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Layout of some PBR craft fair items 2012

Starting with box, and continuing clockwise: a pair of dress earrings, a cocktail ring, a tea light holder, a vintage-inspired PBR pendant, a small shell-based PBR pendant. All items are at least partially made out of an up-cycled PBR can.

PBR Tealight Holder

The tea light holder made completely out of a PBR can.

PBR tea light holder lit

The PBR tea light holder lit in a dim room.

PBR craft fair

Vintage-inspired PBR Pendant

Tomorrow I will be participating in a craft fair in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia!  I have entered along with two of my friends, Tara and Morgan.  We will be selling jewelry, fortune cookies (with pickup lines!), tea light holders, and beer can dress up magnets!  The unique part about this show is that everything must be PBR themed!  That’s why all of the photos from one of this week’s crafting sessions have a common theme–Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.  All of our jewelry and tea light holders have been made, at least in part, out of recycled PBR cans.  In addition to local artists displaying their wares, there will also be live music, a chili cook-off, and plenty of PBR to drink from 3:00pm-10:00pm.  Sound interesting!?  Come check it out!  For further info, check out the Facebook Page for the event.  See you there!

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Tips for Tuesday: Repurposing chalk!

 

Here’s a little tip I picked up at Real Simple.

1.  Cut out a square of cheese cloth.

2.  Place some pieces of chalk in the cheesecloth

3.  bundle up and tie the cheesecloth closed with the chalk inside

4.  Store with your good silver– this will help absorb moisture and slow any tarnishing that may occur.

 

 

 

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Well, I’m sure the hot topic these past few days has been New Year’s Resolutions. How many of us have tried to make resolutions like lose a million lbs and wake up 2 hours early and blah blah blah.  Well, I was going to write this post about the statistics around New Year’s Resolutions and tips for making positive changes in the new year, but instead, I am going to post about one thing I want to emphasize in my life this year:

Taking more time to do what I want to do 

Taking more time to do what you want to do is really important.  My cousin, Gerard (photo below), and I had a big discussion about that this past week.  He firmly believes in allowing yourself a minimum of 1 hour per day to take time for YOU.  During that hour, you can do whatever you want to do as long as it is something that you truly want to do. Well, in this discussion, I realized that I don’t even come close to 7 hours a week just doing what I want to do.  Then it’s always cramming stuff in that I want to do when I can squeeze out some time in my life.  And, because I try to cram everything in during a short window of time, I wind up getting more stressed or exhausted.

As a freelancer, it’s really hard to find time to do things for me.  I can’t say “no” to gigs because I worry that I won’t make enough money or I won’t make the connection that I need for a breakthrough.  But really, after three years in the same city, I know deep down, what gigs I can pass up.   Now I just need to gain the courage to say NO to allow me time to do the things I value most.

The tip: Take time for yourself!  Aim for at least one hour per day!

Things I am hoping to make more time for: Crafting, photography, attending choir practice, cooking, relaxing, exercising, reading, spending time with family, spending time with friends, coursework.

This is going to be a good year.

BELOW: Photos of my cousins ringing in the new year with me!

Cousins on NEw YEars

My Cousins and Boyfriend celebrating New Year's Day. From left to right: Gerard (check out his band here), Katie, Erin, Christine, Jenny, and Dave

"The Train will be delayed due to ongoing signal work" That is what we heard as we sat on the Subway on New Year's Day 2012, waiting for it to take us to the Mummer's Parade! From left to right: Katie, Gerard, Erin, Jenny.

Gerard and Erin riding the Subway New Year's Day 2012

Gerard and Erin riding another subway on the way to the Mummer's Parade. Don't they look like they should be famous!?

Jenny blowing her horn on new Year's 2011-2012

Jenny blowing her horn on new Year's 2011-2012. Jenny is super creative and made the hat she is wearing. Notice the crazy neighbors on my block setting off GIGANTIC fireworks!? A few of them almost hit us.

Photo of the cousins on New Year's Eve 2011-2012

The photo we took in a mirror at my house. The goal was to send the parents a pic of all of us. From left to right: Jenny, Dave, Christine, Me, Gerard, Katie, Erin. Happy New Year!

I wish each of you a Happy New Year complete with time for YOU!

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Besides cooking and photographing, I have a passion for event design.  When I worked at the boarding school up in Maine, I designed all of our major events including a Medieval Feast, a Medieval Festival, a Casino night, a Penny Carnival and also several formal dinners for the entire student body and staff.  I just absolutely adore being able to plunge people into a certain mood, feeling, or theme by the detailed choices I make in what will surround them.  And, of course, as is my M.O. for everything I do, I enjoy being able to do it all for less than anyone ever imagined WITHOUT the quality suffering.

Now, ever since I was very little I have been attending the Allentown Fair on an almost-regular basis.  This year was no exception!

The Great Allentown Fair!

It’s always a lot of fun and this year I had added incentive.  Every so often, I pick up the Premiums Book (you know the one that lists all of the contests they will be having over the course of the Fair) and tell myself I am going to enter!  This year, when the Premiums book came in the mail, I told myself  the same thing as always, that I was going to enter a fair contest.  But this time I meant it.  For the first time since we moved to Allentown in 1988 (okay so I wouldn’t have really be able to enter for probably those first 5 or so years I lived there) I entered the Allentown Fair.  And the funny thing is, I don’t even LIVE in Allentown anymore.

But the point is, I finally entered.  I had planned on entering two pieces in the photography contest but due to a printing mishap, I missed the deadline.  I had also planned on entering the Table Setting Contest, which I entered. I was so excited for the Table Setting Contest!  And, on a last minute whim I also entered a part of a coin collection.

My Proposed Photography Entry for "Country Landscape in Color"

My Proposed Photography Entry for "Country Landscape Black and White"

Well, it must’ve been beginners luck because I placed first in both the place setting contest AND the coin collection.  And, to top it off I won best of show for my place setting!  I’m sorry, did you just hear that?  I WON BEST OF SHOW!! So crazy!  I was afraid I wouldn’t even place, because, well, you know those fair people–it’s in their blood. Their great great great grandmother’s great grandmother entered and the tradition keeps getting past down the generations. What chance did I– the newbie traveling from Philly– have at the Great Allentown Fair?

Anyway, for me the experience was superb!  I can’t wait to go back next year. Oh– and did I mention that if you enter a contest you also get 5 free admission tickets!  It’s a great deal!  You can enter as many things as you want for small entry fee of $10!  And there are CASH PRIZES for the winners (okay, so my grand total winnings was like $29– but that’s not the point!)

So, check out an upcoming post for more details on my place setting for the theme A Garden Wedding!

The Place Setting Entries 2010

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