April Showers + Recent Events!

The month of April has been a bit of a whirlwind for me! Actually the whole year has been a bit of an interesting one, but that would be kinda hard to fit into one post. So lets just talk about April! I don't want to say this month been treacherous but overall I'm a bit grateful for all these growing experiences.

List of April Events: 

Grid Zine Fest! 
I had a table at my very first zine fest. It was really awesome and I met a ton of cool cats! I was nervous as hell the whole time and totally forgot to take photos of our table. Which is why I didn't ever do a blog post. I really need to get better at taking photos. (I've said that about a million times!) I've convinced Zoei to do another festival during the summer so I'll remember to take photos then! Hopefully I'll be less nervous next time! I already have a whole list of new zine ideas!

Surgery/ Cyst Removal!
In February I went for a check up and discovered a strange bulge in ma belly. Turns out it was a dermoid cyst on my pelvic muscle (dermoid cysts are creepy as hell so I'm leaving it at that!) I spent a few days in the hospital and the removal as a success! I also had an oophorectomy. The cyst was (kinda really) huge and so out came the right ovary as well. I have to tell you I hate HATE hospitals. I've never stayed in the hospital before. I hate getting poked. I hate the smells. I just hate it. BUT I have some mad respect for those nurses! Everyone was so kind and helpful it kinda blew me away. My sisters are amazing at taking care of me and all my family that visited was so overwhelmingly supportive! Recovery has been slow but I'm feeling pretty good these days and I'm already back to work! I have a lot of projects and letters to catch up on since the past few weeks have been mostly sleeping! But I'll get around to it! (hopefully soon!) 

Mine and Zoei's Birthday! 
I'm now 26! This birthday was pretty mellow. I had dinner with the lovelies. Ate tons of yummy food and played some fun games! My sisters are dorky and I love when we all dork out together. We also ran around the park and flew a giant styrofoam plane. Which was so cool in the wind! This birthday also kinda sucked cause now I'm kicked off my parents insurance. Which is just one more step into adulting. I'm up to my ears in trying to pick a plan and trying to find something I can actually afford. Growing up kinda stinks sometimes! So it goes. 

Life is crazy. My heart feels sore from all the ups and downs that life is throwing at me. I have to remind myself to be grateful and thankful for everything I'm given, even all the not so great stuffs. I hope May has a little less hospital and nervousness and more clarity and confidence!

March Art Journal!

I'm a bit behind posting this. Mostly cause I've been so busy getting ready for Zine fest. Which I'm not realizing I did a poor job at documenting and don't have enough to post, oh well! Last months journal got a bit personal so I covered up some of the secret bits, so sorry about about the weird blobs. Also I used my coral colored sheet as a background and it looks so bad! I've been so scattered lately and so I'm making all kinds of little errors when it comes to blogging. So it goes. Spring sure is giving me a lot to handle. Its late and crap-ishly photographed, but its HERE! Hopefully April is better!

New Hair!

I chopped off a huge chunk of my hair last week! So far I am LOVING it! My hair no longer gets caught in my arm pits! I always go to Salon K in Provo. If you're looking for a hair salon its a good one to go to! Now I didn't take a good photo of the back, but I got an undercut! I keep meaning to have Zoei take a photo but I keep forgetting. Plus I'm a little afraid I won't like the way the photo looks. It is all the way back there, so I'm ok not looking at the way the back looks. I just make sure to style the front bits really nicely. haha
Heres what I hope it looks like back there! These are the photos that I showed the stylist. I have to say it feels so good! My hair is so much lighter and the shaved part feels oddly soft. Its a really cool hair cut and I'm kinda scared that I'm not cool enough for it. But luckily when my hair is down you can't tell that its shaved at all. So its kinda been like a secret. I haven't been brave enough to wear it up yet. One of these days I will though! AND one of these days I'll get a good photo of the back. 

How do you feel getting a new hair cut? Are you a dramatic hair cut person, or subtle hair cut person? Normally I'm a subtle hair cut girl, but I love the dramatic look I have now! 

Lovely Things: Craft Supplies!

There are SO many craft supplies out there! Lots of them I couldn't even dream of affording. I mean, sure if I stopped buying fancy pens for a while and saved up I might be able to save enough. But what kinda life would I have with out fancy pens?! Seems like my wish list of craft supplies keep growing and growing. So I thought I'd share a few of them here! If you have any of these let me know what you think! Was it worth the monies?
Stitch Happy! This is number one on my birthday list! They finally made a sewing machine for paper crafts. It can do much more then that, but I'd be using it mostly to sew paper. I love that you can use all different kinds of thread. Sewing with bakers twine seems awesome! I'm not sure what "multi media" needle means, but sounds like something I really wanna test out! Plus its mint green, my favorite! 
Silhouette Curio! I've been wanting one of these cutting machines for a while. Theres a few out there and they all kinda do the same things and all have the same huge price tag. I'll need to do a bit more research to find the best one for me. A lot of my pen pals use cutting machines and make the COOLEST bits to add into there letters. I always get to jealous! 
Cricut Explorer Air 2! Cricut has been a pretty big staple in the crafting world for a while. I'm glad that they not only have there famous die cutting machines but now one that hooks to the computer. Like I said I still need to compare, but this one looks so pretty! I wonder which is easier to use?
Washi Tape Printer! This is like one of the coolest label makers ever. That is coming from a girl that really loves label makers! I think one of these would be really handy, especially for mail art and art journaling. Although I'm sure my washi stash would get out of control! 
Minc by Hedi Swapp! I love gold shiny things. So something that makes everything shiny sounds awesome! Although this one does seem the least versatile out of all the expensive tools on the wish list. I do love that you can get all the minc supplies at any craft store. Michaels always has a huge selection. Which to me makes a difference cause its never fun to wait for supplies to be delivered! 

Oh many craft supplies so little time and never enough money! 

April Showers!

April showers bring May flowers! Oh boy has it been showering! 3 days in and its been a wet green mess. I mean that in the loveliest of ways. April is my favorite month! It has all the best things Easter and my birthday! Plus all the rain makes everything all green and glowy, oh I just love it! April always makes me feel overly sentimental. The whole month is filled with nostalgia for some reason. This year April is a little tossed up. Thats how life goes, its always changing. I'm afraid April is going to be another lazy blogger month for me. So much to do not enough time! I'm going to make it a point to document as much as I can so I have lots to share. What do you love most about April?

P.S. This really cute marshmallow DIY can be found HERE! Homemade marshmallows are still on my to try list! 

List of Thoughts + LINKS

1- I feel like whenever I'm a bit of a lazy blogger I need to do a post like this just to catch up on all my thoughts. Kinda like a bookmark of time, a blog bookmark...a blogmark? I'm not sure if that makes sense but hopefully you get what I mean.
2- Life feels kinda crazy these days! Nothing too big just a lot of little things. But man, those little things sure to pile up quickly let me tell you!
3- After all the run around with my doctors it turns out I have a cyst. I'm going to get it removed next month. Which is kinda scary but also kinda interesting! I'll be sure to post about it later. I feel like I cross that *too much info* line a lot with posts like that, so prepare yourself!
4- I stumbled upon THIS video the other day and I think its pretty neat! I think its the song that makes it. If it had a different song I think I would find it a little boring.
5- I feel like I have one of those faces that everyone things they know, something about me if just familiar I suppose. I saw THIS cool art exhibition that reminded me of how people can look like other people. I wonder what ancient statue I look like!
6-I've been spending most of my free time trying to get ready for Grid Zine Fest coming up. I'm so nervous and excited. Its the perfect distraction from the surgery!
7- I love this idea of THIS project. Mostly cause I'm a true believer that everyone needs a ukulele. So a uke that helps people learn is an awesome idea!
8- Speaking of ukuleles! Ukulele Hunt has been posting a ton of Beach Boys chords and tabs lately. They are tricky, but I'm excited to try and learn one. I think its a good challenge!
9- I'm so excited for Easter! Its my favorite holiday. I love all the pastels and candies! Oh and spring days and cool evenings! *swoon*
10- Time has gone by so fast. If you're one of the 3 people that still read my sporadic blog. I just wanted to say thank you! I know reader-ship isn't everything but its really cool and thanks for reading!