Not So Common Sense

America won’t change until we stop being afraid to. Kids years from now will read about this in the history books and be confused as to what era they are studying.

I’m proud to be an American and nothing will change that but we need to adapt and learn from mistakes. You can’t lead a healthy and happy life without doing so. The country that supports us can’t either without taking the necessary steps. At this point it’s passed whether you agree with something or not. What is going to benefit everyone as a whole? Stop being selfish and care about others. It’s common sense and unfortunately not so common. Smh.

Don’t tell me justice died when JFK did.

 

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“You be manic, I’ll be depressive”

I’m having a real difficult time focusing and thinking these days. I’ve been sober 37 days now and it’s like my brain/body has finally rid of the toxins. What’s scary is that my brain must have got so used to processing everything intoxicated that it’s how it functioned. Now that it’s gone my brain has nothing to use in its place. It’s just raw feelings and emotions. Which I probably haven’t faced since I was 18. That’s just crazy. I’m 24, almost 25 learning how to use my brain without a crutch. And it honestly is the hardest work I’ve done. My brain hurts and I’m exhausted and the end of every day. I know it’s for the best so I’m just dealing but sometimes I feel not there. Alcohol has been my cover up for my depression and anxiety. It’s time to deal with those two head on… which I’ve never ever done properly. This is going to be quite the journey. Taking care of yourself is a real bitch. I’ll tell you this though. I am damn lucky and happy to be taken by such an incredible partner in life. None of this would have even happened if it wasn’t for him and his endless loving heart. More on him later…

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Change the Conversation

“If you don’t like what is being said, then change the conversation.” Says Don Draper; my favorite protagonist from my favorite show.  I’ve thought long and hard about what to do with this blog. A blog I created in the wake of a new life that I was preparing for with my pseudo family. Change the name? Delete it? Start over? All options of course…but I’m tired of running. I’m tired of trying to erase and block out the past because no matter what you do and no matter where you are…there you are.

I am going to change the conversation. Not too much will change as my dreams and aspirations remain the same. Dreams to eventually have a family and open a store of my very own which will display my creations and those I’ve collected.

It’s absolutely incredible how much can change in such a short period of time. There were many decisions that I made when I first started this blog that were based out of fear, anger and stress. It was also a blog to boost my online store so that I could hopefully bring in some revenue. I had quit school, moved to a different town and assumed a role that was not meant to be.  I see now how much better everything can be if you make decisions based out of love.

There is no coincidence that my decision to start blogging, crafting and creating again comes at the same time that I am one month sober.  My decision to quit drinking is a post for a different time. But my brain feels clear. My path is not so clear but that’s how it’s meant to be.

My conversation will still be about the things I love to create and do but with an actual insight to the person inside. What I do is an outlet for how I feel which contrary to what I make can be not so pretty. Like everyone I have met and known…I have demons. Those demons just happen to be covered in glitter.

I’m excited for this change of conversation and I hope you guys stick around to chat.

XOXOX

Nicole

 

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Checking in with my Lovelies

Hi guys. I just wanted to stop by and say hello to my blog world. I have been super M.I.A because I just started a new job but I am hoping that I can start posting on weekends. For now I just wanted to share some photos from my brand new phone (which I’m obsessed with). I am so impressed with how these photos turn out with this camera phone.

Apples in my favorite vintage Pyrex.

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I got a necklace for my Birthday with Don Draper on it….it’s amazing.

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Frozen leaves.

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A collage of my little apartment kitchen.

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A close up of my favorite kitchen goodies. Peach tea, pink Himalayan salt, paper straws and dried roses.

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Me and my boo.

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Some vintage sewing supplies that I have found.

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I hope you enjoy my photos. I’ve also been thinking of having more written posts about topics that I really enjoy. They would be mostly historical. I really miss having a platform to talk about that kind of stuff (e.g. school). Thoughts? Okay, I’m outie. Thanks for reading as always.

-Nicole xox

P.S.  Follow me on Instagram and I will love to check yours out too! I have a link at the top of my page.

Crochet Frame Pattern –Steps and Pictures

My last post about the crochet frames was a hit and someone even asked for the pattern, so here it is! This is my first time writing one so bear with me. And of course, feel free to ask me for clarification.

Materials: 

  • Any yarn or color you want. This project is perfect for scrap yarn. I used a peach color from Red Heart’s Super Saver yarn.
  • I used an H/8-5.00MM hook

Tips: 

  • The chain will twist so try to keep it flat while you’re working. 
  • You can increase the amount of chains you do at step two if you want a bigger loop.
  • Glue/Tape your picture to a piece of cardboard and hot glue the frame around it and there you have your finished product.
  • This would also make a very cute crown! 

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Again, I’d love to hear your comments or questions. Thank you for reading.

-Nicole

xox

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Day after Christmas

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Today, to ward off post Christmas depression, I cleaned, rearranged, organized and crafted! All while watching Mad Men, of course. I was so lucky to get some really nice gifts yesterday, there are a few that I have to share. First, check out these amazing baking containers:

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 And these gorgeous glasses:

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And this totally awesome Jon Hamm coloring book:

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How amazing is that?

After all the cleaning I decided to reward myself with some crafts. So here is a craft that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Crochet picture frames. These are so much fun! Everyone should make some. I think they make a home look more…homey. I simply adore them. What do you think?

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Love this picture ❤

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Anyway, I think they are cute. Tomorrow is back to real life! I hope everyone is having a great holiday.

Thanks for reading as always,

Nicole.

Update: Frame Pattern

A Simple Gift Using Moleskine Journals

I absolutely adore Moleskine journals. They are so smooth to write in, can fit into any bag and come in so many lovely colors. Today, I am sharing my idea for a pretty fun little gift using Moleskine journals.

Supplies:

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A closer look: colored baker’s twine, Moleskine notebooks of your choosing, decorative tape (ex. washi tape) and decorative sewing needles.

The tape I chose is this great kind of kitschy tape with scalloped edges that has different French words! I have it in three different colors/words. You can find them in a lot of different Etsy shops.

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It’s called “Coffret du Couturier.”

Here is my finished gift:

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It is so simple but so cute and unique. Also, you won’t forget which journal is which. There are so many different possibilities for decorating these cute little journals. Different twine, tape, colors etc. you can take it in any style direction.

I think this is such a great stocking stuffer. It’s also perfect for someone who you weren’t expecting a gift from and now you have to come up with something quick to give them.

Quick. Easy. Cute!

Thanks for reading 🙂