The Stitch (my blog)



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I have an Etsy shop called Afternoon at Andrea’s, and a couple weeks ago, I was contacted about possibly being featured in a blog promoting Michigan-based Etsy shops. I was more than thrilled to accept the exciting offer. This was a whole new, invigorating experience. MiEtsy is managed by Tonya, a very sweet person who contacted me out of the blue and truly made my day.   Read More


Dream Big (Or At Least Dream)


Many changes have happened in my life in recent months. I moved from Marquette to Auburn Hills, quit my old job, started a new one, reconnected with old friends, and have made some serious changes to how I spend my free time. I’ve learned a few things along the way.

Enjoy your solitude.

I had a lot of time to myself in Marquette, and I loved it. I had more time to sew, bake and catch up on Buffy the Vampire Slayer than I think I will ever have again in this lifetime. Now, the reason I’ve moved to the Metro Detroit area is because this is where I am from. I have many friends and family in this area, and I so dearly missed them while I was in the UP. It is awesome to be able to go hang out with my nine-month-old niece any time I want, with my brother and his family living just ten minutes away, but there is something to be said for having only your significant other to visit with. You learn a lot about each other, and you get to grow together and as an individual.  Read More


A Few Words On Commission

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For those of you out there who have worked on commission, you know how this works. Salespeople work hard to sell you items, and if you purchase items through them, then they get a certain percentage of the sale. Commission is different in every industry, in every store, and in every situation. If you go to a store where the salespeople work on commission and someone helps you, it’s important to remember who helped you. When you leave, take their business card and make a note of their name. If that salesperson is good at what they do, they’ll take notes and remember you when you come back. Now, when you come back (and this is key), ask for that salesperson to help you again. That way, their time that they spent with you before isn’t a waste and any new salesperson who helps you can’t just steal the sale from them. This is how commissioned salespeople make their living, how they feed their families, and how they get through their workday without losing faith in humanity. Remember your salespeople and ask for them by name when you return to a store. Read More


I love my dog.

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I love my dog. A good dog can bring comfort after a long day, make you smile when your heart is broken, and make you say “aww” when you discover her curled up in your spot on the couch. My family has had a number of exceptional pets. In no particular order, there’s been Murphy, Molly, Smokey, Max, Winnie, Rufus, Ruby, Princess (we didn’t name her), Carmen, Max(ine), Petey, Cheerio, Pinky, Pogo, Bailey, Rusty, Calvin, and Hobbes. Extended family pets include Scout, Lele, Tiger, and Rocco. I’m sure there have been more, but those were the most memorable ones anyway. Among them, there were dogs, cats, countless fish, a turtle, a bird, and roughly 200 hamsters. A note to parents out there: It might not be the best idea to buy both a male and a female hamster and keep them in the same cage.  Read More

Carmen loves the beach.


Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit! (Review)

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Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!: A Puzzling Novel by C. Casey Gardiner can be found on Amazon and a slew of local bookstores in Metro Detroit. This first printing was funded on Kickstarter with the help of friends, family, and strangers.  I ought to admit that I am Casey’s little sister, so this book review is probably completely biased. That being said, I love Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!, and everyone should read it. Read More

A Puzzling Novel by C. Casey Gardiner

Andrea Gardiner

I am an interior designer and crafter living in Marquette, Michigan. To view conceptual renderings, drawings and photographs of my work as an interior designer, please view my portfolio. Contact me if you’re interested in interior design services or custom crafts.


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