Saturday, March 28, 2009


Alas, I am woefully behind on Grace in Small Things. I hope no one minds if a post a bunch of them over the next few days. You guys are pretty forgiving, yes? And quiet. (Cough.)


I've posted a few new things in the shop! I'm kind of, uh, running out of beads...There are definitely perks - it forces me to work with things that I've brushed over. But it also stifles creativity sometimes! Luckily, when I move back to NJ in a few months, I will be able to steal from my mom's stash. Mwahaha!


Did anyone do Earth Hour tonight? Dan and I turned off everything - computers, lights, tv - as well as the power strips. We read on the balcony by candlelight for the hour. It was quite lovely, although I think Florida summer is on its way back (not that I am complaining!). We turned a lot of stuff back on when we came in, but I'm trying not to feel too guilty about it and hoping that enough people participated to make a difference.


Back soon with more GiST!

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[Wednesday 3.18.09]

1. Beaded heart coasters

2. The cat's disdain for They Might Be Giants

3. The new setup in the office

4. complete with the cat's bed under my desk.

5. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Leaving On A Jet Plane

Sunday, March 22, 2009

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[Tuesday 3.17.09]

1. Happy birthday to my little sissy!

2. I made friends with some new cats at the animal shelter.

3. I honestly think I might have missed my calling because I love animals so much. However, it's nice to find another thing to be passionate about.

4. Stickers

5. 49-cent hamburgers at Mcdonald's on Wednesdays and Sundays

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[Monday 3.16.09]

1. Animal shelter interviewer called me back!

2. The loads of rain we've had this week

3. Library books

4. My shiny blue bicycle

5. Me: Good news! Erin said she'll watch our (non-existent) baby when we go on our road trip!
Dan: Babe, you miss the cat when we go to Disney for the night.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cat Lady

Guys! I had my second day of volunteering at the animal shelter today. Want to meet some of the (adoptable!) cats that I worked with? Good!

This is Cinnamon. He's super cute, and adorably shy. After we cleaned his cage and put new papers down for him, he immediately rustled them around and hid underneath them. (The crazed puppy that was yapping nearby probably didn't help! :)

Isn't Phoenix gorgeous?? He's a very handsome guy who loved chasing the broom as I swept underneath his cage. He's a little shy, but I think he'd be a great pet for a family with older kids or maybe senior citizens.

I'm pretty sure that her face says it all.

Ok, I will spare you more cats...for now! :) More reports to follow, I'm sure!

Sunday, March 15, 2009


You guys! Insomnia has at last paid off: I landed my first treasury!

For those who don't know, treasuries are just groups of items picked by members of Etsy. They're a great way to a) get exposure for your shop, b) introduce you to new shops, and c) network with people across Etsy! I worked really hard on this treasury, and I think I did a pretty good job with the colors/layout. PLEASE check it out! Thank you so much! :)

(Screen shots tomorrow!)

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[Sunday 3.15.09]

1. The glorious blue water of the (southern) Atlantic

2. at a new-to-me beach

3. with amazing rock formations

4. that have been in the process of forming for who knows how many years.

5. Also: abandoned sand castles.

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[Friday 3/14/09]

1. Pancakes for breakfast!

2. The cat after a bath

3. Orange Gatorade

4. My two-strand necklace turned out how I hoped it would, which is always nice.

5. Grocery shopping tomorrow

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[Friday 3/13/09]

1. I woke up early!

2. But then I went back to bed, where it was warm and cozy.

3. A trip to the movies where no one around us talked/used their cell phone/acted as an in-house commentator!

4. Diners

5. Perfectly crispy bacon

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[Thursday 3/12/09]

1. The hubs made me a bacon egg and cheese sandwich, even though he didn't want any.

2. He also came home early from work!

3. Aveeno chapstick, which I got for Christmas

4. Lexulous

5. House-hunting online

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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[Wednesday, 3/11/09]

1. Summer Glau in Firefly

2. When the cat tries to jump onto the couch, and all I can see are the tops of her orange ears swaying back and forth at the edge while she makes her decision

3. Matching sheets & pillowcases all being clean and on my bed at the same time

4. The way ducks waddle their behinds when they are angry/happy/hungry/annoyed/excited

5. Baseball hats

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[For Tuesday, 3/10/09]

1. Neon green hair ties

2. Long rolling booms of thunder

3. Knowing that I never took this place for granted

4. Already being reintegrated into Jersey plans, even though I won't be back for a few months

5. The bit of color I got whilst reading outside today for literally about 8 minutes

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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1. Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues Live at Folsom Prison

2. Living near family again come July or August or September

3. The happy squeaks of the piggies in their clean tank

4. The negative attention the cat seeks, thinking it will remind me that she should be fed

5. This conversation:

Paul: hey

Auto Response from me: cat for sale!

Paul: what make, model, and year?
me: extra wide/red tabby/2004ish
Paul: and the reason for sale?
me: she's too...helpful?
Paul: i dont get it
me: i might be lying.
Paul: about?
me: her helpfulness.
Paul: i see
Paul: hows the mileage?
me: welllll she's kind of a sunday driver.
me: so the mileage isn't so bad.
Paul: any sudden starts/stops?
Paul: sputtering?
me: only when it's chilly, and only once in awhile.
Paul: ok

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1. Walking around the corner of my apt building and seeing a duck in the lake with its butt in the air, searching for grub

2. Triscuits with cheddar cheese

3. Opportunities

4. Nathan Fillion's smirk

5. Primary colors

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Fire Power

So! I've posted a few new things in the shop. They include: earrings (a few pairs) and a bright and shiny bracelet. Oooh, ahhh!

I'm also dealing with the somewhat annoying issue of my listings starting to expire. At Etsy, you pay 20 cents for every listing you create. Each listing lasts for 4 months. I have at least ten listing now sitting in the "expired" section of my shop, which is really kind of a bummer. A lot of the items are very simple, and they are from when I first started. Don't get me wrong - I love everything in my shop, or I wouldn't post it. But I don't think it's worth it to repost such small items, especially since buying this sort of thing seems to be slowing down. It's still anoying to deal with it though!

Anyway, I've added a few new items, as well as new pictures for most (if not all) of my necklaces. I've love it if you'd check them out!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

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1. My new stuff! Is here! Which means

2. better pictures and new items in the shop!

3. (specifically, typing "Jack's Mannequin" into Pandora)

4. Hubs and I getting our crappy, busted phones replaced (finally!)

5. Hemp thread, so I can make stuff for my Chester

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1. My Fire Mountain beads are on the truck for delivery!

2. Walking for an hour yesterday

3. Seeing a HUGE Coast Guard boat turn around in the middle of the intracoastal...I still can't believe the boat made it!

4. My deal-seeking hubs

5. The terrible/awesome acting of Keanu Reeves

Friday, March 6, 2009

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1. The AWESOME corniness of HSM3 (What?)

2. Tricking the cat into sleeping on my legs

3. Dance numbers (um, see #1)


5. Hubby's early return from work on Fridays

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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1. I finally made some new earrings. Shockingly, they have to do with palm trees.

2. My freak out-of-nowhere cold from yesterday seems to have disappeared (for the most part).

3. Seedless watermelon

4. The much needed rain we had today

5. The cat's distinct response when I catch her being evil.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Beads

Hey peeps,

I just wanted to let everyone know that although I appear to be taking a brief hiatus, I do in fact have several things in the works. I purchased some beads for a custom order, which also led to me buying some things that I can use to better showcase my jewelry. You'll see what I mean when my new things arrive and I add new items to the shop!

Hopefully everything - especially the new beads!! - will be here soon, because I am eager to have more work to share with everyone. Thanks for checking in!

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Monday, March 2, 2009

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1. Liz Lemon

2. Tracey Jordan on Larry King Live

3. Fine: 30 Rock

4. Not dealing with a 8 inches of snow like everyone in Jersey

5. Snuggling in a fleece Yankees blanket anyway

Sunday, March 1, 2009

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1. My hubby's AWESOME friends came to visit, and we all had a blast.

2. Beating another level on Little Big Planet without dying on my first try.

3. Spot's satisfied smile after a bath. (Well, a cat bath anyway.)

4. Beaded heart coasters from my mother-in-law.

5. Find a new park (well, to us) in the area. (Pictures coming soon.)