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Soo my pink tips have faded. And not wanting just blond ends, I took matters into my own hands.

20130729-073704.jpg I now have ends which are blue, purple and pink. I’ve also acquired the nickname: my little pony (specifically – dreams pony) from the bf. I don’t watch the show but I love being referred to as magically fantastic horse. Ha.

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I have a new nest. After what seems like eons of legal paperwork and home preparations I am the proud new owner of a new nest with my love bird. Yes this is all very sappy – but I love it. I especially love referring to the “nest” as a nest, if only to see the fiancé’s eye roll.

My future hubs and I started house hunting in February. Our thought was that we should start looking because it might take us a while to find a house that was juuuusssst right for us. I’ve never owned anything so large, nothing. I never owned my own car, or a condo. The fiancé had owned the condo we were living in, so he had an idea of what he wanted, but I definitely did not.

We called up our realtor and made an appointment to see some of the properties he had lined up for us, with an understanding of our general home parameters. We wanted to stay in the city, within walkable distance to amenities and we also wanted a newer home with a substantial kitchen. On this first outing we looked at 10 properties. As we made our way from property to property I saw things that I liked but something was always off. I liked elements, but never the whole. Each house felt like a new dress that was pretty and new, but just didn’t fit me. I couldn’t imagine cooking dinner in the kitchen, or what it would feel like to have family stay with us.

Weary from the day we agreed to see one last place before calling it quits for the night. We pulled into a quiet block and up to a duplex. As we opened the front door and walked into the kitchen, I sighed out loud. This was it. I could see it all. Family in the kitchen eating a meal together or friends over to watch UFC. Best of all my fiancé felt the same. It was a fit, it was like waking up to all the possibilities of what this space would mean for us. More time for us with our friends, space for family to come and visit in comfort and maybe a dog after the wedding. So we bought it.

For anyone who has gone through this first home purchase you know how all-encompassing it can be. Learning about mortgages, readying your existing property for sale, home inspections and appraisals and then physically moving. I dropped off the grid for a while. But the hard part is over. We are in our new place now. We aren’t unpacked. We likely won’t be for a while, but our nest is all ours. And straw by straw we are creating our home together.

So to all our friends and family, Thank you! Thanks for your advice and your patience while we’ve been so busy. And to anyone who follows this blog thanks for sticking around through my silence the past couple of months. My absence from the blog is nearly at an end. And thanks to the new nest I have so many ideas for new projects.

Hugs

K

I’ve been contemplating my next big project. I like to have one one the go at all times.

The past couple years I’ve:
– taken a makeup artistry class
– taken a manicure/ pedicure course
– trained with calgel
– started the blog 🙂

What next?

Here are some of the options I’ve been toying with:
– taking a photography class (This would give me another creative outlet and cut down on my photo editing time).
– taking a creative writing course (I think this would benefit me in so many ways. Work. Blogging. Its been on my bucket list to be published and improving my writing skills couldn’t hurt).

Now that I’ve written down my options I feel like I have some positive momentum to pick one.

Any other ideas?
K

Arghhh. I’m on the train. I tried to be productive during this 4 hour trip. I failed.

You would think that a beginner level boho style, 1970’s shawl pattern would be easy to find. I thought this and I was wrong, wrong, wrong. I checked ravelry and did random google searches. A failed 3 hours I spent sifting though pattern after pattern. I’m no further ahead than when I started. All I want is something simple and something easy, because I’m no pro at crochet.

And, why is it that every beginner level pattern directs you to instructions that sound like a foreign language? I think that beginner should imply that the intended audience does not yet speak crochet-ese…

The quest for my festival shawl continues.

If anyone has some helpful hints/ links, that would be amazing!

When I spied this tutorial over at Mr. Kate I had to give it a go. Here are the results of some friends and I playing with cheap phone cases, bathroom caulking and random bits & bobs.

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Mr. Kate goes over all the particulars, but here are a few more tips from my experience:

1. Try to pick a caulk that is low odor. Truthfully I don’t even know if one exists. But these pretties were smelly, even after putting a fan in the room. Afterwards we noted the warning to not inhale the curing fumes of the caulk … eeeppp I’m going to ask a pro at home depot before my nostrils are subjected to this craft again.

2. When pushing in one of your decorations, try to get the caulk to surround the outer edges (almost framing the item to keep it in place). I’ve already had one or two gemstones plop off because I only placed them on top of the caulk and it isn’t the best adhesive.

3. Try clear caulk with sparkles instead of putting the sparkles just on top the caulk (the inside of my purse is now a pink sparkle party. I’m definitely going to give this a go myself.

Other than the above this was a fun project to try with supplies easily purchased from your local dollar store. I’m happy with the result, my phone is now a confection the little mermaid might take to an underwater party? 🙂

K

My skin has been suffering from the winter blahs. It’s still recovering. I’ve been wanting to try some homemade face masks.

I found a lot of resources online and decided to try one out.

Here’s the recipe I decided to try:

Hydrating Face Mask
– 2 tbsp of yogurt
-1 tsp of lemon juice
– 1 tbsp of oatmeal

I have to say to was amazing! This is my new go-to solution. I always have these ingredients in the house, and the results were wonderful. After I left the mask on for about 10 minutes I used it like a scrub to gently exfoliate. I’m no longer a scaly winter lizard!

Helpful site if you want to try out a similar recipe:
1. The recipe I used can be found here.
2. Ingredients by ailment
3. More ingredient options.