I can haz business casual?



So this is my random attempt at doing “business casual”.

Backstory: After many hours staring off into oblivion, contemplating the “WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIIIIIFFEEE??” question, I decided that I needed to start looking into big-girl jobs for after I graduate (I have 1 year left at my university).

But, GAH!
There are so many things you have to do like:
Workshops! Internships! Mentorships! Career fairs! Career advising! More workshops! Resume workshops! This-is-why-you-suck-but-we-can-help-you-maybe workshops!
And soon I found myself in that last workshop, with a very prim woman insisting that I learn how to dress business casual.

Business casual?
Bleh!
But I thought I’d give it a try.
The blazer is my roommate’s, white shirt is thrifted, and everything else is from Target. (Seriously, EVERYTHING else… o_O )
And, I’m not gonna lie; I not going to wear those shoes. I have a chronic heel problem (that is, a problem with the shoes, not a medical problem lol) which I am sure I will divulge later in this blog, but I never wear heels.
Yep business casual is like living a lie, but you do these things when you are trying to be a grown up.

And it sometimes it definitely feels like you are wading through your quarter-life-crisis with nothing but a pair of swim trunks and some water wingies but…..
at least the water is only neck deep?

Water wingies. Now on my wishlist.

But now I must abscond, for the apartment on top of mine is getting new carpet installed and the noises emanating from above sound like the apocalypse is coming.

Toodles,

Sam

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It is that time of year again….

FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!

Well. Here in San Diego, it’s not like the weather changes or the leaves turn colors, more like they started displaying Halloween merchandise in the grocery stores…

HALLOWEEN!!!

My favorite time of year.

This year I am getting all Martha-Stewart all over the place. I want to have a dinner party! I want cute decorations! Handmade costumes! Tasty food!

Ahh I’m getting all tingly inside.

My first reaction when I saw the stacks of halloween candy on display in Ralph’s was: “It’s way too early for this!”

Then I realized:

IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY!

I’ve already started browsing costumes. After seeing these masks, I’m pretty sure I want to be a forest creature:

Top two from Etsy seller beadmask, bottom two from faerywhere.

Beautiful! These masks are made of painted moulded leather, and for how intricate they look, are really well priced! Unfortunately I am still too poor 😦

But that won’t stop me! I found this tutorial on deviant art on the leather mask-making technique.

I really love the look of the leather, its texture and ability to fold make the masks look so whimsical and midsummer-nights-dream-like.

I just want to have a dinner party at dusk, dress all my friends in these masks, set up a table in a forest with some fireflies zipping around, with our plates of food on moss place mats and our wine glasses set upon little red mushroom caps.

But there are no fireflies in Socal *cry* (But that doesn’t mean I can’t pretend)

Well, stay tuned for a massive two month long Halloween geek-out, friends, stay tuned.

:0 *boo*

Oh, What providence!

So I was walkin’ to the farmer’s market with a buddy, mindin’ my own business..

When out of nowhere I stop dead in my tracks. *SCREECH*
Sitting on the sidewalk is a gorgeous antique bedframe. “Is it free? Is it free?” I pester my buddy, as if he had otherworldy knowledge  that I did not. Sure enough the makeshift sign taped to the palm tree said FREE!

What providence! I recently got a new roommate and downsized from a queen mattress (that was acres to big for me) to a nice and comfy twin. Yet I had no bed frame. I had been sleeping with my mattress on the floor because I absolutely refuse to spend even forty dollars on a cheap-o ikea bed frame. I knew someone, somewhere had to have one they didn’t need, but I assumed it would be someone in my family or friends, and that it would just be a very simple standard one. Who knew that right around the corner, adorable bed frame destiny awaited me!


It is a gold color and super sturdy, regardless of it being pretty old-looking.




I think my favorite part is the owl on the tag that says “1/3 your life is spent in bed”.
Why, thank you kind, wise owl!

Finding the bed frame made my week, but the luck didn’t stop there! We were rummaging through the boxes of free things that held mostly a huge assortment of candles, and my friend said, “Oh look, shoes!”
(O_0)


Both of them are my exact size! GAHH SO CUTE!

I don’t know what the deal is today, but the universe sure is like, “Hey. Let’s cut Sam a break, kay?”
I feel like I need to rewrite that one line in the Decemberist’s Mariner’s Revenge song:
“Oh, what providence, what divine intelligence, that I should find these things for free!

Providence, luck or karma?

Who knows? But the universe sure does tend to provide for you if you keep a bubble of positivity around you.
The shoes will satiate the urge I’ve had to spend money (on shoes) lately, and the bed frame means I don’t have to sniff carpet dust every morning!

Also it is so romantic and reminds me of my childhood when I’d pretend my canopy bed was a castle or fortress.

First I’d be trapped:

And despair:


And then the ANGER!


The attempted escape:

But finally, a newfound acceptance of my gilded cage.

Okay, I’m done being over-dramatic.

But I did learn a storybook lesson today.

All it took to brighten my day / save me money / get me taking silly pictures was some unwanted stuff that a lady chose to give away rather than trash it or try to make money off it.
Her decision created a little bit of providence, happy little providence waiting patiently on the curb waiting for someone who needed it.
It’s nice to know that you can create providence/luck for another person.
It’s super cheesy, but my sweet new bed frame has inspired my to “pay it forward” as they say.
I think I’ll go through all the stuff I’ve been hoarding and maybe leave some books with cute “Read me, I’m yours now!” notes or something.

Aw, gosh! I feel so fuzzy inside! I think I need to go squeeze something fuzzy on the outside (HERE KITTY, KITTY!), drink some tea and daydream now.

Wishing you some providence,

Sam

Oh, What providence!

So I was walkin’ to the farmer’s market with a buddy, mindin’ my own business..

When out of nowhere I stop dead in my tracks. *SCREECH*
Sitting on the sidewalk is a gorgeous antique bedframe. “Is it free? Is it free?” I pester my buddy, as if he had otherworldy knowledge  that I did not. Sure enough the makeshift sign taped to the palm tree said FREE!

What providence! I recently got a new roommate and downsized from a queen mattress (that was acres to big for me) to a nice and comfy twin. Yet I had no bed frame. I had been sleeping with my mattress on the floor because I absolutely refuse to spend even forty dollars on a cheap-o ikea bed frame. I knew someone, somewhere had to have one they didn’t need, but I assumed it would be someone in my family or friends, and that it would just be a very simple standard one. Who knew that right around the corner, adorable bed frame destiny awaited me!


It is a gold color and super sturdy, regardless of it being pretty old-looking.




I think my favorite part is the owl on the tag that says “1/3 your life is spent in bed”.
Why, thank you kind, wise owl!

Finding the bed frame made my week, but the luck didn’t stop there! We were rummaging through the boxes of free things that held mostly a huge assortment of candles, and my friend said, “Oh look, shoes!”
(O_0)


Both of them are my exact size! GAHH SO CUTE!

I don’t know what the deal is today, but the universe sure is like, “Hey. Let’s cut Sam a break, kay?”
I feel like I need to rewrite that one line in the Decemberist’s Mariner’s Revenge song:
“Oh, what providence, what divine intelligence, that I should find these things for free!

Providence, luck or karma?

Who knows? But the universe sure does tend to provide for you if you keep a bubble of positivity around you.
The shoes will satiate the urge I’ve had to spend money (on shoes) lately, and the bed frame means I don’t have to sniff carpet dust every morning!

Also it is so romantic and reminds me of my childhood when I’d pretend my canopy bed was a castle or fortress.

First I’d be trapped:

And despair:


And then the ANGER!


The attempted escape:

But finally, a newfound acceptance of my gilded cage.

Okay, I’m done being over-dramatic.

But I did learn a storybook lesson today.

All it took to brighten my day / save me money / get me taking silly pictures was some unwanted stuff that a lady chose to give away rather than trash it or try to make money off it.
Her decision created a little bit of providence, happy little providence waiting patiently on the curb waiting for someone who needed it.
It’s nice to know that you can create providence/luck for another person.
It’s super cheesy, but my sweet new bed frame has inspired my to “pay it forward” as they say.
I think I’ll go through all the stuff I’ve been hoarding and maybe leave some books with cute “Read me, I’m yours now!” notes or something.

Aw, gosh! I feel so fuzzy inside! I think I need to go squeeze something fuzzy on the outside (HERE KITTY, KITTY!), drink some tea and daydream now.

Wishing you some providence,

Sam

Can’t We All Just… Be Native Americans?

Well, no. No we can’t.
But it don’t stop some from trying…

I recently began following the blog Dreaming Spyres and Old Car Tyres and was a little thrown off by MJ’s most recent post, Cultural Appropriation and “Glamping”, a response to this Topshop blog post where a group of (British) employees threw a “North American Indian themed party where our lovely buyers dressed up and danced around the campfire.”
Now MJ’s post threw me off because:

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Tutorial! Your Friendly Neighborhood Skully Necklace…

July is birthday month in my family.

My Grandma, Dad, Cousin, both my sisters and I are allllll born this month.
And just to spice things up, my parents unconsciously decided to have my sisters and I all within a day of each other.

So what better way to get out of a mid-summer craft funk than with lots of impending birthday parties? (No better way obviously.)

My littlest sister is super-cool and original, (in those early teen years, that’s a feat!) has gauged ears (ALREADY!) and wants to be a tattoo artist (a profession my mother actually endorses).

All in all, she’s a pretty hep cat.

So I decided to make something that would fit her personality.

A friendly family of felt skulls she can wear around her neck!!

This is a super easy project and the technique could be used to make a felt necklace out of any design IN THE WORLD you can draw, photocopy or find clip art of! ANYTHING!!!!

(Ok now, don’t get too excited)

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Tutorial! Your Friendly Neighborhood Skully Necklace…

July is birthday month in my family.

My Grandma, Dad, Cousin, both my sisters and I are allllll born this month.
And just to spice things up, my parents unconsciously decided to have my sisters and I all within a day of each other.

So what better way to get out of a mid-summer craft funk than with lots of impending birthday parties? (No better way obviously.)

My littlest sister is super-cool and original, (in those early teen years, that’s a feat!) has gauged ears (ALREADY!) and wants to be a tattoo artist (a profession my mother actually endorses).

All in all, she’s a pretty hep cat.

So I decided to make something that would fit her personality.

A friendly family of felt skulls she can wear around her neck!!

This is a super easy project and the technique could be used to make a felt necklace out of any design IN THE WORLD you can draw, photocopy or find clip art of! ANYTHING!!!!

(Ok now, don’t get too excited)

Materials:

Felt!
Freezer paper  (Like wax paper but with wax on only one side. Check you grocery store.)
Iron
Drawing utensil (I like pencils. I find them to be a classic.)
Exacto knife + cutting mat
Scissors
Fabric paint (regular paint might actually work too. I’ll explain later…)
Something pointy (embroidery needle, push pin, etc…)
Necklace chain + jump rings / or a nice fancy ribbon

Step 1:

Draw your design on the back (the not shiny/not waxy side) of the freezer paper. Keep it simple because you’ll have to cut out all the little details.
Also, keep things (like the skull heads) connected, unless you plan on doing something crazy and connecting the peices with jump rings or something (you’re on your own with that).

Step 2:

A. Cut out your design! The spaces you cut out is where the paint will go, so plan your designs and cut accordingly!

B. Lay the design on your felt (put all the little center pieces like my skull eyes in place too) and press your iron over them until
they stick to the felt.
Don’t set the iron on the felt for too long, you might melt it!

Step 3:


Once all the corners are stuck nicely, PAINT! Make sure you cover all the exposed felt.
Once it is dry you can apply a second coat (I got too lazy though).
I haven’t tried it, but acrylic paint (as opposed to fabric paint) might work well too. Felt soaks up a lot of whatever you put on it, so something that gets good coverage is best.

Step 4:

PEEL THE PAPER OFF!
This is the most fun part. (Make sure the paint is dry though!)

Step 5:

Cut off any excess felt.

Step 6:

Use your pointy object to open up two holes on equal sides of your felt piece. I folded mine in half to make sure it was even.

At this point you can either string a ribbon or some embroidery thread through the holes and be done with it OR attach it to a jewelry chain by poking a jump ring through each hole:

Yay, jump ring action shot!

And then attaching the rings to your chain!

TADAA!!

Here is my sis modeling it with style (and a PF Changs for birthday dinner):

SO PURTY!

And this freezer paper techinique is good for ALLL kinds of things like putting your designs on tshirts… pillows… wall hangings… go crazy!

GO CRAZY!

Ok, not that crazy.