Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Winter Weatherscapes


This winter has been a cold one, but it's one I'm thankful for. The ticks and spiders were huge and terrible the past year, so we needed this harsh season to help fend them off. I've been spending most of my time indoors writing, preparing for my business launch, and making over my studio, when it's warm enough for a person to inhabit it. Okay, there's also been plenty of sledding and video games.


A few times I found it warm enough to venture outside and capture some photos of the property while everything was blanketed with snow. Behind the house, it looks like a deer wandered out onto the frozen pond.


As the ice melts from the edges of the pond, it cracks inward like little tree branches, begging to sprout leaves again.



Monday, January 28, 2013

NEPA Arts & Crafts: February 2013


Welcome, locals of Northeastern Pennsylvania and those who may be traveling through! If you're a lover of all things vintage and handmade, then you've come to the right place! Whether you're looking to find some awesome antiques or the perfect handmade Valentine's gift for your hipster honey, February is the month to get out there and show some love! If you know of a local arts & crafts event or flea market that's not featured on this list, feel free to let me know at ShubetteHandmade[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks for reading!

2/01              First Friday Scranton @ various locations, Scranton
2/01 - 2/13 Groundhog Craft & Gift Show @ Sunbury Market House, Sunbury
2/02             Souper Saturday @ Shoppes at Meck Knitting Mill, Schuylkill Haven
2/09             Art After Dark @ various locations, Milford
2/09             Be My Valentine Craft Show @ Harding Municipal Bldg., Harding
2/09             Flea Market @ Mountain Grange Hall, Carverton
2/14 - 2/18 Festival of Ice @ Downtown Clarks Summit
2/16 - 2/17 Winterfest @ Downtown Jim Thorpe
2/22 - 2/24 CSBA Home Show @ Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Bloomsburg

On-going Events:

Daily: Art Show @ Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, Wellsboro
Daily: Merchant's Village Indoor Market @ 1201 Oak St., Pittston
Wed - Sun: Marketplace @ 10th St. Plaza, Bloomsburg
Fri - Mon: Weekend Bargains Flea Market @ 51 N Third St., Stroudsburg
Sat - Sun: Marshall's Creek Flea Market @ 5163 Milford Rd., E Stroudsburg
Sat - Sun: Pocono Bazaar Marketplace @ 1 Municipal Dr., E Stroudsburg
Sat - Sun: Sixth Street Vendors Flea Market @ 231 W Sixth St., W Wyoming

Monday, January 21, 2013

10 Things I Love About Cats

 

I didn't always know that I would turn into a crazy cat lady. When I was younger, my parents nicknamed me "Elmira" due to my overly-enthused pet-hugging. My cat obsession has grown over the years. These days I'm much better at expressing my affection towards animals, but I still make time for cat hugs on the daily.

And yet... some people just aren't kitty-friendly. But what's not to like about cats? Before you try to answer a question that's entirely rhetorical, here's 10 things I love about them:
  1. Cats are furry and warm, and therefore cuddly.
  2. They're like cute little babies that can feed and bathe themselves.
  3. They create white noise that can lull you to sleep.
  4. Did I mention they're adorable?
  5. Cats take care of house pests.
  6. They bring you presents, however, those are often body parts of aforementioned pests.
  7. Kitties sleep in the cutest (and often hilarious) positions.
  8. They're easy to house-train, because they want to cover their own poo.
  9. They're fairly introverted pets, which I can totally relate with.
  10. Cats are great at communicating their feelings.
They're so many more things to love about cats! Mine is keeping my feet warm right now! What do you love most about your pets?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Inspired #4: Reclaimed Wood

Inspired is a collection of how-to posts found around the web that are sure to get those creative juices flowing! In this edition, we're focusing on projects that beautifully utilize reclaimed wood! Click on each picture to visit its tutorial.

I'm so very much in love with these buttons made by Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus! If I ever get the tools to do this, I'll be making wooden buttons nonstop:


This beautiful porch swing by Sheryl of Sheryl Salisbury Photography was created from an old pallet. She also includes a FAQ section, in case this project gives you a bit of trouble!

 

This craft organizer shelf made from a reclaimed pallet is just perfect! Johnnie of Saved By Love Creations shows how to attach hooks, shelves, and compartments to store all of your tools in one place. This would be so helpful in a teeny tiny craft space!


Perhaps you're looking to get organized, but are living in an apartment or rental property and don't have the opportunity to go around hanging shelves and whatnot. This kitchen organizer made by Jamie of C.R.A.F.T. utilizes an old door to maximize vertical storage without damaging any walls!


If you're looking for even more amazing reclaimed wood and pallet projects, check out this huge compilation of links over on Funky Junk Interiors! Donna features so many lovely reclaimed wood projects that she's made herself, but at the bottom of the post you'll find three link-up parties, one of which is chock-full of even more reclaimed wood & pallet projects.


I hope I've inspired you to tackle some wood-reclaiming projects this weekend! Best of luck and thanks for reading!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

This Week on Instagram

  
This week has been a fairly productive one, so of course I haven't taken nearly as many pictures as I had planned. The highlights were as follows:
  1. Took a picture of my shirt while I was supposed to be working
  2. Had a good hair day
  3. Caught a beautiful sunrise (which of course dulled by the time I got a photo)
  4. Prepared for inspiration to strike during all hours of the night
  5. Made Lefty jealous
  6. Made Lefty warm
  7. Had a rainy day
  8. Got attacked by a 4 year old with a foam sword
How has your week been?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fashion Inspiration: Emerald

Emerald Year



At the end of each year, Pantone uses its secret trend-forecasting powers to choose a color that will inspire creators and creative-types in all industries of design. It's sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy, really. For 2013, the Color of the Year is a vibrant jewel-tone: emerald! Emeralds are symbolic of hope, love, healing, and harmony.

Above is an outfit inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year! Click the thumbnails below it to view the source of each item. Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Blog Resolutions


Hey, folks! In the beginning of a new year, we often find ourselves reflecting, restarting, and resolving. Naturally, one of the things I've really been reflecting on is my blog and the direction in which I'd like it to move. I've been researching ways to improve this space of mine for a little while now, and have come up with 10 things that I'd like to change, add, or improve to make my blogging better by the end of the year!

1. Get organized and integrate a planner

This has been something I've already been working on throughout the month and have been making considerable progress on. I'm not really sure how to go about organizing my thoughts sometimes, and I'm one of those forgetful types who can never seem to remember to regularly check a planner. I've discovered that the important thing is to just go ahead and try it; I'm learning what works and what doesn't along the way.

2. Redesign my blog

I've always had a vague idea of how I wanted my blog to look, but I feel as though the overall appearance is still very rough around the edges. However, I've come to a bit of a design-block, so I think it's time to start from a blank slate and look at things from a new perspective entirely.

3. Add an "About Me" blurb

I suppose this is something that will come along with the new blog design, but I think it's an important element to have all on its own. When I read a new blog, I like to be able to see the face behind the disembodied text. It helps me to connect with that person and adds the "human element" that separates the blogging community from the rest of the interwebz.

4.More frequent posting

This is another item that I've been working on, and it seems that getting organized and planning ahead is helping immensely. It also seems that just buckling down and getting to writing helps to inspire me to come up with fresh, new content, and ideas I may not have thought of if I wasn't already working on something creative.

5. Incorporate style posts

If you were here on Friday, then you probably noticed that I've been working on this, too. Since my school days and long past, I have always been a fashion nightmare. At the time, I called it "alternative fashion." Over the past year or so I've come to make some improvements, discover what works better with my body type, and just try to express myself without lookin' a fool. I'd like this to be a part of my blog!

6. Edit & update pages

Honestly, I haven't checked to see what the other pages on my blog look like in quite some time. Is anyone else guilty of this? I should probably read them over, see how they're lacking, and add more information, as necessary.

7. Create a Press/Media kit

Did you know that I'm available for hire? Neither does anyone else. To make myself available as a designer, I need to put together a resumé. As a blogger, that's where a press kit comes into play.

8. Integrate a more professional email address

I'll admit it - my inbox is in shambles. I tend to miss important messages in all the newsletters and coupons that flood my Gmail account. Worse yet, this account is linked with my Blogger and Google+ accounts, so when I'm logged into my new, more professional-sounding email, I can't even edit my blog! Any ideas on making this transition a little easier?

9. Reach out and socialize with other bloggers

This is something I've been struggling with. I'm ridiculously shy, and it takes a lot of mental preparation to leave a comment, send an email, or even to say hello to someone I've met before. I thought that in blogging I would surpass some of these personal boundaries, and I hope that I will be able to make more progress on this and other awkward social situations this year.

10. Monetize!

In all honesty, I'm jobless. I initially started blogging to share the trials of building my creative business, but blogging has become its own business, and with the time and effort I'm putting into it, why shouldn't I get paid for it? So this year, I'd like to make a little money blogging, if possible. I'd also like to get my posts written ahead of schedule, so that I have more time on my hands to put into launching my shop.

These are the things that I intend to accomplish in the blogging world this year! I've been throwing around some other ideas here and there, so you may even see some additional changes taking place. What goals do you project to accomplish in blog-land in the near future?

Friday, January 4, 2013

What I Wore: New Year's Eve

One of the many goals I've set for myself this year has been to better understand and further develop my personal style. I haven't tried an outfit post since starting this blog, but I thought the coming of the new year would be a good place to begin that too. So, here's What I Wore on New Year's Eve:

 


 

Outfit details:
Hat: thrifted
Necklace: family heirloom
Shirt & Vest: gifted
Pants: Wal-Mart
Coat: Old Navy
Shoes: gifted

This necklace was my mom's. I think I borrowed it from her as a teenager before losing it for a really long time and then finding it and wondering why I ever would have wanted to borrow it in the first place. Now I wear it rather often. If you're reading this, Mom, I'm sorry for never returning your necklace and I love you.

The top and vest were given to me as hand-me-downs from Brad's cousins. Brad told me that the white shirt looks better not tucked into my pants, and after looking at these pictures, I agree. Looking back, I wish I had better pictures of the shoes. Looking back even further, I realized that I do have a better shot of the shoes:


Is it weird that I already have pictures of these shoes stored on my computer? Probably not! From this angle you can really see the cute quilted texture and the decorative little chains on the front. These were given to me by my friend Katie! They're actually very inappropriate shoes to wear during winter, unless you're staying inside for the night!

After taking pictures, we rang in the new year by eating a lovely steak dinner, lazing around, playing video games, and shooting off some fireworks at the stroke of midnight. How did you celebrate?

Special thanks to my awesomely handsome boyfriend-photographer for taking these pictures!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My Christmas Haul!

Happy 2013, readers! While I've thoroughly enjoyed this holiday season, it's such a relief that it is finally coming to an end! It seems that we spend so much time preparing for this time of the year, but as soon as everybody starts feeling merry, the good times are already behind us! Today I thought I'd extend my Christmas joy a little by showing off all the wonderful things Santa brought me!

I've spent an awful lot of time in craft stores in the past few months, what with card-making and gift-wrapping, and all the crafty little things that come along with Christmastime. I even did a whole lot of drooling over supplies that I could stock my studio with, and it was a little hard to not go crazy buying things for myself when I was supposed to be finding gifts for other people. Now it seems I'll get to have my crafty shopping spree after all, as I got a butt-load of crafty gift cards this Christmas! Yay!


Of course, I did get a few craft supplies for my stash! My stocking was stuffed with some pretty green, white, and red buttons, and I got quite a few more packs of buttons to fill my big ol' pickle jar with. Actually, I now have more buttons than will fit in there, so I'm gonna have to start collecting more jars to divide my collection into. I'm not complaining though! I also got some pretty rhinestones that I'll probably be using to decorate everything I can get my hands on. 2013 is going to be sparkly!


One thing that I'm pretty ecstatic about is my brand new Fiskar's paper cutter! This whole time I've been card-making and paper-crafting I've been making all of my cuts with a ruler and an Exacto-knife, and I haven't always been happy with the results. This cutter does the job way quicker and easier, and cuts a million times straighter! Now that this tool has been in my life, I'm not going to be able to live without it again!


From my very handsome and thoughtful boyfriend, I got a pretty set of drawers that I can wheel around my studio. I just haven't decided what exactly to put in them yet...


Last, but certainly not least, Brad's parents got us a Playstation 3! Brad already had one of his own that we would occasionally play games together on, but in recent years there have been less and less games with local-multiplayer capabilities. Now we can play just about any game together, assuming we have two copies or we're playing a game with data that is stored entirely on the system. Either way, I couldn't ask for a better gift than some quality time killing zombies and fighting crime with my handsome man. It's been a real blast!

I'm really thankful for how wonderful the holiday season has treated me. What I've enjoyed most has been the peaceful times I've spent with my family; it's not often that everyone manages to get along with each other, so it makes me incredibly happy to see that we can put our differences aside and find joy in the company of one another. How has your holiday been?