Miscellany Monday & A Giveaway

Oct 21, 2013

Michael came home last week with the best news (and no, it's not any more information on our move, unfortunately!) His boss approved him to work four 10 hour days, as opposed to the five 8 hour days he has been working, at least until he's relocated. We're both ecstatic! I'm always a little down on Sunday evenings because it just seems like the weekend and our time to have all day with him just flies by. Now, he's got Mondays off! Oh, the possibilities! Today will be the first Monday off and while he still has a conference call, I"m looking forward to having him around!

Last night, my dream of a fireside "date night in" was finally made a reality. We made our fire pit last weekend and I've been itching to grab my man and go sit out there all week. This time, he was the one who had to grab me and go- I'm a bit of a cold wimp. In my head, we'd cuddle on and under blankets with drinks in our hands. This date looked more like camping chairs and a disgusting hot chocolate, but I loved every minute. We sat out there and talked for two hours. I love that guy. 

We finally were able to go to the pumpkin patch. We made plans to go a few weeks ago, but the weather was still ridiculously hot for October. I had this dream of us going in the perfect weather- sunshine and chilly enough to have to wear a coat, scarf, and boots. Okay, maybe I was dreaming about the perfect outfit. Either way, Saturday rolled around and it was cold, alright. Cold and rainy. I was bummed. We decided to wait until Sunday and I'm glad we did- the weather was perfect. I've got another post to come with an overload of pumpkin patch pictures. But here's a little teaser...

Saturday night we walked over to the neighbors' halloween party and got to "test out" Noah's halloween costume. He was less than thrilled, but actually kept the hat on. This weekend Michael's going to be a pirate and Noah is going to be the parrot on his shoulder. Michael actually came up with that idea and I love it! I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to be. There's a plethora of slutty female pirate costumes, but I think I'd rather get a little more creative.
Can't you tell he's just thrilled?
It's been a really wonderful weekend, and I think this week will be just as great. I've got some fun things planned for Noah and me, I'm looking forward to my posts this week, and my parents will be arriving Thursday night for a long weekend visit. Let the goodness begin!

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Now to the fun part! I'm excited to introduce to you the blogger and shop owner behind today's giveaway!
I've enjoyed her posts about her life, culture, experiences abroad, and now her adventures as a newlywed! She opened up her Esty shop not too long ago, and was gracious enough to answer a few questions about how it all got started....

If you could describe yourself in five words, what would you say? 
friendly, laid back and super energetic

Why did you start your blog, Sunshine to the Square Inch?
I started my blog as a way to document my life abroad while I taught English in South Korea. I've since then moved back to the States and now document my travels and adventures with my husband, some DIY and recipes as well as fitness. 
When did you start making bags & clutches?
I started making bags and clutches this past spring. I moved from Korea to America in February, got married in March and immediately moved to a small town in the middle of nowhere. It was my first time to not be working 40 hours a week and I began crafting as a way to keep me occupied. I also began making bags for gifts as friends. I had a sister-in-law and a good friend get married and I made them each a clutch that coordinated their wedding colors and put lingerie in there. 

What inspires your creativity?
Is it really terrible to say Pinterest? I saw some chevron clutches on there and thought I would make my own. Once I made a few I began coming up with new ideas and would change them up a bit. Sometimes things will randomly pop into my head (like the pumpkin spice latte clutch) for a design and I'll make that as well. I also incorporate colors and places I love. I made a teal bag to represent my love of the ocean, my yellow bags to represent 'Sunshine to the Square Inch' etc.

A huge thanks to Beka for being awesome and excited about giving one of her adorable bags to a lucky reader! Enter below for your chance to win the adorable, medium yellow chevron bag
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  1. That picture at the pumpkin patch is beautiful!!!

    stopping by from the link-up!

    -sami @ yoursmineandours2013.blogspot.com

  2. Awesome news about your husband! Yay! And you with your little one in the pumpkin patch is adorable!

  3. Your son looks way too cute!! Love the idea of the pirate and the parrot :)

  4. I'd carry all my gazillion chapsticks all in one place!

  5. What a little cutie! And, yea, for Hubby's shorter work week! Blessings to you for a beautiful week!

  6. So jealous of, and in love with, everything in this post; the fire pit (totally awesome), the parrot costume, and wow - the bags. I'm in love with everything.

    If I won, I would use this beautiful bag as my make-up bag. My current bag is an amazing Claire v. bag that I've had for *years*. The zipper has finally gone kaput and now there are holes in the bottom corners of the bag where my eye liners fall out, lol. It's a sad state of cosmetic affairs. :-). With Michael being unemployed right now, I feel bad going out to buy a make-up bag...seems so not cool to buy right now.

    Great post, Kelsea!