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11 Random Things on a Monday

I saw this concept on Danielle‘s blog and also Julie‘s. I don’t usually do “chain mail” type things where I tag others to take part (mostly because I don’t want them to feel obligated) but I’m going to take part in this anyway. And for the ladies I tagged below, don’t feel obligated to do this if you don’t want to. I won’t take it personally.  😉  So, there are some rules to this little game:

THE RULES

  1. Post these rules
  2. Post 11 random things about yourself
  3. Answer the questions provided by the one who tagged you
  4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag
  5. Go to their blog (or Facebook or Twitter) and tell them they’ve been tagged

Here we go!

1. I have sort of a crush on John Steinbeck. He’s my most favorite, favorite, favorite author. I’ve read East of Eden three times and plan on reading it again sometime soon.

2. I’m one of five children and I’m the middle child. I have two older brothers and a younger brother and younger sister.

3. My guilty pleasure tv show is Gossip Girl (which isn’t much of a secret anymore since I’ve been telling a lot of people about my love for it lately).

4. I used to have this pink alien toy when I was about 5 or 6. It was one of my brothers’. I took it because I said he was “so ugly no one but me could ever love him.” When we moved, I wasn’t able to find him and am convinced my mom got rid of him. I still miss my alien.  😦

5. I’m a big fan of Seinfeld (so is my hubby). When we watch it, I’m usually saying the lines. Steve has never said anything about it but I’m guessing it probably drives him nuts sometimes.

6. Steve and I have been married for 6 1/2 years and have one sweet baby boy who just turned 1 at the end of January.

7. I’m obsessed with Asian culture (particularly Japanese). Steve often jokes that I’m probably the most Asian white girl in the world. I totally want to be Japanese.

8. The first concert I ever went to was New Kids on the Block (yeah, Joey McIntyre!).

9. I have a huge brown teddy bear whose name is Downey. A lot of people think it’s because of the Downy fabric softener bear but it’s not. He was named after my childhood love: Robert Downey, Jr. Ha!

10. I’m a short gal measuring in at only 5’1″. I don’t mind being short, I just wish I had longer legs.

11. I sew and bake and just love to create in general. If I could do everything I wanted to, without money or time constraints, I would make clothing and bags and sell them in a boutique that also had a coffee shop that sold sweet treats.

I’m answering the questions I saw on Julie’s post. So here are my answers!

1. What was your first job? I worked at a shop on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ called Air Circus.
2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Even though I’ve never been there, I feel mentally and emotionally drawn to Portland, Oregon. And because I’m obsessed with the Japanese, maybe somewhere in Japan. And possibly Hawaii.
3. At what age did you discover your passion/calling for your life? I still feel like I’m working things out. When I was a junior in high school, I knew I wanted to work in photography for a magazine (which I did do after college but was laid off from). After that, I wanted to make a living off of sewing (which I still do but am continuing to work towards).
4. If you could have any animal as your pet (no matter how absurd it might be) what would it be? A red panda or a hippo.
5. What celebrity figure would you want to hang with for a day? Hmm, probably Zooey Deschanel or Clemence Poesy.
6. What band/artist did you jam out to the most in your childhood years? MxPx and The Doors (ok, that was more like high school)
7. What’s your biggest pet-peeve? Leaving cabinet doors and drawers just slightly open. It’s not hard to close them all the way!
8. Favorite thing to do to reward yourself on a job well done? Buy myself a delicious coffee. My current fave: salted caramel mocha from Starbucks.
9. What’s your favorite TV show(s) right now? My guilty pleasure: Gossip Girl. My new obsession: Downton Abbey (even though I’ve only seen one episode). Two of my all-time favorites: Seinfeld and Someday (a Korean drama).
10. When was/is your Golden Year (day of your b-day)? I’m not sure I’m answering this question correctly, but…my birthday is March 29th. 30, here I come!
11. Last meal? Peanut butter and red plum jam sandwich.

I’m tagging Katy, Kristin, and Carly for this little ditty. Of course, anyone can take part! Leave me a link to your post in the comments so I can get to know you better.  🙂

My questions for you:

1. Who is your favorite author?
2. If you went to college (or are currently attending), what did you major in?
3. What is your dream job (if there were no constraints to time, money, or schooling)?
4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
5. What was the best vacation you’ve ever been on?
6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
7. What are your special talents/skills?
8. Who is your all-time favorite band/musician?
9. What is the craziest/most surprising thing that ever happened to you?
10. Are you a blogger? If so, what do you blog about? Why do you blog?
11. What is your worst habit? How about your best?

Red Velvet Cuppycakes

Ok, so this is a late night post but there’s no I’m So DIY today. Instead, I made red velvet cupcakes. Or, as I like to call them sometimes: cuppycakes.

Red Velvet Cuppycakes

Pardon the poor indoor lighting. Blech!

Red Velvet Cuppycakes

I’m about to head off to the kitchen now to go eat one. Happy weekend, friends!

Red Velvet Cuppycakes

Wednesday Wants: Foxy Finds

My list of favorite shops and items on Etsy continues to grow. As I look through it, I often see reoccuring themes and thought it would be interesting to share with the rest of the world. This week it’s all about that tantalizing little fox.

Little Fox Coat by littlegoodall

Embroidered Felt Fox Necklace with Bow Tie by KnitKnit

Fox Plate by kokokoshop

Wooden Fox Earrings by bRainbowshop

Mister Fox Illustration by nativevermont

Fox Ring with Diamonds by michellechangjewelry

From top to bottom: 1. Little Fox Coat by littlegoodall; 2. Embroidered Felt Fox Necklace by KnitKnit; 3. Fox Plate by kokokoshop; 4. Wooden Fox Earrings by bRainbowshop; 5. Mister Fox Illustration by nativevermont; 6. Fox Ring with Diamond Eyes by michellechangjewelry

Craving Change

Lately, I’ve been SO BORED with how I look. I need to do something with my hair. And I need to do something about my clothes sometime soon. It’s been a year since I had Caleb and it’s about time to give up the new mom look. Here are a few things that I’m loving lately.

Boden Scallop Trim Shirt

Boden Tuscany Top

Angel Eye Ditsy Printed Dress

ASOS Midi Dress in Soft Chiffon

Jess James Jake Vintage Belted Secretary Top

ModCloth Yawl Come Back Dress

ModCloth Tart and Soul Dress

Swedish Hasbeens Peep Toe Super High New Green

Fossil Super Skinny Denim

1. Boden Scallop Trim Shirt; 2. Boden Tuscany Top; 3. Angel Eye Ditsy Printed Dress; 4. ASOS Midi Dress in Soft Chiffon; 5. Vintage Belted Secretary Top from Jess James Jake; 6. ModCloth Yawl Come Back Dress; 7. ModCloth Tart and Soul Dress; 8. Swedish Hasbeens Peep Toe Super High; 9. Fossil Super Skinny Denim

(Click on the photos to take you right to their prospective websites.)

I’m So DIY: Glitter Push Pins

Yay! It’s time for another installment of I’m So DIY. Today, I’m sharing how I turned my boring clear push pins into gold glittered push pins. I felt like my bulletin board needed a little pizzazz. (Yup! I just used the word pizzazz.)

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  1. Mod Podge (or some other clear drying liquid adhesive)
  2. Glitter
  3. Sponge brush
  4. Push pins (white or clear)
  5. A scrap of cardboard or those green foam blocks from the craft store (basically, something you can push your pins into)
  6. Newspaper to cover your surface (glitter is messy!)

Glitter Push Pins DIY

The first thing you want to do is gather all of your materials and set up your workspace; lay out the newspaper to cover a large area [1]. You never know when you might accidentally spill a ton of glitter. I used a small postal box to push my pins into. I pushed the holes in BEFORE I glittered them so it would be easier to gently push them in to dry [2]. Once you have holes for your pins to sit in, doing one pin at a time, use your sponge brush to apply some Mod Podge [3].

Glitter Push Pins DIY

When you’ve got a good coat of Mod Podge, dip the pin into your container of glitter [4]. Gently put your pins into the holes you made previously to allow them to dry [5]. I repeated the Mod Podge-ing and dipping and after the second dipping dried, I applied a coat of Mod Podge to the pins to finish and seal them (this will keep the glitter from coming off onto your fingers).

Glitter Push Pins DIY

Here’s a close up of one of my pins in use on my inspiration board. I love them so much. It’s such a quick and easy project but they really bring something a little extra to my inspiration board. If you end up doing this project, leave a link in the comments so I can check it out! Hope you have fun and happy crafting!

Happy Valentime’s!

Me and My Love

To My Dearest Stephen,

I can’t believe how fast time has gone! Can you believe that this will be our 11th Valentine’s Day together?! We went from college sweethearts, to engaged seniors, to newlyweds, and finally to parents. With a MILLION other things in between. You have seen me at my best and my worst and you’re still here. That says quite a lot. Quite a lot. I “love you madly” and am looking forward to the next 11 years (and beyond) with you and our growing family. ❤  ,#

And…just because it’s tradition…

I’m So DIY: Lavender Laundry Powder

Welcome to the second installment of I’m So DIY!

This week: I’m so DIY, I made my own laundry powder. (Last week, I made a chalkboard jar to put the detergent in.) I’ve been wanting to make my own laundry powder for a while now and for a number of reasons. First, it’s cheaper than buying pre-made laundry detergent from the store. Second, it’s natural and better for the sensitive skin in our house. And three, you can make it in any fragrance you like! I made lavender (I’m a sucker for all things lavender smelling) but when Spring is in full force, I plan on making something like lemongrass, lemon verbena, or orange blossom. So fun!

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  1. Borax
  2. Washing soda– this is different than baking soda…I thought they were similar. Ha!
  3. A bar of soap– I used Dr. Bronner’s Lavender soap
  4. Grater
  5. Large mixing bowl
  6. Wooden spoon
  7. Measuring cup
Homemade Lavender Laundry Powder
First, you want to gather all of your ingredients/materials [1]. Make sure that your measuring cup, grater, mixing spoon, and bowl are all completely dry. You don’t want any moisture in your ingredients because they’ll clump. Then grate the entire bar of soap into your large mixing bowl [2]. I have a 4-sided grater and used the side that’s one step coarser than the finest side. Next, measure one cup each of the borax and washing soda and add it to the grated soap [3]. Last, mix, mix, mix! Stir everything together with your wooden spoon until everything is evenly distributed [4]. To finish, put it in a cute (airtight) container. Be sure to keep the canister from areas that get very humid and/or moist to avoid clumping.
Chalkboard Jar with Lavender Laundry Powder
To use, add one level tablespoon to your washer as it fills with water then add clothing. You can use two tablespoons for heavily soiled laundry. Depending on how many tablespoons you use, you can get between 32 and 64 loads of laundry out of one batch.

I adapted this recipe to make my laundry powder lavender scented. You can make your laundry powder in any scent you want by using a bar of unscented soap and adding 6 – 12 drops of essential oil in the fragrance of your choice.

This is such a fun and fast home DIY. I almost can’t wait until my lavender powder runs out so I can test other scents. Have fun and happy crafting!