I am Engaged, but this won’t become a Wedding Blog

So I don’t know if you’ve heard yet… yeah, that’s right, I got engaged this past weekend.  I was not expecting it at all so I am riding high on the surprise of my year and also basking in the glow of the extra attention that I am getting. As I sit and look at my ring (as shown below in a picture taken by the man, pre-proposal), I am tempted to start sharing all of my ideas and thoughts and wishes and wedding dreams in a blog post… but one blog post will turn into two, then three then four… then next thing you know, I am posting for the next year and a half with wedding updates and losing people’s interest in the process. In the interest of keeping my blog going in the direction that I want (Fashion, DIY, Crafting Etc), I am going to keep my wedding oozing strictly on Pinterest (follow my boards via my sidebar) and mayhaps the occasional twitpic.


If you ever feel like I am talking too much about the impending wedding in a forum meant for fashion or crafty fun, you give me a swift kick to the head via the internets and I will surely slow my roll. I want to keep my peoples happy and continue to grow Prim and Propah as best I can! ❤

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I am Engaged, but this won’t become a Wedding Blog

Don’t Be Self-Important, It’s Icky

While waiting in line for my first ever real life fashion show, I was amazed at how pretentious people can be. Wait, let me start over. So as you can imagine, I was pretty stoked to get into the Improvd, Valentino Vettori show at the Box for obvious reasons. It’s pretty cool any way you slice it. Now I was in a fabulous mood but being that this was the Box, you waited in line because they did two separate viewings ( I was in the second viewing). I stood next to a cute little photographer guy, who just wanted to get his last show out of the way so he could go home. I chatted with an actress who had just gotten a small part on The Good Wife… most people were trying to make the best of it but behind us, behind us was where someone attempted to ruin my mood. This person? Was Flora from Real World Miami circa 1995… no legit, it was her, accent and all… and she thought she was the most important person at this show. Unfortunately for her, no one else knew who she was (I happened to have watched the Real World from about 1994 – 2002 ish so I was aware of who she was, plus someone called her by name) so she had to wait in line, like the rest of us semi-regular people. She complained for about 15 minutes straight about how she couldn’t believe they were making us wait so long, how it was ridiculous and how this was such an inconvenience. It was actually a bit of a wait but to me? I was excited just hearing the music coming from inside, knowing I was going to get to experience that. Flora and her crew? They could have cared less. I made notes in my notebook about them so that I wouldn’t forget to write this post… because in all of the hustle and bustle of New York Fashion Week, you (as in us all) should appreciate where you are and please, for all that is good and holy, please don’t be self-important, especially if you aren’t really important at all. It’s icky.


PS. Her boots were really bad. I could have overlooked them if her attitude hadn’t been bad too.

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Don’t Be Self-Important, It’s Icky

Celebrating a Year (Oh and Giveaway!)

Soooooooo today is my blog’s one year anniversary! HIP HIP HOORAY! Can you believe it?  I stuck with this for one year and have done my darnedest to make it better, improve and forge ahead with my ever changing creative goals… I am just so happy to be blessed with people who support me in my endeavors and with their encouragement, I make it through the blah days!

This blog started as a diary of sorts that basically only the man friend read but as I started to become more involved with the creative community, I started to make some friends; and seeing comments on posts  from people you don’t know in real life? AWESOME! Over the past year, I have made “friends” from all over the US and some even overseas (the UK and Australia!). I am happy to say that Prim and Propah had over 10,000 views in the past year which, in my humble opinion, is nothing to sneeze at.

So anyways, while I am at home celebrating this achievement with the manfriend, pup and kitterface (possibly dancing and/ or drinking wine), I thought I would let all my new friends share in the celebration as well! What do people love more than a giveaway? Wellp, a BIG giveaway. Over the past year, I have discovered so many amaaaazing and talented ladies (see sidebar where links are of my favorites thus far)… and four of my faves jumped at the chance to make a one of a kind item in honor of my blogiversary! AWESOME, RIGHT? Sooooooo, wanna check out what you can win? One lucky winner will get all 4 of the following super special handmade items….Tadaaaaaaa!

Gale at Wichser Studio’s amazing contribution…everything Gale does is truly original… I should know, I only own like 37 pieces of hers:
Use the code “BLOGPARTY” at Wichser Studio checkout through June and get free domestic shipping!

My girl Erin of Petal and Pink whipped up these darlings… she has a romantical way about her, making her jewelry some of my faves. These beauties? Inspired by The Great Gatsby:

Use the code “PrimPropah” at Petal and Pink checkout through June and get free domestic shipping!
Stephanie of Earth Mama Artistry shares a love of peacocks (hence the creation below), cute things and Massachusetts… her items are surely some of the more adorable I have seen:
Kristen of Creative Stash is my sweet Arizonian beauty and ultra talented to boot… painter, jewelry maker and Mommy:

Use code PrimandPropah in the Creative Stash shop and get 15% off your puchase!

Ok so you wanna know how to enter? One mandatory entry: Leave a comment with your favorite way to celebrate your achievements and happy stuff. Like if I were entering, I would leave a comment below that said “I like to celebrate blogiversaries with dancing, wine and giveaways!” Make sense? Good!

You can also enter in any one of many other ways (mix and max if you so choose… like a salad bar!). Leave a separate comment for each of the following you do. If you already follow? Leave a comment too!

Sooooo there’s tons of ways to enter and believe me when I say I wish I could keep this stuff all to myself! Oh and be sure to tell you friends ’cause chances are we would be good friends too! MUAH XOXO and Happy Blogiversary to me!

Giveaway runs from Monday 06/06/11 until Sunday 06/19/11 (at midnight). I will be choosing a winner with Random.Org so as to be totally fair. Go fairness!

Celebrating a Year (Oh and Giveaway!)

What we can learn from one another

So I have been thinking a lot lately about how there are so many people in the handmade/ artistic/ crafty/ creative community that I totally admire for how they have really just found what the loved and ran with it. I have taken inspiration from so many bloggers who share what they do and embrace their inner/outer artisan… and I think I want to interview some of them… maybe do a weekly or bi-weekly post with a feature of that lady that I so admire, who was willing to answer my questions (because the ladies in my bubble are suuuuuuuuper nice and supportive). I mean, I have a lot of questions, but I am sure I could narrow them down to the 5 that I think are most important… my main thing though? I want to learn things from others… everyone’s creative journeys are different and lessons learned are invaluable. Is it cheating to want to skip learning the hard way? 😉

So if you could ask your favorite creative ladies any questions, what would they be? I am curious to see what others think of this idea… is it stupid or could it be fleshed out to be a robust and awesome blog series?

What we can learn from one another

Clear that Clutter, Girl!

As I sat organizing my fabrics and notions this morning, I came to realize that I am the crazy bag lady of fabric collecting. I have more materials to work with than I really do need at this stage of the game… but you know what? Collecting makes me happy and I have just come to this realization. I like to go to the fabric store and score a good deal. I love to get those rad vintage buttons at the consignment shop. If it’s cool and in my price range, it’s mine!
This brings me to my current task at hand… Organizing it all. Sitting in my variations on yoga stances, I am finding myself getting creative juices flowing just from the sheer act of clearing my clutter. Given the time to myself ( yes, chores can sometimes be “me time”), I am given the opportunity to ponder creative direction and just meditate on my goals (past organizing that is). Today, if you asked me what I recommended for peace of mind? I’d say “Clean out a drawer”.
OM is a weekly meet up that promotes living in the moment. Whether funny, sad, ridiculous, or banal, actively looking for and sharing these moments will promote balance in our lives. 
Clear that Clutter, Girl!

My Day Job vs. My Night Hobby

I know that a lot of the artisans out there have day jobs and work on their hobbies on the side, in free time/in the evenings/on the weekends. That’s the position I am in right now. I envy the ladies that are able to spend all their time building their businesses. I don’t begrudge them this. I am happy for them but am obvi a smidge jealous. But hey, it’s a waste of time to be jealous, because everyone’s situations are different. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

Working 9-5 (or in my case 830-530 (sucky I know))leaves me drained and less than creatively stimulated on a pretty regular basis. I attempt to bring home enough enthusiasm and motivation for my crafts while also decompressing from a usually stressful day… this is often a lot to ask of myself, especially because my job in retail construction if often demanding and mentally draining.

Some days I just want to come home, sit on the couch and watch tv snuggled up with puppster and kitten…. but the productive Patty in me wants to use my free time to be a hobbiest. Productive Patty feels like I should be working on learning more about sewing, exploring new tutorials, honing my already “mad skillz”… In forcing myself to work on the craft, sometimes I view it as another job that I have to do. I don’t need something else to stress about but in essence, I am stressing out about my “hobby”, something I am supposed to enjoy.

Not.cool.Amanda.Not.cool.

Sewing would be mad at me if it had emotions. We have had such good times together and Sewing wouldn’t want those good times tainted with the anxiety I bring from my day job. Gah, I struggle every day!

I have recently read some great articles about different women’s struggles and successes with similar issues (but different at the same time because let’s face it, everyone’s path is different.) (Check out some of my faves from Blacksburg Belle and Maggie from Gussy Sews) Finding encouragement through other’s stories has been pretty awesome and that’s no lie… my time will come where my work life and hobby will even itself out, a happy medium will be reached (I hope) but in the interim, it’s nice to know that I am not alone. Whether your a crafter, an artist,a musician, an indie game designer (manfriend?) or anything in between… there are so many people out there doing the same thing, yearning to let the creative juices flow… and just keeping on swimmin’… through those often bumpy waters.

PS. Shout out to manfriend who always encourages me, even when I am cranky or negative or both.

My Day Job vs. My Night Hobby

Struggling for Creativity Time…

Man friend and I slept through our alarms this morning. I thought I heard a vibration at 6:45am and said something to him along the lines of “do you hear something vibrating?” to which I received no response and went back to sleep. That, of course, was our alarm. We woke up, bright and chipper at 8:06 am Ha! I rushed to get ready (and still look darn good I think) but right now, I can feel how tired my body is. It could be partially to the Kayem cookout they had here at work where I took my fair share but I am also feeling a little Blah from the work and blah from the sleep or lack thereof.
The trouble I am encountering these days is that I am not as young as I used to be. I used to get my motivation around 9pm and be up until the wee hours of the morning working on a painting or some craft I just had to finish. I would get up when I needed to and be fine the whole day. I might have crashed when I got home but I always made it through the day. Not the case anymore. I get freakin’ tired!

I do most of my work on my “hobby” after my 9-5 job as a project manager. It’s a good job. It pays well. I am able to work on my hobby because I make enough to pay for supplies to an extent…. but I am left unfulfilled, everyday. I am bored with the lack of creativity that I have in my 9-5 job. I do what I do and I do it well but it doesn’t make me happy. I don’t hate it but like a tire with a slow leak, I think I am losing a bit of my soul everyday that I come to work and feel unfullfilled. I know, I know… a little dramatic but it’s kind of how I feel.

I am struggling to find my creative voice and fine tune it. If only I had more time, or more sleep, or a funner job, or more time in the day, or a bigger alarm clock. If only.

Struggling for Creativity Time…