zipper scarf.

i know christmas was a couple months ago but i still have certain crafts that i have not shared yet.

like this one.

i made  these this year for some friends…..and maybe one for myself.

i saw the idea on pinterest (of course) but they actually knitted the scarf….i just bought some really thick tweed material.

i don’t think i am going to go into great detail on how i made it but i used a 1/2 yard of fabric and a 7 inch zipper and this is what happened:

obviously i am being a little dramatic on how you actually wear it. you scrunch it down a little bit.

i just wanted you to get the full affect of what it actually is.

i don’t have a picture of it but it is also cool to zip the zipper only half way and flip it the other way.

that is how the cool kids are wearing it these days.

ok they aren’t.

but if they had one that is how they would wear ’em.


progressive dinner twists.

this progressive dinner had several twists today.

the first twist was that the first stop on our progressive date was BRUNCH.
 and i am so excited because we went to “mother’s”. which i had been wanting to go to for the last 4 years. but i knew that whenever i would go i would have to wait forever to get seated…..

i did learn a hot tip though. you can sit up at the bar if there is an open seat. since it was just avery and me, we had to wait 3 minutes, instead of our 40 minutes if we sat at a normal table… i guess the hot tip is to go to mother’s with one person or just yourself.

this place is awesome.

if you love breakfast and your mother, go here.

the second twist to our progressive dinner:

well actually it was kind of a twist and a half….we usually don’t wait 5 hours to go the next spot but in this case we did.

but the major twist was that we had company. we have never had progressive friends.

(thank you mom, dad, lindsay, and austin for the extra twist)

we had drinks and risotto balls at mint/820.

our third stop was equinox for dinner…we had a groupon, and it is a really great place for dinner!

sometimes when the server is saying the specials i zone out and never really hear them.

tonight was different( and no this isn’t one of the twists)

but i got the special and  shared it with avery…it was so good.

lesson learned tonight:

start listening to the specials.

here is the third and final twist:

never in progressive dinner history have we progressed to four different establishments in one day.

this was kind of a game time decision.

my parents were still with us, and right around the corner was a really good ice cream place(that we have gone to before on a progressive date.)

and if i know my dad like i think i do( i am pretty sure he is the reason i feel the need to have some sort of chocolate after every meal) he would want some dessert.

so we went to our FOURTH stop at ruby jewels ice cream.

what a twisted night.

year of the sticks.

i have “launched” a new line for 2012

(i feel so professional when i say the word launch)

i have named this line “the year of the sticks”

as you look at the pictures you can see why i had no other option but to name it that.

sticks are taking over my jewelry bench at the moment.

here are my favorites:

“romantic” progressive dinner.

i put romantic in quotation marks for a reason.

avery and i decided to do our progressive dinner this month on valentines day.

we also decided to use one of our groupons to this cute sounding bar.

it might be the most un-romantic place i have ever been.

can’t you tell by the paper mached full sized mannequin behind avery?

i thought i would capture another picture of our dining experience from the outside when

the bartender comes out to find us because we didn’t properly use the groupon.

(that is a whole other story, but i kind of got scolded,it did  put a damper on the evening.)

we pushed through though.

i blurred out his face so he can remain anonymous.

but this picture was captured perfectly.

we ate so much at our “appetizers” spot, that we had to skip out on our 2nd stop.

which was going to be a new york pizza by the slice place.

so we headed to dessert, which was papa haydns.

we decided to outfox the most popular valentines restaurant in portland

and order our dessert to go…..suckers.

it isn’t legally a progressive dinner until you stop at three places. we are only at two and we have no more food to consume.

so our third and ONLY option is the photo booth at the ace hotel.

this is our home away from home.

kind of.

you will see us here for:


christmas card making time


and valentines day.

on our walk back to the car we stumbled upon a store i sell to and look what i found:

it is kind of hard to read but it was my name on the outside of the store.

i had no clue it was on there so it was a fun surprise.

lesson learned for future progressive dinners:

don’ t go to a bar on valentines day

and when using a groupon make sure to not erase it from you phone before the server has scanned it.

(that was my bad)


my friend lisa gave me some awesome left over fabric from some pillows she was making, and i decided to make a first aid kit with it.

you can buy the metal clutch snap at jo- anns

and you can get  the cool fabric from my friend.

the tricky part was hand sewing the metal part on to the fabric( since i keep it in my purse i might have to reinforce it a little because it may or may not be unraveling)

having this cute first aid kit makes it sort of fun to get a headache, stomachache or cut.

everyday i love you.

since it is valentines day on tuesday i thought i should have  some craft to do with love.

this craft is the same one i did for my mom for christmas, but i liked it so much i wanted to make one for our home.

i saw this quote on pinterest and loved it because i think that love is a choice and you have the option everyday to choose to love or not.

i placed it in avery and i’s room so every morning when i wake up i have a little reminder to love avery(although i don’t really need that much convincing with him)

i do however find it very funny that it is placed right above our computer that has a picture of me punching avery.

obviously that day i chose not to love him.

label maker.

avery makes jokes constantly about me needing a box for EVERYTHING.

he doesn’t realize that i am making his life easier by having a place for everything to go.

he is still getting used to his box for shoes, but has definitely utilized the first aid box…you are welcome.

we get in the occasional bedside table box fight.

the box i chose isn’t “ergonomically” correct for him….but it looks so cute.

and it matches mine.

segway to the craft project:

a little while ago my mother in law gave me a bunch of cigar boxes, and just recently i decided i needed to put some things in these boxes.

……..and they needed to be labeled.

so that is the project. i labeled all of the cigar boxes with fun paper and silver tags.

there were so many boxes to label i was running out of things to label them as.