Wow…did I really say that? 2014 already? Hard to believe!
So what are my memories from 2013 that will live on into 2014?
One of the major things would be the first time I met Jason. I was so nervous that he wouldn’t see anything in me and would really want nothing to do with me. We met at the end of July and it’s already January. I still get those butterflies too.
My niece finding a love for singing – basic children’s songs – has to make the list. It’s funny because she has a bit of a lisp, and the songs don’t come out like they should. She replaces ‘I’ with ‘Me’.
In 2013 I tried (vegan) sushi for the first time and have quickly grown a love for it. My favorite favorite favorite is avocado.
I started selling my crafts online [LINK]. It was a long process to get it together and off the ground but I’m glad I put the it together.
Jason and I went to our first concert together – Sundowner – and I’m pretty sure he had as much fun as I did.
And through the year I’ve grown closer to friends who don’t live around me. The few friends I’ve grown super close to I know I can trust everything with them and I’m glad they’re in my life to support me and kick me in the ass when I need it.
I know my top memories really are not much compared to others but this year wasn’t very eventful for me. In the end though it was a good year.
In 2014 one of the major things on my list is to open my shop up to international shipping. I haven’t done it yet though because of the high cost it will be and I’m honestly not sure if people are willing to pay so much in shipping for small handmade items. For international readers, would you be willing to pay the high shipping for something that is homemade?
Another thing that’s on the top of my 2014 list is to do a ‘XXX books in 2014’. I know it’s already the 1st and I haven’t made a page or even picked the number of books I want to read. I know every year I expand my creativity but I’ve been lacking on expanding my mind – which I’m highly ashamed to admit. Considering I’ve started reading a book only a few hours ago I think it’s okay to not have a page up for the list of books I’ve read. What number of books do you guys suggest I read? I’ve seen people do 25, 50 and 100 – I just don’t think 25 is too low. I know people are busy with life and studies so I understand .
I do plan to make do a movie challenge though! I know everyone knows how much I enjoy a good film – especially b-rate. So I’m going to challenge myself to watch 200 movies in 2014 – 150 movies I’ve never seen before. This will count both older films and new films. I’m going to have a page for that on here, and I’ll also have a page on TaV [LINK] for it – I’ll also be reviewing the films.
On a sewing note, in 2014 I plan to work more on construction of clothing. I’m 100% self taught so I think it’s something great to work toward. The goal is to understand and get good enough at construction to make myself a knee length coat.
With my little reflection on 2013 and looking forward to 2014 over I’ll most onto what I did yesterday and today.
Yesterday I really spent the day laying around and sleeping. I had this great idea to go with Missy to work. She worked from 11pm to 7am. I figured it would be funny with everyone coming from the bars and celebrations. There was one point during the day there was no one there. It was so quiet. But that was after the bar crowd was there. One table was eight people. One of them – adults – thought throwing food was a good idea. The lady should be happy I didn’t get up and punch her when whatever she was throwing hit me!
One of the guys that works at a local bar made it in around 5am or so when there as no one else there. I talked to him about music – he thought I listened to metal due to my look – and a few random things.
Then around 6am a group of 20 people came in! Yes one table with 20 people! So she had to push tables together and everything. Within a few minutes of them sitting down a table of 10 came in. So we didn’t get out of there until after 8am.
It was well worth it though – I love people watching! And I also was able to find and download a free coat pattern! I’m super excited to look at it and see how much fabric I need so I can start keeping an eye out for fabric on sale for it. I finally was able to load all my books on my tablet. 90% of them are cookbooks or even craft books. I just can’t help myself when I find free cookbooks or craft books. Haha!
I did download a couple apps that my niece can play with. One is making a pizza – she made a pizza for my mom this afternoon…it had carrots, candy canes and strawberries on it. I did download another app for preschool kids but it wasn’t worth it so I deleted it. The other app I’m keeping for her is a finger painting app – okay I might use it too. ^_^
I did break down and get the app of the day for today through amazon called Little Things Forever [LINK – this is the google play link]. I haven’t really played it yet, but I looked at the screen shots and it looks like a lot of fun. My mom is addicted to those hidden object games, so I’m sure if I need help finding one of the objects I won’t have my tablet for a while because she’ll keep playing. haha.
Another app I found is one that helps you find cruelty free products. It’s going to come in super handy for sure. Next time I have wifi I’m going to look for an app that help you pick out vegan foods – when you find something new it just gets so tiring having to read everything that’s in it before you know if it’s okay to buy. An app would just make shopping so much quicker.
Last night I did pay a bill off, then I ordered something fun for Jason. ^_^ It won’t be here until around the 17th and that’s just going to kill me!
While I was doing bills and shopping I did look at my domain that needs renewed on the 16th – I’m a few cents short to pay it with my credits! And I don’t have enough in the bank because the lowest amount you can add to your account is $10. >_< I’m going to contact them and see if there’s a way around it since it is really just a few cents. I had two domains that needed renewed on that day so I renewed the cheaper one first – which is my photoblog [LINK]. Ugh. It’s just so stupid that they can’t take the credit from my account first then that the rest from my bank account.
Yesterday before going with Missy I finally got my package from Lori – okay I say finally because I’m pretty sure it was at the post office on Monday. Now…picture spam of some of the fun things she sent me. ^_^
Hello Kitty Van’s! If you don’t know, Van’s are the only “daily” shoes I wear. My boots and Mary Janes are both different brands but when it comes to shoes I wear for basic day to day needs it’s Van’s. So Van’s teamed up and did a line of Hello Kitty shoes. Around here I couldn’t find them and Lori found them at an outlet store. They are a bit more roomy than my old ones, but the great thing is I can wear socks with these ones now…wearing no socks makes your shoes yucky and smell bad so I won’t have that problem with these.
I do love this shirt!
This sweatshirt is all related to White Wives. They have a song ‘Grow So Wild & Free’. I’m so glad Lori found this and picked it up. It’s a small so it’s big on me, but the right kind of big. I washed it and wore it last night and just wore a tank top under it – so comfy! The fabric is so soft too, I’m going to look up the company that made it and order more sweatshirts from them. And it’s the best kind of fabric too because it is thin enough to wear during a cool spring day as well. Last night I wore it with a pair of pink skinny jeans and I can’t wait to pair it with a pair of black leggings.
Yes I’m a Hello Kitty fan. And these made me smile. My niece already took the tennis one. I have the pie one on my desk – the pie smells like cherry too! I’m going to put the artist one on my nightstand.
Band Aids, stickers and ribbon! I admit, I will be using the band aids for the right reason. And the ribbon I’m going to save because I want to make a Hello Kitty themed Lolita dress.
The package on the left was a mega block Hello Kitty. She came with a lollie pop. The middle is a cute Hello Kitty bracelet. And the last little package is “America The Beautiful”. The state I got was Oregon – so she’s dressed up like a beaver! ^_^
And lately some stickers and a notebook. Two sets of the stickers are confetti stickers – which I’ve seen before but never Hello Kitty ones. And the notebook will come in handy. I keep changing passwords and such so I can keep track of them in a notebook finally.
Tonight I did finally do something – aside from lay in bed and ready. I finally started cutting the pieces out for my dress.
This is the dress I’ll be making. The skirt of the dress will be 18 inches of black & white fabric with red cherries on it – 4 inches of the bottom of the skirt will be solid black fabric. The bodice (top) of the dress will be solid red fabric. The straps are going to be black fabric with red cherries on it. And the belt is going to be solid black fabric. ^_^
To my huge surprise it didn’t take that long at all to cut out and honestly I wanted to start sewing it tonight. Construction of dresses has always scared me and I don’t know why. It’s so simple. I’ve only been making clothing for about three years now and I think in those few short years I’ve come very far compared to where I started. Ever since I started sewing I secretly wanted to have a clothing line. Well that’s a huge dream, so I’ll be happy with making a clothing line just for myself. ^_^ A clothing line with a vintage spin and punk at heart.
I’ve promised myself to hold off on buying back seam stockings until it’s spring – which I’m sure I’ll break that rule soon. Haha.
Is there a time period that you LOVE the clothing from?
As you can see in the dress I do adore the 40’s/50’s. I’m not super girlie at all, but the clothing was just great. I’m not a fan of high waist clothing though – I’m short so it’s just not a good look even if it is clothing made for my body. I do dream of having a pair of high waist sailor shorts though. With that said the clothing from the 60’s – especially the hippie clothing, I love that too. All of the clothing I wear though will always have a punk influence to it. This dress I’m making is full of red and black – but also reflects my love for rockabilly. Cherries are greatly used within the rockabilly community. The first time I wear the dress I will pair it with a pair of fishnet stockings and combat boots.
Fashion shouldn’t be something to be afraid of, even if you don’t know anyone who embraces the kind of fashion you do. Fashion is a way to show the world who you are without having to say a word.
With all of that said, I think it’s time to get in bed. It’s already past 1am.
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