Tag Archive: travel

WordPress has just informed me that today is the first anniversary of this blog! To celebrate, I shall introduce you to my new blog, Sweet Wanderings. I will be moving to London for a year whenever I am granted a visa, most likely sometime in July-ish or August maybe, and I will be blogging my journey and experiences there! I may still post some crafty things over the next year, but probably not nearly as much because I will be busy seeing as much of London and Europe as I can while I’m there, and I can’t lug all my crafty stuff with me!

Looking back over the past year, I’ve written several posts on Smashbooks because I love them, and I’ve completed two of them. I started this Smashbook last fall and posted about the beginnings of it. Now I’ve been to a few more places, and it’s all filled up!
Travel Smashbook

Travel Smashbook - New York City

NYC – Julie Andrews book signing and Broadway show

Travel Smashbook - Paris

Paris day trip from London on my birthday

Travel Smashbook - New Zealand Bungy

Bungy jumping in New Zealand

Travel Smashbook - Portland

fun times in Portland, Oregon

Travel Smashbook - Muir Woods, SF

Muir Woods, a beautiful redwood forest across the bay from San Francisco

Travel Smashbook - San Francisco

beautiful San Francisco

Travel Smashbook - Los Angeles

Warner Brothers Studio/Los Angeles

Travel Smashbook - Los Angeles

Hollywood, California

Travel Smashbook

I love my Smashbooks! I bought a big red one to fill during the next year or so, since I figure I’ll need a lot of room with my adventures living in London. 🙂

If you liked this post, check out my other Smashbook posts: Smashbooking and 2012 Smashbook – Complete!


My Life Goals

I love making lists. I have a ton of them on listgeeks.com. I was probably around 14 when I made my first list of things I wanted to do in life, and I have been mentally adding and crossing things off for a decade now. I recently found my old one and it looks something like this, with my completed items crossed off:

  • travel overseas
  • ride an airplane
  • ride a train
  • go to Florida
  • go to England
  • meet Julie Andrews
  • go to California
  • go to New York
  • go skydiving
  • go on a cruise

I have been able to do a lot of the things I wanted to do in the last ten years. Just this week I spent a few days in New York City and met my favorite celebrity, singer/actress/writer Julie Andrews, at a book signing for her new children’s book, which crossed off two things! I no longer want to go skydiving, as I floated in a crazy skydiving simulator and I’ve gone bungee jumping and looved it. I have a trip planned to California in a few months. And a cruise will probably happen in the next couple of years.

me at the top of the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand

A few months ago I wrote out an updated list of all the things I want to do now, and since then I rode in a hot air balloon and met Julie soon after seeing a Broadway show. As you can see, much of it involves traveling, exploring, and trying new things.

  • meet Julie Andrews
  • re-visit New Zealand
  • move to a different country
  • live on the US West Coast
  • ride in a hot air balloon
  • ride a motorcycle
  • visit Japan
  • go skinnydipping
  • visit a real, old castle
  • visit Toronto
  • see a Broadway show in NYC
  • go on a cruise
  • go scuba diving or snorkeling
  • marry the love of my life
  • try skiing
  • visit the Louvre
  • ride in a horse-drawn carriage
  • see a movie at a drive-in theater
  • kiss in the rain
  • make a souffle
  • Go on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg
  • see Julie Andrews’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • ride over the Golden Gate Bridge
  • go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
  • lie out on a nude beach
  • go parasailing
  • try a raw, vegan food diet for a week
  • go waterskiing

Manhattan skyline at sunset

I am looking forward to doing all this over the years, adding more items and crossing them off. And now I have a poll for today, as I am curious…

Recently I found a box of memorabilia from my past international trips, which seemed like the PERFECT opportunity to buy an International Smashbook and fill it up! Here are a few of the pages from this fun smashbook so far:

Italy and Greece were the destinations for my first international trip, so I kept just about everything I got my hands on as a souvenir. I included tickets, brochures, postcards, receipts, anything in the native language that I thought was cool like water bottle labels, etc…

I LOVED Greece so I had even more stuff from it.

And a few years later I went to New Zealand for a month, an AMAZING country and one of the best experiences of my life. I love that I can smash some of my memories into this book. It’s just so much better than keeping them all in a box to be sorted through with confusion in the distant future.

And here are a couple of London-y pages that I LOVE but haven’t filled in yet (if I do fill them in… I dunno if I want to cover the illustrations up!)

Feel free to link up here if you have any smashbook pages you want to share!

If you liked this but haven’t seen my first Smashbook post, check it out!

The Versatile Blogger Award

I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award from HeyHeyHeatherK at She’s a Crafty Lady. Thank you so much! This is my first blog award. 😀

The rules of receiving the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows…

Nominees must: Tell seven things about themselves, pass the award on to up to 15 other blogs, and thank the person who nominated them for the award. Also, no one is obligated to take the award, so don’t feel like you have to accept it.

And I don’t really mind talking about myself, so here are seven things about me:

  1. I love dance/electronic music. The boyfriend and I are going to an electronic music festival in Chicago this weekend that we’re really excited about. If you’re familiar with electronic music, my favorite subgenres are trance and hardstyle.
  2. One of my favorite social things to do is play games, mainly board games and card games. I have a handful of friends who like this too, so whenever I get together with them there is usually some sort of game happening.
  3. Oddly enough, contrary to the above, I’m not super into video games. Except a few like Dragon Age, Mario Kart, and Dance Dance Revolution. And Peggle, if that counts. Shooters are not so much my thing.
  4. My favorite color, by far, is purple. Violet, lavender, royal purple, deep purple… I love most of it. But colors in general are pretty awesome.
  5. I dislike carbonated beverages. This includes soda, sparkling anything, and beer. However, I love wine.
  6. I have traveled more outside the US than within it–and I live in the US. So the next two places I plan on travelling to will most likely be California (LA and San Francisco) and NYC (because I want to meet Julie Andrews and she does a lot of book signings there, and I’ve never been there before.)
  7. I love heights and the adrenaline that comes with them. Some of my favorite experiences have been bungee jumping, roller coasters with high drops, and zip lining. My favorite part of airplane rides is the takeoff (that’s probably normal, though).

I am just going to nominate a couple of my favorite blogs that I’ve been following lately, because I am newer to the craft blogging world and several of the other blogs I follow are already getting a bazillion awards, including this one, so I don’t want to bombard them.

Good Girl Gone Wife

With Scissors and a Spatula

By the way, if anyone wants to link up with me like Good Girl Gone Wife did, let me know! We can swap buttons and I’ll put you in my bar on the right. I also want to take this opportunity to give a shoutout to MD Kenning and his blog, which I’m only not giving the award to because he’s outside of the crafting blog world. He has recently published a book, and I’m working on editing his next one and love it. He’s really talented, so check him out!