Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wordless: Sun and Snow


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Europe & Netherlands Lists

I've been very inspired by Jules over at The Life of a Cupcakes. She has this awesome ongoing list on her blog of things she wants to see and/or do in Toronto. Its such a good idea to remember to explore even when your at home. And the good news for me is that I really am starting to feel at home here in my new little land (aka The Netherlands) but as it starts to feel like an actual home, there comes a slight dimming of enthusiasm to go see new things. So to combat this, I've decided to make my own list of things to see. I've made a few actually! I've made one just for Holland and one for all of Europe.

This list is by no means complete, so please feel free to leave any suggestions in the comments! I will be coming back to edit this post occasionally and cross off the things I've seen or done and I will hopefully write a few "progress reports" along the way too! I still have 9.25 months in this beautiful place and I plan to use each and every one of them to its fullest!


After writing this post I realized these lists would work better as individual posts. (It will be easier for me to update them and share them this way too.)
You can find the updated Europe List here, and the updated Netherlands List here!
Check them out, and send me suggestions if you have any! :)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Beautiful Looking Quotes

I stumbled upon an awesome little website this week called It basically allows for the not-so-skilled-at-photo-shop type people (aka me) to make pretty looking posters of their favourite quotes! It's so fun! I used a few of my favourite quotes to show you what some of the options look like.

Isn't that just great? I see a whole range of inspiring desktop backgrounds coming my way! If you want to make your own (which I'm imagining you do) just click here

Sunday, February 24, 2013

2013 Something Sunday 8: Winner!

Remember the give-away I posted last week? Well it's time to announce the winner! I entered the total number of comments (17) into a random number generator, and the winning comment was..... 9! The person who commented 9th was Maddie. You go Maddie Coco! (If you understand that reference, you are awesome.) You can see both the winning number, and corresponding (and may I add beautifully written) comment below!
Thanks to everyone who entered! It always fun to be able to share the love a bit.
PS: Maddie I'll email ya with details asap! :)

To find out what the 'Something' project is all about click here
To see the previous 'Something's' click here

Friday, February 22, 2013

Carly's Thankful For...

This week I'm thankful for...
- learning to be brave
- internet to phone services
- meeting new people!
- this little place here on the internet!
- the weather warming slightly

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Train Love Ramblings

I know most of the locals aren't overly impressed with the train system here in The Netherlands, and maybe I should join in the lukewarm feelings to be more local... but I just can't. I love it!

 Its so darn efficient (well, as long as it's not snowing). I've taken the train almost once a week since my arrival here, and I only grow to love it more with time. It's literally the only thing that has made seeing so much of this country possible. Even from my random little town I can go anywhere I want!

I love the freedom it has given me here, and I just want to shout from the roof tops "I love the train!!".

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wordless: On My Way

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Moving Overseas: A How To Guide!

Just a quick warning... this is a long one!
Back in November when I found out I was going to be moving across the ocean to live in The Netherlands for a year, my first though (after sheer excitement) was how am I going to bring all my clothes. After some serious consideration, I donated and got ride of many items I no longer loved, and tried to work down the total number of things to bring. I can't say I got ride of everything I should have, but I think I managed okay.

To make this some what useful to anyone who's trying to figure out how the heck they are going to pack for their year abroad, I'm going to break this post into 3 sections. The bags I used (and what worked/didn't work about them), what I packed (and how much much of each), and what I would have changed about my packing. 

I knew right away I was going to have to pay for an extra bag to send underneath the plane, so this gave me 4 bags to work with. Two under the plane, and 2 carry on's. For the bags under the plan I had a rolling duffle, with a compartment underneath for shoes (seen to the left in the picture above and in the picture below), and I had my 60L travelling back pack (seen in the center of the picture above). For my carry on bags I had a small rolling suit case, and a normal sized backpack. 

The best thing about my rolling duffel was definitely the shoe section. I had no idea I would want to bring so many shoes, but it made it so easy to get them all in. If you don't intend on doing a lot of back packing where you are moving you can get even more space by bringing two normal suitcases (but be mindful of the weight limits because most air lines have become very strict on these). All in all, I am happy with the bags I decided to bring, and I would recommend a similar bag plan to anyone planning a big move! 

What I Packed:
A lot. I packed a lot! But, I made it work!

When I look at it all above though, I think I did pretty good! So let's break down what is in all those dang piles. (I was hoping I could format this into looking a bit nicer, but unfortunately it's just a looooong list)

Clothing & Shoes:
12 pairs of shoes
- the different kinds can be seen below!

21 Tops (short-sleeved)
   -6 going out(ish) tops
   -2 going out/casual tops
   -6 any day tops
   -6 undershirts/black basic tank tops
   -1 t-shirt
5 Shirts (long-sleeved)
   -3 plaid
   -1 silk
   -1 denim 

10 sweaters
   -2 zip-ups
   -2 cardigens
   -2 pull overs
   -4 light sweaters
14 bottoms
   -3 shorts
   -3 jeans
   -2 pants
   -5 tights
   -1 onesie

9 Dresses & 1 Skirt
   -6 day and/or going out 
   -2 semi-formal
   -1 business
   -2 long pants
   -1 sweat pants
   -2 boxer shorts
   -1 tshirt


2 Blazers
   - 1 black classic
   - 1 red casual
Other Clothes
   -5 bras
   -25 undies
   -2 sports bras
   -2 sport shirts
   -1 sport shorts
   -1 sport pants

Other Stuff:
- 3 small 'fashion' belts 
- 1 normal belt
- 2 pairs of nylons
-1 one-piece bathing suit
- 2 bikinis and 1 extra bikini top
- 1 rain coat
- 1 small umbrella
- 1 small water proof bag

- 4 Cameras
   -1 DSLR
   -1 Point and Shoot
   -1 instax (instant camera)
   -1 Olympus film
- 1 ipod + ear buds
- 1 mouse
- 1 computer
* Plus all chargers for electronics
- 1 day back pack (small-ish)
- 1 small over the shoulder roots purse
- 1 medium over the sholder purse
- 2 wristlets
- 1 laundry bag for travel
- 1 sleep mask
- 2 winter hats and 1 summer hat
- 1 ear warmer
- 1 pair of mittens
- 6 scarfs (winter and summer)

Toiletries, Jewelry & Travel:
- toiletries (you can decide what you want to bring in this category, everyone is different!)
* just make sure you put these in your main luggage, not carry on's
- travel accessories (neck pillow, head lamp, lock, backpack rain cover, sun glasses, etc)
-15 bracelets
-10 earings
-1 watch
-1 mini straightener
-1 hair blow dryer
- 8 books ( 3 travel, 2 language, and 3 novels)

Wow, was that enough lists for you!? Hopefully someone out there will find this even slightly helpful!! Okay, so that is what I brought. But is there anything I would change?

What I would have Changed:
Thankfully there isn't much I would have changed. I thought a lot about what I packed a head of time, and I had lots of help from friends as well! There are still however a few items I wish I had left behind and a few I wish I had brought. 

What I wish I had left behind? Unfortunately I think this will be different for everyone. There is always that 1 piece of clothing that you're convinced you will start to wear, but you never do, and I have a few of those sitting in my closet that I now think I could have left at home. I also wish I had skipped on the mini-straightener and brought a real 1'' sized one instead. It's just annoying trying to use that little thing. 

What am I super glad I did bring? I am so so happy with the amount of shoes and bags I brought. When I was packing I was nervous that I was bringing too many of both and that they were taking up too much space, but I have used all my shoes (other then the sandals) already, and same goes for the bags. The lesson here is that if you are an accessories type person where you live now, you're still going to be that way when you move. So plan ahead and bring the items that you do use often, even if it feels a little silly. 

What I wish I had brought? I haven't run into too many things that I forgot. Thankfully I can get almost anything I need here. But I forgot my external hard-drive, and that has been a pain. I am pretty diligent with backing things up (especially my pictures), and I was pretty upset when I realized I forgot it. I have two 8GB USB keys that I am using for now until my Mom visits and brings it along, but I really just wish I had it right now. 

So there you have it. All  my thoughts on how I managed to pack into 4 little bags and move for 1 year. If you are reading this and you have any other questions about how to plan a big move, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below or shoot me an email me (!

Good luck packing!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

2013 Something Sunday 7: Small Cases and a Give Away!

This giveaway is now closed!

Can you believe how beautiful my new blog is?! (I can say that because I didn't design it! Thanks again to Lauren at The Perfect Pear!). To celebrate the new site I'm hosting a give-away. And for this special giveaway, I've decided to give the winner 2 of the 6 cases that I'm sharing today. (You can pick whichever two you like best!)

I found this amazing snail and math fabric (seen above and below) at Such a neat site for fabric!

Unfortunately I've only finished sewing two of them, so you'll have to use your creative brains to imagine the remaining 4 all finished. You can see the approximate shape from the pictures below! And for the two cases with two different fabrics showing, you can decide which fabric you want to be the lining and which you want to be on the outside!

Also, if you win and you aren't overly thrilled with any of these fabrics we can always work together to create something you love! (I'm imaging a man not really wanting a pink flowery case, but ladies, don't be shy if these aren't your favourite either!)

I'm happy to get to host another giveaway here. Its so fun to share my creations, and I think a little zippy-case is the perfect item. Over the past 3.5 years that I have been sewing, I've made this item more then any other, and I'm still not tired of it! They are just so darn useful!

How to Enter!
1. Leave a Comment with your name (and email if I don't know you or have it)
2. To get a second entry, tweet about this give-away with a link to my blog, then come back and comment a second time telling me you tweeted about it!
3. To get a third entry share this give-away on facebook with a link to my blog, then come back and comment again saying you shared it on facebook!
Note: You have to leave a separate comment for each entry!

The winner will be announced next Sunday February 24th!
Good luck!! And thanks again for reading!!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Snowy Walk

I made a new video, and I'm pretty excited how it turned out! I recommend watching it on youtube so you can switch it to the larger size!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Carly's Thankful For

This week I'm thankful for...
- My Bike (always)
- Having some down time
- My Dutch lessons
- My train card!
- My new blog design!
- So many things...sometimes I just sit and wonder how come I got so lucky in life. (and it reminds me to keep being extra thankful!)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

I loooove this holiday! It's so great. And because I'm (a) loud and (b) unnaturally passionate about really random things, anyone who knows me, knows about my love for this day. And because my friends have been forced into learning this about me, they have been kind enough to get excited with me! And even though I'm away from home this year I've been lucky enough to receive a few sweet valentines all the way over here in The Netherlands! I got two adorable cards in the mail, and I had potentially the best poem ever sent to me yesterday.

From Anna

From Kallie (also, notice the hand made goodness)

And the poem (by the lovely Lindsay Smyth, with help from Rihanna)
(Written to the tune of Rihanna, Only Girl)

Want to make you feel like you're the only girl in the world
Like you're the only one that loves this day
Like you're the only one who decorates for this day
Only girl in the world...
Like you're the only one whose favorite holiday is today
Cause you're the only one who understands, like you're the only one who loves this day,
only one...

It should also be noted, I may have sang "only girl in the world" to this particular friend a few too many times!

If you want to see my previous Valentines day creations you can see them here and here!
I hope you all have a lovely, magical, and wonderful Valentines day!

ps: If you want to read about why I love it, check out last years post here. Not going to lie, it's still one of my favourite posts I've written.

edit: I got this one this morning, and it was too cute not to share!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wordless: Tea and Crumpets

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Manchester Video...

I made another one. I'm pretty proud of this one. Mainly because of how much the second half makes me laugh/giggle. I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

2013 Something Sunday 6: Waterproof Makeup Case

I made this little case for my sister! She wanted something waterproof, so I got some practice sewing with vinyl. It's always a bit hard, but it's a good challenge!

Also, I just love this fabric. I got it ages ago, but I bought a lot, so I've been able to use it for many small projects over the last year. I almost always end up loving what I make out of it!


Not a lot to say today, but I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Also, I'm hoping to have a new messenger bag to share with you next week! Fingers crossed I get it finished.