Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Twelve by 2012 - update

I posted a while back some goals I wanted to accomplish before 2012. Let's check in and see how I did...

1. Visit Helen and Lindi.  Fail. Very sad.
2. Sew a straight line. Getting closer! Having trouble with my bobbin thread, though.
3. Make a throw blanket.  Another fail. HOWEVER! I did learn to crochet :)
4. Completely organize and unpack. We did this! Hooray! However, I now want to completely rearrange the house. That's always fun though.
5. Read TWO books. Catcher in the Rye, Hunger Games, and half of Sophie's World. And now that I have a Nook e-reader (Thanks, mom-in-law!) I see much more reading in my future.
6. Create an Etsy store. Check it out - Love, Grapefruit.
7. Get some nice boots. I got TWO pairs of boots from the hubs!
8. Pay down my credit card. Another fail. I also maxed out my Gap card. Whoops...
9. Get in touch with my cousins. I am really sad that this one did not happen. I'm sure I could have tried harder, but so could they.
10. Start exercising regularly. Nope. But I did lose 4 pounds! I think it's cause I'm happier.
11. Hand make Christmas gifts.  The hubs and I made a total of 6 stockings, one for each parental.
12. Send the people I love random mail. BIG FAIL! I suck.

But Hey! I still have 3.5 days to send some mail, work out, pay down my credit cards, and make a blanket...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Giveaway Winner Announced!

Congrats to Lindi for winning the giveaway! Check out her awesome blog!

Did you have your heart set on the super cute red flannel stocking? Good news! I have one left in my Etsy store. Hop on over and claim it before it's too late!

Keep your eyes on the horizon for new items in the store!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Grand Opening Giveaway!

My Etsy store is officially open, and what better way to start off than a giveaway?

With the holidays just around the corner, this giveaway features a handmade flannel stocking. The winner of this giveaway will receive either a super cool teal plaid stocking with polka-dot lining OR a cozy red holiday print with soft white flannel lining (their choice).

There are a few things you can do to enter this giveaway, outlined below. ALL entries must include EMAIL ADDRESS!

Mandatory Entry:
Visit my Etsy store and post your favorite item here - 1 entry

Additional Entries:
Heart my store on Etsy and comment here with your Etsy name - 1 entry
Buy something from my Etsy store - 10 entries

This giveaway will run until Friday, December 16th. Prize shipped on Saturday with priority shipping in hopes of arriving by Christmas!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

My Etsy Store Grand Opening!

My Etsy store is officially up and running!

There are four shop sections for customers to browse: 1) Knits (hand-made knitted items), 2) Threads (hand-made sewn items), 3) Vintage and 4) Jewelry. With the exception of vintage items, all products in the store have been made by yours truly! Click this link to check out the store, and comment here with your favorite items! Tell your friends, your moms, the mailman; tell e'erbody: Love, Grapefruit is where it's at.
Fo' sho'.

As a special thank you to my followers, I am having an Early Bird special. Place an order by Wednesday, December 7th (my Birthday!) and receive 10% off your entire purchase! Simply enter the coupon code WILLKNITFORCAKE at check-out to receive this exclusive discount!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Etsy Store - Sneak Peek

I will be launching my Esty store very soon! Hand-knitted and sewn things, as well as vintage items. Here's a sneak peek...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Birthday Expectations

"My birthday is coming up!" I have been announcing this since August... My birthday is the first week of December... I know. I have a problem. But my birthday is my FAVORITE!
And this year, I will turn to SomeeCards to express my feelings.
I want a big celebration. It should be at least a week long.
I admit I have always found it strange that we celebrate me on a day that my mom actually did something noteworthy. So I think this year I'll buy her a gift... as long as she gets me one too...
And I know that if my mom had had a virgin birth, I would be a lot bigger deal. Thanks for dropping the ball, mom.
So my birthday is in December; I do not want holiday celebrations to encroach on my birthday gifts. I warned the hubby that he should start birthday shopping in September so that he has enough money for my Christmas gifts, too.  
I think my birthday is the best holiday of the year, at least for me.

So all I can do is hope that it rocks!
P.S. - I think about others all year. I refuse to feel guilty about my birthday and YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Etsy Christmas

Just call me Mrs. Kaytee "I want." 
That is exactly what my mom always called me and what the hubs has learned pretty quickly to be true. What awesome stuff is on my Etsy Christmas list? Let's take a look.

I eat Cake Magnet
Earl Grey & White Chocolate Cookies
Bamboo Double Pointed Needles
Bearded Man Canvas Bag
Gnome Ornaments
I Eat Cake in My Pants Plate
Wake Up Tea Towel
Smiling Tea Cup Stamp
Rainbow Quilt Squares
Dandelion Earrings

I've been a good girl, Santa. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

My Weekend: Pampered by Chelsea

{Tulsans, keep reading to find out how to enter Chelsea's giveaway!}
I had an amazing weekend. I got to hang out with my best friend from high school, whom I hadn't seen in 5 years! And what's even MORE awesome is that she gave me a body treatment, which was incredible (not to mention the captivating tarot reading I received after that.) Phew. It doesn't get much more interesting that that. But interesting is quite an understatement for Chelsea. More like ~ remarkable.

Let's hear from Chelsea!

What do you like most about your work?
My Favorite thing about my work so far is making people feel good. I love it when I do a waxing or a dermabrasion treatment and the person is dazzled by the effects! I mean everyone lights up when they are sexy and hairless or can see their skin glowing from dermabrasion. I'm all about confidence. I have more than I know what to do with and Ive always been attracted to people that aren't afraid to love themselves. I also really enjoy the social side of my work, hearing about my client's life, helping them relax and always making sure they are comfortable.
What makes your treatments unique?
I would say what makes my treatment unique is me. Aside from Esthetics, I am an astrologer. So I feel this gives me a much deeper understanding of what that person needs to relax. I also try to cater treatment to that persons sign if I can. For example if I know the persons sign before they come to get a treatment (which I usually do) I will use aromatherapy that compliments their sign. For Fire signs, I use dragonsblood, for Earth sign, I use patchouli, for water signs, I use fresh rain and for Air signs, I use lilac. Also, I read tarot cards and I always like to offer that if my client has any questions for the universe or just needs to know whats going on.
What can someone expect from getting a treatment with you?
When getting a treatment from me you can expect to feel special and well taken care of. You can also expect some pretty amazing results. I dont have to sell my treatments. Once you've had one, they sell themselves.

Fantastico! Thanks, Chelsea.
I have already received a facial and a body treatment and I know I'll be coming back for more! And she is as skilled at reading tarot as she is at her treatments. Our reading was truly inspiring. I've never had a reading before, and was, I'll admit, a bit skeptical. But hot damn! She was on the money.
Chelsea is sweet, gentle and certainly full of spunk, and will make you feel at ease whether she's massaging your face or giving you a brazilian.
She has a serene spa room complete with hot towels, soothing candles and oils and top-notch products.

This is the face of a very happy customer.
But wait! It gets even BETTER! If you live in the area, you can enter to win a free facial from Chelsea! Just hop on over to her blog, Chelsea's Treatment, or her facebook page to enter.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Twelve Knits before the end of 2012

I am upping my game over the next year and starting some more challenging projects. These are a few I handpicked from my Ravelry. I have already started on the first one, the ruffle scarf, and it is looking really cool! I thought knitting "short rows" would be hard, but it isn't at all. Which of these projects should I start next? Click on the picture to open the ravelry page!


Monday, October 31, 2011

Coat Envy - ModCloth

Oh, ModCloth. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!
Not that I'll ever have the money to buy one of these. But maybe the hubbs will.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

15 minutes a day for an always clean house

The plan...

Monday—Sweep the house
Tuesday—Swiffer the floors and dust
Wednesday—Clean bathroom (toilet, bath, sink and mirror)
Thursday—Clean the kitchen (wipe counters and stove, wet swiffer floor)
Friday—Drink beer
Saturday—Pick up clutter
Sunday—Laundry (this may take more than 15 minutes…)
All the while, hubby does the dishes during the week. This could work!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Guest - Aria Parfait Vintage

 I wanted to introduce you all to a new blogger friend of mine, Sienna at Aria Parfait Vintage. She has a fabulous etsy store full of lovely vintage items. Here are a few of my favorites!

Tell us a little about you and your blog/store.
Hello! I’m Sienna, the gal behind Aria Parfait Vintage. I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with an oh-so-lucrative art degree. After graduating, I joined a national organization which recruits recent college graduates to teach in high-poverty schools for two years, which brought me to Tulsa, OK. I love art books, coffee and sitting on the balcony of my 1920’s apartment.

How did your store/blog come to be?
I’ve always been a thrifter and with all the great flea markets and antique stores in the Tulsa area I come across loads and loads of fantastic vintage. At the beginning of last summer I began scooping up all sort of items - some that fit and some that didn’t - and began to grow a collection; a collection far outside the ability of one preschool teacher with next to no social life to wear. With a lot of encouragement from friends and a lot of help from my very supportive boyfriend (he built my website), I decided selling on Etsy would bring year two of teaching some much needed happiness and non-teacherly creativity.

Why is vintage better?
All items in the shop are garments and accessories I would wear, or were in my personal collection. I’m completely lost in a department store and generally just don’t like the fashions, fabrics, prints and poor quality of garments available today. I’d like to outfit the other gals out there who are also underwhelmed by department store fashions with unique, carefully selected pieces.

What is one vintage item in your personal collection you just couldn't live without?

I can’t even pretend that it’s not difficult for me to ship each piece I sell. I’m still kicking myself for selling my favorite 1940s hat. Sniffle. But, when it is hard to part with something, I just tell myself it’s an excuse to go shopping.

Thanks, Sienna!
Now go visit her on facebook, etsy and on her blog!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Twelve by 2012

If you haven't already, please check out one of my very favorite blogs, Bettencourt Chase: Things We Make, Bake and Photograph. Helen and Lindi are two of the loveliest people on this planet, and would probably win against people on other planets as well. They recently posted a list of twelve goals to accomplish before 2012, which they saw at oh, hello friend, and I want to do it, too! My turn, MY TURN!

1. Visit Helen and Lindi. Definitely. Must do.
2. Sew a straight line. Not that my crooked lines aren't charming and all...
3. Make a throw blanket. I don't care if I knit it, sew it out of old t-shirts, however I can get it done. I can't explain why this is important. Throw blankets are associated with home and family in my brain.Making a blanket is one step in building a home.
4. Completely organize and unpack. We moved into our house in September and immediately unpacked almost all the boxes. In every place we've lived, there has always been one or two boxes that never get unpacked, one or two pictures that never get hung. It prevents any place from truly feeling like home.
5. Read TWO books. I was an English major. This is a pathetic goal. I'm ashamed.
6. Create an Etsy store. First I need to create some merchandise. Then think of a name. Please help me think of a name!!!
7. Get some nice boots. Nuff said.
8. Pay down my credit card. I only have one but it is ALWAYS maxed out.
9. Get in touch with my cousins. My family has never been close. We all do our own thing and that's fine. But I have family living in the same city as me that I haven't seen in 10 years. No good.
10. Start exercising regularly. Even if it's a few crunches every night. I have gots to do something about this pudge.
11. Hand make Christmas gifts. Something cool that people actually want. Not crappy stuff that they are obligated to love.
12. Send the people I love random mail. Whether it is a letter or a tin of cookies, I need to get out some good mail karma.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Braided Cowl - easy knitting pattern

It's time to start knitting again! In summer... in Oklahoma... I just did NOT want to be holding yarn. So for several months I put my patterns on the shelf. To kick off the season, I wanted to learn to cable. It's not nearly as difficult as I had imagined!
I used a braided scarf pattern I found on ravelry, which can be found here.
Now, I'm a pretty lazy knitter, which means that when I get to the end of my skein, I just bind off! This usually causes me to end up with too-short scarves. In this case, I just sewed the two ends together and made my too-short scarf into a very fashionable cowl!

I used one skein of Lion Brand Jiffy Quick and Easy Mohair Look Yarn (135 yards), color Fisherman.
I just love the look of this! I plan to make a lot more of these cause it was EaSY!

Obviously, I also downloaded a new photo editing app to my phone.  It's called BeFunky and it makes very purty pictures.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DIY Library Card

I really want to have a book exchange party! Basically, everyone who comes brings a book, new or used, that matches the theme. For example, you could have genre themes, like horror, or themes like, "The Book that Changed your Life!"
So I tried to imagine what my invitations would look like for this party...
Library cards!
I created a library card template that everyone is free to steal.
Here is a link to the pdf. They will print 4 to a page. After you cut them out and trim the sides, you can tea-stain them!