Monthly Archives: June 2012

Creek Critters

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Today Brad and I earned some extra money for helping a friend move! Because it was such an incredibly hot day and moving is a terrible bitch, we decided to go to Sullivan Falls and dip our feet in the cool water with our friend KT.

The bad news is, I’m having trouble finding my camera and I was unable to take pictures.

The good news is, KT did, in fact, have her camera and got a few shots of some cute little animal buddies to share. She’s pretty awesome like that.

While we were dipping our feet in one of the immensely cold pools eroded into the top of the waterfall, we noticed this little guy triumphantly scaling the mossy rock face beside us.

Upon further inspection we noticed he had a big fat belly, probably full of little baby salamanders. We stopped calling him “he.”

In this picture you can get a great view of the little bitty dots all over her underside, as well as the awesome circle-spots on her back. You can click any of these images to zoom in.

Just when we thought our adventure was over and we climbed the path back up to the parking area, KT shouted! She almost stepped right onto this little brown snake. When I was a kid, I would have picked him right up and let him slither all through my fingers. Now, I’m not so brave. I carefully picked him up with a stick before trying to touch him to make sure he wasn’t dangerous. While KT tried to get a picture of him hanging from said stick, my hands were very very shaky, and those photos didn’t turn out so well. We said goodbye to the little snakey with a gentle pet on his back. Or tail. Maybe both.

Wednesday WINspiration: Hair

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Haircut Ideas

I’ve been mulling over a new haircut for quite some time now, and I have some ideas brewing that I really wanted to share!

  1. I miss having a mohawk! When I met Bradley, I was sporting a super-cute “chelsea-hawk” and I’ve been debating returning to a similar cut for quite some time. This photo definitely inspires me to go back.
  2. If I were to return to the ‘hawk, I would like the sides cut to about this length. From experience I know that with how thin and fine my hair is, it won’t look much better than a comb-over if my mohawk is draped over a bare-shaved head.
  3. Add some nice blunt bangs to keep it looking femme. I think the color of the hair in this picture is close to what I would like to dye mine to. Or possibly black.
  4. I’m absolutely loving this dip-dyed ponytail on Lauren Conrad. I would like to do this, but with a shade of neon yellow-green to match my work uniform. I might consider dying the shorter sections of the mohawk this color, as well.

Happy hump day! I hope the rest of your week is lovely, and if I do happen to finally get my hair cut, I’ll certainly be posting pictures! Thanks for reading!

Photo an Hour: Traffic Control

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Hey, internet! I’m back! I spent all last week in West Virginia for work, and I totally let my blog go. I did, however, do some exercises to help  me find my niche and really focus my blog, and make some more changes since I’m all sorts of fickle. More on that later. Today I’d like to give you a little peek into my life, or more specifically, what I do at work through the creative lens of a photo-an-hour. Here we go!

8:00am  I’ve been standing here for an hour already, and I just had this great idea to take these pictures. This is my taper. It’s called a taper because it is the line that indicates one lane tapering into another. It’s a pretty easy concept, but I’ve seen some terrible looking tapers in my day.

9:00am It’s time for a bathroom break! Since I’m out on a country road in the middle of nowhere, there aren’t any public bathrooms around, and I couldn’t get a ride to the Porta-John, so I managed to climb down this very steep hill and hide in the tall grass.

10:00am I’ve been moved up the road a few hundred feet, and now I’m overlooking this cute little cottage. Later in the day I would be able to move closer and discover that it’s a garden shed.

11:00am The weather was very nice on Friday, but very sunny and very hot. Around this time there was a slight breeze I managed to capture.

12:00pm Tiger lilies.

1:00pm This is my Rite in the Rain Waterproof Notebook. I originally wrote this blog post in this little notebook, and it is amazing. The pages themselves are waterproof as well, which is 100% necessary. I once got sprayed by one of the water trucks on site with a thick black notebook in my pocket, full of tons of notes and ideas and doodles. My notebook was completely destroyed, and I was absolutely pissed. It will never happen again.

2:00pm There were at least 3 dogs on this road that just roamed free. All of them were very friendly and it was so much fun to watch them run around and play with each other and chase deer. On this day I tried so hard to get a good picture of the two that were playing near me all day, but they would never sit still for long enough, so this was the best I could do.

3:00pm I’ve been moved again, and I’m in a cozy little spot with a patch of black raspberries so close I can pick them. Too bad they’re not ripe yet.

4:00pm Oh, and this is my lovely mountain view from the little stretch of road I’m on with the raspberries. While it’s very nice, I wished I were in a less open area with a lot more shade.

Well, there you have it! By 5:00 my phone battery was dead, and by 6 I was on my way back to the hotel. I was pretty far from the actual road work that day, so it was all rather boring and I didn’t manage to get any shots of the equipment. Also, I wouldn’t have enjoyed being caught by the inspector or foreman while snapping photos. Mostly, when I’m out flagging I’m spending a lot of time alone, looking at the little things in nature and enjoying my time outside. It’s nice to have time to myself to cherish the great outdoors, and I hope you have the chance to do the same. Have a great week!

Sorry for being a bump on a log.

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Hey, folks. I had intended on doing another resources post, but this week has been more hectic than I had planned, and I wasn’t able to get as much researching done. So yeah, this is going to be one of those brief, personal, reflective sort of posts. Here’s what’s new.

  1. We’re moving! We just don’t know exactly where or when…
  2. We have been surprised by a job offer in West Virginia and are leaving on Sunday. Unfortunately, Brad and I have to have everything we own packed before we leave this weekend, just in case the family decides to move while we’re gone.
  3. As mentioned in my What’s New in June post, I’ve been working on my blog design! In doing so, I’ve been pondering making a change from WordPress to Blogger, in order to have the ability to design my own blog for free. However, I have also considered merging my blog and shop into one whole website with my own domain sometime shortly after my business starts making an income. If this happens I might choose hosting with Indiemade. I guess what I’m trying to decide is if I should switch to Blogger now or switch to Indiemade later…

So these are the things that have kept me from cranking out a meatier post this week. Plus I had to spend the day in the hospital waiting room. More picture-related idioms will come your way if you choose to forgive me for my inconsistency. Farewell and goodnight.

Have you ever switched blogging platforms? What’s the most important factor to you in choosing a blog host?

Resources for Blogging

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“Countess Nákó blogging, after Friedrich von Amerling” by Mike Licht on flickr

Hey, fellow bloggers! In my effort to make my blog a better place, I’ve been digging up some resources on design, content, productivity, and sponsor information. While I may not be ready to tackle all of these things at once, I thought it would be a great idea to share some of my favorite blogging resources with you and put these out there for my own reference! Since my blog focuses on a few things, such as my lifestyle, crafts, my creative business, fashion, design, and pretty much whatever I can think of, I’ve chosen some articles and videos from blogs that fall into a few different categories and that are written by some bloggers that I really love. Let’s get started!

Two of my favorite bloggers ever, Elycia from Love, Elycia and Chantilly of My Girl Thursday have teamed up to make some very helpful vlogs that address some questions you may have about blogging. A few of my favorite are:

I think the reason I appreciate these videos so much is that you can really tell that these girls are blog-reading-bloggers. At one point, Elycia says that she was blogging for almost a year before reaching out in the blogging community. This really resonates with me as I have a hard time being social, and I hope to be able to use my blog to really branch out someday. While we’re on the subject of Elycia, though, she has another great post on her blog in which she gives you a peek at how she organizes her Blog Planner! I certainly love learning about another’s creative process!

If you’re more interested in blogging about fashion, then you may want to check out the expansive community on heartifb.com. This blog is filled with TONS of information that applies to more than just “Independent Fashion Bloggers.” Here’s a few great posts to get you hooked:

If you’re more of an “I-want-to-promote-my-creative-business-through-my-blog” type of blogger, then Handmadeology.com is for you. Instead of crawling through the Handmadeology archives for a relevant list of links, they already have one prepared for you: Your Blog Promotion Checklist!

Of course, maybe you’re a fan of A Beautiful Mess and would like some tips from someone who has been at this for awhile now. If so, you might be interested in:

I am also a huge fan of Meagan Visser, a very busy creative business entrepreneur and coach, and head of MeaganVisser.com. She has a great post on her site, 5 Ways to Make Your Business Blog Brilliant and has written a wonderful guest post on Oh My! Handmade titled Make Your Blog Bloom With Loyal Readers.

So let’s say you want less jabber and a little more info on how to do-it-yourself? Then maybe you’ll be inspired by The Blog Stylist, with a very extensive list of Blogging Resources.

And last, but certainly not least, I’ve started a new board on Pinterest to quench my neverending thirst for blogging knowledge, Blogging 101. Be sure to check this out and feel free to follow me for more links to some great blogging resources!

Thanks for reading! Are there any resources you’d like to share that are meant to aid and inspire other bloggers?

Featured Project & Dressmaking for Beginners

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Hey there! If you’re reading to check up on my progress with my featured project, then good news! That’s what I’m writing about today!

Before I talk about my plans for tackling this dress, I have to admit that I don’t know much about sewing garments. For my senior project in high school I made a great looking party dress, and while I’ve spent a bit of time sewing since then, I haven’t made a garment from a pattern in over 4 years now, so I’ve got a lot of re-learning to do. Plus, I’ve never used a Vogue pattern before! I’m actually a little ashamed of my lack of sewing expertise at this point. The good news is that I know where to find the right information.

One of the most resourceful sewing blogs I follow is that of the Coletterie. Once upon a time I was in a book store with a gift card staring down The Colette Sewing Handbook, but neglected to buy it because there were other books I needed to buy as gifts. I had truly regretted this decision to put others before myself, that is, until I realized that they have so many great tutorials and information all over www.coletterie.com and have a ridiculously useful email newsletter full of handy sewing tips. I strongly recommend visiting this website if you feel you’ve got some learning to do when it comes to sewing, and especially sewing garments. Here’s a few pages from the site that are really helping me through this tough learning period:

In the past, I always rushed into the sewing portion of my projects out of excitement and immediately messed something up for lack of planning. This is why instead of rushing into making this dress from a pattern I’m still deciphering, I’ll first get to work on a muslin. This is going to take me a little while. I won’t have my muslin fabric before next week’s featured project post, so I’m planning something extra special for that day instead! Thanks for reading!

What’s New in June

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Hi, internet!  Today I’d like to cover some of the changes that I have planned for my blog and business this month!

  1. Blogging days. This month I’ll be blogging every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, instead of on Tuesdays and Fridays. I’ve decided to do this to challenge myself a little more and to force myself to share more valuable content with all of the interwebz.
  2. Design. You may have noticed that I’ve changed my background! I’ve been putting a whole lot of thought into the design of my blog and working on a few things to spruce this place up a bit. By the end of the month I hope to have a cohesive and custom theme put together so my blog and my etsy shop are matchy-matchy and copacetic. I’ve also managed to rearrange widgets a little and include a link to my etsy shop right in my sidebar, as well as links to some other platforms you can find me on, like Facebook, Twitter, and Bloglovin. Explore a little. ;)
  3. Sponsors! Up until this point, I have not featured any sponsors on my blog. While I will not be starting a sponsorship program in June, I will be keeping my eyes and ears(and inbox) open for anyone who might be interested in sponsoring in the month of July! I will very likely be giving away some free spots in return for a sponsor spot on your own blog. If free stuff like this interests you, you can email me at shubette.etsy(at)gmail(dot)com and we can talk about how to be blogfriends. :)
  4. Featured project Monday. Every Monday I will be blogging about my current featured project. I’ve chosen my first in this post, but haven’t really worked on it much since then. If I dedicate every Monday to blogging about my featured project, I will be more motivated to do the work on the weekends that are required to finish these less-business-related tasks that I’ve assigned for myself, and you readers will get a peek at my creative process. It’s a win-win.
  5. Less cards. While I do love papercrafting, it’s just a hobby and I’m not selling the cards I make in Shubette Handmade. This blog was created with the intention of documenting my business progress, but has become so much more. My blog is my primary marketing and promotion tool for my shop, and my means of communicating for my business. I want to be able to provide more useful, quality content, so I’m cutting out my weekly card posts to replace them with content that will be better for your brain.

As you can see here, I’m working on having a much better blog. Today, however, I’ll be enjoying my time with Brad’s family at Knoebel’s family fun park in Elysburg, PA. Enjoy your weekend!