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* Gifties from My Lovely Friend, Ritty! *

Hi My Lovely Friends!

A special hello to Ritty! ^_^ Sorry it’s taken me all this time to post this!

Below you will see the lovely gifts my friend Ritty sent me from China! It was so exciting to receive these and open them. I have a video up on my youtube page of me trying these foods. ^_^ I’ll put the link at the end of this post.

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MaceyLouBrown on Youtube

Thanks for reading, friends! :)

-MaceyLou

Where-

→☆♪☆♥○ My Bucket List ○♥☆♪☆←

☆Herrow, Friends!☆

My blog post today is all about my bucket list. I’m organizing it into categories, because I’m weird like that. Haha. :) I’ll also post a percentage level next to items that have been partially completed.

First Category:

Where-

→ Travel ←

I want to visit the following places within my lifetime…

☆ Paris, France

☆ Tokyo, Japan

☆ New York City, NY

☆ California {*Not sure if I want to visit Los Angeles, San Fransisco, or both — but I definitely want to see the Redwood forests!}

☆ Niagra Falls {Some of my ancestors traveled and settled near there…}

☆ Ireland

☆ London

☆ Washington, D.C.

☆ China

☆ Hawaii

☆ Savannah, GA {Again, haha! I love that place!♥}

☆ Chicago

☆ Australia

☆ Italy

☆ Sweden

Next Category:

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→ Creativity & Imagination ←

☆ Write at least one book and get it published, whether by a company or myself; at least on kindle [1st book writing//publishing process is ~ 33% complete]

☆ Be a painter on a regular basis again…{I used to do this a lot, but I’ve not done this in a long time and I miss it.}

☆ Sell my first custom blythe doll

☆ Customize blythe dolls and put them up for adoption on a regular basis. [I’ve customized at least 7 dolls so far…but not put any up for adoption officially yet…]

☆ Create a blythe doll clothing shop [5% complete]

☆ Design and print my own character stickers

☆ Illustrate a children’s book with my mom.

☆ Design and create paper dolls for my shop.

☆ Design a blythe doll travel bag [I already have a GREAT FUN idea for this, just need to figure out the functionality it needs so I know what way to sew it…]

☆ MAKE MORE YOUTUBE VIDEOS {I’ve had an AMAZING response to my videos, and I need to keep making more ASAP!}

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→ Food ←

☆ Get a standing mixer and make a TON of macaroons; Give them to friends; Sell them to some people, too??

☆ Actually enjoy cooking something of my own recipe…

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{^Yes, that is Muse! :)}

→ Music ←

☆ Write at least 100 songs before I die.

☆ Create//be involved in at least 15 more albums before I die.

☆ Have Band photos taken OFTEN.

☆ Help write, direct, and create a music video.

☆ Learn to use keyboards.

☆ Learn synthesizers.

☆ Take singing classes. Get better.

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Well, that’s all for now. I’m sure I’ll add/subtract from this list eventually. Oooh! And I should update the list with pics of each when completed! :)

Xoxo – ♥ – Macey

♥ ☆ .• Our New Home! ☆ .• ♥

Hello Lovely Friendzies!

So, on December 13th, we closed on a house!! It’s an exciting time! But you know what wasn’t an exciting time?…the moving part…but that’s over now, and it’s time to get things organized! It’s also time for a little home-warming inspiration! I’ve been pinning and pinning away on pinterest, which as we all know, means that I’ve been sitting on my toosh not doing a thing in the minutes (*cough* HOURS) that I’ve been pinning. So I thought today, I’d start to tackle my studio. Well, the kitchen is pretty much done, except a bit of clutter left on the far end of the counter, so I’m happy with the cleanliness of that room so far. The living room is like 90% complete when it comes to things being put away. There are only one medium sized box and a small box left, as well as the Christmas tree to be put away. But I’ll show you a sneak peek of the living room later in this post.

First, let’s talk about my studio. It needs a LOT of work! I have lots of nice built-ins, shelves, desks, and even a closet! I have no excuse not to find room for all this stuff! I must focus on deciding what will be housed where…

Studio Clutter to be Cleaned and Organized soon

I have a place for my sewing machine, but I haven’t moved the pull-out shelf yet.

Sewing Machine and pullout shelves

There’s a really pretty light fixture in this room: a floral light fixture fan. I usually hate fans and the light fixtures that accompany them (but LOVE them in the summer heat. haha), but this one I think I like as is for now.

floral light fixture fan

Then there’s the barbie dollhouse. The barbie dollhouse I grew up playing dolls with. My mom found it, and took it out of storage for me about a year ago or so. Maybe 2 years ago now. Trying to decide if I should paint such a sentimental piece, or keep it exactly as it is. I’ve seen what people with the right skills can do by painting a dollhouse exactly like this one, but not sure if I should…thoughts?

Barbie House

On to the living room! I’m only showing you a small part of it for now…gotta keep you in suspense. (Haha, you can actually see additional photos on my instagram page. Just search for: maceyloubrown).

This first photo is of one of the two built-in cabinets in our living room. I definitely want to paint it at some point. Haven’t decided on the color yet, but it will most likely be a light one.

cabinet full of cute things such as a little kiddles lunch box filled with crayons, a blythe doll with big eyes, and pretty books

And below is one of the many pretty fake candles my mom got me for Christmas this past year. (She also got me some exterior Christmas lights and mini candles, too!) These things actually flicker! :)

fake candle that flickers like a real one

On to the dining room…I love our placemats. It’s too bad we are one short though. Got them at Pier 1 for a steal! I think they were 50 cents or 25 cents each a few years back!

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Oh, and no Macey-fide anything would be complete without something to do with macaroons! Yes, I have a baking book just on how to make different flavors of macaroons!

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And here’s my hubby, Derek, who decided this was the best and laziest way to socialize (his words, not mine) on his various social networks:

my hubby on social networks while laying in bed his smart phone propped up on blankets

Goodnight everyone! Sleep tight! Don’t let the ladybugs bite! (Did I mention our house is home to lots of ladybugs? haha)

my hubby all cute pretending to be sleeping in bed

xoxo, – MaceyLou

Dollies, Clothes, & Craft Tutorials…Oh My!

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Hello Friends,

It’s been far too long since we’ve spoken. I’m sure some of you have left this blog behind, never to think of it again, and that’s fine. It’s my fault for not bringing you fresh content any longer, but that’s about to change.

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I’m happy to announce that I will be doing  regular YouTube channel videos as well as regular blog posts right here on “Macey’s Misadventures.” I’ve really missed it, and the only reason I stopped was because there was a lack of time and inability to devote what little I had of it to this blog. In short, I’m back. :)

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I just want to introduce the new goodies I’ll be serving up, fresh, for you. I will be regularly updating my blog with the details I feel some of you may desire to read about. I’ll also be posting regular videos on YouTube, ranging from dolly videos, to crafting tutorials, to clothing and beauty hauls. All of this is for your entertainment and enjoyment.

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Your feedback will be critically important for the next few weeks, months, and hopefully for years to come! Let me know if you enjoy my videos or if you have any criticism and/or advice on how to improve the quality of your experience.

Thanks so much friends & dolly pals alike!

Hearts & Stars…

-MaceyLou

Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/maceyloubrown {Remember, the current videos are old. New ones coming within the week!}

Getting Back to Life

Hello,

my readers, if you’re still there…

Where-

I just got over the worst illness of my entire life, and I feel like I should write a little something about it. When you go through a huge life roadblock or a giant life change, it can really open your eyes. I have decided to change, at least as much as possible, for the better.

You know how you get used to your routine and it all seems safe and repetitive? Well, I’d say that sort of happened to me before I got sick. I was used to my routine and I had many stresses to overcome, but I did, day by day, overcome them–for the most part anyway. I get very stressed at work, and I get through it. I always worried about what people thought of me, and I still do. I worry what it will be like once I get back to work Monday after a week of being gone. I wonder how people will act toward me and whether or not it will feel the same. You know what I mean? I guess all I can do is live in the now.

It’s so hard for me to live in the now. I almost never really do it. I think about tomorrow, the next day, the next, and the next, worrying and worrying what will happen next. This is much too depressing. One shouldn’t live that way at all. Each moment should be lived and cherished, but that’s easier said than acted upon, isn’t it? We worry and worry. We try using a planner to “plan ahead”, but the scariest things in life, such as sickness and injury, can’t be planned out in a book. It can’t be foreseen at all.

So, because of all these thoughts that have been swimming in my head since I have been in bed most of the week, with nothing to do but worry, I have some new goals that I feel would be best mapped out on this blog, so I feel all the more determined to accomplish them.

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Goal Outline:

  1. Write more on this blog. It doesn’t matter what I write, as long as it’s all me and it’s accompanied with a visual element of some kind.
  2. Be more crafty and document/blog about the crafts I work on. {Pinterest projects could be fantastic!}
  3. Design more.
  4. Illustrate more.
  5. Finish my novel.
  6. Finish my script.
  7. Create a fresh video for my youtube channel at least once per week.
  8. Be more festive when it comes to the holidays and changing of the seasons and enjoy it all more.
  9. Be kind to everyone as much as possible.
  10. Enjoy life more and get lost in the little moments.
  11. Help others, whether it be with tutorials in video format, blog format, or just helping with chores with family members.
  12. Bake more//make more sweet treats, especially French macaroons.
  13. Write new articles for Paper Aquarium Magazine.
  14. Get more involved in our band’s music again. Jam more.

 

Well, that’s all of my goals for now in general. I hope to put a lot of this in action and show it to you here on my blog. Thanks so much for following me even though I have been away for quite a long time. I hope the holiday season will inspire me to blog more. I think it will because it usually does.

Hearts & Stars to You All!

-MaceyLou

Tutorial Tuesday #2: When Cookie Cups Don’t Work

Hi My Lovely Starfishy Friend-pies,

I saw a picture on Pinterest showing chocolate chip cookie cups for putting your ice cream in! I wanted to try it, so I did try it. However, I failed miserably. Below is what happened…

  1. First, I put some cooking spray on an upside-down muffin/cupcake pan.
  2. Then I grabbed some cookie dough out of the container and into my hand.
  3. You have to shape it in a ball first, of course, I failed at this, so it doesn’t really matter for this tutorial…haha
  4. Flatten the dough out.
  5. See? All flat.
  6. Next I put the chocolate chip cookie dough on the upside-down pan cup. (I did two cookie cups.)
  7. I tried to form it in the cup shape like the end-result pictures I saw. This was a big mistake. My suggestion is to put less cookie dough on the pan than you think you’ll need, but remember, I DID NOT test this method. Remember, I failed…
  8. Oooops! They came out like this. Too much cookie dough and it ran down the sides WAY more than I expected. Trial and error, folks. That’s what happens sometimes.
  9. So we decided to crush up the chocolate chip cookie cups into chunks.
  10. Then, we put them in the blender.
  11. Then we added milk.
  12. Next, we took some neapolitan ice cream…
  13. & we put it in the blender, too.
  14. Add however much ice cream you like, but don’t overload your blender.
  15. Blended.
  16. Served.

What do you all think? I guess I should have followed an actual tutorial to do the cookie cups, but I thought they would be easy. Well, let’s just say the kitchen isn’t the room I spend much time in…

Hope you enjoy your chocolate chip cookie chunk neapolitan milk shakes! Below is a funny/cute/crazy video for your enjoyment:

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Tutorial Tuesday #1: Easy & Fast Dinner

Hi My Friends,

If you want to make an easy and fast dinner, read the following instructions. This meal will be spaghetti, salad, garlic French bread, and kiwi:

  • Get your ingredients together. The spaghetti will require spaghetti noodles, sauce (I prefer Ragu, super chunky mushroom), any spices you like on your spaghetti (I actually used salt, pepper, and some kind of chicken seasoning because it is so good), and you’ll have a nicer dinner if you also have some garlic French bread on hand.

  • Now, boil some water in a pan. You’ll obviously want a pan that has tall walls (not a sauce pan). You’ll want to fill the water a little under half way. You don’t want the water to boil over.
  • Once the water is boiled, put the noodles in the pan. You may need to slightly turn down the heat on the stove top so that the water doesn’t boil over. You’ll need to slightly adjust the heat every now and then from “HIGH” to “Medium/High” depending upon how fast you want the noodles to cook.
  • You’ll know the noodles are finished cooking when they are tender enough to cut with a fork. Once they are, turn the heat off and strain the water out of the pan into the sink.
  • Put butter in the spaghetti noodles.
  • Heat your sauce in the microwave in a microwave safe dish (or you can heat the sauce on the stove top in a sauce pan).
  • Pour the sauce over the spaghetti inside the pan, unless you think you may have left-overs later. If you do think you’ll have left-overs, make sure you pour the sauce on the noodles after you put your portioned noodles on your plate/in your bowl. The rest of the unused sauce and noodles needs to be stored separately in the fridge. (Keeping them separated until reheated makes the left-over spaghetti taste better.)
  • Once your spaghetti portions are on either your plate or in your bowl, you can add the spices you like.
  • Next, get your salad ingredients together. You’ll at least need green leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and the dressing of your choice. You can add other things to your own salad as well if you wish, such as olives, peppers, cucumbers, etc…
  • Don’t forget to put a serving of fruit on your plate. I chose kiwi.

Below is your meal all finished and ready to eat. Enjoy! :)

I know this meal is super super easy, but I felt like there needed to be a tutorial out there for all of us who hate to cook, but love food and hate to wait to eat it.

Let me know what you think of this tutorial choice I chose for this Tutorial Tuesday this week.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Recent Pins Monday #1: Fashion, Beauty, & Fun in the Sun

Hi My Lovely Readers,

Monday is Recent Pin Day and so below I’ve compiled some of my recent and favorite pins all in one image as a sort of mood board or inspiration collage.

I had a very stressful day at work today, but fortunately we have an amazing team at the newspaper I work at, so we all put our talents together and pulled through. Seems like we always do somehow. I feel like this pin compilation is a reflection of the serenity we all strive for in life. Having fun, feeling alive–it’s what we all want out of life, isn’t it?

Even though the below pins are my most recent, they are not brand new. I haven’t been pinning lately, but you better believe this post will inspire me to do just that. The emotions and messages I get out of this image of pins is a message of a fun time full of girlyness and summer breezes. The dress is the focal point of the outfit one would wear in this little “inspiration board world.” The necklace gives a sense of whimsy and playfulness as do the delicious Eiffel Bon Bons candies. I actually ate those when I was in high school during my semesters of French. They are hands down my favorite candy in the entire world (so far, haha) and if it were allowed {and healthy} I would buy a ton of them and eat them for every meal. As for the photo of Lucy Hale, I pinned her to my “people” board, but I feel more like in this context she has the make-up and hair that would go perfectly with the outfit and the summer day itself.

The swansea beach radio is, of course, perfect for the seaside, keeping along with our fun summer theme. The bright and cheerful pink room in the backdrop gives us a sense of contemporary color schemes mixed with traditional textures, and let’s face it, it’s just to die for. The molding and every detail in the ceiling is magnificent by itself, without even taking into account the rest of the room.

Notice I didn’t exactly mention prices. I felt like the dress and necklace were quite expensive. Therefore, they are only meant to be a jumping-off point. I’m sure there is a more practical and affordable version of them both out there somewhere. I can’t see myself paying hundreds of dollars for one dress, but maybe that’s just me. Go find your own versions in your local thrift stores, clearance sales, and yard sales!

Another thing I wanted to talk to you guys and gals about is that I, along with Derek Brown, have an online creative magazine called Paper Aquarium Magazine. It’s a magazine full of contributed art, photography, and other creative tid-bits. You can check it out here.

Thanks so much, my lovelies, for reading, liking, and commenting. I can’t express how much I appreciate the time you all take out of your busy lives to read my blog entries.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou