Vlog #2

Here goes nothing... Linking up with Erin and Ashley today, for the Girl Behind the Blog series!


Happy Halloweenies!!!

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Have a happy and safe Halloween, friends. Don't eat all your chilren's candy!

Halloween Partaaaaaaay

This weekend Burley and I threw a party. It was a halloween party.
Macey, the squirrel, dropped by, to help decorate.

So we did...

And then guests started to arrive. Including some life-size Richardson Farms chickens...

A super mommy and a ceiling fan... The belly is real, folks.

A couple of old geezers, and a married couple dressed as eachother.

A couple MORE old geezers (no that wasn't planned) (yes this is Burley and I)

So we partied.

And danced...

And partied some more....

And we had a grand OLD time. Get it?


A Very Sexy Offer...



Well. If this note has enticed you enough (I know my awkward face can be VERY convincing), and you are dying to be a Thriftary November sponsor, head on over to my sponsor page and take a look at your options! We would love to have you.

And by we, I mean the Thriftary team.

And by the Thriftary team, I mean me.


DIY Knitted Color Blocked Infinity Scarf

Glasses: C/O Coastal | Floral Bracelet: C/O Go Fish | Earrings: C/O my MIL | Jacket: F21 (2 seasons ago)
*** WARNING: I am in no way, shape, or form, a good or experienced knitter. 
This is a tutorial for those of us who don't know all the tips and tricks to knitting professionally. 
This is a DIY. Not a knitting tutorial. So don't make fun of me, knitters, OK? OK. ***

Gosh - Knitting takes me so long to do. Seriously. If you notice below, I started this project on our Aspen camping trip. That was the last weekend in SEPTEMBER. Haha. Truth of my procrastination comes out. I had planned this post for two weeks ago, and have kept pushing it back.

But here's the truth.
The end result? Is worth it.
And the process? Is ENJOYABLE.

I could have been tempted to tune out the world and just BOOK it through this scarf.
But, then I wouldn't had enjoyed the process of knitting. Talking while I knit. Watching TV while I knit. Knitting on the porch after a long day of work. Drinking coffee while I knit. Spending time with my puppy while I knit.

I am realizing now that I need to start another knitting project, because this project has been a bit of a form of therapy for me.

Gosh. Thriftarians are the best councilors.

ANYWAYS. Here is a quick "How To" for this scarf. All you need to know is the basic knit stitch. I am not going to go through the dirty details of tying on or casting off, but if you guys are interested in a tutorial, let me know and I will put one together for you! After all, I have just decided to start another knitting project. Remember?

So here is the start.

I bought two packs of the same type of yarn (Lion Brand). I knitted the entire first pack of cobalt blue yarn with 8mm needles. The row was 22 stitches wide.

Then, once I finished the first half, I simple tied together and trimmed the knot. I really wanted the color change to happen right at the top of a row, so I was strategic in deciding when to tie the yarns together. If you don't mind having the color start mid-row, then you can be pretty haphazard with this part.

Once you complete the second half of the scarf, you will have one long scarf that looks like this when you throw it on your desk!

Then, the last step is to simply stitch the two ends together. The good thing about sewing yarn is that it is VERY forgiving. If you pull it tight, it basically disappears.

Because I am NOWHERE NEAR a capable knitter, the two ends of my scarf were not 100% the same width. So, as I sewed the two ends together, I slightly gathered the yarn (not a visible gather) in order to make the ends eventually match in size.

And there you have it! A homemade accessory to die for. I am a bit in love with the color combo and the width of the scarf. If it were food, I would eat it for dessert. #Fatkidalert #Imnotevenadessertfan.

Happy Friday Friends.


So... This happened...

Yup. It's going to be a white Christmas Halloween.

I went out to dinner last night, and it was raining.
I left dinner and it was snowing.
How romantic.

So Burley and I naturally went and got whiskey night caps, because that is what you do when it snows.

We woke up this morning to a white world. The first one we had seen from our Perry St. windows.

This afternoon I turned the heat on in our house for the first time. I am working on about 10 projects at the same time, and getting so pumped for the Halloween Partaaaaaay we have planned for the weekend.

Life is good. Thank you, snow.


It's Just Ink...

Hey Team -

Great job out there today. Keep up the good work.

I thought today it would be fun to share a couple very important things with you.

There were two times in my life, so far, that I was like "you know what would be a great idea? If I were to ink my body permanently forever and ever even if my gramma doesn't like it"

Just kidding. The thought process was a little more in depth. But not kidding on the part where my gramma doesn't like it.

But nonetheless. I am inked. And I like it. And I still want more ink. But I love the thought process, the waiting, the creating, the moment of it all when you finally decide that it is important enough... It's really fun and thrilling and beautiful.

A common question I hear from you guys is "What tatoo do you have on your foot?" and "What does it mean?" and "Is that a fish on your foot?"

No guys. It's not a fish.

You have never asked about my neck, probably because it is hard to take a classic blogger selfie photo of your own neck. So I haven't done that. And you haven't seen it. I promise. I have tried.

The Anchor:

"So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary." Hebrews 6: 18-19

Albert Barnes breaks the verse down, better than I ever could...

"Hope accomplishes for the soul the same thing which an anchor does for a ship. It makes it fast and secure. An anchor preserves a ship when the waves beat and the wind blows, and as long as the anchor holds, so long the ship is safe, and the mariner apprehends no danger. So with the soul of the Christian. In the tempests and trials of life, his mind is calm as long as his hope of heaven is firm. If that gives way, he feels that all is lost. Both sure and steadfast. Firm and secure. This refers to the anchor. That is fixed in the sand, and the vessel is secure."

The Anchor to me is a symbol and reminder of unwavering hope. Hope in things that matter, last, transform, heal, and free. I got it during a time in my life where I realized these are the only things that are un-changing. The only things that matter. And I decided to mark this hope forever.

The Claddagh:

The claddagh was my first tattoo. I got it in Harvard Square in Boston, near this awesome girl. I went there with one of my college BFFs with a mission to get this tattoo. It almost didn't work out, until the MORNING  we were leaving and he was like "NO. We HAVE to do this!!! You will regret it if you don't!!" And he was right. So we basically went to this tattoo shop with a photo in hand at 11am (that's how all the cool kids do it) and were there for about an hour. I limped all the way through the airport, happy as a clam with my new ink.

The Claddagh is the traditional Irish wedding ring. It signifies love (the heart), friendship (the hands) and loyalty (the crown). My parents have Claddaghs as their wedding rings. My mom passed down one of here Claddaghs to me (that is the tradition) and I wore it as my promise ring when I was a teenager. A promise to save my body and heart for love and marriage. The ring and the symbol hold so many meanings for me, but the tattoo, to me, is a symbol of the promise I kept to God to wait for my husband, and now a promise I keep to Burley to remain his forever, in love, friendship and loyalty.

And that's it. Those are my little baby tatoos. I hope to give them a mother of a masterpiece some day... but for now they make me happy, I am proud of them, and I wouldn't change them for the world.

Do you have any tattoos? What are they? Do they have meanings you want to share? I would love to hear about them!


DIY Drive In Movie

Do yourself a favor and do this. 

So much fun.


Let's Get Scrappy!

Oh boy oh boy. Do I have a treat for you today! Here is some info that you DIYers are going to want to know, if you haven't already made this discovery.

I have this really cool friend who is in the interior design industry. This really cool friend called me the other day and told me that there was an event that I need to go to with her, called Zero Landfill. This program was created to divert design and architectural materials from landfills. So instead of trashing it all, they put it out at these events for the every-day DIYer to pick up FOR FREE. That's right. For free. I am now following the Denver chapter on Facebook. If you are from another area, please hop on Facebook and find the nearest Zero Landfill chapter near you!

If you are a quilter, this place will be your heaven. If you are a hoarder, this place will be your mecca. I am the later of these two things.

For me, I went and stocked up on anything and everything I could POSSIBLY imagine using to do some cool project with. Burley was very excited about this.

I am sure this is a really hit or miss type of event, depending on what materials are available and who gets there first. But when we went this past Friday, I would say it was a grand slam.

I scored on some large pieces of Linen, Wool, and Herringbone.

12x12 and 8x8 pieces of these gorgeous textured upholstery fabrics.

Ummm... 2x3in tiles in various shades from aqua to grey? Yes please.

Real Leather. Woven and smooth. Many italics. I already have an idea for these.

Color combo. Like buttah.

A huge box of 12x12 fabric pieces. These actually weren't from Zero Landfill. My designing guru friend just brought these to me out of the goodness of her DIY loving heart.

Those perfect pieces on the right? Suede. Yup. You are looking at the "wrong" sides, but there  are a million colors of suede. SWOON.

Ah. I am so excited.

So now is where you come in. I have my first project all planned out (get pumped). But I am going to commit to doing 6 DIY projects with these fabric scraps and I need your help! I love how Elise over at Enjoy It  (**insanely amazing blog alert**) sets goals for herself with specific materials. This is my own rendition of her 27 Materials project. But just fabric. And a hint of tile. And just 6. So let's be honest. It is a very different and meager rendition. But you gotta start somewhere, right?!

Let me know if you have any ideas on some more projects I could do with these materials! I have so many swirling around in my head, but love to hear from you!