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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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Posts Tagged “birthday”

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's my favorite!

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!)



It’s official…I’m getting old.

Today is my birthday.  My 22nd birthday to be exact, and I feel like I’m starting to get old.  Usually on my birthday I love hanging out with friends, doing as much as possible, and staying up late on the night before and the night of my birthday (to get as much birthday-ness in as possible of course), but this year all I want to do is sleep and be a homebody.  So either I’m starting to get old, or I’m just tired of being busy and outrageously active.  This is because I have basically been a nomad for the last 3 weeks.  With finishing school, traveling home for holidays like Mother’s Day, going to 500 Festival Events, completing my outreaches, and starting my internship for the summer, I have been spending most of the month of May living out of my car and driving all over the state of Indiana.  Luckily, I haven’t been sleeping in my car, thanks to some fabulous friends and family who I have been staying with, but I still have been packing my car basically every day to go to another place.  On the bright side, I have become a packing pro.  But, I still pack an awful lot.  Usually, my car ends up looking a little bit like this…


My backseat....

One of the best birthday gifts I have gotten today isn’t actually a gift….but instead it was just the chance to sleep in the same place for two nights (at home…my favorite place to stay) and to not have to pack anything for once.  This weekend I am heading back to Indianapolis for the Indianapolis 500 and all of the other events that the other Princesses and I will be attending, but luckily I get to stay in the same place twice…again!  Since this weekend is technically my birthday weekend….I’m considering all of the 500 Festival celebrations part of my birthday celebration.  Basically, it will be the biggest birthday weekend ever….and don’t worry…I will blog about it.  So you had better prepare yourself.  And of course….watch the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday May 29th at 12:00 EST!