Thursday, June 28, 2012
I am soon opening an Etsy shop!
I have been immensely busy preparing inventory and perfecting things, working on branding and design, and testing the market. When the shop opens I will make an announcement on Facebook. I love creating more than I love writing about what I am creating, so when the projects started to take precedence, I kind of let the blog slip.
But my blogging ways may not be completely over, they may just take on a new form.
I also am taking on another big project, they may get a blog of its own just for documentation sake. Recently, my sweet grandma passed away. My grandma was a master crafter and writer, an amazing and Godly woman that everyone loved. I am the only grandchild who has a real passion for creating things the way she did so I took on a project. It's a big scary project that is currently sitting in the corner of my craft room, being intimidating. She has a box of unfinished quilts, and I decided I wanted to finish them. So, when the day comes that I stop being afraid of quilting and all the challenges that will come with it. I may start a blog to catalog my experience, seek advice from quilters and reminisce about my Grandma. This project will be long, and very focused so I think blogging about something so specific and emotionally charged will be less of a task than just general blogging about dumb crap.
I want to thank all of my readers for the support and for listening to me ramble. You guys came to read my ramblings about 6500 times in just the 8 short months I have been blogging.
Thanks again :)
Thursday, June 21, 2012
June has been a crazy month. I haven't been blogging like at all and I have severely neglected my lovely readers. I had some problems with some bad computer stuff infecting my website, blah blah blah, technical stuff, blah blah. It is all fixed now. Also, I traveled to North Carolina to see my family for about a week in the middle of June and decided to bring home my little brother to stay with me for a couple weeks. So things in the Presley household have been a little crazier than usual. Anyways, back to business.
I have been a little behind on The Bachelorette, thanks to DVR, I can catch up. And catch up I did!
I don't have too much to say about the last few episodes except that Kalon is tool, good riddance.
Also, Ryan is douchey tool, also good riddance.
I love Arie, and they have the strongest connection of anyone on the show. But Sean is adorable and seems like a good fit for her too.
Speaking of 'her'...while I was in NC, I had some down time and I picked up a gossip magazine with Emily as the main story. It painted a not so pretty picture of her. They addressed the points that she is very vain, obsessed with money, and is kind of bitch. I really don't want all these things to be true because I absolutely love her, and considering the source I am going to say that they are most likely just exaggerations of her personality.
Best Quote from The Bachelor/Bachelorette Series:
"I wanna go West Virgina hoodrat backwoods on his ass"Anyways, I caught up on the Bachelorette and now I'm hooked back in so expect a Bachelorette blog next week.
I haven't been into too many new projects recently, because the sheer volume of the unfinished, projects waiting to be done, limited space and time. But I have been trying to organize my family's massive amounts of clothing.
Between baby A, D and myself, we fill about 5 dressers and two very large walk in closets. We have way way way way way too many clothes. (We are in the process of going through and getting rid of a good majority of them)
As most of you know, dear husband has joined the Navy and that means it will soon be moving time, and I don't want to take 5 tons worth of clothes with us, and I really want to pack as few boxes as possible. (If you pack less, you have to UNpack less later on)
On pinterest I saw a neat picture and caption that said fold your shirts with the print/pattern up and store them vertically (see picture). This is amazing. It packs a lot more into a space and you can see everything without having to dig and rummage through the drawer. This would have come in very handy in college and the days of dorm room dressers and closets. Storage space is prime real estate!!
|This packed about 2 drawers into one!|
I haven't been into too much else, I am getting ready to do lots of painting projects in the next few days/weeks, so expect to see some summer painting posts. Also I am going to try and start making some cool summery accessories so keep watch for that too!
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Lately I have overloaded my Pinterest with bikinis and summer dresses, and studded shorts and floral crops, and awesome sandals. I am a summer girl 100%, through and through. But I haven't bought a new bathing suit yet this season, and now I feel like I can hold off on that for a little longer.
As I said earlier, I love shopping for summer, but I do like to be financially savvy and get the best out of what I have bought. I also, like most women, like any advice that will a) make me look better in a bikini or b) make a bikini look better on me.
Ladies, if you have any triangle tops, or even any bikini bottoms, you have potential for a killer new bathing suit style.
I ran across a tip on Pinterest about changing up how you tie your triangle top from a tumblr blog called Goldfish Kiss , I decided to try it out and browse her site, which I fell in love with. And I also found a tip for making those boring bikini bottoms morph into the awesomely flattering scrunch-butt bottoms. I have a few triangle tops and basic bottoms that are the staples in any girls bikini line up, but I was getting kind of tired of them, and I just felt that they were boring. I was actually planning on going through my suits and getting rid of some. Now, I am back in love with all my bathing suits and will not get rid of any of them! (Okay, maybe I'll ditch last year's floral, sequined monokini, which was not my best idea)
This tie is great for the ladies who weren't exactly blessed with bounty in the chest area. It creates much more flattering shape than the usual triangle top halter tie and I know it is the same amount of fabric, but it feels like more coverage and better support. I may never wear a regular triangle halter again.
|Regular Triangle Tie|
|Wrap Top Style|
This basically changed my outlook on how good my butt could look in a bikini. Your basic bikini bottoms are pretty bland and probably aren't as flattering as they could be.But with a little floss (insert butt floss joke now), a needle and about 2 minutes, you can give your boring bottom a makeover! All you do in take some floss, stitch right down the center of your bikini bottoms about 6 inches or so, pull the floss tight to create a scrunched up ruffle and BAM! Your booty now looks fabulous in those formerly saggy bottoms. It also helps stretched out, a-little-too-big bottoms to fit better. No more losing your bottoms in the ocean or down a water slide!
So now you can go and play with your old bathing suits and make them fabulous. One of my old bathing suits (pre-pregnancy, that's how old it is) is now my new favorite of the moment.
Here is another Goldfish Kiss Bikini Facelift I tried :
This tie takes the strings that would go around your neck, and you tie them in the front. I really like this tie and the way it looks too.
I also branched out a little bit in another way. I have been mixing and matching tops and bottoms lately. I know that is something that most beach babes have been doing since the birth of the bikini, but it is something I have never done before, due to my compulsion to be "matchy-matchy". But now that I have have broken the bonds of matchy-ness, I feel so free. I might go to Target and buy a mismatched bathing suit, or maybe just a pair of cute bottoms, or a sweet top. But I don't know if I could ever go back to matching again.
By tying my tops differently, giving my bottoms a butt scrunch and mixing and matching, I have successfully expanded my bikini closet without buying anything new (D will be so happy!).
happy summer, and you're welcome.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Chris got the first one on one of the week.
He is good looking but has borderline steve buscsemi eyes!!
Chris is at the top of her list since night 1is what Emily says, so thats a good thing for him.
To get to their dinner, they climbed up the side of a building. You could tell Emily was getting really scared and who wouldn't be! It was getting windy and stormy. He was good and supportive and calm, he seemed like a protector, and stayed with her even though he probably could have climbed faster. He was respectful and didn’t go in for a kiss, because it didn’t feel like the right time.
After the interrogations, the guys have to wrangle a bunch of screaming kids. I have a child that I dearly love, and that looks like a nightmare. I can’t imagine how that would be if I never had a kid.
Here is a highlight reel of what went down at the cocktail party:
They showed the preview of what is going down this Monday and I can't wait. Now that the numbers are coming down, things are gonna start getting a little crazy and I love it!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Then the preview of whats coming during this episode... I never understood this. It's like "Here's an outline of what you are about to watch as soon as we are done showing you the visual outline of what you will be watching." It's so stupid and as the season progresses, I know I will get more and more frustrated with all the dramatic previews of what's coming.
Then we see Emily and her daughter meeting with a very random looking group of friends.
Now it's back to Bachelor mansion for some awkward shots of half naked dudes and their muscles flexing and twitching. Chris Harrison comes in and explains what will happen with the dates and date cards, roses, etc. As if anyone doesn't really know how this whole
I like this idea and I hope some of the other guys that she is seriously into get at least one date like this because that is her life, and that is what these guys will be getting into when/if they get together. I think she gave Ryan this date because she is really likes him. You know that the Bachelor/Bachelorette have a pretty good idea of who will be going the farthest right from the start because a lot of times you click with someone and you just know. I think she really felt a connection (I can't believe I am using that Bachelorette cliche) with Ryan and wanted to see how he would react to that life. I am so glad she didn't introduce him to Ricki, I don't think most moms would introduce a guy to their child unless they were pretty serious.
I was glad that Ryan got a little bit of an over-the-top date ending so that he didn't go down as having the most boring (compared to the other dates from the show) date in the history of ever. They had dinner and a concert by Gloriana to cap the night. Mark my words, Ryan is going to go pretty far unless he stirs up some sort of drama or crazy alter ego.
At the group date cocktail, Jef gets the rose after him and Emily have a conversation that makes it seem like she is the one chasing him and he just kind of 'whatevs' about the whole thing. It was super awkward and she must really like him, because her and Chris also had a good conversation. I mean. according to Chris, no one could have had a better conversation and connection with her than he did. Obviously he was wrong.
The next date card arrives and Joe (Matthew McConaughey wanna be) gets it. They fly to West Virgina and have a day at the Greenbriar. A fancy hotel that Emily hung out at when she was little. During dinner she asks him questions, and instead of answering them he just asks her the same question back. She doesn;t give him the rose, the end.
Meanwhile, back at the mansion, Kalon aka Chopper stirs up trouble by telling Doug that he put his life/his son on hold to do the Bachelor. I am so surprised that Doug didn't drown Kalon right there he was that furious. I am going to stand up for Kalon for a second, be warned. Kalon is not a father, he doesn't have a clue about parenting and what it means to be a parent he a very 26 year old who does not think before he speaks. The fact that he doesn't understand parenting and was bold enough to make that comment, means he probably will cross the line with Emily at some point on the parenting topic. I expect him to be the center the annual "here for the wrong reason" drama, he doesn't like your kid.
Kalon is definitely this season's Courtney. He is bold and rude and is making enemies fast. I think he even re-used a Courtney line a la: "The other guys are making friends, not focusing on the prize" type comment. He is a wordsmith with Emily and you can tell that he uses big words to try and impress, as well as using his money to try and do the same. (Kalon, have you seen Emily's gorgeous house and car and her paychecks from this Bachelorette gig and the previous Bachelor snafu? Your money will not impress her.)
Onto the Cocktail Party!
Not too much happens. Tony goes in to interrupt Ryan and Emily's chat, and he is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ryan hands Emily a miniature novel that she proceeds to read while poor Tony is standing there forever. When Ryan leaves and Tony finally gets Emily time, he doesn't even show if it bothers him and comes back with a cute and witty "Wasn't that great, I told him just what to say" remark and they move on. That could have been super awkward, but Tony (who I think is absolutely adorable and I kind of have a crush on) is smooth and gets a good convo going. He brings up the fact that he has a son and they chat. Kalon and Stevie, the Jersey shore reject who I hate for no real reason (I think its the hair, and face, and voice and clothes) get into a little argument about stealing Emily and time with Emily, Kalon ends the argument with a matter-of-fact "who wouldn't want to be me?" comment.
On to the Rose Ceremony!
Aaron, the super cutie with the hipster glasses gets eliminated (boo hoo) and so does Kyle. Fun Fact: They were both from Long Beach, CA.
Here is who is left:
Jef (safe from the group date)
Ryan (safe from the one-on-one)
|Chris Harrison sitting next to what he will look like if he ever ages and stops smiling.|
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Friday, May 25, 2012
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Thursday, May 24, 2012
|Addy and "Her Tiger" at Wild Adventures|
|Animal print suits her grown-up-in-a-toddler-body style.|