Sunday, October 2, 2016

Welcome to the Blog, 15 Random Facts about Me

Welcome to my new blogging adventure. Thank you so much for stopping by. If you are following me from my previous blog, She Knits in Pearls, welcome back. I'm so glad to have you with me again. If you are new to me and my blogging, welcome. I'm very happy to have you here.

     I thought it would be a fun way to welcome you all by telling you a little about me. It's quite hard to write a little bio trying to condense who I am and what I'm all about into something easy to read. Honestly, if you're here, chances are that you already know a little about me from either my Instagram @raven_rose_retro or on Facebook as Cherry Darling (name will be changing soon). So, I thought I'd share some random facts you may not know about me. Let's get started.....

1. I was born and raised in Alaska. Ok, so that's not exactly shocking or new news but for those who may not know, it's a really big part of who I am. Until a month ago, I had lived there my whole life and it really impacts how I see and experience the rest of the world. Alaska will always be my home, even if I am not currently living there.

2. I "ugly cry", I mean really blubber, when a character I love, on TV dies. Sometimes, hysterically and for days. Example, when Opie from Sons of Anarchy died, I cried for days. Every time I saw his face on a commercial or they showed flashbacks, for a solid week I cried. At first, Ian thought it was cute, by day 4 he was over it.

3. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a "Daddy" when I grew up. My mom still has a little book that my kindergarten class put together of what all the kids said when asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up". As you can imagine, most of the answers were "nurse", "fireman", or a superhero but I said a "Daddy". Gender roles and rules be damned!

4. I was "Goth" in high school. Oh, it kills me that I don't have any photographic evidence to show of my awesome goth days. Unfortunately, I was a teenager in the early 90's ( class of '94) in a time before selfies, cell phones, and social media so the few pictures I have are either long since lost, or packed away in boxes that won't be unpacked for quite some time. I've never been attracted to mainstream fashion trends and have been experimenting with alternative fashions for close to 30 years. I think I've finally found what suits me best and feels the most true. However, I look very fondly on my past fashions. It's been an interesting progression.

5. I have no idea how many tattoos that I have.... Really, every time I try to count, I get a different number. Plus, some are additions to others and they are now all starting to blend together. Then there are the small random ones that I completely forget that I have until I catch a glimpse of them in a mirror. The one thing I do know is that I am not done yet and may never be done.

6. I've had 3 spinal surgeries and countless procedures on my spine and effected nerves. My first surgery was roughly 10 years ago when I ruptured a disc in my neck. The doctors warned me that once you start fusing discs, others will follow suit. Three years ago, I had my second fusion in my lumbar area which has left me unable to work and in chronic pain. In order to alleviate some of the chronic pain, I had my 3rd spinal surgery a few months ago. This time, I had a portion of a thoracic disc removed and a paddle filled with electrodes put in it's place. These electrodes are attached to a battery pack implanted into my hip. The whole set up is to send electronic signals to my brain that are strong enough to override the pain signals being sent to my brain. It's not working exactly how I would like it to yet and I'm still in daily chronic pain. However, I have hope that with tweaking we will finally be able to get the coverage and pain management I need.

7. I spent more money on makeup "for" my wedding, than I spent on my wedding dress. In my defense, I was in a makeup rut and had been using all of the same products for years. It was time to try out some new products and techniques. I used to love playing with makeup and it has been very nice to rediscover that passion. I don't in the least feel bad about this. Makeup I'll wear (almost) every day; my wedding dress, not so much.

8. While perfection my "wedding makeup look", I became completely addicted to makeup tutorials and reviews on Youtube. The wedding was almost 2 months ago and I still can't stop watching them. I've even created my own Youtube Channel and have been really enjoying making videos and brainstorming new ideas.

9. My favorite Ice Cream flavor is "Butter Pecan", with Cookie Dough in close second. I can't stand mint chocolate chip or rocky road. Marshmallows don't belong in ice-cream.

10. My favorite social media hashtag is #spooniepinup. Just because I have a chronic pain condition and am partially disabled with nerve damage in my legs doesn't mean I can't be a wonderful vintage loving pinup on occasion. I also think it's important to show others that disability or illness should not stand in your way from being who you are or want to be. My condition is usually invisible so on my last photo shoot I made it a point to photo me with my cane. Hoping to show and inspire others to not let anything stand (pun intended) in your way.

11. When I'm truly angry or upset I get physically ill. It may have something to do with my anxiety disorder, I don't know. However, I have been so upset about something/someone that I get a stomach ache, nauseated and have even thrown up before. It's really not fun. Try debating an important topic but not being able to articulate your points because you have to excuse yourself to go be sick. Ick!

12. My all time favorite outfits are ones that I have made. Usually, it's a combination of a me-made skirt and a hand knit top or cardigan. It's a great creative expression and I can build up my dream wardrobe with breaking the bank. Plus, there's no better feeling than when someone complements your outfit and you get to say, "Thank you, I made it".

Hand sewn skirt, made with vintage 1940's fabric and one of my favorite knit cardigans.

Another me-made skirt and hand knit cardigan.

This time with a knit sweater top and home-made skirt. Some day I hope to have at least 80% of my wardrobe me made.

13. My childhood nicknames were "Bugs" and "Pumpkin Butt". My aunty still calls me "Bugs" and it makes me smile every time. Each time she say's I,t it's like she's saying "I love you". Occasionally, my mom still calls me "Punkin" and that puts a smile on my face too.

14. Last year, my mom and I started an Etsy Shop, Lacey Rose Creations. We've been on "vacation" for the last few months while I made the move from Alaska to Nevada and are now working hard to open back up. In the next week or two we will have a bunch of new merchandise listed. We love being crafty together and are really enjoying working on the shop together.

Last, but not least.....

15. Before I left Alaska, I competed in and won the first ever North Pole, Alaska Pinup Contest. Once I stopped worrying about "competition" and being the oldest woman involved, I had the most wonderful time enjoying being around other amazing people with similar interests; all focused on just having a good time together.

The competition and car show was right next to Santa Claus House in North Pole so, of course, Santa came to say high. "I've been good Santa, I promise"

This group of ladies were so inspiring and a great joy to be around.

One more, cause it still brings me so much joy. Sorry, not sorry

There you have it, a bit of information about me and who I am. I look forward to sharing more of my life and my loves with all of you. I hope to fill this space with some monthly blog series like "What's in my knitting bag", "Monthly Fave's and Hates", "Never have I ever", and "This is how I...." If that sounds like your cup of tea, I hope you come back.

Be true, be you,