My name is Cristin. I am married to a wonderful man, who I sometimes call Zachiepoo, I am a graphic designer and creator of handmade items. I am constantly inspired by the world around me and enjoy creating things with love. I enjoy working with papers, paints and fibers. I love people and follow Jesus.
So last Saturday Zach had to work on my Bday so my Mom, my niece, and I hung out during the day and did a little exploring around a new area in St. Charles. It's a new community development that is based off of the idea of Seaside, FL called New Town! You may remember some of my posts from last August, but my family has gone to Seaside the last 2 summers and it is now one of our favorite beaches! So when I found out that there was a community in STL based on the idea of Seaside, I was dying to see it! Below are a couple of pics of the development.
The houses and condos are located around lakes since there is no ocean in Missouri! :)
If the community wasn't so far away from the city, I would no doubt want to move there, just for the sense of feeling like I was living in Florida!
Some may know, but my and Zach's birthdays are a day apart so we end up doing something for the whole weekend whenever this time of year comes around. This year Zach had to work on my birthday but got the day off before so we spent some time in the city, doing some thrifting, going to the park and driving around looking at different neighborhoods. (We really love doing this) We started the day with free chick-fil-a biscuits and a free smoothie king smoothie! Gotta love coupons.
Zach enjoying his free breakfast.
We went thrifting and saw this awesome Schwinn bike in perfect condition and then went to a cute little book store in an old house.
After that we got some delicious cupcakes and spent some time hanging out at a park!
On our way back from the city we stopped by this old house with some neat antiques and a backyard filled with some amazing treasures!
This past weekend Zach and I took on the project of building a garden box in my parent's side yard. We were kind of nervous at first and didn't really know where to go with it, but it ended up being a lot easier than expected!
We ended up making the box 3x5' and 12" deep.
We bought some cedar planks and hand them cut down and it was as simple as screwing the edges together, adding a second row and screwing them both into four 2" square spindles.
Now all we have to do is fill it with soil and starter veggie plants! We are going to wait a few weeks to make sure the temps don't get to low at night. But I can't wait to eat some fresh veggies from the garden this summer! And now we know how to build our own once we get our own place!
This last weekend I got to see my buddy for the last time until her wedding in October*! Next week she is headed to Aussie to be with her bf and I am super sad but really happy for her at the same time! I got to spend some quality girl time with her while we were gone and it was so great! I even got to help her pick out a beachy wedding dress and then hang out with friends and fam to say goodbye!
Below are a couple of the cute dresses she tried on, but I'm not showing the final for fear of who may see this! :)
I'm going to miss this girl so much!
*P.S. Did I mention that I get to go to Australia in October for this awesome event?!!
In January we celebrated 3 years of sweet sweet marriage and together! I love this man so much and am so blessed for every day we have spent together! Because our anniversary is so close to Valentine's Day, every year we go out to dinner for our anniversary and then on Valentine's day Zach makes us an amazing dinner!
My buddy Lucy came to St. Louis for a family event and got to spend a night with me! I miss this girl tons and won't get to have much time with her before she leaves for Australia to be with her boyfriend!
December was a fun but SUPER busy month for my little business! During the whole month of December I had my items up at The Foundrie, an amazing pop-up shop at Chesterfield Mall in St. Louis run by Shelah McClymont the creator of Destroyed by Design. The shop was so beautiful and she did such a great job that people wanted the shop all year round - and starting THIS Saturday, April 9th, the people get what they want!
My items on the table right as you enter the shop!
My big show was at the beginning of December and I have a separate post dedicated to Chicago trip. Otherwise, December was filled with lots and lots of snow and family time!
Zach and Boston running in the snowy front yard.
My sis and I on Christmas morning in our matching PJ's and hoodies with earbud strings.
When you drive to Chicago from St. Louis on I-55 you go through a long stretch of windmill farms. It's so incredible to watch these things in person. I've seen dozens of photos of them, but seeing them in person is just mesmerizing.
My other big event of December 2010 was the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, IL. I really had no idea what to expect with this show. Besides the fact that it's one of the most well-known shows in the U.S. and so well publicized, I just knew that I had to prepare as many items as possible before the show.
I changed up my booth quite a bit for this show and had fun created mannequin heads for my headbands and hats. Zach and I tried our best to practice my booth setup before we got there. The night before Renegade it snowed quite a bit. Little did I know that this would help sell all of my cowls, scarves and hats, expect for 3 on day one of the fair!
My booth before all the items were picked over!
Birds eye view of the main level.
We had such a great time and were even able to stay for a few days longer to explore the city!
I'm super happy I got to be a part of the show and meet so many awesome people. I was told by several that I should apply for the September show as well. So I hope to see Chicago again several times this year!
I really could have so many excuses right now as to why I haven't been blogging lately, but really the truth is I've just been more committed to my Etsy shop and twitter! But now I feel like my blogging friends have been missing out so here I go, a little update of the last few months. This may be more than one post but at least I'm filling people in, right? Let's go month by month, shall we?
October was filled with apple picking, pumpkin patches and lots of prep for shows. Besides all that it was my first year being able to see my 5 year old niece dressed up for Halloween. In fact, since we've moved back to St. Louis, there has been a lot of firsts I've been able to experience with her! It's really something watching this little girl grow!
Fun fact: In St. Louis kids are usually requested to tell jokes before they get candy on Halloween!
My first booth of 2010 (this has changed QUITE a bit)
November was the beginning of my crafting season in 2010. I started with a few local shows and then was happy to participate in the Rock N' Roll Craft Show 7. This was very different from my normal shows in that all the items were displayed department store style. Everyone's items were sectioned according to thecatergory that it fits in. It was lots of fun and I'll definitley plan on applying for the show again next year. It was a great start to the holiday craft season!
Photo from 2005 from the RNR Flickr Site.
During November we were also able to make a quick trip to KC to visit some friends and their new little baby girl! They are such a sweet little family and we really miss being around them and all our friends on a weekly basis!