Category Archives: Family

The Bad, The Good, and Life…

The Bad

I’ve been away for a few reasons. At first it was my job keeping me busy and tired. Then I started having issues with my main computer, my desktop, and now it has completely broken down and I haven’t been able to do much with it. All of my media and documents should still be recoverable but since I was also broke until recently (got my first direct deposit money from work!) I wasn’t able to buy a new hard drive and HDD case to transfer things over.

Is it weird that I miss my computer? I have a notebook computer that I am typing this post from but I really miss my dual-monitor desktop computer. :) I guess it was about time. I’ve had that computer for years now. It probably needs a few upgrades which I don’t really want to even think about because it can be very costly.

I haven’t even been able to post new items to Etsy because I had already transferred all of my product pictures to my desktop. So, I will have to retake pictures of the items I didn’t post. (Except for the one listed below. I had it as a draft listing. Yay!)

The Good

Even though work has kept me busy and I come home tired it is still fun for me. I like the challenge of interacting with a wide array of people. Most are nice, some not so much but with every interaction I learn what to do, what not to do, and what to say. I’ve never worked in such a fast-paced job before but I am enjoying it. I truly enjoy working with all of my coworkers and the office manager is extremely nice and funny and praises my work almost every day I’m there.

In other life news… Travis and I are now engaged! He proposed on my birthday after we came home from having dinner at our favorite restaurant. Travis said there’s some palladium mixed in with the gold in the ring, a little tidbit he knew I’d like since I love the Iron Man movies and have watched the second Iron Man movie a gazillion times now. :P

I have also done a bit of marketing for my business, Computer Mystic, by handing out my business cards to some of my coworkers and even to a woman who works at JC Penny who said she needed computer lessons and would call me! So I’m hoping my business will actually provide me some income this year. Hehe.

All in all the good and the bad haven’t brought me down (too much). I’ve taken a small break from crafting but also recently took up crocheting again and that has been extremely fun. I used to crochet as a kid because my mom used to also. I never created anything too fancy or complicated past any beginning starting chain stitches but that skill has come in handy. I made really cute red crocheted hearts which I planned on making earrings out of and started on a neckwarmer necklace. I will have pictures later on sometime.

I’m looking forward to making greater, bigger, and cooler crocheted things in the future. I can’t wait! I need to make a stop at Hobby Lobby for more yarn and crochet needles. ;)

Etsy Listing

This stone bead bracelet with chocolate brown, hand-braided suede cord was a draft listing I luckily created before my computer went kaput. The stone is really cool. It’s a bit oversized but I like it. What do you think?

Bracelet: Braided Brown Suede Leather Cord with Brown Fossil Stone and Goldtone Findings, Extendable, Lobster Clasp

Bracelet: Braided Brown Suede Leather Cord with Brown Fossil Stone and Goldtone Findings, Extendable, Lobster Clasp

I think that’s all that’s happened in the past few weeks I’ve been away from blogging. We survived the Washington snowmageddon which closed down my work office for at least 4 days. Travis still trudged in to work.

What bad, good, and life things have you been trudging through?

~T

Share

Football, Key Lime Pie, Organizing, and Etsy Listings! Whew!

Football & Pie Firsts

I watched my first full football game on TV at Jersey’s in Shoreline with Travis and his parents, Alan and Janet, where I also had my first ever key lime pie on Thursday of last week (Dec. 29th)! Each of the three times I have been to Jersey’s I have had the Tuna Melt. It is sooooo delicious!

What I thought I knew about football was almost completely wrong. And it was actually fun to watch. We watched the University of Washington Huskies vs. Baylor from Texas. Alan and Janet patiently answered my questions about the rules of the game and what certain actions meant because at the beginning of the game I was totally lost.

I did not get to see who won, we left before the game ended with Baylor in the lead. We had had a long day of cleaning. I was helping Alan earlier that day to clean and organize his “office”, which used to be Travis’ old bedroom.

The key lime pie was really good. I am not sure why I had not had any before. Maybe because I do not know what a key lime is? A quick Google search tells me that its Spanish name is lima, which I am familiar with and was a fruit we would eat sometimes when I was a kid.

Cleaning & Organizing

As I mentioned earlier, last Thursday I was helping Alan clean and organize his office. He gave us a few things he did not want or have use for. Alan gave Travis old art supplies he had lying around for paper mache. He also gave us a cat bed, he said his cats did not like it but ours LOVE that bed, especially Ashes. Look at him enjoying a nap in there:

Ashes in Cat Bed

Ashes in Cat Bed

Ashes in Cat Bed

Ashes in Cat Bed

And just for fun, here is one of Ashes propping his head on the legs of a chair. He seems to like propping his head in/on the weirdest places/positions:

Ashes Props His Head On Rolling Chair Leg

Ashes Props His Head On Rolling Chair Leg

I have a couple of white cardboard IKEA magazine file boxes to give to Alan since he does not really have a paper organizational area on his desk or nearby.

By the way, he has a new project he has been working on and has a Facebook page (Quiet Mind) and website (HearQuietMind.com) set up where you can listen to and buy his stress relief audio tracks.

State of the Art Psychological Magic for Immediate Stress Relief, Inner Harmony & Consciousness Expansion.

In other news, our building has installed new high-tech washing machines and dryers. High efficiency, front loading which reduces water, electricity and laundry soap usage. The really cool thing is that we can now check online and see which machines are in use and also check if our load is done. They can also send you a text message or email to notify you when it is done! Very useful since we have to go up and down three flights of stairs. Ouch.

Check out the demo page here.

This Week’s Etsy Listings

I have been in a bit of a crafting block lately so I only had the following two items to list this week, but yesterday I created seven completely new items! They will show up in my Etsy store in the next few days.

A really pretty bracelet made with light pink glass pearl beads, a thin goldtone metal chain, and a statement goldtone mesh bow charm that hangs in the middle. The pearls are threaded on a stretchy, clear cord that ideally fits around a size 7 1/2 inch wrist. It is one of my pricier items but it is justified as it took me at least an hour and a half to create because of the individual jump rings I installed between each pearl bead to loop the thin chain. I wanted the chain to hang a little longer away from the beads but I like how it ended up looking like the chain is wrapped around the pearls.

Stretch Bracelet: Pink Glass Pearls Wrapped with a Goldtone Metal Chain and Featuring a Goldtone Mesh Bow Metal Charm, for Women

Stretch Bracelet: Pink Glass Pearls Wrapped with a Goldtone Metal Chain and Featuring a Goldtone Mesh Bow Metal Charm, for Women

My next item is a tan colored double-wrap, braided suede cord bracelet with goldtone findings and a lobster clasp closure. The suede cord is really soft and flexible and not the kind that is stiff, so it is very comfortable and light on the wrist. I made one for myself a few months back in gray with silvertone findings and I love mine!

Bracelet: Double-Wrap Tan Braided Suede Cord with Goldtone Findings, for Men or Women

Bracelet: Double-Wrap Tan Braided Suede Cord with Goldtone Findings, for Men or Women

Tell me what you think! I know I am all over the place design-wise on my items. I am still trying to find my niche of items to make and perfecting my craft. I will get there some day, for now I am just giving everything a try. :)

Thanks for reading!

~T

 

Share

Festivities, Gifts, and New Etsy Listings

Festivities

Travis and I hosted this year’s December festivities at our home for his family (my family lives in Chicago). We live in a small one-bedroom condo. It is the perfect size (well, almost perfect ;) for us but not the best size for a family gathering but we made it work!

We cleared our crafting area/table and put all of it temporarily in a corner of our bedroom. That gave us table space for desserts and snacks! I made flan and Nutella cookies, Travis’ mom, Janet, brought pumpkin cookies and a pumpkin pie, Tessa brought some of her mom’s cookies, and Travis’ aunt Carol brought some kale chips, wine, and pomegranate juice.

For dinner, we made a slow-cooked cilantro lime chicken and it was really good. Everyone loved it. Even the picky eaters. ;)

We also had a mixed salad and a green rice casserole that Janet made. Both were very good. There were a variety of drinks, too! I made champurrado which is a thick hot chocolate drink. Travis was in charge of the mixed drinks: eggnog martini (his aunt Carol really liked it); Janet and I had Margaritas; I also had a mojito and a wine/pomegranate liqueur mixed drink (the original recipe called for champagne); and Tessa had a watermelontini. Not sure what Travis’ dad or brother, Alan and Spencer, had.

We first watched the first Home Alone movie and Elf with Alan and Janet. Alan showed me how to play cribbage and then played a short round of it with Alan, Janet, and me and Travis. I think I got the gist of it. It seemed a little complicated at first with all the counting of the cards but it was fun, too. This brings up the total of card games I know to two!

With everything going on, I did not get to take any pictures but I will post the ones that Janet managed to get. :)

The very few pictures taken on the day by Janet Way:

Carol with a yummy eggnog martini!

Carol with a yummy eggnog martini! Travis likes filling drink to the brim. :) There's Spencer in the back, too. We're sorry Larry couldn't make it. Hope he's doing better!

Janet's pumpkin pie. Very yummy!

Janet's pumpkin pie. Very yummy!

My flan.

My flan.

I like how all of these pictures came out looking vintage-y and sepia-toned.

Gifts

Oh, and the gifts! I think everyone liked what they received. Janet handed me down her sewing machine! I had been wanting one for so long! And it reminds me of my mom’s old sewing machine she had a very long time ago when I was a kid. Nostalgia. Janet, you have a knack for knowing what I want/need/like! :D

She also gave me a few scarves. I can always use more scarves. It is a great way to dress up or change up your outfits! She also gave me a little set of bar soaps which I will use for when out-of-town friends visit us in April.

Carol gave us some neat stuff, too! Vintage Polaroid instant cameras (I LOVE cameras!) and vintage jewelry type stuff that were her grandmother’s.

For my first time ever hosting anything I think I did well. And cooking for people, that was kinda scary. :)

Vintage Miscellanea

Vintage Miscellanea. I already have an idea for the big vintage weaved button with a ring behind it.

Vintage Polaroid Camera - Sun600 LMS

Vintage Polaroid Camera - Sun600 LMS

Vintage Polaroid Camera - Supercolor 635CL

Vintage Polaroid Camera - Supercolor 635CL

Vintage Singer Sewing Machine

Vintage Singer Sewing Machine

Vintage Singer Sewing Machine

Vintage Singer Sewing Machine

This Week’s Etsy Listings

I try to post four to five new items once a day per weekday but since this past week has been so busy I only have the following three items:

Vintage Espresso Brown Fabric Covered Button on an Adjustable Silvertone Metal Ring

Vintage Espresso Brown Fabric Covered Button on an Adjustable Silvertone Metal Ring

Pearly and Black Plastic Button with Light Pink Glass Pearls Stretch Bracelet

Pearly and Black Plastic Button with Light Pink Glass Pearls Stretch Bracelet

Gray Knit Button on an Adjustable Silvertone Metal Ring Base

Gray Knit Button on an Adjustable Silvertone Metal Ring Base

This week has been great. Ashes and Cheesecake came out to greet the family a few times during the festivities. Ashes was more shy and stayed in the bedroom longer but Cheesecake would come and go as usual. He loved all the petting and all the wrapping paper on the floor.

Looking forward to next week, next year, and beyond.

~T

Share

Playing with Clay, Etsy Successes, and a New Job!

Playing with Clay

Last Friday, I decided to finally get my feet wet and try my hand at working with clay. I used some of the clay Travis bought some time ago, although, he also bought me this really nice set of metallic bake clay but I wanted to try the easier/cheaper stuff he had that only needs to be air dried.

I made a few different heart-shaped pieces, a round disc-like piece with my thumbprint, and a round hoop with a chain print. The clay pieces came out pretty nicely, my favorite being this heart-shaped piece:

 I poked a small hole at the top intersection of the shape so I can connect a jump ring and use it as a pendant. I need to finish painting it. I think it will be completely red. I am really liking the bright red I am using here. :)

Travis’ Eyeglass Holders Taking Over & First Etsy Sale

Since Tuesday (December 6th) when Travis made his first Etsy sale, Travis has been on an eyeglass making kick! He was so excited. :) Travis has been putting together more eyeglass holders after work and on his days off and they are starting to take over one of our condo windows and the wall next to it.

The more eyeglass holders Travis makes the prettier they are. I think he already has a great eye for design and he is not afraid of colors, he LOVES them. The crazier the better. ;)

This Week’s Etsy Listings

Vintage Pink Knit Button

Vintage Pink Knit Button

 

Sage Green Velveteen Ribbon & Chain Bracelet

Sage Green Velveteen Ribbon & Chain Bracelet

Large Vintage Navy Blue Fabric Button Ring

Large Vintage Navy Blue Fabric Button Ring

Lime Green and Iridescent Purple River Shell Beads Ring

Lime Green and Iridescent Purple River Shell Beads Ring

White and Purple River Shell Beads Ring

White and Purple River Shell Beads Ring

White and Iridescent Purple/Pink River Shell Beads Earrings

White and Iridescent Purple/Pink River Shell Beads Earrings

New Job!

Earlier today I received a call from H&R Block, I had a job interview with them last week, and I got the job! I’m really excited and looking forward to having a job once again. I will, of course, continue creating things because I love doing it and since this job is only seasonal, I will need something to fall back on once it the tax season is over.

So happy!

~T

Share

Crafty Addiction

Hobby Lobby Addiction

Since this craft store, Hobby Lobby, has opened in our area about a month or so ago Travis and I have been visiting the store and buying cool things we find. And we buy something EACH TIME WE GO! It is crazy but it has also been very fun. I have enjoyed all my trips there and most of the time I get things I actually need as opposed to things that I just like. It takes quite a bit of restraint. ;)

Hobby Lobby has lots of really cool stuff and we just cannot help ourselves sometimes when we visit. So far their prices have been more affordable than Jo-Ann or Michael’s (both of which are also very near us!).

And… Guess what? We just discovered yet another crafty store on Monday. This is a smaller store full of weird/cool things. They also have a “creation station” where you can go and use their space for a small fee to make whatever you want with whatever they have. The store is called Creation Station.

Here is their store blurb from their website:

Creation Station is an innovative crafts store and art studio located in Lynnwood, Wash. For the past 15 years, we have supplied surplus and recycled materials to teachers, students, artists, inventors, scientists, engineers and all those who love to create and dream.

And here is their cute business card:

front

back

Here are a few pictures I took while we were there (using my iPhone camera, some pictures may be blurry/dark):

Decor

Some handmade decor. There are tons of other "decorations" around the store, some used as samples to give you ideas for item uses.

Single cabinet doors.

Single cabinet doors. Great for painting and creating some other great artwork on.

Red Milk Caps

Red milk caps.

Empty VHS Tape Boxes

Empty VHS tape boxes.

Cardboard Tabs

Cardboard tabs with a few strung together as ornaments.

Flattened Milk Cartons

Flattened new, unused milk cartons.

Empty Bottles, Lids, etc.

Empty bottles, lids, etc.

Tiles

Tiles

We will be sure to go back and support this small business. I bought a small roll of leather, a package of wire, and a fabric sampler book thingy with some cool fabrics I hope to be using.

Supporting Local Artists

On Saturday, Travis’ mom (Janet), invited me to tag along with her to a local artists “Annual Holiday Show and Bargain Extravaganza” which she held in her home that also serves as her studio/factory. The artist is Mary-Melinda Wellsandt and she keeps a blog here: http://marymelindasworld.blogspot.com/ Beautiful home, by the way.

I also found her Facebook page and Flickr photo stream. Very stalkery of me, I know, but these pages are out there for the public to see! ;)

She creates beautiful glass pieces such as vases, tumblers, candle holders, and wine and martini glasses. I bought two martini glasses at $20 each (seen in a picture at the end of this post on the left). They had a nice, subtle green hue to them with a pretty design.

While at Mary-Melinda’s place she had flyers for other friends’ “Holiday Bazaar & Social” who live nearby and was also holding this little event at their home, Dee and Matt. Matt owns a store on Queen Anne called Four Winds Artful Living and he would be having some of the items from his store for sale at this home event at a 10% discount. Among some of the items there were cashmere scarves and hats, pashmina shawls, leather handbags, candles and soaps, jewelry, handmade paper journals, pretty Thai silk coin purses, and t-shirts. I bought a little sage green coin purse because it was about all I could afford at that point. It is really pretty with roses sewn on and I had been looking for a coin purse anyway!

Matt and Dee have a beautiful home and it is right at the end of their street overlooking Lake Washington! Take a look at the great view they get to wake up to:

View of Lake Washington

View of Lake Washington. Their house is on the right edge of the picture.

More Lake Washington views

More Lake Washington views. I panned a little more to the left.

Front Entrance

Matt and Dee's front entrance to their home.

Pond

They also have this cute little pond with actual fish! I did not get any fish in the picture, however. :(

Afterwards, Janet and I walked around in the Columbia City neighborhood, near where the Farmer’s Market she works at. We went into a gallery and looked around. We saw some neat things and even some of Mary-Melinda’s pieces. There were some button rings(!!!) and bracelets on display, too! They were really pretty and gave me some ideas to work with. We visited a small store of one of Janet’s long-time customers but she was not there. There were some really cool pieces in the shop, too. For a light lunch/dinner we stopped in at a small but nice pizza place (I do not remember the name!) and had a “pizzete”, a small 8″ personal pizza which we shared, and I had a raspberry lemonade. It was all very yummy!

Later that night, Travis, Janet, Alan (Travis’ dad), and I went to Cinebarre to watch the new Muppets movie. It was better than I thought it was going to be and it was very funny and entertaining. Janet also gave me a tin box full of beautiful/cool vintage rings (50’s/60’s) that were Travis’ grandmother’s! I had always dreamed of being handed-down something from a grandparent but I never met or knew any of my grandparents except my mom’s dad who lives in Florida, but we do not really keep in touch as he does not speak Spanish/English very well.

Here are a couple of sneak peeks of the buttons I received:

Tin With Vintage Buttons

Tin With Vintage Buttons!

Vintage Buttons

A few of the vintage buttons I plan to use. More leather braided buttons, too!

New Etsy Listings

A cute pink satin ribbon and goldtone aluminum metal chain bracelet. :)

Bracelet: Pink Satin Ribbon and Goldtone Metal Chain Bracelet

Pink Satin Ribbon and Goldtone Metal Chain Bracelet

A retro looking ring made from a vintage brown leather braided button.

Vintage Brown Leather Braided Button Ring

Vintage Brown Leather Braided Button Ring

Another vintage button ring this time in navy blue and it is a fabric ring with a goldtone metallic ring as the base for the button. The ring part is still a silvertone ring.

Vintage Navy Blue Fabric and Goldtone Button

Vintage Navy Blue Fabric and Goldtone Button Ring

Vintage button ring in black fabric with a goldtone ring as the base of the button.

Vintage Black Fabric and Goldtone Button Ring

Vintage Black Fabric and Goldtone Button Ring

And lastly, one more vintage button ring, similar to the previous one except this one is a little bigger.

Large Vintage Black Fabric and Goldtone Button Ring

Large Vintage Black Fabric and Goldtone Button Ring

Again, thank you for reading! My posts continue to grow and get longer but since I am really only posting once a week I think it is ok. What do you think?

~T

Share