Monday, September 20, 2010

things and stuff (volume one)

here we go. 1st in a (hopefully semi-regular) series about things i like and things i've found and what i'm into right now: things and stuff

i came across janine basil's etsy shop a couple weeks back. i saw one of her items in a treasury. i love her headbands! they're all kinds of sassy and fabulous and i love the variations. her "comic book" styles are my favorites. she makes them in both crystallized and felt versions. halloween anyone?

this button has been on my etsy favorite list for ages. i really need to pony up and buy it. because, well, it's pretty darn true. my nerdy boyfriend is totally smoochable.

lastly, vintage knitting patterns. i love em. found this one the other day. it is full of awesome. check out the seller's accompanying images. nothing says "teenage and fancy free" quite like a nice, shaping girdle.

i also want to give a shout out to blytheconUK. only 2 weeks away!!! hopefully, i'll have an upcoming post about what i've been working on for the event. sequins, sequins, sequins.

so there you have it. the first installment of things and stuff. something fun on a late sunday night/early monday morning. have a good one, kids.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

4 simple goals

about a month ago now, ms. elsie flannigan posted a project/challenge: 4 simple goals (before 2011). over the past few years, i've really come to like elsie's stuff. which is so opposite from how i felt when she first came on the scrapbooking scene 5 years ago or so. this project suggestion got me thinking. about life and goals and change.

my life has been nothing but change for the past 3 years. one thing after another. now, however, it seems i'm beginning to settle in a bit. i've got a great new apartment, a wonderful (and crazy supportive) man in my life, and while my career situation is anything-but-stable, i'm more-or-less employed. we have food in our fridge and clothes on our backs. i can't complain much.

so. the challenge. elsie suggested choosing "activity-oriented goals." and coming up with 4 wasn't terribly hard. i want to do these things, i want to share about them on this blog, and i like having a little record of my progress, etc.

1 - blog more regularly
this has been something that's been on my mind for ages. i like this blog. i've kept a personal journal for yeeeeears, but having this craft/doll/adventures-focused blog is great for sharing with the world and connecting to like-minded gals and guys. my goal-within-a-goal is to overhaul the look of my blog. and just make it a generally more all-around fun thing in my life. there are so many lovely blogs out there that i find funny, inspiring, interesting, etc. and i hope i can be a little bit of something for other people out there, too! (original photo credit: sgrace)

2 - get out more
i've lived in london since summer 2009. so here i am, embarking on the autumn 2010 and i really haven't seen much of the UK. while i hope that i'll be spending at least a good chunk of my adult life here, that's not a certainty. so while i'm here, i really have wanted to see all the beauty that i know exists here. thus far, i've enjoyed just a couple day trips in england and have relished my few weeks in scotland. thankfully, it seems i'll have plenty of opportunity to visit scotland more. i love trains. i love trains here. and i want to try to get out for weekends here and there or even just a day trip out of the city.

3 - sew more!
it's so easy to tuck my little dolly knitting projects into my purse when i go someplace. or to whip up a mini sweater or hat while i'm watching tv. getting the sewing machine out, however, requires effort. and more time and planning and coordinating, etc. but i love to sew! and i have a nice little stash of fabrics, patterns, and ideas that i'd like to end up as dresses and pieces in my etsy shop. lumped in with sewing is scrapbooking. but i just find that hard here in england as papercrafting supplies are ludicrously overpriced. craft. craft more. sew sew sew. yes. that.

4 - cook, cook, cook
after college and during grad school i moved back with my parents. i cooked a little, but mostly i baked. my cooking was largely just for me, not often for dinners. then i lived alone/only had to tend for myself. so since the scot and i moved in together, i've been feeling properly adult about cooking. (which, pushing 30, is a damn good thing!). teaching, i tend to be home by 5:30 and during the summer break, i've been home even more. the scot works til 6 or later. so i tend to do most of the cooking. stand-by recipes are nice, but i've been enjoying trying new things and perfecting a few that i've tried in the past. (pictured is last week's roast chicken which i most definitely be making again!).

i'll be keeping tabs on myself throughout the rest of 2010. and sharing little bits of the adventures. anyone else up for the challenge?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

of castles and kings, er, queens.

one of my best college pals (one of the marauders, our little group o'awesome), is in town. not to visit me, but to see london and england. she's here with another friend of hers. just for a week and they're super busy. but the scot and i were invited along to visit hever castle, the childhood home of anne boleyn, with them.

naturally, while i enjoyed the castle (no pics allowed inside :( ) and the grounds, i also enjoyed the lovely scenery for dolly photos. fauna came along. she doesn't get out much for some reason. but she's beautiful. we had fun.

it was a lovely day.