July 27, 2011

I fell in love with this cat dress the first time I saw it ; I knew I had to have it for my birthday!

Dress: Cat Dress; from Forever 21
Belt: Leather Navy Braided; from Forever 21
Cardigan: 3/4 Gray Ruffles; from Charlotte Russe
Wedges: Self-esteem; from Goodwill
Glasses: Hot Topic (I think); from Rugged Warehouse
Ring: Sandstone Ring; handmade


21st Birthday Continued

So Dustin and I went with my Grandparents, my Mother and her fiance to Chili's. I had a Strawberry Presidente Margarita and that was plenty enough. I got cash and cupcakes from the grandparents; and little gnome from my Mom for the front yard. Anyway here are some pictures of the awesomeness that was my 21st birthday dinner!


Craft'n Bettie Sale!!

One hour sale starting at 1pm standard eastern time!!

Use code: 21STBDAY and receive 10% off!!


21st Birthday

So far this morning as been pretty good. Slept in until 11 am, le boyfriend told me he'd finish cleaning house, and I got a lot of messages on Facebook telling me Happy Birthday! The only downside was I rag rolled my hair hoping for nice soft curls and ended up with tight crazy curls. I feel five again but I'm going to take a shower and wash them out, then just curl my hair later tonight. Alright off to get some late breakfast and working on the etsy banner. I just can't make up my mind on a font yet!

PS- I'm going to be doing a two hour sale today, most likely 10% off the whole store. I'll post the code up here that you can use.


July 26, 2011

Vintage Finds: 7/26/11

Floral Portrait $2 

Cat Planter for $1

We didn't have any luck with furniture but we got some great deals at Big Lots with a new cork board and comforter set for under $30! Also I picked up some silly magnets :)


21 Things- Thing 21

21. Tomorrow is my birthday!

Yep I'll be 21 tomorrow and I'm so excited! 


July 25, 2011

21 Things- Thing 20

20. I have a southern accent.

Here is a little video so you hear my accent. I did it on my web cam so it isn't the greatest quality. Oh and ignore my dorkiness.


July 24, 2011

21 Things-19

19. I take my peanut butter sandwich without the crust.

I always pick off the crust of my peanut butter sandwiches but only those. Make me a ham and cheese I'll leave it alone. I'm not sure why I guess to me peanut butter sandwiches taste better without the crust. 


July 23, 2011

21 Things- Thing 18

18. I played clarinet in band.

Middle School band that is, not high school. I would have actually continued playing in high school but I wanted to do orchestra band rather than marching band and I wasn't sure how to sign up for just that. I still have the clarinet at my grandparents house but I don't play it anymore.


July 22, 2011

21 Things- Thing 17

17. I still watch cartoons.

Not just the cartoons aimed for adults like The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Futurama or Family Guy, but also kids cartoons. I love catching up on some of the old classics from my childhood but also some of the newer ones. Sadly some of my favorites have come an gone like Invader Zim, Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Chowder, and Misadventure of Flapjack. I have found some new silly favorites like Regular Show, and Adventure Time but I do miss new episodes of the other ones. I guess I'll always enjoy cartoons even when I'm old!


Busy Busy Busy

I've been busy for the past week and half with all kinds of different things. First it was sanding my car down last Thursday to get it prepped for painting on Friday. Well that Friday it rained so I had to postpone it until Tuesday. I worked all that weekend then on Monday I went to get my car inspected and spend time with Dustin's grandparents to get The Beast into his name. That Tuesday I took my car to my Grandparents to get painted and helped sand some more (in the horrible heat) then left it there to dry for a few days. Wednesday I got up early and got my licenses renewed then worked. Finally yesterday Dustin and I got to have a date night, even thought my shoulders hurt, and saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. I work all this weekend and next week is my birthday so after all this I'm hoping have more post aside from the normal scheduled ones. If anyone is interested in being a guest poster for next week I'd love to have you at The Owl's Den! Just send me an email at amberupbeat[at]aol[dot]com for more details. Well it's time for work! Have a great day :)


July 21, 2011

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16. I don't do mornings.

I've never been one for mornings even though recently I've been waking up around 7:00 am on my own. If I don't have to get up every day it's easy for me to just set an alarm. On the other hand if I have to get up every day for like school I'm a cranky girl. I'm just going to have to learn to enjoy mornings especially if I want to run my own cafe!


July 20, 2011

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15. I don't like artificial grape flavor.

I would say I don't like grape but then again I'd be lying. I love grape juice and real grapes but when it comes to candies and sodas that are "flavored" grape I despise them *insert serious angry face*


July 19, 2011

21 Things- Thing 14

14. I count in pairs.

When there is a large amount of individual items that I have to count I do it in pairs. For example there are eighteen items I pair the items by two and continue to count in twos to quickly get to eighteen. Another way I count in pairs is by finding a common number (lets say I notice things in pairs of five) I then use multiplication to quickly figure out how many pairs of five to get the product. It's an odd way to count but I find pairs (which I use more often) or common number pairing makes it a whole lot quicker than just counting 1..2...3..etc.


July 18, 2011

Bright Future for Craft'n Bettie!

The shop isn't huge but it's been getting more sales lately (especially with the mini HP series jewelry) so I've wanted to improve the site some and bring in new items. It is still a work in progress but I'm first figuring out what items I'm going to remake and jewelry that I won't resale. I'm also bringing in new jewelry along with some up-cycled accessories from vintage items. I have little extras I was going to use to make one of a kind pieces for give-aways on here or other sites. Somethings I need to figure out are shipping the accessories and how much that will cost. Another big thing is figuring out if I want to keep taking photos of items like do now or create something like a stage box/area for pictures. Again these are things I still need to figure out but are part of my major main goals in improving the site.

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13. I'm an introvert

What exactly is an introvert? It's not simply having a shy personality but finding that being by yourself (or for me also being with few people) to be energizing than staying out and being around tons of people. While I enjoy being with my own thoughts I do like to get out but I tend to get drained, tired or bored I guess you can call it, when I'm around a crowd of people too long. When I'm around a few friends you wouldn't know any different but with a group I tend to keep to myself. Growing up a lot of people took this as being stuck up but if I didn't know you or feel comfortable then I kept quiet. Now once I do feel comfortable I can't shut up and I have friends that can vouch for me on that! Even though it isn't something I can completely change I do try to speak up more such as in class or social situations I do hesitate at times. I also use the blog to speak up and communicate more because it doesn't just pertain to my real life but online as well. So feel free to say hello I'm not being rude if I don't speak up I'm just an introvert. Here is a great article about how to be friends with an introvert.


July 17, 2011

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12. I love art, crafting, design you name it!

Art- I have been drawing since I was three years old when I drew a picture of my grandpa (which my mom still has). I really enjoy drawing and painting and have really improved throughout the years. My biggest strength is drawing images and I've taught myself how to draw people better. I've been working with watercolors even more and I'm trying to find my style.

Crafting- I love taking things and creating my own style with them like this Owl Candle. It so fun to create things and  it takes my mind off other things when I'm crafting!

Design- When it comes to design my favorites are a toss up between interior and web design with fashion making it a close three way tie. I'm not an expert web designer but I like doing stuff myself and do the best with what I have. I really love interior design and was going for that in high school but had a change of plans. My interior design taste have really evolved since high school. I do have to admit sometimes my ideas aren't great and when they aren't complete (i.e the photo wall) I tend to change my mind. Though it usually ends up even better in the end.

Fashion- I loved playing dress up and creating crazy outfits when I was younger but I didn't really get into fashion personally until much later. As a teen I loved Teen Vogue and had created some cute outfits but it wasn't a daily thing more of when I felt like it. My senior year I did try a little more but in college I had to dress casual business. So I really got into creating outfits that were cute and professional while on a budget. I generally wear what I feel like along with the style I like either it be in fashion or last season. 


July 16, 2011

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11. I hate spiders 

When we first moved into the apartment I noticed these huge spiders trying to sneak around the corner and they scared the crap out of me. I'll see them occasionally but it doesn't make me feel any better when I do see them. I don't like spiders in the house..outside they can do whatever they please but when they're in my house they're in my territory!

July 15, 2011

21 Things- Thing 10

This thing is a little embarrassing but I'm probably not the only one that has done it.

10. I over-plucked my eyebrows as a teen.

I had people tell me I shouldn't over pluck them but I didn't care I was into styles of the 1920's and thought it was so vintage to have them thin and arched. Now as you can see I was so wrong.

I finally got my act straight and have these beautiful arches :)


July 14, 2011

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9. I wear fake glasses

Before it was all the rage in fashion magazines I wore fake glasses. My mom had a pair and gave them to me when I was 13 and I've been wearing them ever since. I have a nice little collection of them and they're one of  my big go-to accessories.


July 13, 2011

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8. I love short hair!

My hair was super long as a kid and I got it cut for real (not just trimmed) when I was six. Through the years I've let it grow out but for the most part I love it when it's short. Recently I let it grow out long enough to donate and sent it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Here are some of the different styles of short hair I've had.

Pixie cut when I was 16

Curly and short when I was 17

Short bob when I was a college freshman

Angled bob after I donated my hair


Sorry for this...

I'm sorry but there will be no Obsession Wednesday today due to...life. I started putting together the treadmill we bought and it's really wearing me down. Plus someone needed me to work for them tonight so I'm taking a break from the  treadmill so I don't wear myself down before work. I also have clothes in the wash and this mess in the living room. I'm so sorry about this and will have one for sure next week. My 21 Things post will  continue tonight because I queued a few the other day, why I didn't queue a OBW? Mostly because I figured I had plenty of time to do it today. Again I apologize for not have the post this week.

Doctor Who Blog Party

Just wanted to let all you Whovian bloggers know about this amazing Doctor Who Party going on at Paper Sparrow's blog. There are already a few post and even an awesome give-away already posted. So go check it out :)


July 12, 2011

21 Things- Thing 7

7. I love coffee.

 I've always been a fan of coffee even when I was younger; though it was mostly milk and hardly coffee it was a "grown up" drink. When my friends and I would hang out we'd go to the local coffee shop and later in years we'd head over to the Waffle House for cheap coffee. Now I don't drink it like crazy (I don't want to get worn out on it) but it's really something I enjoy and brings me comfort. 


July 11, 2011

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6. I use to design layouts.

Yep when Myspace was still popular I had a layout design page called Atomic Layouts. Now I didn't have any fancy photoshop so I used the paint program to make backgrounds. I got a couple of people to use my designs and I learned a lot from doing this little hobby. I did have Photoshop (this is after the layout designs) but it got erased and I really wish I had it back again. Until then I'll use my odd but useful method to edit my images.


July 10, 2011

21 Things- Thing 4 & 5

I didn't forget about 21 Things I just wanted to find some pictures to put up here. I'm combining Things 4 and 5 together in one post so here it goes.

4. I don't like pink.

I didn't like wearing pink when I was younger and still not too fond of it. Even when the pink Power Ranger had brown hair like me I would always play the yellow one because I didn't like pink. I don't know why I didn't go for pink things I just didn't. Now I do wear pink here and there but it isn't my first color of choice. I think I own a total three pink shirts but I prefer patterns, teals, reds and yellows.

5. I had braces 

I had braces when I was nine years old. Luckily I only had to wear them for a little over a year and had them taken off right at the start of my 5th grade year. Though they were a pain at times I'm glad I got them and I'm proud of my pearly whites!



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