In case you don’t live in the Northeast, this is what it has looked like up here for weeks.
At least it’s pretty, right?
Well hello everyone, happy Friday! I interupt this 25th birthday party saga to let you in on a fun announcement. I wanted to let you all know that I’ve decided that I’m going to try my gosh dang hardest to start consistently blogging three times a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Monday and Wednesday will relate to hostessing in some capacity and Friday will be a free-for-all. Doesn’t that sound exciting?
So I got all ready to write you something really awesome. I tried to come up with a confessions list like I read on Kat’s blog this week, but I couldn’t come up with anything good. I considered doing a “what’s in my bag” prompt like Elsie did this week, but my bag is far too much of a hot mess. I thought about sending you directly over to Superfruit’s show featuring Tyler Oakley from a few weeks ago, it even had a snippit of a song I sang in college as a part of it. I considered making a list of things I want for Valentine’s Day, but that seemed silly (and I’m saving that for next Friday). I also thought about going gaga over these 90s cartoon characters all grown up list I found on Buzz Feed, but nobody wants to hear that. Oh, and I thought about telling you that my little old blog got referenced on Buzz Feed last month (Number 24!), but that was only one sentence. Or I could tell you about the awesome Instragram photo book that I ordered from Artifact Uprising with all of my photos from 2013, but you could really just scroll through my Instagram account if you wanted to see that. Or I could tell you how I finally came up with an excuse to order a few cards from this girl’s Etsy shop.
Instead, I’m going to say thank you. To all of you who read this blog, you make my day.
So at the end of all of this, what I’m realizing is that this was not my best day to make this announcement, because next week is Valentine’s Day week. Which means that I have 90s character Valentine’s lined up for Monday to Thursday, made with the help of Tory again. So get excited. And have a wonderful weekend
I cannot believe that I have been blogging here at ChrystinaNoel for two years now! This is post three-hundred and nineteen, crazy right?
In honor of my blog turning two I asked my mother to find a few pictures of me from when I was two (thanks, mom!) – I wonder if this girl knew she’d be an architectural engineer some day.
If you’re new around these parts, welcome! I’m glad to have you along for this crazy right. It started off mainly as a hostess and greeting card blog, and then I moved into a place where I couldn’t really host parties anymore, so the parties kind of stopped. BUT – I’m vowing right now to bring them back. I went through the posts from the past year and I realized they were only 5-10% party posts. That will be changing.
Anyway. I’m Chrystina. I like arts and crafts, making personalized cards for people, eating buffalo chicken, eating in general, baking things for people (I’d bake for just myself but baking for others is useful because things usually come in dozens and I can’t eat them all before they go bad and have an aversion to freezing baked goods because half the time they end up tasting like freezer), singing the lowest part anybody will give to me, and meeting new people… I really love people. I dislike the thought of doing karaoke alone on a stage in a crowd full of talented people, the pressure of New York City salad bars, any movie that is remotely scary, doing shots (too much liquid in one place), and most surprises.
After doing last year’s recap post I wanted to do another top 10 posts/series from the year post – so that if you recently came across me you can see all the fun things you were missing or if you’ve been here all along you can catch up on some of your favorites. Here they are. In alphabetical order.
||7 Varieties of Attractive: While I did just post this recently, it really was MONTHS in the works of talking to different people about my theories and coming up with examples and creating the graphics. I love when I have a crazy idea and am able to get my thoughts down on paper.
||9 Greeting Card Designs: These are probably nine of my favorite greeting cards that I’ve ever made. Especially the bow tie.
||How Do You Eat Your M&Ms?: This is another one of those Chrystina has a crazy idea and needs to make graphics to explain it post. All inspired by Bossman.
||Ideas for New York City Salad Bars: I really wasn’t kidding when I said salad bars stress me out, so I went to my co-workers and asked them what they put in their salads and then I made little graphics so I couldn’t forget.
||It’s Official, I Need Help with Karaoke Songs: I also wasn’t kidding about being afraid of karaoke. Lucky for me being a singer (don’t ask) I know a lot of other singers so I was able to ask what they sing for karaoke – by voice part even!
||My Favorite Things, Illustrated: This year I did a My Favorite Things post, but later in the year I illustrated it. I love little drawings.
||Parties Page & Cards Page: This was one of my biggest accomplishments of the year, but I don’t think that many people have clicked them. The links can be found on the right-hand side of this site – they’re compilations of all of the parties and all of the card posts that I’ve done.
||Planning My 25th Birthday Party: This is one of the biggest search hits on my blog these days. I loved doing the drawings and using myself as a paper doll to illustrate all of the options that I have for this part. Please note I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet, so there could definitely be a follow-up post to this one.
||Valentines Series: Full House, Boy Meets World, Saved By The Bell, and Family Matters. Tory and I worked SUPER hard on these and not gonna lie, we think they’re wonderful.
||Wine and Cheese Week: This was the series that I was most proud of. I paired with restaurants around Philadelphia and more to bring together some wine and cheese knowledge for those who were interested. Check out posts with help from Zavino, Tria, Talula’s Garden, and Wine Enthusiast.
I read a LOT of blogs. I don’t really know how I keep up with all of it. Most days I don’t actually and then I find I’m frantically trying to get through posts. The reason I do it though is because I love it – I love connecting with people – I love catching up with people – I love seeing how people’s lives are going. So I read a LOT of blogs. Probably +100, thank goodness all of those people don’t post every day. Going through this I’ve realized a few things about me and blogging. Check it out.
ALSO. Please note that all of these things are generalizations/observations and not every blogger falls into every one of these categories. It’s all in good fun.
Things Bloggers Do that I Do:
I try to carry my camera everywhere.
I finally bought a maxi skirt. I absolutely love it.
I want to own almost everything from Anthropologie.
I am addicted to social media.
I love to share stories.
I take a lot of pictures of food.
I love making lists.
Things Bloggers Do that I Don’t:
I don’t own a bunch of mason jars.
I cannot figure out how people afford articles of clothing +$50 each.
I don’t have lots of photos laying around to use in every post; I’m working on it.
I’m not usually home in daylight hours to take pictures with natural light.
I actually find choosing outfits to be super stressful.
I’m not all that great at hashtagging or naming posts.
People find SO many links to share on Fridays. How?
(By far my favorite link lists are Desert Dandelion and Sometimes Sweet)
Anybody have anything else to add to the list?
Two posts in one day, golly gee!! Just a really quick FYI. I know that there’s a big hullabaloo with Google Reader going down, but I wanted to let everybody know there are plenty of other ways to follow me these days.
Bloglovin: Follow my blog with Bloglovin
Email: Click on the “follow” button to the right under Follow Via Email in the right column of this page
Facebook: Chrystina Noel Designs
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I wouldn’t leave you with just that though. There are two really cool series going on in the Blog World right now that I wanted to share with you. Alissa over at Clever Compass is doing a weekly video round up called The Best Of Video. I spend at least 30 minutes pouring over these videos every week. Here are my favorite videos from this week. Which, if you like them – you should probably go check out the videos from past weeks, because they’re wonderful.
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Also, Joy the Baker has been doing a series about awesome ways to eat toast. I can’t even explain how delicious this all looks. Please go check it out. It seems so simple. I can totally do this. Go check out her series on baguettes. And on bagels. And on white bread. Here’s a picture to entice you:
On Toast: White Bread, from Joy The Baker Photo from here