Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bits of Becky: February

What's been happening in my life lately and with some Instagram shots from the month! (follow me @bforbecky)

Reading: I just finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene. Please read it too.

Watching: I've been watching The Big Bang Theory in order from season 1. I just started season 4. 

Crafting: I'm sewing away on my Sew for Victory dress!

Offline: I'm missing my husband. I've bought too many new pairs of shoes. Prepping for a big vacation coming up. Also, Pearl just got her pearly whites cleaned! Dude, the vet is SO expensive!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lonely Girl Spotted

Did you get my Gossip Girlish title there? I'm so clever.

Recently my husband was laid off and it was kinda awesome, but that's not what I'm talking about today. During his layoff Jonathan finally decided to make the leap and join forces with his brother and be self employed. That's great and his future is bright, but there is also a down side to all of this. Jonathan has to travel to where the work is. This could mean weeks maybe even months where he will not be home. I know lots of people are separated from their loved ones for long periods of time but I'm taking it kinda hard. I'm used to seeing him everyday and in all honesty he's the center of my world. It's no surprise to me that the first week apart was super hard. Luckily my friend's have been keeping me busy and he had an unexpected return the other day, so my days haven't been so bad. It's just hard looking at the weeks ahead not knowing when he will be home and missing him like crazy.

Tell me, have you guys been separated from your lovers? What are your tips for living a lonely girl life?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Furry Fridays: Daddy Space

Brought to you by Steph and Becky!
James from Daddy Space pays tribute to a beautiful dog and friend.

Hello I'm James the blogger behind Daddy Space thank you so much to Becky and Steph for letting me post about my dog.

It was a long drive to the kennels to pick up our very playful and fluffy golden Labrador who we would call Sam. On the drive back he wasn't a happy puppy at all he totally hated every second of the journey home. He soon settled in to his surroundings and from what I can remember he didn't howl the house down too much. My dad would have been the person getting up, so maybe he has a different account of events.
I'm 25 now and I'd have been 11 when we first got Sam I remember deciding that he was going to be my dog and I'd always be there for him. He spent the majority of his puppy years chewing furniture, pooping and weeing everywhere, all in a days work for a puppy. It was always a pleasure coming home from school to his wagging tail and excitable nature. The routine was home from school, din din's and then a walk up the field. When it was raining heavy I'd put on my big coat and take them up the field as per usual. I'd pretend I was in the army and that I was being forced to march on through a battle field in horrendous conditions (I must have looked a wally)
We used to take Sam to the beach, it was one of his favorite places to go. I recall one time we went and the sea was a bit stormy and Sam charged in to the water and charged through the broken waves as he loved to do. This one occasion he went in and was caught out by a wave which hadn't broken yet. Sam was caught in the extreme current which occurs when a wave is building and no amount of swimming on his part could get him away from this wave. It inevitably broke and washed him in. I had never seen the look of so much fear on his face before. He was staring right at me when he got caught I was powerless to help. He was needless to say ready to go home after that encounter and spent most of that evening feeling a bit sorry for himself.
Sam was a happy go lucky young/teen dog however as he started to become a more mature dog he needed to slow down. His hips were becoming a problem for him stiffening up all the time but numerous trips to the vet kept that problem for him as minimal as possible. However it did slow him down a lot and big trips out to the beach became less and less. As you can see above he had to be held back a lot he became more contented with cuddles instead of exercise. The golden retriever in the above, is his little sister Honey.
This picture was taken about three years ago, this is probably the last photo I have of Sammy before his age and hips got the better of him. 

Sadly due to his deteriorating condition we had to have him put down on the 1st February 2013 he was not a very well dog. I wanted to do this post to celebrate his life and remember all the good times we had I will never forget him. He was truly an amazing dog and best friend.
Sammy Gibson Best dog in the world

James blogs at Daddy Space // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sew for Victory: The Pattern


Since I scored the motherload of vintage patterns the other week I decided to join in the fun of Rochelle from Lucky Lucille's Sew for Victory 40s Sewalong!!! Sewing will be happening soon, but first I must find the fabric!

To find out more about the sewalong click here. I can't wait to see all the awesomeness. Let me know if you are also sewing along!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jonathan on my shopping habits

Me: "If I bought that hat with the tassels I really think they would have gotten in my way."
Jonathan: "Oh yeah they would have."
Me: "Then why didn't you warn me?!?!"
Jonathan: "I didn't think of it then, but now that you brought it up the tassels would have gotten in your way. Then you would have had to buy ANOTHER new hat."

He acts like buying more than one hat during the snowboard season is a bad thing!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I can make that! (Slouchy Crocheted Hat)

And you can to!

Use this pattern. From Little Things Blogged.
Once you make it link up here at The Curious Pug's Crochet Along! (I know this was December's project but I'm slow!)

Get to work.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Furry Fridays: The Domestic Geek

Brought to you by Steph and Becky!
Here's Brittany from The Domestic Geek with her fur love Buddy!

I'm Brittany from The Domestic Geek blog, I'm here for Furry Fridays to talk about my dog Buddy! I met Buddy almost 5 years ago, he greeted me at the door of his owner’s house. Then I met his owner, and we ended up dating and eventually getting married. I tell everyone I married him for the dog, who I met first! Buddy is a yellow lab (but he has features of a chocolate lab like the brown nose). His favorite things in the world are hunting and rawhides, although he had to retire from hunting this year, we still take him for nice hikes and of course rides! 
Posing with a fake pheasant.
I have never met another dog like him, he is the most loyal friend and so well behaved. My family members have smaller dogs, and they are always harassing Buddy. Even though he’s 4 times the size of them he will let them take toys and treats away from him, if they playfully go after him he either just lets them or tries to walk away. He is a little pushover when it comes to other dogs.
Downward Facing Dog?
 My husband trained him for hunting, and he is so well trained. My favorite trick is when we’re playing fetch in the backyard if you tell him to stay then throw the ball he will sit and stare at where you threw the ball until he has permission to grab it. You can see the determination in his eyes to go get that ball, but he doesn’t go against your command. He listens so well, we like to sit on our front porch at night when the weather is nice, and he comes out there with us. He knows he’s not allowed past the top step unless he gets permission. So he’ll watch other dogs and squirrels from his perch at the top of the step.
A matter of fact, one time this year I was a bad dog mom. My daughter was a newborn, so in order to get Buddy to not bark to greet guests we would open the door so he could greet them quietly from the front porch. Well, at one point we let him out and apparently we forgot to bring him back in. It was 45 minutes later that I looked out the porch and saw Buddy just hanging out on the top step looking at passing by dogs going for walks. I felt so bad, but I blame the new mom delirium. I’m pretty sure he would have barked to come in if he wasn’t enjoying himself so much. 
Playing with my daughter
My one training tip with dogs is, when you’re training them never reward them with treats! You have to reward a dog with love and attention. Scratch their ears, get down on the floor and play with them, or some other interaction if they did something good. This makes the greatest bond between you and your dog.
It’s the best positive reinforcement because it will always be there, you’ll always be able to pet your dog, but will you always have a treat on hand? They also appreciate it more and they won’t get unnecessarily fat (although we do still give him treats, just not based on behavior).

Brittany blogs at The Domestic Geek // Facebook // Twitter

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day friends! Give the ones you love an extra hug and kiss today.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

PA Love: Mr Ed's

I was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania and for some reason I stuck around. I have a major soft spot for Central PA in my heart and even though there are awesome cities allllll over I can't picture myself moving far away. See, Pennsylvania can be pretty awesome sometimes and hopefully I can give you a glimpse of the craziness that makes me love the Keystone state. Plus exploring my home state was one of my 2013 goals.

Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium
Orrtanna, Pennsylvania
aka somewhere along Route 30

Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium is a treasure that you could only find in the state of Pennsylvania. I'm not sure how, why or when Mister Ed's was founded but it's a whole lot of awesome. I visited the shop/museum years ago and was amazed by all the candy and collection of random elephants. I'm talking jewelry, figurines, stuffed animals, amusement park rides, really anything elephant you could imagine. Since that time Mister Ed's had a tragic fire and lost everything. All of the elephants, gone. They did rebuild and since the fire have received elephant donations from all over the world to remake the museum. It is still just as awesome. Plus there are two life sized elephant sculptures and one is a fountain.

Go for the candy. Stay for the elephants.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Jonathan on Not Going Bald

"People ask me what's up with my haircut. I tell 'em, this is a celebration. A celebration of my hair! My thick head of hair."

Friday, February 8, 2013

Furry Fridays: Taking Notes...Coast to Coast


Brought to you by Steph and Becky!
Get ready for a sweet furry face and Danielle from Taking Notes...Coast to Coast!

Hello B is for Becky readers! I'm Danielle, the blogger behind Taking Notes...Coast to Coast. I blog about my crazy decision to move across the country for the man I love and the consequences that ensued! The worst being that shortly after my move my heart was stolen by another adorable, four-legged boy that is. 
Meet Huckleberry! 
Three months after moving to Washington this little man entered my life and everything changed. He is the only living creature who can poop on my carpet, ruin a new cashmere sweater, and chew a hole in the wall of my rental home and live another day.
I mean, look at that face! 
We got Huckleberry at 8 weeks old knowing we'd fall instantly in love, but it took me by surprise just how much room in my heart this pup could steal. 

When I got Huck I had only been living in Washington for 3 months. This was the first time in my life I had been away from all my family and the only friend I had nearby was my boyfriend.
I was lonely. Dogs make great companions. It made sense.  

I soon discovered that Huck was pretty much obsessed with me :)
Every where I went he tagged along. He slept by me at night, waited for me right outside the bathroom door when I took a shower, laid right by my feet while I cooked...
There was hardly a moment that I couldn't hear his little paws tip-tapping behind me.
For the first 9 months of Huck's life it was just me and him in my little lake home. 
There were nights when I stayed up all night with him because his sensitive tummy had made him sick again, there were moments when it was just me and him sitting quiet and content in front of the fire, and there were occasions when I would wake up to my 3rd pair of slippers being chewed to pieces.

To say Huck and I developed a strong bond in those 9 months is an understatement. On some weird level, Huck became my best friend.

Now I'm married, and Huck, my husband, and I are one happy little family. 
We love this dog like he is our first born! And he loves us like we're gods...
...maybe that's why we love him so much ;)

But that's the thing about dogs. 
They love you every single day just as much as they did the day before.
I've always heard that dogs have the capability to touch a part of the heart our fellow humans don't have the ability to see. They can pick up on needs that we may not even be aware of. And they simply love with every fiber of their cuddly beings.

That's completely true for Huck.
And I can't image my life here in Washington without him.

To read more about our journey with Huckleberry, stop by my blog!
Or follow along on Instagram!
He likes to make an appearance there on the daily :)

Danielle blogs at Taking Notes...Coast to Coast // Instagram

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Thursday, February 7, 2013


For those of you that don't know me personally you don't know that my day job is kinda in the fashion industry. I'm a pattern maker for a dance and gymnastic wear company here in Central PA. What a pattern maker does is take the designers dream and make it a reality. I'm a dream maker. Sometimes a dream crusher when stuff doesn't go well! So I make the actual pattern, define how the garment needs to be assembled, give all the specs of the garment and tell the cutters how the fabric needs cut. I also grade the garment so it will fit a child extra small to an adult 3x. There is a lot that is being left out here but you get the point I'm sure.

I love my job and I love patterns. I sometimes dream about garment construction, man that sounds super lame. The other day I was auction hunting (Jonathan and I are fans of attending estate and public auctions) and I saw a crappy picture of boxes of patterns. They looked raggy so that said to me they were old, so we made the trip to the auction to check them out. The first pattern I pulled out was amazing, plus the majority of them looked old and the patterns appeared to be in good condition. Done. I was getting these babies. We spent a couple hours at this crappy auction that was a big sale of junk. I killed all the other bidders on my patterns because if I sat there for all this time and I walked away empty handed someone was going down. I didn't lose.

So now I am the proud owner of 100+ patterns (I stopped counting at 100 and I had a whole box left) dating from 1943 to 1973. The majority being 1950-1960s era. I'm dying to start making these awesome vintage fashions!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Becky's Top Lipstick picks

I've only become a fan of lipstick a couple of years ago when I tried to kick my lip biting habit. With bright red lipstick on I won't bite my lips because there is nothing worse than lipstick all up in your mouth and on your teeth. Gross. Like I've said before, I love MAC! Over the years of using their cosmetics and getting my free products with their recycling program I have accumulated a fun lipstick collection. Here are my top five.

Check out all of their shades here.

Plus some quick love to Maddie who inspired me to share my lipstick with you all today.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sundays with the sisters

Here are these two furry jerks for your viewing pleasure today. My pups both have a defining feature if you haven't noticed already. 
Ears = Joy and Teeth = Pearl

With Jonathan laid off these two ladies have been living the dog dream life, out of their cages 99% of the day, road trips, napping on the couch and walks all the time. They will be in for a shock when he starts back to work tomorrow!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Furry Fridays: Jackie Jade

Brought to you by Steph and Becky!
On this Furry Friday we welcome two super cute squishy faces and Jackie from Jackie Jade

I have 2 pugs. One is Bowie who we got on Christmas Eve 2010. He was 10 weeks old when we got him. He was from a breeder in Tennessee who bred show dogs. He had 2 white paws and apparently that wasn't show quality so they were getting rid of him. My boyfriend's cousin heard about him from her vet and got him for us. He was the tiniest cutest puppy.
IMG_20121023_205550 In September of 2012, we decided it was time for Bowie to have a sibling. I wanted another pug and found Rosie at a local rescue. She was found roaming the streets and no one claimed her. The rescue thought she was about 4 or 5 years old. We took her home and it was a little touch and go there for awhile between the two of them. But now they are best friends. They both love laying around a lot and are food obsessed. Bowie is so playful and fun and Rosie is a sweet little snuggler.
We are so happy that we were able to rescue two dogs (even though Bowie was only sorta rescued). We knew we wanted pugs because we wanted lap dogs and originally were living in an apartment. I think it's important to pick a dog that fits your lifestyle. And when we decided to get another dog, we made sure the dogs met each other and seemed ok together before we took her home. Lastly, I think if you are set on a particular breed, if you wait long enough you will likely be able to find a great rescue dog!

Jackie blogs at Jackie Jade // Pins // Tweets // Instagram

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