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Days 183 and 184: The organizing gnome

9 Jul

One of my 29 before 30 goals was to seriously reduce my amount of stuff (and thereby become more organized).  Now that I’ve got a summer free, this has become a priority….so….here it is!   The first edition of

(dah da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah)

Marissa’s Organized Home!

This week we will take a look at my closet.  Here is a “before” pic.

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My closet was stuffed full of clothes that I DIDN’T EVEN WEAR!!!!!  Believe it or not, I had things in there from college!  Why??????  I kept wearing the same things over and over because THEY WERE ALL I COULD FIND!!!  It was a nightmare.  Not only could I not see what I had, but removing items from the rack was difficult because they were so squished in there.  Shirts would fall off the hangers all the time and end up in the abyss.  Something had to be done.

Out came the donation bags and my favorite closet organizing tool ever……

Slim Velvet Hangers!

It’s amazing how much of a difference hangers make.  Not only do my clothes not fall off of these, but they take up so much less space!

Ready for the reveal?

a streamlined closet

the bottom

I only did the one side of the closet, but I’m pretty pleased with the results.  I donated 5 bags of clothes!

During all this organizing, I did have some crafty time.  My next swap is another dotee swap.  My partner expressed an interest in gnomes.  Well…..how could I deny her?

awwwww

Isn’t he cute?  And sooooo happy!

smile!

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Day 182: Happy Hair

7 Jul

I am a big fan of fun and funky hair things. (As you can see here, here, here.)  So I was browsing swap-bot a few weeks ago, and there it was…..a swap made especially for me!

A HAIR ACCESSORY SWAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How could I resist that?  I signed up and anxiously awaited my partner assignment.  And what a great partner I got!  She’s young and funky (like moi).  I had a blast making her swap package.

Without further ado….

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The first piece I made is a clustered flower headband in shades of black, white, and silver.

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Then I made a pair of red poppy bobby pins.

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

The last piece I made is this funky little pouf  It’s attached to a clip like most of my other flowers.  I think it would look adorable tucked behind the ear or adorning a messy updo.  I hope she likes them!

 

Day 181: Hunger + Food Network + Too Much Time =

6 Jul

Yeah…ok, I’m a foodie.  I watch a lot of food TV,  I get excited by new restaurants and new foods, and I am super experimental in the kitchen.  Anyone who’s ever eaten dinner at my place can attest to this (curried goat anyone?).  It’s just the way I am and how I was raised.

You see, I come from an entire family of foodies.  I grew up on Julia Child and Jeff Smith.  I was always encouraged to try strange new things.  My family always put interesting meals on the table.  I was the 5 year old who’s favorite food was lobster!

Being a foodie can be a bit of a problem though…You see, when I’m hungry and have too much time on my hands, I end up with this…

an unbelievably ridiculous amount of sushi!

Yeah….it’s a sickness really.  I just couldn’t stop myself from slicing and rolling.  I made all this rice….and then there was the fish….and before I knew it, I was 6 rolls in with sliced salmon sashimi on the side.  Waaaaaaaaaay too much fish for just 2 people!!!!

But look how pretty!!!!!

YUM!!!!!

I’m rather proud of my sushi rolling abilities!  😀

Days 170-180: 6 months of blogging!!!!!!!!

5 Jul

Granted, I haven’t posted in a week and a half, but still…….day 180?!!!  That’s insane!  Who woulda thought that I could stick with this for a full 6 months?!  I think I deserve a big pat on the back for this one!

Anywho, Scott and I had a fabulous time on vacation.  We went to Salem, Massachusetts for our anniversary, stayed in a phenomenal b&b (it was literally haunted), and thoroughly enjoyed our “us time.”  This was my first time to Salem in…oh..20 years or so, and it’s definitely a quirky little city.  I mean really…..who’s idea was it to center tourism around such a morbid and disturbing event as the Salem Witch Trials?!  Do I really need to see life size recreations of people being hanged and pressed to death??????  And there were kids on these tours!  It’s the stuff of nightmares!

???!!!!!!!!!!

All that aside, I did do some giggling.  We didn’t spend the entire trip inside of creepy witch museums afterall!

We also went to Salem Willows, a pretty little beach and arcade area on the edge of town.

We were there around low tide, and the sandbars were incredible.  I could almost walk out far enough to touch the anchored sailboats!  Prime location for some giggly goodness!

teehee!

I made this giggle way out on one of those sandbars using flipped over mussel shells.  The tide was coming in at this point, so Scott and I had to work fast to build this happy guy.  I love making silly faces for others to find.

Sometimes they find me!

This was the uber fabulous clam chowder (or “chowda” as they say in Massachusetts) at the Lobster Shanty.  There I was enjoying my soup when lo and behold….it giggled at me!  Thankfully, I had a camera on me!

I made a few more giggles in and around Salem, but I have yet to develop the film (who uses film anymore anyway??!!!!)  I didn’t want to get my new camera all yucky while paddling.  The last giggle of the day is something unexpected from two Jews in the middle of July.

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Days 166-168:

23 Jun

My firsts week off from school hasn’t been all it’s cracked up to be.  I don’t know what the deal is lately, but I’ve been all wacky and insomniac-ish.  I have gotten a lot done though!

One of my summer goals is to reboot my etsy site.  I’ve had one for a while, but it hasn’t been active in over a year.  I decided to try again with a new name, new look, and new focus.  It’s still not up and running, but I did manage to make a shop banner that I’m reasonably happy with…

It still needs some tweaking, but I’m happy with the overall feel of this one.  And it went through many incarnations, let me tell you!

I finally got around to painting the cat lady mermaid I drew up a few days ago, too!

I really like the purple/gold combination.  Now, I need to do those backgrounds….

Last, I will leave you with a photo that I took this morning.

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That just never gets old…

Happy giggles!

 

Day 165: Beads Beautiful Beads

20 Jun

One of my summer goals is to reboot my Etsy site.  I make so much stuff…I have to get rid of it somehow…and if I can make some $$ on the side…:-D

I got to work today making a fabulous beaded necklace and earring set.  I know I tend to say this about everything I make, but this really is my best yet!  Part of me doesn’t want to give it up for sale…

ooooh aaaaah

It’s glass and ceramic beads with silver tone findings.  Check out the matching earrings!

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and together

I hope someone out there likes them…cuz I could really use the $$!

Day 164: Furry Love

19 Jun

I don’t understand (or trust) people who don’t like animals.  What’s not to like?  Pets give unconditional furry love.  They want to be around you regardless of your flaws.  They love you for who you are (and it doesn’t hurt that you feed them either).  Animals are wonderful!

That being said, I got so much great feedback on my catfish painting that I just had to make another.  This time…..I added a mermaid too!

Aren’t they precious?!

Awwwwwwwwww

Days 162 and 163: Fun with Photos!

18 Jun

I ❤ my new camera.  It has so many fun little features.  It makes taking really good pictures so easy.  And the zoom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  FABULOUS!!!!!

So here it is…my new toy!

Nikon Coolpix L120

It’s so purdy!  Much better than  my 6 year old dinosaur Kodak.  Isn’t it amazing how fast technology becomes obsolete?  Anyway…so I spent the past 2 days taking ever kind of picture I could.  Below is the best of the best.

BTW…these HAVE NOT BEEN EDITED AT ALL!!!

THE 1st pic ever taken on my new camera! (okay okay...so Scott took this one..but still!)

Who's my little furry boy?!

 

Lucky people enjoying Oyster Bay Harbor....Have I mentioned that I want a boat?

 

We actually tried to take our kayak out, but had some technical difficulties. These people obviously didn't...

 

I enjoyed the beach anyway!

 

Days 159 and 160: The official start of summer!!!

15 Jun

Today was the first day of summer vacation.  It was fabulous!  I slept in late, lounged around all day, cooked and baked yummy food, and had a generally good time.

Since I didn’t post yesterday, I have 2 giggles to share today.

The first is a summer to do list…

SUMMER 2011 TO DO LIST

  1. PHOTOGRAPH ALL JEWELRY, HAIR ACCESSORIES, AND ART FOR ETSY
  2. CREATE A CATALOGUE WITH NAMES, MATERIALS, PRICES
  3. UPLOAD TO ETSY
  4. MARKET PRODUCTS LIKE CRAZY
  5. CLEAN OUT/ORGANIZE  CLOTHES CLOSET
  6. CLEAN/ORGANIZE ART SUPPLY CLOSET
  7. CLEAN/ ORGANIZE LINEN CLOSET
  8. CLEAN/ORGANIZE MEDICINE CABINET
  9. REFINISH PANTRY DOORS
  10. REFINISH COFFEE TABLE
  11. CLEAN OVEN
  12. RELAX
The 2nd giggle is a necklace I made for my grandmother’s friend.
I used clay “pebbles”, tibetan silver findings, and some nifty paper mache beads.  Oh..and little bitty shells.

Here it is close up

and far away 🙂

Days 155 – 158: Of blogs and other things

13 Jun

Blogging is a funny thing.  It’s a lot like keeping a diary, except everyone in the world has the key.  I pour my heart and soul into these pages and give others a glimpse into my quirky little life.  I like having a venue to make my thoughts and beliefs heard.  However, unlike a real diary, I have to be careful with what I post.

Everyone these days is internet crazy.  Between Facebook, Twitter, BBM, and all the other social media out there, words can circulate like wildfire.  All it takes is one picture, one joke, one misstep and your peace can be destroyed.  Take this whole Anthony Weiner thing, for instance…  So the guy sends some nudie pics to women he met online…this is nothing new.  People do this all the time.  They have cyber relationships and sexting and all that fun stuff.  Being a politician doesn’t make it any more wrong than if he was Joe Shmo the office clerk, but it does mean that he’s got more to lose.  And that he’s being watched more closely.  He got caught, and now he’s royally screwed.  His life and career will never be the same, all because he snapped a picture of his junk and put it on the internet.  Serious lack of judgement…

You don’t have to be high profile to have this happen to you either.  I read somewhere that infidelity is on the rise as a result of social media sites.  People think that the computer screen offers them privacy.  They can do things through the screen that they wouldn’t normally do.  However, Big Brother is always watching…

Let’s take my blog for instance…I’ve shared my life and views with you all for over 5 months now.  In that time, I’ve posted about politics, religion, society, relationships, culture, etc. in addition to the art and laughter that is this blog’s focus.  I’ve touched on controversial issues, and I’ve tried really really hard to not dig my own grave.  I won’t lie…I seriously censor my posts.  Each of my more serious entries has gone through several revisions before I deem it safe enough to publish.  It sucks, but it must be done.

I wrote a very long and very eloquent blog post earlier.  I read and reread it, each time coming to the same conclusion…It’s un-postable.  It really sucks, but what can I do.  As passionate as I feel about some issues, it’s best I keep them to myself.

That being said, on to the giggles!

Friday, I made an awesome dinner.  It inspired this giggle…

Yum!

This was a modified Rachel Ray recipe for pineapple hominy stuffed avocados.  I used mango and shrimp instead of the pineapple.  It was deeelicious!

The next giggle is a headband I created.

pretty!

I don’t know what it is about these headbands that I enjoy so much.  I love them!  This will look fabulous with my grey skirt…

The piece de resistance of today’s list of giggles is my new handbag!  A while ago, I posted about my experiments with woodburning.  Did it ever pay off?!

Ta da!

This is my wine box purse!  She’s burned into the front of the box and painted in watercolors.  I glued pearls around the edge and on the face of the box to add a little sparkle.

and the back

I used an embossed paper and ribbon to cover the back and sides of the box.

and the inside

I lined the inside of the box with shell pink paper and fabric and put a little pocket in for lipstick and goodies.  I’m very proud of my new bag!!!!!

Last, but not least, is today’s giggle.  It needs no explanation…