panic attack!

my apologies for the lack of updates! this week was a whole lot of insane party planning! i am one of the team leaders of etsyhouston and we threw a craft party last night [along with a million other cities! ok not sure if it’s a million…but a lot!].

there’s going to be a bit of a cross over because i am going to show you photographs from planning and creating the event ๐Ÿ™‚
ALSO, in less than a week i will be in GREECE. holy crap on a stick! i am EXTREMELY anxious and super nervous. do you travel a lot?? if so, what are some amazing tips you wish people had told you a million years ago?
here are my biggest fears about traveling [during tourist season]:
1. lost luggage
2. getting mugged
3. getting mugged
4. lost luggage
5. getting mugged
i know i might be insane…but those 2 things freak me out! i traveled all over europe as a child and recall multiple occasions when my dad was tricked out of money and when we were almost robbed. i am looking for a fannypack type purse that goes diagonally across my chest/waist/shoulder and not just my waist. any ideas?
ALSO, this trip is grander than any trip i have ever planned. i mean i’ve bought tickets to one location and returned from that one location…this involves planes, ferries, trains – i’m freakin’ out! and we don’t even have our sleepers reserved…GASP GASP CAN’T BREATHE.  I am going to update my blog as much as possible while I am in Greece/Italy/Austria/Spain, but if you’d like to keep up with me in greater detail, I started a blog for these summer journies.  Mostly because the wonderful people over at Fund for Teachers [who awarded Daniel and I the grant money for our Greece travels!] would like if we kept a blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ So ya, follow if you’d like or not – it’s your choice: greece, etc.
alright, photos of what i’ve been up to!
creating new things
new specs
craft party goodness
i <3 my number fabric from Sew Crafty ๐Ÿ™‚
the photo above is my sister sandy.
not to be confused with ME.
thanks ๐Ÿ™‚
p.s. don’t forget to visit Leigh-Ann’s blog for the giveaway I am helping to sponsor ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. how fun!!! I wish we had an etsy groups where I live.
    Also…OMG! Greece?? I am totes jealous! have FUN!!!

  2. nikolina – the party was awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ and thanks! i can't wait for the fun to start. right now it's just freak outtage. haha
    katie – thank you twice ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. one…you are the cutest!
    two…a vacation in greece? how fun! all i can say about your worries is…dont manifest it! just enjoy now.
    three…yay etsy party!!
    and…now all i want is a cupcake.

  4. I wish you safe travels to Greece and Italy and every place else you are going! Since you have my address now, I DEMAND POSTCARDS!

    Word of advice on your lost luggage fear: Whatever is important to you (electronics, money, prescriptions and over the counter medications, passport, books, magazines, etc.) KEEP IT IN YOUR CARRY ON BAG. You figure if your suitcase of clothes is stolen, you still have money to purchase things if need be.

    Word of advice on your getting mugged fear: Since I live in a part of the world were robbery is a constant (NYC) I say just walk like you have a purpose, keep your wallet in YOUR FRONT POCKET, and keep your head held high.


  5. I've never gone anywhere outside the country because I have the same fears. You are going to have so much fun! It'll be good because you have someone with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love that you are giving way a mustachasaurus!!! Those are my fave! I love the Texas one, too.

  6. !!! I love greece!!! I never had any problems there, or in most of europe, really. How much luggage are you taking? I would probably try to just take a big backpack that you can carry-on. I never took more than that, although I never went on a trip longer than two weeks.
    Put anything valuable in your carry-on! Just pay attention and hang on to your stuff and you shouldn't have to worry too much about anything being stolen. I think pick-pocketing is more likely than mugging, and while I don't have a rec for a money pouch like you're talking about, I would carry an across-body bag which you can move to being in front of you so you can keep an eye on it.
    Also, make copies of your passport and any other information you need (tickets, credit cards) and keep it at your hotel. Keep another copy in your email so you can access it from any internet cafe. That way if these things are stolen, you have all the info for everything and you can print it out.

    HAVE FUN!!!

  7. meesh – haha 1) no you are! i love yer blarghh!
    2) i'm sure once i land all will be well! ๐Ÿ˜€
    3) the party was grand!
    andddd eat 3 cupcakes! haha yum!

    ashley – i knowwwww. i just can'tttt haha ๐Ÿ˜€ dang it!

  8. tegan – thanks! and I really like your name!
    mouse – i love that fabric! my math teacherness kinda shows ๐Ÿ˜€
    danielle – THANK YOU! i haven't heard any advice on how to walk. that's very useful! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. thanks, marci! i need to make some more before i hit the road ๐Ÿ˜€
    amanda – thank you! i hope i have enough time in italy. it's a quick 2 day trip for us!
    eef – holy moly! thank you for all the helpful advice!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    i'm taking my carry on and a big suitcase to split between daniel and i. it's mostly to carry what we'd like to bring back with us. thanks for the advice about putting copies in my email! totally didn't even think of that!

  10. Greece! That's super exciting! You will NOT get mugged! I feel ya though, I kinda freak out that too just going to a big city. Hope you have an awesome time!

    P.S. love the pin for the giveaway!I can't wait to get a gig as a children's librarian and wear cool things like that to work!

  11. Such beautiful smiles…and faces too! You all look like you are having a blast! Keep it up!

  12. We had a nice craft party in Athens, too! We made and sent a beautiful sign over to the Etsy headquarters in Berlin ๐Ÿ™‚ Pictures and story in our Etsy Greek Street Team's blog soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. oh rachel, they were awesome! haha and the party was grand ๐Ÿ™‚
    amoronia – thank you for the lovely comments! how cool that there was a party in athens, too! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. oh rachel, they were awesome! haha and the party was grand ๐Ÿ™‚
    amoronia – thank you for the lovely comments! how cool that there was a party in athens, too! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. I get nervous when I travel, too! I think the best advice for a longer trip like that is to pack a few extra pairs of undies in your carry on, just in case your luggage does get lost (I really hope it doesn't!)

    Another is to take a photo of your address/e-mail address to keep on your camera card just in case it gets lost. You never know, somebody may be able to contact you!

    Your Etsy party looked like so much fun! I love the apron ๐Ÿ™‚


  16. 1. I love your blog header.
    2. I feel the same way about traveling abroad esp after seeing that scary movie (even if the boyf says I am getting too old for people to want to steal me)

  17. Oh my gosh those cupcakes look so good! Also have fun in Greece, that sounds awesome! Don't worry too much about being mugged and those kind of things, just be safe and use common sense and I'm sure you'll be fine!

  18. congrats on your summer europe trip, that sounds amazing, and to get a grant too, thats off the charts! and kudos on the etsy party, looked like a great time ๐Ÿ™‚

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