16 April 2016

Day 107.

I meant to write this post seven days ago, but let's face it, I'm pretty much sucking at blog posting right now. My last attempt was in February, and I don't even know what I was going to blog about. It was just a blank draft. BUT this post is about updating my goals, and I don't know how long it'll last, because blogger keeps giving me a popup and giving me an error, so I'm going to make this quick before I completely lose everything, and then just give up blogging even longer.

1. Do good in school.
So far, so good. There’s three weeks left and I still have all A’s. I have two projects left in 3D modeling, and the fashion show is next week, and two more quizzes in my Art History class, so it could all come crashing down, but I’m praying that it doesn’t. I really need a 4.0 this semester. *knocks on wood, crosses fingers* Though, I finished my Macroeconomics class back in March, and I got a B in it. FINALLY. Sadly, it doesn’t replace my F I made last semester, because I retook the course at another school. I’m going to see if I can protest it.

2.       Keep going to the gym.
I’ve been doing good with this one, except these past few weeks. I’ve only gone once a week for the past three weeks, but to be fair, my plantar fasciitis has been screwing me over lately, so I’ve added yoga into my week to help supplement when I can’t go to the gym.

3.       Read 52 books.
I’m doing surprisingly well on this so far. I’ve read 21 books, and yes some of them are textbooks, craftbooks, and cookbooks, but damnit, reading is reading. I have a stack of six books to read that I’m going to try to read this weekend. Well, not all six, but at least two.  

4.       Internet Less.
This one ebbs and flows. Depends on how tired I am that day. I’d like to think I’m doing better, but there’s some days I just get sucked into the black hole of the internet and look up and it’s time for bed. Whoops.  

5.       Save more money.
Eh, I’m doing okay at this. I’m working on paying off my credit card debit (almost there) but I’m slowing saving more and buying less. I’ve been to Target only twice this year, so baby steps.  

6.       Craft More.
This is okay. I’ve made a few things this year, including a skirt I’m turning in for a portfolio, half a shirt, half a pair of shorts, bits of cross-stitch, and a started quilt. Though, I sewed my husband’s name tapes on his uniform for the first time in our relationship, so that’s something. I have a hat and two more sets of uniforms to go.

7.       Volunteer.
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH. Maybe this summer.  

8.       Create Art.
This is terrible. I bought all this stuff to inspire me and it’s just failed me. Though, I started on my drawings the other night, and they’re okay, so that’s something. Gonna redraw them.

9.       Continue to reduce things in my house.
This is going okay. I wasn’t trying to get rid of a lot, but I still find things here and there that I donate. I do have a pile to take to Clothes Mentor, and I’m also currently selling things on ebay. The real big thing will be this summer when I tackle my craft room. Again. I need to stop being in denial about that I’m actually going to use it.

10.   Breathe.
I’m less angry, but I’m still stressed. So I’m doing okay with this.

Maybe one day I’ll post something again. Until that day, just assume I’m reading. ;)

18 January 2016

It's Something...

My birthday was last week, so I allowed myself some minimal shopping. I behaved.

I went to possibly the best cross-stitch store in the world, Picture This Plus. They're so lovely. It's a tiny shop, located underneath a used bookstore, which is equally as lovely. I picked up my friend, Courtney, somethings she wanted, and a much belated Christmas present. I was going to buy myself just ONE piece of fabric, but I came across this pattern, from Lizzie Kate.

I chuckled. It reminded me of the silly cross-stitch sayings my mother and grandmothers use to have hanging around their houses, so I felt I needed one, too. This is on linen, and I've never used linen before, so I figured this would be a simple enough piece for me to try. I also splurged, because it was my birthday, and got the hand dyed floss, too.

My picked at nail polish matches the font. ;)

I started...three days ago? The flower and the H took me two hours, the first night, and then I did "ouse" the next day. Yesterday I rested, because tendinitis is a bitch, and I'm going to try to crank out at least two letters tonight. Linen isn't as terrible as I thought. I'd like to get "housework" and the flower done by next Monday, but school starts back on Wednesday, so...we'll see!

I also picked up a book from the bookstore, one I've been looking for for a while, The Penguin Book of Witches. I have a thing with witches, I don't know why. Always have. I just started it today. But, I've finished 7 books so far this month (one cookbook, and two craftbooks shhh don't judge) including an ARC from one of my favorite authors, Paula Brackston. (Thanks for the approval, NetGalley.)

Also, a confession. I don't feel like sewing. I go through phases like this, where I don't want to [insert hobby here] and sewing is my current "nope." I'm into reading, cross-stitching, and Neko Atsume-ing. I'm actually bored with the internet, so that's nice. Hopefully, my sewing want-to will come back soon, because I need to sew two excellent garments for the dang design application for school. Maybe when it warms back up. The Craft Dungeon is currently 56ºF. You can't make me go down there.

05 January 2016

Happy 2016!

As I've mentioned before, I don't like resolutions. Do you know the definition of resolution?

res·o·lu·tionˌ rezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/ noun
noun: resolution; plural noun: resolutions
a firm decision to do or not to do something.
"she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more"
(Thanks first definition that came up on Google)  

Yeah, I can't work in the way of firm. My year doesn't work like that. So I like to make goals, instead. 
goal, ɡōl/ noun 
noun: goal; plural noun: goals
2. the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
"going to law school has become the most important goal in his life"
(Thanks again, Google.) 
Yeah, that's more accurate of what I'm doing. So, I present to you, an annual event, my GOALS for 2016.  *trumpet fan fare*

1.       Do good in school.
Coming up on my 4th semester here at K-State. 23 classes down, 20 required classes to go. (I might take another here or there, if the semesters allow.) So far, I’ve made only As and Bs, and that one stupid F in Macroeconomics. But, I’m retaking that this semester (*sigh*) so hopefully, I should do better. I hope to only make As and Bs this semester, but if I get a C in Macro, I would be thrilled. This is my third time in this class (I dropped this class at another college), so third time’s the charm, right?

2.       Keep going to the gym.
I hired a personal trainer in June, and the only thing I regret is how much I paid. I can do so much more now. I move better, I do have a little bit more energy, and I actually enjoy it. So, being that these first few weeks in January is my last few sessions with him, I’m going to need to motivate my ass to go to the gym.

3.       Read 52 books.
I’ve had this goal since 2011, when I realized in 2010, I read probably about five books. Very unlike me. I’ve made this goal every year, except for last year, but then again, I was taking six classes, working, going to the gym, and just staring at a computer screen. I will fix this.

4.       Internet Less.
I have a whole basement full of fun things to make. I don’t make anything because I’m mostly addicted to the internet. I don’t know *what* I’m addicted to on the internet, so once I figure that out, I can probably put the laptop away and do more things. This is going to be my hardest goal.

5.       Save more money.
I’ve been in charge of the finances since about 2012, when I realized that we had no real organization to them. Since I’ve taken charge, I’ve made a financial log, and kept track of our expenditures and it's really helped me to see where our money goes, and where we can "trim" the excess. (*points at self*)

6.       Craft More.
As mentioned in my “internet less” section, I have a basement full of fun things to make. And they’re just there…collecting dust. I will make stuff this year. I have to make at least two garments, so there’s that. I will finish my Frosted Pumpkin Summer Sampler. And I will cross stitch at least two more pieces. I said this last year, but this year, I mean it. I will make gifts for my friends. I WILL CRAFT THIS YEAR. I WILL DO IT. RAAAUUUGGHHH.

7.       Volunteer.
I never realized how important this is, until now. I’ve done it randomly throughout my life, church youth groups, over summers, random things in school, and random Army wife stuff, but now, it’s important for me to gain experience. So, I need to find things to volunteer for and gain experience. And you know, it’s good for me.

8.       Create Art.
I’m not talking stuff to sell, I need to work on my fashion drawing skills, and the only way to do that is practice, no matter how poorly it is.  I signed up for an art supply subscription called Art Snacks, and I love it. I’m using it to help me find tools I like to produce the art I want. For instance, I’ve discovered I love India Ink. It’s my only real subscription box I get now (I quit quite a few) and I think I might stick with it.  But, I need to learn how to draw better, and fast.

9.       Continue to reduce things in my house.
I did such a wonderful job last year that I hope to continue this year. There were a few sections I wasn’t able to fully tackle, due to time and well, not wanting to. I’m going to go back through everything again, but this time, I’m going to clean out and organize my craft room better than it is now (thanks to help from my friend, Courtney) and my holiday stuff. I don’t *really* decorate, mostly, because I’m lazy, but I need to collect it all and put it in proper containers. All things considered, I’m doing well in this category.

10.   Breathe.
A little cliché, but I need to learn how. School stresses me out, and I tend to randomly get angry at stupid things. So, I need to learn that I need to breathe and let the little things go. But, no, really. Less anger, more bad puns.

Here's to a healthy and happy 2016! Happy New Year to you and yours!


01 January 2016

2015: A Year in Review

Oh hey there. I'm about to make a blog post that isn't about clothing, because I actually have time to write! I'm currently letting supper cook (ham, black eyed peas, greens, and cornbread. You don't fuck with tradition) and discovered that I have time to piddle around on my blog. My poor, unloved blog. I would love to make a resolution "to blog more" but I don't think that's going to happen.

Looking back on 2015, it just blew by. Dragged in a few spaces, but hey, it's over now. Let's review on how I did on my 2015 goals. (Because it's cathartic for me.)

1. Read 52 Books.
This is one of my favorite goals to make. Reading is one of my favorite things. If I could find a profession of just reading books, I would consider it. Sadly, I did not make it to 52. I only made it to 36, but considering the year I had, I'm gonna take it. I'm proud of myself for finding time to read in between my super busy schedule, and take time to dabble in a book or two. Yes, some of them were textbooks, but I freakin' read the hell out of those things. If there was an option for notes on Goodreads, I'd count them too.

2. Do Well in School.
Here, I finished second place. I finished three semesters at K-State in 2015. THREE. I am pleased to announce that I have a 2.975, currently, only because I stupidly took Macroeconomics over the summer and failed it. All my other classes were As and Bs. That stupid F brought down my wonderful GPA. Thankfully, I can retake the class, and when I make a better grade in it, it will be replaced. Aww yeah. Also, I love K-State. I love it almost as much as I loved my Junior college. I think K-State may replace my JC one class at a time.

3. Revamp Last Yesterday Designs
HAHAHAHAHAH. HAHAHA. Oh Lord, this was a HUGE fail. My poor little business has been put to the wayside because I don't have time to sew. I think I made a quilt top, an infinity scarf, and a few pieces of clothing. Nothing for sale. I think I'm going to have to just give in and put this aside for this year, too.

4. Stop Buying Stuff. 
 I have improved greatly in this category (see below for reason). I haven't stopped completely, but it was way less than what I was bringing in before. I deserve a pat on the back for this.  

5. Declutter and Sell, Sell, Sell!
If any of these goals I deserve a trophy for, it's this one. I was trying to figure out how to get rid of stuff, when I stumbled upon The Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, or "The KonMarie Method" to the rest of the internet. I read the reviews, I was incredibly skeptical that this small book could change my life. Oh, but it did. I got rid of so much shit. I can put all my clothes on one bar in the closet, instead of three. I had three empty drawers (my husband took two over.) I can find things in my kitchen. I don't have to worry about using all my free time to clean. It has caused me to even THINK before purchasing things, instead of impulse buying (I see you Target.) In risk of sounding cheesy, this fucking book really IS magic. I think by the end of the year, I've gotten rid of 10 13 gallon trash bags of clothing, gotten rid of things that are useless, and just really have gotten my shit together with house maintaining. If you need a kick in the ass, I'd recommend it, and hope it works for you.

6. Get Off Your Ass. 
 This is where I finished third. I am still the same weight I was this time last year. (I like food.) BUT the difference is, a lot of it is....muscle. That's right. I LIFT HEAVY THINGS AND PUT THEM DOWN. For fun. I couldn't motivate myself to do something everyday, so I hired a personal trainer. Benton was expensive, but soooo worth it. For six months, he encouraged me to stop sucking and be awesome. I can do deadlifts and squat with weight on a barbell and other cool things I didn't think I'd ever be able to do. I still can't do a proper pushup, but these things take time. Needless to say, despite the fact that I'm still at 140, I can walk upstairs without being in pain, and can lift heavy things. It's fucking amazing. NO REGRETS, SON.

7. Eat Better

8. Finish Things. 
Eeehhhhh, I did okay on this. I won't say I failed, because I finished a few things, but it wasn't crash and burn, like the "eat better" category.

9. Be Happy. 
Yes. I was happier than I was in 2014, for sure. Way more stressed, but hey, I loved what I was doing. 

31 December 2015

Front Door Fashion

Since I last left you (in October) I was trying a new box, Trendsend. I got another box from them, hated all of it, and decided it just wasn't for me. So, I decided to try ANOTHER new subscription, Front Door Fashion. Front Door Fashion is really cool. It's similar to StitchFix in where you have a stylist style you, but this time, you actually get to EMAIL (or call, if that's your thing) your stylist and discuss what you want.  Or, if you live in the Dallas, TX area, you can go to their headquarters and they have a Style Session where they will personally style you there, OR they can come to your house for a Closet Consultation, go through your closet, and help you out. Oh what fun that would be! But, being that I live nowhere reasonably close to Dallas, I opted for their box delivery, which is just as awesome.
What you do, is you fill out a pretty detailed style profile, and click "send me a box!" And normally within 48 hours, a stylist will contact you via your preferred method. I think Amelia, my stylist, contacted me within 24. You'll discuss with your stylist on what you're looking for, and then however long it takes, BAM. Shipping notification. Now, a little word of warning (that also is on their site) they charge whatever card you're using $1000 to make sure it works, and then immediately take it off. So, just be sure of when your credit card due date is. But other than that, there is NO charge for this box, besides what clothing and accessories you buy out of it.

Another thing I liked, is on their blog, they have little stylist profiles, giving you information about their stylists. You could probably pick someone a little closer to your style preferences. I told them "give me someone with a sense of humor" and I was delivered Amelia. I like her, thus far!

The only "downside" to getting the box delivered, is someone MUST sign for it. So if your UPS person comes when you're home, you live reasonably close to a UPS pickup, or you don't mind them leaving it on your front porch for a signature the next day, you're fine.

I got mine about three weeks ago, and just haven't had time to post about it until now.

This box was pretty big. I'm so used to StitchFix's cat beds, er, I mean small boxes, that when I lugged this 10 pound box into my house, I was a little thrown. But, don't let the 10 pounds intimidate you, it was 10 pounds of AWESOME.

I opened the box, and on top was an envelope with my name hand written on it. In the envelope was a guide to shoes, how to tie a scarf, and some other little things. Also, a HANDWRITTEN note from my stylist, Amelia, which I'm still impressed about.

I open my box, and inside is a garment bag! How nice! I flopped it out onto my poorly made bed (I was too excited for it to look pretty, get over it.) And the first thing I noticed were these little tags hanging out. I looked at my invoice, and they had the clothes categorized by OUTFIT. If you squint (or click on the picture to enlarge it), you can see the tags say "dare to flare", "dress it down", "Fall for layers", and "cozy and casual." How neat is that? I unzip the bag, and pull out a section of clothing. Then, I realize that Amelia has provided descriptions and "instructions" on how I can mix and match the outfits on the invoice. I'm sad now that I didn't take a picture of the invoice to show the great instructions.

This was the first set of outfits I pulled out, the "fall for layers" collection. I pulled this out and gasped. I LOVED that plaid shirt. It's purple and green. You just don't see purple and green plaid. I actually liked everything about this collection. Buuut. The scarf is a color that looks horrible on me, so sadly, it had to go back. The plaid shirt looked TERRIBLE on me. I looked wide and heavy set. The vest was absolutely gorgeous and fit perfectly, but the gold was too "blingy". The jeans are Articles of Society (which fit me wonderfully) and I considered keeping them, but I'm still refusing to buy pre-ripped jeans. (Never have, never will.) The burgundy sweater I considered keeping, but it was a little too "grungy" for my style. And I already had a black tank top, so no need for another. But, this set of clothing was about a 8/10 on how close she was to my style.

This is the "cozy and casual" selection. I saw that scarf and immediately fell in love with it. Kept. No regrets. The jeans were nice, but I couldn't get them over my thighs (go on, laugh.) So, they were sent back. The grey shirt, while comfy, I have 48434385349 grey t-shirts, and this one was a cowl neck, which I can't stand, so back it went. The tunic was actually pretty cool. It was not my style, but it had zippers in the sleeves, which I thought was a cool feature. Lastly, that necklace is too boho and not my style at all. So, I'd say Amelia got a 7/10 out of this one.

And here's my favorite collection, the "dare to flare." Go on, be shocked. But, no really. I would have kept everything in this collection, buuuut. I already have a pair of dark flares just like this one, I have a necklace, basically just like that, and the thing I'm most depressed about, that blouse didn't fit. I. Love. That. Blouse. I saw it and almost fainted. It's even more gorgeous in person, and I would have lovingly hand washed it, that's how much I loved it. But, sadly, it was too tight in the shoulders, and if I went up a size larger, I would have looked like a balloon.  But, I did keep two items from this collection. That wonderful grey sweater, and the hidden skirt. Look how cute it looks together! 9/10

Mirror DSLR selfies are HARD.

Last but not least, the "dress it down" selection. I asked for something dressy, but casual, and warm for a birthday outfit. This actually fulfills all my criteria, except, as you can see, it doesn't really work well on me. I loved this dress. I love stripes and a good solid color yoke, but I just, I was meh about how it looked on me. I almost kept the scarf. It was a gorgeous shade of red, but it was just a little too short for my busty bust. 6/10.

Overall, I am HIGHLY impressed with Front Door Fashion. Customer service is impeccable, presentation is impressive, and I totally would get another box. Matter of fact....why, one is currently in route to me. Happy Birthday to me, right?

Note: I am not being compensated for this post. It is my honest, unbiased opinion. I like reading opinions like this, and hope you do, too.