It’s Official

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The new site is ready for business! Which means that this will be my last post here at alleybeth.wordpress.com.

It’s served me well, but I’m very excited to be launching droppingstitches.com!

Unfortunately, the redirect isn’t seamless, so if you’ve subscribed to this blog by way of a reader, you’ll have to subscribe over at the new site since it has a new, separate RSS feed. However, if you follow through Facebook or Twitter, you should be fine.

I’m very excited for the new features that I’ll be able to implement over at the new blog. I know I’ll still be tinkering with things over the next little while as I get things just right, but in the meantime I plan on using the new site exclusively.

So here’s to a new chapter! I’m so thankful for those who’ve followed me thus far and I hope you join me as I make the change!

Well Wishes,
Allison

Dropping Stitches

Ch-ch-change

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That word scares me sometimes. But not today. There are two main things that I’m excited about right now at this very moment. Both of them revolve around a couple of changes.

The first one being that I started my first day at my new school! I graduated from Tulsa Community College this spring with my associates degree. I’ve since transferred to Northeastern State University and my first two classes met today.

I’m excited that I’m able to continue on with my college career. When I first started at TCC I thought that getting my associates would be as far as I would take it, mainly because I was unsure about being able to afford a university education. I was also unsure about how successful I would be at being a college student, there were days that getting my associates degree seemed like a daunting enough task. I’m thankful that a combination of scholarship money and affordability at NSU is making it possible for me to get my bachelors and hopefully someday my masters!

One of the classes I’m taking this semester is Creative Writing. While that doesn’t seem like a hard class to most, it’s a huge step for me! I’ve never considered myself much of a creative writer. Sure, when I was younger I would write poems from time to time. Sometimes I would get it in my head to write a book, only to barely make it through a couple of pages and completely lose steam. I’ve always wanted to be a creative writer but a combination of insecurity and lack of patience always kept me from it. However, I’ve since had a few creative writing assignments in some of my courses and I found that I actually enjoyed them more than I expected.

What really made me decide that I wanted to venture into the realm of creative writing was the one-act play I choose as my class project in my Introduction to Drama class. I picked the one-act play option not as something that would be “easier” than say, a ten-page research paper, but because I wanted to challenge myself to try something I’ve never done before. I ended up loving the assignment, even though it did pull every bit of creative juices that I had to pull it off.

I don’t expect my insecurities to go away, heck, sometimes I feel insecure about what I write on this blog. However, I do hope that taking this course will give me a better idea of who I am as a writer and hopefully help me improve my writing that much more. I really don’t know where I’m going to take my education in the future, or what skills I do have as a writer, but I do want to be the very best writer that I can be (I also want to be a better proof-reader because I think half the challenge of my being a better writer is actually learning how to properly edit my work).

It’s one of the reasons why I started writing this blog. Not only do I get to share things that I find interesting, or in some cases that I take pride in, but it keeps me writing and using words. Writing really is one of those things where you have to practice, practice, practice. Even if you’re a good writer, you still need to use the skill to keep it sharp.

Keeping that in mind, here’s the next change that I’m very excited about. Dropping Stitches is getting its own domain! Thanks to my dad, I now have the domain for Dropping Stitches and I am currently in the process of moving everything over to the new blog!

Ever since I set this blog up I wanted to have my own domain and I’m so excited that I finally do. Eventually this site will become a redirect to the new blog. I’m not sure yet how those of you who subscribe to the blog now will be effected, but I’m hoping it won’t be a very arduous change.

So there you have it, two big changes for me and this blog! They are very exciting changes though, well, for me they are at least! I appreciate those who read this blog and have been so encouraging. My blog holds a special place in my heart, it’s a place that’s uniquely mine and can be whatever I want it to be. It changes as I change and I hope these next changes will be for the better. I just want to say thanks to those who’ve come along for the ride. It’s pretty bumpy sometimes, but I hope it’s been fun thus far! It has for me.

I’ll be sure to keep updating things over the next little while as things move along.

Well Wishes,
Allison

Put a Ring On It

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I adore rings.

I don’t wear much jewelry and most of the time if I do have any jewelry on it is one of my rings. I’m pretty picky about my jewelry, I like to wait and find just the right piece before I’ll spend any money.

I’ve been ring shopping lately. But I’ve come to the conclusion that not just any ring will do. I could go to a lot of places and find pretty, new, rings with some vintage flair. But I want an antique. I love vintage settings and I want the real deal.

I don’t wear much jewelry anyway, so why not go all out and get exactly what I want,¬† right? It will require some patience though, because unlike new rings I can’t just ask if they have my size available, I have to find the right ring and hope it fits. I’ve already gone through heartbreak with a beautiful amethyst ring that I loved but didn’t fit.

I’ve been keeping an eye on rings at estate sales and antique shops, but I’ve also been “shopping” on Pinterest.

Have I mentioned lately that Pinterest has taken over my life?

I’m pretty sure not all of the rings I’ve found on Pinterest are vintage/antique, but they sure are pretty. Anyway, what I’ve found on Pinterest is just to beautiful not to share, so here’s a short list of some of the gorgeous rings I’ve found lately.

This ring was sold at this Etsy shop, which has tons of beautiful pieces, including a whole section of vintage jewelry from the 20′s and 30′s.


I’d never really paid that much mind to opal, but I really love these two pieces and I love the unique look of the opal. Especially the beautiful color of the first!

I adore pearls. This ring has a pearl, therefore, it is perfect. That is all.

I’ve always like the idea of having an engagement ring that was something other than diamond, but if I were to have a diamond engagement ring, I would want something like one of these. Just sayin’.

It would be a hard choice, but I’m pretty sure if I could have any ring in this post, it would most likely be this one. I’ve never seen anything like it before. But it would be a really hard choice.

Hopefully, I’ll find something before too long. But in the mean time I’ll probably just keep pinning rings.

If only pinning things magically made them appear in your closet…

Well Wishes,
Allison

Click on an image to go to it’s Pinterest page with all of the good stuff!