids’ games were close together and I could get out there before everyone packed up. I also enjoyed a few homegrown things from our garden. The bunnies got to a lot of things I planted (which I didn’t do anything to stop, because we like watching the baby bunnies), but there were many romaine and arugula salads on our table the past few months with lettuce straight from our yard. That was awesome.

Savor relationships These months were filled with people I love. We had so many great dinners with friends and family. I babysat my kids’ friends so they could all play together and bond. I had so many long nights talking and watching amazing TV with friends. Visits from and to friends from out of town. Lots of awesome little family outings together. In this area, my heart is bursting and I’m savoring every minute.

Savor every bite I didn’t keep up with making a new recipe every week these whole two months, but I got pretty close. I ate some of the best food ever while on vacation and also savored the week Jake was gone on business with food he doesn’t like: things on bones, shrimp, etc.

Savor the moment I still have good days and bad days with this one, but I think that the good days–the days where I can really stay in the present–are increasing in number. I am really proud of how I balanced things in April while I was teaching Project Life Lessons and My Details. I savored those moments teaching and other areas of my life didn’t suffer for it.

Savor the little things Watching the animals in our yard (there’s a lot of wildlife here for being in the middle of the city!) has become a favorite pastime for the kids and me. I’m also savoring the awesome perspectives the kids have on life at these ages (it’s so amazing to hear what they think about things) and am savoring my romantic and everyday moments with Jake. I’m also savoring my alone time. Before starting to work or create or read or whatever, I take a moment to bask in the glorious quiet. I need a balance between being alone, having time with Jake, and being with the kids, but I savor the little moments in each people combination.

Savor excitement Still going with things that excite me: 52 Projects, TONS of scrapbooking, reading amazing books, and playing my favorite old N64 video games (for April and May it was Banjo Kazooie and Legends of Zelda: Ocarina of Time).


Savor April & May Recap | The Nerd Nest #onelittleword

I also enjoyed checking in with my word with the prompts. I actually ended up making these just this week: I usually make each month’s prompt at the beginning of the following month so the ideas will have time to incubate.

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One of the prompts centered on free writing about something you need to let go of. I centered on guilt. I used the most let-go recent picture of me (you have to let of a lot of things to dive into a freezing ocean in your underwear just for the hell of it, right?). I decided to stick close to Ali’s take.

I printed this “contemplating me just before the plunge” photo at 8.5×11 for the background layout. Then I added a strip of washi tape to the top and bottom of the layout, used black watercolor paint to add the title and lines, and wrote until the space was filled up.

The other part of April’s prompt is in this post.

Savor April & May Recap | The Nerd Nest #onelittleword

For May’s prompt — a messy journaling card collection with “I Am” statements — I decided to watercolor my own backgrounds and cut them up as if they were patterned paper. Instead of using a pocketed page protector, I added the cards to a 8.5×11 piece of cardstock and added outlines with thin washi tape. This way, both of these prompts can go in the same size of page protector.

I mixed the positive and the negative of where I’m at with my word: I’m savoring by documenting the everyday, but I’m sort of having (another) quarter life crisis right now. I’m taking in new experiences and trying to be better at saying no. I’m reconnecting with creative ventures and I’m trying to let go of guilt. This really gave me a good view of where I’m at right now: in some areas of my life I am so happy and so content. I am so savoring.

But in others, I’m struggling. I’m trying to figure things out. It’s hard. It’s not a fun process, and it’s not easy to savor. But I can continue with the knowledge that getting the hard stuff done now means less stress and more savoring later.

Savor April & May Recap | The Nerd Nest #onelittleword

How are you doing with your word?

Carte Blanche

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So, I cut off most of my hair. Or, rather, Virgil did. Beauty posts from me are super rare (because you probably don’t want to hear anything about beauty from a person who owns no make-up and wears pajamas most days), but this is kind of a big deal, so I’m sharing anyway.

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This is how much came off!!! It’s headed to Locks of Love this week.

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I gave Virgil complete freedom–carte blanche–with the cut because, let’s face it, I don’t know what I’m doing. He picked the perfect cut for my face and (more importantly) my complete lack of skill or desire to fix my hair. The picture of me holding my pony tail is right after he cut and styled it, but the rest of the photos feature the following styling routine: take a shower, run fingers through wet hair to sort of brush it, let it dry, and that’s it. (Don’t worry, I’ll actually brush my hair sometimes too.)

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This no-styling-necessary thing is a big deal to me, and is entirely dependent on how good the cut is. I’ve had a similar style before (2007?), but my hair flipped in all sorts of weird directions then. Virgil razor cuts and is rad with layering, so instead of going off in weird directions, the natural slight waves in my hair fall right into place with no effort. I don’t care about the way I look enough to, you know, do something about it daily, but damn it feels good to look nice by default.

I really can’t recommend Virgil enough if you’re in the Kansas City area. This isn’t sponsored in any way, but he’s the only stylist I’ve ever been comfortable with and does amazing work. If you’ve noticed an improvement in Jake’s hair over the past year, it’s because of Virgil. My mom has also been going to him for cuts and color. And I’m just going to keep sending people his way.

Hooray for awesome haircuts and the awesome people who make them happen!

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P.S. Might as well get in a family picture in too since the big camera was out and my mom was there to snap one. Thanks mom!