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New in the Shop

I just added a bunch of these cute bonsai magnets to my Etsy Shop!
I did a variety of ones with a black background and some with a mint background. I can’t decide which ones I like best!

I really love these bonsai stamps, they’re definitely one of my favorites to make. Maybe it’s because it was these stamps in particular that made me dream up my resin business!  It all started when Steven found them on a box at work and brought them home to me because he thought I would like them. And I did!  I liked them so much in fact, that I held on to them for months and months trying to figure out exactly what to do with them. I ended up ruining my original bonsai stamps in a resin disaster, but I found more on ebay and have made plenty of magnets and necklaces to make up for my ruined ones. 

Do any of you guys have Etsy shops?  If so, post a link and I’ll follow you!

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New Hair

I changed my hair!

I wanted to grow it out really long, about to my mid waist, but it just wasn’t growing. In fact it had been the same length for about three years and I couldn’t figure out why!  Then just recently I realized that was incredibly damaged; the strands just kept snapping off and that’s why it looked like it hadn’t grown. It had gotten so bad that the hairs on the top of my head were only a few inches long, from where they had broken off. There was no saving it!  

I think the damage mainly came from washing my hair and using a hair dryer every single night, and then a straightener every morning for years. It was time to find a healthier hair routine! 

I bought myself a nice boars hair brush, some sharp scissors, a hair dryer with a cold setting and some lightener (One last round of damage!) 

I wanted it to be blonde again, because it’s easier to upkeep than red hair and I can dye it less. Also I only need to dye my roots when it’s blonde as opposed to my whole head. I decided to use this stuff because it’s supposed to be less damaging than bleach, and when I used it the first time I lightened my hair it it worked well.

Here is what it looked like before, this photo doesn’t show damage but it was there!

I realized that this lightener is mainly for un-dyed hair.. My roots turned blonde right away but the colored parts were stubborn!  I left it on for an hour and a half, the maximum amount of time it said to do.  The first time I had used it my hair wasn’t that dark, I didn’t take that into consideration this time.
Annnd this is what I ended up with. Blonde roots, red bangs and orange all over. So I ran out that morning and picked up another box of lightener.
An hour and a half later, it was still dang orange! But I didn’t want to lighten it a third time so I decided to go with it.
I gave myself this haircut, but it was really hard to style, the ends were super poofy and I couldn’t get them to do anything. It also sort of resembled a helmet. So I called my mom over and she gave it some layers to make it was easier to tame, and help it curl on its own.
And here is the result!  (The frizzy parts sticking out are the broken split ends)

 Of course the most annoying part of a new hairstyle is all the strange comments I have to put up with. When I showed up at work last Monday there were plenty of “What did you do?!” and “Was that on purpose?” My favorite response though was the lady who stared at me for a good 30 seconds before saying “You know, most salons can fix that.” And then wanted to give me the name of a place I could go! Another person asked me when I was going to be fixing it.

But despite everybody’s crazy opinions I really like it!  The orange has already faded quite a bit.

Also, the night before I took these last few photos I didn’t used shampoo when I washed my hair!  I tried that “no poo” method, using only baking soda and apple cider vinegar to bring back my hair’s natural oils. I expected my hair to be pretty greasy just like the tutorials warned, but it wasn’t!  Aside from being hard to comb when it was wet, it wasn’t any different from using shampoo. I think because I have been washing it a lot less for the past few months, it has already had the chance to start producing its natural oils again. I am going to keep it up this no poo thing and report back!

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My Goals for 2015

Well, it’s 2015. I feel like every year the new number gets a little more shocking to see. Where did the time go?  I still have the mindset that 2007 was like, two years ago. Anyway, so I made a few goals last year, let’s see how I did!
Finally be done with school
 Check!  I think I’ve talked about school enough so I’ll leave it at that.

Plant a vegetable garden and expand on my other gardens
I definitely completed this goal, I had so much fun in the garden last year, and we even bought a tree!

Get my Etsy shop up and running and keep it up
 I pretty much completed this, I did take a few breaks every now and then, but for the most part I kept it going pretty well.

Fix up the house some more
 We finished our dining room this year, but since my hours got cut back in April we couldn’t afford to get our pipes changed around for a washer and dryer.  🙁

Eat healthier
We definitely ate way healthier this year than ever before, thanks to the vegetable garden and our nifty vegetable spiralizer!

Ride bikes more
 Fail. We robe bikes maybe once or twice this whole year. We did start jogging though!  Which lasted for about a month..

Get less stressed about school and work
That was kind of hard the first part of the year. I was forced to go on some really terrible and pointless business trips at my old job and the last one ended up with my boss convincing himself that we caught anthrax at the CDC. Which turned onto a whole ordeal that involved him trying to convince me take really strong antibiotics and help him sue the place. I never want to go anywhere near Atlanta ever again, or hear anything about the CDC ever again.  But after all that was over, I adopted a new carefree attitude and  haven’t gotten stressed about much since. Of course it helps that I have a normal job now!

So overall I think I did pretty well on my goals for the year. It’s nice to sit down and think about what things I’d like to complete in the next year. here’s what I came up with:

Exercise at least five times a week
I started last year out doing this, but never kept it up. I am such a weakling that I feel like I have absolutely no muscle at all. Now that I sit at a desk all day my upper back has been insanely sore and I’d like that to go away!  I think exercising and strengthening my muscles will help.

Read more  
I have so many books on my list to read, some of which I have been attempting to read for the past three years!  But so much time passes in between reading that I always have to start over.

Put up a privacy fence in the back yard and/or get a new shed
 We definitely want to replace the ivy fence with a regular fence, (That ivy is out of control!!) and put up a fence on the other side of the yard, which I am ecstatic about because I don’t like being outside while the neighbors are out there, (They might do something crazy, like talk to me!)  Also if we have enough money we would like to get a new tool shed and put it at the end of the driveway instead of in the middle of the yard like our rusty one is now.

Finally get a washer and dryer hookup 
Hopefully we can do it this year, I can’t imagine how luxurious it must be to not leave the house to do laundry.

Have Etsy shop and blog events
I’d like to start doing some fun stuff with my Etsy shop, like giveaways and monthly sales. Also finally get around to photographing the hoard of stuff I have waiting to go in my shop.

Get my film developed and take more film photos
 I have about five rolls of film from various cameras sitting around that I really need to get developed, and see if these cameras actually work. Haha.

What are your goals for the new year?

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New Job and Many Thoughts on Leaving My Old Job

I can hardly believe that it happened, but I have a new job.

Next month would have been my three year anniversary at my previous job. A job I once loved and was certain I would work at for the rest of my life. I was a microbiologist at a start up company, growing bacteria to be used in environmentally friendly products. It was a small company and it felt like a family; everyone got along and we always celebrated each others birthdays, and anniversaries and had the best Christmas parties.  I’m not exactly sure what happened, but sometime around this time last year things changed. I could probably write a thousand page book about all the ridiculous things that went on there. It just kept getting worse and all the crazy little things kept adding up until eventually no one could take it anymore, but nobody really wanted to leave. We all wanted everything to work out. I stuck around as long as I could, until I just couldn’t handle it anymore, yet I still feel weird about leaving. But I think it’s for the best..

Anyway, my new job.
 I actually now work at the same company as my husband! It’s a deffirent department than his, so we don’t really work together, but we run into each other a few times a day which is always funny. It’s a medical testing lab and I never in a million years thought I would work there, I always thought I would work in the research field. The job I applied for was literally my last resort; I had already applied for everything else and was feeling hopeless. Crazily enough I had an interview there at the end of the week! My job is to receive in all the samples that get sent in from hospitals, sort them, order the tests and prepare them for testing. Which is a huge change from my last job! For one, I am constantly busy. There is never a second of downtime, compared to my last job where it wasn’t rare to have hours with with nothing to do.  Also making the switch from a tiny company to an enormous one is pretty different. On the good side they have everything figured out, and on the bad side there isn’t any freedom or flexibility like there was at the last job. Also going from having about 10 or 12 coworkers to having 100s, is pretty weird.

My new hours will take some getting used to, I had been on part since April  and pretty much stopped working in August, so I really got used to all that free time. I probably won’t be blogging quite as much, but that’s okay because I post a little too much anyway. But, it will be nice to finally have money again, I had been afraid to spend anything for about a year now because I never knew if or when the next paycheck would come.

Anyway, this is a new adventure and I am looking forward to the change! I didn’t expect to write all of this but I guess I had more to say than I thought.
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I Made a Button

Hey everyone!  I finally got around to making myself a button link for my blog, and I also added a section on my page for links to other blogs.  I went through my list and already added a few people, but if anyone else wants me to link to them just let me know and I will.

You can find my button on my new “Contact Me” page.. Or right here!


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Our First Wedding Anniversary

Today is our first wedding anniversary!

We always knew we wanted a casual, un-traditional wedding, more like a big fun party than anything else. We didn’t want to make our guests sit through a long ceremony, and than wait even longer to eat boring finger foods. This way our guests could start partying and pigging out as soon as they got there on all kinds of stuff, including hot wings, stroganoff and all the cheesey treats you can imagine! 

We choose my Mom’s lovely house and yard as the location and invited everyone we knew. We had the ceremony in the morning with just a few family members around, then had a delicious brunch and got ready for the big party later in the day.

 To make me laugh in this photo he said “I just imagined Cloud in a bikini… :/”

(Any guesses as to what my favorite color is??)
My mom spent months preparing her house and yard for the big day and everything turned out so well, way better than I could have imagined! You should check out some of the other events she has put together here.

One whole room was dedicated to desserts and treats and another was dedicated to the food! (See more photos of the dessert room here, I didn’t want to overwhelm everybody with too many pictures!)
My only regret is that I didn’t get to stand right here the entire night and pig out on all this CHEESE.

The backyard was transformed into a magical land!  My out of town family members arrived the day before and we worked into the evening to create this lovely scene.

It was a lot of fun, I’m so glad we decided to have a laid back wedding that was (almost!) stress free. It was a pretty exhausting day so we were relieved when it was all done and an entire week at the beach lay ahead of us. Although I do wish I could go back and enjoy the party as if I were a guest, the whole day flew by so fast!

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July Recap

I can’t believe it’s already August and the last full month of summer! Time has really flew these past few months.  Here is a look back at some highlights in July:

 For the Fourth of July I baked a pie! I never knew how easy they were to make. We also had some yummy kabobs.

Playing with sparklers.

For my sister’s birthday she had a costume party and dressed as Elsa from Frozen.

And I dressed as a 60s house wife! Check out my mom’s party planning blog for more pictures: makeitspecialpartyplanning
 My aunt and grandma came for a visit and we all went to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s house. 

Cloud was angry at us for leaving her and wouldn’t let me touch her. She also pigged out while we were gone and got really fat.

We made fried green tomato sandwiches with tomatoes from our garden just like I had been dreaming about! We used pesto havarti cheese and it was so yummy!

 I have been making a lot of jewelry recently, these ones can be found in my shop!

And just last week we visited a dairy farm where I got to pet a day old baby cow and nearly died from cuteness overload.

I am really looking forward to August, we are going to the BEACH.
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My 100th Blog Post!

It’s my 100th blog post! 

I kind of started blogging on a whim and I am really excited that I have been able to keep up with it and have continued to have plenty ideas for posts. For my one hundredth post I decided to share some of my favorite photos that I’ve taken over the years. Enjoy!

(Probably my all-time favorite, it’s hanging in our living room!)

I didn’t really expect many people to see my blog or follow it so I am always overwhelmed at the amount of responses I get, and each comment I read really brightens my day! Thanks a bunch guys, I can’t wait to share hundreds of more posts 🙂
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Versatile Blogger Award

A little while back Abigail over at Sweeter Gets the Journey, awarded me with the versatile blogger award! She has a wonderful blog about adventures with her cute little pup, nightly sunset photos and just every day happenings in her hometown, go check it out!

For the Versatile blogger award you reveal seven facts about yourself and then nominate some other bloggers for the award, so here it goes:

1) I find myself inspired by odd things: Clotheslines, power lines, crumbling factory buildings in the city.. Those are things I could photograph for hours!

2) I haven’t seen my natural hair color in about six years. And I don’t plan on seeing it anytime soon.

3) I love cleaning. Or maybe I just despise messes and clutter so much that the thought of keeping it away makes me enjoy cleaning. I feel itchy and anxious if the house is a mess.

4) I love astronomy, learning about the universe always blows my mind. I love looking up at the stars at night.

5) I have been studying french on and off since I was little. One day I hope to be fluent in it and then I want to visit France.

6) One time when I was little I swallowed a french fry weird and it scrapped the inside of my throat. I thought it had poked a hole in my throat so I had meltdown in the middle of McDonalds and refused to eat french fries for years after that.

7) Now that I’m grown and am eating  French fries again, they might be one of my favorite foods aside from pizza. I could eat them every day.

Here are my nominations!

Sonya at Fashion Fragile

Faye at Oh Darling

Thanks again Abigail for nominating me! 🙂