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Lost in the move…


In the move, the following things were lost:

One plant (RIP)
One picture (smashed)*
One step stool**
My sanity***

*So, the picture. It is this picture that I love of Joe climbing Mt. Rainer. Because it’s SO COOL! Because (1) it’s Joe (2) on Mt. Rainier! And it was taken with a point-and-shoot by his guide and the color of the sky is amazing and totally not edited and he had it framed and I remember seeing it in his condo when we were just friends. Well, it was one of the very last things that the movers packed in Houston and they managed to bring it 1,200 miles to Boulder in perfect condition just in time for me to prop it up on the mantle (carefully, I thought!) only to have it come crashing down spectacularly a few seconds later complete with Joe shouting ‘LOOK OUT!’ just in time for me to leap out the way.

**Actually, I just finally found the step stool (in a box marked ‘her closet’!?!?) last week. Never mind the fact that I have a box of clothes that I am so disinterested in that I can’t even bother to unpack it. (Heads up, Boulder Goodwill.)

***I’m going crazy with all the boxes since things with Whimseybox are in limbo (we’re working of course, just not as efficiently as I’d like) while we work on getting an office. I’ll survive! It’s hard to complain after reading what’s happening to Ez at Creature Comforts (missing moving truck?! Glad I didn’t know that was a possibility a few weeks ago), but man it will be nice when I can find everything again.

Hello Craftcation!

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my current view

So, even thought we’re not done unpacking from the move, yesterday I rummaged through boxes to pack a suitcase and head further west for Craftcation where I’ll be speaking and teaching this weekend. It was a bit of a schlep getting here- drive to the airport (whyyyy is the Denver airport so far east?!), fly to LAX, take a ~45min shuttle to LA’s Union Station, take an Amtrak 2 hours to Ventura, CA. But I made it, and had the great luck of meeting a new friend, Helen from Helliemae’s Caramels (yum!) from Denver on the 2 block walk from the train to the hotel. Turns out we flew out of Denver on different flights less than 30 minutes apart into different airports and wound up in the same train car. What are the odds?

Last night kicked off with a fun craft beer tasting and crochet class. I basically felt like they planned that event for me personally. Now I know a little crochet! I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend. Also, thanks to Rosalie for this interview with me on Unanimous Craft.

A thousand goodbyes combined with a thousand boxes

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driving off into the sunset

We moved. Moving, basically, sucks. Even when you want to, even when you chose it, even when you believe it’s the right decision. I’ve moved around a decent amount in my 32 years (this is my 8th city and 6th state) but it still sucks. It’s a thousand goodbyes combined with a thousand boxes. They say it’s one of the 10 most stressful life events.

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yup, it’s full

This move is different than the others, though, because we chose it. In every other case I’ve moved for a job, whether it was mine, my father’s or my husband’s. And while I’ve generally embraced it (well, my parents might argue differently about 10 year old Alicia!) there’s also been a sense of ‘hey, this wasn’t my idea. I’m just making the best of it.’

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there’s a lot of paperwork

But this one’s on me. I think that Boulder is the best place for Whimseybox and for us, and that’s why we decided to do it. But it’s a grey area. We left great people, people like my friend and colleague Bri who has worked on Whimsebox almost since the beginning. We left the Houston startup community, which is about to explode IMO. We left friends. We left comfort and security.

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that’s the last of it

We left a house we love. I don’t want to go on too much about a house (that we didn’t even own) but I really loved that place. It was a great place to live and a great place to work everyday. It’s where Whimseybox was born, it’s where we shot our very first video, it’s the backdrop for a thousand project pictures. It was home.

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this was a particularly tense moment on the trip

And on top of that Patrick and Alyssa, two full-time Whimseboxers and Houston natives, are moving to Boulder too. I do not underestimate their commitment to the incredible adventure we’re sharing at all. It’s a huge vote of confidence in what we’re building and I feel a deep sense of responsibility to them.

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1250 miles to go

Am I whining? I hope not. I can see the freaking Flatirons from where I sit right now. I have the incredible fortune of choosing where I want to live. I live and breathe craft everyday. I have an amazing husband and family. This is the least sad story ever written. But also, my car was supposed to arrive 3 days ago and I have no idea where it is… so it’s not all mountain views and sunshine.

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the crude sign might be silly, but we’ve wanted this for a long time.

A few hours ago I ran across this Portandia clip about ‘cropping out all the sadness’ and thought that it would make sense to share some of the parts of this move that you can’t see on Instagram.

PS- While writing this they finally called about my car. It should be here in an hour. I am almost relieved, but at this point I’ll believe it when I see it. If you have to ship a car, I would not recommend All States Car Transport or Link Auto Transport. Also, if you’re looking for a startup business idea, figure out a better way to sort out the mish-mash system of brokers and auto transportation carriers because it’s a mess.

PPS- I hate how only the negative stuff makes it online, so this is a good chance to give props to our moving company who did a great job. We used All My Sons and had both Houston and Denver crews. They did a very good job and I was especially impressed with one of the guys here (David) who helped unload us. I’m writing this 1/2 to let other people know and 1/2 so we can remember to get him next time we move.

This is happening…

Moving Day

Moving Day, is my favorite day, cuz on Moving Day, we make everything get packed! (To be sung to the tune of Pippi Longstocking’s Scrubbing Day.)

That’s been stuck in my head for 48 hours, and now it’s stuck in yours. You’re welcome :)

They’re loading up the truck and in a few hours we’re going to hit the road for Boulder. Or rather, somewhere on the way because it’s going to take us a couple of days to get there. Stay tuned for Instagrams from road!

The Week That Was–March 1, 2013


It’s been forever since I got around writing one of these! It’s been crazy busy around here since we’re 10 days away from the big move and there’s tons of excitement going on with Whimseybox too. Next week we’re shooing one last round of WhimseyboxTV videos with our videographer Zach so there’s lots of prep underway for that, plus I had a total craft fail this week and a very cute Ikea lamp paid the ultimate price. I’m going to see if I can figure out how to give that project another shot this weekend.

Things you might have missed:
DIY Washi Tape Memo Boards
DIY Washi Tape Charger Cords
DIY Leather Button Coasters + A Fiskars Fuse Giveaway (go enter!)
DIY Gold Leather Knot Bracelet
Whimseybox is hiring!

/Life is for spending
/This video of Medieval calligraphy is amazing
/Geometric birthstones prints
/Awesome DIY wood arrows
/Teaspoon wallpaper!