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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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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!

My Return to the Busy Life…

The last two weeks of my life have been fabulous.  I slept till at least 9 almost every day (usually until 10 or 11…sometimes 12), watched TV for the majority of the day, napped during the day, and feasted on Christmas candy for hours upon hours.  But now, I am preparing to go back to Butler for Greek Recruitment…so my life is slightly different.  Before I go back I have a rather long list of things I wanted to do that looks a bit like this:

  • Craft Christmas gifts for my friends
  • Bake things that I never got around to before Christmas
  • Fix a few of my favorite clothing items
  • Run errands
  • Visit with friends at home
  • Wash clothes
  • Clean my car

I officially have only a day and a half left until I will leave to go back to school, so it looks like in order for me to get all of this done, my calm, relaxing break is over.  Even though it does feel great to be productive again, I already miss being lazy.  Through being lazy over break, I have discovered new TV shows to watch (Private Chefs of Beverly Hills), and rediscovered some of my old favorites that I’ve been neglecting (The Late Show with David Letterman).

My Mom and I before we went to a showing of the Late Show...

Falling back in love with watching TV is something that I always do over break, but I think that it will be harder than usual to go back to my TV-less life at Butler.  I can watch TV at school, but we don’t have a TV with cable in our room, so it is not nearly as convenient, and I just don’t have time at school.  At least I’ve had at least 2 weeks of pure laziness…and I’m as rested as possible for my return to the But.

Sewing: My favorite and least favorite of all crafts.

There are several times this semester when I have truly wanted to just put everything on hold, take an evening to myself, and craft.  But, I somehow have stayed dedicated to all of my homework and tasks for my activities on campus, and I saved all my crafting for Fall Break.  As usual, I ran out of time to actually finish everything during break….so I just put the finishing touches on one of my things over the weekend.  Here are the things I made….

The newest addition to my Alpha Phi wardrobe....

I just love pillows...

I made the shirt out of a t-shirt that I bought from Target ($10), a Vera Bradley cloth napkin (around $4), and an old white t-shirt to outline the Alpha Phi letters.  Cutting out the letters wasn’t too hard, I just used a sweatshirt I already had to trace the shapes that I wanted, then used those as stencils.  I ran out of time after that step, so I came back to school with cloth letters and a shirt, but no shirt with letters.  Then this weekend I decided to just tackle the entire project….which made me truly hate sewing.  I attached the letters to the shirt with Heat ‘n Bond hem, then sewed around them with my sewing machine to give them the look I wanted, and to make sure that they didn’t start to fall off…ever.  This was a struggle…to say the least.  It took entirely too long (around 4 hours), so I don’t think I will be making another shirt like that anytime in the near future….and I will most definitely cherish that shirt.

The pillow, on the other hand, was extremely simple.  I took a plain pillow I already had and stitched on felt “petals” in the shape of a flower.  It was so easy, and just look at how cute it is!

Even though sewing can be outrageously difficult (especially when you have a VERY cheap sewing machine), I truly love being able to look at something on Pinterest or on another crafting site and to know that I can make it.  I might say some choice words to my sewing machine and debate throwing it out the window when it doesn’t do what I want it to, but in the end…I usually have some pretty cute stuff.  Which is always totally worth it…obviously.

 

My Own Butler Crib: Part I

Some of you may have seen the Butler’s Cribs Videos already…(and if you haven’t, you should definitely check them out here).  I wanted to enter, but time ran away from me and I didn’t have time to put together a video with my roommates.  Instead, I am going to show you around my room in photos.  I am currently living in Alpha Phi, my sorority house, which I absolutely and completely love.  If you want to check out another Alpha Phi room that was featured in a Butler Crib Video, check out Abby, Emily, Maria, & Kendall’s video!  (Fun Fact: I once lived in this room too!)

*Disclaimer:  Our room is never this clean.  My roommates were all impressed when they came in after I took these photos.

First, we will begin in our main living space.  Our room is divided into three rooms, a living/studying room, a sleeping room, and a bathroom.  Here we each have a desk (there are 4 of us), we have a futon, a tv, and a fridge.

My room….

Something cool that you probably notice about our room is how many different styles there are represented.  Each of us has a distinctly different personal style…so we just embraced it and threw everything together.  That’s the beauty of living in such a small space, for a short period of time.  You can really do anything, and as long as it makes you feel at home, its perfect.

Another view…

My corner is usually a mess of bags, books, papers, coats, and everything that I use on a daily basis, but today I actually cleaned it.  I feel much more productive now, and I can actually sit here because I’m not completely overwhelmed by all of my stuff.  I like my corner though…it’s very “Steph”.

My desk…

The last area in our main living space is the futon…which I sleep on…all the time.  We also added the coffee table to make us feel like real people, and it is definitely succeeding.

Our “living area”.

Check back tomorrow for Part II of my room….the sleeper, bathroom, and most importantly…my closet.

Everybody loves Fall Break…

Breaks from school are always great….but the ones that come at a point in the semester when you really have no homework at all to do are always the best.  That’s how my Fall Break was this year, a fabulous 3 days of chilling out on my couch, while still being somewhat productive…in regards to nothing school related…at all.

Since I am interning currently at Slingshot SEO, I stayed on campus for an extra day to get another day of work in.  It was kind of nice to slowly ease into break by finishing classes one day and then just working the next day, instead of rushing home and crashing right away like I usually do.  Instead, I postponed the crash for a day, by driving home after work on Thursday.  This was really nice, because I packed up my things leisurely, I had already recovered from all of my tests that week, and I just chilled out as I drove all the way home.

I love the drive home...

Once I got home….I saw my dogs, as usual…and then I did not leave my couch from about 9 p.m. Thursday night until around 4 p.m. the next day.  So my first goal for break, resting, was officially a success.

Love my puppies...so much.

The rest of my break consisted of going out to eat with my parents (we only cooked one meal for the family the entire weekend), shopping with my mom, and doing a bit of crafting to get my creative fix for the weekend.  I took a little bit of homework home to do, but I somehow succeeded at never opening a book or even thinking of school for 2 whole days (I did some homework on Sunday), which was an absolutely beautiful thing.

Things I’ve learned from Greek Life…

During my last three years or so in Greek Life, I have learned many things…some that will be extremely useful in my future professional life, and some that won’t be.  Since the non-useful things are much more fun….I thought I would share a little bit about them with you.

  • How to live with 75 other girls, in one house, with one TV that has cable. Nuff said.
  • How to make an outfit that 100 other girls are wearing look unique. This is a very important skill, and it requires a good selection of accessories.  The other day, I made a bracelet, just because I had nothing else that would spruce up the outfit that everyone else was wearing too.
  • How to make great bulletin boards, or door decorations. Each semester when we move rooms at Alpha Phi, we decorate the doors of our rooms with a “door dec”.  Usually the theme is a play on words with Alpha Phi worked in somehow, so you have to get creative.  In my time here, I have had doors with the themes of “The Phi Hive”, “City Phis meet Country Phis”, “The Real Housewives of Phi”, “Phi-quels” (like Sequels), and now, “alpha tweet”.  We featured each of our profile pictures and names, our Alpha Phi related tweets, and even a special section for hashtags.  (I like this door dec….I think it turned out rather well.)

The living side door...

The sleeper side door...

  • How to craft. I always enjoyed crafting….but until I started making gifts for my little sis’s, I never really owned my crafting.  Now…crafting is my life.  Not really, I wish it was though.
  • How to put together a skit, performance, dance routine, etc. Basically, once a month (sometimes more) we have some sort of performance that we have to do, which gets old rather fast.  But the great part is that in my future, if I ever need to put together a seven minute dance routine, change the lyrics to a song, or put together a cheerleading routine including tumbling, stunts, cheers, and dancing, I will be ready to go.  So watch out, corporate America, me and my choreography talents are on their way.

 

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!)