Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Halloween!

I put together some treat bags for my nephews, niece, and cousins. Our family has an annual pumpkin carving day, and I have not been able to attend for quite a few years. I was super excited to finally not have a job that holds me back from attending! Time to celebrate! I brought the young fella's in the family apple cider beers, and the kids goody bags full of gummy bugs and body parts. I got all of the kids together to take their pictures. I was snapping away, and got some cute shots. I looked down and I had forgotten my memory card! I nearly had a breakdown. So all of the pictures of the festivities came from my mom and my aunt (I am still kicking myself). We had a lot of fun though. YAY to tradition and Happy Halloween!

I made a bat garland a couple of years ago for my mom. It is still in great condition, and my mom uses it every year! Check out that DIY Here.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

DIY His & Her Mugs

I picked up a Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Pen after seeing so many DIY ceramic cup plate and platter projects popping up on Pinterest a while back. We had some plain white mugs laying around from a set of dishware we got for the new house. Everything was made in the USA expect for the mugs. They were made in China (of course). We decided that we would donate the mugs. We didn't really need them anyways.. A light bulb went off in my head! I can draw on them and give them as newlywed His & Her gift sets!

I drew sweet messages and let them sit for 72 hours, then baked them for 30 minutes at 300 degrees. Leave the mugs to sit in the oven to cool down gradually to room temperature. Then they are ready to gift or start using! They would make great engagement announcement photos too.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Oregon Nature Drives in the Fall

I am thoroughly enjoying our new home, and our warm cozy fire. The days are warm, and the nights are cold. I have never had enough time to enjoy the season changes the way I have since we moved here. I LOVE working from home!
It is all so beautiful!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Cabin Update: The Cabin Interior is Finished!

In my last cabin update I said that Wayne was working on figuring out some custom shelving for added storage. He made a kitchenette/desk, and we put a shelf in the "closet" that had sitting around looking for a home. It worked out perfectly.

We found a loveseat sofa bed sleeper that folds out into a double size bed, a mini refrigerator, and some small kitchen appliances, Also found some matching curtains for all of the windows.

Now for the deck! Wayne finished the deck in 2 days( I love this man.)!

You can see how much our weather changes from day to day!

And the moment we have all been waiting for.. The move-in!

Next Wayne will be building some steps down to the lawn. The stepping stones and "ramp" off the edge are temporary because of all of the recent storms we have had!

I am happy everything is finally coming together! ♥

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Exciting New Things!

Dream State is now on Tumblr! Etsy recently changed some of their policies that a lot of people are not happy about. I thought I better expand my shop, and start some new projects. Branch out a bit.. I started a Big Cartel Shop! I had to come up with a way to get new traffic over to that shop.. So as the smart girl that I am and wonderful idea of my sweet boyfriend. I started a wedding blog on Tumblr where I plan to post new photos of shop items regularly. If you are in the market of getting married Follow me!

Speaking of my shop.. I was packing orders and my FAVORITE old coworker text me to tell me the "latest" gossip. Her texting me triggered the thought that based on the time of day I knew she had just got back from lunch, and with the first chance she got she left the desk to tell me(We were desk agents at a hotel downtown Portland together for the last 4 years). I was instantly hit with the overwhelming stress feeling I used to get while working there. Being that we were ALWAYS under staffed.. I sat there taping "Here Comes the Bride" tags on my orders, filling the package with assortments of pretty colored hearts. I had a damn breath of fresh air! I have a dream job! I sleep in. I drink coffee. I start work when I want to, and take as many orders as I can handle. I don't have anyone on my back. I don't have to watch my back! I don't have to do any damn thing except make sure the bills are paid. No negative interactions, no drama! I am not writing this to brag. I just want to possibly inspire the 'unhappy' to find a way out!
I lived by this quote for a long time.. It is one of my favorites, "I don't want to earn my living, I want to live." by Oscar Wilde. I repeated it in my head at work. I knew that by saving every dime of money possible. I could find my way out of this stressful life. I would buy myself freedom. This kind of life is not 'real'. Our human experience is not meant to be spent dreading each day. We have purpose. I had psychos yelling in my face about how they specifically asked for a river view room 2 years ago. They want compensation for someone "lying" to them. No complaints about our lack of mini bar were relevant to our human experience. None of it was important. I kept my smile.. Yes it was fake. I was belittled. As if I made decisions for the company. As if I was in charge of the events going on on a Friday night. Like I was in charge of the amount of bums on Portland streets! It was rare to come across a genuine person. I always sincerely thanked someone for their kindness, and I let them know how rare it was to come across. I didn't EVER suck it up for the sake of keeping my job. I sucked it up for my future, and my way out! I found a goal with the one I love. We were to buy a house "away from it all". We would live a simpler life. Enjoy our human experience in a natural environment. Away from every stress that we had. We ran, and I suggest that you do the same! Find a goal, get a hobby and make some money. Live simpler. Find happiness! Use the thing that sucks the life out of you as a tool to get to where you REALLY want to be. I will end this with my second favorite quote, "The two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why." -Mark Twain