Annual Birthday Blog!

I know I rarely blog anymore (well, I do blog, but it’s all for AIRMATIC or Worcester Roller Derby these days) but I wanted to continue tradition and post my annual birthday list! I turned 28 today, so this year’s list is 8 things I did this year that I’d never done before. Enjoy!

  1. Joined a roller derby league. This has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I am learning a ton, getting my ass kicked, and having a freaking blast. The women I skate with are fabulous and I couldn’t ask for better teammates. Love you awesome nerds! (Watch a video of me getting low and hitting hard here!)
  2. Went skydiving. At this year’s annual Cape Cod vacation, Tyler, Em, and I went skydiving together. Few moments in my life measure up to the feeling of stepping out of a plane at 10,000 feet into the open air and just letting go. What a rush! (It didn’t hurt that my instructor screamed “Alohomora!” as our parachute opened. #memories)
  3. Sold a house. Jordan and I put our house on the market back in May and it was under contract within 12 hours. Can’t beat that!
  4. Got a Harry Potter tattoo. I could write a book about how much Harry Potter means to me, but suffice to say that I am quite a fan. Until the very end, Harry.FullSizeRender (15)
  5. Finished writing a novel. That’s right, I finished the book I wrote about in last year’s blog! Yay! I’ve not done anything with it since finishing, but maybe this year I’ll finish final edits and look into publishing!
  6. Binge watched the following shows: Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Longmire, The 100, The Mysteries of Laura, Sirens, Great British Bake-Off, Person of Interest, Diners Drive-Ins & Dives, Duff Till Dawn, Bob’s Burgers, Fuller House, Dance Academy, Zoo, Battle Creek, Degrassi: Next Class, Zero Hour, White Collar, Melissa & Joey, Young & Hungry, Bones, FRIENDS, Leverage.
  7. Read novels by the following authors: J K Rowling (10), Steven King (6), Barbara Kingsolver (4), Jodi Picoult (6), Harper Lee, Phillippa Gregory (5), Cassandra Clare (9), Amy Poehler, Pete Wentz, Haven Kimmel (2), Cormac McCarthy, Sue Monk Kidd, Carol Goodman, Carolyn Keene (3), William Brodrick, plus 900 children’s books (give or take.)
  8. Wore silk pants. Yeah, last year’s birthday resolution was a good one. I wore silk pants, fishnets under denim shorts, shoes with cats on them, crop tops (even though my post-Atticus belly button is a hot mess, floor-length fundie-style skirts, and a plethora of Harry-Potter themed garments. I wore what made me happy and it was a great decision. #noregretsIMG_8621

Here’s to 28; may it be even better than 27!


good news, bad news

Hey, friends!

Ready to play good news/bad news? Actually, it’s more like, good news, good news, bad news, good news. (Try to keep up.) Okay, go!

1. I’m going to have custom clothing tags made! Kristen, the marketing assistant at work, does some freelance work, so I’m going to commission her to make a nice little logo for me that I can use as on fabric tags, as the header for my blog, and perhaps on business cards some day! Isn’t that nifty?! Here’s her website if you want to check out her work! I suggest looking at the children’s illustrations portion because I think it’s fab. =D

2. Another one of my coworkers asked me to do some alterations to a couple of shirts she bought, which is what I spent the day doing. They were all a little too long, so I took some measurements and did some hemming. I love the patterns!

I like that orange one best!

And here’s Fantasia wearing one of the finished products:


I got three and a half out of the four shirts done today, which brings us to…

3. My sewing machine broke. Again. This time, I think it’s for good. =( No fear, though, my sister-in-law got it when she was in middle school, and she just finished her first year of college, so it’s lived a good life. I was still a little bummed though because I love Sir Mends-A-Lot. Sigh. But…

4. I ordered a new machine after doing mucho research, and it should be here on Thursday. It’s the Janome 2212 and it looks like this:


She got great reviews and was definitely in my price range at around $150. My first project with her will be finishing the final foot of the that last shirt. (Awful timing, right?)

So that’s my day in a nutshell. Oh, wait! I have one more piece of good news! After much anticipation, it finally arrived! (“What arrived?” you say, naively.) Just the most exciting thing ever!

Yer a wizard, Kitty!

That’s right, my letter from Hogwarts arrived, via owl. Everybody get jealous. (As you can tell by the address on the envelope, it actually arrived while I was in Florida, but I didn’t take pictures until now.) I thought it was the coolest thing ever! I have no proof, but I think my sister-in-law, Hani, might have had something to do with it… =P

Anyway, that’s all for now as Jordan and I will just be hanging around the house with Caity tomorrow and perhaps having a picnic date on Monday. But only because we did our chores first. The kitties helped. Here they are folding laundry:

Toasty warm.

What would we do without them?! Have a great weekend, everybody!


back from florida!

Hi, friends!

Jordan and I are back home from Florida after a fantastic vacation. Before I get into the gritty details (read: Harry Potter and the Tampa Aquarium), first let’s all appreciate this picture of my brother wearing the kiwi/strawberry apron I made for his lovely wife:

This one's a keeper.

Sorry, ladies: this guy’s taken. =P

Anyway, that’s one of the surprise projects I was keeping from you. I had fun making it and I loved making something for Hani! She’s the best!

While we were in Florida we also did Hani-crafts, like making our own spring rolls! Here’s a shot of Jordan and Hani rolling away:


And here’s the finished product:


They were delicious, and Jordan and I can’t wait to make them on our own!

We also made home-made pizza. Action shot!

Like a champ.

Here’s J and I with the finished meal:

Lookin' good, Pihls.

We also spent some time chilling with the wizards at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as hanging with the fishies at the Tampa Aquarium, both of which were awesome.

Riptide falls. Whaaaat.

That’s us, soaking wet, in front of the Riptide Falls at Universal. It was the best flume ride ever. Seriously. And that wheelchair? That’s mine. I have a stress fracture in the ball of my left foot. =( It was still a fabulous vacation, though. We had a blast hanging out with Nathan and Hani, and we miss them a lot now that we’re home. (But we missed the kitties a lot while we were gone, and are so glad to be home with them!)

Coming up, I’ve got some more tailoring for coworkers, and that jacket I started a couple months ago. =P To tide you over until then, here’s a picture of Wally, Nathan and Hani’s cat:


Props to Hani for the majority of these pictures. She’s got mad photog skills. =D

butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer

Happy Sunday!

Today is a big day for crafting! I’ve got two crafts AND a baking adventure to share with you! We’ll start with the baking! Midweek, Jordan requested that we make cupcakes because I was showing him some cupcake baking blogs and they just looked so good. So we did. =) Here are our delicious chocolate chip cupcakes with whipped vanilla frosting!

The wrappers have pretty blue designs on them!
What a sweet treat!

Yay, cupcakes! Next up, I finished my butterfly skirt that I began right before my sewing machine broke. It wasn’t too hard since I’ve made skirts like this before, but I added a white underskirt layer to keep the skirt from being see-through in direct light and that was new for me! Here’s some pictures:

Look at Fantasia, strutting her stuff.
Shiny! Exciting!

And a close up:

She's so photogenic.
I love the watercolor effect on the fabric!

Sorry there aren’t more pictures of the process but with the sewing machine gone and everything, I was all out of whack. =( I’ll get my act together in the future. For instance, with this next craft!

Like I mentioned before, Jordan and I went home to Jersey on Saturday to see my parents and hang out with Caity. She and I had some jewelry making to do! We decided to make Golden Snitch necklaces in recognition of our great love of Harry Potter. (I told you it would be magical!!) First, we went to JoAnn’s and Michael’s and got our supplies.

Ooh, fancy!
Pliers, lobster clasps, chains, beads…we’re all set!

I doubled my chain to give it a less-delicate look. Then, I attached the lobster clasp to one side and a jump ring to the other.

"1-Adam-12, a 415 fight group with chains and knives."
Nifty keen.

Next, I made my snitch, which ended up being silver and blue because Caity and I thought the colors were pretty. Also, it’s much harder than you’d think to find a plain, large gold bead.

The blue snitch: elusive cousin of the golden snitch.
Just as pretty as gold. =)

After this, I attached the newly-made pendant to the chain. Unfortunately, because I had to attach each side to two chains because of the doubling, I, of course, attached it to the wrong two and had to re-do it. Everyone take note of my Dad kneeling on the floor next to me, casually reading a book. We like to spend time with each other and he didn’t at all leap into the frame just as Caity took the picture. =P

Accio, pliers!
Sadly, Dad is not reading Harry Potter.

After some last-minute tweaks, revisions, and repairo spells, here are the final products!

If you want to see a larger picture, point your mouse at it and say "Engorgio!"
I’m so wearing this to Harry Potter world this summer.
It's so magical!
Everyone should check out Caity’s nail polish. It’s “crackly.”

Tada! Crafts 6 and 7 of 52: Complete!

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