Birthday Reflections & Big News

Today is my birthday. This day, March the 29th, I turn 30. And it’s 50 degrees out, so BONUS!

Weirdly enough, I’m kind of liking this 30 thing already. A big birthday like this makes you think. It makes you think about what you want to put out into the world and what you want to get back from it. That’s exactly what I have been doing for the last couple of months.

You see, for some time now I have been feeling like I have been getting pulled in so many directions. There is of course my day job/career which I love. That is a place where, as a barber, my job is to help people find their way to looking like the best version of themselves. My job is to guide and educate them so they feel like they have a handle on their hair.

Rainbow & Strawberry Field Engagement

Yes, it is just hair, but as with every part of presenting yourself to the world, once you have an element of it down, that is one less thing you need to worry about in letting you be you. It leaves you free to focus on the more important stuff.

The disconnect for me was happening with the blog here, we do so many things. Knitting, crafts and DIY, recipes, home and garden, style, and more recently, seasonal color. Ever since we started discussing color and how it impacts your life and style here on the blog, the response has been overwhelming. Comments and emails poured in from both men and women (although the boys went more for email) who have always struggled with finding colors and a style that suited them.

After a few months of questions like this, I decided that I wanted to be able to help people more thoroughly than I could over the course of a few emails, and in a much more organized way. So I decided to put together a color analysis service for Leave Me to My Projects. Within the first week I found myself crushed under orders, and had to raise the price slightly to keep up with demand. But more people kept reaching out, and I knew I had hit on something that resonated.

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No More Confused Burrito

It is T-7 days until I enter a new decade of my life. And then I will be 30.

I’m actually kind of excited. One of the reasons is that lately, I have been feeling happier, more focused and more centered than I perhaps ever have in my life.

Day 68 - Me

Today another one of my friends turned 30, and she asked a question yesterday on Facebook that has gotten a tidal wave of comments. Her question was this:

This is the last day of my 20′s, and all day I will be reflecting over the insane amount of growth that occurs between the eve of turning 20 and the eve of turning 30. Tell me something interesting you learned from your 20′s. It doesn’t have to be the most important thing (but it could be!) or the most useful advice (but it could be that, too!). It could be deep. It could be irreverent. But tell me all the same. :-)

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Things I Love Thursday | Garden Whimsy

The garden is an enchanted place.

It is a place of countless generations, plants that have been around seemingly for all of time, and new ones planting their roots and sprouting new life every season.

Rock Concert source unknown

Rock Concert source unknown

Now that spring has officially sprung (kind of, it’s still 15 degrees here in Chicago and it dusted snow yesterday), it is high time to get back to the garden. In spirit anyway, there are still a couple more months before we should really be putting anything in the ground around these parts.

Although we don’t have a garden of our own this year, we are still working on my parents’ Retirement Garden. My mother adores garden whimsy and decor, so today I thought I would put together a roundup of some of my favorites!

Fork & Cork Plant Markers via Artsy VaVa

Fork & Cork Plant Markers via Artsy VaVa

We have always had trouble finding the small markers we have used in the past for plants. These are so cute, cheap and easy, and it looks like we’ll actually be able to find them!

Fairy Home via Greenspirit Arts

Fairy Home via Greenspirit Arts

I have had my eye on this little fairy home forever. There is a tree out back that is literally begging for one of these.

Primitive Tipsy Pot Planters via The Pink Hammer

Primitive Tipsy Pot Planters via The Pink Hammer

I just love fun planter solutions.

Owl Painted Stones via My Owl Barn

Owl Painted Stones via My Owl Barn

So precious. I can totally make some of these. Look, Andrea, owls and foxes and bears oh my!

Fantasy Garden Signpost source unknown

Fantasy Garden Signpost source unknown

This is more a nod to our and Baby Bear’s geekiness than my parents, but come on, this is the coolest thing ever.

Leaf Stepping Stones via Lowe's

Leaf Stepping Stones via Lowe’s

Such a cool DIY! The current round stepping stones in the garden are what Baby Bear refers to as the “magic stones” – these are even more magical!

Fairy Container Garden via Studio G

Fairy Container Garden via Studio G

You all know I have a thing for fairies, right?

Miniature Fairy Garden via Liquid Sky Arts

Miniature Fairy Garden via Liquid Sky Arts

Moar fairies!

Hanging Rain Boot Planters via Green Upgrader

Hanging Rain Boot Planters via Green Upgrader

I have had my eye on this wellie container gardening idea just about forever.

Zombie Garden Gnomes source unknown

Zombie Garden Gnomes source unknown

And this one is just for me. Braaaaaaiiinnnsssss…… If you dig into the archives around here, you will find I also have an obsession with evil gnomes.

Do you have any pieces of garden whimsy that you just adore? Share in the comments below!

A Day Without Words | Green & Stuffed All Over

Don’t you love it when you can knock a bunch of fun things off your to do list all at once – like hang out with friends, celebrate a holiday, and make delicious food? For St. Patrick’s Day this year we got to hang with our friends Josh and Nikki, who we do not get to see as much as we would like to, and their adorable little Corgi Jax. He was wearing a bow tie. I squee-ed. Their house is full of awesomely geeky things, and there was maple-y bacon syrup for the bourbon, shitloads of corned beef, and Guinness bread. What a wonderful day.

A Day Without Words | Green & Stuffed All Over

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iPhone Love

Last week was exciting for me. Because I got an iPhone 5.

Yay! My old phone was dying, and I was due for an upgrade, so I went for it.

Hobbit Door iPhone 5 Case

Hobbit Door iPhone 5 Case – Need

My old phone was a Droid, because I have always been PC girl (being a giant gamer nerd). It was for this reason that I couldn’t seem to convince myself to go over to Mac for the longest time. So I had a Droid, because keeping your devices as compatible as possible seemed a good idea.

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