Monday, February 24, 2014

On boobs and life. - Mostly a rant, but definitely some good advice.

So, as most of my friends know, I've spent the last 6 years working for Victoria's Secret. First, as "The Pink Girl" in 2009, after I filled out three applications and found the charm worked on the third try, just as holiday hiring was kicking in. I moved on to Sales Associate when I moved for school while only getting minimum growth as an associate and Pink girl on my long weekends or holidays off from hitting the books. When I moved back home, I was able to take a blessed advantage of already having a previous manager in the place where I would be living, and I grew quickly, there, in the Bra Specialist position.

I know what a lot of you are thinking right now. It's either "Omg. This girl looks at boobs for a living," "Omg, she must get an awesome discount!" or "There's actually such thing as a Bra Specialist position... Is that REALLY a necessary thing?"

My answer is YES to all of those things. *Sigh*I do(but it's not for some weird fetish or preference reason like some of you might want to automatically assume); of course I do get a really convenient discount(much like most retail stores); there is such thing; and yes, it IS necessary.

Let me begin by explaining what this position means in my store. The biggest thing, of course, is to discover the customer's needs and inspire her to buy relevant product in relation to her needs. The mission of the store is going to have to be kept to the training manuals, of course, since I am not authorized to share, but I will stand behind it and state that it is a wonderful one. In relation to myself, this position means that I am officially certified to accurately assess and fit women to their correct bra size in order to give them the confidence and comfort they desire and require when they leave my zone.

As a human with a Servant's Heart, this means that I leave my house every morning with the hope and belief that I will get to impact at LEAST one person, if not every client I see, each day. It means that I get to spend time with her to confide valuable information on a more intimate subject in her life where she would otherwise not usually give a genuinely serious thought to on a daily basis. Notice I say "get to" and not "have to," implying that I truly do view this job as a joy in my life. I have the privilege to give a woman confidence by simply discovering which of our bras(Or perhaps other products) fits her body and her lifestyle best.

At the end of the day, I really don't care about the numbers on the screen that tell me whether or not we made last years sales goals(however, it is important for me to care about those numbers on an important level). At the end of the day, my goal is to have given each and every one of my customers someone to come back to for any questions they may have. My goal is to have impacted my customers lives in a positive, sincere, and genuine way - no matter how I felt during the day. She is the most important person for the 2-10(Or sometimes 90) minutes I get to spend with her. I supply unconditional sisterly love, care, and attention, and if I haven't, then I have not done my job as a human being.

And of course, we all have those days. Some more often than not, but we shan't delve into that, this time. What I do want to address, however, is a few of the issues I come across in my job that I find it imperative to pass along to my fellow human beings.

Issue #1: The reason I believe everyone in the world should work in both retail and food service at least ONCE in their lives.

The mess is probably THE most frustrating part about my job. Sorrynotsorry, but if you have time to take it off the hanger to try it on, you have time to put it right back on the hanger where you found it. Sure, you may leave that item in the fitting room, and I will happily put it back for you, because you don't know the difference between some of the shapes or specific styles(That's what I'm HERE for... I have endless knowlege about these things. That, you may leave up to me), nor where you actually got the item from. But gawsh dangit, put it back on the hanger. I have more important things to do than pick up your pile of 3,000 unhung swimsuits from the floor once you're done with them.

Tell me something - Do you REALLY want to try on something that's been on the floor of a fitting room where peoples bare feet or shoes have walked all over - where once they had traipsed through dog doo-doo, or perhaps gotten stuck to gum goo? Is it really that appealing to try on messy things? Remember the good old days when all you had to worry about was your mother saying "If you get it out, put it back!" She was trying to teach you something, and many people seem to have forgotten that, along with the common sense they left in the hallway before they came in and started picking up neatly folded things and then just laying them down in a lump because they didn't like it as much as they thought before moving on to do the next pain in the butt lift and leave it move?

Clean up after yourself. We are Retail employees, trained and set in specific goals to aid you in inspiring you to find a product. We're not your mothers or your nannies. Don't make me turn this store around.

Issue #2: What you THINK is your size, probably isn't - 70% of the time. It's statistically suggested to be proven.

This is most common in customers who either don't frequent VS often, or in customers with augmentations.

I know a LOT of women who compensate the lack of coverage in their bras with a bigger band. Tell me something, Does Band sound like Cup to you? Let me teach you a little lesson on how you are sized in our lovely store.

Each "Band Size" represents the measurement of inches around your ribcage. 32/34/36/38... If you are a 33, normally, we'll put you down an even band number (32) so you can have a longer life to your bra. If you're at 33 1/2, I'd probably give you a 34, but it depends on your comfort.

Each "Cup Size" is different in each band size. This is especially confusing for Augmented ladies. I can not count on both hands how many times I've heard someone say "But I asked for a full C!" -My dear, you may have asked for Mr. McSteamy to give you full C's, but when it comes to measurements at your local lingerie store, you are measured in Inches. Not in liquid ounces, like Mc. Steamy will measure. On top of that, in relation to your band measurement, you've got some other things to learn.

Each cup is different in each band size. 32D does NOT equal only one cup, OR only one band size down from a 34D. Each time you increase the band of a bra, your cup also gets bigger in relation. So your "Sister size" as we call it, from a 32 D is a 34 C.

Here's an easy way to remember it. Put your size on a Teeter Totter. Remember those things we played on as kids, and we loved flipping other kids off the end? Well, don't do that flipping thing, but if you have to, go ahead and use your arms. Or call it a tilting scale. For example, the number 32 will sit on one side of the scale. Then sit the letter D on the other. Now raise your 32 to the next number. What happens to the D? It goes down if you're doing it correctly. So if you're raising your 32 to a 34, you're decreasing the cup from a D to a C.

Does that make sense? Basically, not all D's are the same size. I can't tell you that 32 D and 38 D are both going to fit the ladies, because 38 D is going to be 3 times bigger than the 32 you have in your hand. Keep in mind, this is just an example, and there ARE exceptions to the rule. Sometimes that also means that another company may size you differently. Which is why you need me and my other bra specialists either at my store or with other companies to help you sort out the secrets to your fit.  Especially in completely different styles(Though the majority of styles should fit relatively similar when it comes to your size). We are here to help you. We won't tell you something you aren't(at least not on purpose). When you're uncomfortable with what we've sized you at (That DD you thought was a full C, for example), most of the time it's because Society has told you that a certain cup size is universal, and you supposedly look the way society expects. "D's are for your average Hooters girl, DD's are your typical augmentation, and DDD's, G's, H's, and so on are for the Dolly Partons of this world." Love, let me remind and encourage you to remember that YOU are YOU. You're not Dolly Parton. You're not a Hooter's girl. You have your own body type, your own shape, and your own comfort. I am sizing you for YOU, in a measurement-based, then individually altered manner. Not for Dolly. I promise, I'm not going to make you look like you just strapped on two big dodge balls to walk around all day in.

Listen to me when I say this, and listen close:

I want you to walk away from me with a fit that you are confident and comfortable in. Regardless of the number and size. Regardless of what company provides your bra. Regardless of the money I'm responsible for in the fitting room. My job is to make YOU happy and comfortable, and I want you to feel like you matter - like you're important.

Also remember that I am not perfect, nor is anyone else, and there are mistakes and missed opportunities. Please please PLEASE don't let one bad experience push you away from a company. Try again if you don't get the attention and love you deserve.

From there, all I ask is that fitting room etiquette is practiced and taught outside the store through your friends and family, and that you give me a smile before you leave. I love smiles. Smiles let me know something went right.

Also, if you let me practice my Spanish with you, you're my new best friend.

I guess this is the end of my rant/infomercial. I guess if you have questions, leave them in the comments below. Leave me your fit issues, and I'll try to answer them, but I can't promise it'll be in a timely manner, because I'm not usually on this blog like I'd like to be. A girl's gotta eat, so this one has to work all the time. But I'll try. :)

Also, I'm a little bit in a hurry. There's an Etsy list with my name on it, and it's filled with nerdy stuff, like Harry Potter bracelets and Polyjuice Potion flasks. Yes. I'm a Potterhead. So sue me(But don't...)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

One for just the ladies

I'm not sure what my traffic is like on this site. Honestly, I'm not really concerned because, eventually, we all have to become aware of the same things when it comes to bodily functions. We all pee. We all poop. Burping isn't a new thing, although each of those is rather rude to do intentionally in public. But we also all know about the reproductive organs, too. I'm just going to get it out of our systems right now. Penis. Vagina.

So giggle. Go ahead. Get it out. I'll wait.




This post is going to be for the ladies, but guys, if you read this, it might be helpful for your future relationships too.

Let me just start by saying the last four periods I've had were very happy periods. Very happy.

What changed? I stopped buying Tampons. I did, however, invest in something else to replace them. It's called a Diva Cup.

Here's where it gets a little personal. In the past, for the last, oh, 8 years that I've had my period (I think I was a late starter and started my period at 16), I've had to use both Tampons and pads at the same time. I could never just do Tampons because they always leaked, no matter which type I used. Also, since I know that the bigger the tampon(from Light to Regular to Super), the more risk there is for a still rare risk of TSS(Toxic Shock Syndrome, for those who don't know). I only went to Super for a few desperate situations, and I HATED it. On top of that, for the last few years, I've been getting worried that the pain in my left hip, or the uncomfortable cramps that I had been having ONLY while wearing a tampon were warning signs that I might be developing TSS. I know it's rare, and it happens in extreme cases, but I have to admit, I'm still not all savvy on "down there" and as a woman of 24 years, I'm sure I still have a long way to go, especially because I am not sexually active, and I don't have the need to be completely concerned about that area, except for, y'know, mostly once a month. 

For a long time, I had wished there was another solution. And believe me, I tried every tampon under the sun, and none of them were that miracle tampon. None of them caught the blood like I thought they should. Basically, they were crappy plugs that easily let the lining pass when they were too full... And essentially, that's what they are. 

BUT, a few friends of mine had been talking about these cups, on and off in my life when our menstrual problems were brought up in conversation. Some had "Keepers." Others, "Diva Cups." I'm sure there are a few other names, for them, but these two seem to be the most popular ones. 

Since my purchase of the Diva Cup, I have had the most stress free periods EVER. 

Just so you don't freak when you see the pictures, I'll explain a bit about it, too.

The Diva Cup is a very handy little silicone cup that folds easily and is pressed into the same place as your tampon. Instead of absorbing the lining, the cup captures it like a cup would typically capture liquid. Every time you go to the bathroom, or feel the need to empty it(and you'll know), you just need to slip it back out, tip it into the toilet, and rinse it out. What's most convenient is when you have access to a single person bathroom. All you do is tip it out into the toilet, and you have the privacy to rinse it out in the sink before you put it back in. I've only ever had one incident, so far, where I had to empty it in a public restroom, and I was lucky enough to have had a water cup in the stall with me, which let me rinse the Diva Cup out in the toilet. I find that the most convenient part about this is that, instead of the 4-8 hour rule that you usually have with a tampon, you can leave this cup in for 12 hours. There's NO risk for TSS, I never have to buy another box of tampons, and I can use pantyliners for the majority of my period, rather than pads(except on the heaviest days). I don't have to worry as much about leaking as I did with tampons!

A few questions someone might have about these might be:
- Aren't they uncomfortable? - No. If you have them inserted right, they're less noticeable than Tampons!
- Don't you feel them? - No. They are bigger than a tampon, but they're not something that's made for you to feel them through the day.
- Does it hurt? - The first couple of times that you put it in, it takes some getting used to. It hurt for me. It was awkward, and I questioned whether or not I actually wanted to continue with the trouble of them. But once I got it down and I learned more about my body and how it's actually situated, I was able to insert and remove my Diva Cup with no pain

I know there could be more, but that's what the comments section is for. I ADORE my Diva Cup and will never go back to Tampons. Every year, I'll have to buy another one. But what's $25 a year, compared to $7 a month, each year, for the best tampons that don't even work for me? Maybe it's not a huge savings, but it's definitely a hassle saver!

I also approve these because septic systems weren't made for the disposal of Tampons. I know it SAYS you can flush them on the box, but they're not actually good for the system. I mean, nothing that goes in the system is really "good" for the system, but it's worse than some things. Why not be kind to it, and save it some stress?

You should try the Diva Cup. It'll make your periods happier than a Kotex period.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

LOVE week

Ok, so before I start explaining how this week has really opened my eyes to the underbelly of this city(Nashville), I have to start off with praising God for how absolutely generous He has been these past few weeks as I've moved back to Tennessee.

First of all, I have to start with my move back here. While the process was a little rough to begin with, I found a place to live, and have been blessed with my Landlord's patience while I work out my bills and my paychecks and jobs. In no less than 10 weeks, I was quite easily re-hired at Victoria's Secret(with a little extra step up on the way), hired at Charming Charlie, and moved into a town home. A lot of times, it takes much longer than that to get into a place. Especially when you don't really have family to stay with. I mean, my brother let me stay with him until the second week in January, and then I was crashing at my best friend Rachel's house for a little while. So really, I've only been in my apartment for about 4 1/2 weeks. And my blessings keep getting sweeter. Right now, I'm looking forward to being Bra Certified; and to many of you, this makes absolutely no sense, but to those of you at Victoria's Secret who are excited about their job, you will understand. That certification is just another step up to where I want to be in the company, which will then take place in March when we start working on the AIM(Associates Interested in Management) program. From there, it is a Four month journey filled with projects and learning(I thought I just graduated?! :P), and around June, I should be close to the point where I could be in management at Victoria's Secret!

Not only is my life being blessed and planned and solidified as all this with my job happens, but my world just keeps getting smaller! And this is in no way bad! A lot of cute little coincidences have sprung up when it comes to people I know, or places I've been. A couple of weeks ago, a girl came into MY Victoria's Secret(out of the 6 in the district, and about 4 within a 50 mile radius), and she just HAPPENED to be from Orange City, Iowa. She knew the Coffee shop my parents owned and the college I went to. She had literally moved to Nashville about two weeks after I had! Cray! Fast forward a couple of weeks later, and as this LOVE week kicked off, and my relationship with my church just keeps getting deeper and much more involved, I find that I grew up in the same state as one of the other girls(Utah), I lived about an hour away from another(in Iowa), and another complete stranger was also from Utah that I met at one of the service projects our church attended on Tuesday. I know these seem like insignificant coincidences, but little nostalgic things like that make me so happy to know I've got connections.

Now onto this LOVE week!

Jim Florea, Forward Church's Pastor, decided to declare this week LOVE Week, in an attempt to emphasize the love that is advertised everywhere. As you may or may not know, this commercialized season of love started with St. Valentine, and his efforts to marry soldiers who were forbidden to marry, and ministering to people who had been closed out of the church. The development of this "holiday" took its root in the 14th and 15th centuries and glorified by Geoffrey Chaucer, with his romantic ideas. We also know that the St Valentine's Day Massacre happened in 1929, but that obviously wasn't an act of love...I don't know what's up with that.

Anyway, so Jim wanted to focus on the Good in Love, and since our church has given itself the job of loving the city around us, Jim wanted us to actively do that this week. So, each day, so far, we have done something to help our city. But, instead of start another organization(since the City already has a surplus of organizations to help, as I've realized through our process) we've been blessed to help out existing organizations. Sunday, we stayed after church and just picked up trash around the town where we hold church. I didn't do that because I had a hair appointment, but I did attend Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday's events, and they have opened my eyes and humbled me.

Monday night, we teamed up with People Loving Nashville and helped box up and serve close to 120 Chicken Teriaki  meals to the homeless, near the Capitol building in Nashville. This was very similar to the service project our group did in Ecuador, where we went to a local church and served up food to the homeless, too. It made my heart swell to know that these people appreciated that we were being genuinely willing to give them a moment of peace and hope, and most of all, LOVE, in that evening. I hope to return. PLN is full of a handful of genuine and loving volunteers who take time out of their busy 9-5 schedules to take free food and clothing to the homeless every Monday night,even through the winter time. If you can, please take a moment to check out their website!

Tuesday night, we volunteered under the Jefferson Street Bridge, where close to 200(I think) homeless gathered for a hot meal, Worship Service, and a sort of grocery picking line. It was here I found my Utah Homies(:P), and the connection to an old and very bad Spanish teacher! haha! Some Smyrna High kids had been there. It was cute.

Wednesday morning, a handful of us went to The Ronald McDonald House and made lunch for the families and children who were staying there. We got a visit from the Krispy Kreme bus, which was a completely remodeled 1960 beast of a vehicle. So gorgeous.

The Donut guy gave me his heart. D-awww. ;)

So the takeaway from this week, since I'll be at work tomorrow when the last event is going on at Helping Hands, is very simple. It's not sad, or pitying. It's thankful and hopeful. My heart was fit to burst every time someone has said thank you, and I only felt like I needed to be the one to be thankful. Our city, no matter how corrupt it seems on the outside, is really filled with a large number of people who care about what happens to those less fortunate. I guess another thing I have to be thankful for is that I know that if I would ever find myself in the position of the homeless, I would have people to turn to. Not just friends and family, but complete, genuine and loving strangers. This LOVE week has shown me that there really is enough love to go around. And it's not seasonal. These organizations display acts of love on a regular basis! No strings attached!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Found this little gem on Youtube, today. I'm packing, but you better believe that when I'm unpacked, I'll be making one of these. I especially love the little bubble dress she makes, too!
Maxi dress out of bedsheet!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Pesky Pimple Sores, BEGONE!

So I know many of you out there have issues with your face. It's always either pimply or has sores, or dry or whatever. Well, I have a saving grace idea for some of you! This idea was brought on by sheer curiosity, and I am probably not the only one who has thought of it. BUT, here goes.

Now, we all know that Neosporin is great for cuts and sores, yes? It's what you should apply to your bandaid before you put it on the cut(to avoid missing or smudging outside of the gauze), so why not use it for more than just cuts or scrapes? Well, essentially, that's what those sores are on your face. You've itched, you've scratched, you've popped and picked those pesky little sores on your face till they scabbed over...Is it too late to say that this post is a little graphic? Don't worry, it stops here.

I have this problem. It's been going on for me since my Junior year in High school. I have sensory pet peeve. When I feel or see a pimple on my face, it HAS to go. And I mean, immediately. But 99.9% of the time, it creates a bigger problem when I try to fix it myself. I've had scabs on my face for such a long time, and it's embarrassing and horrible. So I had an idea a few nights ago. Neosporin.

I put it on my face - rubbed it on each little crusted blemish and slept with it on. Ok, so it didn't all stop in the previous paragraphs, but we're all adults, here... moving on.

I woke up the next morning with my blemishes uncrusted. I know that sounds really gross, but you know what I'm talking about if you deal with it. You always have dry spots on your face that your fingers are attracted to and they just scrape scrape scrape because you can't stand them being there, even though you caused them in the first place. I'm telling you, Neosporin is a gem.

So, for those of you who need specific directions, here goes:

Do this routine at night, or when you're going to have a long amount of time alone or where you won't be embarrassed by having a glossy face. Put Neosporin on all those little sores. Just rub a little on your finger and apply it to each one. Don't get too copious with your application. Just make sure you cover each sore and that it has something to sit with through the night. I made the mistake of doing this during the day, before I went to our school's dance team performance. I was fine until I went to hug the girls and tell them how well they did. Naturally, when you hug, cheeks touch or pass by hair... it's a bit embarrassing when you stick, so make sure you're not going to be touching anything or anyone with your face.

You can also start off with a silk pillowcase, which is better for your hair and face in the long run, anyway, since it's harder for the oils on your face and hair to stick to the fabric, like it would a cotton or other porous fabric. I actually have a "silky" pillowcase, which is polyester, and probably not as good as Silk, but when I get the chance, you better believe I'm buying real silk to make my pillowcase. The difficulty here is that if you are a side sleeper, it's hard to remain on your back through the night to continually prevent rubbing off the medicine on your pillow. You should be sleeping on your back all the time, anyway. I found that if I sleep like Peter Pan (One leg straight, with the other bent out in a possé, and that possé foot underneath your straight knee) it's a little more comfortable.

Then, in the morning, I like to wash the leftover Neosporin off with honey. I recently found out that washing with Organic Honey makes it difficult for bacteria to grow on your face. It's a SUPER food, so make sure you're giving your body something sweet and healthy like Honey every now and then. Plus, washing your face with honey is (oddly) delicious. If you get the honey in your mouth, it tastes so much better than soap!
Right now, I just have the regular Bear bottle honey, but if you can get organic honey, that would be best. The bees know what's up, yo. Our processed foods aren't as good as what nature can provide.

Finally, my other skin routine products involve moisturizer and a gentle face wash. Please please PLEASE stop using all these harsh products on your face. You're stressing your cells out! Unless you've been prescribed something by a dermatologist, please don't use harsh products on your skin. My absolute favorite right now is the Skin Care Line by Simple. You can find it at Walmart, most certainly. It is just a little higher in the price range, (about $6-$7 for Face wash and Moisturizer, each?) But it goes a long way if you use the "less is more" virtue. I only have a facewash and moisturizer from their line, but that is all I need. You can even put the moisturizer on before you do your Neosporin treatment, and then definitely after you've washed your face off in the morning. Moisturizer is KEY to a great looking face. If you strip your face of natural oils, it freaks out and thinks it has to reproduce them quicker, which is the reason some people have trouble with oily faces. You HAVE to return the moisture you took away from your skin, otherwise it gets dry or over-oily. When your pores get stressed out, they can stretch, making it much easier for dirt and grime to collect inside them. Moisturizer also aids in keeping a YOUNG face. Replenishing the elastin is important, and Simple has natural Skin-Loving ingredients that really do love your face.

So, try this. And I'm not just talking to all the gals, out there. Guys have these problems, too, and I know you like to think you're all muscly and manly, but with a clear, baby-butt soft face, YOUR gals will like kissing you better. ;) (This is just a hunch... Beards/Mustaches are cool, too, but I know your foreheads get very little attention)

Below, I have posted some links to purchase the products I've talked about. I was not asked by any of these companies to sell their products. Click on the words, not the photos, for the places to search for and purchase these items.

Simple Facewash:
Simple Moisturizer:
Don't worry too much about the number of ingredients - they're all good for you, but you can decide on your own on how much you need of what is numbered. I recommend going to the store and looking at the boxes, rather than just ordering it online, but for those of you who shop online all the time, I've made this process a little easier. :)

Aaand, for those of you who aren't as crafty as I am, Here's a link for a Silk Pillowcase:

Thursday, August 2, 2012

I R Productive.

So today, I found the time between getting up at noon, going to Walmart at 3, and going to work at 5:30 to wash my work clothes(Previously splattered on with Ketchup), spend time on the internet, dinking around, doing nothing, really, and starting on my latest DIY.

MmHmm. A DIY. And this time I took pictures.

I found this wonderful DIY/Repurpose post on Pinterest about six months ago(on one of my 2 am attempts to procrastinate on my Spanish homework-no doubt) and have been looking for the materials to do this since then.

Until Tuesday, I hadn't had any luck, whatsoever. But, on Tuesday afternoon, my mom took me to a super stinking small garage sale/estate sale where everything was grouped in boxes for $5.00 a box, and nothing interesting was really IN said boxes that would have any use to anyone, whatsoever. BUT I found this beautiful thing, and instantly fell in love.
No, Not the picture. Gosh, no. Though it is pretty, I don't need another stinking picture, unless it has to do with dance. No. I fell in love with the frame. And although it's about 4.5 ft by 2.5 feet, I know it's going to be a definite investment. This thing is going to be one Kick-A Jewelry frame.

Check the price on this bad boy:
And if you can't see very well, it says $1.00. Yep. Uno. One. I bought this HUGE, beautiful (slightly heavy) frame for $1.00 at a garage sale. I think I did pretty well for myself.

So, because I didn't want the whole thing for the picture, I took off the paper backing...

...Kept the label that says "October Morn," because I figure I can get creative with the backside, white paint, and clear nail polish... and I can use the pre-poked holes for some hooks...

...Pressed down the staples holding the picture inside the frame(Why not keep them? They could be useful for something later on!), and pulled the picture carefully out of its previous home.

Wow, that last bit made me sound a teensy bit cruel.

I have GREAT plans for this frame. And I still have some rocketing around in my head that haven't quite been made a possibility, YET, but for now, let's just start with what I've got so far.

Unfortunately, I ended up putting myself back a bit on the price range. But I think that I made up for a total amount cost when you factor in that the huge frame was ONLY $1.

However, when I went to WalMart today, I had in mind to get a bunch of lace to do the string-across thing in the first picture. But I couldn't find any lace on sale that I liked. I even asked the lady(who was a little out of it... I think she was a bit tired) if there was any lace anywhere else, and she said no. Then she disappeared for about 5 minutes. It was a strange moment...Guess you had to be there.

Anyway, I wandered as I wondered "Is there any other way to put some kind of surface inside the pretty frame that would do the same thing as Lace might for my jewelry?" Lo and Behold, as I finished that thought, I also pondered "What if there's a whole SHEET of Lace...?!" and there, perched atop a shelf with others of its kind in about three different colors was a whole fabric roll of beautiful creme colored lace "Fabric." I froze for a moment, and stared as if I had found a blessing bathed in a heavenly spotlight... Then the light flickered, making me realize it was just a dying florescent bulb, and I was presently bumped back to reality.

I paid with a little bit of pain in my thrifty brain. I paid just under $8 a yard for this sheet of lace(and I got about 1.5 yards), altogether totaling a whopping $11.96 for it - but I justified my splurging purchase when I told myself that getting enough lace to do what this sheet was going to do would have costed SO much more than this. When I got home, I realized that if I placed it a certain way on the frame, I actually had twice as much as I needed, but that just means that I have more lace for another project, or extra lace if the half I apply now gets ruined.

So here's a little preview of my work so far:

While shopping, I wandered into the Hardware section and found some nifty little hooks that would allow me to hang all my necklaces on them, neatly and tangle-free. I bought a set of 50 dark silver hooks, even though the frame and colors match more with Gold. They were cheaper than the rest. 50 hooks for about $2.50, when the 8pc. sets were 97 cents. Now, I'm not good at math, but for the number of hooks that I wanted, the 50 pc set was a much better deal.

I did a little bit more splurging, however(which I probably shouldn't have done) and bought a 3 pc set because they were just so darned pretty. They are about the same gold as the frame, and they have this cute little leaf design on them. They're called "Mug hooks," but I can do whatever I want with them, and I want to make them Necklace hooks. So there. [insert stuck out tongue face]

After my excursion to Wally World with me mum, I returned home at about 3:40 with the muse and drive to start working on my awesome new project. Mother thought I was crazy as I explained to her how I thought it would be so cool to have some boards across the back where I could screw my hooks into, instead of damaging the frame too much to put all my necklaces in one place. She told me, though, that there was plenty of wood downstairs at the shop(she and my stepdad own a coffee shop in an awesome old building), and that I was welcome to anything there. So I went there and found some cool boards that I thought would disappear pretty well behind the lace and still serve as a place to sink my hooks into. (Did that sound funny to you? Sink my hooks into? Hmm. Oh well.) The boards are similar to what you see in the picture above the hooks. The little tannish piece sitting next to the lace, inside the frame, on top of the ugly kitchen floor(We're going to get that replaced, someday... not that I'll be around, but it'll still be nice for my parents). My thought is that if I put one beam across the back of the frame and lace, long-ways, and then two other beams across the top and bottom of the middle beam(Oooh! I may just put them 1/4 of the distance across the top and 3/4 of the distance along the bottom... That would be interesting!) I'll have a nice sturdy place to screw the hooks in for all my necklaces. I was also thinking of using the old staples, still, and sticking old gold wire hangers in those and bending and twisting them so that they make some kind of vine design as yet another way to hang my necklaces. I'm liking that idea more and more, so my next assignment for tomorrow will be to find old wire hangers no one wants anymore. Probably just 3, but we'll see how it goes. I think I can still maneuver the back of the lace to allow for some hangers to slip in and stay secure.

Well, tonight, after work, I decided to get down to business. I didn't have enough hot glue to finish the whole project, nor the daylight to start hammering, since the old folks like their beauty sleep, and I'm - well, I'm a Night Owl - but I did get started on most of my project. I have the majority of the lace attached to the back of the frame, however.

Gently, I stretched the lace so that it was pulled across the back of the frame, evenly, and so it wouldn't sag terribly when my heavier earrings found a home there. And believe me when I say I have some heavy earrings.

I decided that it would be too much pull on the fabric if I just stretched it all out evenly across the frame, so I folded up about 1/2 an inch, just above where the board is going to be nailed, and then I continued gluing. This way, when the board is attached, I can take that fold and glue it to the top of the board. There will be a little seam, but the purpose of this is to start another platform for the bottom half of the fabric so it's not pulling on the top part of the fabric. That way, if I have a set of my heavy earrings on the bottom half of my lace, it's not going to pull and stretch the lace so bad as to where they would pull from the top region of the frame. (I hope you followed that...)

This is the last bit that I've done. I'll probably finish it, easy, tomorrow. All I have to do is play around with hangers, attach some boards, and find another stick of glue to glue the seam and the bottom line of fabric to the frame, since I got the top and sides already glued pretty well.

Notice the puckers on the sides. That will be where the seam is.

All in all, I think it's a pretty awesome idea. I'll be really happy if it turns out exactly how my mind pictures it! It's almost there, anyway!

Pip Pip for now!

Ok here's the edit of the finished product. It actually took me all day to do the rest of the frame, and I decided that the seam in the middle was not going to work, so I decided to stretch what I had, instead of messing with the puckered edges. I think it gives it just a little bit of character. And so does all my jewelry! Though I'm actually not even close to being done putting my jewelry on, It's starting to look like it's going to be the best investment I ever made... Literally!
Doesn't it just look so darn pretty? I REALLY like the allover lace. I have about 30 hooks screwed in to the three boards behind the lace(and the blister to prove it), and now I feel like I'm doing an episode of "What's in my purse" as I showcase all(well, most) of my jewelry. 

I also realized, after I did the whole thing, that I didn't exactly have a place for all the earrings that don't HOOK. So, I fashioned a bow out of a side of lace I had trimmed off the back, and now have two tassel-like things just for the poky earrings. :)

Just a couple little tips... I suggest having longer wood nails, if you do a project extremely similar to this one. The joints between the two shorter boards and the longer one are actually held together with what glue I could muster out of my gun, since I didn't have long enough nails, but rest-assured, when I find some, They're getting secured.

Also, Do you know what happens when you put the wrong size glue into a glue gun(Smaller into Larger)? Well, have you ever had to wipe a childs' runny nose in the middle of winter? It's something like that, only back out the way it was pushed in, hotter, and stickier. Yeah, Not recommended. Furthermore, I've learned that it's not good for me to work on Projects before bed, paired with the fact that it's about 2am that I'm going to sleep, as well. I had a dream about this frame. Yes. A dream. And It was finished and had jewelry and stuff on it, too. I also had this ... vision... call it what you will... of this really handsome man's face(I think it may have resembled Henry Cavill, a little). And I couldn't help but think, "Wow. I can't wait to hang this in 'Our' house." Yeah. I had a dream about a dream guy, and furnishing my house with this... so I guess my subconscious is telling me that I better keep this for a long time. haha!

Well, till next time, Pip Pip!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I bought a month of WOW today, as a reward for finishing my Online Math Class. Yes, ladies and gentlemen. WOW. World Of Warcraft. My friends also bought me a month of Star Wars The Old Republic as a late birthday present and early Finishing Your Math Class present, too, about a week and a half ago. So far, it's super fun. I love these games. But I can't continue to pay $15 a month for both of them. So they'll be Reward things. So, this month, It's finishing Math. But the next time I buy WOW or SWTOR, it's going to be for Graduation, which is in less than 5 1/2 months.

In addition, I passed my Math Class with a, 87% for the whole class. Yes, people, that can be classified as a B+! I have NEVER gotten a grade that good since Middle School, in Math. And I NEVER have to take another math class ever again. Praise God!


Today was a lazy day. I got to talk to mom a little bit. Not very much, but I still did. It was a rainy day, and even though I went to bed at midnight, I STILL slept until 1. But it was a colder, rainy day, today, so I can see why that happened. Plus, shark week isn't exactly much of a week to be doing a whole lot of things in, so it's best if I sit and have coffee while I read Chronicles of Narnia and my new Devotional Journal.

I've been straying a lot from God lately. It's super stressful, and I long to go home to Nashville and return to Forward Church. I NEED that community back. I don't have one here, and I'm afraid that even if I DO get some kind of community, I'm going to have to leave them in 4 months anyway. So what's the point? Of course, God has a way of telling me "Oh, you don't want friends? TOO DANG BAD! Here! Have LOADS of friends!" Yeah. That's how God works with me. And in the end, I love Him for it. But sometimes, just sometimes, I wish he could spare me the heartache of leaving them.

Holy crap it's almost 5 am. I'm going to town tomorrow. Need to be functional.

Pip Pip! XOX - Jill

And before I go, a little bit of beauty:
I took this last spring, when the trees were teeming with butterflies. Had it on my mind, and thought you'd enjoy it. :)