Friday, September 29, 2017

Hello Again, World

Hey, you may have noticed that I decided to suddenly write a blog post after two years of silence. Truthfully, I've been having thoughts of returning for awhile now and finally decided to throw myself back into it.

That being said, I really don't plan on stressing myself out over the planning, the editing, the re-editing, or the deadlines this time around. I'm just writing for fun and seeing where it takes me.

So my content may not be as meticulously planned or my schedule as strict (as if it was in the first place) but I'm going more for passion and expressing myself genuinely rather than trying so hard to perfect everything. Aaaaaand I might choose to do some sort of rebranding (visual and otherwise) to represent my growth or some crap. I guess we'll see.

I'd also like to formally apologize if you've tried to contact me in regards to the blog in the past two years; I honestly wasn't sure where I was going to take things or if I'd be returning to blogging at all, but I really appreciate everyone that reached out to me, even in times of uncertainty.

Anyways, whether you're a returning reader or just stopping in, thank you for coming. I hope to continue to inspire.

Monday, September 25, 2017

8 Easy Ren Faire Haire Ideas

Easy Elf Hair & Makeup Tutorial by Taryn Tragedy

I really love how incredibly easy this one is - literally anyone could pull this off with enough hair. Plus it starts off with an easy makeup tutorial - one and done!

4 Hairstyles in Under 4 Steps from Designlovefest

The crown braid would be an absolutely perfect hairstyle for that romantic renaissance vibe. Hell, any of the tutorials on this page would fit in just fine.

A mohawk braid would look really badass if you plan on going as a warrior, barbarian, or Viking-inspired character.

This elven warrior braid from S'il Vous Plaits Hairstyling is totally killer and an absolute stunner. I love the circlet and how incredibly different this one is from many others I've seen. She always has such lovely fantasy-inspired hair tutorials, so be sure to check out her blog while you're there!

These Hippie Braids by Barefoot Blonde would make an easy but awesome option for a more laid back braided hairstyle. I hope one of these has inspired you to try some beautiful medieval/fantasy-inspired creations! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday Treasures 61

Hey, folks! Thanks for stopping by for this week's issue of Tuesday Treasures, my weekly collection of favorite finds from around the web! Today I'll be letting you in on some changes to my blog and to Tuesday Treasures in general, so be sure to stick around to find out more! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my newest handmade picks and creative inspiration!

The artistry of Jen Collins touches my heart like that of no other! With a series longingly entitled Animals That I Did Not Meet and quirky subject matter that ever-so-often touches on the endless wonders and complications of body hair, this unique ceramic artist and illustrator is definitely one that I will be keeping my eye on!

These pretty potted seedling cookies by cookie & frosting expert Sweet Ambs are incredibly adorable and just perfect for Spring! If you'd like to make some of these cute little leaf toppers yourself, be sure to check out this video tutorial from Sachiko of Mimicafe Union!

If I've ever seen a logo that I'd define as simply majestic, this would be the one! This work of art by Sam Larson of Steel Bison is really brought to life in beautiful texture and detail in this gorgeous print from Clove St. Press.

With the crazy sore throat and sinus infection I've had all weekend, this recipe for a super sinus-clearing bath soak from the Love & Marriage blog sounds incredible. If you're experiencing Springtime allergies, you should probably try this out with me and let me know how it goes...

I am in Love with this appropriately-named work of art by Paula Belle Flores! The beautiful flowers placed inside a delicate floral-print anatomical heart vase and surrounded by butterflies makes a truly sublime tapestry for any room!

Thanks again for reading Tuesday Treasures! From now on, I'd like to try to approach this series a little differently - by posting biweekly instead of each week! Hopefully, this will leave me with more time for projects, planning, and really refocusing my blog and attempting to better achieve my goals as well as providing a more focused range of content. Ultimately, I'd love to hear what you all have to say about the matter, so feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions, comments or opinions - I'd love to hear from you! As always, thanks for reading, and remember that you can always check out previous issues of Tuesday Treasures in the archives! See you soon!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday Treasures 60

I can't get over just how amazingly bold and unique these bowls are! You'd be surprised to find that this project can be accomplished in 20 short minutes using three inexpensive items. Check out this awesome tutorial by Fariha over on Pennies for a Fortune - the design possibilities are truly endless!

These may very well be some of the most gorgeous wedding cakes I've ever seen! The draped fondant fabrics paired with layers upon layers of lace and one-of-a-kind details make the beautiful creations of Sweetlake Cakes especially luxurious!

I just can't get enough of the beautiful floral Katelyn wedding dress by Wendy Makin! I was actually surprised to see this photo of it on a hanger. If it were mine, I don't think anyone could ever convince me to take this dress off. Ever.

The adorable one-of-a-kind woodland creature-inspired brooches of Tukoni Tribe are the cutest little hand-painted companions - I just want to pick up that tiny little raccoon and squeeze him! The fantasy creatures, however, are especially cool.

So I guess at this point it's pretty apparent how much more obsessed I'm becoming with wedding-related things as the big day draws nearer, but can you seriously look at the layers in this ring from Staghead Designs and not completely melt? Plus, I love knowing that if I was interested in this piece that it's made from an antler that was ethically sourced. Just gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping in for another issue of Tuesday Treasures! Be sure to drop by next week to get a glance at my awesome handmade wedding invitations (or check me out on Instagram to get a special sneak peek at them)! See you soon!

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Reasonably Fine

It's been a rough couple of weeks. Lately when I sit down to write, I just can't. I feel this tightness in my chest, the familiar grip of anxiety, and no matter how much I stare at my computer, no matter how many thoughts are racing back and forth behind my eyes, I just can't force myself to get them down.

This Spring has been especially hard on everyone in my family. On Monday, the 30th of March, I discovered unexpectedly through Facebook that my grandmother (on my mother's side) is suddenly suffering from Cancer. In addition to the already-stressful situation, I was hurt that nobody had the courtesy to even say anything to me. It was a surprise I wasn't at all expecting.

On Tuesday, I learned just how bad things really were. My mom communicated with me that my grandma's Cancer had been found in her liver, and that doctors didn't yet know if she was suffering from liver Cancer or if another more serious form of Cancer had metastized into her liver.

Aware that my mom was planning on taking the trip from Eastern PA to Western Michigan, on Wednesday I took all the change I'd been saving for my first camera lens and cashed it in to put towards the trip instead. We spent Thursday on the road.

The weekend went by in a flash, and although I had a wonderful time bonding with my family despite this stressful predicament, it slowly became clear that each time I revisit my childhood home it seems less and less like the place I once loved and more like a graveyard for all of the loved ones I've lost.

Brad drove out to bring me home on Saturday, and we started new permanent positions with our company on Easter Monday. As excited as I was to land this position and finally get my raise, I've just had this cloudiness looming over me since I've been back, a gray bubble of existentialism as I'm too afraid to exist here and lose those last few moments I would ever have with a woman I never cherished enough when I had the chance.

With recent travel expenses, paycheck issues, and putting all of our extra pennies towards the wedding right now, my job has definitely become high priority and has done wonders in keeping my mind off of things, but admittedly my blog has fallen to the wayside again this week as my moments of physical and mental rest have been few and far between.

My grandma has been slowly drifting away. I've been told that she has made her peace, and it seems that all there is left to do is pray for her, and pray that the rest of us might go on being reasonably fine. Thanks for reading.

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