33 for 33: Visit a Psychic

pexels-photo-235615.jpegI have long wanted to go see a psychic–not because I believe in psychic abilities or tarot cards or anything like that, but because I’m so curious what someone in that profession would say to me. Psychic or no, the people who tell fortunes have to look you up and down, figure you out as quickly and accurately as possible. If they can do that exceptionally well, it’s called mentalism. Whether you believe mentalism is skill or supernatural–that’s your call.

Not that I expected to find a true mentalist in my little Seattle suburb–or anywhere, really–but still. Charlatan or not, I figured I’d get a kick out of getting a reading.

I finally found my opportunity to visit a psychic about two weeks ago, when my husband I were having a date night.

First of all, let me say that this is the perfect date night activity. Fun, a little crazy, and a sure source of conversation for the rest of the evening. Continue reading → 33 for 33: Visit a Psychic

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How to Make Your Own Scarf Display (or: 33 for 33, Do it Yourself!)

IMG_20171031_110450.jpgYou probably know I have an Etsy shop. A couple of them, actually. One of these Etsy shops sells fashion accessories, including vintage and handmade jewelry, and I’m working on a variety of scarves and bow ties.

Problem: how to display said items for photographs?

I mean, there are lots of ways to do it. Just go on Pinterest and they’ll tell you! And, of course, you can model the products yourself–an endeavor that can be frustrating, tedious, and damaging to your self esteem (especially if you’re both model and photographer). Personally, I wanted a sort of half dress form; something to show how the scarf (or tie or necklace) would look on an actual body without my having to get in front of the camera or bribe my children (they’ll do anything for a piece of candy).

Do you know how much these things cost? Obviously, there are cheap options, but I guess I have expensive tastes. And I wanted it to be my own–to represent my brand, if you will.

Finally, I decided: I would make my own. Continue reading → How to Make Your Own Scarf Display (or: 33 for 33, Do it Yourself!)

33 for 33: Hocus Pocus

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I’m almost ashamed to tell you this, but until last night I had never seen Hocus Pocus.

What?! you’re probably saying. It’s one of the classics of our generation! I watch it six times every Halloween and constantly post .gifs from the movie on social media!

I know. It’s a thing. A thing I missed out on–until last night, that is.

You see, growing up, I wasn’t allowed to watch anything involving witchcraft or magic in general. My parents went through an extremely religious phase of life and so whenever my peers talk about Hocus Pocus or The Craft or even The Smurfs (apparently Papa Smurf cast spells? I don’t know, I’ve never seen it), I kind of smile and nod along and wait for the subject to change. I only got into Harry Potter around the release of the third movie as sort of an act of rebellion, though the rules had softened by then. Of course, nowadays, my mom is a big fan of the Harry Potter movies and keeps borrowing my copies of the books, so, you know. Things change. Continue reading → 33 for 33: Hocus Pocus

33 for 33

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Birthday #29, and potentially the happiest I’ve ever looked on camera. I blew out all the candles in one go and managed to keep Sam from burning himself at the same time.

When I turned 30, I set myself a goal: I would do 30 new things before I turned 31. Well, that didn’t exactly work out, though I did do one big thing. I gestated a baby. Which is a lot harder than it looks.

Anyway, I don’t plan on gestating anything this year except maybe an idea for a new novel, so I should have plenty of time and energy to make 33 the best, most interesting year yet.

So I’ve been brainstorming my list, thought it might change over the course of the year. Here’s what I’ve got so far: Continue reading → 33 for 33