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Shop Update: Elf kits are back! Bold Bracelets!

Well, we took our sweet time getting around to sprucing the shop for Christmas this year. The buying season is dang near over, or close to it. BUT! We wanted to let you know that our silly Christmas Elf Mischief kits are improved for 2014 and back in the shop. These make great gifts for those parents in your life who really like to go all out with a certain elf who may or may not sit on a shelf (We can’t prefer one branded elf over another).

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We’ve also added a smaller supplementary kit for those who might just want a few little items (the hat is SUPER darling!)

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There are also great holiday bracelet colors!

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For the rest of this week, take 20% off with code ITSNOTTOOLATE. If you’re local in Seattle we can arrange a shipping deal.


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You got this

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 Source: Chelsea Petaja for Design Love Fest

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you’ve probably seen me droning on about my architecture licensure exams allllll year. (If you don’t, well then know all you’ve really missed is a bunch of whining). You may have also seen that last friday I took the (hopefully) last one! Its been a 2013 marathon of 7 exams, 7 sets of studying, cramming all kinds of crazy knowledge and practical application into my brain, and at least until I receive my last set of results, I’m assuming its over.  It doesn’t really feel like 2013 happened to me (or if it did it was just in a series of 6 week chunks).

I wanted to take a minute to document this period in time here for a couple reasons. Firstly, this whole year has felt like a vast inhale. There is SO much on the horizon, I can’t even begin to guess what He has in store for me next. Career advancement and life changes I know for sure, but how will those things be used in my life for something even better? I don’t know.

Also I wanted to take a few seconds to say thank you. This online community has been an amazing source of support through this process (in addition to my local friends and family, of course!). But it seems like as soon as I mention I’m going into a test I’ve got a slew of digital “You got this!” and “Go Girl!” and it really has made all the difference. So, to anyone who has sent a text, facebook message, tweet, or IG comment to cheer me on, you have been a part of this triumph.

I’ll be sure to pop in when I get the results to give an update on what it all means and what is next. I get a lot of questions about how the process works and what you are allowed to do after you’re a licensed architect so maybe I’ll do a little debrief on that when I just about am one*

Also, if you want to know how many almond milk lavender chais I’ve consumed since February – Well, your guess is as good as mine, but its A LOT. They’re going to be sad to lose my business when this is over.

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*After I pass the seventh exam there is still Washington State paperwork hoops I have to jump through to be registered and receive my stamp. And then in April, I’ll have to pay them another $15 to change my name. Lovely.

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Ten on Ten: A Full Harvest November 2013

This month, Rebekah’s prompt for her ten on ten photo project is “A full harvest”. At first I was just thinking about this at surface level and I was discouraged because I was thinking “I’m spending the 10th in the desert! How am I supposed to find traditional harvest colors?!” But then I realized something that I think really takes this project to where Rebekah intends. The reason I spent this weekend in the desert was to celebrate the 30th birthday of my oldest friend. I met kaitlyn when we were 4 and her family moved into a house up the street from us. We became fast friends and have nurtured that friendship for well over 25 years now. She now lives in southern Utah so we’ve had to find special moments like this to continue that growth.

This weekend while we were on the way to dinner, kaitlyns mom who had also joined us for the weekend asked of when we got back together after months or years it just felt like nothing had changed and we said yes, that’s how it feels. There have been seasons where we’ve talked much less than we do now. There was one time (before smart phones) where she texted me a photo of an engagement ring except I didn’t get picture texts so I didn’t know for a month she was getting married! But this year we’ve seen each other 3 times and she’ll be in Seattle twice in the spring for wedding festivities. This weekend we talked about how nice it feels to have all this time and how as we both get a little more settled we can make it happen more than our vagabond 20s. Now we’re harvesting time and a long full friendship. A full harvest, indeed!

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We spent the weekend at the Lake Las Vegas resort soaking up the sun, sleeping in, eating too much, and
shopping. It was an awesome respite! Happy 30th birthday, Kait!

Hop over to check out the other sets here.

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Atomic Bombshells

Hey Seattle! We just got word that there is an awesome show coming to town this week:

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Have you ever been to a burlesque show? I hadn’t until a couple years ago, but I have to tell you they are SO much fun! I think they’re such an awesome example of female empowerment and the creativity is often through the roof. My blogging friend Tiffanie does burlesque and I’m always in awe of the acts she comes up with.

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I love space themed things, and this show looks SUPER fun. Here are the deets:

“WHAT: Back by popular demand for its’ third run, Seattle’s burlesque all-stars blast off with their glittering sci-fi spectacle and fan favorite: The Atomic Bombshells are…”LOST IN SPACE!”  Named “the city’s most dazzling burlesque troupe” (Seattle Weekly), and “Seattle’s most venerable burlesque dancers” (The Stranger), these award winning showgirls and boys are back from the east coast to celebrate their 10-year anniversary this November. Watch them pull out all the stops as they return to the gorgeous Triple Door theater with their most over-the-top show to date! With an otherworldly retro-future soundtrack featuring Joe Meek, Esquivel, and Raymond Scott, The Atomic Bombshells take you on an intergalactic voyage of sight and sound, filled with alluring aliens, slinky space adventurers, bodacious Barbarellas, and planetary princesses.

For more information, visit The Atomic Bombshells here

November 13-16, 2013 - On Sale Now
November 13, 7:30pm (17+)
November 14-16, 7:00pm (17+) and 10:00pm (21+)

The Triple Door
216 Union Street, downtown Seattle

Priority seating given to advance purchase”

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I’m going to be there Wednesday night. Join me for a space-tacular evening??

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Welcoming Umba

When I was at Alt Summit in January, I was introduced to a cool new company called (at the time) Umba Box. Similar to Birch Box or Whimsey Box, the idea was a monthly subscription which introduced you to handmade wares. Its a really cool concept, and an awesome way for handmade artisans to get exposure. Obviously, as makers ourselves, this is something near and dear to us.

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As their company has grown, they’ve decided to make some changes, choosing to focus on a new business model that emphasizes empowerment and inspiration. Instead of just a sales platform for artists, they’ve decided instead to become a voice for these artists, designers, producers, and illustrators. Its HARD to make it in the handmade marketplace, for sure, as the value of goods is often overshadowed by our disposable society and the market is super saturated (like my friend Emily recently said, it seem like everyone has an etsy shop these days!).

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So, Umba is leaving the box-model (and the name Umba Box) behind and instead becoming a social selling platform made up of “Umbassadors” as independent consultants. Now instead of just helping artisans, they’re helping those who might want to make a career out of a passion for handmade goods. They will also sell direct from They’re launching this new approach with a fresh fall collection. Here’s what they have to say:

“Connections and relationships are what drive Umba. The Fall Collection celebrates relationships. Umba has hand-selected products that are reminiscent of cozy fall weekends full of steaming mugs of coffee sipped while wrapped up in blankets, surrounded by all of the people you love most.”

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This lookbook is beautiful and I think it introduces us all to a new selection of handmade goods at a variety of price points. Perfect to get a jump start on holiday shopping!  Browse their entire Fall Lookbook here!

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*This is not a sponsored post. Umba reached out to us as attendees of the Alt Summit conference to help share the word out of our passion for The Handmade, but we were not compensated in any way.

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