Happy 2014!

Hello lovelies!

No, I am not dead. No, I have not been sent into the Witness Protection Program and thus why I have not posted in a while…

Life has become more of a roller coaster in the past six months, more so than I ever imagined. I unfortunately have not had any time to do much of anything besides sleep; even my workouts have suffered. They’ve changed my position at work a bit and it’s kept be busy beyond belief. Not only that, we’ve changed offices and now I’m commuting an extra hour a day. And in order to get a parking spot, I have to leave at the crack of dawn.

On top of all this, we’ve had a few family health issues in the past few months that have kept me on my toes more so than usual.

Basically life has changed… a lot and continues to do so. To say I’m exhausted is an understatement. Any chance I can sit and just be is like heaven on earth. But with all of this chaotic change, came parts of my life that had to take a back seat for a while. This blog of mine, unfortunately, was one of them. Crafting was one of them. My etsy shop was another. My social life took another nose dive and I say a huge ‘thank you’ to my friends who have understood my chaos and haven’t disowned me for it! Fortunately for me and unfortunately for them, most are going through similar life situations.

The past few weeks have caused me to do a lot of thinking: where I’m going, what I want to do, etc. Obviously, new years will do that to you. It’s the hot thing: resolutions and all that. But with the changes going on at work and the changes going on at home, I’ve forced myself to take another look at everything and see what changes I need to make in order to feel normal again.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not unhappy through all of this. I have to say I’m VERY proud of myself and how I’ve handled all of this change. If you had put last year’s me in this year’s situation, I’m not sure that girl would have made it through. I was in a bad place last year personally; I was surrounded by bad juju and a bad support system and made the decision that 2013 would be the year to change all of that. And I did: I am incredibly calm about everything. Stressed, yes, but calm. And happy. Quite happy. One of those contented happinesses that are quite rare, especially in D.C.

2013, however, was quite a challenge for me because it was a huge year of finding myself. It was kind of the first year in a long time I actually learned/had the chance to be myself, to be me and not let myself get influenced by so many others. That, i’ve discovered, is a bit of a personality flaw of mine… partially blamed on being a Pisces. We tend to do that: to absorb the feelings of others and place that burden on ourself in addition to absorbing others personalities and making them our own… which, if you aren’t careful can be more harm than good. But I’ve done a lot of amazing things this year like losing 50 lbs for instance. Sometimes I forget how big of a feat that is, huge even. I lost a whole elementary schooler! Once upon a time, I lost quite a lot more and I’ve struggled with that this year only because it’s taken me much longer to do so this time than last time. But I’ve had to keep in mind that I had a much different situation last time and just need to continue to adapt. This time I’ve been building a lot more muscle. That I know. That I can tell. And it feels amazing. 🙂 Along with the weight loss, I took on a new position at work, reignited old friendships, made some new ones, challenged myself personally and tried to do something that scared me more often than not, sewed a satin gown, made some decisions on my future including finally taking the GRE’s, among many other things…

This year already is bringing more new and exciting things! I’m in the process of making some major plans for September, of which, I don’t want to jinx until they are final so you’ll just have to wait on those. I’m doing a short product presentation on one of our webinars at work in a few weeks (kind of freaking out about it, but still excited!) and working on a major project at work that will be launching in a few months (again, so excited!). Trying to get back some social aspects of my life and have resolved to do at least one or two outings with friends a month. That probably sounds so lame, but baby steps, y’all, baby steps.

So there we have it and here we go. 2013 was an interesting year, great, but interesting. 2014 is going to be amazing.

I can’t wait.

I hope everyone had a great holiday and a happy new year! May 2014 bring you happiness and joy in whatever you do! And may you all remain healthy!

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Happy Birthday Blog Giveaway!

*knock, knock* HEY YOU! *knock, knock* HEY YOU! *KNOCK KNOCK* HEEEEY YOUUUUU GUYYYYYS!

This ends tonight, so find out how to win some craft supplies just for you! Don’t forget to comment with links if you pin, post elsewhere or like my facebook page!

So go, go, GO!

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So, only a short time ago, my itty bitty blog turned one! ONE! YAY!

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I can’t believe it’s been a whole year! I want to thank YOU for following, trying, and just checking out my little piece of internet heaven! So to thank you for being amazing Glitterettes, I’m doing a


HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG GIVEAWAY!

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That’s right! YOU could win a bunch of crafty goodness from moi in celebration of “Glitter in the Air” turning one!

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How to enter:

1. Like this post!

2. Like the “Glitter in the Air” Facebook page and comment to let me know!

3. Comment on this post about your favorite birthday memory/celebration!

4. Share your favorite “Glitter in the Air” post!

5. Reblog this to your blog and put a link in your comment!

6. Pin this post and put a link in your comment!

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I died and went to spaghetti squash heaven

A week ago my nephew graduated high school. HIGH SCHOOL. Screw quarter life crisis, more like quarter life meltdown at this point! I was not able to attend due to each graduate getting a limited number of tickets but was definitely there in spirit as my teacher and father were sending me pictures of the days events. The week before that, my niece graduated from preschool. The reasons we’ve learned that these two amazing kids are related to me is:

  1. They’re awesome.
  2. Zoe’s plans were the following: “Zoe is going to kindergarten. And she wants to do EVERYTHING!”

Yup, sounds like moi. I’ve actually been struggling a little bit because I have no idea what I’m going to do anymore. The reason? TOO many things interest me.

Talk about first-world problems.

Seriously though, I always do feel really stupid saying stuff like that, but unfortunately, it’s true. With work contracts coming to a close, I’ve been thinking about my next move in life. The one definite I have is that I’m going to go to grad school. (HOLY CRAP!) I am set to take the GRE’s mid-August and am baffled by why it is so expensive to sit in front of a computer for 4.5 hours to take said test. Regardless, now I have to narrow down the grad school choices. Determining what I wanted to study was another problem. I would love to get into infectious disease research, but I also really enjoy health psychology. But then there is neuro which, I’ve hung around in for the past two years and thus leading to wanting to become a PA in the future…

Maybe that’s why I always wanted to be an actress growing up. That extinguishes the issue because you can be so many different things in such a short amount of time. After all, I always liked getting to be someone else for a while, someone new and different… But the reasoning of why I never divulged into the performing arena is going to take more than just a few paragraphs and will require a lot of alcohol.

What I’ve actually decided on has been Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Health and Physiology. My goal upon trying to lose weight and get healthy the first time was then to help others the same way my trainer helped me. I often feel really bad that I let myself get back to this place and like I’ve let her down. There were a lot of situations that led to this issue, but again… more paragraphs, more time and more alcohol. I’ve been talking with my current trainer and we were talking about this idea again: becoming a personal trainer/health coach extraordinaire. See, she has been there. She lost a ton of weight, was a figure competitor for a while and now is a fairy-god-sister disguised as a personal trainer. Having done this journey once already and now again, I want to help people who have been in the same predicament and just can’t seem to get ahead of the game. Because this time it’s going to happen.

Anyways, back to the story… since I had the house to myself last Tuesday, I decided to make up the spaghetti squash I had sitting on the table for a week. Spaghetti squash is fantastic, but sometimes takes some getting used to! You’re expecting a mushier texture, like pasta, since that’s what everyone compares it to but it is a little crunchier. I was super lazy so instead of dishing it out of the rinds, I decided to use them as bowls!

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The perks of eating it right out of the rind is that you don’t have to worry about extra dishes! I decided it was a good idea when I discovered we obtained more paper plates and I was too lazy to dish out the “noodles” from the squash rinds.

Spaghetti squash is so easy to cook:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut each squash in half and then clear out the seeds (note: you can keep the seeds and cook them like you would pumpkin seeds!).
  3. I like to sprinkle some safflower or olive oil on top and then sprinkle some spices: salt, pepper, sometimes garlic, old bay, or even greek seasoning.
  4. Cover in aluminum foil pretty tight and put in for a half hour.
  5. After a half hour, check with a fork and see if you can easily peel the squash away in little strips, usually it takes an hour or an hour and a half.
  6. If not, put back in for another half hour and check again.

Now here is where the fun part comes in…

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Spinach and Crab with Cheese

Mix in a bowl 1/3 cooked crab meat, a sprinkle of old bay seasoning, a handful of shredded baby spinach, about 1/8 cup of cheddar cheese and a little alfredo sauce. After shredding the squash, pour the mixture into the “bowl” and then top with mozzarella cheese.

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Chicken Parm

Add a mixture of cooked chicken pieces, tomato sauce (I used tomato and basil), and some sprinkled parmesan cheese to the “bowl” of shredded squash. Top with mozzarella cheese.

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I didn’t have any meat left over, so I stuffed the remaining two with just sauces and cheese!

Stick under the broiler for about 5-10 minutes (don’t forget to leave the door open a crack!) but keep an eye on it. It’s done when the top of the cheese is cooked.

DIG IN!

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I topped it off with a little extra old bay and DIVULGED. So good you guys!

How do you like your spaghetti squash?!

And don’t forget about the giveaway!

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I was featured on Kathy’s blog! So incredibly exciting! This was possibly my favorite headband I’ve made thus far and I’m so glad she’s enjoying it! And welcome to my new followers! I can’t wait to share with you all I’ve been working on!

Much love,
Heather

PILLOWS A-LA-MODE

I’ve been following Hey Hey Heather K (now known as Glitter in the Air) for a long time, but I only recently had a chance to explore Heather’s Etsy shop. I LOVE my first purchase, this stylish chevron black and white crocheted headband. Although Heather’s shop mainly features her crocheted headbands, hats, scarves, and cowls, she is definitely an all-around crafter with lots of fun project to share. You can check out Heather’s blog here, her FB page here, and her Etsy shop here from this post or anytime from my Shop Love! page above. Thank you, Heather! ♄

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Cowls, cozies, and election days!

Happy Election Day USA!

If you have already voted, GO YOU! If you have not, GO VOTE! I’m voting today after work and I have to say I’m more excited to vote for some of the questions, particularly 6, more so than I am for voting for President. But no matter who you vote for or if you write-in Leslie Knope, you have the right!

It’s gotten much colder here now in Maryland. And this type of weather always makes me yearn for my yarn and a nice hot cup of tea or coffee. As of late, I’ve been doing just that: sitting in my comfy chair, drinking tea and crocheting… usually while watching Doctor Who, but ya know. Nerds will be nerds. I’ve even taught my sister how to and she’s becoming quite a pro already!

Am I the only one who sees a roll of yarn and a specific person comes to mind based on the color? I saw this gorgeous, almost purple color the other day at the store and bought it instantly. The first person I thought of for this was one of my good friends Yasmin and since her birthday was coming up, I decided to make her something for the upcoming cold weather. I’ve been particularly fond of cowls as of late. They’re so incredibly easy and fun to make. I had found one crochet pattern in particular that I was dying to try, I’m not much of a knitter, mostly because I found crocheting to be much easier but that’s not to say I don’t knit at all. I’m just not as handy with needles as I am with hooks. 🙂

Anyway, here is the cowl I made for Yas:

The color looks much different with the flash, it’s more of a redish purple in real life.

I used this pattern to make the above cowl:

I also made a coffee cozy for my co-workers birthday:

I used this pattern (It looks like a wine bottle, no? 😛):

Go vote!

Pay It Forward

I keep trying to reblog this and it’s not working! But I’m participating and sharing Mrs M‘s post! The rules are below!

This is how it works  (I’ve borrowed Mrs M’s, who borrowed Claire Bear’s  explanation, who borrowed it from the Quilting Chemist):

I will send a surprise gift to the first 3 people to comment on this post.  This gift will be made by me and I will send it sometime within the next year.  Exactly when you will receive it will be a surprise ( it will probably be a surprise to me too).

Of course there are some rules in this game.  Here it goes:

1.  I will make a little something for the first 3 people who comment on this post.  It will be a surprise and may arrive at any time in the next 365 days (yes, a year).

2.  To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too.  Share the giving love on your blog by promising to send a handmade goodie to the first three people who comment on your blog post.

3.  You must have a blog.

4.  After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog to spread the love.  If you haven’t posted in 48 hours then the next commenter will be chosen.

If you want to join in just comment below and if you’re on of the first three I’ll send you something before the end of August next year!

Weekly What?! How did I not know about this store?!

If you have never seen this sketch, this is amazeballs and I command you to go RIGHT NOW and watch it: Harvard Sailing Team – Boys Will Be Girls

When talking about this, I feel really dumb. The Harvard Sailing Team skit “Boys will be girls” comes to mind always when I finally discover how amazing something is after everyone else has already figured it out.

“What, have you been living under a stupid rock?!”

Yeah, probably.

To be fair, I never got a chance to find out about the amazingness of these stores until after I started my job down towards DC.

So what am I talking about exactly? The Container Store.

If you have never been in this place, you are definitely missing out on some cosmic, mind-blowing event. No, not that type of event… well maybe. This is a fortress of organization and my inner craft-fiend went nuts. I saw so many options for my future craft room, childrens rooms, bedroom, closets… you name it, they had it.

I’m pretty sure they have “newbie” sensors that go off when it’s your first time in the store. I swear one went off as I walked through the door, sending all employees currently not occupied directly to me to show me around or explain to me their “design your own space” feature. I’ve worked in retail and understand why they do it, but that still annoys me. Despite it all, I humor them because I know it’s part of their job.

Anyway, I remember seeing this idea on Pinterest AGES ago: Using a spice rack to hold nail polish, paint, etc. GENIUS organizational tool. I’ve been looking for old fashion ones for the longest time and finally gave up after finding out how expensive they are at department stores and being too damn lazy to go searching yard-sales for them. (I have now roped my sister into looking for more when she goes yard-hopping.) Imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon white, wire spice racks for a semi-decent price! They immediately jumped into my hands. As did the following:

So I went a little crazy… and without direction, I got a mod-podge of stuff!

But the whole point of this is the fact that I finally found these spice racks! I feel like I should go back and get a few more , but they SO have come in handy!

Everything in the room is green and dark brown, so I think I might have to spray-paint them at some point to match the rest of the room. But they hold my paint, puffy paint, and nail polish perfectly! This idea is brilliant.

So, if you are looking for a way to store your paints, check this idea out! I also saw this one recently that looked really neat as well!

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Organization for-the-win!