Girl Meets Bulgaria

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

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Going Away…

I was going to wait to blog until I got home tonight, but I simply couldn’t wait.

I have THE best coworkers in the universe. They went above and beyond for my going away party.

I love the reference to my blog on the poster they made me. Very cool.

We had a Brazilian BBQ, courtesy of Henderson. He is one heck of a griller!

And the best part…

This masterpiece, courtesy of Heather (my boss’ wife), owner of Ambrosia Exquisite Wedding Cakes:

Which is a replica of my favorite Cake Wreck:

(If you’ve never checked out Cake Wrecks, GO DO IT NOW! It’s hilarious!)

Elaine (my supervisor), carrying on the “Falker Satherhood” theme, got me this great mug off Etsy:

It’s been a great day.

Tomorrow is officially my last day of work at a job I have been at since I was 18 years old. I will definitely be sad to say goodbye to everyone at Commuter Services, but I am excited to start a new life with V. First in Alaska (where we will be working… oh, and getting married!) and then in beautiful Bulgaria.

Thanks again to everyone at CS.



Recent Craftiness: Paper and Vinyl Wallet

As much as I’d like to make this a detailed post (maybe even a tutorial), I just don’t have it in me at 1:10 am!

But, I wanted to get these (rather poor-I apologize) pics up or I knew I’d never get around to it.

My friend A. and I have wanted to make these “long wallets” for ages and we finally got around to it this weekend. Man, are they HARD! The idea of using paper and vinyl sounded easy enough. Sewing the two together in a straight line, however, turned out to be a nightmare (don’t even get me started on putting the snaps on!).

This is my first one and I think it turned out ok. I love the houndstooth.






We got the idea from Etsy seller, Dear Sukie and her segment on Martha Stewart.

To be honest, the video, written instructions and supply list are pretty useless (maybe so people can’t duplicate the exact design and sell their own?). They don’t show even the most basic steps.

A. and I just learned from our mistakes and tweaked the design to fit what we wanted.

We have lots more paper and vinyl and we plan on making a few more, including some passport holders and other wallet styles. Hopefully our sewing skills improve with more practice!

I might put up a more detailed tutorial in the next few days for anyone that is interested ( if I find the time and motivation, that is).


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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!