Monday, February 4, 2013

Moving On.

Ever have that feeling that everyone else is moving on with their lives and somehow you just missed the mark? Lately it feels as though every time I log onto Facebook another high school friend is getting married or having a baby.

About six or seven years ago I kept thinking I had so much time left and that there was no rush. Somehow before I realized what was happening people who are younger than I am are accomplishing more and I’m still stuck in the same place.

And of course ‘stuck’ is a wildly generous description seeing as in the last six months I moved to a different country and strange city all by myself where I didn't know a single person.

In the name of full disclosure I should also add that I haven’t exactly done my part as of late in moving my life forward. I spent so many years being jealous and angry that these things were happening for everyone else but at the same time I wasn't exactly putting myself out there either. So I guess in many ways I am to blame for feeling the way I do right now. 

So what's the solution here? If I knew that I likely would not be sitting here alone blogging. Stay tuned. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

2012 in redux.

This is definitely the longest blogging break I've taken since I started blogging almost 5 years ago. As 2012 is slowly coming to a close, I'm just going to do a semi-short (but I do tend to ramble) recap of my year.

In 2012 I..

..stood up in a wedding for the first time

..moved out on my own for the first time

..started a Masters program for the first time

..planned a bridal shower for the first time to be an extra on a popular television show for the first time

..was involved in a natural disaster for the first time

2012 has turned out to be a year of firsts for me, and if you'd told me a year ago that this is where I would be - I'd think you were crazy. It's been a crazy ride so far and I look forward to many more adventures.

I also really want to incorporate blogging back into my schedule, but Grad School is taking up a ridiculous amount of time so we'll see how that goes.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Coaster Crafts & Photo Editing

well hello there! It's been a while, how ya doing? I've become so addicted to Pinterest lately that my blogging has taken a real backseat. I have so many updates on my life to do but right now I'm taking the time ti finally post about some recent craft-successes.

Also - I'm probably the last one onto this particular bandwagon since it's closing soon - but I discovered Picnik. Seriously, where has this site been all my blogging-life? Suddenly I have such easy access to cute filters, fonts and editing software without needing to proper knowledge of Photoshop.

The bestest and I have started a weekly craft/Pilates night in order for us to finally do some of our Pinterest pins, stay in shape and have some much-needed girl time. There's some major changes going on in both our lives so this is definitely a much needed night!

These coasters were last week's craft - and our first success. We've done 3 crafts now, 2 failures (her picks) and 1 success (my pick) - not that I'm keeping track or anything. *smiles*

These are the easiest, cheapest and cutest coasters in the world. The cost per coaster is something ridiculous like $0.75 and you can use any image you want. We used scrapbook paper, but monograms or images would work just as well.

Materials Needed:

  • The tiles are 4x4 ceramics from Home Depot - purchased for the low cost of $0.38 a piece. 
  • Regular Mod Podge (mine is matte but a glossy finish would work too) - on hand
  • Acrylic Sealer - on hand
  • Sponge brushes - 6/$1 at Dollarama 
  • Self-Adhesive felt pads - 12/$1 at Dollarama 
  • Scrapbook paper - on hand 


  • Cut your scrapbook paper just a little bit smaller than the tile shape 
  • Coat each tile with a coat of Mod Podge
  • Carefully lay on the paper, I'd do it slowly because the Mod Podge begins to stick automatically
  • Smooth out any bumps or wrinkles - this will really bother you in the final product if you don't 
  • Coat the coaster with a second coat of Mod Podge. Don't worry if it goes on white, I promise you that it will dry clear
  • Let your coasters dry - about 10 minutes 
  • Use 4 self-adhesive felt pads for the bottom - one on each corner 
  • Take your coasters outside or into a well ventilated area and spray with a thin coat of Acrylic Sealer - this will keep the paper from peeling if it gets wet 
  • Enjoy your adorable new coasters! 

The best thing about these coasters is that they are so versatile - I see everyone I know getting these for Christmas/Birthday/Mother's Day/any random gift occasion 

Hope you're all having a great Easter/Passover/Weekend! 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thoughts on Thursday

- weekly girls nights really are good for the soul

- some crafts will undoubtedly fail. Others will be successful and turn out really cute

- there are all of a sudden so many new things I have to figure out on my own and it's overwhelming

- summer temperatures and sunshine in mid-March are my cup of tea

- I think I'm finally on track to becoming the person I'm supposed to be, but I keep fearing that something will happen to make it all come crashing down

- I love the Dollar Store. You can literally find everything there.

What are your Thoughts on Thursday?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Crafty Gal - Glitter DIY

Okay so it's probably one of the worst post titles ever but it was all I could come up with.

Lately I've become somewhat of a crafts person. You can blame Pinterest for this particular hobby. I was never particularly creatively gifted as a child, I liked to paint and color (and still do) but that's pretty much where my talent ended - until recently. This glitter DIY jar was my first major project - and the idea was courtesy of Tiffany over at I am Style-ish 

It was supremely simple to create, and didn't cause anywhere near the amount of mess that I expected.

The materials:

Mod Podge, Dollar Store glitter, Dollar Store jar

The procedure: 

  • First, line a bowl with tin foil (it makes the clean-up a thousand times easier)
  • Next, add the glitter and mod podge to the bowl. I used a rough 2:1 ratio (meaning twice the glitter for the mod podge). I used a sponge brush (bought at the Dollar Store) to combine the mixture.
  • Lastly, pour the glitter-mod podge mix into the container and swirl it around slowly so that the entire jar is evenly coated.You'll see a lot of white peeking through, don't worry the mod podge will dry clear.

After coating the jar, still wet 

Finished product! 

I took these pictures on my BlackBerry which has a crappy camera, but the finished jar has a nice blue sparkle to it and makes a perfect pen holder.