Onto new adventures :)

Today I turn 30. My life has brought me to three states, Ohio, New York (again), and now Pennsylvania. In a single year, I moved, changed jobs, and got married. As I head into another decade of life it's time to let some things from my twenties go.

#1:  I am letting go of desperately trying to figure out who I am meant to be, where I am meant to be, and how I am meant to be. I always was and still am.

#2: I am letting go of the idea that being a teacher and being an artist are two different things, and trying to be both of these two allegedly different things. Teaching is my art right now. My students are my material. One day when I no longer do that, I will surely pick up another material, another art.

#3: I am giving up Buenahelena. My Etsy shop was started out of desperation to make money, during grad school. It has made me a little (very little) money. I clung on to keep my identity as an artist alive, but truth be told, the items I made for Etsy were made for sale, not for soul.

#4 I am letting go of the blog as well. It will stay here as an archive of this period in my life, and hopefully as inspiration for others like me.

Buenahelena has been a fun part of my life. The greatest return on this venture has been the arting/crafting/making/shaking people I have met, including the Rochester NY Etsy Street Team, and the customers I have brought some smiles to. Learning to build a blog was SO valuable as well. If you have been following my blog or just stopping by over the past 3 years, thank you. Until then...

Arrivederci  Baby(s)! See you in the promised land! ;)


Make-it Monday: Matchbox Advent Calendar

While your family is gathered together in a shared turkey coma this weekend, here is a fun project to get you counting down the days til' Christmas.

Matchbox Advent Calendar

Supplies You'll Need: 25 matchboxes, number stamps, stamp pad, glue ( I love Yes! paste), scrapbook paper/wrapping paper, ribbon, and a paintbrush for glue.

1. Number your matchboxes from 1-25. I used numbered stamps. Metallic pens, stickers and collage papers work too. Use a random order to make searching for the date on your calendar challenging.

2. Form rows of matchboxes by gluing them together on their sides. I used YES paste, but hot glue will also work. Start with a row of 9 and subtract 2 from each row until you have just one on top.

4. Cut strips of paper, either Christmas wrapping or festive scrap book paper, and wrap each row. Matchboxes are just over 2 inches long, so 12"x 2 1/8" strips worked great for me. I glued the paper all around with YES paste.

5. Now stack your rows, gluing in between each row, in a pyramid shape.

6. Tie the whole pyramid with a bow.

Now that you have your calendar, fill each box with a sweet treat and you've got a fun tradition to get your family (or just your fine self)  excited for Christmas. If you want keep the reason for the season alive think about filling each box with a advent specific scripture too. Enjoy!


Site Hiatus

I will be taking a break from the Buenahelena blog, and barely updating the Etsy shop through November 3rd. I am beginning a new job at the Medical Academy Charter High School in Catasauqua, PA and preparing for my wedding. Exciting to be sure, but also very time consuming. Check back after the big day for regular updates!