Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mustard Crusted Halibut

I am *obsessed* with this recipe

It was on The Chew last week, and I knew I had to try it. 

Their plate was obviously much nicer looking than mine:
Mustard Crusted Halibut Butter Sauce Michael Symon

The sauce alone is reason enough to make it--swear!


Monday, April 29, 2013

Sew and Sew

There are few things that I love as much as I love my sewing machine.
But, I somehow lack the capacity to follow a sewing pattern. I am more of a wing it kind of gal. It results in a lot of wasted supplies. But, it works for me.

I was just text a photo of something that I am pretty positive I cannot make. I really want the order, and I am impressed this person thought my skill level was that high. But there is no way. 

Perhaps I need to practice. 

Any great projects with simple directions? I get very overwhelmed with a bunch of steps and cuts of fabric. To date, I've stuck to scarves and makeup bags for the shop. 
I've like to knock out a really big purse, and eventually move on to clothing.


Friday, April 26, 2013

What I Read This Week

I read a lot. I go in cycles by what I am in the mood for. Typically, I love anything crime/thriller/mystery.
For the past year or so, I've been *really* into anything with an end of the world/dystopian society story line.

About a month ago, I downloaded The Maze Runner from the library for the 3rd time. I kept forgetting to read it. Or rather, I was recalling a different book (I still haven't recalled the title) that I read 2 pages of and hated it.
On Wednesday, I started reading it.

I *love* it!!! It has a solid story line that has kept me very interested.

So interested that I've knocked out the second book:

And, I am now on the 3rd:

I've downloaded the prequel to finish off after this one. It is definitely a series I'd recommend!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thankful Thursday

I used to link up with one of my favorite bloggers to do a Thankful Thursday post. 
Unfort, she hasn't posted lately, so I am just going to do a post of my own.

This week I am thankful for:

*My husband--as usual!

Yesterday was my birthday. He woke me with cupcakes in bed and singing Happy Birthday!
I'm going to get real with you for a minute, I truly didn't think this much happiness was ever possible. HOW was this guy made?? He is perfection. He is really the greatest part of my life.

*Also thankful for my hilarious friends! I got this little gem in the mail:
I kind of love Michael Bolton.

*Instagram linked with Facebook. 
I *hated* instagram until yesterday. I used it here and there for the past year or so, but never loved it. Then I realized I never linked it with my facebook (which is probably why when I tried to share my instagram photos they were always private). Then yesterday, I linked and well hellllllllllllllo. Picture mecca. 

*New Fabric!!!!
Hello new makeup bags for .West 19th.!! I am in love with them.

It has been a FULL week for me! I am ready for the weekend for sure!
I also have a minor sprain in my wrist. It has been like 2 weeks and it gets better, then worse. My crafty side has been taking a hiatus with hopes it heals. Mornings SUCK. I cannot open or close my hand at all--maybe I should get this checked out? Perhaps.


Thursday, April 18, 2013


I've been a bit MIA in the last week.


*The craft show last weekend definitely exceeded expectations!! So many custom orders for .West 19th.!
*The Etsy shop is UP and selling! I have only had one "sale" on Etsy, but about 8 custom orders placed from people that are local and are avoiding ship charges.
*Last night was the Volunteer Waitress Night for Cystic Fibrosis. My cousin has CF so this is definitely a BIG cause for my family!
*Tonight, this handsome guy and I will be seeing Celtic Woman

Cannot. wait.

* This weekend we are celebrating my 28th birthday. So excited to go out! 


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Knocking on 30

I'll be turning 28 in two weeks. The birthday kind of sneaked up on me--just a few days ago I realized I would be celebrating soon. 

I've never fretted growing older, until now.

I so wish I could stop time and spend eternity in this part of my life.
Just me + him

I cannot imagine things getting better than they are at this moment. 
But it will, I know that.

When I was a kid I never dreamed of having a family and being a Mom. I dreamed of love-marriage-growing old with one person.
Never really had a 2nd thought to motherhood.

Until, recently.

I can completely, positively say that I never had a desire for children until Justin. I saw him, fell in love and instantly had visions of babies, teenagers, becoming grandparents with this guy. 
It was overwhelming.

Then, last year when I turned 27, I started to get really bummed that we didn't have kids.
We were newlyweds, it was definitely not a time to be adding to a family.
But I think what hit me the most was that my own Mom was 27 when she had me. 
I really started to feel I was missing something major.

But it isn't that simple.

Justin never wanted children. 
Until, me. Until, more specifically, my nephew:

He so loves Scotty, and Scotty adores Justin. It makes me jealous, but whatever ;)

So, two weeks outside of turning 28, my biggest thought is, "Am I going to be a mother before 30?" 
I feel that YES, I will. 
But, waiting? It sucks.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Craft Closet

I need a dedicated crafting space
The problem is, we have a small condo. Well, not really "small", just not a lot of empty space. I want to avoid crafts downstairs. It is our entertaining space and the last thing I need to fabric and bobbins all over.

We have one spare room, but I have babies on the brain, so that is out also.

So, I have this dream of a craft closet:


The spare room as two large closets, so this would definitely be an option.
The other option is a hall closet. It would be an easier undertaking, as it is large enough to hold a desk.

This weekend, my Father in Law showed me his awesome craft cupboard. 
It was similar to this:

How awesome would that be!? 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Etsy shop!!

This weekend, I officially opened my Etsy shop! 
I only have two products listed right now. I was editing pictures to list, I decided to wait until next Sunday (4/14) to list everything else. I have a craft show on Saturday and I want to have plenty of inventory to take with me.
Next Sunday, you will see:
Picture frames! 
Shadow Boxes!
Make Up Bags!
Tote Bags!
Infinity Scarves!
Water bottles/cups personalized!
Baby items!

Check it out HERE!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy Husband=Happy Jessi

There are times when I think, "Dang, you really have this wife thing down, Jess!"
Today, is one of those days.

13 days from now, my husband and I will be seeing these lovely ladies in concert:
He is so excited, he cannot handle it! I wasn't familiar with Celtic Woman before I met Justin, but I REALLY love them now. He is borderline obsessed.
And apparently, it is a good thing I slightly resemble Chloe, or he may have never ever agreed to go out with me ;)
I see a similarity, and I think she is beautiful, so I'll take it as a compliment!
Chloƫ Agnew at Macquarie Shopping Centre, Sydney.jpg

I hope you all have a LOVELY weekend!!!!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Craft Madness

Next weekend, April 13th, I have a craft fair. I've only been prepping for THREE months. I shouldn't be this far behind.

However, in Jess world "prepping":
Order sweet fabric
Picking out new business cards
Ordering a cool square reader (ok that one actually helped a lot---I LOVE it!!)
Planning my day of outfit

Not taking inventory. Not making sure I have enough of everything.

Thankfully, I have been a busy bee this week, and will probably finish up next Wednesday. That gives me two days to pack up and get organized. 

Nothing like last minute ;)

Monday I will post pics and links!


Monday, April 1, 2013

Weekend Recap

It truly is more like a week recap!

My sister and nephew arrived *finally* from Colorado last Tuesday morning at 12:20am!

Photo: Denver airport bound.

He has gotten so big in the two months I haven't seen him, it is killing me! Thankfully, two more months and I get Scotty alllll summer long. 

We spent the week visiting family and hanging out. My Mom surprised the little guy with a bunk bed. It has a bunk on top and a futon on bottom. Or, as he calls it, "a crouton". 

We had a massive sleep over on Thursday and Friday at my Mom's house. Just my sister, nephew and I on Thursday. Friday, my husband joined the fun!

It was a really long week, with a lot of running around.

Saturday night we had a family dinner at Bob Evans--my sisters, their kids, my Mom and Dad, my husband and my brother in law. It was crazy but it was also a great last thing to do. 


The next morning they flew home very early and were celebrating Easter before I even woke up that day.

I think I needed 18 hours of sleep to catch up on everything I've missed since last Monday!