Sunday, March 28, 2010

Recently... On Goodreads.


The Guardian

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club

Dear John

Sarah's Key

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

One Fifth Avenue

The Things They Carried

Where the Red Fern Grows

Their Eyes Were Watching God

In Cold Blood

One for the Money

The Reader

The Mirror


Invisible Eden: A Story of Love and Murder on Cape Cod

The Appeal

Midnight Sun

Little Pink Slips

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

The Lovely Bones

Jen's favorite books »

Friday, March 26, 2010

Flower Brooches From Jen Renee!

The other day, Jen posted this wonderful tutorial on how to make flower brooches from extra bits of fabric you have left over (or even from an old tee shirt you don't wear anymore.) And let me just say, I LOVE LOVE LOVE! these. Kinda makes me want to rummage around my closet and start cutting circles of fabric out of everything. Anyways, thank you Jen for sharing!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Growing An Herb Garden

The weather is getting warmer and I can't wait to start an herb garden this year. I still haven't worked out exactly where it will go or what it will include but I'm thinking Sweet Basil, Thyme, Oregano, Cilantro, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon Verbena, Chamomile, Tarragon, and Dill. Just to start, of course. Once I start on it, I'll be updating with photos. If you've never had an herb garden, I've made a list of a few links below that I think will help get you started. Happy Gardening!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Venenzia Giveaway!

Venenzia will be giving away a pair of hand made freshwater cultured pearl earrings. The contest starts today, Wednesday March 24th and runs until Wednesday April 14th. To be entered, simply head over to our Etsy shop and pick your favorite piece then head back over here and leave a comment. Easy as pie. The winner will have their choice of either the amethyst or gold colored pearls.

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The winner will be announced on Thursday April 15th.
US residents only, please.

Spring Is In The Air

4 Note Cards with Envelopes
Blank Inside

Wild Wednesdays

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The 101 Project

The Mission:

Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

Start Date: Friday May 1, 2009

End Date: Monday December 26, 2011

Number of Items Completed: 9/101

Travel/Events in Other Places
1. Visit the Hoh Rainforest in Washington
2. Go to Provincetown with Amanda - Completed on 08/10/09
3. Thunder Over Louisville
4. Rolex 3-Day Event in Lexington, KY
5. Plan trip to Mt. Rainier
6. Visit Canada
7. Go to Times Square for New Years
8. Visit Papa
9. Infield at the Kentucky Derby
10. Take Mom to Bermuda
11. Go on another cruise
12. Do an overnight at Waverly Hills Sanatorium
13. Visit one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants

14. Drop 20 pounds, and keep them off for the remainder of the project (0/20)
15. Run… ok, maybe walk a 5K race.
16. Master all yoga positions
17. Take a yoga class
18. Pilates twice a week

19. Take vitamins every day, even if they’re the Flintstones kind.
20. Get a hot stone massage.

21. Eventually open my own private practice after school
22. Clear any debts
23. Set up another 401k
24. Own a home (*sigh* … someday)
25. Add to my IRA

Gaining Knowledge/Intellectual Pursuits
26. Learn a foreign language (French, Italian anyone?)
27. Sign up for a ballroom/salsa lesson
28. Get CPR certified.
29. Ace all of my classes.
30. Graduate from NHIWKY (4/9 classes)
31. Read 101 books (44/101) (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, The Wonder Spot, House of Sand and Fog, Little Pink Slips, Atonement, The Mirror, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, The Reader, The Lovely Bones, My Friend Leonard, The Bastard of Istanbul, The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Dear John, Your Heart Belongs To Me, House of Daughters, The Man of My Dreams, Sarah's Key, Haters, The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Ordinary People, The Man of My Dreams, The Massacre of El Mozote, Sew What! Bags, Nigella Bites, Message in a Bottle, A Bend in the Road, The Guardian, The Center of Everything, Water for Elephants, At First Sight, The Choice, The Notebook, Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, From Dead to Worse)
32. Learn how to play chess.

33. Open up another shop on Etsy - Completed 01/20/10
34. Get familiar and comfortable with shrinky dinks. Yes, I’m a nerd
35. Learn how to knit
36. Learn how to sew… properly
37. Organize craft supplies
38. Finish an afghan
39. Make a quilt
40. Go to a glass blowing class

41. Document family tree back to Italy - Completed throughout 2009.
42. Complete Family Tree Maker (as much as possible; dates, last names, marriages, etc.)
43. Document Gill lineage.
44. Visit Judy in Paris

45. Make a one-month meal plan.
46. Go to 30 new restaurants I’ve never been to and Yelp each one. (0/30)
47. Bake something at least two times a month.
48. Cook one new recipe every month.
49. Drink nothing but water for one whole week (I guess this could go under health too)
50. Try every flavor of Stash & Tazo Tea. (Stash=200+; Tazo=?)
51. Make some homemade ice cream
52. Make Nana’s fresh fruit jam.
53. Update recipe book.
54. Eat more fish. And since I eat none now, this shouldn’t be hard to do.
55. Find a variety of sushi that I like.

56. Participate in Gimme Your Stuff - Completed November 2009
57. Go camping
58. Watch 101 movies I‘ve never seen (49/101) (The Kite Runner, The Proposal, The Haunted Airman, The Cake Eaters, Adventureland, Defiance, Rachel Getting Married, Coraline, Valkyrie, The Wrestler, Revolutionary Road, Elegy, Doubt, He's Just Not That Into You, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Changeling, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, Rightrous Kill, Pineapple Express, Wanted, The Happening, Traitor, Pride & Prejudice, Into The Wild, Alice, New Moon, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Avatar, Fame, Inglorious Basterds, GI Joe: The Rise of The Cobra, Four Christmases, Julie & Julia, Nights in Rodanthe, The Ugly Truth, The Proposal, Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Queen Sized, How to Be, Brothers, Precious, The Lovely Bones, An Education, Prince of Persia, Get Him to the Greek, Dear John, It's Complicated, Wolverine)
59. Go to the opening night of the rest of the Harry Potter & Twilight movies (0/4)
60. Start a garden
61. Get more ink!
62. Visit IKEA - Completed 03/16/10
63. Set up other fish tank to be used as a frag tank.
64. Sell frags.
65. Fishing with mom
66. Send a secret to PostSecret
67. Have a snail mail pen pal.
68. Go to a planetarium
69. Go horseback riding. It’s been way too long.
70. Go whale watching - Completed 08/10/09
71. Fly first class
72. Go snorkeling
73. Take Mom to a Michael Buble concert.

74. Throw a holiday party
75. Host a bonfire
76. Write ten snail mail letters to someone (0/10) Addresses, please.

77. Donate blood twice a year.
78. Design item to sell on Etsy. All proceeds will be donated to the AIDS Foundation.
79. Volunteer for an organization or at an event
80. Vote at every opportunity
81. Plant three trees

82. Move photos into albums.
83. Finish unpacking
84. Have a yard sale - Completed April 10th & 11th
85. Update iTunes (all songs have titles, etc.)
86. Organize beads/jewelry supplies
87. Upload all music to iTunes
88. Get rid of 101 material items (132/101)

89. Circuit
90. iPod Touch - Completed 05/10/2009
91. Bella Bag - Completed 09/24/09
92. Necklace from Birth Designs
93. Mittens
94. Get my hands and feet done with henna (by a professional)
95. Project Life

96. Blog about each of my 101 tasks at least once - Completed 03/21/10
97. Get someone else to do this 101 things in 1001 days with me
98. Complete the 365 Project. There are many sites. Here are a few…
99. Blog every day. Even if it’s just to say here I am. (21/365)
100. Try not to be so hard on myself.

And finally…
101. On Day 1001, publish a new 101 Things in 1001 Days list that includes anything I haven't finished already (hopefully, none)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Runaways

I cannot wait to go see this. I have a feeling Kristen is really going to nail this one and it's great to see Dakota growing up and taking on edgier rolls. Sephora just launched a Runaways inspired collection from MAKE UP FOR EVER that was actually used on set. You can check out the collection here.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Our First Sale @ Venenzia!

It took a while but Venenzia has finally seen her first sale. Marlene over in Copenhagen (yes, as in Denmark) purchased our Saffron earrings. Thank you Marlene! I hope you enjoy them.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

(Back) On The Road Again...

And sick as hell. As I have been all week. It makes driving across the country SO much better.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wild Wednesdays

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