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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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Crafting: Gifts Edition

This month, or rather, last week, three of my favorite people had birthdays.  Since I love to craft so much, I decided to make them gifts instead of buying them things.  So, I went out to my favorite crafting blogs and sites, like Pinterest, Ucreate crafts, and Dollar Store Crafts, and took all kinds of ideas to create their gifts.  I love doing this because it ends up meaning so much more, and it gives you the chance to really personalize things.  Here is what I came up with…

Since my sister just got married, I wanted to do something special wedding related for her.  So, I took her “symbol” from the invitations, sketched it onto a canvas, went over that with hot glue, and painted it.  Here are the different stages….in photos:

Just the hot glue and the canvas…
After a few coats of spray paint…
The finished product…

It ended up looking really great, but more hot glue-ish than I wanted…so I added in a little bit of taupe paint to jazz it up a bit, and to draw attention away from the hot glue.

I also wanted to make some fun little bracelets from fabric scraps…so here is what I came up with.

Just the fabric…

I found a tutorial to make bracelets out of rosettes, but I liked the idea of using “yo-yo’s“, so that is what I made….

The yo-yos….

Then I hot glued the yo-yo’s to some felt, and stitched on a little chain and lobster clasp to attach them together.  In the end…this is what I had (in 3 different colors, for me, my sister, and my roommate):

The finished bracelet…

I liked the yo-yo’s so much that I also hot glued them onto some bobby pins, to make fun little hair things.  I thought they ended up rather cute…

And attached to bobby pins…

I also made another gift for someone (my best friend from home, Alison), but that craft has been featured on my blog before, and I won’t be able to give it to her for a few weeks.  So, I’m saving it, just in case she reads this blog.

Back to School Crafting

Every time I move to a new place, or just a new room (which happens about 3 times a year…at least) I feel the need to craft.  I love making new things, and making sure that everything around me coordinates.  So….here is Round 1 of the things that I have crafted lately (and check back soon to see how everything fits together in my room!):

First off … the focal point of our room.  My roommate Brooke made these awesome crayon canvas things over the summer…so to make them stand out in our room, we mounted them on an old painting that I got at a yard sale for $1 over the summer.  I also spray painted the painting and frame, to make it actually match (and to cover up the awful picture underneath).

Our room’s focal point

To see how to make the crayon things….check out this tutorial. I even made my own last weekend!

Midway through the melting of the crayons…

To make our room feel more like home, we have a coffee table, and to make it more decorative, we have a bowl with decorative balls in it.  But since they are expensive, and I love recycling, I made some with the pages from my old Vera Bradley Blue Rhapsody planner.  More unique, and so much cheaper!

Our coffee table centerpiece…

For our other wall, I just recreated some things that I had already.  So I repainted an “A Phi” sign, replaced the fabric inside a frame to match, and hung something I made this summer as well.  I still want to make the white ball fit in better by making a new one or painting it, so we will see when that happens!

A little cluster of things…

For the first week, our side table was empty, so I slowly found things to decorate it with.  I fixed up an old bookend I found at a second hand store this summer, and I created some paint chip art in a frame I got at a yard sale (and I spray painted – to update it a bit).

Check out our fancy bookend….

To see more about how to make paint chip art, check out this tutorial.  I used two different colors (thank you, Wal-Mart), and just mixed them up a bit.  It was such an easy, but cool project!

The paint chips I used….

I also made some fun gifts this past week for my sister and my roommate, Lauren, (they both had birthdays this week) so I’ll be blogging about those as well – after my sister gets the package I sent her with her gifts in it.  I can’t let the cat out of the bag about what I made her before she gets it, right??  :)  (By the way, Happy 26th Birthday, Natalie!)

 

 

Crafting: Wedding Edition

If you have read my blog for very long at all … you probably know that I LOVE to craft.  So, when my sister got engaged and began to plan for her wedding, naturally, including crafting was a very important part of deciding how everything would look.  Not only does this give Natalie and I something to work on and bond with before the wedding, but it also made everything MUCH cheaper, and it has given us a sense of ownership over certain aspects of the wedding.

Basically, everything that we could do ourselves, we are doing.  Of course we bought the supplies and the basics, but everything else is going to be completely our own.  Here is the list of everything we are creating:

  • The bouquets and boutonnieres
  • The centerpieces
  • The aisle runner’s decoration
  • The decorations for the pews along the aisle
  • The card holder for the reception
  • The bouquets for the altar in the church
  • There may be more … but this is all I can think of at the moment.

Now I haven’t helped with everything, due to my full time job and the four hour drive between my sister and I.  But this weekend, we tackled my favorite part yet … the aisle runner.

When Natalie started planning the wedding, she decided that she wanted a navy aisle runner, and if it could happen, she wanted an emblem or logo on it.  There are companies that do this, but it adds a couple hundred dollars to the overall price, and we figured that we could avoid this by simply doing it ourselves.  we are creative…and we trusted ourselves…so we went with it.  Here is how we tackled this project:

  1. She decided where she wanted the emblem placed (15 feet from the front of the church).
  2. We borrowed a projector from our church, and hooked up her computer to it.
  3. We rigged up a wire to hang the runner from on our screened in porch (with my Dad’s help), and taped the aisle runner to the wall, to make it as straight and even as possible.
  4. We made sure the projector was set straight, and traced the design onto the aisle runner with Sharpies.
  5. We (very carefully) painted the emblem onto the runner, with white acrylic paint.

Somehow, the stars were aligned, and we didn’t ruin it…and it turned out beautifully.  Check it out …

Our creation…

SB2K11 Part 3: A Crafting I will go…..

After I went to Chicago over Spring Break, I went home for the last half of my 10-day break.  I was planning on spending my time just chilling out on my couch, reading, hanging out with my family and friends, and crafting.  Basically…it was fabulous….and oh so productive.  Check out my creations…

I found this shirt’s tutorial, and fell in love with the vertical ruffles, so I had to do it.  I bought two $5 t-shirts at Old Navy, and made one into the ruffles on the shirt.  So much fun…and the navy and white are perfect for being school spirited for the Sweet Sixteen this week!

I found this scarf’s tutorial…and since it was pleated ruffles…I knew that I needed to make it ASAP.  But then I had to find the time to go to a fabric store…and to go home to my sewing machine…which took awhile.  It is a little bit bigger than I wanted, so I might continue to work on it later, or do another one…because I love the idea that much.  And I love that it actually worked…and I was able to do it.  :)

Again, found the tutorial…and loved it.  And while I was looking for fabric at JoAnn’s….I ran across this plaid….and loved it too.  So I created my new favorite scarf…and it was super easy.  :)

And last but not least…here is a sweater I made over Christmas Break that I already posted about…but I didn’t get a picture of it actually on until now.  The picture of it laying on the table looked funny….but it doesn’t look that funny once you put it on….(please excuse the bags under my eyes…and the intense color of the photo….its been a long week and my phone wasn’t loving the lighting in my room.)

So that is everything that I kept myself busy with over break…crafting wise.  I also read Black Heels to Tractor Wheels….The Pioneer Woman‘s new book…and I loved it.  I couldn’t put it down….and I left it at home for my mom to read…that is how good it was.  But other than all of that and trying to catch up with everyone from home…that is all that I had time for…but it made for an amazing break!  Now I am back at Butler and back in the swing of things….and wishing that I had done more over break.  So I am going to go be productive with my life…Happy Wednesday!

Christmas Break Crafting…Part II

So 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 of fun ideas.  But a few days ago, my BFF and crafting cohort, Alison, sent me this link….and there was no turning back.  The link was to Dollar Store crafts….which I fell in love with.  So after looking through page after page of fun crafts, I narrowed my list down to four main crafts for the end of break.  Alison came up with a few more ideas, and we put everything together, and embarked on a rather fabulous journey.  Here are our masterpieces….

My cardigan....

I found the tutorial for this cardigan, and didn’t think I would make it until I found a cardigan for $10 at Old Navy.  So I bought some ribbon….and I made it happen…somehow.  This is actually my first official sewing project (with a sewing machine)….so I am rather proud of myself!

Our little mirrors....

These frames were only $1 at Dollar Tree, as were the mirrors, so we naturally got really excited.  But then we started to paint them and we realized that there was a reason why they were only $1….if you paint white paint on them, it turns pink.  Three kinds of paint, and about 15 coats later, they look at least somewhat white….and we are officially content.

My "limitless strands" necklace....

I found the tutorial for this necklace on the crafts site as well, and I wasn’t going to do it until I found the beads…and loved them.  So I broke down and bought every part of the necklace….which is an awful lot….and hours and hours later…I somehow made it happen.  I really thought it would never end, but luckily I somehow made it all work!  While making this necklace I realized why handmade things cost so much….

My jeweled frames....

I found this idea on the crafts site….and I of course loved it because I can’t get enough of sparkly things.  Now I just need to find a place for them….

Our casual necklace....

And this was the easiest project we had….as well as the most fun project.  I’m not telling you our secret on this one….sorry.

So the grand total of the cost of all of our projects is just under $30!  Think about it…a sweater, two necklaces, two picture frames, and some cute mirrors…for next to nothing when you really think about it all.  This is why crafting is perfect for college students….except that we have no time to craft.  I am facing this harsh reality now…because I have to say goodbye to my crafting ways for the next few weeks.

I will miss you, crafting!  Don’t worry….we will be reunited again soon!

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?

No Turning Back Now…

Something that is kind of hard for me to believe (even though I know it’s true), is that I’m done with college.  I finished the year pretty much like I finish every other year: by taking finals, hanging out with my friends, and then moving out of Alpha Phi.  This year I only made a few changes, which were staying around Indy for about a week longer than usual, and graduating (of course).  But now, I’m back to where I always end up when I’m done with school… at home on my couch.  I love hanging out at home because it’s really relaxing for me, but this time around, it all feels rather strange.

Exactly a month from today, I start my real life job.  This means that I have a month to enjoy my freedom before I work for basically the rest of my life.  (This sounds like I’m not looking forward to it – but don’t worry, I am really excited to start my new job.)  What I’m not looking forward to though, is the fact that I will never get a summer vacation again, and a spring break, and a Christmas vacation.  I will have actual vacation days that I can take whenever I would like (which I’m sure will be nice), but I think I will miss having built in breaks a couple times a year.

Since I only have a month left of complete and utter freedom – I’m going to try to make the most of it.  This means sleeping in, doing nothing all day long, visiting friends, and crafting as much as possible.  It’s kind of confusing to think that living up my free time will include both doing absolutely nothing and doing all kinds of stuff, but I guess that’s the beauty of it….right?  Best of all, I will be doing no homework or studying of ANY kind.  That was by far the best part about packing to come home – I didn’t bring any books or any of my binders, and it was wonderful.  So this, I guess, is what it feels like to be a graduate.  And, it’s not too bad…I’m kind of a fan.

Things I will miss about college: Phi Edition

A couple of months ago I wrote a blog all about the things I will miss when I graduate, which is actually a pretty awesome list.  But this past week we had Alpha Phi Senior Week, which gave me the chance to reminisce a bit about my years in my sorority, and how much I will miss certain things.  I’m officially not ready to graduate…mostly because of these things.

Brian & Curtis’s Fabulous Cooking

For the last 3 years, I have had two cooks who make meals for me 3 times a day during the week.  This means that I really haven’t tried out the whole cooking thing, and I’m completely unprepared for my future as a real person.  It also means that I won’t ever eat as well as I have for the last few years.  I don’t like everything that they make…but overall, I really love their cooking.  My favorite meals include breakfast/brunch, swedish meatballs, ciabatta sandwiches, orange chicken, pizza (it’s homemade), pasta bar, KFC-ish mash bowls, and anything that he makes with pesto… I’m hungry just thinking about everything!

The Banner Closet

Our banner closet is a closet that holds paint, random things, sheets for banners, and that serves as a place to store banners that have been painted for events as they dry.  For me, the banner closet is a crafter’s paradise.  It is a great place to store half-finished crafts when there isn’t room in my own room, a great place to go to find that perfect color of paint when I am in the middle of a project and don’t have what I want, and to go to find anything else that I could ever possibly want.  Soon, I won’t have a room like this right beside my room, and instead I will have to drive to Wal-Mart or Target every time that I have a crafting need.  How inconvenient is that??!!  Maybe my apartment complex will open a crafting room that could fill the hole in my life that the banner closet will leave.

My girls

I live in a house of 76, and I have 50+ other sisters that don’t live in.  Most people couldn’t handle this…but I love it.  There are always people around to hang out with or talk to, and life is so much more exciting this way.  I love my pledge class and the pledge class below us…and the pledge class below them was the group that I worked with as the pledge educator so they will always hold a special place in my heart.  And to top it all off, we got an amazing group of girls this year that I have loved getting to know.  Basically, I don’t want to leave them.  I wish I could stick around a bit to see how they grow over the next few years and where they take our house.  I have full and complete faith in them, but they are just such awesome people that I don’t want to leave them yet!  Alpha Phi, you’re great….keep it up…and never change.  :)

My pledge class at an event earlier this year....

Up Next: Apartment Decorating

Exactly one month from today I will be graduating from college.  This means that I kind of need to have a plan for my future – which I do.  After graduation I will be moving into an apartment with two of my sorority sisters, Lindsey and Shefali, and I’ll be starting my job about a month later.  So this means that for approximately four weeks, all I have to do is decorate, craft, and be domestic.  I’ll probably do some sleeping, traveling, and being super lazy as well…but I am the most excited about the decorating and crafting.  So naturally, I have been spending all of my free time (I use the term “free” very loosely) Pinteresting and brainstorming ideas for my future home.

So some ideas/looks that I really like….

A way to update/camouflage outdated cabinets

An idea for our living room

My favorite look for a bedroom with a wrought iron bed (which is the kind of bed I’ll have)…

I just really like this wreath

And these bottles….

I could go on for days….but I won’t.  Every day I have to exercise my own self control to make sure that I don’t spend every waking moment just thinking about decorating…and it is basically a full time job.  I’m just really excited to see what our apartment ends up looking like, because right now it is a legitimate clean slate with an older kitchen.  We can paint and put up anything that isn’t completely permanent, which makes for unlimited possibilities – and I couldn’t be more excited!  If only I could make our living room look like this…which I know I can’t…but I can still try, right?

 

 

An Outrageously Busy/Wonderful Weekend

A lot of my weekends are filled to the brim with different activities…but last weekend was basically the perfect weekend in terms of always having something to do.  Each event was spaced out so I could do everything that I wanted, which I really appreciated.  It was also pretty much filled with Butler-ness…which is always exciting.  So here is a quick rundown of everything that I did throughout my weekend:

Blue II’s Birthday

Each year, BUSF has a birthday party for Blue II, which is probably my favorite BUSF event of the year.  We give away free cupcakes in Starbucks, people get photos with the birthday boy himself, and we have contests and giveaways for everyone that comes.  It is basically a great time for everyone, students, faculty & staff, community members, and of course, Blue!  Even though it rained during the event this year, it was still a ton of fun and a good time was had by all.

Blue and I at his 8th Birthday Party...

Alpha Phi Formal

I normally love any occasion to dress up and dance the night away…and this formal wasn’t any different….except that I didn’t dress up!  Our seniors have a tradition to wear tshirts to their last formal, so instead of wearing a dress, I got to wear a tshirt and jeans.  It made for a great night, even though I wish that it wasn’t my last formal.  Oh, the life of a senior.

A bunch of Alpha Phis hanging out before formal...

Bulldog Jog

This is another event that is usually put on by BUSF, but this year we passed the event on to the HRC.  Since we have always been so involved, we still all volunteered…and I had the chance to help out with the dog walk…which was basically an awesome way to spend my morning.  I love dogs, and thinking about what kinds of dogs I want throughout my life…so it was perfect.  There were tons of dogs there that I loved, but my absolute favorites were these gorgeous/huge Huskies.  I need them.

Someday...I will have dogs like this.

Meghan’s Bridal Shower

Two of my friends are getting married in the next few months, and on Saturday afternoon we had one of their bridal showers.  I think we were all nervous for how it would all come together, but it was a great day with her friends and family, and it made me even more excited for her wedding!  Some of us crafted our gifts for her, which of course was right up my alley…especially since I haven’t been getting my crafting fix lately.  Thanks, Pinterest!

One of Meghan's gifts that we made...it's my favorite!