Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Updates Coming!!

I've got a lot to blog about....but right this second not much time so....

Look for my new door decoration with a Christmas wreath...

And my first attempt at making a pot holder from fabric instead of those loopy things we all played with in elementary school...

An exciting (so happy I almost cried myself to sleep) day with my friend Holli...

And school is almost over for the semester....weird.  Graduation for my Master's is only a semester away!

I'll update everyone with more details later...I've gotta work on my list of things to do today! :) ((It's a busy day!))

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cooking Failure + Cooking Success!

While I was at my mom & dad's house this week, I decided to make a loaf of white bread (they were out of bread, so why not?) Well, they didn't have any yeast, so I looked for a substitute online!  I found several sites that said lemon juice + baking soda.  Since so many people recommended it, I figured it must be safe, right?  Not so much haha!

Here's how the bread turned out...looks different, for sure!
I wouldn't suggest eating it unless you want that fresh-brushed clean....tingly foaming feeling!  Hahaha!


The next day, I decided to try a recipe I had been thinking about in my head.  Dad kept saying he wanted something to snack on while Mom was finishing up her sweet potato casserole and I was finishing the GOOD white bread (with yeast!!!).  I had been thinking about something along the lines of an oatmeal snack bar.  I asked Dad if he wanted cinnamon sugar flavor or peanut butter syrup flavor.  He voted for peanut butter & syrup, just like I guessed!

"Happy Snacks"
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (or bisquick will work as well)
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2 T oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (creamy)
  • 1/4 cup syrup (thick syrup like Golden Eagle Syrup or Loachapoaka Syrup Soppin' Syrup...if you're lucky enough to live in East Alabama or know someone who does!) 
  • 1/2 cup water
Mix everything and cook in an 8x8 sprayed pan at 350* for 30 minutes.

This is really good with more syrup poured on top. :) :) :)
If you want something sweeter without the extra syrup on top, try adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar to the mix! :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Another Thrift Store Find!

Here is another skirt I found at the thrift store for about $2!

According to the tag, it was a part of a two piece suit.  The fabric is really interesting because it has the feel of upholstery fabric.  Although it's a solid color, it has raised designs on the skirt.  I think it's going to look really cute with a blue shirt...and I would have school spirit! :)

Before, it went about mid-calf on me (which made me look super short!!) and had a slit in the back.  The hips were a little big for me as well.  I shortened it about three inches so that it comes right above my knee, sewed up what was left of the slit, and took in the sides.  I'm quite happy with it! :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thrift Store Refashion

A few weeks ago, my friend Callie and I spent the Friday shopping.  We found lots of great deals, especially when we got to the thrift store!  That day, everything with a blue or green tag was half off...and everything I found that I wanted had a blue or green tag!  I got a couple of skirts, a dress, and some wreaths to decorate! The wreaths started off as a straw wreath wrapped in plastic like this...
FloraCraft Straw Wreath 16" Clear Wrap (Pack of 3)

And when I finished it for Callie (she really liked my door decoration I made here....) it looked like this!!!
I left space for her to add ribbons if she wanted! Or she can leave it just like this!

I've also re-done some of the skirts I got that day (oh, and I'm still working on refashioning some clothes that belonged to my dad's parents for me to wear...keep your eyes out for those!

Here's one skirt (cost me about $2)...that I changed to a dress with very little work! All I had to do was take in the waist.

Before:
I made the dress form model it with my long sleeve shirt I made into a tshirt cardigan...backwards..hahaha

And after:
I love it!! I was going to just shorten it to my knee, but when I was showing the results of my shopping trip to the girls in my building, one of them suggested this...and it's perfect!  Like I said, all I did was take in what used to be the waist, so it wouldn't fall off!  I already had the belt in my closet...and I can just see this with boots and a jacket. :)

Here's a semi close-up of the fabric (I really just zoomed in...but you can sorta see the stitching on top of the design of the fabric. Nifty huh? :)




Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Need Some Gift Ideas? $5 and under on Etsy!

I did a treasury on Etsy of $5 gifts, and it was more challenging than I expected to find a variety of $5 gifts.  There are 3 necklaces and 3 pendants on the Treasury, but then it gets more exciting! I included some vintage dishes, a little home decor, a purse, a nifty notebook...and a laptop decal that I'm seriously thinking my laptop needs. :)  Here's a link! Five Dollar Deals

Speaking of $5 deals...here comes a shameless plug for my Etsy shop! :)
Right now, all the earrings and notecards in the shop are $5 and under.
 The pre-made Passport covers and headbands listed are marked $8-$10, but...
 if you order an in-stock headband or passport cover between now and November 30, write "5DOLLARDEAL" in the message to the seller and you'll get them for $5 each! (I'll refund you the extra money through PayPal). Of course, feel free to order some earrings or notecards as well!  Also, if anyone has feedback for my Etsy shop (prices too high, prices too low, things you think I should sell...) let me know!  I sew, etch glass, paint, make jewelry, cook, and I have a metal stamping kit I've been playing around with. Thanks!



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

By the time this post is posted...

I'm going to be feeling the results of this:



I used to have decently in-shape muscles from dance, and wouldn't you know it, they didn't really hang around after 6 years of not doing dance on a regular basis.  They started to show back up about two years ago when I took a dance class in undergrad, but they ran away again.  I still have leg muscles that hang around because I walk about a mile or more a day from walking or biking to and from class or other errands or meetings on campus, but the abs have disappeared.  I decided I needed to do something about that.  Running helps, but it's just not the same as a real ab workout.  I've got the degree that taught me all I needed to know to make my own workout, but having the video tell you that you have to do ten more crunches really makes you push through.  If I were to just sit here and make my own workout, I would probably stop when I felt "tired." My Exercise Science degree has also taught me that just because you're "tired" doesn't mean you can't go a little further.  Funny all that just came to mind...because guess what two classes I'm taking next semester while I'm studying for my Comprehensive Exams...Exercise Prescription and Exercise Motivation & Adherence.  I feel like they go hand in hand, don't you? :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Etsy Shop: Candy Apple Designs

Adam and I have been Christmas shopping for quite a few months now.  We decided we may as well buy gifts for people as we seem them in stores and say, "Such-and-such would like this..." rather than hoping we remember what the potential gift was...and where we saw it...several months later.  Anywho, that said, I sometimes use that "we're shopping for Christmas all the time" excuse as a really good reason to browse on Etsy and see what others (or I) might like to have.  I've been eye-ing quite a few great gift ideas the last few months and gave in and bought something for us! :)

That said, I just got something in the mail today that made this cold rainy day more exciting!

Thursday I ordered this really neat Christmas decoration from Candy Apple Designs on Etsy.  It's a vinyl that she's made for you to put on one of those glass blocks.  I know Hobby Lobby has some with holes cut in them for lights, or you can just put a light behind the block.

Glass Block Center Nativity Scene
This is her picture from her listing here: Glass Block Center Nativity Scene

Here's what I got in the mail!
She threw in a surprise for me which I love! I'm trying to decide if I want to put it on a simple ceramic ornament, or a mirror ornament, or on a pretty bowl or dish to put out for Christmas...I've got lots of ideas running through my head! I'll see what they have at Hobby Lobby that looks interesting! I might even put it on a cookie stand or something..hmmm.  

Check out her shop if you have a chance!
Here's another Nativity scene in her shop that I love...
Nativity Ornament Vinyl Design

Oh, and I'm a fan of these chalk labels that I would put on my spice jar lids.
They're on my Amazon Universal Wishlist. :)
Get Organized Chalk Labels small or large set


Shutterfly's 2010 Card Collection (and other good stuff!)

Yesterday while my sister was in town, we were going to get her to take our Christmas card picture.  The weather wasn't very pretty so we changed out mind.  Plus, Adam pointed out that Christmas lights would be up soon downtown, which would be pretty! Anywho, when we finally take our pictures, we're going to have to pick between our favorites here: Shutterfly Christmas Cards

So far I like these the most...

This one is cute, but I think we'll only put one picture on our card: Peppermint Bliss Christmas Card

Adam said this one is his favorite, and it was one of my favorites too: Holly Frame Christmas Card

And of course I like this one because it's in French. :) Joyeux Noel Card

It's also about time for me to make a new calendar of us! Wall Calendars

I tried to link up the calendar I made last year, but the design is discontinued.  Here are some images from our calendar I made last year!
The Cover
March
July
November
I love it! :) 

In the past, I've ordered photo books, birthday cards, Father's Day Cards, and lots of pictures from Shutterfly and I'm happy with all of them!

For other Bloggers out there, you can get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly by going here: http://blog.shutterfly.com/5358/holiday2010-blog-submission-form/

Monday, November 8, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge : Day 9 : A picture of your friends

This one is a little hard for me because I have lots of friends in many different places.  After high school graduation, most of my friends moved to different schools across the south.  I made new friends every year during my undergrad, and most of those have graduated and moved on to other jobs across the county (or across the world!)  During my Grad School years, I've made more friends, but even those are quickly finishing school and getting jobs elsewhere. Let's just throw in the fact that every year I have around one hundred people living in my building and I usually keep in touch with a decent number of those after they move out.  Needless to say, there is no way I have A Picture of my friends. So, I've decided to post a picture here of my friend who is living the furtherest away at this time.  She was my first "new" friend in high school.  We had 9th grade World History together and I asked her one day if she would save me a seat in the lunchroom while I went to buy my lunch (I almost always brought my lunch because my Mom is awesome and always packed one for me except on the rare occasion when I was craving whatever they were making at school).  Anywho, that was a very long sentence!!  So back to my story.  Holli (guess I just gave away who the friend is before I showed the picture!) saved my seat and I shared my onion rings with her.  We were lunchroom buddies for the next four years.  :)

Junior Prom (This is our reference to the song "In Love With The 80s" by Relient K

The day we got our caps and gowns for high school graduation! :)

Last day hanging out in the Commons at IB.

At her apartment at the end of Freshman Year of College

Graduating from Auburn!! :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge : Day 8 : A place you've traveled to

Here's everywhere I've been (if my memory is right and I didn't leave out any trips from our numerous family road trips!!!!! :) )  The longest road trip we've taken was our trip that included The Mall of America, Mount Rushmore, Crazyhorse, a huge sunflower field in North Dakota (oh and snow!), Custer State Park, and lots of random little stops between here and there! :)



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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Citrouille

Citrouille = Pumpkin

I <3 them.

I went shopping today and wanted to buy every pumpkin I saw...but I didn't!! :) :)

I did however get these nifty salt and pepper shakers! (I can't add the picture here...so here's a link!)

I bought myself one of these as well to keep (very hard to find) candy corn in! :)
Anchor Hocking Clear Glass Pumpkin Candy Dish
It's a smaller version of this:
70 oz Pumpkin Jar With Glass Lid

On that thought, I think I'm going to work on changing my blog background around to be fall-ish! (That's a technical term!!! :) )

Monday, November 1, 2010

I'm still here! :)

My mom pointed out that I haven't blogged in a while, so I figured I'd say hey to everyone who reads this! :)  I've been working on school, work, and preparing to go to the SAACURH conference this past weekend at the University of Georgia.  I was the Advisor for a group of 4 undergraduate students who went to this leadership conference for students who live on campus.  It was a lot of fun, but we were all pretty tired when we got back in town! :)  When I upload the pictures (after working on more schoolwork and workwork) I'll post some here!

PS I just realized Daylight Savings Time is November 7th.  Somewhere in my mind I thought it was going to be today (not sure why I thought that because it's always on a Sunday, not a Monday!) and I didn't even remember to change my clocks last night...but I guess that was a good thing, huh? :)