creative space: ribbon

I went out shopping to pick up some supplies for Valentine’s Day presents. Since they didn’t have what I was looking for, I was stressed, and therefore vulnerable to the ribbon section. Thankfully they had ribbons on sale. Unfortunately, that means I had little willpower to say no.

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At Hobby Lobby they had some spools of ribbon for only a few bucks each. So in total, there’s 50 yards of ribbon and 8 buttons … for less than $10! I ended up simplifying my gift plans to suit what I had on hand, but oh well. Currently everything’s still in my head, so there’s nothing substantial on my table.

School and work are picking up, so I have less time to craft. I’m also ridiculously stressed about life … don’t even get me started on the financial aid drama.

I’m linking over to kootoyoo for creative spaces.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

apt xmas

An apartment next to a college campus is not an ideal place for Christmas. Thankfully I will be spending Christmas at home with my family, but I’ll only be able to spend a few days at home. The rest of the time will be at my fabulously over-priced, run-down apartment. Therefore, while procrastinating one fine evening, I decided to decorate. Here, ladies and gentlemen, is how a college student decorates her apartment for Christmas (on a very limited budget).

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1. White Lights

I dug up some white Christmas lights that I bought two years ago for studio. I actually bought them because when you can’t find an extension cord, Christmas lights will work just as well. I had originally strung them around my desk to keep people from walking by my work area where I had models on the floor. Last year I was in the middle of a large studio space, so the Christmas lights were strung from the wall to my desk in the middle of the room, and the guy sitting next to me had Christmas lights strung from the other wall to his desk. All in all it was fabulous. Here in our lowly apartment, however, I just grabbed some drafting tape and taped these much loved white lights around our front doorway. The texture of the wall is kind of weird though.

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2. Silver and Red Bow

I’ve always been a big fan of bows. Snowflakes are pretty. Christmas trees and stockings are too obvious. Bows are universal. And I happen to really like ribbon. So I grabbed some thick silver wired ribbon and created a big bow on our cheap Wal-Mart shelving unit. I thought it looked a bit drab so I grabbed some red satin ribbon and incorporated another bow into the mix. I think it’s rather nice … really classes up that cheap white plastic, eh?

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3. Santa Hat

I’ve had this Santa hat for years … can’t even remember where/when I got it. Anyway, though I like the color green, I’ve never been a big fan of the red-green color combination because I just find it too cliché. It screams “Christmas!” in that overly commercial way. Therefore, our apartment’s just going to stick with red and white/silver, which the Santa hat fits into perfectly. How is the hat standing so erect on our counter? Because it’s hiding our very college-student bottle of tequila next to an empty bottle of wine. Yeah … don’t judge me. Oh, and the wallpaper was there when we moved in.

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love giving gifts, wrapping gifts, decorating gifts, hanging out with friends, having that hot mocha latté at Spider House while exchanging gifts … you get the idea. Though decorating was rather light this year, I think in conjunction with the nippy weather and the scarves around my neck, it’s winter enough. Happy holidays.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

busy busy me

First post of September! Life is so busy right now, in a frantically wonderful way, that I feel compelled to share everything with the world (but edited as to remove anything that could be remotely identifiable). Posts and projects are probably going to become a bit more sparse, but oh well. School is starting to pick up, and good golly, all that homework – sheesh! Anyway, I still have quite a bit of free time, so I had been looking for a job. And I found one! YES!

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I celebrated by going to Michael’s and buying myself stuff. Only spent $3.89. The picture came out showing everything as blue, so I tried photoshopping it to the correct shades of purple. Eh. Ribbon was an odd texture, but the spool was only a dollar. Then I got a skein of embroidery floss because I was running low on #333. And … I bought myself the magnificent disappearing-ink pen that I have been craving for years. I first used one in high school and found them to be simply magical. They’re not expensive, normally $4.50 (or $2.25 with a 50% Michael’s coupon), but I could never bring myself to buy one, until now. YES!

Also, last but definitely not least, my darling sister is coming to see me. Well … I don’t know if “darling” is the right word to describe her. But I’m so excited! And then of course, Monday is Labor Day. Don’t you just love holidays? This means I can be lazy (and catch up on sleep) since I won’t have school and I won’t have work. YES!

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lucky me

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I’ve won TWO giveaways! I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been. You jealous? The first one was hosted by Dionne at City of Dionne. I just received it in and mail today and could not wait to share it with everyone! I won this beautiful clutch from Amy at IMH Designs. Seriously, check out her Etsy shop – it’s full of beautiful clutches. The fabric is fabulous and it is really well crafted, high quality all the way. A big thanks from me to both Dionne and Amy!

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I chose the Lavender and Green Floral Clutch Purse with Dupioni Silk Lining, and it’s fantastic! I love the green lining and kisslock clasp. There’s a layer of batting in there, making it nice and thick, which will keep things like my camera from harm in case I drop it (I’m clumsy!). I’ll let you know about the second giveaway once I receive it (and can gush more thoroughly about it).

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Then, I decided to be bad and go shopping. I know, I know … but I was armed with a coupon for Michael’s, and I was in the area, and … I’m just making excuses for myself. Bad, bad me. I didn’t splurge much, just bought some buttons and silver ribbon that had been on my list for a while. And then I found a cute set of lime green measuring scoops that I simply could not pass up. I love Michael’s! But I love the blogging community even more!

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being bad

Okay, so … I’ve been procrastinating. I’ve pretty much been chilling out at my apartment and being a useless human being. To be fair, I was sick over the weekend so I just laid around drinking water and eating crackers, but that’s really no excuse for my laziness. I have watched A LOT of television shows on though: Kings, New Amsterdam, The Listener, Jack of All Trades, and Death Note. Oh, and last night I went out and saw “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”. I actually enjoyed the movie and thought they did a pretty good job with it, but I think they over-emphasized all of the teenage relationship drama.

I have been somewhat good though. I finished reading “Prodigal Summer”, which I found to be an okay book. Not exactly my type of novel since it just felt too static. I’m not sure if that’s exactly the word I’m looking for, but most of the novel is written from within people’s heads, so there’s not so much action but a whole lot of thinking. It was well-written and I can see why it’s a rather successful novel, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Now I just need to finish off “Mere Christianity” so I can finally return it to my friend. I borrowed it over a year ago. Yeah, I’m a bad friend. Hm, that reminds me that one of my friends still has my copy of “Sophie’s World” from a year or two ago.

I haven’t boughten anything unnecessary in a while either. Well … I did buy one spool of ribbon, but it was just one! It’s just simple 5/8″-wide white satin ribbon, which is always useful, right? That’s my justification. Oh, and it was just a dollar too. Forgive me? I also caved and asked my roommate to buy me some croissants for me because I was craving them. I’m trying to finish off all the food that I have before I move, so I wasn’t supposed to buy any more food. But a girl needs a little indulgence once in a while. And today I finally pulled out some boxes and am starting to pack. Okay, that’s not exactly true. I did pull out some boxes, but they’re still empty at this point. Oops.

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little improvement

My sister had mailed me this picture frame in the fall as one of her random little care packages (this is why I love her). It’s a pretty glass frame with a translucent image of lavender and a square (square!) 3″x3″ frame. The quote from John D. Rockefeller says “I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.” So it sat on our kitchen counter for a long time, just a cute little homey touch. But there was one thing that bugged me about it – the craft was slightly off. As you can see in the before photo, when you look at it from an angle, you can see the image of the flower just peeking within the frame … annoying for a detail-minded person like me.

So I finally got around to detailing it a bit. With the help of some 1/4″ black ribbon and good ol’ Elmer’s glue, I vamped up my picture frame. Nothing drastic, just a touch of class that happens to oh so conveniently hide its flaws. Just glued the ribbon straight to the glass, tucking it in some under the silver frame. Now I think it looks pretty darn spiffy. So spiffy that it is no longer relegated to the kitchen; it belongs with me!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]