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Thrift Store Monsters & Friendship Bracelets

January 29, 2014

There’s nothing my cats love better than Craft Day. Seriously. It’s like Christmas, catnip, empty boxes, felt mice and warm laundry fresh out of the dryer, all wrapped up into one glorious event. It could have something to do with the fact that my craft room/office is strictly off-limits to them without supervision, so they leap (quite literally at times) at the chance to enter the restricted area. But it could also be because they’re also pretty social creatures (you…

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Crafts & DIY

Geek Chic: Across the 8th Dimension

August 16, 2013

My dad, sister and I have a joke about the fact that we think differently than most people. Whereas most people’s thoughts logically progress from Point A to Point B and then to C, D, E and beyond, we’re more like a stone that you’ve skipped across the surface of a pond. While we cross over those same points as everyone else, we only touch the surface every other point or so, which sometimes makes it difficult for others to…

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Social Media & Tech

Internet Orphans

August 13, 2013

I’m going to lead this post off with an assumption (dangerous, I know) that I’m not the only one who occasionally googles my name to see what comes up in the search results. I was doing that very thing this evening and was dismayed by the results. On pages 2 and 3 of the results, I found a string of Internet orphans – blogs and websites I’d abandoned (some which had been dormant since 2004). A deeper dive into the…

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{30 Under 30} Half Marathon Training Begins

July 30, 2013

Back at the beginning of the year, I put together a list of goals Iโ€™d like to accomplish in 2013. Not resolutions per say, because I still feel as though that term has negative connotations, but rather a list of activities that I thought itโ€™d be fun to tackle throughout the year. I’ve made a headway on that list, but one of the items featured (the first one, in fact) was the goal of running a half marathon – something…

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Home Improvement

[After] Our Lawn Makeover: Part Two

July 24, 2013

With the hard decision (choosing a landscaper) behind us, Chris and I moved quickly into the next stage – finalizing our design. After a couple of text and email conversations, we set a date to meet the guys from Horizon Landscaping of Jacksonville at a local nursery to make some final decisions on plant selections. Question to answer during our trip to the nursery: Podocarpus (yew) or osmanthus (tea olives) to add height to our front beds? Tea Olives Color…

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Crafts & DIY

The Art of Zen: Doodles

July 23, 2013

This whole project started because I was browsing Pinterest on my phone while Chris and I were watching Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood this evening (what else are credits good for?). I stumbled across an image that led me to the blog, Art with Mr. E, who chronicled one of the lessons he holds for his students to teach them shading. Following his instructions, I created my own piece of art, with the exception of using crayons in lieu of colored…

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Home Improvement

[Before] Our Lawn Makeover Story: Part One

July 22, 2013

Our front yard has been on our home project to-do list for quite some time. One of the challenges inherent in purchasing a house that’s gone up as a short sale is the fact that you get it in as-is condition.ย We were fortunate that the inside of our home was in good condition when we bought it; however, the yard had been under-maintained (mostly forsaken) for more than a year. The front beds were a wreck with an odd and…

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Crafts & DIY

Craft Day: Animal Totems & Watercolors

July 22, 2013

Every now and again, it’s good to stretch your creative muscles. That’s why a couple of my girlfriends and I take turns hosting a craft day at our respective houses. This weekend, I had the privilege of hosting Katie and Stephanie. Past projects included spray paint art using leaves as natural stencils at Stephanie’s house and putting together table numbers for Katie’s wedding back in May. This go-round, we decided to try our hands at a little 3-D art thanks…

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