Yarn On the Wall

I honestly don't have any idea how to address what's going on in the world and in this country. I'm not good at that. I choose not to speak about things like that here, and I'm allowed to run my blog like so. There are so many others who can articulate the sadness much better than I. You should read what they say. Stay informed.

Anyway, January is almost over, and I think I'm sticking to this new schedule. Not think, I am. At least for awhile longer. I'm still open to your opinions on the schedule. Let me know.

I spent the weekend working on the new header for this blog, so expect that soon. I had a breakthrough and suddenly missed the tulle and whimsy that took up my life and wardrobe. The new year kind of sucked it out of me, but I need it now more than ever. More whimsy please, and more open windows, and more walks through my quiet town. That's where I'm at mentally, at least. Physically, I'm sitting in my living room, under a blanket, with all of the doors and windows closed. I'm cozy though. It's a compromise. 

I threw this up on the wall (more like spent too much time on it) last week, and it was actually a lot of fun. It's given me some ideas for future art projects. This one is temporary, though I don't know how long it'll stay up at this time. It's still up as I write this. The yarn project was an experiment, and I've been wanting to do more experiments. To be frank, my antidepressant has helped me branch out creatively as well. It's just helped with everything, but I've been following through with more ideas art-wise.

I hope you're all having a creative and/or productive start to the week. End January on a high!

A Vintage Coat & Trendy Fishnets

Look, I had to buy into the fishnet trend. It's so fun, and I've always wondered what it's like to wear a pair. It's odd. I know that now. I'm still going to wear them though.

I put most of this look together, and had no idea how to finish it off until I remembered this gem. This coat belonged to my great-grandmother, and it's usually kept away in one of my parents' closets for safekeeping. I was allowed to wear it a few times as a child, and it still fits the same, which says a lot about how small I actually am, believe it or not. It's incredibly chic and incredibly warm, and I'm afraid to move too much in it, because it's so dear to my mother. I probably won't borrow it again. I'm too clumsy. 

I have a small update to my birth control post. I finally stopped spotting, and I'm in the middle of a full period. I've cancelled the doctor's appointment, because it wasn't an emergency anymore, and I'm on a budget y'all. I'm hoping this means my hormones are finally balancing out. 

That's basically my week so far. That, and drooling over the new couture collections.

Winter Whites, Blog Updates, Cooking

I had to play into the Winter whites trend at least once this year. White coats are gorgeous, but I can never fully commit to one. This coat was borrowed from my mother, because clearly she can commit. The scarf is hers as well, and I was too lazy to remove it. It works with the rest of the look though. As I look at these photos, already edited and in the post, I realize that I really need to hem those pants or something. I'm so bad at pants. This is why I wear dresses most of the time, but I digress.

I finally changed and bought my domain! I've been meaning to for at least a year, but the idea of the process stressed me out, and I kept putting it off. As it turns out, the process was incredibly simple, though I'm in header purgatory right now. I'm figuring it out. "Yachtsmaan" is finally dead though. It didn't represent my adult life (and I shouldn't be confused for a boating enthusiast anymore), and now it's simply my name (Amber, "el" for Elizabeth, and "b" for Baker). It's also the same username I have for everything else. I'm so happy with the change, and the annoyance of the old blog name is finally off of my shoulders. It's a new era for the blog.

On another note, I keep having an urge to learn how to cook. It's another goal I've added to the year, though I began the year with no real goals. Let me state that I actually can cook. I know how to make a good handful of dishes, but I want to learn more. I caught onto cooking shows last year, and I caught the food blog bug. It's all so alluring. This won't turn into a food blog though. I won't even bother photographing it unless I get good. There's no point, right? I kid. I did, however, try a new recipe last week (shrimp scampi), with absolutely no idea how to even cook with wine, and it was a success! That pretty much sealed the deal. 2017 will be the year I become metaphorically softer and a better cook.

Have you come up with any late goals for the year?


It's been a moment since I posted one of these, so why not start the year off with one?

Reading: I received the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for Christmas, but I've only been able to make a small dent into it. It's partially because of time, and partially because I don't want to read it too quickly. Say what you want about JK Rowling "milking the cash cow." I'm personally pretty excited about the wizarding world expanding. I'll take all I can get!

Watching: I've started this year like the last few; by watching an excessive amount of old films. I'm watching one as I type this called "Dames." It's from 1934, and it's bizarre. At the moment, someone has hiccups, and they're acting like he's having a heart attack, and a woman looks just like Olive Oyl, dress and all. What were the thirties? This movie is honestly pretty bad.

Doing: I mentioned earlier this month that I've been delving back into abstract paintings. It's honestly so fulfilling, and I'm happy with what I've painted so far. I'm wishing I could paint on a much larger scale again. I think that's a goal for this year. Honestly, I'm in a state of planning. At least in this very moment. I'm thinking about what I need to do for next week's posts, and I'm thinking about the drying paint a few feet to my right, and I'm thinking that this house is incredibly quiet. I can hear the traffic from the highway outside of town. That probably says a lot about where I live. A quiet little truck stop town, but it's lovely. I'm rambling.

Loving: I've been listening to rain for days, and two of my dogs have been hanging out in sweaters. Belle is going through a phase where she has to be touching me at all times, and I don't mind. I just want to cuddle her all the time. My life practically revolves around my dogs, and I'm perfectly okay with the fact. I swear I always use this part of these posts to talk about my dogs. Sorry, not sorry?

What have you been up to lately?

*Note: My internet crashed before I finished the movie, and I didn't bother pulling it up again. Wasn't worth it.

Soft Like Snow

If I had any kind of resolution in the new year, it was to be a softer person. More empathetic, kinder, and happier in general. I was going to write a whole post on it, but Elizabeth Rose from Waltz & Willow beat me to it (you can read that here), and did a much better job than I ever could.

Softness aside, I'm trying to figure out where to go from here. I think I like this new posting schedule. It was meant to carve out a bit of time for something else, something new, but now I've got to figure out just what that something new is. I want to start taking more miscellaneous photos again. I want to try more recipes. I want to do a lot of things. Where to start?

I've changed the background color of this blog too many time this month. I can't settle on just one shade. It was baby blue at the end of last week, as a slight homage to the films I've watched lately. It's a lovely wine shade right now, because I love wine, because I think it feels sophisticated and romantic, but I don't know how long I'll like a dark background. I tried all white last week as well, but it was too empty. What do you think? What's your opinion on the Yachtsmaan background? I'd really like to know.

Of course, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I rounded mine off in pajamas, binge-watching House Hunters International with wine. It couldn't have been more stereotypical or lovely. The weather has been rainy, and there hasn't been much light (hence the photos), but it's been cozy. What did you do this weekend? Let me know that too!

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