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Highlights of 2016

2016 was a pretty good year. Here is a look back on some of the highlights of my past year.

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Visiting Washington DC

We had visited  DC about five years ago and had always wanted to return, so this year we decided to get there by train. I had never traveled by train before and it was a lot of fun. This was also our first car-less vacation so it was an adventure to navigate the city through metro rides and buses.

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Sewing Machine

I had been wanting a sewing machine for a while, and when one showed up on sale at our favorite grocery store, Aldi, I threw it in the cart without thinking twice.

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Sewing a Dress

In the summer I started the overly ambitious project of sewing a dress for Halloween. I’d never sewed anything very complex before, and I ended up not even using a pattern because I couldn’t find one I liked. It ended up looking a bit ragged, but that was just fine for a creepy Halloween dress.

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New Job

Probably the best thing that happened this year was getting a job that was perfect for me. I work a a regenerative medicine center and grow organs and tissues for clinical trials. I like everything about it, and have the best boss, fun coworkers and a desk with a view of downtown!

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Pastel Hair

I added some lavender color to my hair in the spring, and ever since then I have had some sort of pastel color in my hair. Life’s too short to have normal hair!

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Beluga Whale

A late night trip to Walmart involved us throwing this Beluga Whale in the cart, laughing at how funny he looked riding around, and then taking him home. The Beluga Whale is a great addition to the house.

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Volt

It was time for a new car so we decided on this 2013 electric Chevy Volt! Both our cars were close to 20 years old so driving this car has been so great.

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Paid Off

We were able to pay off our house this year! We bought it foreclosed at a very low price, so we threw any extra money we had towards paying it off. Now I can’t wait to start some remodeling projects.

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Beach Trip

We took our yearly trip to our favorite seaside town of Atlantic Beach. I love it there!

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Construction

There has been plenty of construction going on around the city. I love capturing the progress of it.

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Plane Ride

I hadn’t ridden in a plane since I was four, so I decided it was time to go for a ride. Our plane was smaller than a train car and I was so freaked out that I couldn’t look at the window for the first 30 minutes. But I am ready to do it again because I love traveling!

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New York City

The plane ride took us to NYC!  I had been dreaming of visiting NYC during Christmas time and I am so excited we finally got to do it. The city was so much fun and I want to go back.

2016 was an exciting year all around. The only negative thing in it for me was that disaster of an election, but I am trying to keep my mind off that for my own sanity. I hope 2017 brings more travel, lot of fun projects,  and exciting adventures.

And maybe a new camera because mine is in the process of dying 🙁

Happy New Year everyone!

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New in The Shop

Tiny shells!


I got a little obsessed with tiny seashells on my last trip to the beach, and just like everything else I like, my first thought was to put them in resin. So I ventured out into the ocean where there were a bunch of these tiny shells and I scooped them up and brought them home. I also brought home a bag of sand while I was at it!

This is what I currently have listed in my Etsy shop. But I’ll be adding more soon!  These are so much fun to make.


I love seashells, but I always had a hard time trying to figure out how to display them. I think this is a really cool way to do it, and to be reminded of the beach all year round.
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New Look!

You may notice that it looks a bit different over here! I was just looking at my blog one day and I realized I disliked everything about the layout, I wanted something crisper and cleaner looking.  I am quite pleased with how it turned out! I kind of wish I took a screenshot of what it looked like before, so I could keep track of how it changes over time, but I kind of just started messing with the settings and before I knew it I came up with something completely different!  

I am really happy with my new layout, I wasn’t to excited to show people my blog before, but now I want to show everyone!