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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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday Treasures 59

Hey, folks! Thanks for stopping by for my weekly collection of favorite discoveries! This week I'm exceptionally enthralled with all of the little details in this teensy-tiny hand-drawn donkey brooch from KRS Art!


These absolutely adorable hand-painted ceramics by Marinski Handmades are just so, so cute! Each piece has its own unique color & pattern combination and is incredibly charming and packed with personality!




I'm just crazy about the way Brynne of The Gathered Home spruced up these basic blackout curtains by adding a simple pop of gold leaf! Be sure to check out her DIY Embellished Curtains post for the full tutorial!



Isn't this pastel bunny pattern the cutest? It's part of a Pattern Project series by Anke Weckmann, and I'm basically in love with all those little pink carrots and buttons and bunny faces all over it! Forget about Easter, I would wear this pattern on everything, all year round!


When I discovered Maiden Voyage Clothing, I became immediately obsessed. If there's one thing I need more of in my life it is clothing that professes my love and devotion for the friendly pursuit of Sasquatch.



Here's another fun do-it-yourself project from Delineate Your Dwelling! If you're already excited to create this pretty tribal-patterned clutch, just wait until you see the inside!


Thanks for stopping by for this week's edition of Tuesday Treasures! If you've enjoyed today's post, be sure to check out previous issues of Tuesday Treasures, or follow me on Pinterest for even more DIY ideas and favorite finds! See you next week!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

8 Tips to Make Hotel-Living Easy & Eco-Friendly


Since my current job has me working in a variety of stores from the East coast to West Virginia, I find myself staying in different hotels with my fiancee for whole weeks at a time, traveling back and forth each weekend sometimes without knowing an exact destination until we arrive. Most hotels have the basic microwave and refrigerator, however sometimes we get a room with the added cook-top, and sometimes still we have to make due without any of these amenities. Regardless, the constant back-and-forth of it all does seem to take quite a turn on the environment and our wallets over time, so I've put this list together of little tips and tricks we've learned along the way!

  1. Corral dry groceries that you'll be traveling with regularly in a large, reusable shopping bag. You can carry more and it will last longer than those plastic shopping bags you've been lugging back and forth.
  2. Create categorized lists to remember all those little items that you'll be taking with you on a regular basis! Be sure to make an individual list to keep with your (reusable) grocery bag, so that you can easily see what items will need to be replenished soon.
  3. Keep earrings and small jewelry safe & organized by storing them in medicine bottles! You can even find larger bottles for necklaces and other small trinkets!
  4. Pack minimally. Remember that you can re-wear many articles of clothing without rewashing, such as jeans and sweatshirts, so feel free to pack lighter than one pair of jeans per day, for example.
  5. Collect coupons! Many coupon deals, paired with additional store sales, can help you score some cheap (sometimes even free) travel-sized amenities, such as toothpaste, soaps, and the like.
  6. Keep everything. All of my hotel shampoos are stored in a huge Ziploc bag in my bathroom. I typically try to not hoard things, but this is one of my two special exceptions (the other one is buttons).
  7. DO NOT buy travel-sized items. Just get some empty soap and shampoo bottles and refill them before you head out of town. You don't even have to buy the bottles - just refill those ones you kept from your last hotel stay!
  8. Speaking of which, be sure to bring a small bottle filled with dish soap along, as well as plates, bowls, and utensils for everyone. This will cut down on the money you'd otherwise spend on disposables, all while saving the planet!

I hope you've found this list helpful - if you're looking for more ways to save money while traveling, be sure to check out Roadtripping: 10 Ways to Save on the Road. If you have any other tidbits to share on this topic, feel free to leave them in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday Treasures 58

Hey, folks! This week's Tuesday Treasures features some of my very favorite finds that I've picked just to share with you! (And also with my Grandma, who reads this every week - hi Grandma!) Anyway, these are literally some of my best discoveries this year, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

I'm completely entranced by the insect-inspired mixed-media beaded brooches of Pure Pearl Boutique! Don't you just love all the texture and detail in each and every piece? I can only imagine the amount of time and effort needed to create these intricate little beauties!




The Scholar's Soiree dress from Modcloth is so, so beautiful! I just love the colorful floral pattern and the adorable cut and shape!


The Nacht lampshade of Etsy shop Nelliana is more than just a usable work of art! Folded from a single square of eco-friendly paper in the true style of origami, this shade was appropriately molded to catch and cradle the light like the wings of moths on a lantern.


"Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset." This Joss Whedon quote is the absolute BEST. This photograph, taken by Peter McConnochie, is part of a series entitled Silhouettes, a collection of portraits hand-lettered by artist Hannah Reynolds of Pommel Lane.

Original image by Peter McConnochie [CC BY NC 2.0]

These many-legged bi-color cabinets, handmade by the Barcelona-based designers at Moloform, are so incredibly interesting, featuring bold color transitions and insanely-beautiful asymmetrical forms that are just plain striking.



Thanks for stopping by for this week's issue of Tuesday Treasures! If you've enjoyed these discoveries, be sure to check out previous editions or follow me on Pinterest! See you soon!

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

What To Do if You've Accidentally Deleted a Blog Post


If you've been blogging for awhile, then I'm sure you've experienced it, too. The first time it happened to me, I had pressed "CTRL+Z" to undo a sentence I was in the midst of typing, when suddenly the entire draft I was working on went blank. My eye twitched. I tried to undo it, to open an older version of the post before it was too late, but I could plainly see that Blogger's Auto-save feature was already at work. My draft was gone. I was so close to finishing that post, and it was gone forever. In another occurrence, I managed to sync my blog data with an earlier point in time, completely erasing a post that I had already published!

Of course, the very first thing I did in each instance was scream and cry and rip my hair out, but eventually you have to face the facts and get your post rewritten before your deadline, or even worse, before anyone notices that it's missing. Here are the next few steps I've learned that you can take to get things back to normal again.

1. Don't panic! Just focus on the positive. You've still got all the photos you've uploaded, right? Did you write the post recently enough that you remember the layout of the content? Use these advantages to push past this stressful time and this feeling of powerlessness and focus on what you actually can do to make it better.

2. Try to recover it. If your post had already been published, then you're in luck; it's actually super easy! Check to see if Google stored a cached version of your blog post or page. You can do this by entering the following URL into your address bar, followed by the URL of the page you're looking for.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:

For example, the URL I used to view the blog post I nearly lost looked like this:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://brittanibus.blogspot.com/2015/02/tuesday-treasures-52.html

And this is what a cached page looks like. At the top, you'll see a message stating that this is only a snapshot of the page as it was recorded by Google on March 5. You can also see that any changes I made to the blog since then are not visible, however, I was able to use this page to recover all of the content I lost from my missing blog post. (You can click the image below to go see the cached page in action!)


3. Try to rewrite the post as soon as possible. This will ensure the information is still somewhat fresh in your mind and give you an edge on getting it back online as soon as possible.

4. Alternatively, if the situation becomes too stressful to deal with, rest, re-energize, and put it off until you can focus on the task at hand. Work on other blog posts, or give your mind a break.
Here are some more tips I've learned to keep this little mishap from reoccurring:
  • Backup your blog before trying out new apps and blogging software. The app I used reverted my blog to an earlier point in time while syncing. Since then I've become suspicious of every app and extension. Back it up - I mean it!
  • Backup your posts often. I learned time and time again that the content of my word processor can disappear in a moment's notice, so be sure to copy and paste your post's HTML into an external document in case your browser crashes or some buggy app screws with your blog.

I hope this post has helped you to get back on your feet after all these unpleasant blog shenanigans! For more information, be sure to check out my 7 Steps to Battling Blogger's Block, or my post on Blogging via Smartphone! Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Engagement Story


This week celebrates the one-year anniversary of my engagement to the funniest, handsomest, kindest, most wonderful man I've ever met. He's also surprisingly romantic, so you're being forewarned: it's about to get all sorts of sappy up in here.


We originally went on vacation to see Brad's brother and his wife tie the knot in New Orleans, but we ended up extending our trip and taking some time to see Florida as well. While staying in the house that Brad's family rented for the occasion, we decided to venture out and find a nice beach, in order to stop and say hello to the big, beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

I was pretty excited when I realized just how close we were to the very lighthouse I mentioned wanting to visit before the trip, but ultimately we decided to press on and save the lighthouse tour and a climb to the top for another day. We got close enough to snap a few photos, of course!


From the lighthouse, we found a nearby beach that wasn't too crowded and started to take a slow stroll along the cool, wet sand on the coast. We didn't need to say too much as we just enjoyed each other's company and walked hand-in-hand.


We walked for quite some time, looking at pieces of seashells strewn along the beach and searching for hidden treasures washed ashore. We had reached a more secluded part of the beach when Brad seemed to notice something. "What's this?" he asked, bending to one knee and pretending to gingerly pluck something from the sand. I approached to see what he had found, and saw a gorgeous white pearl engagement ring shining between his fingers as he looked up at me.


"Do you wanna marry me?" he asked. I don't think I said anything, but fell to my knees to meet him and wrapped my arms around him. We both knelt there on the beach holding one another, when eventually the tide was swept in and cold, gentle waves began to hit our arms and shoulders and creep away again. Brad was the first to break the silence. "So that's a yes?" he asked, as if he needed a reply.


Afterwards, a man noticed us attempting to take a photo of ourselves with a disposable camera we picked up for the trip and ran to our aid. "I just had to meet the only two people who still don't own a digital camera!" he said as he handed it back to us.


Naturally, we celebrated by taking some corny couples pictures and enjoying a romantic supper at the Port Orange Steakhouse! You can see some of my photos from that day by checking out my post on the Ponce de León Lighthouse, or even see the scrapbook page I made using photos from that day as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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