Friday, February 26, 2010

Solitary Weekend

photo via weheartit

This weekend I am on my own again. Since I'm headed home and then to California next Thursday/Friday, I've decided to stay at school and get some school work done. Of course, I have other things on my list too - such as my first attempt at vegan baking. Strawberry muffins anyone?

I also plan to make some new items for my Etsy shop and thoroughly clean my house. Not very exciting, but what else is one to do when the forecast is calling for snow all weekend? So ready for spring break!

Hope your weekend is more exciting than mine!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Counting Down to Palm Trees

I have been counting down on a calendar on my fridge to March 5th. After this long winter, I am very ready for some warm weather. Mikael and I have decided to take a trip to Southern California for my spring break. There are so many things we want to do, most of which include seeing our friends from when we lived out there. However, with my crazy semester, I'm looking forward to. . .

Laying on the beach at Old Man's while Mikael surfs.

And reading this:

And finishing this:

Then, heading to Pasadena for some Pinkberry, which I will definitely break my new vegan diet to enjoy (going strong for a full week now).

Of course, there are many more things I want to do, including Jamba Juice, Vromans, and so many favorite restaurants, but who knows what we'll be able to fit into five days.

Can't. Wait.

all photos via weheartit

Monday, February 22, 2010

Celebratory giveaway

Hello, friends,
I have had a busy couple of weeks. I turned 31, celebrated my dad's 60th, spent Valentine's Day with Mikael, wrote two papers, and now I'm in Florida, visiting my friend Jessica. So, I failed to find the time for the past couple weeks to post here.

However, I have recently had some moderate Etsy success with the new items I posted a couple weeks ago. And, to celebrate, I'm doing another giveaway. It'll be interesting to see which of my four readers wins this time! Ceri was the lucky girl the last time, and she just wrote the nicest post about the goodies I sent her.

This time, I'll giveaway one pillow cover and throw in surprise. I won't say which pillow cover, 'cause for Ceri, I just asked her what colors she decorated with and picked out something I thought would match, which was a lot more fun.

Leave a comment to enter. Tweet or blog about it, provide your link, and get two entries. You have 'til Friday at noon to enter. Good luck!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My birthday wish list

My birthday is a week from today. And all I want is this:

I hope he's enjoying keeping me in suspense. Ugh!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Weekend Report

So, my weekend at home was a success. Even though my back still hurts from shoveling my entire driveway all by myself, I still managed to get much sewing (and reading and writing for school) done.

I started off making some pillow covers to send my sister in her Valentine's Day care package:

Then, since I happened to notice the home decor fabric was on sale, I bought a little and made some new items to put in my Etsy shop, which I've been meaning to devote more time to for months.

I also updated my Etsy shop with some earrings I made over the summer and relisted some magnets. After getting things up and running Saturday night, I had three sales right away. Very productive.

Here are some of my latest creations:

Friday, February 5, 2010

Four Days at Home

I am on my own this weekend. Actually, it's by design, so I can get a lot done and not have to do much during Valentine's/Birthday weekend next week. Big snow is coming my way. I'm in the blue, which is heavy snow. I'm fully stocked on groceries. Made my final run to the library yesterday. And have a basket of fabric for my weekend craft project.

One item I made sure to purchase before my weekend seclusion was a new Moka Pot coffee maker. I got one this summer, but I recently broke the handle off and had to toss it. I've been trying to curb my Starbucks dependency, so after my (and Maddy's) waffles this morning, I made myself a latte. If you are a coffee drinker, I highly recommend getting a Moka Pot. They're pretty easy to use and make excellent espresso within minutes. I also use an electric milk frother to complete the full, foamy effect. Also, I've purchased both of mine from TJMaxx or Marshalls for about 10 bucks. That's pretty much three drinks from Starbucks.

Hope you have a relaxing and warm weekend!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Five Things to Help You Survive Winter

I hate the winter. Hate. It. I have no idea where we're headed in three years when I graduate, but these long winter days have me checking the MLA job list in Southern California every week. Here are five things that help ease my winter pain.

At the beginning of winter, I purchased this heating pad off Etsy. It's come in handy several times over the last couple months. I like to put it at the foot of my bed to warm my feet when I first get in bed. It's stuffed with rice. You warm it in the microwave, so you don't have to worry about turning it off like an electric heating pad.

I've been a long time fan of this lotion from Kiehls. I have one in my backpack and one on my bedstand. It has a slight medicinal smell, but it's worth it.

I've never been a big tea fan, but I love this tea from Tazo. I've started drinking this in the evenings to warm up and to ease my hunger without eating something fatty (spring break in four weeks. eek!).

I resisted for a long time, but I finally got some uggs for Christmas. I have no idea why I waited so long. They make my other boots seem like lead weights. Mikael hates them, but I hate his winter facial hair, so we're even.

Also, I highly recommend you get one of these:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

More Etsy Love

Mikael's parents are in the process of purchasing a new home in Tennessee to move to when they retire in July. With this is mind, I got his mom this return address stamp for Christmas:

You can see more of them at the Note Trunk Etsy shop. I'm planning on getting one for myself, but not until my name makes some changes, if you know what I mean...