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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How to Organize Craft Supplies

Confessions, people.

How much of your living place is covered in knitting and craft supplies? I know as well as anyone, it gets pretty bad. There are just so many little pieces, as well as big and bulky things, oddly shaped items…it’s a mess.

How to Organize Craft Supplies

There are so many people out there that have their act far more together than I do, but there was a time when I was not nearly as organized as I am now. My poor husband was about to lose his mind with the craft mess, so I decided I had to do something about the clutter.

Today I am going to show you a few of my craft clutter solutions, and how I organize and categorize them. They’re not all beautiful glossy magazine-style solutions. I didn’t spend hundreds of dollars at The Container Store (it was actually about $5 at Michaels, some garage sale finds and a bunch of Ziploc bags). But my clutter is now well-contained and best of all, when I need those stitch markers or yarn needles, I know where to find them.

And that’s freaking rad.

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Knitting In Bed | How to Make a Slipknot & Cast On

Are you new to knitting? Well that’s neat. Welcome to this weird and wonderful club of the people of the yarn!

The first thing you need to know is how to make a slipknot and cast on, because these two simple techniques are the beginning every knitted piece you will ever make. Today I’m going to show you how to do it.

Knitting In Bed | How to Make a Slipknot & Cast On

And I mean show you for real. Although I have always felt myself better in writing than live action, today I am premiering a new feature, a video series called Knitting In Bed. Talking! Whee!

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Things I Love Thursday | Green Things

These random 40-degree days and heavy storms have gotten a rumbling going.

It’s almost I feel like the roots stirring underground, and the seeds quaking with waking seedling tendrils inside.

I can’t wait for spring. I’m going to run around the newly budding forests and take as many pictures as my wee camera will hold.

Terrarium Magnets DIY via Happiness Is

Terrarium Magnets DIY via Happiness Is

Until spring officially springs, though, let’s dream of green things.

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A Day Without Words | A Grey Bookish Day

Sunday was a dreary, rainy day, made even more soggy by the melting of the week’s blizzard. We picked up a little salt water taffy (thanks to Kaylah for reminding me how much I love it) with the groceries, took a trip to the bookstore, then stopped by our foxy Thor-looking neighbor’s apartment (who happens to be a special effects makeup artist – swoon) for a Holy Grail party. We left quickly to get over-tired bear to bed, but not before she stole some of his fruit. Papa Bear went back over for the movie portion of the festivities while I got a little much-needed me time. It was a good day.

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How did you spend your weekend?

Favorite Things | New Books | March

This monthly new books tradition is one of the best ideas I have had in a long time. I’m an obsessive researcher, and although I also have this magical thing called the internet, I still love being able to sit down with a great book, fiction or non, and read and reference for real.

Favorite Things | New Books | March

March’s selections got quite mystical. Maybe it was the rain that day, maybe it was the fact that spring is right around the corner, I don’t know. But vegetables, ancient magical symbolism and faeries seem just right for this time of year.

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