The Times They Are a-Changin'

When I started this blog, over 2 years ago, I wanted it to serve a couple different purposes. I wanted:

  • An outlet to share things I was already doing, like baking and making things,
  • A way for me to share bits about my life, and
  • A way to push myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to both of those things, as well as photography.

I felt like I wanted a teeny-tiny, micro piece of this internet world to share with my friends and family and have something to look back on 10 years from now. I felt like I had a story to tell, maybe not the most interesting story out there, but a story nonetheless. I've always had a burning part of me that needs inspiration and creativity, and this blog has helped me touch into that part of myself. 

But like most things in life, you can't predict the future. Things change, feelings change, life moves on. You can try your hardest to map out the rest of your life, but a wrench is bound to be thrown right into the middle of that plan. For me, this isn't something to fret about. I embrace it and move on. Change is a great, rejuvenating thing; it can spark something in you and make you feel in control of your life again. Or, at least that's how I feel about it. 

What I'm getting at here is my life has changed a bit since I started this blog. And though I don't feel the need to go into details here, I do feel a responsibility to let you know that things might start to look a bit different. The baking and DIYs will remain, hopefully the flea market adventures will also continue, but the glimpses into my life might look a bit different and more frequent. Deep down, this blog has always been about me and my life, and celebrating all the little things about my life that make it special.

Things might get a little personal over here, but I want this blog to in some ways mirror what's going on in my life. I'm hoping this change in the way I think about this blog will help me to be inspired again. I may only be one lady living in the suburbs, but I have a lot of thoughts and feelings and inspirations that I'd love to share with you. 

Back!

Hi there! Do you remember me? Diana? The girl that blogs here? I wouldn't be surprised if you forgot who I was at this point...

First, I apologize completely for the lack of updates this past month or so. I took on a freelance social media project and I had to put the breaks on the blog for a short time. It bummed me out, the project didn't end up working out the way I thought it would, and I'm happy to be back thinking about butter, sugar, and glue.

My plan is also to take a good amount of time for myself, by myself. And since the weather here is just starting to feel Spring-like, I'm sure I'll be spending a lot of time wandering the aisles of thrift stores and flea markets. I need to work on building my prop arsenal and in the next couple of months, I'm also planning another move (yes, my third move in three years...), which means a greater need to buy new things. I've also been baking like mad and thinking up some new DIYs I'm excited to try out.

Stay tuned. I'll be sure to keep you updated this time. PS: Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Reflecting on Unusually Lovely's First Year

Looking back on 2012, I am completely happy that this blog has finally happened and is slowly moving right along. 2012 has been the first year where I've been out of school, working a full-time job, living in T and I's own little home, and surviving. It's been a really exciting and fun year.

This blog has been a tremendously awesome experience for me. It's been an outlet for my recipes and crafts (which before I felt like I was doing in this vacuum of my couple of friends), a place for me to write and share what's going on in T and I's life, and a great way for me to work on my photography and Photoshop skills. I've really loved it and hope to continue to love sharing my favorite things on this blog.

Next year, I hope to get better at planning and making time for shooting photos and writing post, not so last minute. I hope to continue to be inspired by some of my favorite bloggers (and discover new favorite blogs!) and hope that, in some little way, I may be inspiring someone else. :)

Top 12 of 2012

So, starting this blog has been an exciting new adventure for me (I'll be blogging about this subject later!) This has been an exciting year for me, and I am very gratefully for the life I currently have. Keeping up with this blog has been a challenge for me, but I do love it. Here are 12 of my favorite posts from 2012!

1. Still loving these framed photostrips that T and I have taken over the years. So happy that I've saved these and finally have a way to display them!

2. These snickerdoodles are so completely addicting. One of those things that you can't believe actually came out of your own oven. 

3. Our kitties are still enjoying the furniture piece that houses their litterbox. I'm so glad that T and I worked on this together.

4. For anyone looking for fantastic advice on blogging and getting your blog together, A Beautiful Mess offers this lovely e-course called Blog Love. I wrote a little review about it.

5. These applesauce cupcakes are amazing. Out of all the different cupcakes I make, these have to be my all-time fav.

6. As I start to get more and more into wine, I'm still loving these etched wine glasses. They aren't perfect, but I still love the effect.

7. Still loving some of the vintage items that have been given to me by our families. It's very exciting that we really use these things almost every day!

8. I love this Caturday photo!

9. This cranberry apple pie recipe really came together! A perfect dessert for breakfast!

10. I opened an Unusually Lovely Etsy Shop! Currently I have washi tape, wreaths, and wine glasses for sale and I'm hoping to list a bunch of different stuff in the new year.

11. Still loving these felt ornaments! Already thinking about who I can make them for next Christmas!

12. This was the first year that T and I decorated our first Christmas tree. It was such a lovely experience and I can't wait to spend more and more Christmases with this guy. :)