Keeping it Simple

Hello everybody,

I know, I know it’s been a while (over 2 years).   I could make excuse after excuse but well let’s just say that writing hasn’t been a priority.   I have the type of personality that I have to have a full “project plan” before I do something.  This is something that has been holding me back for years.   I would really like to have a “just jump in” attitude.   So, here I am writing for the first time in two years.

While the name of the blog is “Office Supplies Never Broke My Heart”, which is true, however they have made me a hoarder.   I am pretty sure that I have highlighters and Sharpie markers from when I was in high school.  I have always thought, “I need to keep that pen because someday I will want to use it”.   Yeah these are the pens that you pick up free at the bank!  Needless to say, I have a problem.

I have started my therapy by throwing out said highlighters and Pens and only keeping the nice pens.   Now I know I still have a problem because I have 16 different colored pens, but hey at least they are all one kind of pen.   Baby Steps…

The next thing to tackle are notebooks.  Anybody that knows me personally knows that I have had a love affair with paper my entire life.   My dad would take me to the outdoor flee market by my house and my favorite booth was the old school bus that all they sold was paper.  I remember it vividly.   Journal type notebooks are my kryptonite.   I think to myself, “I need something to write all of my plans of what I am going to do.”  “I need a notebook for my weight-loss plan, one for the book I am going to write, and one for the freelance business.”

Here is the problem, I get overwhelmed by my organization and then I say “screw it all” and watch You-Tube videos.

What I am hoping I am getting out of actually writing this down is that I will figure out a way to fix it and get back to my organized, amazing self.   I do pretty well at work, at least I have everybody fooled but then I get home and it’s all down hill.

One step at a time, here’s to keeping it simple,

Thanks for stopping by,

More to come!!



Printing Wedding Invitations

So as most of you know I have an etsy site where I have some custom Wedding invitations.

If you don’t know already it’s here.  You can also click on the light to the right of this post.

Anyway a friend at work is getting married and found an invitation that she liked and asked if I could do something like it for her.   I of course said “No Problem”.  We then got into the discussion of printing the invitations.   Initially we were going to have them printed by a third party but then wasn’t sure if we could get the envelopes to look right and she couldn’t have all of the size cards that she wanted. came to the rescue.   I could get all of the sizes that she wanted for her cards and have envelopes that coordinated perfectly.   All I had to do was make sure that…

  1. I could size the pieces accordingly so that they printed nicely
  2. My printer actually was ok with such heavy cardstock.

#1 wasn’t a problem.  #2 was a different story.  Thank goodness I still had my backup printer for the cardstock.

So I printed everything using one printer for the cards and the other for the envelopes.   Because everything was one color and I used the color of the card to supply the background it didn’t use a whole lot of ink so that was super exciting.



Using an Excel template I printed all of the guest envelopes as well so there was no hand writing involved.  I also did the return address on the flap of the envelope so all the bride had to do was put them together and put stamps on.  She also added a ribbon to the invitation to put them all together.

The best part about this was that the total weight of the invitation was light so she only needed one stamp on the outside envelope.

The other upside for the bride was that it turned out that she needed more than what we initially had thought and because I ordered extras it was no problem to print more for her. A task not so easy if we had used a commercial printer to print everything.

This was a super fun project and I hope to help other brides with their invitation in the future.

Also if anybody needs envelopes printed for anything please reach out.  I charge $0.25 per envelope, FYI way cheaper than does.  🙂

Thanks for checking out my post!!!

Have a great week everybody!


Never Forget

Today is a day of great day of reflection.  Where were you when the planes hit the twin towers?

I  remember the day vividly.  I had been at my job as an accounting intern for a major retailer in Wisconsin for 9 days and one of my co-workers said “A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center”.   I, who had never been to New York at that point was like “huh?” so I got online and it was everywhere.   We all were online trying to figure out what happened, proceeded to crash the internet at our company and then we had heard about the second plane.   Our heads were spinning not because we feared that somebody we knew or anybody got hurt it was more.  “What the heck is going on?”  I personally didn’t give much thought about the Pentagon and Pennsylvania planes the concern in the Midwest was that they were coming for the Sears Tower in Chicago next; they weren’t.  The damage was done in East and when the towers fell it was like “holy crap”.   They let us leave early from work, I was like “ok but I have to go to school anyway”.  So I called my mom once I got home, she was at the hospital with my sister who was in the process of having her first baby and it wasn’t pretty.  So I had asked do you want me to come to the hospital or should I go to school.  My mom said stay away so I went to school.

I went to my night accounting class and students were mad that we had class.  I was kind of happy for the distraction of journal entries.   My teacher was very matter of fact (he was awesome by the way) “If you want to leave, I understand but I have a syllabus to get through so we must press on”  We did a moment of silence for everyone involved and we pressed on.

12:16am 09/12 my Nephew was born and it was the first step toward moving forward.   A couple of days later after my sister had come home from the hospital there were all of the candle light vigils for everybody involved in the attacks and I remember driving her around so we could check it out in her urban neighborhood.  It was unbelievable.   But, I still didn’t understand the impact of what happened.

Fast forward 4 years to 2005…I FINALLY got to visit New York.   I was in Manhattan a week and got to go to “Ground Zero”.  I was expecting more but all it was was a fence, some pictures with a timeline and very large hole in the ground.   I didn’t understand why they hadn’t done more work.  Why wasn’t this cleaned up yet?  It had been four years.

This was one of the only pictures I took from that visit.ny-019

Fast forward to 2010.  I meet my husband.   I was excited because he was from New York and had seen the original towers and every year on 9/11 he watches the documentary films about the day.  2010 was the first year I watched them with him and I was slightly devastated.   The news in Wisconsin did this day no justice.  I had no idea how many people put their lives on the line and how many people who were just going to work that day while they were on mass transit or in their cars realized that they would never go home.   How many children lost a parent, maybe both their parents.  How many first respondors came to help so unselfishly and tried to save as many people as they could and many losing their own life in the process.

Fast forward 5 years to 2015.   I am working in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from the World Trade Center.   I get off the train in Hoboken NJ.   I walk every day where some of the video was shot in those documentaries.   I look at the new building standing tall and the others that are going up around it and feel a sense of hope, but I also am very sad and truly feel the impact of that day.  I think every day, “Damn that building is big” and try to put the day into perspective and it’s hard.  There area around One World Trade is so built up now it’s pretty Neat to see.  Hard to remember that a lot of those buildings weren’t there when I had visited 11 years earlier.

Pictures from Hoboken, NJ

Picture from the 27th floor of the building where I work in Jersey City, NJ


Never Forget this day.  Remember where you were, remember to hug your friends and family a little harder today!!!



Glitter Digital Wedding Invitations

Just because an invitation is digital doesn’t mean that it has to be bland and boring.   I was so excited when I figured out how to add a touch of glitter to my projects and I want to share some of the invitations I have done.   Check out my Etsy site for what I already have listed.

Tiffany Blue Invitation with Glitter embellishments

(Click on the picture to be taken to the listing on Etsy. )

Tiffany Blue and Glitter

Here is a preview of a new invitation I am working on…

Wedding Invitation Black - Purple Glitter

The colors can be customized for your wedding as well as the font and what the invitation says.

All of my invitations are 100% customizable and if you like an item from one invitation and want it incorporated into another that’s totally fine.

Cost:  Each piece of your invitation package is $5 for the digital copy and I have the ability to have the items printed for you as well.

I know wedding season is upon us and wanted to throw this project I have been working on out there.  🙂

Hope you enjoy the invitations.



Motivation, what gets you going?

I have always been the type of person that has been, “It will work itself out.”  We will figure it out.” “Everything happens for a reason.”  Okay I am kind of over it and clearly I have to steer this wagon myself because Karma, hope, and prayer isn’t working.

I have a lot weighing on me lately and I am trying to figure out what the best order of events is because it seems like everything needs to be done NOW and YESTERDAY.   I’m over it, but I don’t want to procrastinate any longer.

I have a full time job that takes up about 70 hours of my week which leaves 98 hours for family, sleeping and my second job.   I am trying to figure out a balance all while trying to manage my home, my job, and my sanity.   I have so many ideas of things that I want to do that I think will help make life easier but then a curve ball comes and I throw my arms up and say screw it.

My #1 problem is that I take on too much and I want to do it all and I want it now, but that has never worked in the history of anybody so I guess I need to get that out of my head right now.    Piece by Piece I will get there and life will be good.  I need to figure out how to cut corners for a while so that of course the #1 stresser in my life, money, is in a slight abundance in our house.

So I am coming up with a series of posts as I work through balancing my life and health along with some creativity and things that help me through my day.   Hope you will come a long.

Also, please share what motivates you on a day to day basis to help you get through.  There are people of all types out there that have different stresses in life and we are all here for each other!


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

I hope everybody is having a fantastic holiday season and that everybody was on the “nice” list this year.   I am enjoying some much needed down time and sharing a blog post while finishing up some gifts for my family that is over 1,000 miles away.

Yes they are aware that their gifts are not coming until after Christmas.

What is amazing to me is how much more I talk with my family now that I am so far away in New York and they are in WI.   While we do text and email and Facebook.  I have actually talked to them more lately than I did pretty much ever when I was still in the Midwest.   I guess the saying “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” applies to family as well!

This is the first Holiday season where we are alone, nowhere to go it’s just us, and that’s okay.  We can do whatever we want on our schedule.  It’s been nice.

So while the boys are napping I am catching up on stuff and getting things take care of off my list.

I have big plans for the blog in 2016 so stay tuned.  I have notes of at least half a dozen blog posts and I have to get moving.  It’s just a matter of getting ahead mainly because I have no idea what is going to be in store for me from January to May 1st.  I guess that’s what happens when you work for a tax company.  No I am not doing people’s taxes, but I might as well be.   Now I just have to get rid of this cold this week and get a ton of rest before that’s not an option either.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody!!!


Getting back on Track with our Memories

I am over a year behind on my Family Photobooks.  I have not made it a priority and it’s starting eat away at me.  My toddler is starting to really get into pictures and I don’t want him just looking at pictures on my phone.  So it’s time to really get the books up to date.  I am through 2013 and only have a couple of pages of 2014.  I did however stay up to date enough that I could still get the 3rd edition of the “Jack Book” out to the family for Christmas, but that was the extent of what I got done.

So this week I am tasking myself with doing a page a day.  Hoping that will give me the momentum I need to get me back on track and caught up on our books so that we can all enjoy them.

I also want to make a point every month or couple of months for me and my husband to sit down and enjoy the books too.  They are for all of us not just me or just Jack.

For those that have photo albums, scrapbooks, etc. What do you do to enjoy them?  We all put some much time and effort into them that it seems like a waste to just leave them on the shelf.

Follow me on Faceboook at WarmTidings by the Crafty Organizer to see my progress and other new items coming to the Etsy site and organizing ideas!!!!!

Now it’s time to get those photos organized and ready to go.  Next post…Organizing your photos!!!!

Be back soon!!!


Warm Tidings turns ONE!!!!!

I cannot believe a year has gone by since WarmTidings opened for Business.  It has been an incredible year both for the shop and for me.

The shop has evolved over the last year.  From hand made cards in the beginning to now, loads of invitations for Birthdays, Weddings, and more.

The best part about the shop are the people who ask me to create something for them that they either saw somewhere else or it’s something in their head.   The best part of it is that it’s another product that I can add to my site.   It’s so cool to hear about other people’s ideas and it’s even more awesome when I get the rare glimpse into how my project actually made it to the party!

Thank you for your support of WarmTidings, check back often to see more and more new things.    I have so many ideas I just have to get them created so that I can share with everybody.

Upcoming ideas:  Mickey & Minnie themed birthday, Royal blue wedding invitations.

What would YOU like to see on WarmTidings.

Check out WarmTidings and see if there is anything you like.  Thank you for reading the blog and checking out the shop here is a 15% of code for your next order  1STANNIVERSARY.  Code expires April 30, 2015

Please feel free to share the code with their friends!!

Be sure to also go and Like my Facebook Page WarmTidings by the Crafty Organizer to be up to date on all of the, ideas and new products coming.  Also please feel free to chime in with ideas and things you would like to see.

Thank you again for your support, now let’s get year 2 off to a great start!


1,000 Mile Journey Continues…

Since leaving IL it has been a “battle” finding somewhere to land.  So, hopefully the third time is the charm and we can actually start enjoying our time here in New York.

With this last move here are a couple of things that we learned.

  • In apartment living, newer is NOT better. Especially if it’s a corporate owned complex
    • The problem is that corners are cut with the construction of the building.  We can hear EVERYTHING that goes on upstairs.  I should NOT be able to hear the lyrics to this person’s music.
  • Having our own space is VERY important
    • In our new place I get an office and you have no idea how excited I am about this.
  • We should have just held out and waited to move into a house the last time

It’s time to start packing again.  Thank goodness Staples is having an organization sale and banker’s boxes are on sale.  The movers loved all of the boxes being the same size so glad that we can accommodate them again.   The goal this time is when I pull away from this place it will be the last time I ever have to look at it again.

I have my lists ready and already started cleaning.  So it’s going to be a busy week but the weather is going to keep us home as it’s going to be crappy again!!!!

Have a great week everybody!!!