home: break into my house and I will fight back

Sunday, October 14, 2012

IHB visitors know that the "personal" on this blog is only connected to the DIY projects that I bring to my posts. Today, I bring a little "personal" only to warn and prepare my precious readers.
Last week, our home was burglarized during the day and every single piece of jewelry that I was not wearing that day was stolen. Our laptop and iPad, and years of documents and blogging graphics walked right out of the back door.
My best friend reminds me that I need to go through the emotions.  I'm stuck on the "upset" emotion.
I'm not looking for pity and should warn you to avoid coming anywhere near our home in fear of receiving a lunatic woman yelling at you for coming too close. But I do want to share some lessons that our burglar friends left for me (still upset).
Where they looked: every single bedroom drawer, under the bed, spare bedroom drawers, inside my boots, top of my closet, nightstand, office and bathroom drawers. Don't keep your valuables in these spots, and make it a little harder for them to search.
How they got in: screwdriver to our back slider door. They also tried the side garage door. Since then, we have made some serious security changes in these spots.

Some lessons that I take from this:
  • Because we have every single thing we own listed with our insurance agent, I wish I had my jewelry photographed (not on my stolen laptop) for the police. Either way, I only had a few precious pieces and I remember every single one.
  • Serial numbers on electronics are key for tracking stolen merchandise. We have them and although we may not retrieve our items, register these numbers immediately with Apple and Prey Project. You can download an app that tracks your iPad. I wish there was one to make it explode (sorry).
  • Our double pane windows have great locks, but we added wooden sticks to every sliding track. A little inexpensive protection.
  • They probably walked right into our backyard because we don't have a lock on the gate. Now we do.
  • Luckily, these strangers didn't take our passports or social security cards after handling them, but this little experience forced me to put them in a new location. I'm ready for a European vacation at a moment's notice.
  • I had just worked on two files for work the night before and they were in draft form. They're now gone. My only recommendation is Dropbox. Put everything into Dropbox.
  • Suspect everyone. They say it's someone you know but be careful what you share with contractors, what you put on your own blog and what you say to your neighbors.
  • I'm pretty sure that I had personal information on that laptop. Get your bank on the phone ASAP to make sure their guard is up for any suspicious activity (Beverages and More doesn't count this weekend), and make sure you call a credit tracking service like Equifax.
  • Alarm system. Coming in this week.
It's just stuff and we'll be ok. We always bounce back. But if there's anything that I can take away from this little ordeal is to be prepared for earthquakes, floods, death and burglars stealing your stuff!

Still not ok.

home: etsy art highlights alma mater

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Who spends too much time on Etsy? Me too. We should connect.
When I saw the unique and colorful art at the Bugsy and Sprite Etsy store and all of the cities available to choose from, I had the greatest idea (no need to tell me differently here). The only problem was that one small town was not an available option. No problem here because a small ask of the talented artists and I got my college town:
I framed three prints: Chico, Syracuse and Amherst -- the three towns that we went to college. I picked up inexpensive frames at Ikea and added these beauties in our hallway.

craft: how to accordion circles

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The highest form of flattery for this little blogger is a simple, "how did you do that?" Thanks to a comment yesterday asking for details on how to make these circle accordions that I used on this year's Halloween mantel, I want to make sure you learn too.
First you need one (1) sheet of paper cut to the following specifications:
When finished, you will have two (2) 6" x 5 1/2" accordion sheets. Take those two sheets and fold them again, just freehand. Get a good fold there.
Then you need to make these two stay together. I use Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive for all paper products! If the pesky paper gives you trouble, use a staple in the back to keep it together. Glue at the following four places:
Add some jazz to the circles with free printables from online, like the bounty of ideas that I have collected on Pinterest.

inspired honey bee: the etsy edition

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

This post has been in the works for a long time. Last month, I opened the virtual door to the Inspired Honey Bee Etsy shop. With strong support from my friends and family, I'm taking this craft show to the internet and selling custom made projects for any celebration!

Visit me and watch me grow: http://www.etsy.com/shop/InspiredHoneyBee

Thanks for swinging by the blog and now the Etsy editions! I hope to make you proud!

home: welcome october and halloween

Monday, October 1, 2012

California is having some gorgeous weather! This weekend, we enjoyed 80 plus degree weather and we crossed the San Francisco Bridge to Bridge finish line in sunshine! So you can't blame me for not embracing the Fall decor just yet. First comes Halloween and that means my favorite purple, orange and black combo made it up this weekend.
The chalkboard sign is three 12"x12" sheets of black scrapbook paper taped together and a little chalk freehand.
This was my first vinyl project with the Cricut and although it was a little tough to wrap a letter around the round pumpkin surface, it turned out great, even my freehand jack-o-lantern. This way, I can pull off the vinyl after October 31 and work on the Fall mantel.
I really love the look of accordion circles. This Halloween combination was a perfect candidate for the 3-D circles and the graphics are downloads from Paper Squid - for free!