March 23, 2011

Boho on Another Blog

If you like shopping, cooking, fashion, or if you just like me, go check out Without A Thing To Wear. It's a lifestyle blog I visit from time to time to ogle awesome stuff.

And well, what's awesomer than me? Nothing, right? Well, I'm on the home page of that blog right now, so check it out.

On a side note about that picture...I love that picture. And you know why I love that picture? I love that I'm starting to get wrinkles. No, really. Go look again. Right around the mouth. As long as I've been a teen mom, I've been looking forward to being 30 years old. And now, the moment is swiftly approaching and I couldn't be happier about it.

And why you ask? (My, you sure are interactive today, readers!) Well, that was supposed to be the age at which people start taking you seriously--not only as a parent, but as an adult. As someone who has spent much of the past 28 years NOT being taken seriously, this was always a goal.

But strangely, I have had a realization recently. My best friend, a teen mother herself, recently turned 30. I asked her, "So do people take you seriously now?" She replied, "Nope, not at all." I asked her where we went wrong. Why are my peers working up the career ladder instead of pushing it over? Wearing conservative and expensive clothes instead of thrift store finds? Investing their money in the stock market instead of Starbucks?

Well, my conclusion is that I'll never truly be grown-up. As long as I have water fights in the house, conversations with vacuums, and intense goals like being homeless, I'll never be taken seriously.

And you know what? I'm cool with that. It's taken me nearly 30 years to realize who I am and who I don't want to be. So, cheers 30! I look forward to seeing you next year.

Oh yeah, but seriously...go check out that blog.

March 14, 2011

"Less Hats, More Blogs."

This is what Keene's mom told me when I asked for her opinion about the newest hat I created. I agree, Susie, enough with the stupid hats already! In fact, I may not even blog about hats right now. But I probably will.

On Saturday night, I decided to crochet a new animal hat. Since I don't use patterns, I can never guarantee how a hat will turn out. In the past, I've generally had good luck with just free-handing it. I whipped up a basic beanie to work with, then began adding the details: a snout, some viciously yellow eyes, a felt nose...

And here is how it turned out:

By the way, did I mention I had been drinking? And apparently channeling a demon who, using my crochet hook and hands, had manifested itself in acrylic form.

Upon finishing, I showed the hat to Keene, asking, "Well, what do you think?!" Now, Keene is a considerate guy. No, that's not it. He's a smart guy. He knows there is no good way to point out flaws to a woman, unless you are another woman (preferrably one with a few years of pull-your-big-girl-panties-on cred under your belt). So when I asked his opinion, he carefully asked, "Is it a bear?"

"No, it's not a bear!" I told him what kind of animal it was supposed to be.

"Oh, uh, maybe you could make its ears pointier?" He pulled a picture up on Google.

"No! The ears aren't supposed to be pointy!"

"Maybe, uh, pin them back?"

"No! I'm just going to sleep on this. I'll wake up in the morning and decide I was being too picky and it actually looks awesome."

Turns out, nope. I woke up the next morning, walked out to the dining room, to find this hat hanging on the chair, its eyes watching me, following me across the room. It still didn't look like what I had intended. I decided to pose the question to the internet: what kind of animal is this? Here are some of the responses I received:

Sarah: "It's a bat...or a weasel. A bat-weasel!"

Alison: "Darth Vader"

Rachel: "That's definitely a rhino. He is upset about misplacing his horn."

Fellow Etsian, Wednesday's Designs: "A chupacabra!" (Given my experiences with El Chupacabra, I'm loving this idea.)

Several people on Twitter suggested it was a Doberman. Hmm...I could see that.

So, after giving it some serious thought, I've decided this hat will be the elusive and deadly El Chupadogra. It was once a normal guard-dog, until it sold its soul to the devil in exchange for a good ol' leg-humping and a rock to chew on. Now it is a creature of the night. And a hat.

On sale today! Get it before it gets you!

Oh, and a thank you to all of you who not only made this drunken mistake into a legitimate product...but also gave me substance with which to create a blog post finally, thereby satisfying Susie. ;)

Oh, what's that you ask? What kind of animal was it supposed to be?

Surely you can see the resemblance now? Right?

March 1, 2011

Is Lenox China Really Worth the Expense?

For most of us, the days of formal dinners at home are long-gone. Elaborate affairs in which one “breaks out the good china” are becoming scarce, leading many people to wonder if china is still worth the hefty price. Despite many china companies producing more cost-efficient versions of their valuable dishes, the common idea is that it is a frivolous and unnecessary expense. So why might someone still consider buying it?

To Give as an Heirloom
For many decades, it has been tradition for a parent or, more commonly, a grandparent to hand down their china set to a newlywed. This set was often highly valued by the grandchild, especially after the giver had passed away. However, as this tradition declines, it will be the younger generation affected, as these special heirlooms become scarcer. One woman said, “I would really like to have my grandma’s china when she dies…it’s sort of a sentimental thing combined with just loving the pattern. It’s the only thing I hope she leaves me.”

It Maintains its Value
Due to its superb quality, Lenox china is one of the few items which holds (if not increases!) its value from generation to generation. Early services from as long ago as the nineteenth century are still being passed down, surpassing the lives of one owner after another. However, one cause of this is oftentimes due to the obsessive care shown by some owners: “I hate when my mom gets her china out and looks at us sideways when we cut too loudly on the dishes.”

It is Easy to Replace
Due to its value and brand recognition over the years, collectors ensured it wasn’t carelessly discarded over the years. Therefore, finding and replacing pieces of a set is as simple as looking on eBay or the official Lenox website.

It is Made in America
In these times of economic uncertainty, “Buy American” bumper stickers can often be seen adorning the back end of many cars. It is reasonable to want to buckle down, to keep the money close to home, when you are unsure of your country’s financial future. Since it was founded in New Jersey in 1889, Lenox has remained a domestic producer, creating most of its products here in the United States.

But Then Again…Many people just can’t justify the price or don’t see themselves as “fancy” enough for upscale dinnerware: “We’re very informal. Can you imagine me and china? ‘Ok, here’s your Miller Lite, beer koozy, ashtray…oh, you need a saucer!’” Many people also stated lacking the space to store it or not having an occasion to use it. However, for those who enjoy the formality of dinner parties or just like the tradition of using china, it is absolutely worth the cost: “I think if you plan to entertain a lot and you like having fancy things, then it’s a good idea. I bring out the china whenever I have people over. I also break out my Christmas dishes from mid-November until mid-January.”