Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Here again, Gone again!

I have decided that this is the biggest year of my life. Well there was really no question but it is. I've been to Hawaii and Italy. Those are two places that some people will never have the opportunity to visit. I have been feeling so blessed lately. So as soon as I've got all my clients caught up at work Brett comes up with a brilliant plan.... He decides that he wants to take me, his mom, and his little sister to the Smokey Mountains. Brett and I went last year in January and stayed in a cabin. That was our first surprise vacation. Brett has been wanting to go back and decided this would be the time. We thought it would be perfect timing because Lexi has spring break and Lila would have a few days off of work. And then i realized, the day Brett booked the cabin, that I am going to a hair show that weekend. I was crushed! Just crushed.... I can't just skip either, I have spent about $400 so far on classes, admission and hotel. I am also going with my friend Maggie and we've so been looking forward to this. So I told Brett I couldn't go and you would have thought his dog died! He was so upset! I was as well but my mother is the goddess of all good ideas and she said, "Just fly there." So i thought that was ridiculous and I told Brett what she had said. He got online and found out it was only $100 to fly from Chicago to Tennessee! So i said Why not?! I first called Maggie to make sure it was alright that she drive me to the airport and if it were alright to drive home alone. She was fine with it, then she started getting nervous. haha We both know she'll do fine. The last time Brett and i went to the Smokey Mountains we had an interesting time with all the snow but we're hoping this time it is sunny and warm! It seems like we're always gone and yes, this year is an exception but Brett can't go anywhere during the summer, or fall for that matter. So we have to do all of our vacations when no one else is able to.

Here are some pictures that we took the last time we were there.

I can't wait to spend time with Brett and his family!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Typewriter key bracelets

Yes we've been making them for about three months now but I've been super busy!
Here's how it started:

My dad bought me, my sister, and my mom a bracelet made of typewriter keys a few years ago. We wear them all the time and we have a lot of compliments on them. Around Christmas my mom said there was a lady that she worked with that wanted one of the typewriter key bracelets. So she said, "why don't you just start making them?" Well it was close to Christmas and it takes a lot of investing before you can make any money off of it. This is how it works.. Most places sell sets of typewriter keys that have been cut off the typewriter. So if someone wants a personalized bracelet that says "Abbie" Which has two "B's" in it we would have to end up buying another set as well to accommodate. A set of typewriter keys is NOT cheap! So we decided to go into it together. We decided to start off by buying a few sets of keys and the bracelets that they have to be attached to. We also had to buy some whited sets and some black sets. We did this because we like the look of the alternate keys. When we received our first set this is what we were looking at....

Yes these had a 6 inch stub on them!!! So then we had to buy a Dremel tool to saw off the nubs! So we have a Dremel tool and my dad was showing us how to use it. Sparks were flying and we were jumping back away from it. haha So we looked at each other thinking, how are we going to do this. So my mom put on some gloves and went outside to start sawing! So she had to saw them down so the backs were completely flat. We also decided that if we made the bracelets textured they keys would stick better to them. So here is what we came up with...

We already had some custom orders so we got started on those and here are some of the finished products!

We are still taking custom orders or you can check them out at