2017 Gift Guide! 🎄🎁

Can you believe it’s going to be Thanksgiving this week?!

Excuse me? Has anyone seen 2017?

Anyways, it’s that time of the year when gift giving is a majority of our thoughts and it can be so stressful to find gifts that are meaningful, personal, unique, and of course affordable. Enter this blog post! I thought I could help get some ideas flowing for you gift list and hopefully make it a more fun gifting experience versus the mad dash for gifts that you aren’t very excited to give.  This is the time of the year that we can give thanks to those we know and to those in need and it should be inspiring!

Handmade crochet goodies from Frankly Hooked! 

Tannith makes the cutest crochet hats, blankets, cowls, and custom order items! Check out her IG to see more of the custom dreams she’s made come true!

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Custom + Gorgeous jewelry by VagabondSupplyCo

I have so many rings from Julie and I have to say, they are amazing. Everyone compliments them!  Beautiful jewelry with incredible quality.

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ReZip Eco-Friendly Bags

I love these ReZip bags!  I have been making a conscious effort to use less plastic and these have helped so much.  The bags are made out of food safe materials with NO BPA or harsh chemicals waiting to leech into your food.  They come in so many sizes and are durable, dishwasher safe, and really are an amazing gift.  Something people will never know they need but LOVE that you introduced them!

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dōTERRA wellness

Essential oils are such a great gift to give someone!  They are personal, meaningful, and so POWERFUL! dōTERRA is not only an amazing company, but provides certified pure therapeutic grade oils and supplements to unlock lives!  dōTERRA has radically changed my life and I’d love to help you see that power unlocked for yourself or a loved one or friend! With any purchase you get an hour session with me to maximize essential oils in your life!

You can find out more about essential oils here. You can also read more in depth about essential oils here! If you’re ready to buy, let me know or use my dōTERRA website!

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Lightbox with letters!

I love this little thing! It’s just so cute, would be perfect for anyone’s office, home, or dorm! Available here at Target. 

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Candylab Wooden Cars

Lois got me a Candylab wooden station wagon and trailer last month and I LOVE IT. It’s so adorable, super fun, and just so dang cute!  This would be a perfect gift from a child to adult and looks stylish and innovative!

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Well I hope those ideas get your brain churning with some new ideas! Comment below with what gifts you’ll be making or giving this year!

xxx

GFK

The Christmas Round-UP

Surprise Surprise I blew the 12 days of Christmas blog challenge. BUT – as soon as I landed in Denver, I hit the ground running. It was the most filled, fun, and best holiday I have had in years! Roll the Photos!

Worst flight out ever.
Worst flight out ever.
Biggest Gingerbread house EVER.
Biggest Gingerbread house EVER.
Filled in that Dragon by Alisha Rice @alisharice
Filled in that Dragon by Alisha Rice @alisharice
MMMMM. Green Chili.
MMMMM. Green Chili.
Moar Gingerbreads.
Moar Gingerbreads.
Even MOAR Gingerbreads.
Even MOAR Gingerbreads.
Dim Sum with ma bhuds.
Dim Sum with ma bhuds.
Afternoon Tea with Dad and Cym
Afternoon Tea with Dad and Cym
Tea Roof.
Tea Roof.
Arizona Ricecakes in the fur and blood. @arizona_ricecakes
Arizona Ricecakes in the fur and blood. @arizona_ricecakes
Krampus Tags.
Krampus Tags.
Blitzkrieg & Me.
Blitzkrieg & Me.
Making mints with Lori.
Making mints with Lori.
Nita's Mass Book.
Nita’s Mass Book.
Look I got my Wish!!!
Look I got my Wish!!!
Fammmmily.
Fammmmily.
Palestinian Eggs.
Palestinian Eggs.
New running swag.
New running swag.
New pics + new LG photo printer.
New pics + new LG photo printer.

BEST HOLIDAY EVER!

XXX
GFK

3rd Post of Christmas

Five people you want to spend Christmas with:

1. Family (GA-DUH) – I’ll miss MiniMe a lot this year though and my old Polish family (sigh).

2. The Ugly Tribe
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3. Alexander Skarsgård “shhhaawwwwwing!”

Alexander Skarsgård

4. Windhand to play tunes in the background

5. Alas. All the departed elders go here. G-ma, Nita, Jerry, Grandpa Dan, and Grandpa Connelly. Tears.

12 Days of Christmas Challenge


Okay so I needed a small challenge to get back in the saddle of daily blogging. Mary over at Secret Obsession (from the October Daily Challenge I did) was smart and creative enough to host a 12 Days of Christmas blogging challenge. I think since there is a few more than 12 days left in the month I’ll go ahead and just start this challenge now!


6 THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR THIS CHRISTMAS:

1. Being able to go to Denver and spend Christmas with my friends and family.
2. My job – I am one of the few that is actually doing what I went to school to do.
3. An uncompromised future – I’m gonna keep doing what makes me that authentic self.
4. Sobriety – the BEST gift I ever gave myself.
5. The Ugly Tribe.
6. Yarn.

I’m BAAAAAAAAAACK.

Sorry for the super huge delay/hiatus here on GFK. I had a wonderful wonderful wonderful trip in Thailand. If you haven’t seen, I was able to upload my photos often onto my Flickr account which you can access on the lower right sidebar. I think maybe I’ll talk in more detail about certain things, but honestly I think some of my favorite photos will highlight my best vacation moments. I just want to stress that my little sister was just a wonderful host/tour guide/honorary Thai. We have already agreed on future travels together because we just had such a blast traveling. Sister-win!

I think I’ll do some bullets about general descriptors too:

Shopping – EPIC. I mean Thailand is right next to China, so the amount of ‘stuff’ to buy is just unreal. I ended up with a real leather Tokidoki purse, tons of Hello Kitty merch, a “LV” wallet, loads of awesome tees, some fun knickknacks/trinkets. We went to two giant nice malls. I’m not kidding like 8 stories of shops. We also went to a more ‘bazaar’ shopping place called JJ Market that was phenomenal. That was where I got my “LV” wallet for 450 Thai Baht (around $12).

Food – NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. Obviously Thai food is delectable. However, the whole choosing what to eat made this kind of hard. See – when you think of Thailand as ‘street-food’ wealthy, you must also acknowledge that a lot of that street food is not being how shall I say….. used/rotated out/disposed of. My sister lived in a more ‘residential’ Thai neighborhood (no tourists AT ALL) and I noticed after a few days that the food was not moving. Raw chicken/beef/mystery meat just sat there day after day. MMMMMMMMMM NO. Now at the Krabi Beach Resort the Thai lady could cook some EPIC food. I was obsessed with a chicken, pepper, onion, and cashew dish (drool). Other than dishes like that I ate yogurt from 7/11 and loads and loads of coffee and candy. We did get food poisoning on Thanksgiving from a ‘boil your own’ meal place. I guess we did not boil the wontons right? (BERRRF) Plus the eggs were ‘gamey’ or funky all the time. It was interesting and unfortunately I did not acquire a taste for the funk egg.

Thai peeps – INCREDIBLY NICE. I love Thai people. They are so accommodating and lovely.

Weather – HOT. It was even the ‘nicer’ months, but it was always 90+ degrees and very humid. I wore jeans/yoga pants the entire time and it wasn’t unbearable. I always had a sweaty sheen on me though – it complimented the smell of sunscreen that permeated off my body 24/7.

Sunset in Krabi. Gorgeous.
Sunset in Krabi. Gorgeous.
At the Krabi Beach Resort.
At the Krabi Beach Resort.
Iced Coffee - What makes Thailand Work.
Iced Coffee – What makes Thailand Work.
I LOVE this brand. I'm on a hunt here in the States now.
I LOVE this brand. I’m on a hunt here in the States now.
The Grand Palace.
The Grand Palace.
Gold Leaf Art work at the Grand Palace.
Gold Leaf Art work at the Grand Palace.
MMMM. Mister Donut.
MMMM. Mister Donut.
The Bus. Funny because to get on and off is quite the ordeal. You have to make sure you are standing in the street ready to run!
The Bus. Funny because to get on and off is quite the ordeal. You have to make sure you are standing in the street ready to run!
Gorgeous Dusk Temple.
Gorgeous Dusk Temple.
Ferry ride from one side of river to the other.
Ferry ride from one side of river to the other.
Aran Bpom and I after my tattoo.  He was such a 'G'.
Aran Bpom and I after my tattoo. He was such a ‘G’.

The only ‘downer’ parts of my trip were about 8 hours of food poisoning (it happened at night so it was not a waste of time), the flight to/from Bangkok – I discovered that I definitely have circulation problems in my ankles/legs which was scary when I think of my age/lifestyle.

The verdict. Thailand is amazing. There is something about it that just immediately hooks you. I will most assuredly get back there at some point.

CALENDAR ROLL CALL!

Well it’s that time of year where I spend painstaking hours shooting ridiculous scenes of my animals to fill a 12 month desk calendar with the utmost joy. You can get your very own Ugly Tribe 2014 Desk Calendar by simply requesting one! That’s right I am so amazing that I’m giving them away! Woah! If you’re not convinced you need one immediately please take a look at the 2012 Ugly Tribe Desk Calendar here.

To request simply leave a comment here and/or email me at brianna.connelly@gmail.com

Halloween 2013
Halloween 2013

GFK Weekend Round Up SANS Tornado

Well I had a great weekend! It’s my last one here in Chicago before I leave for Thailand on Saturday!!! (WHAT TIME FLEW BY!) On Saturday I got a new iPhone 5s for my trip/life. Ever since I updated my 4s to iOS 7 it was just so slow and the battery would not even last for a few hours. The upgrade came at a good time because I’ll be able to use this new one on my trip as my primary camera.

Anyhoo. I met up with an old Mullen (my high school) buddy who recently relocated to Chicago and finally got to eat the November burger at Kuma’s Corner – the immortalized SLEEP burger. Pretty much it is a ‘Thanksgiving style burger’ with cranberry, gravy, turkey burger, topped with tempura fried stuffing and sage leaves.

The Sleep Burger
The Sleep Burger

Yesterday I accidentally got into the holiday spirit… I know what you’re thinking – “But Bree it’s only the middle of November!” I know I know. BUT Since I’ll be gone for Thanksgiving I had to set up and shoot all the photos for my annual Ugly Tribe Calendar this weekend. That meant I got to buy/set up a tree – I didn’t get to decorate at all last year so this year is gonna get nuts.

My blue/green candy cane tree.
My blue/green candy cane tree.
Baby Boris's first ornament THANKS AUNT LORI!
Baby Boris’s first ornament THANKS AUNT LORI!
Spotted at BigLots!
Spotted at BigLots!

Then being such a coconut milk/almond milk enthusiast I was super super excited when I saw that this year there are even more holiday/seasonal flavors for the non-bovine ‘milk’ drinkers. So far – So Delicious is winning by miles and miles.

BARF.
BARF.
CRACK HOLIDAY JUICE
CRACK HOLIDAY JUICE
I bought these awesome slippers at BigLots! SORRY I'M NOT SORRY!
I bought these awesome slippers at BigLots! SORRY I’M NOT SORRY!

In terms of CRAFTS! I know it’s seemed a little dry here lately. BUT I’m gift making so I can’t very well put up photos of people’s future gifts. But do note that I finally bought the contrast color for my sweater and have been marathon knitting gifts so once I can give those gift I’ll post all the photos here. I did manage to use the sewing machine extensively last night/yesterday afternoon during the Chicago Tornado watch 2013.

STITCH WITCHERY. From now on what I will call my sewing crafts.
STITCH WITCHERY. From now on what I will call my sewing crafts.
Stars for a GIVEAWAY Holiday door panel!!! Get excited!!!
Stars for a GIVEAWAY Holiday door panel!!! Get excited!!!
Epic PRO patch job on werk pants. Just look at that reinforced stitch witchery.
Epic PRO patch job on werk pants. Just look at that reinforced stitch witchery.
These will be made at some point.
These will be made at some point.
Then here is a shot from the Calendar Shoot....
Then here is a shot from the Calendar Shoot….

It was a super busy, but fun weekend – Now on to the busy week before I jetset to Thailand on Saturday!

Godspeed!
xxx
GFK

Ghostface GOALS.

What are your goals and dreams for the future? You can share to us your dream house, dream workplace, or even your bucketlist before you turn 25!

Well since I am over 25, I’ll just ignore that part of today’s October Challenge prompt. I can tell you some dreams for my future though. In no particular order:

1. Be the authentic me – always. Never compromise myself again – for anyone.

2. Get a little professional with GHOSTFACEKNITTER. Meaning gain 5x more followers by next year for example – that sounds like a challenge to me – CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

3. Be tattooed by the greats – by as many well known and unknown artists around the world. Valerie Vargas, Dan Smith, Grime, Jher, Tim Lehi, Walter McDonald, DestroyTroy, Mario Desa, Alexander Grim, Liam Alvy, Jordan Teear, Danielle Rose…. Here are some photos of a few of these amazing artists.

Medusa head by Valerie Vargas
Medusa head by Valerie Vargas
Grime Hand Skull
Grime Hand Skull
By Jher (Mr. 451)
By Jher (Mr. 451) If you live in Denver please go see him
Walter's Facemelting awesomeness.
Walter‘s Facemelting awesomeness.
Alexander Grim. It's just so epic I can't look away. I also tried to source it back this was the farthest.
Alexander Grim. It’s just so epic I can’t look away. I also tried to source it back this was the farthest.

In the books for 2013: Dusty Neal at Black Anvil, Alisha Rice at Th’ink Tank Tattoo, and Ajarn Bpom Monk in Thailand. (You can check out that link to see the actual Monk tattooing with bamboo shoots.)

Dusty Neal
Dusty Neal
WIP sleeve by Ms. Alisha Rice
WIP sleeve by Ms. Alisha Rice
Ajarn Bpom Sak Yant Tattoo Master
Ajarn Bpom Sak Yant Tattoo Master

4. Meet as many crafters/knitters as I can. I seriously love meeting other craft artists. I get along with them and I just have so much fun being able to seriously ask another person if I should hoard yarn now or risk waiting for a sale?

5. Here’s the one I just can’t let go of: Get my PhD. What’s that you say? Dr. Ghostfaceknitter has a nice ring? I know. It’s something I have always thought about whether jokingly or not. It would require the most time and dedication of anything I have ever pursued – but most things that are worth having require that don’t they?

6.Travel! On deck in 2013 alone: Des Moines for knitting at MIDWEST KNITFEST with Jen at MakeXdo. Thailand to visit my MINI ME. Denver for the holidays to celebrate OG style.

7. I just really can’t stress NEVER COMPROMISING AGAIN.

I’m excited I switched gears in my life – actually I got on an entirely different road – and am able to get the most out of me and in doing so, give back to others. I’m stoked to be a part of this blogging world, knitting/crafting communities, helping with the Elders, loving life, loving my family and friends, and for the first time in YEARS loving me.

xxxxx
future Dr. GFK.
*drop mic out*