5.27.2014

Life Lately

It's been a minute since I've popped in over here, so it's about dang time that I do so! As always, life has been pretty busy lately, so my time for JNSP has been limited. I also kind of feel like I have had a creative block...let's hope that passes sooner rather than later! Here's what I've been up to lately...

1. New swimsuit


I was way past due for a new swim suit for a couple of reasons. The swimsuits I've been wearing are either worn out or are better suited for sun bathing, not swimming. Also, I'm on a bit of a weight upswing (another post for another day), so I wanted to get something that accentuated my curves but was also something that I felt comfortable in.

I've been eyeing retro inspired suits for a couple summers now, so I knew that was the style I wanted to purchase. I started looking with a good ole google search and began with Modcloth. They had a couple really cute options, but nothing I was sold on. I ended up on Unique Vintage where I discovered the beauty pictured above.

This pin-up inspired suit is exactly what I was looking for. I CANNOT WAIT to get it in the mail and try it on. I hope it lives up to my expectations!

2. New quilt block design



A random creative burst popped into my mind earlier today for a quilt block design. I'm calling it, "Queen of Diamonds," and it consists of four 4" squares and eight 2" squares, along with some additional background pieces. I plan on using this design to make my first quilt (hopefully, this summer)!

3. Craft Room/Studio Space


So, we have a very small 3rd bedroom in our apartment. It was actually a bonus room because when I looked into getting the apartment, it was listed as a 2-bedroom. You could get a twin bed in there, but probably not much else. And really, we don't need a 3rd bedroom as this point, so I wanted to claim it for a craft room/studio space!

After more than a year in our apartment, I finally feel like I am ready to transform the space into a welcoming creative place. I already have a big table, chair, and wire shelving, but there are a few projects/changes that I want to make before it's officially ready. I'll be documenting the process, but here's an idea of what I am going to do:

  • Hang two 4'x4' pegboard squares on one wall with a TV mounted in between.
  • Turn the top of the wire shelving unit into a pressing surface.
  • Create a cork board wall opposite of the TV/pegboard.
It's going to be a lot of work with lots of help from Kyra, but if I can get my vision executed, I think it's going to turn out really awesome!

4. Lots of family time



This past holiday weekend was filled to the brim with family time. We ate our weight in delicious food, did some touristy things, and enjoyed each other's company. It was a really awesome weekend! Of course, I can never turn down time with my niece and nephew...they're just too much fun :)

Gotta love PlayDoh art!

5. Growing pup


 JoJo goes to the vet next week, and I am VERY curious as to how much he weighs. It seems like he literally grows overnight! I have had to loosen his collar twice in the last week or so, and it is getting increasingly more difficult for me to pick him up. My 10lb little nugget isn't so little anymore!



Even thought he's growing exponentially, he's still as sweet and playful as can be. He's my buddy, and I love him to pieces!






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5.05.2014

JoJo Update: 3.5 Months

JoJo went to the vet last week for his 3-month checkup , and my oh my, is that boy growing like a weed! Here's an update on our sweet and crazy baby boy...



Coat Color: Still blue/brindle. His brindle stripes are becoming a little more prevalent, but his blue coloring isn't going away.
Eye Color: Still mostly blue. At times, they look a little greenish/hazel, but I would still classify them as blue.
Age: 14 weeks
Weight: 19 lbs (almost double from his 2 month check up...)



Likes:

  • Walking on/over/across whatever is in his path. You're sitting or laying on the couch, and you're in his way? No problem, he'll just climb over you. 
  • Tennis balls. And various and assorted other toys, too.
  • Chewing on clothes and/or shoes that don't belong to him.
  • Snuggling with Shanny Mae and his humans.
  • Watching me get ready in the morning. 


Dislikes:


  • Getting in trouble. He hides under the table with his ears back and tail tucked when he gets in trouble. At least he understands that he misbehaved?
  • Being in his kennel for more than a couple hours. He does best when he has a bone or toy to keep his attention or when he's tired. If he has a ton of energy or we're moving about the apartment, then he's not so happy to be in there. 
  • Going outside in the rain. 
  • Walking on a leash. That's next up on the training agenda...
Overall, JoJo is still such a love bug, and we're so happy to have him in our little family. He's still young and very much a puppy, so there are times when I want to pull my hair out. I like to refer to him as the monster...pee monster, chew monster, etc. Besides that though, he has a great demeanor: very sweet, happy and playful.



When I took him to the vet last week, he wanted to meet everyone who worked there and gave lots of snuggles and kisses. The ladies who helped with him all commented about how happy he was, which of course made me glad that they were saying good things about him.



He goes back in a month for his next round of shots, so look for another update then! Meanwhile, follow me on Instagram to keep up with his daily shenanigans (among other things).





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5.02.2014

Five on Friday: My Favorite Dance Videos

Happy Friday, JNSPers! To celebrate this week's edition of Five on Friday, I'm sharing some of my most favorite dance videos. I've been a dancer all of my life, so watching these videos keeps that spirit alive in me even though I don't get to dance as much as I used to. If it's not your thing, no worries; I'll be back next week with regularly scheduled programming.


Without further ado...

"Gravity" performed by Kayla and Kupono on So You Think You Can Dance, Season 5




"Calling You" performed by Heidi and Travis on So You Think You Can Dance, Season 2





"Outta Your Mind" performed by Twitch & Ellen DeGeneres on So You Think You Can Dance, Season 7





"Bleeding Love" performed by Chelsie and Mark on So You Think You Can Dance, Season 4




"Mercy" performed by Katee and Twitch on So You Think You Can Dance, Season 4




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So tell me, what are some of your favorite dance (or non-dance) videos? What do I HAVE to see?





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5.01.2014

5 Things I Learned at SNAP Conference

I need to preface this post:

I went to SNAP for work as a networking opportunity for us to find new bloggers to work with. Because of this, my perspective of the conference is probably a little different than that of bloggers attending to network with brands and other bloggers.

Also, sorry in advance for the crappy photo quality. I took pictures with my phone because I don't have a nice/decent camera...it's on the list of things I want for JNSP.

With that out of the way, SNAP was amazing. The conference was impeccably planned with every detail attended to. If you are a DIY/crafty blogger, I highly recommend attending! You won't regret it :)

ONE


I've been a die-hard MaskCara follower for awhile now, so I couldn't miss her keynote during lunch on the last day of the conference. She went over some of her favorite makeup tricks. Most of which I knew already since I follow her blog so religiously. But, I learned a new little nugget of info that I think we all need to take into consideration:

Your eyebrows should be sisters, not friends. The sides of our faces are not identical, and our eyebrows shouldn't be either.

Of course! The lightbulb went off, and hopefully keeping this in mind will prevent me (and hopefully you, too) from over-plucking!

TWO

Cents of Style had a life-size Polyvore board set up for attendees to play with!

a.) The most important SEO aspect of a blog post is the title. Your post topic, or keyword, should be included in the title of the post.

b.) If you want your blog images to show up in Google image searches, then make sure the keyword for the post is included as the alt text. I have a whole post about optimizing photos for web in the works, so I will go into this a little bit deeper then.

THREE

liZ and Elizabeth from Simple Simon & Co. They are the sweetest, kindest ladies, and of course amazing sewists, too!

Most of the time, people are prettier/funnier/nicer in person than they are online. It's always so refreshing to meet some of my favorite bloggers in person, and they are just as wonderful as I had hoped. I haven't met a ton of my favorite bloggers in person, but those I have met (Holly, Mel, Cara, Ashely, etc.) have been simply wonderful, humble, and all around awesome.

FOUR

No matter how big or small, bloggers really can make a difference and change a life. Alex Boye' traced the success of one of his first YouTube videos back to five bloggers who had shared it. This just goes to show that we have the power to influence the greater good with what we say and do. It's my hope that we, as bloggers who have a public forum of sorts, use this power to spread kindness and support.

The necklace from Charmed Collections that all attendees, including sponsors, received at the opening dinner.
You can't read it in the photo, but the round charm is stamped with the word, "forward," and it's paired with paper airplane charm. The necklace serves as a reminder for us to continually look forward, and that the past is the past. It reminds me that I have the power to move forward from today and make a difference in the future.

FIVE

Me with a couple ladies who finished a pair of kids shorts in one of the hands-on sewing classes.

Being at SNAP helped clarify my career path a little bit. Talking with bloggers, engaging with them and thinking about how they could potentially fit with our brand made me realize that that's what I would love to do more of. Right now, I maintain the company's social sites and have a small emphasis on blogger relations (among other things). I would LOVE for it to switch so that I focus more on blogger relations and how they can be more incorporated into our brand efforts.


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Overall, SNAP was awesome! Fingers crossed that I will be able to go again next year, whether for work or for JNSP. If you're interested, the SNAP blog is hosting a link up for recap posts, so head over there if you want to read more recaps!





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