Archive | August, 2011

she believed she could so she did.

28 Aug

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Oh hi. It’s me again. I am literally beyond (like BEYOND) excited right now. I highly doubt that anyone reading this (wait, do people read this?) will care. SO. Lots of exciting news to share! I’mma make a list. Just because I’m super scatterbrained right now and I don’t know how else to organize my thoughts.

1. Ten days ago I sold my first item on Etsy. I’ve made four more sales since, all scarves, and believe it or not I sold the magazine bowl that’s been listed for months! Never saw that coming. I’m about 5 sales away from breaking even. I honestly don’t even care about making a profit yet, I’m just thrilled that people are willing to fork over 20 bucks for something I made. I’m working on new scarves and I’ll hopefully have pictures to post later this week and some new etsy listings. SUPAAA PUMPED :-)

2. I have officially moved back to Oxford. Initially, I told about five people. Word spread rullll fast. Long story short, I applied for over a hundred “grown up” and part time jobs and was completely unsuccessful (still unemployed, holla!), and my friend Stormy needed a roommate. So there you have it. I made the rather spontaneous decision to come back to the Ox Box and be around people (instead of cats) until grad school (which WILL happen NEXT FALL). I was and still am embarrassed that I’m back in a college town with a college degree. I had many opportunities at Miami that I took full advantage of; coming off of one of the busiest years of my life, it’s hard to sit around and “do nothing.” I feel like I may have let some people down, including myself. A year ago today, I figured I’d be in grad school right now. It’s been a weird transition coming back but hopefully I’ll get used to the changes soon.

3. I’ve got some exciting news about my blog, too! I was contacted about being included in the September edition of an online magazine for DIY projects this morning! ZOMG. Click here to check it out. How people are stumbling across these posts, I don’t know. I think having two links to my blog on Craftgawker has made a big difference in the amount of traffic my pages are getting. The Harry Potter Wall post has had over 10,000 views, which seriously freaks me outtt! In a good way, of course.

4. Here’s the new apartment, half put together. Enjoy the crummy pictures!

Vintage Miami U chairrr.

HOT MESS. The hummus is the most important part of this picture.

Sooo I dont have a mattress yet. Winning?

FAVE.

The mess you didnt just see...

Vintage Miami U suitcase. Jealous much?

BOOOOOKS.

... or a bakers dozen.

Hello, adorable.

Hello, hottayyy.

A box of cards and a jar of paintbrushes.

5. That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more artsy fartsy posts soon! Happy Crafting!

there was a sad ghost looking at people.

24 Aug

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Another Telephone Pictionary… these never get old. Check out this blog post to see how it works.

Kelleher lost his marbles at RedHawk Hunt (an awesome RHA program).

(Uhh…)

A very important person is wondering what is happening in front of him… looks like a torch and vase?? hmm…

(Cute.)

The king does not know what to say to the angry common man with a bowl.

(Ha, it’s so simplistic.)

The king denied the humble peasant’s chicken. What a douche.

(I appreciate the d + bag.)

The king was angry a bird died and there was a sad ghost looking at people.

(That’s one angry king.)

The king killed the chicken and the ghost came after the running boys.

(Cluster fudge.)

A king thought of dirty things that he mentally blocked while ghost (from pacman) chased people.

(Dirty things = dirty clothes.)

august painted the air with a mop.

22 Aug

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So it’s been a few days. Friday I drove up to Michigan to spend the weekend with Miami friends. I laughed so hard my lungs hurt. The drive back down was epic. I drove two of my friends back to Columbus and around Toledo we became so distracted by our conversation that we didn’t realize we missed our exit for 30-some miles. The detour was lovely, as was the stop at the HuMan Buffet. I proved my cat whispering skills when I met my friend Nathan’s farm kittehs. 7 weeks old, adorable, and in love with me. Babayyy kittehs are the best.

My sister started college today. She’s apparently having a much easier time than I ever did, which I guess is a good thing. I’m home alone. Bored out of my mind and feeling a little lonely after this weekend. I wish I could say that I’ve had luck finding a job, but I haven’t… yet. I need to buckle down and get to work on this substitute teacher thing. Maybe I’ll have luck with that. At this point, I think I’m going to start spending more time on preparing grad school applications than anything else.

On a happier note, I got a new book in the mail today! I AM SO EXCITED. It’s called Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer. Kinda my favorite author. He also wrote Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Everything is Illuminated, and Eating Animals. This book is *extra* special though, because he used manuscripts of another book, The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz, and carved away words to create a new story. Just look: Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer. SO COOL, right? I started reading it and it’s incredible. I’m a collector of quotes of all sorts, and I literally want to bookmark every single page.

stenciled.

17 Aug

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Y’ello, folks! I’m back with a new craftastic project that’s resulted in a lack of feeling in my right pointer finger! Woo hoo! Initially, my idea was to write or paint excerpts from books on scarves; an adaptation of my Harry Potter wall. That didn’t work out exactly as planned, so I decided to give stencils a shot. I found an image online and made it black and white, not grayscale. I’m sure there’s some fancy word for this, but I’m no photoshop guru. Hopefully you catch my drift. From there, I spent many an hour with a cutting board, razor, and an ancient box of overhead projector transparency sheets I played “school” with when I was nine. Knew there was a reason I saved those – ha.

I’m usually on a craft kick for a few weeks before I find something new to obsess over. I think this one might be here to stay, though. Unfortunately, the act of cutting the stencils (especially the more detailed quote stencils) KILLS YOUR FINGERTIPS. Each one can take anywhere between ten minutes to a few hours to cut. It’s been at least five days since I cut my last stencil and my fingertip is still numb. Whatever. I’m willing to sacrifice for perfection. After the stencils are cut, all that’s left to do is cut the fabric and add the paint. Scroll down for picturesss.

These are not screenprinted so they’re not perfect, but that’s what I love about them. I’m always looking for suggestions, so comment below if you have any ideas for people/images/quotes/etc that would look cool on a scarf.

A handful of [lucky] friends will be receiving one of these in the mail (you know who you are), but if you’re interested in one for yourself or for someone else, check out my Etsy shop. I don’t think I’ll have any luck with that at all, but you never know until you try, right? :)

The striped scarves are also handpainted. I used diluted fabric paint to keep them soft and lightweight instead of stiff – sorta had a tie dye effect. I got better as I went along, especially with the font stencils. I think it’s obvious, but maybe you won’t. Kurt Vonnegut is my favorite so far. Next up I really want to use a few Jonathan Safran Foer quotes, and my sister is begging for some Slaughterhouse Five and Thoreau… ps. Kurt’s signature was THE BIGGEST pain in the rear.

Kurt Vonnegut

Jackie Kennedy

Kahlil Gibran (this ones yours, Jen!)

Julie Andrews

Audrey Hepburn

Lucille Ball

Thanks for looking and happy crafting! – Liz

what are we watching?

12 Aug

So. It’s Friday night. My sister and I are watching Pride and Prejudice. My dad walks in with a bowl of ice cream, sits down in the rocking chair, and starts watching the movie. “What are we watching?” I told him Gettysburg – ha. The last time he tried to watch this movie with us, we had to tell him that there was a big war scene at the end to get him through it. It’s currently the scene where Mr. Collins won’t stop following Lizzie around the ball.

Dad: “Who’s that?”

Liz: “Her cousin. He’s going to ask her to marry him. He owns their family’s estate.”

Dad: *silence*

Minutes later, Mr. Darcy approaches Lizzie.

Dad: “Is that her dad?”

Molly: *grins*

Liz: “NO.”

Too many questions. Just like last time. I’m putting in Finding Nemo.

something to remember.

9 Aug

you make it happen

the elf and the young boy put the cop in jail.

7 Aug

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So. Here’s another Telephone Pictionary. If you want to learn how to play and see an example, check out my 8/1 post about how it works.

Devin misses his job at the chocolate factory.

(Interesting…)

Man “crys” because everybody escapes from prison but him.

(The arrows are helpful…)

The elf and the young boy put the cop in jail.

(Young boys apparently wear propeller beanies.)

The bad man was in jail while the little boy had his bday party and a creep man with a hat on watched.

(HA. What a creep.)

Someone was thrown in jail for shooting a cannon in someones face at their birthday.

(Damn!)

A person who was in jail ruined a perfectly good birthday party by shooting a cannon ball at someone with a balloon.

(Not sure what’s up with the sad sun…)

Liz was in jail, Rose got shot out of a cannon and Melissa and Christine began to cry.

(Of course I was in jail.)

tuesday?

2 Aug

I couldn’t remember what day it was today. This is solid proof that I have nothing in my life that runs on schedule anymore. Except for watching Big Brother and The Glee Project. Not ideal. Where should I apply for a job next?

… most pointless blog entry evaaaa. Sorry I can’t give you those ten seconds back.

telephone pictionary: how it works

1 Aug

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This past year I was so incrediby fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as the President of Miami University’s Residence Hall Association. Best. Experience. Ever. Back in April, my Exec Board and this coming year’s Exec Board got together for a retreat and played TELEPHONE PICTIONARY as an ice breaker. If you’ve never done this before, you simply must. It’s hilarious. Here’s how it works:

1. Everybody gets a stack of paper with the same number of pages as people in the group. You can play this with as few as four people but it’s funnier with more people. We played with about 15 people… that can’t draw for crap.

2. Sit in a circle.

3. Everyone writes a phrase/sentence/quote/scenario on the first piece of paper in the stack. It could be anything from “you can’t read my pokerface” to “a bulldog drove a pigeon to the Ohio River.” (Klatzke was my super awesome VP.)

4. When everyone is ready, you pass the packet of paper to either the left or the right (you pick).

5. The receiver then must interpret the phrase/sentence/quote/scenario into a *drawing*.

6. When everyone is ready, you fold the packet so that only the picture is visible, and you pass the packet to the next person. It is key that they do not see the original phrase.

7. The receiver interprets the picture into a new phrase.

8. Repeat steps 4 throuh 7 until the packet makes it all the way around the circle (you’ll run out of paper if you’ve counted correctly). At this point, everyone will have a hilarious depiction of how each person interpreted their original phrase.

I’ve uploaded the rest of the pages below. “Klatzke likes to wear his pretty pink tutu while mowing the lawn” turned into “A woman screams because her baby fell out of a shopping cart.” Hilarious.