Happy Friday for January 24th, 2014

If you read my blog and I’m guessing you do (because you’re reading it now, ha!) then you know how inconsistent I can be.
I LOVE to blog.
I really do, but I let “write blog post” fall off my to-do list pretty easily, especially when anything else comes along that feels more important or more interesting. I’m telling you this, because I want to find a way to blog with more regularity, but I DON’T want a schedule. I don’t do schedules very well at all and I pretty much failed miserably with my resolve back in October to blog for 30 days straight, so that approach didn’t work either. As I thought about this dilemma, I realized that I have been successful in the past with weekly posts that share ideas and insights and products around a specific theme—while still allowing me the flexibility I need ie. my weekly Sprinkles and Friday FIVE posts. I liked those. I kept up with those. I could pick those back up, but I don’t feel like it. I feel like trying something new. I need novelty.

All this to say that I’m (attempting) a new weekly post, called Happy Friday.
Fridays make most people happy and so I think it is a great day to share things that have made or are making me happy.

Let’s start with this video.
My friend Kiley texted me a link to this music video yesterday and said she thought of me when she watched it. How nice is that? My other friend Tami selected this very same song to be on our Play! list for the Play! event, last week. Synchronicity like this always makes me happy!

Something else happened yesterday that also made me SO HAPPY that I wanted to jump out of my chair and start doing my own happy dance (watch the video!)

Here’s how it went down:
I am starting Project Life this year.
More on that later.
I have been looking for a fun, colorful desktop organizer that I can use to keep my Project Life materials handy and accessible.


I had NO idea that cute Jennifer McGuire blogged about this product in relation to her Project Life organization. I simply went to Pinterest and searched ‘colorful organization’ and up popped this. This btw is from the I Could’ve Bin a Container collection at Land of Nod. I knew in an instant that THIS is what I wanted and needed. I clicked over only to discover that this particular item is NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
Shut up.
Wipe away my tears!
What to do?
I decided to pin this image to my Pinterest board and I wrote, “If anybody has one of these and they aren’t going to use it, I will buy it from you!” I’ve never (ever) done anything like that. And, less than 24 hours later, there was actually a reply from a fellow pinner that she might consider doing just that. She was also the one that informed me that the ‘no longer available’ status was likely due to a strong endorsement from cute Jennifer. I was hopeful at that point, but it gets better …
My sister Darci called.
She is also starting Project Life this year.
So is my mom (but I digress)
Anyway, Darci was calling to report that she had purchased what she needed at Michaels. I told her my plan to keep everything upstairs and close and then I told her my SAD landofnod.com story. I told her I had emailed the company and received a response that they were truly sold out. She listened with her usual compassion and then asked if there were Land of Nod retail stores?
That’s it.
Exactly 30 seconds later, I had Googled and discovered a retail store in Seattle.
I called immediately.
I spoke with Kate.
Long story short, Kate is my new best friend. When she picked up the phone, I told her I was a woman on a mission and that I needed her help locating a product and shipping it to me. I told her I would send her really good chocolate if she would help me. She said, “You had me at chocolate!” 
Ten minutes later I had made the purchase of this desk organizer in lime green (yes, the Seattle store had one in LIME GREEN!) I hung up super excited, did my dance around the kitchen and then realized that I had said nothing of really good chocolate. I needed to make good on the really good chocolate.

I’m very HAPPY to report that I hopped on Amazon, called up this variety pack of Lindt truffles and sent it off to the Seattle Land of Nod store, to the attention of Kate. I bought it so fast that I forgot to include a note, so I’m crossing my fingers that the package makes it to Kate and that she can make sense of really good chocolate in an Amazon box with absolutely no explanation!

So, there you have it.
My very first Happy Friday post.
This music video and this desk organizer and this twisted tale of love and fate all make me happy!
You can look forward to HAPPY ideas, insights, music, stories and/or products on Fridays, and if you have happiness to share (and I know you do) feel free to email me, stacy@stacyjulian.com

Choose to be happy!
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  1. I LOVE this story, Stacy!!! and I love your awesome luck…and lime green? Get out!!! My mouth fell open though when I saw the pic in the aqua color, which matches my IKEA cart. Then of course my enthusiasm began to fade as I read on to find it was unavailable, only to be brought back to life again with your lucky break! Woohoo!!! Way to go. I’m so happy you found it! :) A Washington native myself (live in Eastern Wa after growing up in Tacoma/Gig Harbor area), I share your excitement at finding it so close to home – and I also share your love of scrapbooking. I live for scrapbooking!!! Happy my-favorite-day-of-the-week. ♥

  2. Amanda M. says:

    Would LOOVVEE to know how you’re doing Project Life, mixing with LOM, are you still doing traditional scrapbooking, etc. Please consider a Friday post on this and it would certainly make for a very Happy Friday for me (and many others I am SURE!)

  3. What a happy Friday post – so glad you found the perfect container! I’m not doing Project Life, but after Play! I have quite a stash of PL cards . . . so I’m going to sign up for the new BPC class about using those cards on layouts! :>)

  4. Your happy Friday made this tired gal very happy !!! The combination of cute, colorful organizer and chocolate…awesome! One of my favorite happenings last month was one of my 12 yo twin daughters traipsing into my studio with a bag of Lindt chocolates JUST FOR ME that she had bought with her own money.

    Love that girl!

    hmmm…. scrapbook layout coming with the bag, after the chocolates are finished!

  5. Cathy Sanicki says:

    Hi Stacey,
    I did see Jennifer’s video and also fell in love with these. I didn’t realize that they were no longer available. I have an outlet store not too far from my house. After seeing your blog I called and asked if they had any and she found two of them. One is pink and the other is aqua. I don’t care about the colors. They were $5.00 each. Thanks for the heads up!

  6. Stacey! How did you know I was in desperate need of a happy Friday post! In the middle of state testing my students today (which is the MOST STRESSFUL THING for a teacher) we had a fire… Upon which we had to stand out in 22 degree weather!! And then by time we got back in my kids were crazy! I then found out I was to get 2 more kids (who have already failed me once) back in my LARGEST class!! Uuughhh but never fear Friday brought me a happy Stacey story!

  7. What a fun post! Glad to see a blog post from you today your stories always make me smile!

  8. Love the happy Friday post! I miss your Sprinkles and Friday Five posts (and I really enjoyed the Christmas series) but appreciate your need for novelty – this should work quite well. The organizer is super cute, but there are no Land of Nod stores on the east coast, so I guess I’ll just have to keep looking. Isn’t it funny how when you think you can’t have something you want it even more???

  9. Love this song, heard it a PLAY and downloaded it straight away. Kids are singing and humming it behind me as I have just listened to it again. What more can make you happy than kiddies singing… love it.
    Karen aka Mudgie

  10. Love this story and how you’re paying it forward – I’m sure Kate will think of you when she gets the chocolate. (And you would have had me at chocolate too)

  11. Good things happen to good people!! Bravo!! Great story for a great blog post.

  12. Happy that you got the organizer you were after Stacy! And happy you’re doing Project Life this year.

  13. You are always an inspiration. Really appreciate your honesty. Any blogging that you do is so welcome!!!!

  14. Love the new blog post idea! So fun!

  15. Happy Friday on a Saturday! I am smiling as I read this post, Stacey. All those little things that make us happy get us through the day.

  16. Thanks for making me smile this morning. Well, I was already smiling, but it got a lot bigger when I read you post and watched the video! It makes me happy! Congrats on finding your organizer!

  17. Love that video it’ll make anyone feel good :) Love the post so happy and look forward to more happy post of Fridays and PL I’m doing it too I think it’ll be a fun year :)

  18. LOve this song!!! More importantly love when the world all comes together to bring everyone joy!!. Keep up the Happy Friday idea!!!

  19. KnitterPam says:

    Stacy, thanks for posting. What a fun, happy post. I like your posts very much, whether they are about your kiddos or scrapbooking or whatever is flying across your mind that day. I love hearing your real voice come through.

  20. I LOVE your post Stacy! It is now 12h30 (am – I mean, after midnight) and I am working (more like having fun) on my Project Life and I came here to locate the message I sent you right before Play! and that you supposedly sent Heidi Swapp and that had for result her crying in my arms (ok, it was just a second) when I met her, my idol, for the first time of my life at CHA. This message will definitely be in my PL album. :) So anyway, I came here for that and read that cute and funny and awesome story and it gave me just enough energy to stay up a little longer. ;) I’m so happy I got to meet you (and your crew!) because you are an awesome person. That being said, I’m off to search for my message now and then, I might go to sleep. ;) Good night Stacy! :)

  21. I’m glad you were able to get the organizer. I posted on your Pinterest that I might have a spare one (turquoise) and I was just hopping over here to let you know I do. So if you want another one let me know. Otherwise I’m sure I can find a use for it. They are so cute.

  22. That Happy song is my new fave of all time after hearing it on a commercial during American Idol recently and in Despicable Me 2. I wish I could just play it all day long as I walk around. :) It fits you well too!!

  23. I’m excited to see how you use PL and how you integrate it with your Photo Freedom methodology. I’m a big fan of BOTH of our systems. It’s like my two best friends are about to meet and I can’t wait to see how it goes. LOL!

  24. Stacy, I found your blog linked from our BPC Inspired Scrap booking class, and I am sitting her giggling thanks to you! You have such a positive outlook and share the funnest things! Thanks for being a gift!
    I’m already tight on time to get everything done that is a priority each day, but I have a feeling I will be sneaking in a few extra minutes each day to peak at your blog ;) TFS.

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