Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I'm Still Alive!

Wow! It's been a YEAR since I last posted!

So much has happened in that year... 

First of all, I graduated culinary school with a degree in baking and pastry!

Portfolio review night! I made Beer & Pretzel Truffles, Pink Champagne Macarons, and a 4 tier ombre display cake! 

At graduation, I was offered a job as the pastry chef aboard the Yorktown, a small luxury cruise ship. 3 weeks after graduation, I headed down to the Virgin Islands to begin the newest chapter in my life!

The Yorktown! No, not the big one... The little blue and white one off the bow of the big one! ;)

I had an amazing time while on the Yorktown, but unfortunately, the company went out of business after the first season I was with them. 

Luckily, I was picked up by another small cruise line, Un-Cruise Adventures. I spent the summer and the beginning of fall in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. I had an amazing time and enjoyed it thoroughly. 

 A view of downtown Seattle, from the galley, as we head out for a cruise during the Pacific Northwest portion of the season.

Working on a ship is super hard work. You work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for however long your rotation is (luckily for me, my longest rotation was only 6 weeks). It's incredibly rewarding, but also intensely exhausting. As such, I decided to at least take the winter off and get a 'normal' pastry job. I would definitely like to return next season, but who knows where life will have taken me then! 

Now that I'll be back to a normal schedule, with internet available, I'm going to try and get back into posting. I have some lovely recipes and DIY projects to share with you all, so I hope you stick around! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Martha Mondays Link Up Party (11/18)

Sorry for the late post, y'all! I had a Friendsgiving celebration last night, and when I got home I crashed. Totally forgot to get this posted!

Features from last week's party will be up a little later today :)

Thanks for your patience! 

Feel free to submit as many links as you wish – but... Please respect the “Inner - Martha” vibe and stick to recipes, DIY projects, crafts, and other creative (made by you) things.
I've been getting lots of links that do not fall into these categories, and whereas I do appreciate those kinds of posts - this is not the venue to link them up!
Any link that does not fall into these categories WILL be deleted!
My favorite submissions, as well as the most popular submission, will be featured on the next week’s party.
The party will be open from 12:01am on Monday(s) to 11:59pm on Wednesday(s). Come back every Monday and link up your best creative posts from the week!
In summary....  
• Link directly to your specific post, not your blog in general.  
• Please only submit recipes and/or crafts that are your own.  
• No giveaways, no shops, and no ‘inspiration’/‘general’ posts, please.  
• Be a follower of Watch Out, Martha!  
• Link back to WOM (either by grabbing my button or by a simple link to the party) in the body of the post would be appreciated! *Disclaimer: If you do not link back in the body of the post, you will not be eligible to be featured next week.  
• Leave some love! Comment on other linkers – everyone loves getting comments on their posts!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Martha Mondays Link Up Party & Features (11/11)

Good evening, friends!

Thanks for dropping by for another week of Martha Mondays!

Before you link up your posts for the week, be sure to check out our great features from last week's party :)

Want to be featured next week? Make sure you link back to Martha Mondays!
 


And the most popular link from last week belongs to:


Feel free to submit as many links as you wish – but... Please respect the “Inner - Martha” vibe and stick to recipes, DIY projects, crafts, and other creative (made by you) things.

I've been getting lots of links that do not fall into these categories, and whereas I do appreciate those kinds of posts - this is not the venue to link them up!


Any link that does not fall into these categories WILL be deleted!


My favorite submissions, as well as the most popular submission, will be featured on the next week’s party.

The party will be open from 12:01am on Monday(s) to 11:59pm on Wednesday(s). Come back every Monday and link up your best creative posts from the week!

In summary....  
• Link directly to your specific post, not your blog in general.  
• Please only submit recipes and/or crafts that are your own.  
• No giveaways, no shops, and no ‘inspiration’/‘general’ posts, please.  
• Be a follower of Watch Out, Martha!  
• Link back to WOM (either by grabbing my button or by a simple link to the party) in the body of the post would be appreciated! *Disclaimer: If you do not link back in the body of the post, you will not be eligible to be featured next week.  
• Leave some love! Comment on other linkers – everyone loves getting comments on their posts!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Etsy Envy: Teal Obsession

As I'm sure you all are well aware by now, I'm kind of in love with the color teal. 

And by kind of in love with, I of course mean obsessed with. If it comes in teal, I either own it or want it. It's really that simple! 

I also love Etsy, and all the fun vintage and handmade goodness that it carries. So, of course, I always find fun teal items on there that I want. 

Sadly, there is never enough money at the end of each paycheck to buy all of these items (#firstworldproblems), so I always end up favoriting them and hoping to buy them at a  later time.

Here are a few of my favorites for you to drool over with me :)

 


 


 



 



 



Are you currently lusting over items in a particular color?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Martha Mondays Link Up Party & Features (11/4)

 Welcome back!

Thanks so much for swinging by for another week of Martha Mondays :) 

Be sure to check out all of this week's featured links, they're fantastic!



And last week's most visited link?


Feel free to submit as many links as you wish – but... Please respect the “Inner - Martha” vibe and stick to recipes, DIY projects, crafts, and other creative (made by you) things.


I've been getting lots of links that do not fall into these categories, and whereas I do appreciate those kinds of posts - this is not the venue to link them up!

Any link that does not fall into these categories WILL be deleted!

My favorite submissions, as well as the most popular submission, will be featured on the next week’s party.


The party will be open from 12:01am on Monday(s) to 11:59pm on Wednesday(s). Come back every Monday and link up your best creative posts from the week!

In summary....  
• Link directly to your specific post, not your blog in general.  
• Please only submit recipes and/or crafts that are your own.  
• No giveaways, no shops, and no ‘inspiration’/‘general’ posts, please.  
• Be a follower of Watch Out, Martha!  
• Link back to WOM (either by grabbing my button or by a simple link to the party) in the body of the post would be appreciated! *Disclaimer: If you do not link back in the body of the post, you will not be eligible to be featured next week.  
• Leave some love! Comment on other linkers – everyone loves getting comments on their posts!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Martha Mondays Link Up Party & Features (10/28)

Welcome to another installment of Martha Mondays! 

No big announcements today, so let's get to the party! :)

Butterfinger Fudge by Gal on a Mission

Grey and Yellow Baby Bunting by Happy Healthy and Domestic

And the most popular link of last week's party was...

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by This Silly Girl's Life

Feel free to submit as many links as you wish – but... Please respect the “Inner - Martha” vibe and stick to recipes, DIY projects, crafts, and other creative (made by you) things.




I've been getting lots of links that do not fall into these categories, and whereas I do appreciate those kinds of posts - this is not the venue to link them up!


Any link that does not fall into these categories WILL be deleted!


My favorite submissions, as well as the most popular submission, will be featured on the next week’s party.


The party will be open from 12:01am on Monday(s) to 11:59pm on Wednesday(s). Come back every Monday and link up your best creative posts from the week!

In summary.... • Link directly to your specific post, not your blog in general. • Please only submit recipes and/or crafts that are your own. • No giveaways, no shops, and no ‘inspiration’/‘general’ posts, please. • Be a follower of Watch Out, Martha! • Link back to WOM (either by grabbing my button or by a simple link to the party) in the body of the post would be appreciated! *Disclaimer: If you do not link back in the body of the post, you will not be eligible to be featured next week. • Leave some love! Comment on other linkers – everyone loves getting comments on their posts!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thrifty Thursdays: Future Refashions

Hopefully, this Thrifty Thursday will be a twofer! All the items I bought on a recent Goodwill trip are bound for some facelifts, which (if they ever get completed), will be blog posts in the future. Is that cheating?

White Tank Top (Talbots) - $3.50 
I'm thinking of somehow making the neckline into a necklace, or maybe putting it on a sweater or something... The shirt is just too short and I'm not a fan of the material either, but the beading on the neckline was worth the purchase!

Tan & Black Tank Top (Worthington) - $3.50 
I'm not a fan of cap sleeves (my shoulders are too broad to pull them off) so I'm planning on making this otherwise adorable top into a tank. Should be a pretty easy fix!

Jeans - $5.00 each
I bought these jeans for several different projects, including a super cute clutch. Eventually, I'll find the time to actually sit down and do some real sewing... Maybe Christmas break? ;)


Have you found any fun re-purpose projects your local thrift store lately?