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Hi new readers!

Just a quick hi to all of you who’ve found me through the blog giveaway at My Girl Thursday! Browse on through the blog, the Flickr, the shop and the Twitter and let me know what you think!

I’m very busy today.. my boss is out of town and the hubs’ niece will be visiting from the Dallas area starting tomorrow. It’s her graduation present! (we still have a lot of cleaning to do. doh.)

PS – So excited you’re here.

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The Baby Shower in pictures

I just got back from Denver, and the Taylor Family baby shower went off without a hitch! I got to spend time with the soon-to-be parents and ogle their adorable nursery. Jamie looks like she’s about to pop! One more month to go…


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Invites for Baby Jasmine’s Shower


My best friend in the whole wide world and her (then) boyfriend got preggo kind of unexpectedly last year. They had a shotgun wedding, an amazingly fun celebration afterwards and have been nesting like mo-fos since then. Bestie Jamie is almost ready to pop, and I have the honor of helping put together her baby shower!
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RSS and site have changed

So the RSS link to my website has changed… because I finally made some much needed changes and switched hosting and whatnot! Changes will still be happening on this hear blog, I tell ya (Arrgghh!)… but for now I’m happy with the progress.

So to resubscribe to my bloggy blog, use the new RSS link button at the top right of my page. I don’t want y’all to miss anything important!

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Oh, Iris

We love dogs. We’re INSANELY in love with our first born son-dog, Clem. He has been the best thing we’ve ever done together. When we adopted our second born daughter-dog, Iris, we knew she’d be a challenge. She is, after all, a Pit Bull / Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. She is loving, sweet, comical and very intelligent.
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No time!

Hi all… I have no time to post. To make a really long story short…

We were supposed to go to roller derby last weekend to cheer on our awesome neighbor Slamburger Patty, but then Brett got his finger and tendon bit off by a bulldog at the dog park trying to attack Iris. THEN I got a horrible sinus infection and STILL had to go to work, am trying to figure out how to do training with our unruly pit bull, have two important meetings to go to after work, am printing my best friend’s baby shower invites AND am trying to take care of everything involving cutting/water/walking etc. for my husband who can’t do ANYTHING because of his poor finger.

Don’t look at this picture of his finger unless you’re ready to view the gore. EEK!

I’m busy. Be back soon.

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Ear Candy

For the past several years I’ve enjoyed being a part of ThreeImaginaryGirls.com, where I’ve written everything from live show reviews to album reviews to news tidbits. I put out a lot of good content for that site, and I ADORED being part of the imaginary team. Recently, however, I was craving a fresh start and so now… (drumroll)… I write for the illustrious Travis Hay at his super awesome music blog, Ear Candy!

My first two features, an album review of CocoRosie’s first album with Sub Pop Records, Grey Oceans, and a live show review of the band Fuck Buttons and their opener White Rainbow at a club in Seattle called Chop Suey, are up for your reading pleasure!

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Gristly Bits

I just want to take a second to mention my lovely husband, his cooking endeavors (he’s similarly obsessed with cooking as I am with crafting) and his long awaited food blog, Gristly Bits. Brett, that’s my husband, used to be married to a chef/cook lady before he met me. When we started dating I realized how fortuitous (another big word!) this was for me.
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Busy as a bee!

IMG_1791I’ve been busy guys. I’ve been making burp rags left and right, practicing needlefelting (I took a class on it by the ever-crafty pink-haired Moxie), practicing some embroidery, doing DIY tutorials for OffbeatBride.com, doing some intense training with our unruly pit bull, writing music reviews… and in the meantime trying to figure out what I want to do with my life.
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Recently thrifted and crafting!

I just love rummage sales. Fortunately, we live in a part of town that has a real sense of community, and with that comes many rummage sales and charity yard sales. This past weekend the hubs and I attended the Lakewood Seward Park Community Rummage Sale and came away with a few goodies for sure! I picked up about six wooden embroidery hoops for $.50! Hopefully, I’ll be using my new skills in needle-felting to make a mobile with the hoops.

We also nabbed a beetle box, which is so super weird and cool at the same time, and a lovely almost-all-the-way embroidered pillowcase. I think I’ll make an apron front out of it.. or maybe a summer tank top? The fate of this piece has yet to be decided. I think my love of cheap goods, and the thrill of the thrift, is rubbing off on the Mr. Man. He is eager to rummage! (more…)

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Record Store Day


I’m all about any self-made holiday that celebrates independent businesses… and Record Store Day is no exception. It’s a big deal here in Seattle and it seemed as if every indie record shop in the area had some sort of special discount, super-rare or unreleased goodies to offer or even a live performance or two.
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Maui

*Be sure to click ALL the links if you want to see the pictures, y’all

My hard-working, ever-awesome husband won a Peak performance award at his work (T-Mobile). Because he worked his arse off and saved the company in a pinch, he won the award and in turn won a trip to.. yeah, you guessed it.. MAUI! We had to attend some work social gatherings (actually quite a few) while we were there, but who can turn down a free trip to Maui? Not I, said the fly!
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Shop / Life Update

hubs and I at Kerry Park

A couple of weekends ago mi madre came to visit, all the way from Texas! Luckily the weather in Seattle wasn’t grim and gray as per the usual March days… it was beeautiful. We went to Kerry Park, which boasts the best skyline/view in Seattle, did some estate sale thrifting, took a daytrip to Poulsbo and got her a lil wine crunk at a wine bar in our neighborhood! It was a blast.

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Thriftin'

I used to thrift shop a lot. Back in college, where there were more thrift stores in my town than department stores, it was easy, cost-effective and stylish to dress in thrift store goods. These days I’m less into vintage t-shirts and more into the amazing kitsch you can find in those dusty palaces of discarded goods (one man’s trash!).

With the re-opening of my Etsy shop, my eye has been keen for cutesy little pieces in good condition that I can list for resale. It’s hard not to keep them all! Especially this adorable pomegranate wall hanging. And I hate to break it to ya, but I’m keeping this sweet vintage plate AND this pheasant wall art. They’re just too good to let go of.

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Lo & Behold on Etsy

Good news guys… I have officially re-opened my Etsy shop! I began the shop as an experiment, testing the waters of Etsy and trying to find my scope and direction. As I’ve been sewing and crafting more and more my focus has changed from custom vinyl graphics to vintage and thrifty finds and handmade home goods.

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Shortfalls

I hate even mentioning my shortfalls. I know I have them.. but who wants to list them out? Well, this year I’m doing things differently. I want to improve, but I don’t want to set rules. So I’m identifying these parts of myself and becoming aware of the ways in which I can change them, if I so wish. And I’m no perfectionist. I don’t WANT to change everything, but I do really need to be aware. Awareness is good.

Along with everything awesome about me, there are a few quirky/unsavory/weird things as well. Things I can’t keep myself from, resist or things I never seem to be able to do.

It pains me so.. but here are some of my shortfalls:

  • jalapeno cream cheese taquitos from 7-11
  • slip-on Vans sneakers
  • expecting too much of my friends and family
  • clinging to past loves and feelings
  • slow to forgive
  • plan EVERYTHING (includes putting even the most miniscule task on my calendar)
  • keeping even the smallest scraps of decorative paper
  • compulsion to make instead of buy (good be seen as a good thing!)
  • ginger ale and root beer
  • greasy taco truck tacos
  • nitpicking

There are many more shortfalls, believe me. But for the sake of my sanity, I’ll stop here. Next up on the docket? Things I’m GOOD at! Yay! I can’t wait for that one. It will be the bandage to my self-esteem that I’ll need after this post ūüôā

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¬°Perros del feliz cumplea√Īos!

Puppy Clem

January marks the birthdays of both of our canine children, Clem and Iris. Felix Cumpleanos mi perros!

As of (approximately) the 6th of January, 2010, the love of our lives, Clem-dog, turned six years old! He has been the best thing that ever happened to us, besides each other, and we feel SOOO fortunate to be able to love on this cutey everyday.

Grown-Up Clem

Clem is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Husky mix. Brett got him from the Dallas SPCA and surprised me at work at the record store! We had only been dating about two months, but it was the best decision we ever made. He’s been a buddy dog, a best friend, a cuddly fluffy and a wonderful son.
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