Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Happy New YOU!

It's not my birthday yet BUT I've just been thinking about Year 25 and the goals I set for myself to aid my quest in self-definition. I dedicated year 25 to becoming who I want to be and who I thought I'd be at this age. To do that I've started school and I'm getting a degree and feeling quite clever along the way. I wear skirts almost every day, becoming more feminine whilst I'm at it. I'm thinking about my future and growing up. I'm cultivating my talents and putting them to good use through a few different avenues. I'm out of bed by 7am every morning, which is really a bigger deal than you think. And a few other things too.

The year has gone really fast and I don't know if it's because I'm 25 and time speeds up all of a sudden or if it's because I'm actually doing stuff with my time? I'm seeing positive changes in my life thanks to all my attainable goals. I'm enjoying getting to know myself.

Every birthday I'm going to dedicate the following year to new self-defining goals and I encourage you to also. New Years resolutions are one thing but your own personal New Year starts at your birthday. I love that.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


What a weird week. School has me super busy and on top of that I've been creating backgrounds and templates for cards, announcements, invitations etc. - trying to put my skills to good use and to start earning some money. I don't know how I'm getting half the stuff done that I am. Most of all I don't know where I'm getting the brain power to do it. My hard work has been paying off - even if my health has been failing.

On Saturday we were planning on heading into San Francisco for a surprise party. As I was plugging the address into the gps on Saturday afternoon I discovered the party was on Friday. Then on Saturday night I asked Stuart to check the dates for our town Zucchini Festival because I really wanted to go. It had been that day. Bah!

Today because I've not been feeling well and don't know if I'm contagious or not we didn't go to church but we went out for some fresh air up at the temple. 

More pictures here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Graphic design lady.

I've been thinking about my future as a graphic designer and since it's an occupation that covers such a wide range of things - basically everything you see on your computer, in magazines, on billboards, flyers and on and on and on...

I started with some postcard designs which turned out really nice, if I do say so myself, and then I put together a selection of birth announcements and party invitations. Whilst I was doing that I remembered how Stuart's been harping on at me to create my own digital scrapbooking backgrounds for the last 5 years. So I did. Yesterday I created some, today I created some more and gave myself a blog makeover. I'm pleased with the outcome.

Blogger isn't letting me upload right now so you can see them over on my Sugar Grenade Photography facebook page.

I'm excited to be expanding my awesomeness and really like the direction I seem to be going in.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Being in serious need of a day out we headed down to Capitola to fill our bellies full of salty air and to explore some more of the coast. We should have left at 10am but someone thought leaving at noon would be better. Someone was wrong and someone else was right. The drive down was extremely stressful for the someone who was wrong. Once we got to Capitola though we were in heaven.
It's a safe bet that we're going to be going back there again - probably midweek, less traffic. We both really enjoyed strolling around and looking in all the little shops. There's a lot of surf shops there - including the original O'neill surf shop in Santa Cruz. I was going to pick up a wetty (30% off) for my dad from the big Billabong shop in an attempt to lure/bribe him here to visit me.

For such a quick visit we had really enjoyed it. I can imagine myself living there but I don't know that Stuart would go for it.

We picked up a few postcards and consequently I inspired myself. My perfect career would involve travelling, photography and graphic design. I'm going to try my hand at being a postcard designer! Perfect.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Update: Year 25

I made some goals for my 25th year to help me become who I want to be. It's not over until November BUT hello, it's August!!? Whaaa?

One of my goals was to become less "grungy" or laidback in my appearance. I am a tshirt and jeans kind of girl, always have been but I'd never tried to be anything else. I'd never worn a skirt on a day that didn't begin with "Sun". The concept was foreign to me really. I wanted to try it out.

Wearing a skirt on days that don't begin with "Sun" means taking better care of yourself ie. shaving your legs more that twice a month. Taking better care of myself was another goal so that was a two-fer. The only skirts I owned at the start of Year 25 were Sunday skirts, not really suitable for dressing down although I have the ability to make anything look casual, even when I don't want to. I got my first casual skirt from Downeast Basics on sale and I loved it. Still do but it's getting a bit worn and the thread from the tiers snapped so there's holes in it I need to sew up.
I added two Old Navy linen skirts to the collection and then two maxi dresses from Target and a summer dress. I've hardly worn anything but skirts all summer and I like it!

That alone has made Year 25 quite the success.