I've been thinking a lot about this blog lately; how it started, where it is now, and where it's going. It started as an extension of my Etsy jewelry shop (the one I have temporarily shut down while we're traveling on the boat). And then, once we set sail it became a sort of travel diary, one that I will always treasure… but it has absolutely nothing to do with where I started. And then, once we move back onto land, then what happens?
It all feels a little disjointed. What kind of blog is this anyway? What does "The Bauble Dept." have to do with a couple living on a sailboat, traveling the East Coast?
Speaking of, did I ever tell you where the name came from? Here's an embarrassing confession:
The name "The Bauble Dept." actually came from a really cheesy made for tv movie starring Lindsay Lohan, Get a Clue… have you seen it? No, of course you haven't, and even if you had, you might not want to admit to it anyway. Unless of course, really cheesy made for tv movies are your guilty pleasure too. In my defense, this was way back in 2002, so I was really only like 10 years older than the target audience instead of maybe 20.
Long story short, Lindsay Lohan's character is walking through the mall with Bug Hall's character (remember Alfalfa in Little Rascals?!), spouting out some random facts about a certain brooch, something to do with some mystery they were solving. Bug, in awe of her wealth of useless knowledge about jewelry, asks where she possibly stores information like that. Her response? The bauble department!
Sitting on the couch in the basement way back in 2002, I thought this was one of the most clever things I had ever heard (and given the age level of my taste in movies, it probably was), and I told myself that if I ever happened to have my own jewelry shop (with no real intention of doing so), I would name it The Bauble Dept. Fast forward thirteen years, and I finally got to put it to good use!
A few months later, I created a blog under the same name. Now that I think about it, maybe in a way it does still makes sense after all. "The Bauble Dept." may have nothing to do with traveling the coast in a sailboat, but I suppose it is where I store all of my random useless information, whether it's about jewelry, recipes, sailboats, or something else entirely.
And if nothing else, it's nice to be reminded of the Lindsay Lohan of the good old days, right?