Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Please Meet TattooAnnie

I promised a special little something to my 100th follower over on the Twitter a while back, and while that didn't exactly create a stampede to the ol' poorly-updated blog here, I did sign in today to the pleasant surprise of that milestone. Thank you to fellow Etsy seller TattooAnnie for being my 100th lovely regular reader! Previously blogging about her time as an American new to Japan at Akarui Days, TattooAnnie is currently crafting beautiful jewels, hair accessories, buttons, etc. in the TattooAnnie Etsy shop - like these delicious bobbies in some of my favorite colors:

While she could surely do more than justice to her own version, TattooAnnie wins a pair of custom-made chandelier earrings in her choice of colors and finding style (and gigantic-ness). Examples of my own work here of course...

So... I have been devouring design blogs of late as I contemplate a home equity loan or line of credit with which to supplement my already-dwindling savings in order to remodel my really, honestly, crappy little condo. If you have any experience with one or the other of the options for the loan, do leave a comment! But, to that end, the only shopping I've been doing is for carefully-planned full weeks of menus (fresh produce supplemented by my CSA share) and attempts at container gardening and de-purplifying the decor so my fiance feels less like he's moved into my house and more like we've begun a new life together. Right? But yeah, not working all that well; we'd like to renovate enough to rent or sell so we can have a fresh page to start on together.

K'na mean? Have you gone through the move-in process without the benefit of a clean slate?

Congrats Annie and Thanks to you and all of my lovely readers! Happy giveaway winning!


  1. When I moved in with my now-husband, I moved into his place. It made sense because it was a condo as opposed to an apartment, and it was bigger than mine, so it was fine. I've made some changes to it over the last year or so to reflect my style, but now we're trying to move into a new place that will be "ours." Because for all the stuff I've added, it still feels like "his" place. Is that weird?

    So anyway, I like that you two want to have something together. It might take a little time like it did for us, but it really does make a difference.

    As for the loan, are you talking about taking out a loan to pay for the renovations?

  2. paige, i have a few thousand saved but i think any significant overhaul of bath or kitchen will exceed that. so i'm definitely thinking an equity loan (i put a significant amount down)


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