31 August 2015

Interview :: Rosie from Self Known

Welcome back Blossoms! I've missed y'all!
You've noticed the home page right? Rosie helped me design and install it! She's the best. We swapped interviews, so go see mine on her blog!


Introduce yourself and your blog!
Heyo. I'm Rosie - aka, a crazy blogger/web designer that enjoys peanut butter cups just a little too much. I've been blogging since late 2011, and wholeheartedly believe creative expression and self-knowledge are important for everyone. I own a web design shop and take enjoyment in word experimentation, dancing to crazy teeny bopper tunes and laughing. I love laughing.

 My blog, Self Known, was created way back in November of 2012 as a sort of writing/hobby blog. Originally named Truly. Madly. Deeply., this blog has grown into something of a journal-like community that doubles as an expression of myself.

 On this blog I post personal writings, helpful step-by-step posts to help your blogging needs, and tips for engaging with your true and unique inner self.
Your blog is simply lovely! 

Last book you read?
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.
^ This book... ERGH. It was wonderful and I devoured it but I so didn't want it to end like it did
So many feels! I can't wait to read the sequel!
Favourite smell?
I like sweet, vanilla smells. When I'm baking I love to open up vanilla extract and smell it. (Weird, right?)
Not at all! I do the same with vanilla and almond extract.
What's your biggest fear?
Being known.
*Sends you virtual hugs*

How many names has your blog had?
Three, if you include its current one. My blog went from A Dancer's Pointe, to Truly. Madly. Deeply. to Self Known.
Oooh! I saw a song with the title Truly. Madly. Deeply. and I thought, that was one of Rosie's blog names!

What are you currently obsessing over?
Colorado. I am going to save up for the long road trip there and let God do the rest.
You're gonna love it here! 
What are your top three favourite blogs?
Oh dear, this changes from time to time, but currently my top three fave blogs are:
I love all of those blogs!
What's your favourite colour? 
Hot pink. Neon green. Calming blue-green turquoise. Lilac. (Maybe I should just say the rainbow, to save us a bit of time.)
Rainbow is the best!

15 July 2015

It's Time


I have been a blogger for a year and almost eight months. 
During that first year, I really struggled and was doubting myself a lot, wondering if I should keep blogging.
You Blossoms soon started arriving from all corners or the Internet, and gave me hope to continue A Little Yarn Blossom. 
Thank you.
It's time for me to take a break. 
I don't know for how long, but I will still be active on all my social media, and you can always email me!
I feel like this is something that will be good for me, and I will come back refreshed, new posts at the ready. 
I love all of you Blossoms, you're all so amazing! Thank you for being here and supporting me.
Who knows? Maybe I'll miss blogging and I'll come back even sooner!
I'll make one thing clear though: I am NOT leaving ALYB forever. I will be back!
I'll leave you with some of my favourite goodbye gifs.
 See you soon Blossoms.

13 July 2015

Interview: Olivia // Life As A Young Lady

Song of the day: Isle of Flightless Birds by Twenty One Pilots. 
It's pretty freaking great.

Lemme just tell you a thing or two about Olivia.
She is HILARIOUS. I can't tell you if I've ever not laughed at one of her posts. Her Pinterest? Out of this world. 
Her music taste? Flawless.
Her personality? PERFECTION I TELL YOU.
She might as well be Beyonce.
I haven't known her for extremley long, but oh my gosh I'm so glad I do know her. She's one of the best bloggers around. We have a lot in common (we both homeschool - me sort of) (and did I mention her music taste?)
She's just an awesome person.
Oliva and I have worked together before (see this post), and she's just so freaking amazing that I decided we needed to work together again.

We did an interview swap, so go check out her interview on her blog!

Favourite month?  
July! (I just said that 'cause it's my birthday month :P)

Same. I used to really dislike my birth month, but fall, pumpkin spice everything and my birthday are no match for younger me. (November birthdays, anyone?)

Favourite hobbies? 
Procrastinating horribly on YouTube, Pinterest, and Netflix.

YES. Momma just signed up for Netflix and we watched Mean Girls on it (I finally understand the memes on Pinterest!) and I think we'll be good friends.

Last thing you Pinned on Pinterest?  
You probably expected some beautiful and inspiring quote or photo but

I REGRET NOTHING

I am practically in the Avengers fandom and I've never seen the movies. *cringes*

Has your blog ever changed names?  
Nope, it's been Life as a Young Lady from the beginning.

Your blog name is perfect.

What year did you start Life As A Young Lady?  
August 2013. Ew...2013 me...*shudders*

Oh my gosh yes! When I go back and look at all of my 2013 posts I sound like an overly hyper chihuahua. 

What's your dream vacation?  
Either Hawaii or California. Or a city-like place with nice stores (of course I'd like all expenses paid + extra cash so I can do some shopping)

Same. I'm saving up for a plane ticket for some day *looks into the distance longingly* I'd like to go to France or Italy too.

Introvert or Extrovert? 
Introvert so much it hurts (literally like physically deep down in my gut socialization hurts)

I'm actually both, but I'm more extroverted. When I was 13 I did not want to get out of the house (unless I was going to the library or we were doing something fun).

How many siblings do you have?  
Just one and that is enough thank you because if I had any more versions of my little brother I'd be in an insane asylum (love you lil bro ♥)

*giggles manically* *coughs* 
(Just kidding, I love all my siblings. Even though sometimes they make me truly crazy.) 

Where do you blog? 
In my dining room (typing that out makes it sound random and weird but our family uses our dining room more than other people use their living room)

That's cool! Now I wanna figure out what room we use most. 

Last book you read?  
Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle (currently in the middle of reading it)

Everyone says they're really good, I just haven't read them because ten year old me thought they looked boring.

Favourite word? 
I...have no clue. I'm loving saying "nae-nae" although I'm unsure if that counts as one word or two.

WATCH ME WHIP, NOW WATCH ME NAE NAE

Spring or Summer? 
Summerrrr (although summer weather in the midwest can be life-threatening)

Summer all the waayy! Colorado winters last too freaking long.

What color is your dream house?  
Never thought about it, but my dream room would probably be either mint green or tiffany blue.

Mine would be white and maybe blue. 

Apple or Android?  
Apple for sure; I'm stuck with an Android phone for now but I can't wait to get an iPhone--and I'd really love a Mac as well.

iPhones are the best. My parents have Androids and I just can't. I'm saving for a Mac and it's gonna take foreverrrrr!

Last food you ate?  
It's funny 'cause the last thing I ate was cherries (for breakfast) but I'm literally just about to eat a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches so I'm right on the line here.

Lucky! Cherries are the best. 
Did you learn more things about Olivia and I?
How has your summer gone so far?

08 July 2015

Life #1


In my survey, a lot of Blossoms asked me to do more personal posts.
Welp. Ok. 
What if I started doing a life series of posts?
Let's try it.

July 7.
It's 9:31 pm, and today I left the house at 8:46 am . I had to babysit at 9 am, but Daddy had a training session with a quaterback at the same time so I went earlier. As soon as I got there, I knew I was going to be extremely tired when I got home. The two kids I babysat were getting over a cold, and they were very hyper. They like to play this game they call predator and protector, and I got climbed on quite a bit. When I got home, I promptly got in the shower and put Thieves essential oil on. You can never be too careful if you've got a baby in the house. 
Speaking of which, Buzz turned five months old this month! He's so big and wants to crawl so bad. I made him laugh today, and watching and hearing him laugh is like freaking magic.
I've been reading Sever by Lauren DeStefano and it's the last book in the Chemical Garden trilogy. I'm loving it already! I sent some emails, and crocheted a bit. 
I started learning German on Duolingo. I don't need to, since I'm already trying to learn French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and Irish, but whatever haters. I will conquer the world.
Tomorrow I'm going to my friend Jenna's house, to hang out and help her pack. (They're moving.) 
What's going on with you?
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04 July 2015

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold - Book Discussion

There's a lot of reviews of this book floating around in the teen blogger world. Envy from Picking Up the Pieces and I decided to do a book discussion on the book!

(We were given this book to review for free)

E: Let's see if I can tell you about the plot without using the fancy Goodreads description.

Kitty Hawk is a teenage pilot who studies humpback whales in Alaska. She stumbles across stolen gold amd gets caught up in an adventure that has roots that go all the way back to the Klondike Goldrush.


Sounds simple but promising, don't you think?

B: Oh yeah! Quite literally, I thought it was going to be just that simple. I was incredibly surprised!

E: Me too, though at some point I started wondering when the gold was going to play a role. Kitty spent a lot of time studying whales, which was also nice to read about, but it made me wonder how the gold was ever going to play a role in this story



B: Exactly! Unfortunately, I almost gave up on reading this because it seemed like it was only her studying whales. I kept reading, and finally the gold came in to the plot.


I really got into it, and it was hard to put it down!



E: I didn't have that problem at all. I kept on reading and reading from the moment I started the book, which surprised me because I was going through one of those times where I can't focus on a book. The writing grabbed my attention and the small history lessons and info on whales kept me interested 



B: Ah, I was the opposite! I had no idea why I had such a hard time reading this. I'm glad I kept pushing myself, it really is a great book! One thing I didn't like was the pictures. It made it seem really like a juvienile book, instead of YA.




E: Haha, I didn't even notice the pictures. I've heard other reviewers talk about it too, but I was so absorbed in the story that I didn't take time to look at them or to be bothered by them.



E: I think it's true that pictures can make a book seem juvenile, which causes a weird situation in this case: like you said, it's YA, and on top of that it's good YA without all the cliches we've all become sick and tired of by now.



B: Yes! I loved that it was totally different, and the girl did not end up with the boy, as it is in so many YA books, Kitty is pretty badass, knowing how to fly a plane and being so independent.



E: Kitty is the kind of character I'd like to see more often. I immediately felt connected with her, partly because she's exactly my age, but also because she has a dream and works hard to make that dream come true. She's clever and not afraid to go her own way; exactly the kind of person I'd like to have as a friend in real life. At one point she kind of randomly jumped to a conclusion just to keep the plot moving, but apart from that she was a great main character.



B: Absolutely! The supporting characters definitely enhanced her character development as well.



E: The supporting characters were just perfect for their purpose, if you know what I mean. Not very complicated, but great characters that become very important for Kitty. I would've liked to see even more of them, earlier on in the book for example.



B: Yes! I wonder if the characters ever show up again in the other books.


One thing that I thought was weird - she didn't have a detective agency. I think if you're going to have a series with the words "detective agency" in it, you should at least have the character start one at the end of the book.



E: True, I totally missed that part. I think it'll happen at the start of the second book, but it's a little weird.

So there are some things that could annoy you if you start overthinking stuff, which is never a good thing :P Truth is that I'm quite critical when it comes to books, but I honestly liked this book a lot in a time where I couldn't concentrate on anything for longer than a minute. I'd definitely recommend the book, especially to people who like YA without all the big cliches.


B: Definitely. I can be pretty harsh on YA, but this really is a great book. :)

So what's my rating? 4 / 5 stars. 

I'm hosting a giveaway, so one of you dear Blossoms will get this book!
This is open to everyone!
  

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02 July 2015

Currently


Currently I'm:

Listening to: Guns for Hands by Twenty One Pilots

Eating: Nothing. Just had a homemade fudgesicle and a slice of watermelon.

Wearing: Shorts and a racerback tank top. I have my hair in a ponytail.

Reading: Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Thinking: Dance parties are weird, you gather your friends and then make your body move to sounds and it's enjoyable.

Watching: Nothing actually. All my favourite tv shows' seasons ended.

Making: Crocheting a market bag, and I'm going to start knitting an octopus tomorrow. 

What's your currently look like?

30 June 2015

Monthly Round Up - June

Hey Blossoms! How was your June?
Mine was pretty great! Let's take a look back, shall we?


Posts: 

Life:
I joined my library's summer reading program, I got braces (!!!!!), I added Twenty One Pilots to my arsenal of musicians that I'm obsessed with. I started regularly babysitting two kids, and I started two projects, knitting and crocheting!

Instagram:
Did you learn anything new or do anything special this month?

27 June 2015

I don't know what I want to be when I grow up


I've wanted to be a fashion designer forever. I had my plans laid out. I'd go to a design college, start a company, and rise to the top. After that, I'd build my dream home and raise a family.
Until I did some research.
I wanted to know how much designers make, doing what I wanted to do. I was really shocked. Fashion designers usually make about $20,000 a year. Add that to living in New York City and going to college, and you're broke. 
How could I have been so naive? I was really angry with myself for a while, for choosing an occupation that I couldn't support a family with.
A few days later, I thought: screw this! I'll find something else to do! I'm not going give up on designing, I'll just set it aside and find something else. 
Then I did some thinking. I got so overwhelmed.
And I remembered. I'm fifteen. I don't need to worry just yet. 
I was stuck in the mindset that I need to have my dream job set. 
In all honesty, college is something I don't need. Maybe someday I'll change my mind.
I am a person who enjoys having everything planned. It's very hard for me to not know something about my very own life, especially since it's a pretty big thing. But I've realized that I can't have everything planned. That's not how life works.
This truly a part of Life Learning. I'll keep making mistakes. I'll follow my passions, and figure out which one I can make my dream job. But for now, I'll be content knowing that I don't know what I'm going to do when I become an adult.
What are your thoughts?

25 June 2015

Creative Blogger Award


Alright Blossoms! Neriah from My Life in a Tab nominated me for the Creative Blogger Award, so let's do this!  
Rules:
Post a link to the person who nominated you and give thanks.
Share 5 facts about yourself.
Nominate 10 other blogs and give links.
Contact your nominees to inform them of their nomination.
Provide the rules to your nominees

  1. I just cleaned my room
     
  2. I freak out around wasps
     
  3. I spent all day yesterday reading. (Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen)
     
  4. I started learning to play cello in 5th grade but then I stopped because we moved to Colorado.
     
  5. I want to live in a tiny treehouse.

I'm not sure who all has done this award so I'll nominate just 5 bloggers.

June - Impossible

Anna - Awesome Anna

Sanjana - Peridot Cove

Sofia - The Pretty Picture

Olivia - Life As A Young Lady

I feel randomly sentimental right now, so I just want to say that I love you all and you all deserve a dessert of your choice.
Thanks byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

23 June 2015

Nose Piercing Tips


I've had my piercing for a year and four months. (I just counted.) It's been a little hard at times, but I don't regret getting this. I put together some tips just in case you are planning on getting one anytime soon.
1. Do your research.
Make sure you don't have any allergies to any metals, and know where you want the piercing to be. Know that it will be a stud and not a hoop when they pierce your nose. Also keep in mind that it will take a long time to heal.

21  February, 2015
(Please excuse the terrible photo, I had no idea what I was doing at the time.)

2. Don't be afraid!
Ah yes. OMG SERIOUSLY HOW COULD YOU EVEN SAY THAT OF COURSE I'M SCARED! (If you aren't, awesome for you!!)
Here's the thing Blossoms, when I went to go get my nose pierced, I thought about backing out. I sat there waiting with Momma (awesome fact: House of Gold by Twenty One Pilots was playing on a phone that this kid that was sitting next to us had. If I hadn't been about to say I can't do it, I would've been singing along.) and I thought about calling it off, saying that I wasn't ready. As Momma and I walked back to where the guy was going to pierce me, I knew I was making a good decision.
Remember this quote: "Do one thing every day that scares you." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

                                                        22  June, 2015
Pretty much healed!

3. Take care of yourself.
Make sure you aren't sick (of course), If you're nervous listen to some music, draw, do something that helps you relieve stress. Drink some water.

4. It's going to feel really weird.
That's a given.
It will hurt (It felt like maybe how a shot would feel?) and you might have it in your eyesight until your brain realizes that it's now a part of your nose. (Momma had it, but I didn't. Isn't that weird!?) If you're worried about sleeping, it's really no big deal. You'll barely feel it after a while.

5. You're gonna look amazing!
Let me just tell you something: I adore nose piercings. I think they look so awesome, and I felt (still do) pretty freaking amazing about myself when I got my nose pierced. Also, you'll be in the nose piercing club.

I hope if you're going to get your nose pierced, this will help give you some insight.
Did I miss anything? If you don't have a nose piercing, would you get one?