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2014 Year In Review - Part 2

On Monday I shared part 1 of my 2014 in review, let's check out the second half of the year.  


Had a very cool weekend in NYC which included museums, wrestlings, and of course a visit to Central Park.  I even shared my own personal guide to New York City.


August was my anniversary with Mike and I also served jury duty which only lasted a couple of days but turned out to be a heavy duty case. 


Added a buttload of jewelry to the shop.


October was such a cool month! Another visit to the city and enjoying the color changes in the trees.  I started making chainmaille jewelry - bracelets specifically. 


I started my first series of Holiday Gift Guides in November.   I also got a new tattoooooooo!  I'm still trying to decide on the next one.


December, well, that's now isn't it? Holiday craft fairs, birthdays, Christmas, and a whole lot of food consumption the weekend right after Christmas when we made another trip down to the city. That usually happens.

Thanks 2014!  You've been swell! Looking forward to a 2015 how about you? 



Gingerbread NYC Exhibit

While I stayed in the city this past weekend, I checked out this fun exhibit hosted by City Harvest. The exhibit included Gingerbread Houses but the theme was New York City. Sorry I couldn't share this before Christmas but it's still the Holidays to me, at least until right after New Years. I couldn't make it down to the city until after Christmas anyway but I still got to enjoy some of the jolly and ridiculous crowds (won't be doing that again). 

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This was one of my favorites. As a New York Nostalgia Nut, I really appreciated this piece which included famous New York nightclubs which are no longer around (Palladium & The Limelight).

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King Kong!  How cute is he??

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Can you spot Spiderman?

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Selfie with Cookie Monster? Why not! Pardon the glare, this space was challenging to take pictures in. Weird lighting, glass and mirrors everywhere.

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Fulton Fish Market, also gone. This might have been my favorite. I wish I was able to get a better shot of all the different fish they included, it was also huge.  Check out the candy corn pillars!

We *tried* to see the tree at Rockefeller Center and check out some of the window decorations at the department stores but oooooohhhhh weeeee! The crowds were just TOO insane.  But we still got to enjoy other Christmasy stuff in the city like walking through St. Patrick's Cathedral and checking out decorations in other parts of the city so it was still a good day.


2014 Year In Review - Part 1

Happy Monday! Yay we're winding things down here and it's that time where I like to look back on the year and do my "Year In Review" posts. These are some of my favorite blog posts to put together so I bring to you my look back in 2014 (January through June).


 I started 2014 fresh by dumping my e-newsletter.  While the "experts" say you should have one, I hated it, I hated doing it, and realized it just wasn't for me.  Some people hate Twitter and don't use it, I hate managing a newsletter so bye-bye!


 It was in early February that I finally started planning my escape from office life and super long daily commutes. 


 My last day at work!!!


I started my monthly residency at Bazaar-on-Hudson which was a lot of fun. Unfortunately it was recently announced that the space is no longer there so the likelihood of this market coming back next year are very slim, it's too bad. It was a great space and location. 


I got to play "shop" Mother's Day weekend when I babysat The Tailored Mermaid while Sarah-Maria was away doing Art Star in Philadelphia. 


 I had a day to myself while staying in the city and walked around Chelsea for a couple of hours. It was therapeutic considering June was a pretty rough month

I'll share the second half of 2014 later this week!

Merry Christmas

It's Christmas Eve and I just wanted to wish everyone who celebrates a very Merry Christmas.  We'll be home Christmas but Friday we're heading down to the city so I can see my family and spend the weekend in NYC so I'll be back on Monday.  Here's a few shots of the Christmas cheer in our home. 

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

This fashion "trend"  has been going on for a few years now and I don't think it's going to go away any time soon. I'm talking about Ugly Christmas Sweaters.  

In the beginning, I was amused, then it got too big and I thought it was getting lame, but I've embraced it and will probably end up with one next year.   But I can't just have any tacky-ass sweater, it's still gotta have a darker undertone to it.

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Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 8.52.12 PMSo I kinda got a thing for Krampus. I love the Krampus story because there are a lot of rotten kids out there.  This sweater from Blame Betty will be at the top of my list. 


Because you gotta zombiefy everything now, why not Christmas?  It almost looks like Santa has a priest collar, even more funny! Middle of Beyond has a crazy selection of sweaters. 


And last there's a Black Metal Snowman from Shredders Apparel, because nothing is more unintentionally funny than Black Metal.


Let's Have Some Birthday Cake

Happy Friday! And what a way to celebrate, let's have some birthday cake! Yep, today is my birthday and I'm feeling good.  Here's an older, pretty bad pic of a cake my mom got me one year.

Let's Have Some Birthday Cake

I don't know what the day has in store for me but I'm approaching it on a positive note. I already kicked it off with an early morning jog/walk, thankful for no rain, and treated myself to Dunkin Donuts coffee and a Toasted Coconut donut (my favorite).  

I'm not going to freak out about my age (39) and look back on my life. I'm just gonna keep looking forward. Looking forward to my dinner tonight with Mike and whatever goodies he got me (seriously though, dinner and cake is all I need).  

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Check Out Lizzy Bird Beeswax Candles

When I was selling at Bard College the other week, another vendor I checked out was Lizzy Bird.  Lizzy Bird creator, Elizabeth Bryant, makes pure beeswax candles, and botanical bath & body products made with fine, simple organics and wildcrafted ingredients.  I should have included this shop in my Hudson Valley Gift Guide last month as they're based in Red Hook, NY.

I was attracted to her super cute molds and bright colors which included honeybees, pinecones, Buddhas (not included in her Etsy shop). 



Aren't these adorable? You almost don't want to light them.  Her candles are 100% natural beeswax from established northeast US beekeepers and uses organic cotton wicks.  The candles are not scented other than it's natural honey scent.

We picked up a little red tree for our home decor Christmas collection....


Love it! Each candle is made individually and are smokeless, dripless, and non-allergenic.  You can never go wrong giving a candle as a gift any time of the year.  You can find her Etsy shop at

Holiday Craft Fair in Beacon Recap

Ok here's my last Craft Fair recap of the year and it ended on a great note.  I was back at The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY with The Hudson Valley Etsy Team this past Saturday and it was a blast!  And I took pictures!  I'll share just a few, you can see the rest of them on our team's Facebook page.

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Space is *very* limited, down to four feet so here's my little table. I made it work!

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My neighbor was Kokma Toys, look how fun! 

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I picked up some Hudson Naturals soap at the Hullabaloo a few weeks back but it was nice to see them again. I did leave with new beer soap from Beyond The Picket Fence.

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I took this shot early in the day before it got really busy. I love love love spending the day in this space. The Christmas decorations makes it all the more lovely.  

Blogger's Block: Let's Talk Facial Care!

My creative process can get a little tapped out at the end of the year with all the craziness that goes on.  Yet there's still that nudge that wants to write about SOMETHING on my blog. Today I'm gonna do something a little different and write about skincare which I don't think I've done since I wrote my Lush review

My face sucks! I have super annoying skin where it gets dry in the Winter and oily in the Summer with some blotchiness around my cheekbones.  I don't wear a lot of make-up so I neglected taking care of my face for a long time other than splashing some water on it and using random soap.  

As I get older, I get more self-conscious about my appearance and showing my age. We all want to look youthful and healthy, not weathered and tired.  For a few years I've been trying to figure out what works for me, tried a lot of stuff that I wasn't happy with. I need instant gratification and I think I found it. 

FaceI've heard nothing but good things about Kiehl's products but let's face it, it can be a little pricy and if I can't grab it at CVS, I might pass it over.  That was my attitude before but sometimes it's worth paying a little extra for the GOOD stuff. Kiehl's Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser is on point!  You feel the cleaner working as soon as you apply it without that burning feeling and leaves my skin feeling fresh and new once I rinse it off.  I need to check out their Toner some time.  But in the meantime, the cleanser is enough as long as I follow up with moisturizer. 

I learned about Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer through my previous job.  We would get free samples so I grabbed a bunch before I left.  When they say "Light" they mean it. I don't like that greasy feeling afterward especially if you're in a rush and you need to get the makeup on quick or if you're getting ready for bed. It has no dyes or perfumes.  I also have their Night Cream which I sometimes forget to use.  

I've been using both for a couple of weeks and already see and feel a difference with my face and I couldn't be happier.  Do you have a good cocktail of product you use for your face? 


Craft Fair Recap, One More To Go!

Last Friday I spent the day at Bard College doing their 11th Annual Holiday Art and Craft Fair.  Bard College is about an hour north of where I live so we had to get off to an early start. Mike spent the day with me which was cool.  He does these vintage medical decoupage art that he had set up on my table and they were very well received.  You can see some of his plaques in this picture.


I'm a bad Craft Fair photographer, meaning I hardly take pictures when I'm working at a show. I took this photo at the start of the day. The show got off to a slow start but things really picked up in the afternoon. But overall I had a really good time. It's such a nicely curated show and the organizers are so kind and helpful.  I enjoyed chatting it up with some of the other vendors too.  There was more to the fair than this room, there was another room and vendors set up in the hall and entrance, over 70 vendors total.


I lost the business card I took from this table! I'm gonna keep digging, but she was from Kingston.   I grabbed a bar of their Mango Sorbet Soap because I need to stock up for 2015. I stock up on different bars of handmade soap where I can so I'm not left hanging. 

I have one more fair this Saturday in Beacon and then I'm done for the year.  I have not added anything new to my shop, just renewing listing. I probably won't have a *real* shop update until after New Year's. I need a recharge after all of this.