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Him, Her, and Them

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No Spoilers:
It has been extremely hard to find something new to watch on Netflix. Not that there isn’t interesting movies or shows but they aren’t prioritized in anyway other than suggestions for you. Then I stumbled upon this gem. I am a big fan of Jessica Chastian. Not just because she is a redhead but she has a huge range of theatrical talent. She can be soft and hard at the same time or go from period pieces to contemporary films. When I did come across “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her” I found something strange. Below it, was the exact same movie except titled “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him”. I had discovered a double feature. I’ve only ever seen Quentin Tarantino use this style of filming.

I rarely enjoy researching a movie before I watch it. I am much more partial to going into it blind and letting the movie tell me what it wants to be. Then I found something even more confusing, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them”. Getting the sense I was missing some information I did research these three movies to find out that Her and Him is a double feature but when it came time to releasing the movies the studio felt that the audience wouldn’t want to sit through two 1.5 hour movies and created Them. I am not a movie expert nor am I a film critic but this was an unfortunate decision. They had created two extremely beautiful movies and smooshed them together into one. There is not right or wrong way to watch these films but having viewed all three I highly recommend watching Him THEN Her and skipping Them all together. You won’t be disappointed.

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Pinterest Success

It has almost been a full year since I last posted. I think after every New Year’s, I want and hope to spend more time doing this and it never seems to happen. I guess when it comes right down to it, I only want to talk about the things I’m really proud or excited about.

Two weeks ago we had a holiday party for one of my jobs. It was a wonderful party and such great company. I wanted to bring a chocolate cake. I recently got a Nordic Ware Christmas Tree cake pan for Christmas and I wanted to try it out. I have never been so disappointed in my baking skills in my life. The cake was delicious and decadent but stuck 100% to the pan. I have now since watched a many YouTube videos on what not to do: Don’t leave the cake in the pan for over an hour before trying to get it out or if you use PAM make sure it has flour in it and if you are making a chocolate cake use the cocoa powder someone gave you that you never thought in your right mind you would ever need. Turns out you do need it and you’re grateful to have it in your cupboard. So to say the least, I have not been inspired to post my most current failings.

These past two months I have been saving up money to pick up the quilt I finished sewing back in August of 2016. It didn’t take that long to make but mainly because I had the advice and help from a friend. Who patiently walked me through a lot of the issues I was having. Yesterday, I picked it up from the quilter. I am so excited its finally home and everything I could ever hope for. I have yet to finish the binding but it’s too pretty not to share. My inspiration came from a blog post I found on Pinterest by Astrid Slagle: Red Red Completely Red. She is a contemporary quilter who obviously blogs about her creations. I have wanted a Swiss Cross quilt for over a decade and when my friend Sarah offered to help I just had to make Astrid’s. Visually, I enjoy the restricted and ridged forms of a traditional Swiss Cross quilt. Each one can be so different with the same basic shapes. On Red Red Completely Red, she incorporated a variety of white/neutral fabrics for the background and the crosses were a traditional black. Her quilt had the same tone of traditionalism with a hint of contemporary minimalism with her own creative design.

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Find more information and pictures HERE of Astrid’s original quilt design. hough her’s is very pretty, having now seen mine in person, I like it more than her’s. It’s exactly everything I had hoped for. So this is a Pinterest Success!

Additional Note: The top stitch quilting was done by Sally Evanshank at Windy City Quilting. She did a wonderful job putting the brick pattern design on the quilt. I originally wanted straight lines but because my sewing is uneven and none of the pieces are intentionally even, except inside each block, it was better to stagger the top sewing.

a new year…

Today, is my one year anniversary of independence. I’ve been reminded a number of times that I need to focus more on the positive things I accomplished and not focus on the negative. I don’t normally do a year in review but after some thought, I truly have done so much this year to be grateful for. On April 1st, 2015 I separated myself from a huge negative part of my life and gradually took bigger steps towards the person I want to be. Since then, I have lost 30 pounds with just eating moderately and having a more active life style. I spent a lot of time reflecting on who I want to be and the kind of attitude I want to have towards my life.

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In the last year, I bought a new condo, made some new friends, shaved the back of my head, started baking again, taught myself how to make ice cream, how to plant grass, install a closet and learn to let go of the things in this life one can live without (like a dying futon no one wants). I donated about $1,000 worth of clothing and house hold items to charity. With the help of a friend, I made a new website and logo for The gallerist. I even traveled, making so many memories with my friends and family.

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Top: Ravina in the rain; Top Left: broken futon I finally decided to throw away; Middle Left: Tightwad Brewery, new favorite spot; Middle Right: new condo; Bottom Left: finally taking the kayak out for a spin; Bottom Right: Ravina fun.

Nothing will ever really compare to the commitment I made to myself last April about pushing myself forward and making a point to always look after myself first through tough times. You can’t skip these good parts. They are what makes your life so valuable and it’s not easy. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. To focus on just getting myself healthy, mentally and physically. It’s a struggle and each day is a struggle but I am so much happier with the place I am today than I was a year ago. I couldn’t do it without my friends and family. It’s made a huge difference on my life. I still have a ways to go but I’m much closer to my goals now than I’ve ever been.

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Top: Me learning to be sexy and happy with the body I have; Middle Left: Door County with friends enjoying the last of fall weather; Middle Right: shaved the back of my head; Bottom Left: Decorated my studio with arrow love; Bottom Right: Kelly and I dress up for Halloween as dead trick or treaters.

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Top: Christkindlemarket; Middle Left: last sunrise at the Waukegan apartment; Middle Right & Bottom Left: Fourth of July with Liza, Jake & Sarah; Middle Bottom: Door County fire; Bottom Right: Robin & Carl enjoying Christkindlmarket.

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Top: “Tokyo Shawl” I knitted in Canada; Middle Left: knitted monsters & hedgehog; Middle Right: Monster cookies; Bottom Left: More knitted monsters; Bottom Right: first time making coffee ice cream!

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Top two images: Urban Edge group art show & Dryhop Brewers solo exhibit; Middle Left and Bottom Left: taking the kayak out; Middle Right: succulents are taking over my new condo; Bottom Right: voted in the presidential primaries. 

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Top: Enjoying the last of fall with friends in Door County; Middle Left: Stephanie and I at Christkindlemarket; Middle Right: Robin, Carl & I cutting down our first Christmas tree; Bottom Left: Showing Meryl and Stephanie my new home in Libertyville; Bottom Right: Showing Kat and Paul my new home.

Pillow Maintenance

I know it doesn’t seem like much and really when you look at it logically it isn’t much but certain things have emotional weight to them. Even when you don’t realize or willing to recognize it can be blocking you from moving forward.

During my drive home from my holiday excursion a bottle broke open on one of my favorite pillows. There really wasn’t anything I could do to save it except to wash it when I got home. I’ve had this set of channel pillows since my parents remodeled their house in the early 2000’s. Once I figured out the pillow could be saved I patched a hole on the side of it that had been there for as long as I remember. I can’t tell you why I never fixed it except to say that my depression made it impossible to fix. Each of these pillows has a similar tear from over the years.

Today, I am washing, drying and mending each one. So now when ever I look at them they will never say back to me, “You’ll poke your eye out” in my ex-boyfriend’s caring teasing tone as I rest my head on a small pile of safety pins that used to hold it together. The stuffing will no longer fall out and gratefully they won’t remind me of my life from over a year ago. It’s hard to imagine how my life has changed in 2015. I did everything humanly possible to make my life whole again. It’s silly to think that this little square pillow is a representation on how far I’ve come but even this post is testament to that. I’m writing again. So as I embark into the weeks head I will keep striving towards my next year’s resolutions.

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i scream for monster ice cream

So I think most people know how excited I’ve been to be able to start making ice cream. Well instead of sleeping last night I was putting together some ideas for what I wanted to do. I obviously have this plan to make ice cream. I also have no intention of getting fat and eating it all myself. So I wanted to put together some containers and labels and this is what I came up with so far.

I want to get some plain pint size containers to put the labels on and then the image shown below is more for when people come over. They are 8oz cups. So good for single serving and has a dome lid.

I found some really neat labels online but I decided I wanted to make monster ice cream with teeth 🙂 Yup I’m weird. Can’t wait to print these.

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Bedroom Mania

My lovely brother-in-law helped me paint my bedroom. I am so fortunate to have him in the family because I am not handy at all. I had this idea that it would be nice to do an accent wall with a dark purple brown. I’ve been decorating my condo in my mind for months now and put together a board of ideas and color schemes to keep me motivated (click here). The idea I ended up settling on was an all white room with this dark accent wall. Below, is a picture of the Pinterest idea (which I got here) and my final product. I am so happy with it.

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It’s my hope to actually construct some deer antlers by knitting them instead of having the real thing in my room. Haven’t decided yet.

Fourth of July

I had an amazing Fourth of July. My family got together for a reunion we do every five years. A lot of people showed up. We had a picnic out at a forest preserve in Northern Illinois. I got a lot of knitting done but also got to meet some family I’ve never met before. It was a lot of fun. I was in charge of making the invitations and I think I did a pretty good job.

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I had tried to copy a few different designs but in the end I just had to make it up on my own. I used iDesign and bought a few fun holiday fonts to give it that hand written feel. Obviously, I’ve erased some of the personal information that was written on the back of the postcard.

We were also asked to bring a dish to pass. I had found a cute recipe for chocolate covered pretzels that I wanted to try (click here). Below, is the Pinterest idea and next to it is my final product. I they turned out better in person and they were so yummy! I made two bags worth of pretzels and still have chocolate left over.

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CondoTherapy

There has been a lot of changes for 2015. I can’t believe we are already half way through the year. I recently moved into a condo a few towns away and I’m slowly starting to unpack. My family and friends have been a huge help with the moving process and getting settled in. Over the last week, I have been painting the 2nd Bedroom, in hopes to start unpacking my art supplies and use it as my studio. I found a really neat suggest on Pinterest (click here) and copied the effect with frog tape. Here is the original idea posted with the progression of my 2nd bedroom. Let me know what you think!

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GIRLS

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I started watching Girls when Season 3 came out. I really couldn’t stand it the first time I watched it. There was something about the vapidness of the four girl friends that I really couldn’t stand but it really surprised me when I watched the next episode and then the next. Completely hooked I’ve watched all three seasons three times now. I don’t maybe I relate to the main character, Hannah, the more I get to know her or maybe their friendships remind me how complicated people can be.

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The thing that impressed me was the dialog they were having about themselves, about their life style (though sometimes idyllic or despotic) and what it is to be a struggling twenty something looking for their voice. That is a topic I completely can relate to and what this blog is all about.

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One other thing I found amazing, is that the actress who plays Hannah, Lena Dunham, created, stars and directs the whole series. I find her talent and voice very inspiring and very unapologetic. Which is very brave and beautiful. It is inspiring to see someone achieving what they strive out to do and I hope that will some day be me too.

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Books & Flowers

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I had a surprising rough day today despite today. Early this morning I went to the Lake Forest Library Book Sale. I look forward to this ever year and I finally got in early to pick up the books I was interested in taking a look at. Below is the list of books I picked up:

  1. Moby Dick
  2. Treasure Island
  3. Of Mice and Men
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird
  5. The Call of the Wild and the White Fang
  6. The Sea Wolf
  7. The Last of the Mohicans
  8. Frankenstein
  9. Journey to the Center of the Earth
  10. Lord of the Flies
  11. 20 Leagues Under the Sea
  12. Animal Farm
  13. Walden and Civil Disobedience
  14. The Great Gatsby
  15. The Portable Jack Kerouac
  16. Swan’s Way
  17. Mrs. Dalloway
  18. The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery
  19. Lolita
  20. For Whom the Bell Tolls

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I’m pretty excited but it is a hefty list. Not all of the Sci-Fi is for me but I’m pretty enthusiastic with everything I found for .50c – $2 per book. If you are in the area this weekend be sure to check it out. I’ve been going my whole life and it’s not something to miss. Afterwards, I walked through a garden for a few minutes and snapped this pretty photos.

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