The Time Has Come

I have posted over 1,800 posts over the last 5 years. I’ve shared things I love, a few things I utterly hated, my life’s ups and a few downs. I’ve had amazing experiences, opportunities and I’ve met some WONDERFUL people along the way. Who knew my blogging life would flourish as much as it did? Or that I would blog for this long?

The time has come for me to say goodbye.

Goodbye

It is time for me to end this blog officially. I’ve taken more hiatuses this  year than I ever did (I remember a time when I couldn’t imagine not posting even when I was on vacation) and I’ve felt that the time is right to let I Am DWJ/The Art of Accessories go. I think I will always be @theaofa in my heart but I don’t feel the need to post here anymore. Things are so different from when I started blogging 5 years ago and I’m okay letting others do what I don’t want to anymore. Who knows what I may do in the future or if I will blog again. I’ve learned to never say never.

Maybe it is because I’ve gotten older, my focus has shifted a bit, or perhaps I just have been delaying the inevitable. Either way, I thank you for reading this blog even if it was just a single post or if you’ve read them all. I have loved every single comment, email, contest I’ve thrown and photo I’ve taken for this blog. I’ve learned a lot about myself, what I want in life, where I want to go and how to get there. And without this blog a lot of those realizations wouldn’t have been possible.

It isn’t like this is a complete goodbye or that I’m disappearing forever. You can always find me posting my pictures to Flickr and Instagram. I’m sure I will continue to tweet silliness and share more things I love via Twitter, and you never know I might actually care about Google Plus one day. And maybe now that I’ve stopped blogging I will restock my Etsy store this fall, we shall see. Even though this is farewell here, I hope you will continue to stay in touch and that we will still be friends because you’ve made my life so much richer. But for now, I want to sit at home, cook, knit and not worry about blogging or what my next post will be. I think it is definitely a time for me to move on.

Thanks again for reading and I will miss you – so keep in touch!

Always stay colorful,
DWJ

P.S. If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve moved all of my blog over to a free wordpress site so I can keep it live for however long I’d like. Feel free to read the archives.

Baby Blankets Galore

This week I finished my 11th baby blanket since I started knitting 2 years ago – 2 years ago! And I’m about to cast on my 13th blanket in a few days. I wanted to learn how to knit for years and finally took the plunge 2 years ago and have been pleasantly surprised by how much I love it and how easily I taken to it.
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I started an Etsy shop and let the listings expire because I actually get better business via personal referrals. This last blanket was commissioned by a friend for her sister-in-law. Typically when someone wants a blanket, or if I’m making one as a baby shower gift I just ask the colors and then do my thing.
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My girlfriend told me pink and grey were the colors, I added a bit of white and decided since the pink was such a wonderfully saturated color (Hello, Caron Simply Soft in Neon Pink) I could do a simple garter stitch striped blanket. No fancy techniques, no crazy stitch patterns, just simple knit stitches but in alternating colors and widths for stripes. I even did a little color blocking and mixed up stripes between pink and white. I was also surprised at home much positive feedback the simply stitched blanket received on Instagram.
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I also recently completed this honeycomb stitch blanket as a gift for my girlfriend who is having a baby boy. She told me her nursery colors would be mossy green, light blue and a light yellow. I tried to figure out a way to capture her colors and still make the blanket interesting.
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That’s when I stumbled upon the honeycomb stitch and decided a multicolored polka dot blanket was going to be my next task. I thought it would be daunting but it turned out to be so easy! So much so that I want a version for myself in full size – although that would take so much more time than a baby blanket!
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I know because it took me two months to finish this simple double seed stitch blanket for a coworker who was moving across country. All in all I think that baby blankets are my favorite things to knit. The recipients are so worthy of something soft and snuggly infused with a bit of my love while I knit – how could I not love making baby blankets? So as I get more pregnant girlfriends and more private orders/requests I’ll keep on knitting them. If you’re interested, you can take a look at almost everything I’ve knitted in the past 2 years via Flickr and if you’re interested in me making something for you, send me an email at knitting at iamdwj.com.

Making a House a Home

Hi! I’m back! I’ve taken a nice long hiatus and I finally feel up to blogging again. Sometimes we all need a vacation. I thought I’d share a few of the pictures I snapped on my cell phone this weekend since I repainted the first floor of my house! You may remember seeing colorful splashes of my house before.
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Like the very bold orange wall that I used to take outfit photos in front of, this was in my kitchen. I also had the wall covered in framed prints of vintage travel posters for cities my husband and I have gone to together. Well…the pumpkin orange, apple green and butter yellow days are gone!
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After 7 years of bright and colorful I decided I wanted a bit more serene but still bold color palette of teal, mocha and mint. That’s right, mint! My ceilings aren’t white, they’re a lovely shade of mint that really pops with the teal.
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We also added some stripes to the entry way along with new striped Flor carpet tiles. My favorite carpet tiles have to be the ones we added in the living room.
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We picked out Hide & Batik in Quartz by Flor and love the color palette and the cool pattern. I’ve got a few more changes and updates to make and I’ll share those soon but I’ve been so excited and in love with my new living room I had to share it now. And thanks for still reading!

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In my happy place, surrounded by color. Going to repaint the house this summer!
I’ve been unusually quiet here on the blog lately but 1. I haven’t had much that I’ve felt like writing about 2. I’m working on things for myself. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of of beauty things I could talk about (I’ve been obsessed with the new formulas of Milani lipsticks and in deep love with Bite Beauty matte lipsticks) but that would require me taking photographs and making an effort to blog – and I just don’t want to do that right now. I’ve got travel for weddings, new babies to visit and projects all around my house that I need to begin (going to redo the entire house this summer). Eventually I will begin to pick my camera back up and snap pics and share with you guys but for now you may not see much at all.

10 Years & Counting

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Someone once told me that when you find the person you are meant to spend the rest of your life with you’ll know it, a moment will present itself. My moment was presented to me 13 years ago on Saturday, May 13, 2000. My friend of 4 years caught me by surprise and kissed me for the first time. He even said to me, “when are you going to realize I’m the man you’re supposed to marry.” In that moment, in that kiss I knew I would spend the rest of my life with him. In that moment I saw a life full of love, hope and possibility with just that man. Three years after that first kiss, 10 years ago today we got married and sealed our lives together with another kiss full of love, hope and even more possibility.
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I’m so very lucky to have found the love of my life so early. Through thick and thin, in sickness and in health over the last ten years my husband has truly shown me what it means to be partners in life. People ask us a lot why we seem so happy or what’s our secret.  All I know is every day I try to tell him/show him that I love him. Every day there is laughter in my life. Every day I’m so thankful to wake up next to him. Every day I’m not afraid to give love or accept love. Every day I’m with him I know I become a better version of myself. There’s no secret, every day isn’t perfect but I know every day I wouldn’t want to be with anyone other than him. Happy anniversary, my love.

Statue Quest | Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial

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Can we talk about the gorgeousness that is the Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial? My husband is a runner and runs a lot of trails around the area and he saw this memorial in Lady Bird Johnson Park but didn’t know what it was for so we decided to stop to check this one off on our statue quest.
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This memorial honors the American sailors and marines killed at sea during World War I and was completed in 1934.
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It’s a memorial that’s off the beaten path for me but so unexpectedly beautiful. I also loved all of the red tulips surrounding the memorial.
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I couldn’t find much online about the memorial but it was definitely a beautiful gem off of the GW Parkway.