Thursday, January 31, 2013

Purse

I was originally creating this purse for my shop, but I've since fallen in love with the soft velvet strap and bohemian fabric.
boho bag ginger girl
This purse has three pockets, one zippered, the other two open. I am in love with it.
bohemian bag
It is made entirely with thrifted fabric, sheets, and even a vintage handkerchief, all bought from my local goodwill. The lace is vintage victorian lace, tea dyed by me. Seriously, this purse cost me about 50 cents to make. I bought a big bag of fabric for like, $4, and still have a TON left over.
woodland lace patchwork bag
If your soul was a purse, what would it look like? 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

4 Reasons Leggings are not Pants

Have you see this ongoing trend? For the life of me, I can't understand why people keep wearing leggings as pants! 

1) Leggings are not pants...if they are see-through. Nothing that is see-through is pants.
I thought I'd just wear slightly invisible pants today
2) Leggings are not pants...if you can see the outline of your, um...you get the idea.
Seriously. 
3) Leggings are not pants...if they are tights. 
 Questionable "pants" set to 50% opacity 
4) Leggings are not pants...even if celebrities wear them. 
World: OMG HOW SEXY
Me: eww.
If you, or anyone you know, suffers from the illusion that Leggings are Pants, please provide them with the 5-step program "how to adequately and sufficiently cover my behind with clothing called Pants" located in the Duh Lol Clothing 101 class.  Class fees cover peanuts and appropriate slide-show.

Or you could just send them this info-graphic.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Shop Update

I'm finally getting my etsy shops fixed up. In order to make it more streamlined, I've separated my vintage and handmade items!

Here are some new things I've uploaded to my vintage shop, Kitty Adventure's Vintage Finds and to my handmade shop, Silver Moon Creations.
embroidered purse
crochet hat
lace coin purse
blue indian dress
boho bag
hipster purse
sari close up of embroidery
Etsy is such a wonderful site, I really love selling there and can't wait until June when it will become my full time job!! (well, besides the job I already have of taking care of my wonderful husband :P)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mr. Adventure Says...

 My husband says the silliest things...

1) When talking about home decor:
Me:  I think I'm going to put a curtain on the window in the kitchen. I found this cute blue one at Goodwill!
B: you know the curtains should match the other curtains in the whole room [this by a guy who had no curtains for four years and he's worried about matching?]
Me: Uh, darling, we only have one window in the kitchen/dining room area.
B: Oh...
winch puller
2) After husband comes home from the hardware store:
B: Hey look! I bought a wench puller! Come here wench!
Me: *not amused*
B: *chases*
Me: Eeeak!

3) While editing pictures for a blog post:
Me: I don't think I like this picture
B: Yeah, you look dead in it
Me: o.o
B: I mean, its not your best picture.
Me: *blinky blinky*
B: Because you take amazing beautiful pictures....
Me: Uh huh
B: Am I just making it worse? 
Me: You should never use the words "dead" when referring to a picture of your wife.
B: I was just trying to be truth--Oh, never mind
Me: Thought so. 
kitty eared couple
We both have kitty ears now! Yay!
4) In church:
Me: Where do you want to sit?
B:  Next to you.
Me: *sigh*
:later that day:
Me: What would you like for lunch?
B: Half of whatever you are having?
Me: Seriously?
husband funny
5) After we had been dating for about 4 weeks:
B: What do you mean your hair isn't really red?
Me: Um...
B: What color is it really?
Me: Its, uh, brown?
B: Oh, that's fine.
Me: ???
B: I'm just glad its not blonde.   
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I thought of chronicling all the silly things my husband says after reading Rachel's "Angel-isms". Her husband is absolutely hilarious.

Does you husband frequently put his foot in his mouth, or is it just mine? :P

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jan Cara Box

Anna over at The Things I'm Learning was my Cara Box partner this month! Anna is such a beautiful young lady and I enjoyed reading her blog.
My new year resolutions were to be more organized and start my own business. I love the notebooks she sent and the pens! You can never have enough pens. I also love the green nail polish. My favorite color is green! (Fun fact: I've actually never bought nail polish. People gift this so often I've never had to)
Thank you Anna :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Knitted Gloves

I modified my pattern to make these wonderful lace gloves in the round!
fingerless gloves
If you like them, they are for sale in my shop. I can make them in any color. :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

To all you Single Ladies

“SINGLE”
1:not married 2: unaccompanied by others 3: consisting of having only one part, feature, or portion.
And that my friends, is Webster's definition of single.
Some stalker who takes pictures of only lonely people cataloged this photo
Often times in the past when I was single I thought of myself as not being whole without someone. I've felt this way many times! Then I realized I was thinking of myself as the "3" part of the definition of single "consisting of only one part, feature, or portion" I.E without my other half. Like a missing portion; deprived of my other. Single. But that refers to an item, a Tupperware dish, per se, not a human begin with a complex heart.

So my friends, does single mean broken? Incomplete? Deprived of something? Should single people be ashamed of their social status? Are married people somehow "better" or "lucky" at life because they have met their significant other, but you, single person, must trudge it on alone? 

Girls: how many times have you seen another "OMG my boyfriend loves me so much look at the flowers he bought me look at this cute picture of us at the mall look at the food we ate together omg we are so happy life is complete yay" and felt that ping of loneliness that comes from the realization that your Facebook is full of portrait shots detailing your love affair with your cell phone?
Don't leave me sexy electromechanical device!
Well, you are not alone. (but perhaps you could upload less pictures of your new haircut. 33 is a bit extreme)  Silliness aside, this a real issue and I've seen it in my personal life and all over the blog sphere. I just wanted to let you know that people who are in relationships are just as insecure as those who are not. Being in a relationship does not elevate you to any "special" status of human existence.

Being single really only means you are not married. It does not mean you are broken. It does not mean you are incomplete or alone--it does not mean that you are missing out on anything! Being single does not define you, it is just a way of describing how you are currently living your life.

Urban Dictionary says: Single
 1. When you are currently not in a relationship with a significant other
That's a better definition of singleness. Not broken, not incomplete. As a complex human being, you definitely don't consist of only one part, because unlike an item, you are a person, and you are never alone. God is always with you. Along with 7 billion other Earth-dwellers! Your singleness means only that you are not currently in a relationship. There is nothing wrong with you.
Philippians 4:6-7Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Do you want to be an Urban Dictionary single or do you want to be a Webster's single?  How will you live?
 1 Samuel 12:24
But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.
I think the first step to recovery is admitting the issue. Hello. My name is Carolynn and I was a Webster's dictionary single. Now I'm married and I'm still Webster's dictionary single. Because no man can fill the void in my heart--only God can. Will you let him be enough for you?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Coffee Talk!

1. Do you drink the milk after eating cereal or do you dump it out?
If its regular milk, no. If its almond milk, YES! :P

2. Do you share drinks/food?
Only with my husband. I know where his mouth has been :P
3. How often do you replace your toothbrush?
Um...sadly, really only when it tastes bad. Or when the bristles start to fall out. Or when I realize I can't remember the last time I replaced it.

4. How often do you wash your hair?
I wash my hair every 3-4 days. You can read about how I care for my hair in this article.
5. Do you use a dishwasher or do you hand wash your dishes?
I wash by hand. I really don't like dishwashers. They don't get things clean. I use mine for storage. Husband is amused by this. He thinks washing dishes is some form of Chinese torture.
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Natalie, I wonder how long you had to stay in the shower to think of these questions? :P 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Gnome Hat

I made this cute little gnome hat the other day!
gnome hat knitted knit handmade etsy
I love knitting. Does anyone else find knitting completely relaxing and fun? I have so many plans for new things for my shop...if only they could jump from my head to my fingers faster!
girl with long hair wearing a gnome hat knitted knit multicolor ombre glasses red ginger
What about you? Would you wear a gnome hat or are you more of a kitty-eared person like me? :P

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Snow!

Yay! The ground is covered in white fluffy COLD stuff!
snow tree sky blue cloudless
girl snow tree morning light ginger red head
Snow, I love you! Will you be my best friend?
self photo tree light snow ice
Note: the snow stuck around for two days! TWO days! That is a record for my town! We really hardly EVER get any snow here.
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Hat and Scarf: Target
Dress, Coat, Boots: Thrifted

Monday, January 21, 2013

How to: Picture Array


Hi! Have you guys ever seen those pictures that fade into each other? I really love them and think they are super silly and a great tool to use when blogging! Here is how to make them:

You use this code:
 
Make sure that your pictures are already sized correctly or they will appear outside the bounds of your post. I made this mistake the first time.
how to picture array make a moving picture
Hope this helps! Happy Blogging :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Lie Of Society

Today I wanted to talk about a lie that is very prevalent today.
What? Instant love? How can you know someone well enough to trust them with your heart after only a few moments? How can you even know you love someone you just met?

Love is not instant.

Butterflies are instant. Lust is instant. Mutual like can be instant too! But love is NOT instant and if you live that way you are just setting yourself up for a broken heart and crushed expectations. Because what many people call "love" is just lust and butterflies, coupled with the newness of a relationship. And those things, while wonderful and sweet and part of a budding intimacy--are not love. And they do not last.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love is so much deeper. Love is sacrifice. For me, love is when my husband gets up in the middle of the night just to get me a drink of water even through he is tired. Love is when he laughs when I burn dinner. Love is when he forgives me when I hurt him, or when I take him for granted, or when I lie to him. Love is his daily sacrifice--when he spends his free time with me, and trusts me with all the fragile places in his heart. Love is my husbands choice--a choice he has to work hard on, because I see love in so many different ways then he does. I, also, must choose to love him. Our love grows every day. The feeling I felt when we first met? It was wonderful--and true--but it pales in comparison to the deep well of love we are digging for ourselves, with God, in our marriage.
Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds / Or bends with the remover to remove / O no! it is an ever-fixed mark / That looks on tempests and is never shaken. / It is the star to every wandering bark / Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken / Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks / Within his bending sickle's compass come: / Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks / But bears it out even to the edge of doom / If this be error and upon me proved
What do you guys think? Do you think society has it wrong? Love is not instant. Lattes are instant. Pizza and cheeseburgers are instant. So many instant things in this world, so many quick satisfactions. Love is NOT one of those things, and if you treat it that way, you will only wade in the shallow water when a deeper well beckons.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Romance your Spouse!

Kaitlyn from Wifessionals posted this amazing article on romancing your spouse, with a challenge to us ladies to do the same to our significant other. With this in mind, I decided to do something extra special for Mr. Adventure!

First I left him a note before work about how much I loved him and how I was looking forward to dinner that night. I'd already decided to make steak. Mr. Adventure loves steak. I found a yummy recipe online and gathered my ingredients after work.
I set the table, and put on a pretty dress, made sure the lights were off, and waited for hubby to arrive home.
He was stunned when he walked in! He loved everything! After dinner I didn't get on my computer or read a book--I made sure to spend time with him. I even made brownies for desert, and then we watched an episode of Dr. Who. It was super fun to surprise him with an relaxing evening!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Pen-Pal Program

Hi guys! I don't know about you--but I love writing letters. SO today I wanted to let you know that I would love to write you!
Just send your mailing address to my e-mail and next month I'll draw your picture and write you a letter. I won't sell/abuse/flame/or otherwise use your address. I'll just scribble out some thoughts and you can write back if you want :)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

How to Use the Public Restroom

how to use the public restroom
From early on, my mom taught me a healthy fear of public restrooms. Now, with the flu going around, and all these teenage pregnancies that keep popping up, I'd thought I'd share a little bit of bathroom safety today. Presenting: How to Use the Public Restroom, with Notes on Making it Out Alive.
when entering the public restroom
How I feel when I enter a public restroom
Rule 1: Decontaminate If Possible 
If someone could have touched it, throw it away. I always tear off a good 12 inches of the toilet paper because it dangles from the receptacle and the person before me could have soiled it. Yes I just said soiled.
contains unknown bathroom particles! 
Rule 2: Don't Touch Anything
Seriously. Don't touch anything. But...how are you supposed to do your business? I don't know. Just don't touch anything.
Also, you will need to incinerate your shoes after this
Can anyone else relate to how hard it is to balance on one leg and flush a toilet? Takes some mad skillz, that.
OMG I TOUCHED THE WALL GET IT OFF
GET IT OFF GET IT OFF!
Rule 3: Always Wash your Hands
Ever been in the bathroom and see someone walk out without washing their hands? Most disgusting thing ever!
don't eat the soap.
Washing your hands after using a public restroom should be a law. Right after never allowing women with screaming babies into movie theaters.
Rule 4: Get out Alive
Procure a safety cover device and exist post haste.
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I really hate using public restrooms. I hope these pointers will curb your fears and make you feel more responsible in your use of the Public Waste Disposal Site. Please come again.
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