Currently: January 2018

A "Be Kind" sticker for my front door kicked off January crafting | suzerspace

January was cold, cold, cold (did I mention it was cold?) here in Kansas City. I know it’s winter, and I’m smart enough to wear a jacket and gloves (I’m looking at you – dude at Target on Sunday when it’s 3 degrees out and you are wearing shorts and flip flops), but this one was one of the coldest I can remember.

I spent a lot of time inside.

Currently, I’m:

  • Better than Before – I read Gretchen Rubins’ The Happiness Project last year, and I’m a sucker for science applied to real life self help books. This one hasn’t disappointed.
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Origins. I’m actually listening to this as an audiobook; the first time I’ve tried to do this. I downloaded it for free from the library, and I’m enjoying listening to it while I do my indoor walking.

Side note: if you haven’t checked into what free services your library offers, you are probably missing out. Besides books, my library offers a free account at, free access to the New York Times, free audiobooks and free digital versions of a lot of really popular magazines. Most of these items I don’t even have to leave the house to get!


Like many, I’m a Pinterest recipe hoarder. I’m trying to actually make some of what I’ve pinned. We tried two new recipes this month, both are definitely keepers.

  • I’ve made vegetarian sloppy joes before, but this Food52 version had a few different ingredients that make it much more than just kid’s food.
  • This super easy roasted broccoli and tofu sheet pan supper was really tasty.  I don’t usually follow recipes exactly, and this was no exception – I  didn’t actually make a miso dressing for this, I just used my standard soy and cider vinegar mix poured over at the end.

Projects that didn’t make the blog –

  • A new sticker for my front door cut (photo at the top of this post) out of white contact paper, using the same method I detailed before the holidays.
  • Brush lettering is an ongoing new project. I signed up a free basic stroke challenge, and then bought the next workbook in the series. I’ve made it through all the lowercase letters, and have now signed up for a new 90 day challenge from another teacher. It’s a fun and frustrating hobby, and I was even brave enough to post an actual lettered word on my Instagram feed (and below). I’m proud of it because I know all the work that went into it, but I also know I need a ton of more practice.

Currently practicing brush lettering |

I’m totally getting the “Practice makes progress” mantra these days!


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One thought on “Currently: January 2018”

  1. Seems like you had an productive Jan despite the temp. I haven’t tried instagram yet, but hope I can real soon. Way to go there. Love the public library and glad you mentioned how you use yours. Lots of things at the This is How We Roll Party to share and pin and yours is one of the best. My share is #265, “Crown Chakra Energy to Integrate Mind Body Spirit.” Enjoy the weekend and be well. Nancy Andres

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