Tuesday, October 1, 2013

it's my birthday

it's my birthday and i'm about to leave my mid-20's and enter my late 20's. it has been a tough year health wise. it's been a tough year period. it's cool i finally figured out what to do with my life. stay tune.

i'm 27!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

the postcard swap!

I love postcards. I use to be a very active member of postcrossing but I've kind of fallen off the bandwagon there. I think the idea of a picture and a short note is sometimes all you need. We all know what I do when I get down!  I for one am very thankful that Jennifer of Grits and Moxie decided to put together a postcard swap!

from the lovely jennifer
So I am belatedly showing off the lovely postcards I finally received from the May swap! (Not calling out the swappers, just the SHITTY postal service of otsego county) One of the things I really like about Jennifer's idea that each month has a theme! May was "where you live". I'm not the most intelligent person at times and I totally failed to take pictures of the postcards that I sent. I aiming to actually remember and take pictures in July.

from the mysterious jenny oh!
I'd link the lovely lady who sent me the postcard, but they didn't send their blog information on the postcard! Maybe next month! Stay tune for me to share the June swaps postcards (when I get them!) I will also make an attempt to remember to kick out a link for the July sign up!

Monday, June 24, 2013

I was left to my own devices. . . .

It's another Music Monday, here on shellasaurusrex and I have to admit I do like this feature so far. For a very, very long time music was the love of my life. I made mixtapes daily, had a song of the week and when I lost myself I lost interest. Slowly yet surely, 2013 has been my year of regrowth. So here is the song I've been feeling since I heard it a few weeks ago. (Crystal S. this is all your fault for posting it on your wall!)

"But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?"
Pompeii - Bastille

Now to some I could see this song being depressing and I just don't find that to be the case at all. I think the song is very, very upbeat and after listening to it once, I want to hear it again. We all know what happened to the city Pompeii, that the song takes it's title from. Unlike the city of Pompeii, I don't want to stay dormant, lost in ash forever. I want to go for a run, take a hike and plan, plan, plan. This song gives me hope, that even though it seems like nothing is changing, slowly and surely it is. Pompeii didn't stay hidden away for ever and neither will I.

What do you think of the song? What song is stuck in your brain this week? Tell me in the comments!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

the force goes in my favor. . .

I'm a lucky girl! In the last month I've won not one but two, deep breathe, TWO giveaways from two of my favorite lady bloggers.

The first giveaway was from the super awesome Sarah of yesandyes.org. The lovely Sarah, is friends with Kelly Williams Brown, of Adulting fame (so jealous). Kelly just published her first book, Adulting, which claims to teach you how to be an adult in 438 easy(ish) steps. While I pretend that I am adult and I can believe it most days, I have to say that I was interested in reading the book, if only to look and see what I might be missing. Sarah to my surprise was giving away 3 copies of the book, and all you had to do was leave a comment with a tip to being a better adult. Now Sarah has such a huge readership I never thought that I would win, but I left my tip:

"my best tip for being an adult is that you need to learn that no one is going to tell you what to do, when to, or how to do it. You must learn that if you want things, you need to motivate yourself to get them, no one is going to be their cheerleading you on. "

Guess what? I WON A COPY! I am really excited to read this book (I am a fan of the blog) so check back for a review of the book. I've only got 3/4's left!

As for the second giveaway, this one really excites me (read on to find out why!)! The girl I wish I could steal as my best friend April, from April Maybe gave away a Peachy Apricot Downton Abbey Violet Keychain!

First when I saw that there were a zillion entries, I didn't think I would win. Then I won! Cue the excitement! Did I mention how excited I am!! Why am I so excited you might ask?

  1. I love Downton Abbey! How could you not love a period piece!? The accents! The costumes! Haven't seen it? Get to Netflix now!
  2. I AM GETTING A CAR! My first car in two years! I will be mobile once again!
I can't wait to add this lovely keychain to my ring! Maybe now I'll drive to April and steal her back to New York. Now that I've typed that I realize how creepy it sounds. I don't mean to be creepy, but April is pretty awesome!

I feel very lucky and these two lovely ladies brought much joy to my life this past month! Thank you so much Sarah and April!

Monday, June 17, 2013

After you I don’t know what I believe in

A friend of mine turned me on to this song "Atomic Man" by Portugal. The Man. I still haven't had a chance yet to delve deeper into the band's discography, but I keep finding myself playing this over and over.

"After you I don't know what I believe in 
After you, hell should be easy 
After you I don't know what I believe in 

After you, hell will be easier"

Let's just go with the fact that I relate to this chorus so much it isn't funny. After what I went through in 2011, spending the last 2 years rebuilding, trying to find myself again, it hasn't been super easy nor fun. However having gone through it I know that I am strong and nothing really stops me now (except for myself.) I suppose that is why I like the chorus so much.

"Tides that take the sand 
I’m atomic man, I'm the moon that pulls the tides that take the sand"

I think the video is pretty unique and while slightly creepy, still pretty cool. What do you think? Tell me in the comments!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Bad Wolf Day!

As a major Whovian, I am of course celebrating Bad Wolf day! Bad Wolf is one of my favorite plot lines in all of Doctor Who. I love the entire Who Universe, but Bad Wolf is my favorite. Don't believe me? Check out my wrist:

I'll be carrying chalk around around all day jotting Bad Wolf everywhere I go.

Remember: I am the bad wolf. i create myself. i take the words. . . . i scatter them, in time and space.

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Weather Man Lied!

I sit on my front stoop as I write this laughing at how very wrong the weather man was for today! Instead of the promised thunder storms we have sunny skies and 78 degrees! I don't have much to talk about today, other than my busy weekend which consisted of a Saturday spent garage saling at a town wide sale. It was awesome! I was definitely an idiot for wearing sandals (driving through the town literally takes 2 seconds) as I probably walked 5 miles total. I only spent about 20$ and got some stuff for friends and some clothes for myself. I intend to play around with some of them on my sewing machine! After the sale I headed back to a housewarming party for a friend. I love when I get to play board games! It's so much easier when you aren't playing by yourself!

Sunday, my father came for a visit. We went grocery shopping (I can't wait until I have a car in June), played some video games (he kicked my ass in Mortal Kombat), watched a movie and then he left. I love my pappa! Then I cleaned. It was needed. Now I'm just planning out my week and watching my cat play in the pine trees! Over and Out ladies, this weather is to die for!

She loves the sun!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Fabulous Friday Favorites

It's really beginning to feel like spring in my area! A week of gorgeous 70's weather and now we are slogging through cold rains. Everything is so green and full of life and I am enjoying it despite the fact that I am eating so much benedryl to stay afloat.

Apartment Therapy is always so full of epic awesomeness that I could spend hours gathering ideas for my space. This tutorial on how to paint MOSS designs on walls is so freaking awesome! I so wish had a spot to do this, I'm even considering attempting to paint some pretty at a nearby park.

I've recently decided that I need to make new friends outside of work! Mostly because I need to stop letting my work life infest every second of my day to day life. Lifehacker has this article about why it's so hard finding friends after college recently and I now feel prepared to go meet some new people! Hello Meetup.com!

I know everyone and their brother has posted this, but I still crack up everytime I see it! I mean really now, you know everyone has always wondered if it could be done. Now we know! (I am not a huge titanic fan if you could not tell!)(image from here)

Everything is so green out, that I've been making an effort to get back on board with continuing my going green lifestyle! This is a list of companies still testing on our animal friends. I'm sticking with lush ladies and gents!

I love this image! found here!

An oldie, but it felt like it was a song for the day!

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Purging Your Possessions

I am not a pack rat. I like to only have what I need. I live and travel light. This is why I own a nook (thank you barnes and noble) with 1000 plus books on it rather than the 500 plus books I use to cart around each move. This is why I rock my netbook and have a laptop as a primary computer. This is why I get hand me down or thrift store furniture, just give them a face lift and they look brand new! I make my own cleaning supplies, try to cook all my food from scratch and I shop locally!

Enough about me. I don't like clutter and I'm going to give some tips as to how I personally keep clutter away. If you are ready scroll down!

How to PURGE your Possessions!

Pick a room!  You've got to pick a starting point, be it a bathroom, bedroom, or a closet. Then start taking everything out and lay it out so that you can see it. I always tend to start with my clothing first, and then I move on the room at large. Here are some of the questions I ask myself as I move along:

  • When was the last time I used this/wore this?
  • Does it fit/work?
  • What condition is it in?
- If you can't remember the last time you used or wore an item, it's safe to say it's time to let it go. Stop holding on to items you aren't using. Space is finite and why not free it up for something you may actually wear/use?

- Did you gain some weight? Are you holding on to your skinny clothes (Don't feel bad I'm guilty of this)?
Let them go. Someone else can use them. You can always lose the weight and get new clothes. Let it go. All those vhs movies from childhood? Let them go - you know you don't have a vcr - put your big girl pants on and go get them on DVD!

- Is there a consignment shop in your area? Find out! The one in my area rocks! They take gently used clothing and give you 60 days to sell it. After 60 days it becomes their stuff to store, but they split it 50/50 with you. I usually do a clothing purge at the beginning of each season and I tend to make at least 30$ though occasionally more!

- I think I might be a livejournal.com hold out, but I've also had luck selling things I no longer wanted in the communities there. I've never had much luck on craigslist or ebay though so I can't really help you there!

- You could also have a swap with friends! Get some wine, invite some friends over and tell them to bring over anything they don't want. Swap away and whatever is left over goes off to the Goodwill!

- Donate it!

I don't like clutter and I like to live lightly. These suggestions are how I decide whether something stays or goes in my household. How do you decide to get rid of things? Tell me in the comments!

(click on the image for it's source)

Monday, May 13, 2013

I've fallen in love with Ren Dear

A couple of weeks ago the lovely Micaela posted this wonderful post showcasing her friends new etsy shop Ren Dear. I of course have been wanting to learn to embroider (still haven't learned) and I fell in love with her work. (It didn't hurt that she was also offering a discount!)

click here to check out this listing!
click here to check out the listing!

The image above however is the beautiful thing I fell in love with! Of course I ordered it right away! I found Ren, to be a very lovely sweet shop owner and I look forward to purchasing again! One thing about Ren Dear that I thought stood out in a sea of etsy shops was her packaging! It was like my birthday and christmas all rolled into one! I feel like it hurt to have to open the beautiful packaging even though I wanted my pretty inside! Judge for yourself (but keep in mind my photography is nothing compared to Ren''s lovely photos!):

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

when down. . . write letters!

I'm having a rough week, both personally and professionally and I hate it. I'm stressed to the max, haven't accomplished many of my weekly goals and I am sleeping poorly. So I tried to do something that would cheer me up - I wrote my friends and family letters!

Who doesn't love some good snail mail!? I certainly love getting mail and for the longest time I was a very active member of postcrossing. For those unfamiliar with postcrossing, you create an account and then you start sending to and receiving postcards from all around the world. I love it.

As I was saying I've been down. So to rectify the situation I raided my vintage postcard collection and started writing. 3 people actually got fully fledged letters. Everyone else? A postcard with a quickly scrawled note. By the end of 13 notes/letters I was in a much better mood!

Not all of the postcards are vintage, some I picked up last christmas at the museum of history in Raleigh, NC.

this one went to a special lady in MA.

I'm trying to keep my blood pressure down so I can get off the blood pressure medication they've placed me on. This little exercise was in good judgement. It cooled me down and chilled me out. I'm trying to find more activities that are better for me: jogging, playing tennis, dancing, swimming. I've just got to try to stay one step ahead and I will get where I am going.

If you see this blog post and wonder if I sent you a postcard, chances are I did. If not leave me a message and I will get one out to you. Any readers if you'd like to swap postcards leave a message or shoot me an email at shellasaurusrex (@) gmail(.) com. Put postcard swap in the subject and I'll drop one your way. Have a great night everyone!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mr. Julius Lugia

The dapper looking gentleman

This is Julius. He is 14 years old. He is the love of my mother's life. He also isn't doing so hot. He was diagnosed this weekend with diabetes. He's a fighter and he's trying hard but he spent the weekend in the kitty hospital and now that he is home with my mom he won't eat so she can't give him his insulin. I spent the weekend with her trying to raise her spirits and rack my brain with ways to make Jules better. I couldn't come up with anything, but good vibes. If you can spare a minute and send some good vibes to this beautiful maine coon with a heart of gold please do. He needs it and my mom needs it. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Day 2 - Couch to 5k

I apologize for the boring text only posts this week! Life is busy, well mostly work is busy. Life otherwise is doing good minus the fact that my k key is sticking and I need to keep correcting my spelling.

I ran day 2 of the couch to 5k and I'm doing good. I'm not running the amount that they say to run each day (5 min walk, 3 min jog, 5 min walk) I'm doing more like a 10 min walk, a 25 min run, and then a 15 min walk to cool down. I don't want to push myself heavily but I also know even not running for a few months I am beyond a 3 min jog. I feel even better because after work I went to play tennis with a friend for about 2 hours. I don't know if "playing" tennis is the proper description of what we did, really we missed a lot of balls and ran around the court. I also brought Montauk so she could chill in a corner of the court and get some outdoor exposure. She has been waking me up all night crying and scratching at the door wanting to go out. In all 6 years she has never acted like this and I'm just trying to get her out and tucker her out so she'll let me sleep.

In other real life news I may possibly be the proud owner of a car in 2 months. I don't want to jinx myself but I am really hoping, despite not trying to get my hopes up that everything will work out!

Today at work I got into a tiff with a friend/co-worker. I put friend first because I was the one who turned him on to the job and normally I count him as a friend. I'm incredibly sick of people in general telling me that I am always yelling (I'm naturally loud, have been my entire life) and that I do nothing but complain. Sure I complain, however I am the friend that tells you EVERYTHING all at once and prolly in surround sound. Might I sound angry, might I be loud? Might it even seem like I am yelling at you? Sure, in fact all of those things prolly happen. Though if I count you as a friend we've already been through the discussion of you'll know if I am actually angry (believe me you'll know if I am in fact angry) just as you know that I may be yelling but I am not actually yelling at you. I've been working really hard on not yelling, keeping calm, being cool and I've had discussions at great length with the person in question about our two very different personalities and communication styles. I could say that the kid is a flake, makes plans he can't keep, requests me to hound him if I want him to remember something (i.e. I remind him of something every day) and that he has made some large mistakes in the past that I've looked past in reference to me. Yet he can't seem to afford me the same respect. He is constantly telling me how negative I am, how I never smile, how I am somber and reserved (I'm at work) and after today? I really just don't want to put up with someone who I feel constantly puts me down. I make it a point to try to bring him up when he is down, upset, not feeling like his a game is on, and yet when I think to when the roles are reserved he does none of the same.

Sorry for the rage-y post of feelings. I just needed to get it out somewhere. I promise the Fabulous Friday Favorites will return this Friday!

What do you do when you feel like a friend is actually putting you down rather than build you up? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Couch to 5k - it begins!

After not being able to do much of anything for the last few months until the doctor clearer me after surgery, I've fallen out of the shape I was getting into with my new year resolutions. Pre surgery I was running 3 miles every other day. Post surgery I've just started the Couch to 5k program, not only because I'm lazy, but because I am still under medical care for some new issues that sprung up post surgery and I want to take it slow. I don't want to push myself too hard, jumping back into any lengthy amount of running, or any heavy workout, until my body is ready for it.

Having your appendix out isn't a major surgery by any right, and for the most part mine was pretty routine (minus being in the wrong spot). It did however have an eye-opening experience for me.

I am not where I wanted to be at this point in my life. I do however know that I want to get where I want to be. I have not been idle the last few months, I've been by all accounts quite cold and calculating. I've been evaluating my life and figuring out where to go from here. I've got a journey to go on and I will make it to the end.  Besides I started the Couch to 5k. I've got it made. Day 1 down and only 7 weeks, 2 days left.

I will get back on top, I always do.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

i promise i'm not dead

I apologize for leaving this place to rot in the un-used blog sphere. appendix surgery straight up kicked my ass. It put me behind in work, in life, in money needs. It rocked me to a bad place and I've spent the last two months pulling myself back together through so many doctors appointments and being so behind in work.

I've also ignored my personal email for the last 2 months so if you've been trying to get in touch with me I'm sorry! I am however slowly working my way through 2 months worth of email so I will get back to you. Andrea, if you are ready I'm sorry! I'll reach out to you soon.

I think spring has finally sprung here in Upstate New York. I've taken she who is a pain in my butt out doors today and snapped a few pictures while she roamed on her lead. It was either take her outside or listen to her cry at the door all day.

Isn't she a pretty little thing!

I've got some stuff to talk about over the next few weeks, all kinds of plans and projects I've put together despite being a sick puppy. If anyone is still reading, thanks for sticking with me! I appreciate it!

Friday, February 22, 2013

fabulous friday favorites!

This is a new feature I am going to be trying rolling with each week. So please bear with me while I get into the habit! I will stop speaking and get to the point!

Instagram, oh Instagram! At first I was so excited to get a smart phone so I could join the band wagon! Now you've grown lackluster and I want my photos and you won't give them to me! That is where Instaport.me  comes in. The snazzy folks at Instaport have made it so you can export all your images into a zip file or to some other type of social media. I am for one am HAPPY!

Already planning out making some Christmas presents? I spent all last present creating season searching for clear glass Christmas ornaments. 2 weeks after Christmas I find a plethora! Click here to stock up now!

This movie, Daydream Nation. I was skeptical at first because Kat Dennings and I stopped being friends around the time she started 2 Broke Girls. I was pleasantly surprised  because how can you hate a dreamy, teenage angst filled movie with the Stars as most of the soundtrack?

Do you like to answer trivia? do you like to help animals? www.freekibble.com lets you feed both cats and dogs once a day. Go check it out. I get the daily reminder email so I do both everyday!

To finish up this really weak Friday Favorites (and I do apologize remember I''m still recovering from surgery!) one of my favorite Stars songs:

Here's to the much needed weekend! Have a good one!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Guest Post - Micaela from Dolce Vita!!

Hi lovies! I'm Micaela and I'm so excited to be visiting here from my usual home on the internet (thanks Shelly for letting me crash!)

I wish I knew how to sew or were one of those DIY go-getters. I'm not crafty by any means... But I will make you a collage postcard and write you a little love letter on the back.

Bits of paper, lace, my type writer, quotes I fell in love with, and a glue stick. Here are some I've made in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep:

There's something magical about handwritten notes. 

And for me, it beats counting sheep.

Thanks for letting me share these with you! and thank-you Shelly for letting me keep your readers company xo

Monday, February 18, 2013

infusing at the rex house

So after this surprise surgery, I've been fixated on regaining my health. Before the surgery I had been attempting to work out 2-3 times a week (when work permitted) and trying to eat healthier. Pre Surgery  I am dead set on losing the weight I've gained after illness and a year at a desk job. I am dead set on eating healthier, stop smoking (even though it's only 1 every now and again), and just living life the way I want to. This was one of my personal goals for the new year and I am ready to start rocking out, even though the exercise is on the back burner for a least a month.

This is my mixed berry batch on the bottom and just cucumber on top
One of the things I've never really been a fan of are sodas and juices. While I am far more likely to find myself drinking a glass of grape or apple juice, even those are filled with sugars. I have always loved water. Give me a bottle of water any day, and I tend to be the freak who loves the tap water. So I have begun infusing my water for a little more of a kick. Below are some pictures of the batches I whipped up this weekend.

This is a batch of lemon, cucumber and mint leaf infused water.

So it's really super easy to make these types of infused waters and the sky really is the limit with what you can put in them. I find cucumber water to be super refreshing and I love the scent, but I love mint leaf infused water all summer. 

  1. Gather your supplies! I prefer to infuse in glass containers so I use mason jars, Pyrex and my french press.
  2.  Put your berries, fruits or vegetables and herbs in your jars.
  3. I add ice to the top and then I pour in cold water until the jar is filled.
  4. I then take a wood spoon and kind of crush the berries, herbs and veggies. Just enough to release some juice, don't mangle them.
  5. You can start drinking right away, but I prefer to let it sit overnight in the fridge.
  6. I also use the herbs, fruits, and veggies a few times before I toss/eat them

You can't really see but my french press contains cucumber and mint

So tell me all the types of flavored water you've made or tried in the comments!

Friday, February 15, 2013

eat a fortune cookie

I'm having a horrible day today. In fact we can call this the most awful day yet this year. Life goes on and whatever storm is about to hit me I will indeed weather through it. I ate lunch today and had a left over fortune cookie from my mom's visit yesterday sitting on my table. I decided to eat it.

Here is my fortune

This is what I looked up and saw, from my chair:

Montauk really likes the radiators

It's true. . .  the love of my life is right in front of my eyes. As I've said it's been a bad day, but I have the love of my life and we'll survive we always do.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

it's cat-er-day!

I love cats. Little cats. Big cats. Long haired cats. Short haired cats. Old cats. Baby cats. I LOVE CATS.
(It really does suprise me that people think I'm a crazy cat lady having only one cat, but I digress.)

This video of cats and water KILLS me. I'm glad my coworkers send me things like this through out the day. Disclaimer watching this video after surgery is a bad idea, when laughing hurts!

I am also particularly fond of this new tumblr know as The Kitten Covers. Check it out the cuteness will kill you.

I'm still recovery from my surgery, and cats make me feel better. What makes you feel better when ill?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

well so much for my plans!

I disappeared again! However this time I had good reason. You see this past Friday I was sitting at my desk preparing to plan out some posts for the week when I started feeling sick. So sick that after surviving Friday night, I went to the emergency room Saturday. I was admitted and had my appendix removed Sunday morning. I was released to a week in the care of my wonderful friends and a lot of sleep. Having your stomach cut into is really quite miserable, added to I think the scary reality of having spur of the moment surgery. It still feels surreal. But I may be gone for the week, I've now managed to drop even further behind at work (though I have amazing bosses) and sitting still hurts. I've asked a couple of my favorite bloggers for guest posts so we'll see if they get back to me.

I apologize for the delay in getting my new blog layout fully up and running, but I hope you bear with me, eventually I'll be organized and back together again! And look at this cute, adorable, appendix plushie! It almost makes up for all the pain I am in!

buy this adorable plushie @ iheartguts.com

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

you say tomato. . . .

I love tomato soup. I love it year round. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don't know if you can tell or no, but I really love tomato soup. So much that I decided to try to make some! Below is the recipe that I used, plus a picture or two of my delicious soup!

My  delicious dinner!

The Recipe

  • Cook 2 chopped onions in 2 tablespoons olive oil with 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • In a large pot over medium heat stir occasionally until softened (4-6 minutes)
  • Add 1 28 ounce can whole, peeled tomatoes (with their juices), 4 cups chicken broth and 1 teaspoon oregano.
  • Simmer until beginning to thicken. 10-15 minutes. Then puree in a blender.
  • Top with once cup croutons and Parmesan cheese.

I even canned some to take as lunch!

Monday, February 4, 2013

January Recap!

January was a busy month for me, in both real life and the blog world. I'm hoping that February is going to be even better for me. I've been taking this past weekend to put my month in order and try to get everything in line for the upcoming month. Hopefully I will be much, much better about posting this month, but let's take a look a this last month.

  • I hooked up with the lovely Andrea Hatch, and she has been working hard on building me a lovely new layout. Stay tuned this month to see the amazing she worked on launch!
  • I was lucky enough to get a sponsorship over at Newfoundlander at Heart for the month. I do want to gain myself a little following and I love Margot and I've been following her for a while, I've even won a giveaway or two from her! Check out the lovely post she wrote showcasing her lovely sponsors for the month. Thanks again Margot!
  • I went on a print buying spree in an attempt to make my home office a lovely place to be. Once I receive them all and get to decorating I'll share the space with you.
  • I also found a light up globe, something I've been searching for a while. Check out that post here.
  • I started watching Supernatural on Netflix. I am addicted. Dean is my man!
  • I once again fell off the face of the planet. I'm trying to get better. I promise!

These are just of the few things I've been up to this January. Here is to an even better February! 

What did you do last month?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sewing Class

Long have I lamented there was nothing to do in this small upstate New York town. Then a few months ago Project Anthologies opened. This shop tended to by the lovely Mel, is an explosion of color and beautiful  fabrics. I have always wanted to learn to sew and when Mel started having a variety of classes, I've been trying to make it to as many as I can. A few Thursdays ago we made some small pouches with interfacing and zippers, and I'd like to show it off.

The fabrics I chose to use.

Pinning my layers and sewing my zipper on!

Almost done! Just need to box my corners and flip this around!


How many of you know how to sew or use a sewing machine?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Be Productive!

Dr. Seuss// quote || Image// Google

Here is to a happy productive week! In a slump? Leo over at zenhabits.net has a great list of ideas to help yourself get out of a slump right here.  I love zenhabits and I am currently reading Zen Habits: Handbook for Life. If you want to check it out and give your money straight to Leo, you can also buy it directly from his site here.

My Goals for the week:
  1.  Gym 3x this week (MWF)
  2. Dinner and Car shopping with my father Tuesday
  3. Wii Boxing on my off gym days for a half hour
  4. Planning out next week!
I will let you all know how I do with fulfilling these goes on Friday, though I do have a special treat to get me through the week, my best friend is coming for the weekend.

How do you stay productive or plan out your days? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

i fail

I fail as a regular blogger. I know, I know technically I've not failed, I've been overwhelmed with real life. to rectify this situation I will be spending the next hour or so planning out my blog posts for the week. I said it. An entire week of blog posting in a day. I'm slowly working on getting this lovely space up to speed, really I am. The lovely Andrea, is working on my blog layout as we speak (you can see that nice new header above) and I am still trying to wrap my head around what I actually want to do with this space. I am also struggling with work and following through on my gym resolution for the new year. Don't get me wrong, I'm making the goal of 2-3 times a week. It's just that after the gym I want to sleep. Balance is the key. I'm working on it.

I'm going to go try to be productive! I leave you with a picture of Charles, my new house plant. I have no idea what he is besides awesome. I brought the jungle home with me today!

This is Charles. I can't wait to throw some color on those walls!

This is my first attempt at keeping a plant alive. Usually I kill cacti even though they claim to be low maintenance. Today marks the first day of Charles' and I living life today. We shall see how that pans out.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

i am now complete

I bought this beauty for $10.00. My life is complete. Granted this is the Fisher Price Model, but I can not afford the fancy wood and glass light up globes. It's my new nightlight! My friend and I will be having a thrift store movie day this Saturday so I can not wait to see what else I can find!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

i am so excited!

So I bought the domain shellasaurusrex.com! I own it! I am also very pleased to announce that I have purchased a blog makeover! The lovely Andrea Hatch of andreahatch.com is going to be design a gorgeous layout for me and putting it all together for me!

I've wanted to run a blog for years now, I really truly have. I don't care if I am popular in the blog-sphere mostly I found this to be easier than writing in a journal. I use to be good about writing in a journal. Anymore it's like pulling teeth. Granted I haven't been updating this as much as I would like, but the new year just started and I am slowly getting into the groove of things! I'm making plans to get myself on a schedule, I've just been bogged down with work the last few weeks.

But, back to Andrea! I discovered her etsy shop, Galactytes what feels like forever ago and I have been coveting a few things. That was when I discovered she'd do blog design. Her artwork makes me happy and I have to admit, I may have splurged and ordered a few things using Christmas money!

Regardless, stay tuned this place is getting a face lift!

Do you find it hard to keep a daily journal?