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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Splatter painting

We did this a loooong time ago (like months) and I'm just now getting around to blogging about it. Better late than never? 

Over the summer, I found 3 matte black mugs at Goodwill for like 83 cents each. Score! I had absolutely nothing to do with 3 of the exact same mug at the time, but I new I'd be able to use them for some sort of crafty purpose. And eventually...

Ta da! I decided splatter painting would do the trick. I gave the others to my roommates and we had a go at splatter painting. I was surprised at how well it turned out! 

Colors!

Supplies

Melissa and Rachel being crafty 
It was a little hard to get the hang of it at first- I'm pretty sure more paint ended up on us than on the mugs. 

What a mess! 

We had a great time making a mess and getting paint on the side of the porch (whoops). The mugs turned out beautifully!
My finished product!
Of course, splatter painting wasn't enough, so we decided to do our napkin holder too! It was black and looked really cool with the paint. Who wants a boring napkin holder anyway? 


It was a fun time, and we really love being crafty. Yay cool mugs! 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fairly Interesting


Last Monday, I went to the South Carolina State Fair with a group of friends. I was a little worried about the weather, and I didn't get the $25 ride voucher for unlimited rides because I didn't feel like paying $25 to be reminded that I have extreme motion sickness. But it turned out to be a fabulous time! 


We ate wayyy to much delicious disgusting food- the kind where after you take a bite you're swimming in butter and feel like you need to take a shower. It's great, but I could really only do it one day a year. 

Brenden and Grey with the Elephant Ear
 Even though I didn't ride any crazy rides, my roommate Rachel and her brother Ben did! This sucker was just called "Speed". The seats rotate as the arms swings you practically to Mars. It was hilarious to hear them scream.
Rachel and Ben on the death trap
Rachel and I 
 One of my favorite parts of the fair is getting to see all the cute aminals! : ) This bunny just killed me with those ears. I mean, come on! Too cute! The best part was seeing Swifty the Swimming Pig. They had pig races and a tiny little pig called Swifty dive into a troth and swim across. I need one. NEED ONE.

I wonder if it's hard to walk...
The one ride I wanted to do before going home was the ferris wheel. I love that you can see pretty much all of Columbia from the top. My favorite!
Brenden and I on the ferris wheel

View from the top
And of course, I had to sample one last bit of traditional fair food before heading home- the frozen banana on a stick. (with chocolate and sprinkles). It's probably the healthiest thing there, and also the most delicious!


I probably won't be in town when the fair comes around again next year, but I'll try my best to pay a visit!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Landsford Canal


On Saturday, my family took a quick trip to Landsford Canal, one of SC's state parks. The story is that the canals were built in the 1800's to help boats get around the rocky parts of the Catawba river. It only lasted until    about 1835, and now the canal is overgrown. Still really cool to go look at and see the historical stuff!

The overgrown canal. Very narrow!  


Abigail and Rosie
 One thing that's pretty cool about the area are the Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies that grow along the water in the spring. I really want to go back in May and see how it looks! They say there are thousands of them and it's absolutely beautiful.

No lilies in the fall, but just picture it! 

Dad and Mom in front of where the lilies grow

Dad and the girls

Mom and Abigail
Aaaaand eventually we got tired of walking and headed back to the car. Naturally, I had to do a photoshoot with the dog.
Rosie didn't want to take a picture

There we go : ) [Note the faces in the background]
I really love going on little day trips like this, especially the outdoorsy stuff! It's great to get out in the nice fall weather and walk around. It's pretty cool to learn about the South Carolina history too. I know, I'm a nerd. I definitely need to go back in the spring so I can see the Spider Lilies. Yay nature.

P.S. I felt the need to add this because it makes me laugh. Silly Anna. Quite the photographer, no? I'm sure those pictures turned out beautifully.





Saturday, October 13, 2012

Football.

Clemson shoes!

I never really understood football.

Until I came to Clemson.

Clemson football made me actually care about football. Because it's awesome! The players are hilarious, have amazing dreads (Sammy! DeAndre! That other guy!) and the best tattoos (Tajh!)

DREADS

I mean, I'm not opposed to other college football teams (except University of South Carolina. I don't like you or your new uniforms and your fans are obnoxious). I have friends that are Maryland turtle fans and I kind of really love Michigan's QB Denard Robinson. Except...you can't really beat the experience of a game in Death Valley.

As if you didn't believe it already, here's why Clemson football is awesome.

The Most Exciting 25 Seconds in College Football

Our President dresses up as the Mascot to do touchdown push ups


You can wear ridiculousness like this ^

Touchdown fireworks

Another Tiger win!

And if I wasn't excited about the next home game enough, my friends and I got third row seats! THIRD ROW! I'm gonna be on tv y'all! Gooooo Tigers!




A Clemson Tradition

Class of  '13! 
  
Last week, I was fortunate enough to be a part of a huge Clemson tradition- The Clemson Class Ring ceremony. Clemson class rings are pretty famous, and I've heard tons of stories about people meeting other alums around the world because they recognized the ring. You can read what Clemson has to say about it here

They had the cutest little old men speak at the ceremony. One man (who's name escapes me) was Class of '38. Dude was like 96!! He told a story about how he was in WWII and his friend and fellow Clemson alum sold his gold class ring to the Japanese to buy food and save his life. It was fun to see pictures of how the ring design had evolved over the years too. 

I remember some of my friends getting their rings a few years ago and thinking it was soooo far away. Nope!   That moment came and went...way too quickly. Guess I'm old now! Graduation will be here before we know it. Gack, don't remind me! 









Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I'm baaaaack!

I'm alive, I promise! After a brief 2-month hiatus from the blogging world, I'm back at it!

 It's been a crazy two months. First, my internship ended and I had to move from Washington back to Clemson. Soooo sad : ( But I did get to spend a week at the beach in between (which was fabulous!) Of course when I got back to Clemson things didn't slow down one teensy bit. I got another internship with the University that has me working any time I'm not in class. And speaking of class, I'm learning Russian! But to top it all off, I've been sick for a month. It took four doctors to even figure out what to do with me.

That being said, I'm finally recovering, figuring out how to handle this crazy schedule, and am ready to start blogging again. So be on the look out for more posts on my crafting, baking, and adventures in general. Woo Senior year!