Friday, February 14, 2014

I'm Four!

This week mark's the fourth anniversary of my exploits in fashion blogging. In February 2010, I put up my very first adorable posts [here], and have been posting on and off and changing the blog's name, domain, and layout in a noncommittal fashion ever since. 
I think of the things I have accomplished in the past four years, fashion related and not, and of how much life has changed. Things that came easily have gone just as easily, and trends I used to love have become terrible fashion faux-pas. Friendships, jobs, accolades, and arguments have been won and lost. Things that used to hold great value seem not to matter as much anymore, while other priorities have taken their places. I have travelled to new places, and travelled to old places and seen them in a new way. I have taken chances on new things, and given second chances to other things with outcomes either disappointing or surprising. 
Nothing has turned out as I expected. I constantly recall all of the idiotic things I have done-- the out-of-character things, the character-less things, the acting-like-a-character things. I get a little sad, a lot sad, more sad, until I remember to tell myself that those 'things' are what have made me who I am. I learned from my mistakes and healed my hurting insides, or at least picked them up and threw them in a bucket and dragged it on along. Those 'things', those mistakes, made me stronger. Made me forgive.
Thinking back on all of the dumb vapid things I've posted here, I often wonder if I should continue. If anyone finds this interesting? If I even find it interesting?
I didn't plan to write all of this today, but as my fingers started clicking the little letters on the keyboard, the letters became words became sentences became a melancholy little birthday wish to myself. But a birthday means a new year and a new year means resolutions. Not only do I hope to share more on this blog, but I hope to share more of myself. I am not perfect, but I am real. I may not have all of the pieces together, but I need to prove at least to myself that I am whole. Of all of the paintings, and sewing projects, and paper mache animal heads I have given up on because of pin-pricked fingers and hot glue burns, or because it was just too hard, I am one undertaking that although will never be completed, will also never be given up.
Just like the projects I have yet to share on this blog-- I am a work in progress.

Monday, February 10, 2014

[DIY] 3 quick, cheap, easy valentines

 Valentine's Day can be so magical, whether you have found "the one" or not. I love to make my own valentines cards for friends and coworkers every year, but materials can get pricey and detailed cards can be time consuming. I shopped at my local 99 Cents Only store and came up with three quick, cheap, and easy valentine ideas that will show your loved ones you care without breaking the bank! 

Do you have a love/hate relationship with Valentine's Day? Did you try out any of these ideas? Leave a comment and let me know!