F@#K YOU Saturn!

I have some very exciting life news.  If you didn’t know, I’ve been unemployed for some time.  It’s been a trying couple of years, but going through that hardship seems fine now since if I had a job I wouldn’t have heard about my dream position!  That’s right, I landed a dream job.  I can’t really tell you exactly what it is, but I can say it’s working in an industry I feel passionate about and I’m completely stoked.  I’ll be getting paid to do a lot of what I already love to do.  Plus, I’ll be relocating back to San Francisco.  (Any SF Bay Area peeps, keep an eye out for cheap rooms for rent for me, please!)  My horrible Saturn Return seems to be coming to an end!  I should throw a F U Saturn Return party.

I made my first meme!

So in the amount of time since I got the job and actually started the job (my first day hasn’t started yet), I’ve been able to relax and delve into projects I’ve been wanting to do for some time including making this brooch display.


I had the frame waiting for some time.   I just stapled on some black velvet (snipped from a dress I found at a thrift store for $1) to the cardboard frame backing, stuffed some polyfill in there, stapled it up, and hung it.  Now I got a pretty place to store my brooches.  They were taking up space in my jewelry box, especially with a recent inheritance of some of my grandmother’s pins, plus I like being able to look at them.


Last night I did my nails while watching the Colbert Report on Hulu, and Gold Rush on Netflix (don’t ask me why I got sucked into watching that reality show, yikes).  It was the first time I tried painting my nails all fun and crazy with toothpicks.  They definitely came out messy, but here’s my attempt at Halloween nails:


Yep, super messy, but it’s my first try.  One of those nails is supposed to be a pumpkin, another a spider web, ha ha!   Oh well, I tried.  I’m pretty happy with the way my bats and spiders came out, so I’ll maybe just go for that next time.

AND, last but not least I’ve been adding more and more items to my etsy shop, knowing I may not have as much time to list what’s still in my stock once I start working, making the move, etc.   Here’s a look at what I’ve listed:

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1970s princess wrap hooded trench

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1970s white gauzy embroidered maxi dress

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1950s blue wiggle dress with unique collar

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1970s embroidered tunic dress


Vintage Louis Vuitton Key Case Wallet


Vintage Men’s Christian Dior driving gloves


vintage I. Magnin NOS pajamas


Vintage 50s pajama set

AND I even listed some rings I made out of vintage casino poker chips. What do you think?


Fleur de Lis poker chip ring


Bulldog poker chip ring

I also have a DIY coat I’ve been dying to share with you, but that’ll have to wait until I take some proper outfit photos.  Surely this has been enough of a pic overload.  If you want to support me and my moving costs, consider a purchase from my etsy shop.  As a celebration of my new life path I’m having a 10% off sale with the coupon code:  FUSATURN

As always, thanks for reading!




    I wish you all the very best in your new job, and don´t forget about bringing inspiration and joy to our lives.

  2. Charmaine

    Oh man, that’s awesome! I am so happy for you, and excited to hear about your dream job. Best of luck!

  3. Jan

    I’m stealing your brooch display idea and turning it into a button display. At last I’ll be able to use all those funny buttons I’ve bought on eBay but am too embarassed to wear.

  4. Jessica Cangiano

    I’m over-the-moon happy for you, Mary! Huge congrats on landing your new job! I hope that it’s everything and more you hope it will be.

    Love everything here, especially your wonderful brooch collection and those seriously cool poker chip rings.

    ♥ Jessica

  5. Hannah

    Congratulations Mary, you really deserve to have your dream job! That brooch display is awesome, as are those nails, you have inspired me to do mine! xxx

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