Monday, October 27, 2008


Whilst Lauren was here we did a little crafteroo.
I've wanted to do these decoupage letters for ages and finally had a name short enough to afford!

Saturday, October 25, 2008


What a good busy week. Sometimes I have busy weeks that just seem to be torturous. This week I haven't been in bed at a decent hour, I've cooked maybe 2 meals AND my yet house is still spotless. That's the kind of busy I like. Busy yet with enough time to keep the place spick and span. I do need an early night tonight though.

I've been thinking a lot about relationships this week. There's a lot of different kinds of relationships and they all hold great importance in who we become. My thoughts have turned from happy to sad, to content and to regret and on and on. I've come to terms with the fact that people change and don't have to stay the way that made me happiest or most comfortable. We all have the right to choose who we are and become. I'm learning to let go of my expectations of people and focus on what I would do in certain situations ie. Something that's made me feel sick to my stomach this weekend is finding out through facebook that my two and only sisters in law were in a car crash where the car was totalled. I'm guessing from the clues left on their facebook wall that they're ok but why wouldn't you tell someone about that? Why did we have to learn it through facebook?

I'm pretty tired right now and so I'm a little more sensitive so I'm probably over reacting. And they are still alive, that's all that matters.

On a happier note here's some of our pictures from the week:

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Busy busy!

This week is a busy one and I'm going to have a ton of brilliant photos by the end of it I'm excited to share.

Right now I'm getting my house in order for Lauren arriving tomorrow, which we're all really excited about. It's a bit like a reunion having Joy here for a few days. I love it. It's just so nice to still feel that connection even though it's been a year since we last saw them.

The thing I love most about being here is the friendships. I've met so many great people these past 4 years and have been able to keep in touch with quite a few of them. It's also just so nice to have the chance to continue making lasting friendships and to have second chances at making things right before we leave. Some times I regret it when I see someone and think "OH! I need to be friends with her" or "I hope I get the chance to be friends with her before the semester ends and they leave" and then time just flies by and I didn't become friends with them.

Right now I'm regreting not taking pictures with some friends before they left because I don't know if I'll get the chance to see them again... Anyway, with Joy being here we're all making the most of creating and preserving the memories. If only everyone could have come back all at once!

So, friends, new and old be prepared to have pictures taken with me before we leave in April!

I'll post some pictures at the end of the week probably. Megan is editing and sorting them and then giving us each a copy of all the pictures. At the rate we're going there's going to be a lot, a lot!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ugh! Love!

how's about this one, shannon? you need to look at the alternative views. Love the collar!

I want!

I really want a hoodie/jacket like that but this one costs 300 smackeroos. I'm not sure why but I'm really digging high necks like that.
Still a teeny wee bit too expensive.
This is the one that first caught my eye. I'm beginning to think my button addiction might be fed along with a high neck jacket. They seem to go hand in hand.

You thought those were cute!

I just finished these for two little girlies for Christmas. It took all day yesterday to make the little dresses but I think they turned out undeniably sweet!
I'm going to make up one more to put on my Etsy to see if it'll sell.

So cute! I think I really do like them without faces. I might still stitch on eyes but I'm not sure yet.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Crafty McCrafty

Yesterday was such a good day. It was bright outside AND I got to learn a new craft - it gets better, I didn't learn it on my own I got to spend the day with a friend. Doesn't that sound like such a good day?

Olivia had made Lola a little glove bunny before and I fell in love with the little creation. Her name is Jezebel and she's quirky and adorable.

I have a little project I'm working on that requires my own so Olivia showed me how - she also showed me how not to. Thanks, Olivia!
Mine turned out nothing like it was supposed to but we were both in love with him. His name is Dwight and he's a volunteer Sheriff on the weekend. Olivia (who apparently scammed me out of taking her picture) made an Andy who went to Cornell and sings in an a capella group...
Aren't the cute? I'm thinking of selling them on my Etsy now that I've mastered them. I came home last night and made 2 that turned out perfect!
I kind of like them without faces...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Spring Cleaning...

So, you'll notice I shortened my blog rolls. I didn't delete anyone, just shortened them all in their alphabetical list form. I also added my Etsy store for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to browse and buy stuff so I can buy more supplies. I have high hopes for this little venture.

I'm unspectacularly quirky.

Link to the person that tagged you. - Hilary tagged me.
Mention these rules on your blog.

Tell 6 unspectacular quirks of yourself and tag 6 fellow bloggers.

1. I love to hoover. Love it. Having a clean carpet makes a huge difference to a room. Sometimes I do it multiple times a day.

2. I always think I'm younger than my friends. It might come from being the youngest in my year at school but I don't have children and I haven't been to University that means I'm younger, right?

3. I hate alarm clocks. If I need to be up at a certain time I wake up automatically. If Stuart needs to be up at a certain time he sets his alarm which I wake up 10 minutes before because I hate the sound of it. There was never an alarm clock used in my home growing up.

4. I have a salt tongue instead of a sweet tooth. My treat of preference is Pringles. Red Pringles. Mmmm. My favorite sweet would be Peanut butter cups or the likes - see how it's not completely sweet but salty too. Mmmm... I don't turn down sweets though. You can bring me cookies and I'll be more than happy.

5. I hate repeating myself. If Stuart doesn't quite catch something I've said and asks me to repeat myself I won't do it. Instead I'll ask him what it sounded like I said. Usually he gets it but he just wasn't listening to me. If you ask me my name and you don't catch it but repeat what you think I said in the form of question I'll nod my head instead of repeating it. If you don't understand it the first time chances are you're not going to understand the second or third time. A lot of people call me Lauren, Lorna or Lara because of it.

I'm horrible.

6. I'm paranoid about not being funny anymore. American and Scottish senses of humour are very different and I'm scared I'm not as quick witted or as funny as I used to be. I know for a fact that I'm not. It makes me sad. When I have a funny comeback these days I keep it to myself. I suppose I can only blame myself.

I will tag... Emma, Kara, Susan, Faith, Shannon annnnnnnd Mallorie.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

To reiterate...

especially for my depressed lovey, Siobhan and for those of you who are excited for me.
I'm going to be really sad to leave America. I like it here. Right now I'm happy for whatever happens - I'm actually torn about the idea of leaving here even though I do miss my family and my friends and bacon. It hurts my heart a little.

Thanks for being excited for me but be sad for me too. I'm going to miss a lot of people no matter what side of the pond I'm on.

The Scotland deets...

I've been keeping the whole moving-back-to-Scotland thing to myself for a few weeks because it's a pretty bold thing to be telling people when we're not completely certain if it'll happen. It's the plan but we're not 100% sure it'll happen.

The story is that we've both been freaking out for a while about the dentistry thing - if you've seen my face this past month you'll have witnessed a lot of stress acne. Stuart's been going through the career crisis for a while and I've been patting him on the back telling him things will be ok and that it'll work out etc... The Sunday before we both started throwing up Stuart asked me in Sacrament meeting what I thought about moving back to Scotland. I've never entertained that thought these past 5 years because it seemed to be a cruel thing for me to focus on and therefore I've never made it an option. I've always thought, I'm here and this is where I have to stay.

So when he asked and I didn't roll my eyes I noticed something felt different about the idea. When we got home from church we prayed together and asked what the heck we're meant to do. We pitched the idea of going back to Scotland to Heavenly Father and when the prayer was over Stuart asked what I was thinking. The only thing I had was something about how when we fly in we can stop in London and get his visa's all worked out then head home to Montrose...

The idea still feels right now. Weither he'll go to Dental School in Scotland or what we don't know. We're working towards that but who knows?

The road block we'd crashed in to seems to be gone and we're both happy with the idea and feel like we're actually progressing now.

Monday, October 6, 2008

I have a dream...

and I'm going to pursue it.

I've always wanted to own a boutique that sells quirky and unique, glittery things. I can completely and totally see it right now in my head. Since being in America I've been introduced to a lot of crafty, fun things that I've embraced and learned ie. digital scrapbooking, paper scrapbooking, book making etc... Things I could have done if they hadn't been unheard of in Scotland. And also things that have huge potential in becoming more than just what they seem to be - cryptic, I know. With the possiblity of going back home - something I never thought would ever happen and had never entertained the idea - I'll take my skills with me. I don't see owning my dream boutique in America, it doesn't feel quite right. I sort of gave up the idea when I came here but now it's coming back to life. I can actually see where it'll be on the Montrose High Street, isn't that strange?

I can see the shop being quite big but filled with bows, flowers, books, beads, framed photos and paintings making it seem smaller. I also imagine having little workshops and guest's coming to visit and share their talents. I've met so many amazingly talented people here that I'd want to share it with them too and if it's successful I dare say there would be a way to make that happen. I also have a very crafty, artistic family who could get their share of it. I'd sponsor Beki with projects we'd create together so she could work on it when she had time and make a little bit of money. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could all make a living off of our talents?

I'd decorate and sell things that are seasonal ie. Halloween means my mum's tablet, chocolate and peanut butter spiders, carmel apples etc... I'm so excited just thinking of all the possiblities!

I have very specific ideas I'm keeping to myself because they're just too good and tempting that someone would steal them - if they were smart! I want to help the little man and help make other people's dreams come true through doing this kind of thing.

Stuart and I are very excited right now.

I HAVE to tell you...

So, recently I've really got into blog giveaways. I haven't given anything away myself yet because I don't have anything cool like everyone else and I'd like to win something and then celebrate by giving something way. Aaaanyway, my favorite and more regular giveaway jaunt is at Vanilla Joy. She gives away the most amazing things and is the Queen of family fun actvities and original date ideas- and I'm British so I know what a Queen is!
A short while ago she was giving away every crafters dream. I did not win and it actually made me want to cry. Pathetic, I know. I'm still partially heartbroken about it and really need to win something.
A couple of months ago I perusing stores over at Etsy when I came across something I fell in love with instantly. It was actual love at first sight. America has introduced me to a lot of things and one of them is the joy and wonder of vinyl art. I don't have any of my own yet but plan on having some in the future. If we move back to Scotland (didn't I tell you about that?) I might pick up the machine that makes these things and introduce it to the poor people over there who have never laid their brain on the idea.