Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Snow Shock.

Wow. ok. Well, then. It's snowing again so I guess that whole "we never see snow in the northwest" is crap. I have honestly never seen this much snow in a single season my entire life. Wow.

I did finally get some pictures of my dress! I used a pattern I bought at Fabric Depot for $2.50 and this super great strawberry fabric that was on sale so all in all it was a pretty good deal for a dress. With a cardigan and tights it's totally wearable now and it will be perfect as-is in the summer.
More to share on the work front too, I'm starting a temp position at the American Cancer Society this week and I'll continue to look for something more permanent. Ideally I'd like something with more responsibility than my previous position and some more pay too. With all the lay-offs I'm a little nervous about how picky I can be but time will tell. Hopefully this blog will soon go back to just talking about crafts and we'll all be able to forget about my job issues. Keep your fingers crossed!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Vintage Update

So I added a couple new vintage items to my shop today. Check it out!
I'm still unemployed but a little less angry about it than I was when I wrote that last post. This is only day number two of it, so I'm sure tomorrow or the next day I'll feel completely different but for now, it's inauguration day and I'm about to watch Obama's speech, which I missed this morning, so it's not all bad.
More to come. I did actually complete that dress I mentioned last week so now I just need to take picture. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I think I'll try the same pattern again with a lighter cotton fabric for summer.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

More News.

Yesterday the recession hit home for us. It's probable that at some point, if this lasts as long as it's supposed to, it'll hit home for everyone in different ways so I guess yesterday was just my time. My boss gave me two weeks pay and sent me on my way. "Feel free to come back and visit at anytime. I hope you'll take these memories with you always." Uh. What? I asked her how the memories were going to pay my mortgage but she just smiled and moved on to tell me, "here's a form to continue your health care coverage. Only $350 a month." I'm still unclear about how she thought I'd be able to afford that. I loved that company until yesterday when it showed me its' true colors. Earlier in the week, I'd received an email from my boss to the "accounting" alias which a few different people get, it mentioned my "departure" on Friday. I wrote her to remind her that I also received these emails and (professionally) asked if we needed to talk about anything. She came to my desk and reassured me, "I'd just meant you leaving for the weekend. That's my 'office speak,'" she lied. It's so infuriating now to remember when I replied, "oh, I thought I was being fired" and she looked me straight in the eye and lied again, "no! not at all."
I'm done with small companies for now and that's so painful to realize. This is the second one that has done this to me but it's the most painful. In various meetings during my eight months there, I'd been promised the ability to 'move up' in the company and reassured that I was an important part of the 'culture' of the company. What horrible people, I wonder how they all slept last nite. Did it keep them up thinking of all the lies they told me in the past few weeks, as it did me? I imagine it takes a special sort of person to lie to someone's face, particularly someone you spend forty hours a week with.
But you know, I will take memories with me from that place. Memories of what heartless assholes are running it.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thank you for the congrats on the wedding! I'm so excited, it's kind of ridiculous. I should have mentioned, the boy purchased the ring at this awesome place Gilt which specializes in antique/vintage jewelry. My favorite thing about the ring is the engraving on the inside "June 2, 1941." I think we're going to get his wedding band there as well. As for wedding planning, I'm doing all sorts of things I hadn't thought of before I got engaged. Like buying Martha Stewart's 'Weddings' magazine and starting a wedding budget. Eek! I've also started to look at dresses, like this one which I found on Posh Girl Vintage. The main thing I didn't expect was how many decisions we are going to have to make. I thought it would be easy to plan a wedding in 6 or 7 months but it turns out there is probably a reason that couples are usually engaged for about a year. Regardless, we're going to move ahead with the summer wedding. Once we're married I don't think we'll look back and say "oh jeez, we really should have had our reception at that one place" you know?

Sunday, January 11, 2009


The holidays are gone but I feel busier than ever! First, the boy and I got engaged over the holidays (yay us!) and we'll be getting married this summer, so I'm already trying to get the date and location planned. Here's the beautiful ring he picked out for me. I'm so impressed, it's exactly what I wanted. I'm also getting ready for classes at PNCA, which I'm really looking forward to. Don't worry, I've got some crafty stuff on my plate as well. Today I'm working on a new dress and if it turns out I'll post about it this week. I'm totally in love with the fabric I picked out for it. As for new years resolutions, I'm not so big on these but this year I'm looking forward to making strides towards a career instead of a job and planning an awesome wedding.