A Look Back at 2012 and On To 2013

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2012 Highlights

  • 1st post-grad job
  • Started working on my masters
  • 2 of my best friends got engaged
  • Interned and freelanced for ALIVE Magazine
  • Made it to final auditions for an NFL cheerleading squad

2013 Goals

  • Open an Etsy shop
  • Break 100 GFC/G+ followers
  • Get featured in a link party
  • Sew and/or DIY 3 times per week


Remembering the Little Ones

Read the Washington Post's memorial to all the victims here.

Like many of you, the events that occurred Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary have weighed very heavily on my heart. I just don't know how someone can take the life of another, let alone 6- and 7-year-olds. The news, the photos, the videos, it's all so overwhelming. Just sitting here thinking about it and typing this post brings tears to my eyes.

There is so much darkness surrounding this tragedy, yet the light has survived and surfaced in many ways. I am seeing so many people band together to bring comfort to those in Newtown, and it reminds me that humanity isn't all bad. It restores my faith that we are inherently good.

As you can tell from my Instagram feed, I absolutely adore my dog, Shanny. I adopted her two and a half years ago, and she has been such a blessing ever since. The love of a dog is unconditional and without judgement, a model for how we should love one another. They are always there when you're sad or upset to snuggle up with for comfort.

Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) run a ministry called K-9 Comfort Dogs. Basically, they take teams of golden retrievers to areas of tragedy, hospitals, schools and nursing homes to comfort those in need. In response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, LCC sent a team of 10 dogs to Newtown to provide comfort and distraction in this tough time.

Read more about the work the Comfort Dogs are doing here.

I was and still am so moved by this initiative and how simply brilliant it is. I don't know about you, but when I am sad, sometimes I don't want to talk or interact with other people, yet yearn for the solace that being around loved ones provides. This is the bridge between those two things. What a blessing.

Though I may not be able to donate my time to this initiative, I can donate financially. Dogs in general take a lot of maintenance, and these special dogs are no different. If you feel compelled, you can donate to the K-9 Comfort Dogs initiative here.

There are a lot of other great ways to donate to the relief efforts in Newtown. Click on the links below to learn more and put those DIY skills to good use!

  1. Sew a pillowcase for a student who attends Sandy Hook Elementary.
  2. Make a Giving Bunny with a special tag honoring a victim.
  3. Create a snowflake or two to help the Connecticut PTSA transform the school into a Winter Wonderland.
Be kind to each other. 


I l.o.v.e Getting Mail!

I received TWO, yes two!, packages in the mail yesterday. First, I opened the package from my Zipper Swap partner, Beth, and was so excited to see that she made an AWESOME wristlet!

My two favorite parts of the purse are the zipper pull and her custom label on the inside. Check out more of Beth's creations in her Etsy shop!

Second, I opened my #novemberthankful book!

The girls at eighteen25 hosted a month long Instagram challenge to encourage us to take pictures of what we are thankful. They also introduced us to Blurb books, so we could make a book of our IGs. I have a bad habit of NOT getting pictures printed, so I am glad to have a book full of photos that are near and dear to my heart!


Zipper Swap: Finished Product

My swap partner, Beth, received the pouch that I made her over the weekend, and she loved it! Here is what the finished product looks like:

Look at all that space in there! I used the Open Wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial from Noodlehead. The Open Wide Pouch had been on my "to-make" list for awhile, and I am so glad that I finally had the opportunity. It's a great tutorial, so check it out!

Want to see what everyone else made for the swap? Check out the Sweet Swap Flickr Group.


Zipper Swap Sneak Peek

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I participated in a zippered pouch swap hosted by Heather from The Sewing Loft, and I just couldn't wait to give a sneak peek into what I made for my partner Beth of Old Cedar Knoll Farm.

Beth mentioned that she liked rich purples, oranges and greens. As soon as mentioned the word "purple," I knew that I liked her already!

I picked up the butterfly fabric while I was at Quilt Festival in Houston, and I thought it was perfect for Beth! I will post more pictures and link to the tutorial I used to create her pouch after she gets it.

Yay for new friends and zippered pouches!


Oh Christmas Tree!

It's that time of year when the holiday decor goes up and Christmas movies and music are on, and I couldn't be more excited! I put my tree up over the weekend, and I couldn't help but share the holiday happiness with all of you.

This tree has my name written ALL OVER IT! There are purse, dress, and shoe ornaments hung from top to bottom. But, don't worry, there are some sentimental ornaments too!

I love the Snow Couple! They were grandmother's, and I am so glad that they were passed on to me. And, it looks like the Edward, Bella and Jacob ornament snuck into the pic :)

Do you have your tree up yet? What are your favorite holiday decorations?

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