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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Currently...

  • Late night studying
  • Adoring my highlighters
  • Fighting to keep from getting sick
  • Christmas shopping on Sevenly
  • Fantasizing about taking a getaway
  • Staying sane with a glass of chocolate milk
 
xo ~ Shera

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xo ~ Shera

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

So long, November

Is it just me?  Or did this month just flash by? 
 
November has surely been a eventful month for myself and my family.  It's been filled with stress, funerals, and trips to the ICU.  But it's also held a great deal, of learning, love, and joy.  
 

Now that I look back on this month, I realize how much it has truly meant.  At the time of course, I was only focused on myself, my classes, and the ginormous amount of stress that seemed to be never ending.

I journal almost every week, if not every other day. Journaling is something that I use to help me remember not only what I did each day, but also the bad things that happened so that I can draw experience from them.  And more importantly, the good things, the things that make life worth living. 

Thanks to my journal, I feel like I uncover so much more about myself, how judgemental and selfish I often can be.  These are things about myself I wish to work on; I want to be able to record more pleasant things about myself.  I ought to focus more on the positive and less on the negative.  I know it's not something I can change over night, but it's something I can take steps toward today.


This is my second year to record one thing, and one person for every day of November leading up to Thanksgiving.  It didn't have to be anything major, most was pretty random - random little things that brought a smile to my face and gratitude to my heart.  I did this last year and it was a huge blessing.  This year, it has also helped me to fill my mind with the things I should be thinking of, thoughts of hope and of thankfulness. Each day I searched for something and someone that simply impacted me in some small way so that I could write it down.  So I could remember how grateful I was for that sweet, simple, part of my day.


This Thanksgiving has given me so much.  Sure it was riddled with plenty of stress, but I think part of life is learning to look past that unpleasant things and to give thanks for the blessings we do have.


What is November all about really if not giving thanks?

 
xo ~ Shera

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In the meadow we can build a snowman...

The creative juices have been flowin' and in spite of the fact that it's 70 degrees outside, I was inspired to knit a little snowman!
 
The first one turned out a little crooked in my opinion but the next few I made look great!
 They were so much fun to make, I can't wait to hang one on our Christmas tree!  And now these little Frostys are for sell in my etsy store! I think they will make some great Christmas gifts, in fact I'm already planning who I'll be giving them away to!
 
xo ~ Shera

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's Bond, Kitty Bond

Recently I've been in quite the knitting mood (which, I suppose, is a pretty good thing for my etsy shop!)  In honor of the newest James Bond movie coming out, (which I sheepishly admit, I'm pretty excited to go see,) I made a tuxedo collar for Finn! 
Finn already thinks he is pretty crafty/sneaky.  He maybe would have made a pretty good secret agent actually, that is if he had thumbs...
The design is all my own. I wrote it down, but then Finn ate the paper.  I suppose he didn't want any other cats to jack his style.  I already made 2 to sell on my Etsy shop (what Finn doesn't know won't kill him!)
 Personally I think he looks pretty dapper, and surprisingly, he loves to wear it!  I'm not kidding, he didn't really like his actually collar I bought him, but this collar he enjoys to have on!  He actually got mad at my sister when she tried to take it off the other day.

I plan on making a pink or purple one for the lady cats who want to channel Pussy Galore.  Get it?  (I know, I know, I am such a nerd.)
 
Maybe this could be another idea for Halloween next year?
 
xo ~ Shera

Friday, November 16, 2012

It's here!

Guess who finally has her Etsy shop up and running?!  I'm so excited to finally be able to share my creations with other people around the country.  Maybe someday even around the world! 

Please go take a look! And maybe make a purchase ;)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SimplyShera

Here is a look at the first few items I have for sell:

 


Hopefully more will follow!
 
xo ~ Shera

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

If I...

If I were a gemstone, I'd be Garnet 
If I were a scent, I'd be vanilla
If I were shoes, I'd be a pair of worn-in converse
If I were the weather, I'd be a rainstorm
If I were a facial expression, I'd be a suppressed smile

If I were a car, I'd be a camry
If I were a time of day, I'd be midnight
If I were a month, I'd be January
If I were a place, I'd be Neverland
If I were a liquid, I'd be a cup of coffee
If I were a taste, I'd be fudge or cherry


If I were a monster, I'd be a were-wolf
If I were a sandwich, I'd be peanut butter and jelly 
If I were a super power, I'd be invisibility
If I were an appliance, I'd be an espresso machine
If I were a musical score, I'd be the score from Pride and Prejudice

If I were an item of clothing, I'd be a scarf

If I were a sea animal, I'd be a sea otter
If I were a food, I'd be a pie
If I were a colour, I'd be grey
If I were a musical instrument, I'd be a piano
If I were a flower, I'd be a cherry blossom

If I were a song, I'd be Somewhere over the Rainbow

If I were a planet, I'd be Pluto
If I were an object, I'd be a book
If I were a fruit, I'd be a strawberry
If I were a sound, I'd be a whisper
If I were a day of the week, I'd be Saturday

If I were a genre, I'd be a poetic mystery

xo ~ Shera

Monday, November 12, 2012

Musicbox Mondays



I can't believe MacKenzie Bourg got kicked off of The Voice last week! I mean, look at him! He has got to be the most adorable creature on the face of the earth! (tied only with my kitten Finn, except Mackenzie probably has a better personality.) Whats wrong with you, America? How could you let this kid get away?  
xo ~ Shera

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hello November

Do you ever get the feeling that something wonderful is about to happen?  That's kinda how I feel about this November, like something magical might take place. 
Not that it's happened yet, to be honest it's started off as a bit of a drag.  The past few days a feeling of hopelessness has been lingering around, dampening my sense of an effervescent disposition; or my swag, if you will. 

 
Hopelessness isn't a sensation that I have often evaded.  There was a time in my life when it felt that hopelessness was all I knew - or would ever know.  Looking back I know now that wasn't true. I've always been a dreamer, even when my dreams were mostly nightmares; there was always a glimmer of hope. 
 
 
Sometimes it's hard to look ahead, imagine the good that might come from the trials you are facing.  It's not always easy to see the silver lining.  I don't know how anyone could do this without God.  But to quote a favorite song of mine by Florence + the Machine, it's always darkest before the dawn.  It's easier now for me to look ahead for something I can't see.  I guess once you know that things aren't always going to stay the same, staying positive is a little more elementary.

 
I don't consider myself a philosopher or wise by any standards.  These are simply my musings of the moment; things I have been pondering on while watching The Return of the King.  I can honestly say that at this moment I am looking forward.  I'm not sure what for exactly, but I suppose not knowing is part of the fun. 
 
 
I still have hope, hope for something not yet evident to me.  Some may say it's a foolish anticipation; it is certainly getting my expectations up, which is something I dread doing.  But I can't sway the longing for something wonderful.  I don't suppose many people can.  I have faith in the unlikely, that something awe-inspiring is going to take place this month.  It is the month that we celebrate thankfulness after all.  And I can't shake the thought that there will soon be something new to be thankful about.
xo ~ Shera
 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Adventures in Baking: Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins are a favorite of mine!  I thought I could make a batch and grab one on the go in the mornings this week; plus it's been a while since I've been in the kitchen, (you can blame homework for getting in the way of my development of life skills. j/k! kinda.) 
 
Anywho, today I was basically stress-baking!
Here is the recipe I used (adapted from the book "Little Old Lady Recipes" by Meg Faveau) :
 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
 
Directions:
- Pre-heat oven to 425 F
- Toss blueberries in 1 cup of flour and let sit for an hour or so
 
- Cream together sugar and butter

 - Beat in the egg
- In a separate bowl stir the other cup of flour with the baking powder and salt
 
- Add the milk

- Combine both mixtures
- Gently stir in the floured berries last
 
- Scoop into muffins tins (either greased of lined, your choice)
 
- Bake 20 - 25 minutes
- Enjoy! with pineapple, if you have it ;)
 
Makes 12 muffins
 
 
xo ~ Shera