Mismatched Mess

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Motivational Monday – Reflecting On Losing–and Finding–Focus


1. 5 Steps to a Productive Morning by thedailypositive.com | 2. How to Lazy-Proof Your Day by Bravely | 3. Progress, not perfection daily goal checklist by EliseJoy | 4. Motivational Poster by The Motivational Type

There’s something so fluid about productivity. That is, if you allow it to be fluid.

I can go weeks with doing everything right. I can follow the few steps I’ve laid before myself; waking up early, maintaining a decent pace at work, even exercising and cleaning. I can be wholly there and I feel great. I feel amazing, actually. Each day gets better and better as my body adjusts to a productive schedule and a full life.

It only takes one day. Not one day to allow myself to take a break: one day to stop everything. It’s like I’m cursed in a fairy tale. As long as I stay productive I can be the adventurous, independent hero the story knows and loves, but as soon as I stop, I turn into the slothful troll who does nothing but make a mess of the story line.

Maybe that analogy made sense.

I am not a marathon runner in this race of life. I’m either sprinting full speed ahead or tumbling down a hill so fast back into a lazy way of living, and I’m still trying to figure out how to balance this. I know this kind of laziness is not healthy for me. Sleeping late, eating terribly, no exercise…. it physically hurts me. The back pain I’ve been dealing with for years comes back full force, my skin starts battling between too dry or too oily. Sure, I still work and still get things done, but nothing feels good. Nothing inspires me.

It’s interesting that I do this to myself. So yes, I’m still figuring it out. Perhaps it will always be an issue, but as I learn to work at home and learn more about myself, I feel like I’ll be able to better manage myself more and more each day. I’m just going to make being productive a habit that I can’t break.

So here’s to you, Monday, the start of another work week and another chance to make this week a healthy, productive one!

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April Fool’s Day | Etsy Finds

My favorite day is coming up soon! I love pranking! Taylor and I are always trying to trick each other. When we first married he would prank me so much, that I’m conditioned to it now. His scares don’t get me anymore! (Public shaming)

I thought I’d peruse Etsy for some fun pre-made pranks to share here!


Dentures Soap | Mail a Glitter Bomb | Outlet Sticker |  Prank Poster | Mac & Cheese Soap | Spilled Coffee

(The power outlet sticker was featured on George Takei’s Facebook this week.

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Lately – Fan Girl Shopping

1. Union Jack Pillows- ILovePillow | 2. I’ll Fix it In Photoshop Tee – JedaTees | 3. Dr. Who Police Box Bow – FanGirlyStorm | 4. Harry Potter Marauder’s Map Tank – ThinkingGallery

Life has gotten so so busy. I’m working SO hard and overtime to get work completed because next week I’m going on vacation! This leaves little time for blogging or being social but I’m really enjoying all the work that’s keeping me busy (love me some Photoshop projects).

This weekend my and Taylor’s families are hosting a going away party for us, which is just crazy. Crazy crazy…. We are leaving the country in a month.
I could really use some advice for living out of country. I’m SO overwhelmed–and I haven’t even had to do any of the hard stuff like get visa applications and financial aid…I’m just overwhelmed in general at the fact that we’ll be leaving Texas, USA for three or four years.

I plan on enjoying this big party for our family and friends and taking selfies with everyone.

Back to work for me!  Lots of blog posts planned…in my head…but for now I’m on that sweet, sweet path to VACATION–which involves doing a ton of work beforehand. Oh well. 🙂


We’re All Mad Here


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I have Alice in Wonderland on the mind today.

The Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland series is such a whimsical story. I recommend reading both books to really grasp the fun-loving, imaginative world Charles Dodgson inspired.

I will be going to a little’s baby’s birthday party at the end of May where the theme is Alice in Wonderland. I have big plans to dress up with my husband as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. I’m trying to find inspiration for these outfits, since clearly, we will not be attempting the fat suit look. The two looks below are two great starts, but I do want to add a bit of comedy into the outfits. We’ll see how that turns out.

I should also note this will not necessarily be a costume party. It’s a baby’s party. AND we may very well be the only two dressed up (outside of the one-year old in the Alice costume).




Also!! I designed the lovely birthday girl’s invitations! Here’s a sneak peek!



Spring Window Shopping


I’m not big into florals, but a couple of these are quite lovely. That air plant ring and bright skull handbag are my favorites, right now.

1. Coincindence & Chance Silky Dress by Urban Outfitters

2. Coral Floral Scarf by Forever 21

3. Vegan Leather Envelope Clutch With Skull by East Workshop on Etsy

4. Living Organic Succulent Ring by Recologies on Etsy


Etsy Shopping | Honeybee


Yesterday, I stayed home from work because of sickness and ended my day writing an over-dramatic horror story about pollen. It was meant to be a funny woe-is-me story, but of course it got my thinking about the best remedies for allergies. I decided to do a little research on the subject.

The number one natural preventative that I’ve heard about is to use local honey. The local honey contains traces of pollen from your area and helps you become accustomed to it. Does this work? I’m not sure, but since I love honey I do want to look around for some of the East Texas stuff.

Home remedies I’ve found:

– Saline Solution
– Peppermint Tea with honey
– Steaming your face
– Ingest wasabi (yum!)

I promise I’m finished complaining about this particular bout of sickness from this point forward. My favorite part of my “research” was when I decided to search the term ‘honey’ on Etsy.com and found these lovely items. Perhaps buying a couple of these things would be a remedy in and of itself?

1. White Plate with a Honey Bee by Nancy and Andy
2. Men’s 70’s Honey Brown Buckle Boots by Wilder A
3. Oats & Honey Soap by Rocky Top Soap Shop
4. Oh Honey Mustard Yellow Bow Tie by Cyberoptix
5. Bee Hive Necklace by SilkPurseSowsEar
6. Earl Grey Tea with Honey Lollipop by TheGroovyBaker


Etsy Shopping | Space Adventures



In college I had to design a simple slideshow, tutorial and fake quiz all about space. Even though the project was fake and the grade I received was only based on my design work and skills using the software, I really got into it. I researched planets, moons, nebulaes, stars…I fell in love with outerspace in all forms.

Naturally the aesthetics of stars and nebulaes stuck. So I like looking at all the pretty “space” products on Etsy.

1. Handmade Envelopes; Pictures of Earth from Outerspace
2. Adventure Time Lumpy Space Princess Mug
3. Carina Nebula Pendant
4. Space Colony Crewneck
5. Space Cats Leggings
6.Vintage Celestial Map Notepad


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Upcycling Vintage-Glitter

Glitter is fast becoming a D.I.Y. trend in the online world. I’ve always been interested in upcycling vintage pieces and thought matching glitter with vintage would be the perfect way to get started!

Here are the blogs that have given me glitter fever:

A Beautiful Mess: Glitter Shoes
Hand Bag Heaven: Glitter Handbag 

Check out my own glittery upcycled vintage pieces in my shop! Mismatched Mess Etsy Shop

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A New Adventure

Taylor and I have recently outgrown our apartment….with junk!

We love thrifting and antiquing! Ok, we’re not wallowing around knee-deep in great vintage finds, but only because we both had to say enough is enough!

I’ve learned that I have such a passion for vintage objects. I absolutely love climbing mountains of junk and getting dusty just to find a great  piece of old “junk.” I’ve been thinking, for a long time, about how to utilize this love.

Therefore, I’ve started my very first etsy shop. Mismatched is an etsy store that focuses on great vintage finds such as purses, kitchenware, houseware…etc. I’m SO excited about this new adventure! I’m starting slowly but hope to branch out into more vintage areas and possibly refurbishing/upcycling vintage pieces.

I’ve been researching how to have success on etsy. Going into this, I knew a lot of work would have to be put into creating a successful business. Everything from the descriptions, the photos, to the prices have to be appealing to customers. I’m still working out these kinks, but I’m getting so many great tips that are really helping me out.

This shop is mostly to enjoy my passion of vintage finds and sharing that passion with others, and to make some extra money. However, if this could become a lucrative  business, I would love to make my passion a full-time career. Like I said, I’m starting slowly, but hey! I can’t help but dream big…

Welcome. 🙂 Mismatched-a Vintage Shop