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28 Before 29

the list

It’s that time again, the time of year where I make all of my new year’s resolutions. This is my third year doing one of these and I think I have some fun/challenging stuff in store, and of course I will be updating you guys on the progress. You can click here to see how I did on my 27 before 28, didn’t quite make them all, but I did better than I did the year before so we’ll call it a win. Without further ado, my 28 before 29!

  1. Create more original content for my blog
  2. Get my braces off – So much for done in 2 years, we are now creeping up on 3 with no end in sight
  3. Fur Baby Fundraiser
  4. Pink Hair  – My boss wouldn’t go for it, but Andy did buy me a pink wig
  5. 12 new cake recipes
    Brown Sugar Cupcakes
    Chocolate Ooey Gooey Butter Cake
    Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes
    Red Velvet Cupcakes
    Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes
    Chocolate Chip Raspberry Cupcakes
    White Chocolate Cupcakes with Truffle Filling
    Cherry Almond Cupcake
    Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cupcakes
    PB&J Cupcakes
    Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Cupcakes
    I-Gotta-Have-Chocolate-Cake Cake
  6. Random acts of kindness – at least one a month!
  7. Try 10 new restaurants
    Q Cafe
    Savannah Moon Baking Co.
    Joe Mamma’s
    The Flying Monk
    Mom & Dad’s
    Miccosukee Root Cellar
    Chop House on the Bricks
    Biscuit Head
    Persis Grill
    Sunny Pointe Cafe
  8. Plant a herb garden – I bought a mint plant…it’s still alive, but I don’t think it counts.
  9. Learn 8 embroidery stitches I learned a blanket stitch and crocheted a small blanket.
  10. Create a logo
  11. New Tattoo – the two times I tried to go things didn’t work out
  12. Have tea in Savannah
  13. See a play in Asheville
  14. Visit Looking Glass Falls
  15. Go to the Zoo
  16. Mini vacation somewhere I’ve never been
  17. Use my Instagram account
  18. Make a quilt – Didn’t happen, not even close
  19. Get more comfortable using my new photography equipment
  20. Organize my office
  21. Make a dress – bought a pattern, cut the pieces and that’s as far as it went
  22. Banish the Beige – Paint the Hallway
  23. Banish the Beige – Paint the Master Bathroom – after painting the hallway we decided to postpone all other painting endeavors for the time being.
  24. Banish the Beige – Paint the Guestroom – same thing that happened to painting the bathroom
  25. Embrace snail mailI sent more, but not as much as I had hoped to.
  26. Complete the 30 day squat challenge
  27. Work on my personal growth with the ladies of Whole Soul Lab
  28. Design and order a custom tshirt


Image from here.

Things I Want to Try: Sun Printing



According to my friend Verhanika, it is the week of the new moon, which can leave one feeling contemplative and finding it hard to focus. Sounds so much better than distracted and moody. I feel so bad for Andy when I get like this. Poor guy, works all day and then has to come home to an overly dramatic wife that recognizes that she is being a bit ridiculous, but just can’t seem to stop. I guess knowing that I am being dramatic is a step in the right direction. And according to GI Joe, knowing is half the battle, so maybe even more than a single step in the right direction. Unless there are only two steps to the whole process and then it really would be a single step to be at half way. Usually there are more, 10 or 12 steps, but I digress. I’ve been working on a list of things I’d  like to try this summer, not goal per se , but something hanging out on the edge of my “to do” list. Sun printing is one of them, and fortunately for me Terrain has not only a kit available but a tutorial.

What You’ll Need

Cotton sun printing kit
Leaves, petals, or cuttings from the garden
Bright sunlight
Water for rinsing the fabric

1. Gather your favorite botanical specimens. We used sprigs of ferns and fresh leaves.

2. Arrange your specimens on the cotton in your desired pattern or design.  Place the cotton fabric in the sun for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to have your arrangement thought out ahead of time and try to work quickly, as the image begins to process as soon as the fabric is exposed to light.

3. Remove your botanicals from the cotton.

4. Rinse fabric in water until the water runs clear.

5. Allow to dry– remember that the image will continue to process even after it’s dry! Try hanging on a strand of twine as a banner as shown above, draping as bunting on the porch, or snipping into pennants for a festive addition to summer décor.

Want to learn more? We’ll be sun printing at both of our stores during the month of July. Stop by the Glen Mills and Westport events pages for details.

Tutorial and supplies from Terrain.

27 before 28

Last year, I decided to make a list of personal goals for myself, my 26 before turning 27. It was the first time I had made a tangible list of things that I wanted to learn/accomplish in a specific amount of time. It ended up being quite the interesting process. I quickly checked off some list items, realized that I actually wasn’t all the interested in others (Red Lipstick Wednesday & Mastering the Smokey Eye), and actually failed to check off 5 of them. But I am really proud of what I did get done, and I have decided to continue the tradition another year. My 27 before I turn 28. A few of the uncompleted items from my last list made their way on to this years list, but there are plenty of new things and I can’t wait to get started.

List 1

1. Learn to french braid my hair  – cut my hair off, no longer an option….
2. Make french macaroons
3. Get my passport
4. Learn to make biscuits from scratch
5. Learn to make pie crust from scratch  – two types: regular and vegan
6. Learn to make bread from scratch
7. Eat vegan two days a week – Instead of a completely vegan twice a week we integrated more vegan meals throughout the week.
8. Go to Seattle
9. Travel outside of the US
10. Learn 10 new embroidery stitches
– cross stitch
– back stitch
*I embroidered a set of pillow cases for my aunt using these two stitches and it took so long that I decided I was done embroidering for a while.
11. Launch my Etsy shop – finally
*To much going on work/family wise, but we are getting closer
12. Make/can orange marmalade
*This was going to be for a gift, and I found another project that I wanted to do more.
13. Create terrariums for the mantle in the living room
– not enough light, so potted succulents for the new livingroom shelves instead
14. Try 10 new restaurants
Bagel Market
Aliki Beach Cafe
Portage Bay Cafe
The Egg
The Paisley Cafe
Front Porch
15. Make a quilt
*forgot about this one until it was to late
16. Make a dress
*haven’t found the right pattern
17. Create a reading nook
18. Finish my office/guestroom
19. Go to a paint your pet night at Painting with a Twist
20. Watch all three Matrix movies – for Andy
-Really it was only two of three, but Andy gave me a very detailed plot summery of the third movie and said that it wasn’t worth watching.
21. Have tea in Savannah
22. Plant a lavender plant
23. Have a girls crafting weekend
24. Start and keep a photo diary
25. Go down two pants sizes
*I only managed one
26. Read Food in Jars and try food preservation
27. Reveal new blog design

Image from here.

26 before 27

25 was a really big year for me, got married, bought a house, adopted the naughtiest orange kitten ever…. But as Andy and I were discussing the “what’s next” of our life together, mostly when we want to have kids, I kept coming up with things that I wanted to accomplish before we take the next step. Being the awesome husband that he is, Andy suggested that we shelve the baby talk for a year-ish, so we can get in shape financially and emotionally. He also suggested that I take some time to come up with specific goals and make a timeline for when I want to accomplish everything. So here it is, my goals for the next year. 26 things I want to accomplish before or by the time I turn 27.

  1. Make and keep a weekly schedule
  2. Learn how to french braid my hairtried a few times, but only ended up with knots in my hair. Will try again next year when my hair is longer.
  3. Go antiquing once a month
    *Was not budget friendly…
  4. Create business cards
  5. Try 12 new restaurants
    Marie Livingston’s
    Cluster & Hops
    The Melting Pot
    Coosh’s Cajun Cafe
    Jonah’s Fish & Grits
    Marinated Mushroom
    The Chestnut
    Brickyard Pizza
    Wild Greens Cafe
  6. Launch my Etsy siteRan out of time/money, moved to next year
  7. Learn to use liquid liner
  8. Make myself a dressForgot
  9. Lose 30lbs Probably lost 30 pounds all together, but it has pretty much been lose 5 lbs, gain 5lbs, lose 2 lbs, gain 3lbs….
  10. Post on my blog 6 days a week
  11. Learn how to make french Learn to make frosting and cake from scratch.
  13. Travel outside of the USWe had to come up with $7000 to remove “dangerous” trees from or yard, so there really wasn’t the resources for travel.
  14. Master the smokey eye
  15. Find a perfume that Andy and I both like
  16. Yoga twice a week
  17. Plant an herb garden
  18. Road trip
  19. Red Lipstick Wednesday
  20. Define my personal style, donate everything else to charity
  21. Celebrate one of the big holidays in the new house
  22. Try candy making
  23. Have a monthly adventure
  24. Be more visible in my blogstill working up to having my picture taken
  25. Do a sketch every day
  26. Savannah trip with Andy

Some of these things are obviously more serious than others, but I think it’s important to include a few small easier to achieve goals to keep from feeling like things aren’t getting done. And don’t worry, i’ll keep you guys in the loop.

Image from here.

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