Carving the Elfmas Watermelon

December 02, 2015

Carving the Elfmas Watermelon I may have created a new yearly tradition.

As usual, I had grand plans for Halloween. In my head, I can always get everything done. In real life, I can never accomplish all the things that seem so doable in my mind. Typically,… more

The Sawyerfresh holiday playlist

December 01, 2015

The Sawyerfresh holiday playlist One way I keep my spirits high during the holidays.

Like many others, I get a little down in the dumps around the holidays. To keep myself from getting beat down by the negatives I associate with this time of year, I focus on the… more

Amping up Meteor Watching Day

June 30, 2015

Amping up Meteor Watching Day with some planet watching.

All things space related kind of freak me out. Don’t get me wrong, I find topics like space, time and the universe highly intriguing. I’ve spent a good number of evenings having discussions on such… more

World Museum Day 2015

May 18, 2015

World Museum Day 2015 A visit to the Tampa Museum of Art to check out some Rockwell.

Norman Rockell, when I used to think of him, I would think of idealized suburban culture. I would think of happy families and freckle faced kids,Christmas gatherings and baseball games. The term “All-American” would… more

National Train Day 2015

May 09, 2015

National Train Day 2015 Second year and officially a tradition in my life.

Another year, another National Train Day in one of Tampa’s prettiest little buildings.

A perk of celebrating Train Day in Tampa is that our train station is absolutely beautiful. Now, I am a… more

An evening of art and lucha

May 05, 2015

An evening of art and lucha The only time I’ve ever gone out on Cinco de Mayo and it was good, really good.

Cinco de Mayo, one of the few holidays who’s festivities I am not typically eager to participate in. It’s in there with Valentine’s Day and is much like St. Patrick’s Day except there’s neither emphasis… more

May Day 2015

May 01, 2015

May Day 2015 Some flowers and good cheer. Making simple and sweet cool again.

I first learned of May Day back in 2008, during my first year of teaching. The holiday has been around for WAY longer, but fizzled out of tradition before I was even born. I… more

Honesty Day 2015

April 30, 2015

Honesty Day 2015 Making Connections: Sometimes you need to feed your soul, not your ego.

“Making connections”, a phrase I have heard many times in my life. It’s a phrase that makes me cringe a bit, not because it’s a bad thing, but because of how people choose to define… more

St. Patrick’s Day 2015

March 14, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day 2015 Another lovely River O’ Green in Tampa.

St. Patrick’s Day is such an anomaly in my festive world. I’m not Irish and I don’t drink. By all accounts one wouldn’t think I’d be such a fan of the holiday. It has two… more

Celebrating Kite Flying Day 2015

January 11, 2015

Celebrating Kite Flying Day 2015 with an adorable mini-kite, of course.

Today, I missed the big Uttarayan celebration and all the kite flying joy that came with it. Rather than being discouraged about not being able to take part, I made the best of the… more

Burning away the negativity

January 01, 2015

Burning away the negativity and making room for more positive.

2014, it’s been a year. I made some wonderful memories this year, but have also formed some not-so-hot ones…to say the least. I’ve always known that without experiencing the bad, a person cannot appreciate the… more

How to decorate for Elfmas

December 25, 2014

How to decorate for Elfmas Make most of it yourself.

Elves make things, so when decorating for Elfmas, it is custom to create many of the decorations yourself. As stated in the Introduction to Elfmas, those who aren’t “crafty” can still participate. It’s more… more

Introduction to Elfmas

December 24, 2014

Introduction to Elfmas Bringing thoughtfulness and creativity to the holidays.

I have always celebrated Christmas, merely because it was tradition. When I say Christmas, I’m referring to the holiday with the toys, the tree, elves and Santa. I am not referring to the religious holiday.… more

Talk about design…

November 05, 2014

Talk about design… This building is amazing, even after almost 90 years.

Carousel No. 4 was the kick-off of Tampa Design Week 2014. In my opinion, it couldn’t have started in a more fitting venue.

A few months back, I wrote a post after walking… more

A Halloween Month for the Books

November 01, 2014

A Halloween Month for the Books 31 days filled with holiday spirit.

When people talk about spreading “the holiday spirit”, they typically refer to Christmas spirit. I get it, the whole good will and cheer bit. Why on Earth people only say that for a holiday instead… more

Going old-school for Halloween

October 31, 2014

Going old-school for Halloween Set a personal record for costume making.

I don’t recall wearing completely store-bought Halloween costumes growing up. Sure, pieces may have been purchased, but the bulk of each costume was usually homemade. I may have had one at some point, but it… more

Looks like October is also Craft Month

October 12, 2014

Looks like October is also Craft Month Well, just for me anyways.

With October starting, I knew I’d be busting out some of my crafting skills for costumes. So far, I haven’t done much costuming, but have been doing many more crafts than usual.

It started… more

R-E-S-P-E-C-T (DAY)

September 18, 2014

R-E-S-P-E-C-T (DAY) This is what it means to me.

Today is Respect Day, so here’s my take on it…

Respect is central in my world and is a huge factor in how I function. It is the cornerstone of any relationship I establish, whether… more

When Life Gives You Lemons

August 20, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons You celebrate Lemonade Day.

Today was Lemonade Day, and as with any other holiday, I celebrated. I am a huge fan of the drink. My first job was making lemonade at Muscle Beach. It’s been about 14 years since… more

Go Skateboarding Day 2014

June 21, 2014

Go Skateboarding Day 2014 Finally got to celebrate.

The day started off with a bang at the Polk Museum of Art where the Innoskate festivities continued for day 2. The event was a great success, but I was just a spectator. I wanted… more

Monster Trucks and Skateboards.

June 07, 2014

Monster Trucks and Skateboards. Is there anything cooler to a kid?

Ever since I introduced two young gentlemen to the joys of monster trucks back in January, there has been a lot of talk about the massive machines. The younger member of the duo has taken… more

All aboard…

May 10, 2014

All aboard… for National Train Day 2014.

I like trains, they’re fun and they take me places…literally. It is such a nostalgic way to travel and there is something I just adore about the sound of a train clanking down the track.… more

Gifts for Unicorn Day

May 08, 2014

Gifts for Unicorn Day Apparently, someone thinks this weekend should have an extra holiday.

Everyone gets crazy around specific holidays, usually out of obligation. Christmas, it’s always the rush to get that “something not so special” because of the obligation. Mother’s Day is another one of those holidays. I… more

National Honesty Day 2014

April 30, 2014

National Honesty Day 2014 I rarely dole out my opinion, but in the spirit of being festive, I will.

Any grand gesture or good deed can be done for selfish, manipulative reasons. Sometimes acts done with the most solid intentions and logical reasoning can be perceived as malicious if one lacks the insight to… more

Post Earth Day, Pre-Arbor Day Gifts

April 25, 2014

Post Earth Day, Pre-Arbor Day Gifts Those quick project planning skills come in handy.

I am festive and I enjoy sharing my festive nature with others, especially kids. They get it and for the most part, they appreciate it. With Earth Day and Arbor Day falling in the same… more

Does the Paas dying pack ever get old?

April 18, 2014

Does the Paas dying pack ever get old? Such a classic product!

Paas egg dying packs, about $1.50 to purchase, it brings back so many memories and provides at least 30 minutes of enjoyment. Dying Easter eggs has always been a blast for me, which is strange… more

Draw a Bird Day 2014

April 08, 2014

Draw a Bird Day 2014 Vulture it is.

I love holidays, especially the random, weird ones that no one celebrates. Observing as many holidays as possible in a year makes everything more exciting. Well, today is Draw a Bird Day, so I celebrated.… more

World Happiness Day 2014

March 20, 2014

World Happiness Day 2014 Celebrating with happy things, of course.

A few things that make me happy…pizza, Ybor City, unicorns and my unicorn sister. Luckily, I was able to spend the end of World Happiness Day with all of those. Pizza from New World… more

A day to celebrate what you love

February 14, 2014

A day to celebrate what you love Valentine’s Day is about love, right? I love art, so why not celebrate that.

I’ve never been one for the whole romantic Valentine’s Day bit. Luckily, Infectious: The Art of Glitter opened at BlueLucy this night, so I was able to spend the evening around what I love most…art.… more

A proper goodbye to the year

December 31, 2013

A proper goodbye to the year Burning el ano viejo.

“El ano viejo” means “the old year” in Spanish. When my mother was young, her family would partake in this tradition of burning the troubles of the old year. This wasn’t something I did as… more

Talking to Santa

December 17, 2013

Talking to Santa As an adult, its a little awkward.

I’m pretty festive, so going Christmas light displays is only natural. Tonight, I went to one such event at the Florida Botanical Gardens. Over 30 acres of gardens and light, I was pumped. While walking,… more

Florida snow and not the rain kind

December 14, 2013

Florida snow and not the rain kind Annual Snow on 7th celebration in Ybor.

Snow on 7th, a pretty spectacular event. It gives me the whole snow experience, minus the cold. This year, there was no carnival, but the parade was bigger and there was more snow. That totally… more