Monday, February 25, 2013

The Unglued Craft Fest Recap

On Friday night and Saturday I participated in my second craft "show." It's a lot of work leading up to it but it's so much fun to hear all of the comments from customers. This show was put on by a local shop called Unglued. (read about it here). It's basically a brick and mortar store featuring local Etsy artists. It's a fantastic concept. I have yet to stop by there but, my husband has several times because they have these "to die for" gluten-free cupcakes. I finally got to try one of the cupcakes at the event on Saturday. I tried the Maple Bacon cupcake. It was so good. It was very rich and honestly, I couldn't finish it. Yes, folks, it was too rich for me. I don't think it's too often I find a sweet that I can't finish. I would definitely purchase it again but this time have more room in my stomach.
Why, yes, that is candied bacon sprinkled on the top and drizzles of maple syrup.

Friday evening I was kept company by my friend Jess. She is expecting a baby in May - a baby GIRL!! There's going to be a lot of baby girls welcomed into the world this spring from what I saw on Friday. There were so many mommy's to be purchasing their baby's first headband. It was adorable. Friday was a little slower than I expected but, I guess the promoters of the event said that twice as many people attended the event than they were projecting. Friday night was a Gala event. It was dressier with wine and appetizers being served. The guests had to pay $10 to shop early. It seemed to be a much younger crowd shopping on Friday night compared to Saturday.

Saturday went by faster than I imagined it would. Although I was exhausted by the end of the day and my feet were killing me I think the entire day was a success. There was great live music throughout the day (Bill played!!) and the venue was so cool. I just don't see myself doing a craft fair in a gym or civic center. I think I'm going to stick to the more unique settings.
My guy

The Plains Art Center
Three floors of handmade goodness!

My booth.
It was located on the third floor in the far corner. I actually liked the location. It was nice to be tucked away in the corner because there was more room for people to look for a bit. It was also nice because I was out of the traffic pattern so it didn't get super crowded when people were trying to look at things on my table. I should've taken a picture of my booth from a distance... 

My next adventure with Poppy and Pippa is the spring Junk Market... 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


What I Wore Wednesday.
Not lovin' the layers right now. It's so claustrophobic after wearing dresses in Florida. Oh well, the Groundhog apparently thinks it's going to be a short winter. Maybe I'll be able to ditch the layers soon. But, I'm thinking this groundhog doesn't know anything. Maybe he's getting too old to predict spring?! Enough with the wishing and hoping for spring...

outfit 1 - top Old Navy - cardi Target - Joe's Jeans - Bandolino shoes
outfit 2 - top Gap Outlet - Jacket Forever 21 - AG Jeans
outfit 3 - Old Navy dress, jacket, and scarf - Gap leggings - Bandolino boots

pleated poppy
There you go.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TV Tuesday

I watch more TV than anyone I know. I love TV. It's my relaxation. It's my escape. Although I love TV I rarely just sit and watch. I'm always doing something else. I read magazines, browse Pinterest, work on Poppy and Pippa...write blog posts.

I have so many "favorites" that I thought I'd share them with you every Tuesday. I'd love to hear what your favorite episode, memory, or quote is from the shows!

Today I'm going to start off with an oldie but a goodie!

90210 - the original - Brenda, Kelly, Dylan, Brandon, David, Steve, and Donna.
This show took me out of the midwest and into sunshine and wealth. It was never boring. Someone was always getting pregnant, stoned, overdosing, committing adultery, getting drunk, stealing, driving drunk, etc. There was always a lesson to be learned. Don't drink too much before Prom because you'll make a fool of yourself in front of Mrs. Teasly!

I was a dedicated watcher. If I knew I wasn't going to be home you can bet my VCR was set to tape the show for me. When it came to the SHOW FINALE - Donna and David's Wedding - I was in college and completely forgot to put a new VHS tape in the VCR and the tape ran out! I didn't get to see the very end of that last episode. I felt like I missed my best friend's wedding. Needless to say, I saw it a couple of months later on reruns.

When the DVDs were released I was excited to revisit this gem of a show. Wow. That's all I can say. That show was horrible. I like to think of it the way I watched it the first time with fresh eyes. It was a show ahead of it's time. Unfortunately, when you watch a show from the 1990's in 2010 it kinda sucks.

Just one more thing...

I read a funny blog post the other day  - check it out! Everything I need to teach my children I learned from Beverly Hills, 90210.

Did you watch?

Friday, February 15, 2013

High Five for Friday!

What a week!
Started off in sunny Florida and ended up in snowy North Dakota.

1. We finally had a good experience with air travel! Finally!! Only one 15 minute delay.
2. Key Lime Pie. (shared with Bill)
3. Taking a much needed vacation with Bill. I don't remember being happier on vacation. 
4. Waking up to this view. Ignore the parking lot. Such paradise!
5. Fabulous in-laws. Bill's parents hosted us at their condo for almost eight days. We had a great time together and they were incredibly generous the entire trip.

I plan on sharing more on our trip to Florida next week. 

Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Organization Re-do AND Birchbox Cancellation

About a year ago I did a post on organizing your "it's time to look presentable and smell good"stuff. You can check that post out here. After being a Birchbox subscriber for one year I decided to cancel my subscription. I looked back at the 13 boxes I received (I got a bonus box one month) and realized it wasn't even worth the $10 I paid each month. At first, I thought, how fun it would be to get a little something in the mail each month for only $10. To be honest, I used the boxes (to mail Poppy and Pippa goods) that the products come in more than any product I received.

That's not to say I didn't receive any products I found worthwhile because I did. There were a few months that I received full sized products but, unfortunately, it seemed more and more the things that came in my box could easily be picked up at any cosmetic counter. Every single month there were fragrance samples. Many times I would get the same one month after month. I mean, really!? So not worth $120 a year.

The thing that really made my decision was when I realized that my make up caddy (About a year ago I did a post on organizing your toiletries. You can check that post out here.) weighed about 10 pounds and I only used 4 or 5 items from the entire thing. It was overflowing with products from Birchbox. It was facial moisturizers and cleansers as well as wrinkle reducers. In all reality, no one can tell if a product is going to work with such a small sample. So, I made the decision to cancel. I'm really going to miss those sturdy little  boxes for mailing my products...

Here's what I did with the products I use

I purchased this bamboo drawer organizer at TJ Maxx for $9.99. It's wonderful because there are little dividers in each section that you can move or even remove. It fits everything perfect and as soon as I open my drawer I can clearly see what I have...and maybe even what I "need."

What's in my drawer?

Top left corner - Brushes and such that I don't use on a regular basis.
Top center - Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream 
Top right - "free" Clinique lipstick, Baby Lips, Tarte Lip stain, and Body Shop Balm
Far right corner - my lifesaver - Clean & Clear advanced solutions. LOVE.

Middle sections - Hair ties, Bare Minerals blushes and eye shadows, and warmth

Left - Brushes I use on a daily basis
Large section - Revlon mascara, Roc eye cream, Benefit Erase Paste, Bare Minerals - the rest you can clearly see for yourself.

If you have any questions about any of the products I use - just shoot me an email!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WWIW: Vacation

We arrived back in Fargo on Monday afternoon to a foot of brand new snow! So we went from beautiful weather in Ft. Myers to lots and lots of snow. More on our wonderful vacation later. For now, here are a couple of the outfits I wore on vacation... I guess I really like stripes!

1. Just arrived in Ft. Myers at 11pm in my favorite outfit. Old navy dress, Gap leggings, Gap scarf, and Old navy cardi.

2. Day one in Ft. Myers. Borrowed dress, Old navy cardi, Gap Flip Flops, Guess Sunnies and Vintage Coach purse

3. Beach day! Chevron Old navy Dress, Thirty-one Bag and Guess sunnies.

4. Edison / Ford Winter Estates Tour. Wal-Mart Tank, Gap maxi skirt, Vintage Coach purse, Guess sunnies.

pleated poppy 

Until tomorrow...
Enjoy today!
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