Wednesday, March 28, 2012

new website, new logo, and 12 questions!

I can't believe that I actually forgot to update my blog with the big news that I have a BRAND NEW WEBSITE!  It has actually been up for a few months, but this is the first new website layout that I have had since 2006, and it is newly updated (as of last night) with new photos of The Hive Dwellers and Calvin Johnson, Meowtain, Jen Ng and Brooke, Ruby Fray, and more!!  Exciting!  

Even more recently though, is my new logo that was designed by the incredibly lovely and talented Jill Pucciarelli, which you can see below.  This was her first logo design ever, and she is killed it!  I couldn't possibly love it more if I tried!

What's also exciting is that the sweet folks at asked me to answer a couple of questions (which you can read here!), and the amazing Bree Davies wrote such a wonderful introduction!  I want to give big hugs to everyone involved!  Thank you for asking me to be a part of your lovely website!  

Happy Wednesday, everyone!!
xoxo sarah

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

sophia and tyrel stendhal's wedding

Our two favorite Vashon Island friends, Tyrel and Sophia, got married in August of this past year and had one of the most beautiful weddings that I've ever been to at Sophia's family home.  The weather was perfect -- not too hot and totally sunny, and it couldn't have been sweeter!

During the wedding, Michael and Brittany surprised everyone by singing "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith!  Totally awesome!

And after the ceremony, the bride and groom made their entrance being pulled by Sophia's dad on a lawnmower!  Best entrance ever!

Around this point, things got a little out of hand for a few of us and there was a lot of dancing, drinking, wizardry (see Michael below!), bonfires, naps in the grass, and cake fights.  Best wedding ever!  I'm so glad that we were able to be a part of it!  

   Congratulations, Ty and Sophia!!!


my jewelry collection


my list, and number 41: swimming with the phosphorescent plankton in the puget sound

If you're reading this in Google Reader or somewhere other than my actual blog page, you wouldn't know that on the right of my page, I've started creating a list (which I actually just call My List) of all of the things that I want to do . . . sometime.  A bucket list, basically, but I don't like that name.  It doesn't really matter when I do these things, but it does give me something to look at when I'm feeling particularly bummed out or uninspired, and gives me a place to list the things that I would like to accomplish or do in my lifetime.  They range from paying off my debt to losing weight to sewing an apron for my grandma (which I did!) to visiting Iceland and seeing glaciers and the Aurora Borealis.  Number 41 on my list was to swim with the bioluminescent plankton, which is what you see when the ocean literally lights up and sparkles.  We tried to capture it above!

On a particularly moonless night during the summer, I read on Facebook that it was the best night of the year to see the phosphorescents.  We had gone with a large group the previous year, but as a bunch of people stripped down to swim then, we weren't prepared, and weren't as adventurous.  This time though, I came wearing my favorite swimsuit and the dress that I wear whenever I'm going swimming since it's so easy to slip on and dries really quickly.  I called up everyone that I could think of that would fit in our car and that might be interested, and it was surprisingly easy to convince everyone to trek through the woods in the dark to reach the Evergreen Beach.  

When we made it down, we almost stepped on the biggest beached jellyfish ever, picked a spot, and walked in.  You could see the sparkles just by moving your fingers around in the water, but it was especially fun to walk around, splash water, and just swim around.  I even brought my snorkel mask so that I could open my eyes under the water and see in front of me.  It wasn't as blue as I've pictured in my mind and seen in pictures, but more like flashes of light sparkles.  Maybe someday I'll make it to somewhere where it will immediately illuminate blue without even having to walk into the water . . .

It's little things like this that make me feel so happy to live near water and in the Pacific Northwest.  What a magical place!