Thursday, February 26, 2009

I'm back and ready for action

To say the very, very least Jamaica was wonderful. I had an incredible time with my family and got to see a beautiful little part of the world. We went snorkeling twice because it is just that cool (I touched a sea urchin, a starfish, and a sea cucumber), I bought artwork, jewelry, and rum that broke in my suitcase unfortunately, and hung out with some locals. OH and I saw midget Mac in the airport in Charlotte...please tell me someone else watches terrible VH1 reality tv shows and knows who that is. My sister did at least but she was busy buying Starbucks and missed the celebrity (?) sighting.

After a week in Jamaica, I pretty much thought the fun was over and back to the real I spent the few last days before work spending some time with my boyfriend. He gave me my extremely beautiful birthday present, we walked around antiquing, and checked out a new diner in my hometown. Heading back to Lancaster we planned on stopping by my friend's house to say hello and to my absolute surprise my friends planned a birthday party for me. I walked in and everyone shouted and everyone was smiling and I couldn't stop giggling because I had NO IDEA that I was walking into a party for ME. I had the best night ever, full of the most perfect presents, fun stories, strange movies, and all of my favorite foods - which included homemade mac & cheese, chips and salsa, and teeny little ham & cheese sandwiches. My friends really went above and beyond with this party and I couldn't have been happier. Still smiling about it actually.

Well of course, somewhere along the line I caught a cold.
So here's a few pictures of Jamaica and thoughts of sunshine.

I miss it already.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I swear the church across the street from my house is blasting Let's Get It On right now.

It's beautiful outside! I'm going fishing.

Edit: Nick caught a Mike Burns!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


First and foremost...I made my first sale on Etsy to a stranger!!! So very exciting. I was gone all day Sunday, we went antiquing and to Record Connection followed by a spaghetti dinner and nugget nectar. So when I got home around midnight that was pretty much the last thing on my mind, but I checked my email and there it was. A sale! And not for one, but two items. Yayayyaya. I needed that.

So as far as this week goes, I'm already done working. I simply need to pack, spend quality time with friends and loved ones, and then leave for a week in paradise. Sounds okay to me. In spite of not having to do anything tonight, I did want to try to be a little bit productive. I whipped up two dresses. They're fun and I used two shirts that I absolutely did not wear anymore.

This was a big ol' Cabela's tshirt that my Mom bought for me probably when buying stuff for my brother's AT hike. Not even once did I wear it. So I made it into a dress? Can you even buy dresses at Cabela's? Oh well, it's fun and good for Spring.

Excuse my face please, my bobby pin was falling out.
This dress I made out of a shirt that was too short on me. In high school this was one of my favorite shirts (and now I'm embarassed that I'm admitting I save clothes since high school). This one is good for Friday nights...a little too short to wear to work!

As far as the shop goes, I'll be putting it on vacation mode towards the end of this week and most likely not adding any items until back from my trip. I would hate to have someone order something and not be able to ship it out on a short break is in order. But my little sister promised she'd do a photo shoot on the beach with me so my new etsy items will have a very fun Jamaican touch to them. Sucks for any items that I put up after that...haha.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I did what I said, I did what I said!

This dress has quite a different feel to it than the one that I made yesterday, but this is more what I would actually wear in my usual day to day. The neat thing about this dress is that I can actually make more than one...therefore keep one for myself! Yay! I need help naming this dress. The naming of the items is one thing that I really dread. I want to be creative but I really just like the clothes better. I worried about words for four years in college (I was an English major)...sometimes you just don't want to think quite that hard after putting an entire dress together. So readers, if there are any - any ideas?

P.S. I won a giveaway from this wonderful shop! It made my entire day.


Two weeks until Jamaica! My upcoming trip has inspired me...

This dress took about two hours to finish tonight...almost sewed the bottom on backwards. I listened to two episodes of This American Life while working and really had a nice evening. I was so excited about how the dress turned out I had to put up a picture of it, and also hadn't used Poladroid in awhile. Feeling productive is good. Maybe another dress tomorrow?