Tagged: nostalgia

Happy Birthday, you old blog!

February is the Fluffyland Craft & Sewing Blog’s birthday month… and boy, is she getting old!

happy birthday, dear blog! 7 years old!

I’ve been blogging here since February 2006. That’s right, seven full years. This blog has watched me go all the way through high school, and now I’m almost done with college! I’ve been looking back through the archives and it’s making me nostalgic. Seven years. I can’t believe it. Want to take a whirlwind tour with me?


It all started with the Starburst Wrapper-ed Ballet Flats, who were soon followed by their buddy, the Starburst Wrapper Bracelet Tutorial – still my most popular post by far!

year one: starburst wrapper ballet flats


2007 included Ben’s plush Goomba, one of my first forays into real custom plush work.

year two: plush goomba (super mario)


2008 was quiet because senior year was busy! But some notable events included my homemade prom dress as well as my costume work for my high school’s production of Beauty & the Beast.

year three: homemade prom dress


2009 welcomed college with daily blogging: enter the haiku project. Also, a delightful new autumn tradition sprouted: pumpkin spotting!

year four: pumpkin spotting and haiku


2010 was the year of the adventurous whales: my first series of plush to be proclaimed “art” and hung in an art gallery. I was so proud.

year five: adventurous whales at the SPACES contemporary art gallery


I’ll never forget the most glorious, yet most temporary, work of art that Brad and I drew together: the giraffe we drew at the Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival. It was the most beautiful thing!

year six: chalk festival giraffe


And in 2012, I invented the tiniest plush narwhal the world has ever seen!

year seven: tiny plush narwhal

I’ve loved looking back over my old posts these last few days… and it’s a good reminder that I want to keep going! I love having this archive of my projects, especially since so many of them end up going to new homes. And it’s wonderful to see how my creative skills have progressed. So here’s to documenting progress, big and small, because it adds up. And here’s to seven more years of blogging!

spain withdrawal

Lent is ending faster than ever (especially since I didn’t give up dessert this year) and Easter is fast approaching. Cleveland’s bipolar skies as of late have been toying with my sense of adventure, and I can’t help but feel a major rush of Spain withdrawal.

For spring breaks in both 11th and 12th grade, I went on class trips to Spain (with a dash of France). I love Spain. I love the colors, the food, the architecture, the language. I love how Spain pictures ended up in an incredibly large percentage of my haiku. I love the mystery and the adventure and the thrill of the unknown, the careful steps because getting lost in a foreign city is never a good option.

My posts regarding both trips were quite lame… so I figured I could relive those sunshine-filled days and give myself a photo tour of the adventures. It’s also incredible to look back to 2007 and realize that yes, I have improved greatly as a photographer, because the majority of those pictures were pictures anyone would have taken. My internal eye has been strengthened and I am better at seeing the picture that should be taken, the picture nobody else has ever thought of taking. But they were good enough that I can look at them and smell the sky and taste the foods… and I miss it with all my heart.

i miss the markets…

i miss the randomly adorable average houses…
patio house

i miss parc guell…
parc guell

parc guell

i miss calling a parcel of pastries a meal…

i miss exploring dali’s eccentricity…
dali museum

i miss gaudi’s beautiful architecture…
gaudi house

i miss posing with random inanimate objects…
spain people

i miss rows of colorful buildings…
colorful buildings

i miss the greener-than-green spanish countryside…
spanish countryside

i miss buildings that look like coloring pages…
colored wall

i miss it all and i want to go back.