Peeps. I have returned. From Austin, from SXSW. I am changed.

Austin SXSW collageChanged how? you might ask. Well my new favorite band is Lord Huron, and I plan to court and marry every member of the band. I am a teeny bit more tan, and approximately 25 tacos heavier. I am energized for the 2013 Red Ants Pants Music Festival. And I am so darn happy.

SXSW was craaaazy. So much music, so much walking, so little time. I was completely inspired by the awesome festival fashion every where I looked. And I was so happy to connect with the festival team that I am so thrilled to be a part of. Austin and SXSW shall now be an annual thing. For sure.

I’m catching back up on school and getting my rear in gear on several business ideas I have in the works. I am so ready to launch my own business that it’s all I can think about. Today, if you’d be so gracious (and you’re a sewing machine user), you can help me out!

Click on the photo below to take you to a survey that will test a new product concept I am developing. A product concept that, in my opinion, is a long time coming. I hope you think so too! Make sure to enter your email address at the end of the survey and you’ll be entered to win a thrifted refashion courtesy of me! The lucky winner will receive a Tiny Pocket Tank refashion from a thrifted shirt of your choosing!

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As always, I am so appreciative of your honest feedback. And I can’t wait to reveal the winner and their refashion!

I had no idea that lavender peaked in the fall. None. In fact, I even remember visiting lavender fields in Oregon in 2010, and I specifically do not remember it being fall. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have the mind of an 80 year old.

Last night when Beagle was doing his business in the dark I was randomly stroking a small shrub. Don’t worry about it, it’s normal. That shrub happened to give off the most lovely scent. Lavender in my front yard? Yes please.

So after a particularily busy and hectic day, I went out to that shrub this afternoon and I cut some of that lavender. I made up three little jars and gifted two of them to my dear friends. The other is sitting in my bathroom and I can smell it from at least thirty feet away. This stuff is pungent. In a good way.

Also, leaves. Because it’s fall. Just one story about leaves and then I’ll leave you alone.

During my first autumn in Portland, I was incredibly homesick. I remember whining to my mom about how it was rainy, there were bums everywhere, annndddd the leaves don’t crunch when you walk on them. The next week I received a large box full of crunchy Montana leaves from that dear woman. I still tear up when I think about that.

In Colorado, the leaves do crunch. Thank goodness.

So friends, feedback time! If you haven’t noticed I’m getting pretty excited about this little blog ‘o mine, but I want to make sure that you love it as much as I do! I have a gazillion blog ideas floating around my brain, but a little feedback is always a good thing. So pretty please, take the super short survey (only 3 questions!) below and help a sister out.


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