I'm currently at the Mall of America. I have been here for a few hours and have seen maybe 1/5th of the place. I didn't even bother going to the 1st floor at all. I'm heading out now to beat traffic back to Eden Prairie... I have my fingers crossed that I al going to be able to find my car. :-)
Alright, alright, I am a little obsessed with hand-stamped jewelry. I admit it. Those of you who also love the look of hand-stamped jewelry goodness and the sincerity and meaning behind it should definitely check out RHB Designs on Etsy. Her creations are absolutely beautiful and (even better) affordable!
So, here's the awesome part.Simply Sweet is having a giveaway for a $25 gift certificate to RHB Designs! This blog entry of mine serves as 2 entries into the giveaway. You can get a total of 10 entries (by tweeting, following and commenting)... How awesome is that? I hope I win! :-) G HERE to enter by September 30th! Good luck!
I have to get my photobooth photos from California scanned and then I will be able to show them to you. In the mean time, I invite you to check out an awesome idea for a gift for those people in your life who love photobooths (cough, me, cough cough.)
Jason and I recently visited the Musee Mechanique at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. We had been once before and it was great fun so, of course, we had to go back. (I'd like you to know as well that they have BUNCHES of penny machines so you can squish to your heart's content!) Anywho, this place has two old-fashioned photobooths and has for a long time. They have a collection of 640 photobooth photos called Lost and Found that have been found in and around the museum and have assembled them together into a book. Hello awesome. This is an amazing idea to me. Discarded or forgotten photobooth photos turned into a coffee table book. Amazing.
I went to Borders today during lunch. I tweeted this shortly after my trip:
I really love book stores. I could spend have spent hours of my life in various bookstores. It's interesting because I don't read any particular genre or have anything to say about books in general. (I have read a bunch of classics but likely couldn't have an educated discussion with you about them. Though, my favorite book is the classic The Catcher in the Rye.) I mostly love browsing the isles and looking at the travel books and the craft books and enjoying the quiet atmosphere that is a book store. (I also enjoy the smell of books... new and old. There is just something about that smell...)
While at Borders today I picked up a book for my sister that has 101 Cocktail Recipes in it as well as the new Dan Brown book (40% off, woo!) which I can't wait to read on my flight to Minneapolis on Sunday. As I was passing by the children's section (which I do often, since their books are more colorful than adult books and hence make me more happy to be around) I saw a copy of 'Wreck this Journal.'
I got this book for Christmas (my sister and I actually each bought a copy for the other, ha!) after I saw it in a museum gift shop. It's an amazing book which I have not wrecked yet but have every intention to destroy. I have been collecting fruit stickers on the page which says "collect fruit stickers here" but haven't done any other real destruction worth mentioning.
Apparently this 'book' is not a book, as it states right there on the cover. But wait, look at the bottom there: "By Keri Smith; Author of Wreck this Journal" EEP! I didn't know she had a new book out! * Sam then snatches up the book in record time and proceeds to the checkout at lightning speed. * Written in a similar manner as Wreck this Journal, this book encourages the owner to transform the 'book' into whatever he or she desires... you decide what goes in it and how it turns out. I am honestly very excited to start having fun with this book! Maybe it will even help me to get over my OCD tendencies and to actually wreck my journal. We shall see. :-)
Since I will be moving there very soon, I have recently started hunting around for bloggers in the Twin Cities area. Doniree is one of the first people I found and started following her blog and Twitter account. So far, I have been taken aback by the sincerity or her posts. I particularly enjoy this one and this one. Today, she posted about "The Cocktail Question." The fact that when you as asked what you DO you typically respond with your job title and that this is typically only a small portion of what you DO and what defines you as a person. She invited others to answer the same question as she did and really think about the answer. Below is my answer. Thanks Doni, for posting the question... I definitely enjoyed this exercise and can't wait to turn it into a scrapbook page!
By profession, I am a Civil Engineer. I work with some incredibly interesting people who enjoy their jobs. For the last 2 years I have been designing roadway improvements for people with disabilities to be able to better travel around the city.
I carry my camera with me everywhere I go. I enjoy photos and wish that people weren't so squeamish about getting their picture taken.
I start projects and don't finish them. I start projects and stay up until 1am to finish them even though I have work the next day.
I love to create things. I have too much scrapbooking stuff but can't seem to stop buying more. I also make jewelry and sew. I am always interested in new hobbies. I want to learn how to make my own glass beads. I scrapbook so that future generations will know what my world was like.
I travel, but not nearly enough. I would have to live to be 500 years old to be able to travel to all the places I want to go and experience all the things I want to experience. I wish I could speak a language in addition to English.
I welcome change. I enjoy moving furniture around my house or just moving... Whether it is across the street or across time-zones.
I miss people. I miss my family and friends when I am not with them. I crave to know how and what they are doing on a day-to-day basis. I wish everyone I knew had a blog so I could keep up with them.
I subscribe to too many blogs and follow too many people on Twitter. I love both and can probably be considered an addict.
I love seasonal food like gingerbread and pumpkin bread. I put vinegar on everything and crave it like I will never be able to eat it again. I love Italian food. I prefer beer over most alcoholic beverages. I love wine. I especially love trying new wines. I don't drink nearly as many Mimosas on the weekends as I would like. I don't drink coffee because I don't like the taste. I am obsessed with cupcakes.
I love my friends, new and old. I feel that the best friends I have are the ones I can not see for a long time and then when we finally see each other, pick up where we left off right away. Life sometimes gets in the way of spending time together and the people who understand that and love me anyway are the ones I want to be close to. My husband is my best friend. My sister is also my best friend. They get along great and I am so grateful for that.
I take pride in being from a small town. When I say 'small,' I mean small. I grew up in a town with about 500 residents. There are more cows than people and probably always will be. I prefer living near a city than in rural Vermont, but I love going home too. I learned how to drive in a 1978 Ford Pickup and had my own horse when I was 10.
I am not a girly-girl. I hardly ever wear makeup and I would fall over within 2 seconds if I had to wear heels. My socks hardly ever match but I miss-match them on purpose because it makes me happy. I love wearing big, dangly earrings. I often loose track of hours of my life when I am in a TJ Maxx.
Well, there you have it... Instead of answering the question "What do you do?" I kind of answered the question "Who are you?" That's just how it turned out and I'm ok with that. :-)
I am absolutely and completely inspired by Stacy Julian's post about Photo Album Scrapbooks. I bought the magazine a while ago but haven't put it to good use yet. Having just gotten back from California, this is just what I needed to feel really good about being creative with my photos while also keeping it a lot less complicated than it needs to be. After reading the post I immediately went to Target a picked up an album that will work perfectly! I already had my papers and embellishments picked out (Making Memories Passport line) so all I need now is my photos! :-)
Stacy gives 10 steps for creating a Photo Album Scrapbook and uses her beautifully colorful Puerto Rico Album as an example.
Kristen sent me this video today as a 'present.' She and Dane were over at our place on Saturday feeding our cats and doing laundry (she also vacuumed, which I did not ask her to do, but I am eternally grateful for!) What a silly cat... Thanks for showing me that Booger was completely entertained while we were away on vacation Kristen! :-)
This is our sweet hotel room in San Fransisco. We'll be exploring the city until Thursday before heading back to Napa. The weather is beautiful and this room makes me feel like we are beachside. Hehe. Now, where to go for my Birthday dinner? :-D