Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


I’ve Caught the Bug

…the fall crafting bug!

There’s just something about this time of year that makes me want to put on my best Martha Stewart act, shut myself up in a warm house and create something pretty or useful!

(I can’t wait until I can have my own studio/crafting space one day.)

Heaven knows I have enough supplies on hand f0r projects to last throughout winter, but of course I have my eye on some things that require a trip to the craft store and/or some online shopping.

Thanks to Pinterest I am able to “bookmark” ideas that I want to revisit. That website has definitely rekindled my love affair with a glue gun and acrylic paints (among other things)!

A few ideas at the top of my list:

*click photo to link to tutorial*

Earring display

Upcycled Tshirt Scarf

Ruffled Camera Strap

Zipper Bracelet

Recycled Light Bulb Vases (no link to source)

Ruffled Infinity Scarf

Giant Granny Square Blanket

And oh so many more!

I’m also a font addict these days! I love handwritten type fonts and can’t seem to stop downloading them! The memory on my laptop is starting to wish I would slow down. If you want to grab a bunch for yourself, check out a few of my favorite free-font websites: dafont and kevindandamanda. Amanda (of kevinandamanda) is one crafty lady and her blog is a must-see! The first three crafts above are actually hers!

I have had a lot of fun lately making new blog headers using lots of different fonts.

Lastly, I am itching to be elbow deep in floury dough and sweet batter. So many fun fall recipes out there.

Does autumn make you want to create? Have your eye on some fun projects?

Comment and let me know!



Christmas Crafts

Well, my lofty goal of making all my Christmas gifts this year didn’t go quite as planned.

I got caught up in making a massive amount of these instead:

Dishcloth galore!

I haven’t knitted in a couple of years, so it felt nice to get back into it. The pattern for these is called “Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth,” and I got it from Ravelry, although it can be found all over the web as it’s probably the most popular dishcloth pattern.

I did give some away as gifts, but I still have tons leftover and lots of yarn to make more. Anybody want to put in an order? 😉

And now that I am in the knitting mood, I have a few things I’d like to make and have bought the yarn for one special project in particular… More on that in a future post.

In addition to the dish cloths, I also made a necklace for my friend E. (hope she doesn’t read this as I am a slacker and haven’t shipped it to her yet!):

Necklace for E.

She loves pearls, so I knotted some freshwater pearls, quartz crystal and silver spacers on silk cord. It was my first silk knotting project, and I think it turned out really well so I am excited to make more.

Hopefully I can take some better pictures when my new camera arrives, some of these didn’t turn out so well.

And finally…

For my office, I made some snowflake decorations:

Paper snowflake

Keaton posing with my handiwork

I didn’t get around to making a few things that I had originally planned to, but I’m pretty happy I finished anything!

I just love crafting! Can ya tell?


And just because I think it’s pretty, one more pic of the dish cloths:


Year-end Updates

Oh, December. I can’t believe you are already gone. Time flies.

I am not intentionally slacking on my blogging. I promise!

I actually have about 4 posts worth of stuff but most of it involves crafts that I have made for people for Christmas, so I don’t want to ruin the surprise by posting before gifting.  I have tons of time off in the next few weeks, so expect a few posts out of me.

Just a few updates:

  • Vince went to Plovdiv today and paid his tuition for his Masters (this will be his second). He also went to the agency that handles his Alaska work visa and applied for this summer. I am SO happy we have the ball rolling. I can almost taste the Lynx pizza and Estew (inside AK joke for my 2008 peeps).
  • I haven’t officially been hired by Princess yet, but I know the manager is asking around about me and I got an email saying there were reviewing my application. I applied for a Housekeeping Supervisor position, something totally new for me, but I am very excited to get some experience in that area of hotel operations (assuming I get the job, of course!).
  • I am lame and didn’t know that my personal days at work expire at the end of the month, so I get two extra days off for the holidays! I only work 3 days this week and two next week. Should give me plenty of time to finish up gifts, clean, and blog.


That’s about it.

Merry Christmas, everyone!







Due to a combination of factors, I stopped blogging for a little bit.

But I’m back now!

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. December is here with a vengeance in Utah. We have tons of snow and tons of idiotic drivers to go along with it.

I worked what is hopefully my last University of Utah Football game. I was out in below-freezing temps for over 8 hours (BOO!). We won, and against BYU (our biggest rival) no less. I am praying that this time next year I will be freezing my butt of in Bulgaria as opposed to freezing my butt off in Utah!

I have been a crafting maniac the past few weeks. I do this. I have these spurts of creative energy every few months. Sadly, it usually peters out and I end up with half-finished projects. However, I am happy to say that this time around that doesn’t seem to be the case.

I {finally} got my jewelry supplies from Etsy and made my “Cougar Town” necklaces. In addition to those I also made a few matching bracelets and some earrings.

My slightly ambitious plan is to make all my Christmas gifts this year. Don’t know how well that is working out as I have already purchased a few items for some people.

I recently got the knitting bug again and have been stalking ravelry day and night. I think I finally came to the conclusion that I prefer knitting over crochet. Which kind of sucks as I have an almost-finished blanket for V. that has been sitting for 2 years now.

Anywho, I ordered some wool yarn in very specific colors for a very special project (more on that in a future post). While waiting for that yarn to arrive, I am making some awesome cotton dish cloths to take with me when I move to Bulgaria. Already accessorizing my future kitchen, is that weird? My aunt has had them since I can remember and they are always the ones I reach for when I am cleaning up the all too often baking messes Annalee and I make in her kitchen.

Finally, today is the opening day for applications for Princess Tours in Alaska. I am going to be applying soon and it’s a bit of a surreal experience. I worked in Denali in 2008 (where I met V.) and have always wanted to go back. It’s still not a done deal. I have to be hired (not super worried about that) and V. has to get his work visa (super worried about that).  Fingers crossed we will find ourselves in beautiful Denali, Alaska this upcoming summer.

That about wraps up the past few weeks of my life.

Captivating, wasn’t it? 😉



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Turns out one of my Etsy shipments, the only shipment I actually need to get started on my necklace, is shipping from SOUTH KOREA!

I don’t know how I missed that crucial piece of information when I ordered from that shop.

I am majorly bummed.

Oh well, I guess I can get to work on some jewelry in the next 7-20 business days! Also, last night, I came across an Etsy shop that is actually going out of business today, so I got some awesome things from them.

Speaking of being crafty, I have decided to make all my Christmas gifts this year. I have a few things in mind and some of them take some serious time, so I better get cracking!

Certain family members of mine read this blog, so I can’t go into too much detail until after Christmas, but I am pretty excited about what I am going to make (should I actually have all the time and determination necessary to finish that is).

Happy Halloween everyone!