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August 27th, 2007

Just Married!!

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Originally uploaded by PaperDollyGirl.
Yay! I don't have wedding photos yet, but I wanted to share this quick one we snapped at the Benbow Inn. We had a great time - swimming in the gorgeous Eel River, an incredible dinner under the stars on the Benbow terrace, with a live jazz band. We watched the sun set and the bats fly out from behind the inn to head for the trees for the night. It was beautiful.

I am officially moving this blog over to http://paperdollygirl.wordpress.com. My main URL, http://www.paperdollygirl.com will always direct to the right place, so it can always be linked to. I haven't figured out how to make it so there can be a syndicated LJ feed for the blog, but I hope to work it out soon. I will still log in to LJ to read and comment on my Blythe friends and crafty ladies, and I'm using Google Reader to keep track of everyone. Thanks for reading and commenting on my LJ, and I hope to see you over on my new URL! I've already done a lot with the layout and updated my categories, bloglines, etc - lots of stuff I never got to do with LJ. Hope you like it!

August 6th, 2007


Noe Valley Bakery
Originally uploaded by PaperDollyGirl.
I went out dancing on Saturday night to a fun 80s club. My thighs still hurt from attempted a few back-bending dances. It was a pre-wedding party with a few of my close friends. I thought I'd share this one photo of the cupcakes my friend got from Noe Valley Bakery. The chocolate ones are incredible! It's a chocolate cake filled with a Caramel Bavarian Cream, topped with a Caramel Chocolate Ganache frosting, sprinkled with Fleur de Sel. A few of us were thrown off by the salt, but I LOVED it. I think it's one of the best cupcakes I've ever had.

Something fun - the taxi we took to the dance club was part of the new Green Cab fleet. It's a hybrid car, and the company is owned by the drivers who sign up for shifts on their cars. They only have about five cabs right now, but I'm sure they will keep growing at a fast clip. I'm going to try to convince my almost-husband to let us order a Green Cab to take us from the church to the hotel after the wedding, so we could have the half hour after the ceremony to just unwind.

August 5th, 2007

Cleaning out: an update

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So I went to the Goodwill today to drop off NINE bags of stuff that is now out of my life. most were grocery bags, a few were extra large shpoping bags. I ditched suits, silk scarves, leather shoes, housewares. I still have more to get rid of, but we needed the space in the storage unit before the wedding. I had to dump the clothing into a huge vat at the store - as the clothes came cascading out of the bags, I realized that I had ALREADY forgotten about most of them.

In looking at my housewares, I'm trying really hard to only keep stuff I want right now, and not what may or may not be useful in the future. I don't know if you can see in the photo, but I got rid of a huge metal colander that I never used. I bought it because I come from a family of six, and every time I used to make pasta, I would make a 1lb box of it and need a big strainer. I haven't lived with six people since... probably around 1992.

We went to the big Goodwill store on San Pablo. They were in the midst of remodeling this summer, and this weekend was the grand re-opening. There was a raffle, lots of balloons and people celebrating. The store looked great. Some of the prices seemed to be a little high, hmmm.... but for the most part, a huge, well-organized presentation. Very tempting, but after unloading an entire car load of stuff, the last thing I wanted was more stuff.

grand reopening

August 1st, 2007

A quick photo to show I am knitting! In spite of all my vows to give it up because it takes too long, I keep finding gorgeous patterns. This one is being worked in gorgeous silks from Art Fibers. The very helpful Kira helped me pick out substitutes for the Classic Elite Interlude used in the pattern. It's moving along very quickly - I'm already almost done with the back.

July 31st, 2007

reduce, reuse, recycle

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One of my big things is using cloth napkins, cloth grocery bags, and just reducing the amount of disposable products I use. I have been known to take my laptop lunch to restaurants to reduce the need for disposable take away containers. I bring my own silverware to school and work so I don't need to use disposables. However, there are times when I'm caught without silverware. I saw these bamboo sporks being used by Karina of the fabulous new eco-friendly blog, Tiny Choices. I had to order some! While they won't be long enough for me to stir my tea (hmm.... must come up with a solution for that), I am looking forward to using them. They come in a set of 8, so I can leave one in my backpack, one in my purse, a couple in my partner's car, and some in my camp kit. Thanks for the recommendation!



I also am re-committing to a few things that I'm inconsistent about. Like bringing my own coffee cup when I go to a cafe, instead of using a disposable. Remembering to bring my laptop lunch for leftovers at meals. And not caring if people actually make faces at me for using it.

July 22nd, 2007

Wedding Quilt

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wedding quilt
Originally uploaded by PaperDollyGirl.
wow, radio silence here! I've been on the east coast for the past few weeks, spending time with my family and getting ready for the wedding. I've not been super crafty - getting caught up on some knitting, casting some other projects aside for good, and eating many desserts. I think I'll take a separate post for my favorite dessert photos. And thrift scores!

I wanted to share this photo. My almost-mother-in-law drove all the way from Ohio to give me this quilt last weekend. She made it herself, and handquilted the whole thing. It's amazing! I was shocked to receive such an amazing, thoughtful, generous gift. I had so wanted a quilt to honor the occasion of my wedding. My paternal grandmother, who passed away when I was 19 was a great quilter. She tried to show me, but I only ever sewed a few scraps together. Hey, I was 6. I did make a few blankets for my Barbies. Now I'm sewing for Blythes. I guess I haven't changed much! Anyway, I resolved that I would just learn quilting, and while I still am working on that skill, it is such a relief to me that I won't have to learn before I get married! The quilt I was planning in my head would have been a white background (to go with more colors) and probably some floral motif in mostly blue and white fabrics. To receive a quilt like this, so much like the quilt of my dreams, is just such an honor. I feel so grateful for my future husband's family. Oh, she also is having a lady from her neighborhood embroider our names and wedding date on some additional fabric so I can then add it to the quilt. I am just so thrilled and grateful.

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June 23rd, 2007

quick shout out

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Wow, I had to share this link to one of my new favorite Etsy shops. Jon Carling. He is a good friend of my future spouse, and he sells his really cool artwork on Etsy. I already have the vintage bathing suit one, and am just loving the night owl and the Pattern Girl piece. He also gave me two embroidered felt pins for my birthday last year. Check out his work!

June 21st, 2007

things I covet

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A little survey... if you had a couple hundred to spend - around $150-300 - on a piece of jewelry would you rather have an awesome vintage piece or an awesome new piece by a modern designer. I love this owl locket by moss mills. I don't generally go for silver, especially something like this, because it's hard to take care of. I have very few pieces of jewelry in general, and most of it was made by an independent crafter, which I love. Vintage has such charm for me, but so does supporting real people and real shops. What do you all tend to collect and why?
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