Three cheers for a new year.
On a whim, I decided to document my mornings in 2014. Very un-official. Very hashtag-able (#eliselovesmornings). Just a photo a day shared on (what else?) Instagram. This book is still one of my favorite creative books and totally inspired this project. I doubt I'll get 365 photos, but maybe I'll get 200 and an awesome coffee table book (pun intended) by the end of this year.
Speaking of photos, I am loving my new photo printer - an Epson PictureMate Show. I bought it based on this review from Ali and have found it so easy to use and am thrilled with the quality. It prints true to size 4x6 photos and works with any paper (as long as it's cut down to 4x6). I plug it into my computer and print directly from iPhoto. I have been using the A Beautiful Mess photo app to create a collage of two 3x4 iPhone photos so they are ready to print as a 4x6. (So easy - but this video will give you a walkthough of how to do it. I just minimize the borders all the way.)
I wrapped up #mileaday this week and as always, am glad to be done. Not that I don't hope to keep running or walking often, but I'm so tired of the shoe photos. I am happy to report that I ran most days and walked all the others. I got a question on IG if this is a challenge I'd redo in the spring or summer and the answer is no. This time period - between Thanksgiving and New Years - is such a notoriously busy few weeks with painfully short days. It's the time I am least likely to exercise which means I absolutely need it the most.
The stamp shop is open again...for just a few weeks. Yep! It's time. This idea started as a "pop-up" shop and turned into such a fun adventure. But I'm ready for the next thing. You can order stamps from now until January 19th and then I'm going to be preparing my website and shop for what's next (debuting in late February). I am looking forward to switching gears and heading somewhere different.
I am so excited to be getting some extra help with Ellerie this year. We have found the sweetest nanny who will be coming two mornings a week in 2014. We did a "trial" in November and December. Ellerie loved her (hooray!) and it was unreal how much I could accomplish in those three dedicated-to-work-and-only-work hours. The hope is that this will help provide a bit of balance AND keep me sane. (Sanity is number one.)
Next week I am sharing my "official" list of goals for 2014. I've got seven BIG things I'd like to accomplish (plus keep all my plants alive).