Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Personal Growth

I have no idea where to begin with this post it's ridiculous...
I can't even remember what I have already written about in the last few posts without going back and reading them.
First things first, I need to just get something out here... Marriage is probably the toughest thing I have ever gotten myself into. It can be SO good at times, yet SO SO bad other times. It's like what in the world did I get myself into!
Of course the problem is that I married an imperfect man, and he married an imperfect woman. :( This is something that we both were aware from the beginning, however these past few weeks it has been really difficult to accept that fact.  There are some other personal issues there, but we are taking steps to move forward and mend what has been broken.
Counseling in our church definitely helps.

On a sort of related note, Carson finally got me one of my Christmas presents he promised me (better late than never).
It's a new Bible with my new name on it.  I had one that my mom had gotten me about 2 years ago with my old last name on it, and that just wasn't going to cut it in my new married life.. So we finally bought a new one and had my new name imprinted on the cover. I love it. It's a Women's Devotional Bible and the cover is awesome. Of course it's not just the outside I like, it has a quick one page devotion for every day of the week, plus introductions for every book.  It actually makes me look forward to reading the Bible everyday, which has always been a bit challenging for me.

In other news, I have finally decided on a color for my hair that I would like to maintain.  I know I know I have been so hard on my hair these past few months, just change after change.. Well, I definitely want to keep the length of it and style for a long time, and now I want to keep the color.
Here it is in the bright sunlight...............................And then inside a well light room.


















I think I am finally becoming comfortable with myself as a person and who I am growing up to be. I am no longer hiding and covering up who I am. Dying my hair and (hopefully) getting my new tattoo, are just two steps in this process. My mom's cleaning business is also growing, we just took on a new client, whom my mom will sometime in the near future turn over completely to me. I recently got in touch with an old friend from AIA about putting a decal (which I will be designing) on my mom's car advertising her business, and that ball will be rolling soon. She also loved my t-shirt design for our uniforms, so I will be making more of those as well, great for her business and also for my portfolio.
I would also like to get more involved in my church.. It will be kind of difficult because it is so far away from where we live, and I am still shy and socially awkward, but I really think it would be a good thing for me and for my marriage.

I hope to keep up with my blogging more often.  It just got away from me with all the drama going on.

<3

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Final Logo Design

Here are the final logo designs for my mom's cleaning business!
The design for our uniforms and the work in progress pictures are on my Creative Blog: saradunndesigns.blogspot.com
Go check it out! :)


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Princess Patti's Patio Party!

I would like to update you on the party for my mom!

As you may remember, my sister and I were going to be doing something special for my mom's 60th birthday.  Well, we decided to throw her a surprise party.  We invited a few of her close family friends and my sister thought of a good excuse to get her over to her apartment, where we had the whole thing set up in the covered patio area by the pool.  It of course didn't go EXACTLY as planned, and the decorations began falling down right after she arrived... but at least she enjoyed herself, which is all that matters. :)
The theme was super girly, and the colors were all pink black and white. Here are a few pics of the decorations:



We also made her a scrapbook of the highlights of her life so far.  Both Chris and I picked out the pics we wanted and the background paper and the cover art and the album itself, then I took it home and put it all together. She loved it. It got passed around a few times at the party :)  I was happy she liked it so much. Here's some pics of the cover, the pages and an example finished page:

































It took quite a long time put together, and it had a few bumps in the road along the way, but all and all it was a great success!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Can't Get Enough Change

I got a new hair cut (yet again), and dyed it red and dark purple.
So far haven't been able to get a good picture of it yet, but here is a decent one..
The cut I am absolutely thrilled with.  I honestly can say I don't want it to get any longer than this anymore. I love it.  The color however, I am still working to perfect.  I was going for a drastic two toned look, and the lady behind the counter at Sally's said that the dye I purchased should work beautifully on my hair. Well, it only took to the highlights.  Which is fine.  I just wish I would have known that before I bought the more expensive dye instead of the cheap stuff.  What I imagined was red in the front (bangs and front side pieces) and purple in the back... What I ended up doing after testing out the colors and learning the purple was more of a black on my hair was doing only the bottom underneath layers in purple and the rest all in red... The problem with that is that for some reason the back and top of my hair didn't take to the red as well as the front did.. So back to plan A... I'm going to wait a few days, let it wash out a bit and start over, this time sticking to the original plan of purple in back and red in front.  Even if the purple is more of a black, it will still be more of a difference than how it is now..
On another "changing" note, My husband finally got me the diet plan, workout calendar, and the rest of the Power 90 videos.. So hopefully I can get started back on my workout plan and do it the right way this time, hmm?  That would be nice.
Summer's coming up and I WILL be ready for it, dang it!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Let's Give This A Try

I made a second blog!  It will house all of my creativity and artwork, all of my graphic designs, jewelry, and photography.  Possibly even a drawing/painting or two. :)
So, if you are interested in the creative part of my life, feel free to follow me there as well.
This blog will now be for my personal life (I will of course continue updating this one with a few creative things here and there, it's impossible to separate it from my everyday life completely).
So yeah! Just thought I would share.
saradunndesigns.blogspot.com
:)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Yay! I Get My Fix

I'm getting a new tattoo! :D
I have been wanting a new one for a while now, and have been thinking so hard as to what I want the design to be.  I knew that I needed to keep it small because the bigger you go, the more money it costs..  I also knew that I wanted something having to do with my faith as a Christian.  I thought it was kind of weird that I have two tattoos already and neither of them reflect the most important thing in my life.
So, last night I had this dream about getting a new tattoo.  I had drawn up this design, it was so simple but also effective.  It gets the point across. In my dream I was getting it on my left wrist.  Which I already knew I wanted one there to compliment the one on my right..
So, I woke up and drew up the design on the computer and asked Carson if it would be ok if I get another tattoo (he hates them and didn't want me to get anymore).. Surprisingly he said "Alright, it can be your birthday present" YAY!  As of right now I'm getting the one from my dream and it's going on my wrist.  My birthday is however about a month away so who knows, I may play with it and make it better.
I do want to keep it simple though. I am a very simple person, my style is simple, and my designs are always simplified.  And I love black tattoos, so that's what it's going to be.
Here is the design.
The verse is Colossians 3:17 "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
You know, the more I think about it, it's really a good idea to tattoo my left wrist.  I am going to be totally transparent here for a minute.  When I was a young teenager, I used to cut my wrist.  It was my left wrist that took all the abuse considering I am right handed.. Isn't it just too fitting that now, as an adult, I know the love of Christ and I try my hardest to do only things that are pleasing to the Spirit. On the same wrist I used to curse God, I am putting a permanent mark of my faith in Him.  I thought that was a cool idea. :)
Also, everyone always notices the tattoo on my right wrist and asks about it, to which I really don't have much to say about it.  It was done on impulse and doesn't really have much meaning behind it.. It would be nice to actually have a tattoo that I can talk about and that has a good message attached to it.
Again, it might change a little bit in a month, but that's the basic idea of the design.
Just thought I would share.
:)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Few Small Updates

Nothing really major has happened in my life lately, only a handful of little things all at once.
As I mentioned before my mom's birthday is coming up (St. Patrick's Day), and my sister and I are planning something special for her.  Which definitely has taken up most of my time lately.  She has no idea, but I can tell she suspects something.  While we were cleaning at a client's house this past Saturday, she mentioned how her friend is planning a birthday party for herself.  Then she said that if Christi and I were doing anything for her, it would be ok if I told her, she wouldn't mind knowing.  To which I said "Ok, good to know." And left it at that. *sneaky*
Well, I tell you that to tell you this.. Apparently I am on an accidentally-breaking-things streak.  I was working on a present for my mom the other day and of course just my luck, it broke.  I took a picture of it, still don't really want to reveal exactly what it is yet, however you could probably figure it out from the picture..  I never knew glass could be sooo sharp though. :(  As i was cleaning it up I barely tapped my hand against the edge and it cut me.  I still have a mark from it! lol.

The breaking things streak didn't stop there.  I recently had an appointment with my eye doctor, however I ended up having to go to a different doctor because my doctor passed away like less than a week before my appointment.  She had a strand of the H1N1 virus.  So I go to the new eye doctor (who was a close friend to my dr.), and sure enough, my eyes have changed.  My astigmatism in my left eye is in a different location now, and my right eye has gotten more near sighted.  Sooo, that means new glasses time!
After going through and trying on literally EVERY pair of frames that were under 68 bucks, I found some really cute ones for $25! great price in my opinion.  So, I pick them up a few days later put them on, everything's great.  I take them off and go about the rest of my evening... Well, I get home that night and go to put them on again to get on the computer... and the arm snaps off like a twig. D:  I felt sick.  It was too late to go back that night.. So the next day I take them in and the lady fixes them for me no problem.  Now I'm like super paranoid that they are going to break again, so I like barely touch them, and open the arms like soooo slowly. lol.
The pic to the left is totally not how I wear them lol Just being silly.  There is a real pic on facebook. :)
Getting another hair cut soon.  It's getting too long again.  I'm seriously considering dying it dark red.  Haven't had it red in years and I'm starting to get the itch for change. Maybe deep burgundy with "natural" looking high lights, like the ones i have now.. We'll see.
 
So, to update on this matter.  Eva, if you are reading this I have taken your advice and I bought and read that book you suggested for me about natural birth control.  I have only been off the pill for a few weeks, but already I feel like 100% better.  I began charting about four days ago, and I have to say, taking my temperature every morning is a bit of a hassle that I have to get used to.  For some reason my body keeps waking me up at like 6 am every morning, and wont let me get back to sleep.  So that's when I have to do it, and I end up waking Carson up, and then he's grumpy.. yeah.. It's going to take some getting used to definitely.  But I'm excited about this alternative to putting chemicals in my body.

In other news I am feeling a definite need to start creating things again.  I took a few pictures of Strider before his last bath and I got one good one.  This of course has sparked an interest in Photography again.  lol Here we go with hopping from one thing to another again... Anyway I'll leave you with a picture of a scared Strider in the bath tub.
Enjoy. :)

Oh! and real quick, just putting it out there cause if I say it then it holds me accountable to keep at it, we are getting back into church again.  It has been quite a while (like over a month) since we have been, but we are deciding to be consistent with it from now on.  So yeah, just had to say that.