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About Me:

My name is Steph, and I am a senior Marketing major with a Communication Studies minor. Since this is my last year at Butler, my main goal is to enjoy every moment that I have left, while doing as much as humanly possible. I am a marketing analyst at the Butler Business Accelerator, a Speakers Lab tutor, and a Butler blogger (obviously). I also am an Alpha Phi, the President of the Butler University Student Foundation, a member of Alpha Kappa Psi (a professional business fraternity), and a member of the Butler American Marketing Association. In the small amount of free time that I do have, I love crafting, watching large amounts of television, and enjoying my favorite comfort foods, like sweet tea.

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My Favorite Christmas Break Activity…Crafting!

I have an addiction.  Don’t worry…its nothing destructive….unless something goes terribly wrong.  I, Stephanie, am addicted to crafting.  I love hot glue.  I love ribbon.  I love paint.  And I love taking random things and crafting them into something beautiful and useful.  I try to be as cheap as possible with my crafting ways…and I usually am.  I have my Grandma’s amazing bargain hunting skills, and I use them to their fullest potential.  My latest crafting project was for my sister, Natalie’s, Christmas gift.  She has an apartment that she has only lived in for about 5 months, and since she can’t paint the walls and such, I wanted to help her out and give her some things to spruce up her space a little bit.  So my goal was to find/create something cool for her to display above her cabinets, or in a small space on her wall.

I went to my favorite used furniture/random stuff store to find something to work with…and I didn’t find anything.  Ugh.  So I then I went from store to store…eventually making it to Wal-Mart before I found anything.  There I found these legit red charger plates for Natalie to use for display somewhere…that I decided to doctor up and coordinate with the fabric that I also found at Wal-Mart.  I put the fabric in old frames that I painted black and took the glass out of, to make a fun and different kind of wall hanging.

So then I had to decide how to make the chargers….I started with creating a kind of stencil….which I tried to use with spray paint to get the right design on the plate.

That was a fail.  So I scrubbed the majority of the spray paint off with nail polish remover (sorry I didn’t get a photo of that unfortunate step), and started to paint by hand.  This was much more fun….and much prettier.  So my final product ended up looking something like this…

I tried to recreate the design on one of the fabrics on this plate, and I did the same for the others.  So all of the final products coordinated….and this is what they all looked like together.

I was rather proud of my crafting job, and I had a blast with it…as always!  Now I have a week left here at home…and I am inspired to do more….like now!  A friend directed me to this awesome crafting site that eventually led me to this other site where I found this adorable cardigan that I must make…even though I am not that good at sewing.  I guess it will be an adventure?

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  3. […] before Christmas, I crafted my sister, Natalie’s, Christmas present.  It turned out rather well…but even though I was in a crafting mood, I was completely out […]

  4. Olivia says:

    The cardigan is adorable! You must make it. Great job with your plates as well. I stand in awe of your sweet crafting abilities.

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