Mismatched Mess

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Happy Blog-iversary!

Today is my ‘8 year’ blog-iversary. I wish I could say I had 8 years of riveting posts, but I can’t say that I do.

I’ve used this blog (under two different names) as a means to journal and share creativity. I haven’t always needed that outward form of expressing myself, so there are many empty moments through the archives. However, I thought I’d share some interesting times in my life as I go through college, marriage and career changes in the span of 8 (more like 5-6) years.

2009: One year into college, 2009 is the year I really start blogging!

I discover my love of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion and get my first non-restaurant job. 

I am faced with the horrible choice of being forced to get my first touch screen and data-mandatory phone! (Back when phones were phones)

I realize I want graphic design to be my career.

I made many, many t-shirt d.i.y.’s. This one is a dress from a 4XL t-shirt. 

I get engaged in a surprise photoshoot.

2010: The year I decided to link my Tumblr and Twitter to my blog and almost all my posts have NO TITLE. What an archiving nightmare.


I realize what a hoarder I am

I get super into Photoshop (some more)

I made my brother this adorable Max from Where the Wild Things Are costume

I get into photography.

I get obsessed with fashion photography and move to Chictopia for. a. while.

2011: I graduated college (mid-2010) and move somewhere with no Internet until I got married so I


Post about my bridal portraits

Self-designed wedding invitations

Getting Ready

My awesome wedding party

A beautiful ceremony

And the reception (that I starved at)

2012: Working at an exhausting daycare job and feeling so creatively unfulfilled, I began blogging again!


I opened an etsy store selling vintage purses. This later turned into designing flyers

I tried blogging something more meaningful for the first time on the blog. (I’m still struggling with this, but I have so much to say these days that the hard topics must be given a voice!)

I got a job as a secretary which quickly moved into managing websites! 

I started noticing some sad realities in my life. Mainly the gradual decline of friendships and relationships. 

I tried my hand at d.i.y. journals!

2013: The year I blog fairly consistently! 


I start (and fail to finish) and 365 day Photo Challenge

I tried (and fail to succeed) to organize my blog

I hint at all the friendship struggles I was having (but still try to remain positive and not get too deep)

I try my hand at recipes! Yum! & Coffee

I “win” a fun blogging award and answer questions about myself!

My husband graduates with his Master’s degree and I realize what that means for us

I finally get promoted from managing websites to managing and designing websites! Finally using that college degree to the fullest extent! Except, my creativity for blogging leaves me. 

I learn the hard way about friendships. And, of course, give a vague nondescript version of the story.

2014: After a short lull (only like 6 months, no big deal!) I decide to start blogging again! 


I’m trying to find my focus for 2014. I love d.i.y. and photography projects, but I really want to try my hand at writing more serious posts. I’m a quiet person and have let that affect my opinions on topics, so as not to offend or hurt feelings, but I don’t think that’s a good reason to keep quiet anymore. I hope I can find my path as I begin this blogging thing over again. Every year seems like I’m starting over, because I’m just trying to find my way. Here’s the beginning: 1, 2, 3


my new favorite photoshop filter

I wanted to give Taylor something really awesome this Valentine’s Day so  took a bunch of pictures of me! Conceited, I know!

But oh how these pictures turned out! They were fun and a workout! And they were the surprise I was excited to show you!


1. I set up my Canon Rebel xsi on a tripod and turned the lens high above my head, and set an automatic timer. And then, an hour of jumping up and down ensued!

2. I then went into Photoshop and chose ‘Posterize’ filter in a red color

3. Then I chose from an array of brushes for a fun look

4. There were three ‘parts’ to my photos:

1. A booklet I made that had a hand written letter from me to him.

2. A story using pictures where the first photo was me with a heart thought bubble and it the last photo was hearts bursting out of the thought bubble, the message being “My love can not be contained.”

3. A ton of random jumping photos–I chose the craziest photos for this section!

I had SUCH fun creating this! Even if you don’t have any editing software, I would recommend shooting a photo shoot where everyone is jumping! It’s perfect for any occasion, or non occasion.

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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose


The meaning  is the notion that when all is said and done, a thing is what it is.


The line is from Gertrude Stein’s poem Sacred Emily, written in 1913 and published in 1922, in Geography and Plays. The verbatim line is actually, ‘Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose’:

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose
Loveliness extreme.
Extra gaiters,
Loveliness extreme.
Sweetest ice-cream.
Pages ages page ages page ages.

Ok, this is the LAST post about my birthday!

I left you with the notion that my birthday was a cold and rainy mess of  a day, neither good or bad or special. And up to that point—it was! After my night class, however, I drove to Applebee’s and my dad drives up next to my car and my sister parks her car on the other side of me! This was definitely a surprise—I thought it was going to be me and my mom, but she invited the whole family! This made me happy, of course! I got to spend my birthday with mom, dad, step-mom and all of my brothers and sisters!

And I guess the ‘birthday’ doesn’t end until midnight, and Taylor proved that to be true by surprising me at my door with roses and a home made cake at 10:30 pm!! He could only stay until 11, but I ate cake at 12 so I celebrated all day!

So, ‘a rose is a rose is a rose…’ yes, my birthday was cold, rainy, and mundane at first, but it was also full of facebook and e-mail well wishes, happy birthday text messages, and family and fiancee surprises. It was what it was. =) I am thankful for a great day—and a great life given to me by God. Happy life to me.

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happy rainy birthday

It’s so cold and rainy today!

Such is my 20th birthday! I’ve been so tired and sluggish today—after work this morning I went back to my apartment and fell back asleep until my 1:00 class–and then I was a few minutes late to class!

So, not much has happened today. I’m just being really cold and sluggish and a little sick. After my 6:00pm class I’ll be going out to eat with my mom and that will be the adventure of my day!


My Saturday was fun, however! It was mardi gras in Jefferson and Racheal and Case were down from Missouri so we headed over to mardi gras to visit with them. I guess Tay and I aren’t mardi gras people. We ate lunch at sister, Victoria’s job, Kitt’s Kornbread, listened to an older man’s stories from being stationed in Korea, watched an old guitarist play a guitar he built, stood amongst leather clad bikers who were watching a rock band, visited an old hotel, and went to a house with art all over the walls and hung out. Oh and Tay and I went to ETBU’s Opera, Hansel and Gretal. So I’m not sure we did much mardi gras related activities, but it was a very fun day!


february 8

…is my 20th birthday.

and that’s cool. 🙂

and this week is valentine’s week, and Modern Miracle has a concert.

not to mention school and work.

so, kinda busy, but that’s cool too.

Last week was Doppelganger week on facebook so everyone had a photo of a celebrity that looked like them! A friend of mine suggested I looked similar to actress Franka Potente:

I don’t see it as much as she did, I think, but we look fairly similar as far as eyes and chin.

Tay’s doppelganger was Eliajh Wood (which is just about dead on!):

As I was looking up more photos of Franka Potente these photos came up! Apparently Elijah and Franka used to date! Of course I thought that was great because it just so happens that our doppelgangers dated!

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2010 New Year

I’m not going to lie, my first reaction to 2010 is: Eh. Simply because I have such a big event happening in 2011 that I’m excited for! (um, the wedding)

However, I do have much to be excited about for this new year. This summer I’ll graduate college, so I’ll have a lot to do after graduation, like decide what I’m going to do with myself! Where to live, where to work….

But, I guess I also have a lot to do before graduation. And that’s where the new year’s resolution comes in.

I have resolved to continue with some goals I had already laid out for myself—only this time, to keep on a clear and steady path to those goals.

  • Downsize. I have so so so much STUFF. The essentials: clothes, bath, school books, school supplies, beauty products. The hobbies: Paper crafts, sewing crafts, paints, paint brushes, canvas, paper, glue, markers. The electronics: Wires, wires, wires. And more. The problem with this stuff is that I have an overabundance of it and it clutters up my tiny bedroom and drives me crazy. Not to mention the things I have in storage from high school and even junior high. This goal is directly related to graduating college and, of course, getting married. I don’t want to bring so much junk everywhere with me after I graduate. I know that I won’t ever be able to live a minimal lifestyle, simply because I have so many crafts—I always think about putting all of my crafts in storage, but I literally do use them at least every other week, so it’s not like I’m holding onto them for no reason.
  • Downsizing will help this next goal out tremendously—I need to be more responsible about cleaning and organizing. Part of my problem IS the fact that I don’t have enough space for my overabundance of STUFF, so once I downsize, I’ll be able to control it better. However, that still leaves a lot of cleaning responsibility. I just want to handle that responsibility better so that I don’t carry those bad habits with me after graduation.

Of course I have more goals than that: enrishing my relationship with God, yoga! eating healthier and more consistently, being more responsible with homework, and being a friendlier person. Those sort of explain themselves a bit more than the first two.

Anyways, I’m not too keen on the big new year’s resolution hype—it seems more like a joke to many people, now. But at the same time, there are several ‘problem areas’ in my lifestyle that I struggle with, so let’s call them resolutions and get on the ball!

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Beginning Stages

I have already spent so much time looking at wedding (or mainly, reception) ideas and thought I’d show you some ideas I love!

This is so simple and cute, but also a little modern. I love it!

There will be lots and lots of candles! I was definitely inspired by this photo because I like the different heights and the grouping.I’ve always thought about having a slideshow of photos at the reception, but I’m beginning to think something sweet and simple like these clotheslines are more vintage and personal.

I am so excited about save the dates and invites! I’m going to design them myself since I have so much time. I love the cute and modern color scheme of these save the date cards. I defintely want something like this modern design, and I love that birds give it a vintagey vibe, as well. That design seems simple enough, but I know it will take me so long to design my own cards because I want to get it just right.

p.s. theknot.com is becoming a go-to place for wedding inspirations! lol

p.p.s. If you don’t follow me on facebook, I thought I’d show you this cute photo of Taylor proposing. I just love the way he proposed!




What a week!

Tuesday was SUCH a busy day and it got even busier when Taylor proposed to me! It was so cheesy and romantic and sweet. 🙂 And, no I don’t have a picture of the ring yet 😦 I’ve been so busy!

The story:

Last week Taylor informed me that for an early Christmas present we were going to have our photos taken. He chose the photographer, time and place so all I had to do on Tuesday (Taylor’s birthday, by the way) was show up!

We spent a good hour on the square taking photos in the cold. The last photo was taken sitting by a fountain and Taylor said, “Hey, hold on I have an early Christmas present for Alyssa and I want you (the photographer) to take a picture of her opening it. He then produed a small, antique sewing kit. I opened it up and amongst thread and needles was a ring! Then he got on his knees and asked me to marry him. He put the ring on my finger and everything! The moment was so awkward and sweet! Just like us! Ha ha!

Anyways, Tay planned the whole photo shoot so that we would have a picture of him on his knees propsing to me. Crazy!

We have a lot to plan, but I’m very excited!