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2013 (and half of 2012..just going to lump them together) for me was a very transitional year. I moved two separate times to two different neighborhoods in New York (moving in NYC is the most horrific experience EVER), I made many new friends, I changed to a new modeling agency, I lived in Paris for a month, had my heart broken, and found new love and a new outlook on life. Oh and I also started this blog 🙂 I honestly feel as if I’m more confused on where my life is going then ever before, but I feel as though I’ve also gained a new insight into who I am.

One aspect of my job is that I always struggled with was the fact that I always felt as if who I am and what I’m all about was never good enough. I was or never have been “edgy enough”. I’m reserved, very observant, a bit of a homebody, and a crafter, but to the fashion industry they see it as “boring boring and more boring”. Sometimes it breaks my heart that nobody cheers on the model with a good head on her shoulders, who was raised to be kind, classy, and intelligent. I don’t do drugs or go clubbing on the regular. I don’t like going to parties to “hang” with celebrities and Rihanna’s not my best friend. But am I good at my job? You’re damn sure I am. I never show up to shoots late or hungover (which I’ve seen more times than I can count). I’m professional, but many times that doesn’t really matter. I’m not loud and obnoxious so sometimes I go unnoticed. So that brings me to my point, that a resolution I have for the upcoming year is to not get down on myself when the industry does. I am who I am, and that can not be changed, nor do I want it to! I think I’m super snazzy and anyone who doesn’t think so is free to never see me again 🙂

ME: Super snazzy, craft lover, puppy snuggler, forest trekker, thrifty hunter, treasure seeker, crocheter/knitter, pie enthusiast, book adorer, down home North Carolina girl.

ImageDue to all those times I moved I didn’t get very much crochet done this year, or at least as much as I would’ve like. I started WAYYY too many projects and never finished like..any of them. HA! I’m definitely going to try to crochet and knit more this year, and for sure finish all those wip’s!!!! I also want to learn to knit socks, tunisian crochet, and just more knitting techniques. I want to be more on top of holidays and occasions, so I can actually make people things on time! I can DO IT!

Alrighty now that that business is taken care of I’ll show you some pictures of the strawberry patch blanket strewn about. The progress on this thing is going slow as molasses. I don’t know how those ladies on instagram crank them out in like..a week. DO THEY NOT REST? DO THEIR HANDS NOT HURT? I mean seriously. Anywho, not to get discouraged..here it is 🙂

It looked so beautiful piled on my bed with the sunlight streaming in.

ImageI took it out in the yard to get a proper progress picture and I just hand to show a close up

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ImageIt doesn’t look big but it is. It’s gotten to the wonderful point of being able to be used as a blanket while I make it.

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ImageThe other night mom and I went to see my grandmother and while routing around in her attic I came across a bag of old wool yarn. We looked at a receipt in the bag and found that my GREAT grandmother bought all the wool. She was a crocheter much like myself :). Maw Maw (my g-ma) said I could have it so I merrily took all the old luscious wool home with me. I’ll probably leave it here in NC so I’ll have some yarn to play with while I’m here and also I’ve obtained so much through Christmas and my birthday I don’t know how I’ll ever get it all back to New York, nor where I would store it!!!

ImageThat lovely green wool on the bottom is my favorite. The color is just so beautiful.

OH and another treat, I’ve run across both my first ever piece of crochet and knitting! When I decided to delve into fiber arts about 2-3 years ago I started with knitting..I thought it’d be easier for some reason. I only got good enough to make one thing and knit stitch scarf..and here it is!!

ImageThere are many many dropped stitches and weird crossovers and mistakes but I love looking at it because now I can knit without dropping stitches left and right..AND it’s something I enjoy! Rewind, so I decided I hated knitting and decided to give crocheting a go. I sat on my bed and watched and rewatched and watched a video tutorial on how to make a granny square. I did not learn how to chain, I did not learn single crochets, and I didn’t not learn how to double crochet first. I literally started with a granny square.

ImageI remember I even brought it down to dinner with me. I stared and admired it the whole meal. Ever since then I’ve been hooked (pun intended) on crochet. Whenever I come home I like to look at this wonky granny square and reflect on how much I’ve improved and how different my life was when it was made.

I think 2014 will be a truly magnificent year!

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I’m always very fascinated to hear the different traditions of families on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day. Who’s house they go to on what day, what they eat, what they do. On Christmas Eve we always head up to my grandmother’s house for a nightly dinner of grazing on snacks and present opening.

ImageOne of my favorite Christmas treats are the homemade cheese straws my grandma makes. So good! She makes hers into flower shapes..so I suppose they’re more like cheese..flowers. Ha!

ImageLook at this divine tree my cousin decorated for my grandma! We all think she should be an interior decorator. I mean..helllooo this thing should be in Better Homes and Gardens. And she said she got most of the ornaments at the Dollar Store!

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ImageHere’s the whole family!

ImageDaniel after opening his stocking. I think I was more excited than he was. HA!

ImageAs you can see below my mom is one of those people who can wrap gifts in less than a minute and they still looking amazing.

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ImageHere’s everyone wearing their handmade gifts from me!!

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ImageI also made a Christmas Day cranberry pie. My sister gave me a pie bird and some pie weights, and my mom and dad gave me a new pie dish so I just HAD to use them right away! By the way a pie bird is used for pie with double crusts or a top and bottom crust. It helps the steam escape to prevent a soggy crust and a runny filling.

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ImageSooo yummy! I also tried a vodka pie crust for the first time. I’ve always made the traditional all butter crust. When looking up a recipe I could only find the one vodka pie crust from Cook’s Illustrated and it calls for shortening. Well..I didn’t have any so I just made my usual all butter crust and then substituted some of my water for vodka and it turned out just fine. Will be using this again!

Apparently I’m a messy baker…i.e. the evidence below. Hehehe :p

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From my family to yours, we hope you had a wonderful and merry Christmas!

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I hope everyone had a most festive, and family-filled Christmas! Boy, oh boy, I love Christmas. This year was especially wonderful because it was my lovely boyfriend’s first time celebrating. It just made the holiday that much more special with him here. I even made him his own stocking. Never having made a sock (knitted or crocheted) I was super out of my element. I also didn’t have an actual pattern either..I had one as a guideline, but all the stitches, numbers, and the gauge were totally different and well, though it did not turn out “perfect” the stocking is wonderfully nonperfect in my eyes.

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ImageThere it is in the middle..not the most attractive of stockings, but I love it and my boyfriend loved it too!!! And that’s what matters most. Harumph. The instep gave me the most trouble. It also got me very interested in sock making. I’ve been wanting to learn how to knit socks, but everytime I do delve into research I get incredibly intimidated by all the technicalities and terms. Also there are just so many different ways!! Toe up, after thought heel, cuff down, this and that!!! I was also quite impressed with myself that I was able to crank it out in less than 2 hours.

Onward. I made everyone a handmade gift this year. Whether it be crochet or knitted or what have you. Everyone got a knitted beanie, except my mom and grandmother. They got stocknitte scarves, which turned out amazingly. Honestly, I can’t believe I pulled off a handmade Christmas. There were some intense moments of panic for a while there. Nevertheless, I pulled it out. GO ME!

Thank goodness my parents agreed not to put the ornaments on the tree until I got home. I love decorating the tree 🙂 We are real tree folks allll the way, for those of you who were wondering. No plastic trees here!

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ImageA few of my favorite ornaments.. ((((:

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ImageMy mom made this ornament probably around the time my sister was born (around 33 years ago!!!). There’s no telling how many Christmas memories this ornament has seen.

ImageI even attempted to wrap all my presents in a cutesy manner. I’m absolutely dreadful at wrapping presents. I just do not seem to possess the patience for it. But I held strong and tried not to just rip all the paper up as I was going along. Grrrr…I envy those of you out there who can wrap!!!

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ImageOn a random note, I’ve been trying my hand at cross stitch lately. It’s an easy concept on paper, but the execution is just a bit harder. Here’s some of my mother’s needlepoint/cross stitch pillows in our house. The butterfly is my favorite 🙂

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Just had to share!

 

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Yesterday I had a casting over in Brooklyn, and since I don’t make it over there too often, I decided to take a stroll through one of my favorite antique/thrift/junk stores. It is in fact, called Junk. Hahaha every time I go in there I think how appropriate it is. The store is a huge mess and mix of treasures and absolute crap. For the most part and in comparison to most antique/thrift stores here in New York, it is priced pretty affordable. The only thing that I know is ALWAYS over priced there is the hanging wall artwork. “Wow this broken frame with nothing in it is pretty cool I guess..it’s probably like five bucks…” WRONG it’s $40! Okay, so rant over.

But I did manage to find some treasures. The main reason I went was to find some vintage Pyrex. I’ve tried Goodwill and stores of those sorts, but here in the city they’re so picked over. Just forget about finding anything good. I did find lots of Pyrex, but I thought it was way overpriced and I’m running low on the dough so I just decided to take pictures of all the cute things I found!

They don’t like pictures in the store so excuse the crapola quality of these photos, but I had to be a sneakster and act totally not suspicious.

Love love loved this cute little tea saucer. If you collect plates or tea cups this would be a great addition, but I normally use little dishes like this for cute catch-alls. They’re good for displaying your jewelry, or coin stash. You can even hang them on your wall for cutie wall art.

ImageThis was my favorite Pyrex find of the day. I love the turquoise and white themes of Pyrex the best and the snowflakes were so cute. I thought it was way too expensive, though, especially since I just found a Pyrex bowl (bigger than this) at home for $5.

ImageThis picture doesn’t show it much, but all this pink glass was lit up from the sun. It was so lovely! Wouldn’t it be great to have a kitchen cupboard full of pink?

ImageHere is my favorite print of all..the Butterprint Amish. So cute!!

ImageThis of all was my favorite find of all. I wanted to buy it so badly, but just couldn’t justify it. It’s a huge knitted blanket with cross stitched flowers all over. So much handwork and craftsmanship went into this beautiful blanket.

ImageI just love owls..who doesn’t?!

ImageThis pickle/cucumber plate gave me a good chuckle.

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ImageA pink coffee pot! I mean, have YOU ever seen one? Nope didn’t think so.

ImageThis was just simple and beautiful. Most times those are the best finds.

ImageA framed Christmas tree made of old earrings! I loved this. Such a cute idea! I seriously considered buying this, but a few of the baubles had fallen off. Maybe a future diy project…  Also sidenote..an employee started chatting with me just as I was snapping, hence the blurred picture. I had to pretend like I was just texting as I was randomly holding up a picture to the light.. Ha!

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ImageI’ve also managed to make time for a few squares lately. I’ve been so boggled down with Christmas presents I haven’t done much else.

Square number 14: Okay so I’m really embarrassed to admit this but, I don’t know where I got this pattern. I’ve looked and looked and I lost it. I started this square before I moved and then got sidetracked, didn’t work on it for a month and then when I picked it back up all I had to do was finished the border. I’m really sorry and that’s definitely not okay, but I’m still in pursuit of this pattern!!

ImageSquare 15: Pretty Petals from 50 Fabulous Crochet Squares. I love the way this turned out, but it was not easy. This pattern is just one giant typo in the book! It started off with me wanting to ch 10 and then 24 single crochet!!! Basically someone just doubled the original amounts because I divided them in half and all was good. I was just very confused in the beginning and questioned whether or not I was losing my mind!

ImageSquare 15: So please disregard the lighting in this photo. I had a casting early this morning, which is normally when I take these photos because it’s when I have the best light in my window sill, but I had to wait and the light was weird so I had to use my wooden table as background and the light was STILL weird. Oh well..can’t win them all 🙂 This pattern is Purple Passion from 50 Fabulous Crochet Squares. I’ve been getting most of my patterns from this book and I really like most of them. I just wish the book had crochet charts along with the patterns..sometimes it just makes things easier.

ImageI just had to share those cool treasures with you all and my so not impressive three squares. More coming up!!!

Over and out all!

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Sooo…this is embarrassing…Thanksgiving was almost two weeks ago and I’m just now posting about it. Whoops. I’ve been a bit of a lazy pants lately, not going to lie. But here I am (finally), writing this blog post as the snow flurries outside my window, and the Chargers/Giants play on the tv (my guy is a Charger’s fan).

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hopefully you ate lots of wonderful food with friends and family whom you cherish. I know I did!!! I went home to my beloved North Carolina for a few days to celebrate with my family.

I tried to document our food adventures on Turkey Day, but unfortunately my family does not give a fart about my blog post. They were more concerned with getting food on the table before the day was over! I only got a few snaps, but I hope they will offer a view into our Thanksgiving. 🙂 Gobble gobble!

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We also got our Christmas tree while I was home!!!!

ImageThis is my beautiful sister!

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ImageMy wonderful parents!!

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It was hard, as always, coming back to New York, but when I’m away for a while I do start to miss the smog, car horns, and rude people. Ha! I’m looking forward to going back to NC for Christmas! Daniel will be coming with me also. WOOOO! Expect some good crochet coming up. By the way I’m going nuts trying to get all my Christmas gifts together. I was waaaaay too ambitious when I thought I could make all my gifts….so now I’m starting to freak out. But Imma chugging along!

Until next time!

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