Wednesday, December 8, 2010

School...

I have not posted in over a month!

I just gave Joey a bone... he is now crying as he tries to find a spot to hide it (from whom, I'm not sure): oh the stress of being a dog!

The number of school days left are slowly decreasing. Funny: my to-do list is rapidly increasing...


In the next 4 days I have:

4 assignments
2 tests
1 final
1 project
1 portfolio to update
1 entire apartment to pack up
This is not including the 2 finals I have next week before the u-haul needs to be picked up.

These are the days I wish we could have 28 or 30 hours in a day. I'm not sure how exactly, but I will make it through these last 6 days in one piece.

Oh, looks like Joey finally found a spot worthy of his bone to be kept...no telling where I'll find his stash when I move next week!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"Tired of being an oyster, she decided to try life as a pearl for awhile." - CGD

I only have 48 more days as a true college student. After that, I am moving back home and starting a new chapter. How weird is that? It may not be to you, but it is to me! This semester has completely flown by, but I have learned many new things. I also need to hold on as long as I can to this nice schedule I have because, come January, that's all out the window! This semester, I have 4 day weekends and many hours in the afternoon to do whatever I want. I have loved it! But now that I'm on the back-end of midterms, it is going to go by faster and faster.

Some things that have helped pass all that time I have on my hands:

1. Schoolwork (yeah, this has to be #1...my parents read this!)
2. My little booger bear, Joey. He rides around with me with his head out the window, and plays and snoozes in the sun, all the while getting tasty peanut butter treats that my dad makes just for him. Ahh the life of a dog.
3. Blogging, a new-found love. Even if no one reads it, I feel so much better after blogging.
4. Reading others' blogs. People are so clever!
5. Finding new outlets for my need to craft - upcycling old into new
6. Shopping, not necessarily buying though!
7. Traveling...in other words, putting lots and lots of miles on my Jeep...but it's all worth seeing the people I'm traveling for!

Some people that are so clever and creative:

My dad, he is constantly helping me think of ways to do things

Curly Girl Designs - some of the cutest artwork I have seen! I want to buy it all! Watch out, you may be seeing this pretty soon...a lot of my Christmas gifts are coming from here!

Etsy sellers - the entire website is one big mass of talented people. If you haven't yet, please check it out!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"The future is no place to place your better days" - dmb

Have I mentioned how much I love festivals? :) I am hoping to be a vendor again sometime soon! There are a few festivals in the spring around the area I will be living for student teaching. I have found some new items to make and sell, as well!
Also, I bought a domain! I am so excited to start with the web hosting and learning about web design! It will be a while, so I'll keep you posted :)
The coaster idea ended up being kind of a flop. I did not make them in time for my first festival so I am hoping to have some ready by the time I sign up for another one!
I also found a really cute lanyard at a gift store in Atlanta this past weekend that gave me an idea to make some of my own! (I have found that teachers love having unique lanyards for their school i.d.). My other idea is to make tote bags out of t-shirts. Both the lanyards and tote bags will require sewing, so I went to look for my sewing machine in the attic...
I went in to the attic for one thing and, two hours later, came out with a bunch of memories!

Some of the things I found:

Two of my baby blankets
"Uggy Baby" - a.k.a. Ugly Baby - complete with gumm-y band-aid marks on the knees
Pictures of my awkward pre-teen years with my middle school buddies
and my mom's college scrapbook, which was so neat to look at!

Also this weekend, my sister and I checked out Auburn University while on a short vacation to the spa. What a cute town Auburn and Opelika are! The campus is gorgeous and it was fun to see the last of the tailgaters from the game the day before.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

It's finally time!

FESTIVAL DAY!!

Now that it is over I feel a little uncertain of where to go next. But I have found some great outlets to continue to sell things, which is so awesome!

Recap of this weekend:

My friend (she shared the booth with me) and I drove in to Tunica yesterday. We had all day to set up before the people came today. The RiverPark is so pretty! Our booth space was right on the banks of the river, it was gorgeous! It was incredibly windy yesterday, though, so we could not fully set up for fear that our items and other things would blow away. My dad surprised me and drove down to help! Thanks so much, Dad!
We checked in to our hotel (a Casino hotel!) and met up with the coordinator and some staff for dinner. 
Time to hit the slots! It was my first time to set foot in a casino. We mainly played the penny and nickel slots to get the hang of everything!

Today: Festival Day! We finished decorating and setting up our booth, and got ready for festival goers. The event was put on for and by the Girl Scouts, so the majority of those attending were with their Girl Scout troops. The festival featured live music, Riverboat rides, Geo-caching, Retail, and much more! 
We were a little slow to start. Because this was the first year for the festival and our first time as vendors of a festival, we were not expecting too much in sales. Since most of the festival goers were associated with Girl Scouts, the majority of spending money was spent on the Museum and a ride on the River Boat. However, as the day progressed, sales picked up! More of my big items sold in the last 45 minutes than all day!
Overall, it was a great experience! It was also a good learning experience for a first-timer like me.

Here are some pictures of the set-up:
















Thanks for looking!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

The last few days before the festival are pretty crazy! My dad just made over 200 dog biscuits, and we iced them with dog-friendly yogurt coating. We made fun shapes and are going to bag them and sell them at the festival. I got a great picture of Joey licking the spoon after we finished. :)

I finally finished all of the clipboards and need to get busy on more of those bobby pins! I had over 100 before school started, but have sold a lot, which is so awesome! But now, I have about 3/4 of the amount I will be happy with.

We went to an arts and crafts festival today, and I got some more last minute ideas that I can use with my booth. I absolutely love festivals! I wish they went on all year!

I'm not so sure what everything will be like after the festival is over with. It is what I have been thinking about for a long time now! In our apartment at school, we have a large spare room now, so I have turned part of it into my craft central :)




Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

"But I do know one thing Is where you are is where I belong" - dmb

Exactly 14 days until the festival I have been waiting and preparing for for 4 months!

Since yesterday, I...


  • Set up my table to get an idea of how things should be arranged
  • Found a tablecloth (finally! I am using a full size sheet from my dad's house = $0)
  • Finished the clipboards for the most part
  • Found a way to display the coasters (hanging fruit basket from my dads = $0)
  • Made 30 bobby pins
  • Found a "wall" to go behind the table to hang clipboards from (wall = shower curtain from my dad's)
  • Found a cute way to display the business cards = $1
  • Got glue all over myself (still washing it off...)
The pictures below are what I hope the table will be like at the festival. Except for the fact that: the bobby pin cards have no bobby pins on them, the clipboards are not finished, and the cork in that left corner has not been cut and made into a coaster just yet. Oh, and the table cloth hasn't seen an iron in a while...
These are just for an idea! I will post pictures of the completed product :)

I love my little corner! My dad gave me this super comfy chair, as well as the tent that we will be putting everything under. Thanks Dad!

I love fall weekends! It actually feels like fall right now, but I know it will be hot again tomorrow. We are going to an indoor festival for Christmas shopping tomorrow. (You're thinking: What? Christmas shopping already?! I am, too!) This place has great booths though, and the merchants come from all over. So, why not get a head start (and possibly some great display ideas)?

I would say this weekend was overall productive! Now for homework.....


Monday, September 27, 2010

Hot-lanta

I am in Atlanta for the weekend watching my sister and getting my big-city fix before heading back to school. I sold 15 more bobby pins yesterday to the owner of a store near my house here. :) So, overall, 48 total have been sold!

While here, I have done some shopping as well as some thrift store hunting. Thrift stores can be so much fun if you find the right things!

For $20 I got:
4 children's books that will help this semester when I am in Kindergarten,
A couple funny t-shirts (1 is a brightly colored 80's tee with a front pocket, and 1 has an abnormally large Bigfoot creature on the front that says "Bigfoot Hiking Club"),
A 100% silk Liberty of London brand paisley tie (to make bobbies out of),
A 3 shelved rolling cart for moving things to and from at the festival
A brand new french memo board
and a VHS (because I still have a player...)

While I'm here, I'm going to switch out my bedding at school with the bedding I have here (Yay!), and will be taking my refurbished table back to school with me. Why, I'm not sure, since I will be moving out in a couple months!

Here is the table before (another great thrift find! $10 Ikea round table)...



Joey wanted to be in there!



Top of table before



And after some tips and reading up on weathering with paint, here is the after...


The legs were sanded to show wear on the curves

You can see in the mid to bottom left where the crackling glaze was too thick and did not work out too well, but I can just put a lamp or something over it, I guess!
I'm not really sure what to do with this table, so we'll see!

Back on the road tomorrow...

See ya!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rammer Jammer, Hotty Toddy, Rocky Top, and some Bulldogs


I've started making some different types of hairpieces for the fall football season as well as different types of fasteners for little girls and toddlers. This has opened up so many more options, it's overwhelming!

Here are some I have made already...don't worry, of course the Tigers will be in there!





Haven't decided what to do with this one just yet!
I got some great news earlier this week about a possible job opportunity in the near future. So so excited! It sounds so great, I should probably prep for the interview at some point, but it's still a ways away.

I'm going into the kindergarten classroom for the first time tomorrow...I'm excited but kind of nervous!


Friday, September 17, 2010

Just Joey II

After playing with my camera some more, and catching some great ones of my spoiled little poodle, I have some pictures to show you!





This is my absolute favorite! He's bowing his head and saying his prayers...
Ok, I need to stop procrastinating and do some classwork now!

See ya later!

"The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees"


Playing with my camera....

It's Thursday night and it's the start of my weekend! So some of us (and our dogs) went on a mini-adventure...
We have this cornfield right next to our apartment (gotta love the small town. Ha...) that was just harvested and mowed down to just the bottom of the stalks. We decided to put our boots on; or if you're a city girl like me: your pink floral rainboots; and explore in the dark. We walked quite a while and found an awesome tree that was hollow in the middle with some wild berries growing around it. I played with my camera to try to get a picture of it, but the flash couldn't catch it in a great light. After finding one too many stink bugs, we headed back. There is also a random fire hydrant in the cornfield (as to why, I'm not sure) and it was great to use as I messed around with my camera!

Check it out:

This was using the color accent option: only picking up on the red, and turning everything else to grayscale. This was taken in a pitch black cornfield :)

I was out with Joey earlier today and I heard this weird moan noise coming from the woods behind the now empty cornfield.

Look who it was!
We have some new neighbors we didn't know about! This was at a 16x zoom, so it is kind of blurry. There were two of them out there, but I wanted to get the one that was looking at me :)
I wanted to play some more on my camera so the following pictures are just the differences in the options: just for fun :)

My favorite pictures to take are extreme close-ups using the macro lens. This is the bobby I wore today in my braid, with an extra blank bobby to hold my thick hair.

This was taken using only a flash. The actual camera is what is making the shadow in the corner.






This same bobby pin was taken without the flash using natural light. So much better!


My fortune from my date with the boyfriend tonight :) I kinda like it!
Halloween bobbies: go check them out at The Looking Glass: Coffee and Curiosities!
Joe after a romp in the cornfield :)
See ya!