Happy Easter

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wow! It's been a crazy week here and every time that I think I have time to sit down and blog about a project or idea... something happens. It was testing week for the middle kid, the oldest inducted into National Junior Honor Society, hubby studying for some major tests, and the little guy trying his best to crawl. I've been in the middle of working on client orders, new items for the Etsy store and try to not realize that tomorrow I will be a year older.  Ugghh if only I could stay young forever. On the upside I got my hair done, a new bag from my mom and maybe a couple Kate Spade items to make 36 not so hard to take tomorrow.

This coming week I will be over at One Krieger Chick sharing some cute printables to inspire your creative spaces. I'll also be over at Life with the Crust off sharing a tutorial. While I work on wrangling some posts for Michelle Lea Designs... here are a few shots from our past two weeks.  

A little country road driving

Grand Opening: Introducing My Etsy Shop

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Oh how that post title makes me sooooo happy. Phase 1 of getting my etsy shop up and going is done!
I've started with a few of my favorite photography prints from our travels around the world.  You can purchase prints in 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14. The prints are printed on the best matte premium photo paper and come mailed to you in a protective stay flat mailer with love from me!

I will be offering postcard sets in the future and the line of paper goodies are still in the development stage... aka pulling my hair out phase.

I've never promoted myself through my blog, but for those who don't know I am a photographer and graphic designer. If y'all are ever in need of services, please please send me an email and I'll get you taken care of! I love what I do and I am terrible about tooting my own horn. It makes me cringe to talk about myself. I prefer to stand behind a lens and the computer screen and send tons and tons of happiness to my clients.

Sooo head on over to the etsy shop and check out some photos and tell all of your friends, your mama, your hair dresser and every stranger that you run into today!! Thank you for all of your love and support.

Have a fabulous week!!

Stay Safe: Being Prepared for a Tornado

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wow. This post is a hard one for multiple reasons. Last year I wrote an upbeat and cute post on emergency preparedness and how to not end up on tv looking like a hot mess.... which stems from me usually being in my pajamas or some unattractive get up as we all run into the shelter. It is a cute way to approach a very very serious subject, but this year is different.

We live in Moore, Oklahoma. My children go to Moore schools... schools that were damaged by the May tornados last year. Each morning we pass the neighborhoods that had rows and rows of houses ripped from their foundations. Our local park and playground completely gone and the slow rebuilding of buildings and back half of the school.

13 Tips on Organization and Happiness

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Today, I am sharing some tips on being organized. Being organized isn't only for the type A personality, meticulous individuals. I am creative and chaotic at times, but love a clean and neat space... and organization. I think I'm always striving to be more organized, like most people. You can ask my husband, there are times that he will open my purse and it is perfectly in order and then there are times that it looks like a tornado hit. I feel like the key to being organized is to work on it a little at a time and please give yourself a break. The house is going to be insane at times, you're going to forget to write in your planner some days or weeks and at some point you may even have to run through the drive through cause you didn't plan a thing for dinner. The world will keep spinning and you'll get it all back on track. No big deal, you've got this!

Things to Do: Free Printable

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I love to design simple little pieces to simplify life.... and in honor of my brain not being able to remember one more thing, I've designed a to-do list to share with you.

Confession: I Adore Magazines

Sunday, March 23, 2014

So I am admitting to one of my obsessions, vices, money suckers... Magazines. I LOVE magazines. They are perfect for me, pretty pictures, beautiful topography, creative layouts and interesting topics and ideas.

I aspire to be an avid reader... But it's never happening.  I love books and admittedly I choose them many times based on their cover design.  I fall asleep almost every time I sit to read a book, even audio books lull me to sleep.

Organization Round 2: Clean House Weekly/Monthly Checklist and Tips

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It's time for the second round of updated organization here at Michelle Lea Designs. I love this cleaning checklist and use it each week to keep the house picked up and ready for a knock on the door. I have to be honest though... there are many times when I would die if someone showed up. This cleaning list is meant to encourage you to do a little at a time and stay on top of your calendar for the next day... not to remind you of what you haven't accomplished. There are far more important things than a spotless house.

DIY State Pillow

Friday, March 14, 2014

Get ready to make the cutest State pillow... and its so simple!! If you missed the pillow tutorial last week, click HERE to get your pillow cover ready to add your state appliqué.  You can also use an already owned pillow cover or store bought one, but it needs to be removable.  You will be laying it flat to iron on the state. 

Organization Round 1: Updated 2014 Shopping List

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy Tuesday! Wow it's amazing how productive you can be when things just fall in place... aka the baby takes a longer than normal nap! Last night I decided to work on a couple of organizational printables that I've been wanting to get to since January. I'm sharing the first one with you today and there are more to come!!!!

Dr. Seuss: Lorax Print

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A few years ago when the movie "The Lorax" came out, I made a cute little wall print for my daughter's teacher who loved the movie. In life, it is so easy to not care about situations or people or have compassion for other's circumstances... and in the end if we don't care or step up when we should, nothing will change or get better.

It is an amazing gift when we reach the point in our lives that we feel the calling to do things for others without expecting anything in return. I admit that in my early twenties, there were times that my motives for helping were somewhat selfish and I was upset when I didn't receive the thanks that I wanted... There is always a certain amount of self-preservation that we all have to engage in during our careers and lives, but I am happy that I can look back and see the points that I have grown-up along my journey. It takes learning experiences: mistakes, failures, and successes to get to the point that you gain more compassion, patience and desire to selflessly help those around you... even if no one even notices or acknowledges you.  The important thing to remember is that your actions are important... and unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not.  Thank you, Dr. Seuss.  And Happy belated Birthday.

I hope that this quote is meaningful to you too! Click HERE to download your PDF file. 

Pillow Making Tutorial: Easy & Fast

Monday, March 3, 2014

Get ready people for the quickest and easiest total transformation of your couch... under 10 minutes per pillow!!

The roads are covered with ice and snow here in Oklahoma and it's my favorite kind of day! SNOW DAY! I know that some parents cringe at the idea of a snow day, but I love them. They are extra days in the week to stay home with no stress to go out and be productive... which makes me be super productive inside the house and recharge with the kids.

11 Moms: My Adventure in San Diego

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

It's been a little while since I've posted anything and I miss rambling on and sharing with everyone soooo much. Getting the house and our lives moved cross country has taken a little longer than normal with the cute little 5 month old. Well.... maybe if I would do a little less sitting and holding him I would get more done, but the house can wait!

I spent this past week in San Diego, away from my sweet children while attending some military training. Training to help me provide support and assistance to Navy families in my husband's squadron. During that training, a group of 11 women took an unforgettable journey together. We sat through multiple briefs from varying ranks of military men and women explaining our upcoming adventure. Then we 11 moms decided to put on life vests, cranials (protective head gear with ear protection and goggles) and file in one-by-one into the back of a US Navy C-2.

The Never Ending Move

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hello everyone... wow it feels like it has been months and months since I have really been able to blog. Our little family has been living out of suitcases since November 18th and we finally got into our house and our 300 boxes back this week. It was 54 days in a hotel... oh I don't want to travel or stay in a hotel again for a LONG time!!! We will officially be in boxes for another year at the rate I am unboxing them.  Lordy mercy I'm moving so slow.  I have so many ideas for fabulous and awesome printables, crafts and decor ideas... but yet it's all in boxes. So I thought I would share a few photos from the house construction and then get my butt in gear and get all of the crafty goodness unboxed and get back to life :)

Before... It has been a lot lot lot of dust and Oklahoma Red Clay Mud and did I say dust????

Highlights of Crafty Goodness from 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

It doesn't seem like it's possible for 2013 to be over already! I have had a blast blogging this past year: being creative, meeting new friends and being inspired by so many amazing women.  Today, I am sharing the top 10 post from the blog this year. 

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