Tuesday, February 28, 2012

me : typewriter love

| photo by : myan soffia |
| graphic design added by me |

I'm 26. Which means I grew up in a world of computers. But that doesn't mean I grew up in a house of computers. These kids today growing up playing on computers, watching HDTVs, playing on iPads and having a cell phone when they're 9, it's crazy! The largest portion of my childhood was spent at my grandparents'. I lived with them for a long time and even when I didn't live with them, I was still at their house everyday, eating, catching the bus or just stopping by for a visit. 

My first computer was a Commodore 64 which looked something like this: 

I remember having a piece of paper beside the computer with a list of commands I would have to enter to do certain things. It was crazy. But I could type up things and print them out. 

At school, of course, we had better computers more quickly. First we had the ones in the computer lab that we played Oregon Trail on. That is, if you got to the computer lab early enough to get one of the huge floppy disks that worked. 

Then we got the new library and the new computer lab with the new computers. Where I got my first email address, played on Yahoo! Games for hours, learned about internet research and spam, chatted with people I didn't know, and also was humiliated by a game that mispronounced my name. But we'll save that story for another post...

It wasn't until my junior year, I think, that Granny and Papa got their first new computer. It was a Dell computer that my uncle had ordered for them and we had dial-up internet. Even so, that thing was awesome! I remember my senior year, rushing home from basketball or softball practice to get to the back bedroom where the computer was so I could chat on Yahoo! Messenger with my then boyfriend who lived over an hour away. We would chat for a while, while I worked on homework, and then I'd have to get offline to free up the phone line. But not before sending at least 87 emoticons to each other proclaiming our love. Haha... oh those were the days... 

| photo by : felicitycrew |
| graphic design added by me |

In college, Granny and Papa bought me my first laptop. A Dell, in blue which was cool, and weighed at least 50 pounds. 

But at some point, between the Commodore 64 and the Dell, I had a typewriter. Granny gave it to me, but I'm not sure where she got it. It came inside it's own yellowish case. It was a manual typewriter and it was really old, but I loved it. I typed up some of my poetry, and a story here and there. Eventually, I didn't have a need for my typewriter anymore, and I left it at my Dad's house. I thought about it, every now and then, but never picked it up when I was there visiting. Then a few weeks ago I was gearing up to go back to OK for my grandfather's 80th birthday and I called my step-mom to ask about my typewriter so they could have it out and ready and I could pick it up. She said she wasn't sure when she saw it last, but she'd have Dad look in the barn. 

Sad news. 

Dad had thrown out my typewriter a while ago thinking it was junk. Sad face. 

It's my fault, I know. I left it there for too long, abandoned. Sad typewriter. 

| photo by : Mandy Lynne |
| graphic design added by me |

So, after hearing that news, I've been on the quest for a new typewriter. I want a manual one, with a case, just like the one I had. There are LOTS of typewriters out there. Some electric, some manual. Lots of varying colors. 

I posted about my search on facebook and there's actually a lady I know from our last congregation that's going to give me an old typewriter of hers. I have no idea what it looks like, the model, the color or anything like that. But I'm excited!!! I'm also currently bidding on a lovely, tiny typewriter on eBay. it's very reasonably priced, small, in good working order and is ready to come home to me. But I'm madly in love with this one and also this one,  I just can't figure out how to convince Joey that I need to spend $400 on a typewriter. I already have several ideas for when I get my typewriter(s). Ideas that I'll share when I've completed them so I can show all of you how wonderful a typewriter is and why you need one too. 

| a vintage Royal typewriter ad - image source |
I wonder if I could get one in every color one day... Wouldn't that be a fun, colorful, and useful collection?!?!

And apparently, I'm not the only one who has typewriters on the brain. Today as I was getting on Etsy, I came across an article about... yep... typewriters. You can read all about it here

I don't know... maybe I'm crazy. Maybe I've completely lost it. When I posted on facebook about wanting a typewriter my uncle commented with, "What on earth for?" It wasn't unexpected. I mean, with iPads, iPhones, smart phones and all of that with all of their wonderful technological advances, why would someone want an old typewriter that they can't even check facebook on?

| photo by : Mandy Lynne |
| graphic design added by me |

What can I say, there's something oddly satisfying and soothing about the "clack, clack" of the typewriter keys, something wonderful about the gratification of each letter instantly appearing on paper, something nerve-racking about not having a "backspace" key (as the older ones do not) to erase any mistakes. (Gosh, imagine blogging without a "backspace" key!) Not to mention, the joy of feeding paper through, hearing the ding! at the end of each line, and that lovely musty smell that mine had. (Although my new one(s) may not have that same smell.)

Whatever reasons I have, they're all justified. And while I haven't been able to convince Joey to let me spend $400 on a typewriter yet, it may happen one day... who knows? But until then, I'm still excited about the one our friend is giving me and I'm still crossing my fingers for the little one on eBay that I've been swooning over all day. 

That's what I'm swooning over, have I convinced you to swoon yet? If not, what seemingly odd things do you swoon over from time to time?


{ I'm trying out a different, typewriter-inspired font. If I like it, it stays, if not, well, it's still suitable for this post. }

Monday, February 27, 2012

fashion : What I {Would Have} Worn

Hi y'all! Did you have a fabulous weekend? Mine was pretty good! I was planning on having this posted yesterday, but I got wrapped up in various things and didn't get it done. Oh well, it's my blog, I can be late if I want to. ;)

 Did you watch the Oscars? I didn't. Too be honest, I don't really care who wins what in any category. Mainly, because I usually completely disagree with the choices. Usually the awards go to some movie I haven't even seen yet and this year with 'The Artist' winning a lot of big categories, it's more of the same. Haven't seen it, probably wouldn't think it's worth it. 

But what I do love about the Oscars is the day after when all the "What They Wore" and "Best & Worst Dressed" articles come out. Now, this is not going to be one of those posts, because one, you can see those all over and two, I'm really working on this new thing of being a better person and that includes not judging people and criticizing them for what they wore. Everyone looked great! Even if I don't really like them because I think they are a husband-stealing weirdo, oops... see? See how easy it is to judge? So, this is not a post about that. 

Instead, this is a fun post for me because I get to show you what I would have worn had I been invited to 'The Oscars'. Which is fun and completely void of judgmental thoughts and critiques. 

The Oscars

Theia evening dresses gown
$699 - bluefly.com

Theia evening dresses gown
$699 - bluefly.com

Stella McCartney high heel shoes
$836 - neimanmarcus.com

Debut clutch handbag
£18 - debenhams.com

Effy Collection white gold flower ring
$3,540 - lordandtaylor.com

First, what I would have worn to the event. I think the Academy Awards are all about elegance and sophistication. So this year, I would have worn this elegant teal sequin dress with black accents, smokey eyes makeup and chandelier earrings. 

Then, of course I would have been invited to a number of after-parties for which I would change into this little number:

The Oscars After-Party

RED Valentino cream cocktail dress
£175 - vanmildert.com

Alejandro Ingelmo platform high heels
$495 - bloomingdales.com

Giuseppe Zanotti leather handbag
$795 - giuseppezanottidesign.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors turquoise ring
$95 - bloomingdales.com

Amrita Singh long earrings
$100 - amritasingh.com

Sydney Evan 14 karat gold ring
£695 - austique.co.uk

For the after-parties, I would have kept my teal color scheme but brightened it up a bit to a turquoise shade and paired it with a gold dress and nude pumps. 

I'm sure I would have made every "Best Dressed" list out there. ;) After all, this is my fantasy, lol. 

What about you? Do you watch the Oscars? What is your favorite part? Or do you not give a flip about the whole sha-bang?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

inspiration : the marriage of two loves

Coffee. Art. Coffee art. All are acceptable. 

Today I'm planning on working on Joey's office. That anniversary present for him that I still haven't completed. At least he's been understanding. But hopefully, I get more done today. 

And one more love, just because coffee and art aren't complete without music, this is Jason Mraz's new video and single. I completely love it. 

Have an awesome Saturday! 

Friday, February 24, 2012

goodies : pouches

Hi y'all! 


Some of you, who have known me the longest or have heard me obsessing before, know about my love for office supplies. Going into Office Depot, Staples or the like, is like taking a kid into a candy store. I love it. One of the things that I really love, and that Joey teases me about a lot, is my love for various writing utensils. Markers, pencils, colored pencils, pens, ball-point, felt tip, fountain, oh the list could go on and on. I even have a set of pens set aside exclusively for letter writing. { Because I love writing letters to people. } Right now, those pens are just in a specific drawer, but the other day as I was perusing various listings on Etsy I came across the most adorable pouch. Which led me to thinking that I needed a pouch to store away various pen sets. Or even a pouch for my packaging things. A pouch for my baker's twine. A pouch for this and a pouch for that. 

Then I did a search on Etsy for pouches and oh me oh my, how lovely and delightful that was! Right now, I'm LOVING pouches! They're cute, funny, usually inexpensive, they come in all shapes and sizes for whatever needs you might have, and they come in all sorts of colors and styles for whichever one speaks to you the most. I especially love that, while I was searching, I found that many Etsians were using thrift store finds, or salvaged materials to make their pouches. How wonderful!

Here are some favorites I've found on Etsy: 

This would be adorable for a little girl. Who will probably grow up to love purses, pouches, and things to put in them. :) 

Aren't those all so lovely? I think so! 

Which one is your favorite? I'm having such a hard time picking one!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Blog Talk : Crediting Sources and Pinterest

Hi y'all!

This cold or whatever I have, combined with BB having bronchitis is seriously zapping me of all energy. But I've got to push forward. If I spend one more day curled up on the couch watching true crime shows, Joey may have me committed. I'm only half-kidding. I'll let you pick which half. But I'm doubling up on my allergy meds (starting today), I'm taking extra vitamins and I'm even trying some home remedies such as White Flower oil:

It's got menthol, peppermint and more extracts in it and it's supposed to help with congestion and cough. I've been putting it under my nose and on my throat before going to bed and the verdict is: I've slept better the passed two nights using it than I did without it. But, there is a slight sensation, kind of like when you rub rubbing alcohol on and it's evaporating quickly, and it does nothing to help set the "bedroom mood" as when I came to bed the first night, Joey told me I smelled like his grandfather. How romantic. 

But that is neither here nor there, unless of course, you're suffering like I am and you are interested in trying some oils and such for natural relief. In which case you can find this in an Asian market. 

Anyway, I mentioned earlier about talking about crediting sources and how it's something we should all be doing. I'll go ahead and admit it, so you don't feel alone and like the only bad guy, I'm 100% guilty of not crediting my sources... not even in the slightest. In the beginning, I would blog and just google highlighted subjects from my post, get an image, and post it to my blog. So my posts looked something like this. Oh how wrong that is! First off, I have an English degree. I know about crediting sources; quoting people, books, magazines; using citations... I know this stuff. I know because it was ingrained in me. I know about plagiarism and the dos and don'ts of it. So why didn't I stop what I was doing and credit my sources? Well, a couple things: 1) It's easier and quicker to not credit 2) It's just my little blog, what's the problem? 3) It's not like I have a huge following, who really cares? And I'm sure there are more other excuses for justifying this that I'm not thinking of right now. And I'm sure you have some reasons of your own bouncing around in your head right now too of why you aren't currently crediting your sources. Or maybe you're thinking in your head that you already credit properly and bravo you! Even if that's the case, keep reading. You might still learn something new AND it's good to always be refreshed of rules and just proper blog etiquette. And since Pinterest seems to be the #1 place I see bloggers getting their images, let's start there:

Pinterest and Properly Crediting Sources

 In my blog's infancy, I wasn't completely void of crediting. When featuring an Etsy item I did link back to the shop/item listing. See here

Also, the more blogs I posted and the more of other's blogs I read, I started coming up with and mimicking cutesy ways of linking back like:

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{ via here }
{ image source here }

And the list goes on and on with the various ways you can change up the way you link back to something. I know I'm not original in any of those, just as I'm sure none of the other people I see doing that are either. 

But even then, I'd only link back to say... the website that I got the image from (even if that wasn't the original source)?... or now maybe just to... ummm... the Pinterest link?

Ugh I know!!! How could anyone say anything negative about Pinterest? Well... there's actually a great deal of negative things one can say about Pinterest when it comes to crediting sources. Even when you embed an image to your blog from Pinterest, that handy little citation that include underneath, that's not always correct. 

So, how does one credit sources when finding an image/idea on Pinterest?

First : Change the way you think. Pinterest is NOT the source. Let's forget about all the funny "definitions" we've heard for Pinterest and remember what it truly is: a website to 'pin' or collect internet images and save them in a specific category or 'board'. Pinterest (the company) did not create or have copyright to these items. So crediting Pinterest as your source is like saying you got the idea from the library. 

Second : Change the way you talk. I'm not talking about whether it's pop or soda or coke (which of course, I've explained before that it's clearly pop), I'm talking about when you bring a yummy dish to a party and someone asks where you got that idea and you say, "Pinterest!" (Or maybe you don't say it because you've somehow included yourself in a group where you are the only person with a Pinterest account and therefore you can't be found out! In which case, that will only work for so long and I, for one, would rather be known as the girl who likes trying new things and new recipes she finds, rather than the girl who claims she knows it all and is later found out to be a fraud. Just sayin'.) 

Example :

Let's say you see this on Pinterest and you go through all the steps of pinning, getting to the blog post where the image is originally from, print the recipe and take these yummy Ham & Cheese Sliders to a party. Someone takes a bite and remarks about how delicious your sliders are and asks you where you got the idea and you say, "Pinterest!" Wrong. What you should say is, "From 'The Girl Who Ate Everything" blog that I found through Pinterest." 

Here's a few things that might happen when you give proper credit: People are going to be jealous because you're on Pinterest and they aren't yet, You might make some friends who want an invite from you, The handsome lawyer guy that's been mingling within a few of your circles is going to be so smitten with you and your proper use of crediting that he'll whisk you away on his private yacht for a romantic vacation in Bora Bora. 

Or, what will probably happen is people eat the sliders, and months later ask you to make more of those yummy sliders you brought to the last party. Or they ask you for the recipe and you send them the link to the blog. No big deal. It's not like someone's going to think less of you for not coming up with these yourself, I mean, how many dinner parties do you go to where someone creates a truly original dish? (And if you have an answer of more than 5, I want to follow your blog and get the *dish* on these recipes.) You aren't losing credibility for admitting that something isn't your own original idea. 

Third : Change the way you blog. Here's the big kicker for us bloggers because, let's face it, this is where we use lots of images to "liven up" our blog posts. 

Example : 

image source
{ Either citation is acceptable (although the second one is best), just make sure you actually link back to the POST, not to the blog in whole. That's almost, but not nearly, as bad as saying you found it on 'the internet'. If that's what you're doing then you should just stop blogging and speaking altogether. }

And I get it. It's boring, it's mundane, it's the not-so-fun part about blogging. But taxes are boring, mundane and not-so-fun but they keep you legal. And I'm not saying I'll be out "auditing" blogs that aren't properly crediting their sources, but I can say that the bloggers I think have the most "blog-cred" are not the ones who are bouncing off to one blog conference or another (which I'm hoping to do one day because I've been hearing A LOT about some blog conferences and haven't been to one yet), not the ones with the most followers or highest stats, I think they're the ones who come up with completely original content and/or properly use and credit their sources. But that's just my opinion and we all know how much an opinion is worth. 

But I know for me and my blog, I'm going legit. I'll be crediting proper sources or not using the image... I don't care how perfect it is for my blog/post or whatever. 

And here's something else to think about:

image source : Pia Jane Bejkirk

I get it. Images are fun, funny, interesting, inspiring, and everything else you can think of. A blog post is almost naked without an image in it. Not always... but I think we all know how much images are loved. And don't get me started on all the Pinterest blog link-ups out there. I almost started one myself. I've been guilty of doing a collection of images found via Pinterest on my blog myself, and on others' blogs. So I'm by no means thinking I'm innocent in any of this. But that doesn't mean things/my blog/I can't change. 

Anyway, it's something to definitely consider if you haven't before. But I'm very interested in what you have to say... 

What are your thoughts on crediting sources in blogs? In every day talk? Are you as guilty as I am? Are you changing your ways? Do you agree or disagree? Let's talk!

*in the interest of keeping the peace, please keep all comments civil.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

inspiration : thursday thoughtfuls

Hi y'all! Happy Thursday! ♥ It feels so good to be back in the blogging world again. My mini-vacation this past weekend was wonderful, but I always like coming back to my home. My own bed. My own shower. My own schedule. It's nice. Especially when you have the drama that my family does. Whew! It's exhausting! 

I'm excited that today is Thursday! I love thursday thoughtfuls, plus we have our weekly Bible Study tonight. Several of us couples from church are going through the Fire Proof : Love Dare Bible Study. It's been great! I love having that time with other couples from church. 

Okay, on to the feature:

Some lovely typography/art/quotes/decor from some delightful Etsy shops:

{ image source : dazeychic }
I love this! Have you ever seen a bird with a french fry? Yeah, I wanna be that happy today! :) 

{ image source : jenzet }
There's a reason we are so emotionally connected to music. This explains everything.  
{ image source : KZukowski }
As a girl with freckles, I wholeheartedly agree.
And as one sweet lady told me, freckles are angel kisses. 

{ image source : Albee }
I love the typography of this, and the quote is great too.

{ image source : CantonBoxCompany }
I don't agree with Ms. Child that that is what human life is all about, but I sure agree with the first part. 

Did you notice that all of these quotes were from Etsy shops? Are you wondering why? If you've been following along with my blog any, you know that I love supporting/featuring Etsy shops, but that's not the only reason. I included these quotes because I could *credit* the source - unlike many quotes I find on Pinterest. Are you crediting your sources on your blog? I'm guilty of not always doing so. But I'm making a change for the better in that department. 
I'll be talking about this a lot more in the future. It's important and something I should have known better about, but ignored. Not any more. 
So be on the lookout for more of that discussion as well as more thursday thoughtfuls featuring Etsy shops. Which isn't a bad thing at all, because we all love Etsy right?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I'm Back!!!

First off, I've missed you. Yes, you. You who I know in real life. You who I've only talked to via some social media outlet(s). I've missed you. 

Second, I've got things planned for my bliggity blog. Things I'm pretty excited about! I'm think about going back to my roots. My roots of writing. Which is what I dearly love. Things are happening and I'm excited about it. 

Third, when I visit my hometown for a little bit, a few things inevitably happen every timeL I won't get to see everyone I want to, I won't get to eat at every restaurant I wanted to, I'll miss Granny like mad-crazy, I'll leave slightly depressed by how much has changed and how I feel forgotten about. 

Fourth, I went to the doctor today for a check up after starting my new medication last month. I'm down 7 pounds! YAY! I know that may not seem like a whole lot, but believe me, for someone with PCOS, losing any weight at all is incredibly hard and absolutely FANTASTIC! Go me! 

Fifth, I'm madly in love with the Instagram app on my phone. It makes me happy every time I use it. Here are some of my pics I've taken recently:

My single, long-stemmed rose from my Valentine, Joey. I don't need a dozen, although he did get me a dozen 2 years ago. I love getting flowers. Even if it's just one. Even if I ask him not to because I've already gotten so much. I still love it. It makes my heart happy every single time. 

Delicious coffee in my favorite coffee cup from Starbucks. It's what makes mornings absolutely blissful. 

My new black glitter toms. My Valentine is awesome!

Not an Instagram pic, but still... would you trust a clinic that can't spell tongue correctly? Would you?

While flipping through BB's toddler Bible, I had to chuckle at the pale-skinned, red-headed Jesus. 

This is what Joey calls a toynado. It happens every single day. It doesn't bother me at all, I love that little guy and I love that we have him to make a mess of our home. 

Tomorrow is Thursday so get ready for some 'thursday thoughtfuls'. 

And I've got several posts in line for the next week or so and more ideas bouncing around than I can focus on. It's crazy. This over-inspired feeling. I just need to get my inspiration and motivation focused so I can actually get things completed. 

Also, it feels good to be back. :)