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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Done.

It's official. I am done with my undergrad career at Clemson. It's pretty surreal. And pretty awesome. I celebrated by ordering pizza with friends and getting Cookout milkshakes. I'm free!!  

This is blowing my mind. But it feels good! I was getting pretty tired of it towards the end. Class is okay, work is okay, but going to class and working at the same time is harder than it sounds. I survived! 

Now I just have to make it to graduation. Let's do this. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

DIY Lace Coasters


I made these coasters for my roommate Rachel's birthday and this is one project that I loved doing! 
I originally saw it on Pinterest (of course) and I knew I wanted to try it for myself.  Spray paint over lace on a ceramic tile. Bam. Done. 

Lace is one of my absolute favorite patterns, so anything I can do with lace is perfect. I didn't have time to go to Hobby Lobby for fabric, but luckily I found what I needed at Wal-Mart. You won't need a lot of lace because the coasters are small; I didn't even get a whole yard and it was $1.55. 

You can use whatever spray paint you like, but make sure it's spray paint. Ceramic tiles are only 16 cents each at Lowe's so I'd recommend going there. 16 CENTS! No joke. The craft gods smile upon us.

First, cover the tile in lace and make sure to pull it taut around the back. 


Do one coat of paint, wait a few minutes, and do another coat once it starts to dry. Don't worry, it'll dry really quickly. Once the paint starts to dry you can peel off the lace, but do it very carefully! 

I did one coaster just a solid blue to change it up some. I think it adds a nice touch. 


After I peeled off the lace, I used an acrylic sealer (spray Mod Podge will work) to cover the tiles.  This will keep the paint on once you use the coasters for sweaty drinks. Note: DO THIS OUTSIDE. And you might want to let the coasters dry outside too. With the sealer they'll have to dry overnight, and they will stink up the house if you bring them in. 

Also, I'd recommend the little fuzzy furniture "feet" on the bottom to keep them from scratching the table. They come in a pack of 20 at Wal-Mart or Lowe's. 


I was very happy with the way they turned out! Once I figured out what I was doing, it was really easy! Pinterest projects are either win or lose, so I was glad when this one worked.  





Friday, April 26, 2013

High Five for Friday


I've seen a few bloggers doing the "High Five for Friday" bit, so I thought I'd try it out too.
Who knows, maybe it'll become a regular thing. Supposedly you just write about 5 awesome things that happened this week. Easy enough! Linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk for this one.

1. Brenden made it safely to Kwajalein! It's an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and he's on a two(ish) week long trip there to launch rockets and do science.  It sounds like something out of a storybook, except 10x warmer. He got an Instagram account just for this specific purpose, so everyone should follow him and check out the cool pictures! 


2. I passed my ePortfolio! If you go/went to Clemson you know what an undertaking that is, but if you do not, let me sum it up: In order to graduate from Clemson, you must upload 7 "artifacts" from each general education competency so that Clemson can look fancy and become a Top 20 school. Except it serves no purpose for the student and everyone hates it. My Arts & Humanities competency had to be re-written 4 times to please the grader. She is a wretched woman. But I'm done, and it's over. 

3. I found out that I can keep my job with Clemson after graduation! I'll move from part-time to full-time after my exams are finished next week. I'll be working for the Human Resources department. It's only temporary though, because in July I'll start my Big Girl Job in Washington, DC. So scary and exciting! I'm really glad Clemson will keep me busy (and employed) until then though. 

4. Rachel and I experimented a little with dinner last night. We used a Rachel Ray recipe as inspiration, but the more we cooked, the more things got changed! It was originally supposed to be a Cacciatore recipe. We started with pasta and tomatoes, but left out the mushrooms, added parsley, corn, chili powder, and some cajun seasonings. I love that we can just experiment and things still turn out well. 


5. Today is Rachel's 21st birthday (Happy Birthday!) and I got super crafty with her present. I'm really excited for all of you to see it, but she hasn't opened it yet so you'll have to wait until tomorrow : ) 

Happy Friday! 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fixed it!

Okay, remember how I attempted that Pinterest painting and pretty much failed? Here's how I fixed it. 

First, I painted over it with blue, green, and yellow. I dabbed it with a paper towel to give it a little texture. I really like the color!



That wasn't enough for me though. I thought it needed more.  So, I took some Elmer's glue and drew some flowers. I did two coats to make sure it was raised up.  


After it was dry, I painted over it with purple. I did a really thin layer to let the blue/green show through! I think it looks really cool with the colors and the raised up flowers. Even a little abstract! 


It may not be what I originally planned for this canvas, but I'm happy with the way it turned out.


Editor's note: I still wasn't happy with it. I know, I know. So hard to please. I took can of spray paint to it and I like this MUCH better.


Monday, April 22, 2013

My Very Own Pinterest Fail

So everyone's seen this from A Beautiful Mess on Pinterest, right? I thought I'd try it! 


My first problem was that I couldn't find letters big enough! Michael's and Hobby Lobby had NOTHING. So I settled for some foam letters and hoped it would work. 


Remember when I did this painting? It was cool and all, but if I did it again I'd make it brighter colors. So, I didn't feel bad covering it up for a new project! I stuck on my favorite quote:



Covered it in paint:



And peeled off the letters after letting it dry overnight.

I mean, it's okay... But not what I had in mind.


It's just... the letters are a little small and you can see where the paint leaked under. Mehhhh. I know I can do better. I think I'll just paint over it and see what I can make of it! Be on the lookout for another post with the actual finished product. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Favorite Spinach Dip

Looking for a new recipe to take to a party? I love this dip and I just had to share! 


I found the recipe from Wolfgang Puck or someone on the Food Network. I don't use the original for more than inspiration, but here it is if you want it. 

1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
1 1/2 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
6 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
1/3 cup grated parmesean cheese
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder

So yeah, that recipe's nice and all but here's what I really do: 

1 cup A crap ton of thawed, chopped frozen fresh spinach
1 1/2 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
6 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup a heaping spoonful or two sour cream
1/4 cup a heaping spoonful or two mayo
1/3 cup you can never have too much grated parmesean cheese
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes  I don't do spicy 
1/4 tsp. a pinch salt
1/4 tsp a pinch garlic powder


First, chop your spinach into teeny tiny bits and boil it. If you use frozen spinach, it'll be soft once it's thawed but if it's fresh boiling it will make it okay to use in the dip. It kind of looks gross, I know, but it has to be cooked. No real time limit here, just boil it until it looks squishy. 


After the spinach is cooked, use a colander to drain it. I'd also recommend pressing the spinach in the colander to squeeze out the extra water.

While the spinach is boiling, heat your cream cheese in a microwave bowl until it's soft. Add all the other ingredients after that.  I never really measure anymore because with something like this it doesn't really matter! 



The finished product should look something like this! It's so easy to make and is always a hit at gatherings. Serve it warm with some tortilla chips. Yum!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Land of the free, home of The Braves.

Last night, Brenden and I made the trip to Atlanta to see the Braves play the Kansas City Royals. It was my first MLB game ever! I've never been much of a baseball fan, but it was actually really exciting! Watching baseball in person is way better than on tv. I think that goes for any sport though. 

Sadly, I forgot my camera, so all of these pictures were taken with.... my iPhone. 

The walk to the field was like 30 miles. But it was worth it!


We were two rows up from the field! Pretty dang good, right? 


The Braves made FIVE home runs in the game. FIVE! Plus another run later. We picked a good game to go to, because it was really exciting! I almost got hit by a foul ball once, but the guy in front of us caught it. Lucky dog. 




When we were leaving, we saw the tv guys! They were all spiffy and important looking, so I was a creep and took their picture. 


And of course, we had to get souvenirs! I've never been a hat person because I think my ears stick out, but Brenden convinced me to get this one. I actually like it! And Brenden got a fancy t-shirt (not an oxymoron- it's that Dri-Fit stuff) 



Brenden spoiled me and bought my gas for the trip home too! I usually try not to brag...but hey, he's great. We were exhausted by the time we made it home, so I think that's a sign of a good time! I'd definitely go again! Who knows, I may turn into a baseball person! 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring is in the air

Clemson is the prettiest in the spring. The flowers look amazing and the whole campus just glows. I took some pictures of the blooms before they all turned into real leaves. All of these pictures were taken with my Nikon D- 40. 

There's something in these hills...









And of course, I took pictures of more than just the flowers! My silly roommates tagged along and we had a great day of frolicking in the grass and enjoying the beautiful weather. 
  


  
  
There's a saying around Clemson that if you read the plaque on Thomas Green Clemson's statue, you won't graduate on time (or ever?), so we were extra careful! 

Not reading the statue!


Getting acquainted with the solider
Spring colors!
Rachel climbed a tree.
We had such a fun time running around campus. I'm gonna be so sad to leave this place in a month. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Jockey Lot


Last Saturday, Rachel, Melissa, and I went to the Anderson Flea market called The Jockey Lot. It was huge!! There were tables and booths everywhere, and even a "puppy lot" where people come to sell their litters. Crazy, right?

There were baby Basset Hounds : ) How sweet is that face? They even had green eyes! I melted. 



They also had a couple of Husky puppies that I totally fell in love with. Look at those eyes! So furry! 



What really killed me was this sweet little Pomeranian puppy. Oh my goodness. I've always wanted a Pomeranian and I was this close to taking her home. She had some sass! 


I also fell in love with this little Dachshund. It's a Rosie! It reminded me of what Rosie looked like when she was a baby, with her tiny paws and short little nose. Awwww. 


We also wanderd around and looked at all the tables. These flowers were for sale at one booth. I wish I could have a garden! Ah, apartment living. 


After we got hungry, we stopped by a little donut stand on got the most delicious mini donuts.  You could choose between powder or cinnamon and I'm so glad we opted for the cinnamon because htye were AMAZING. I usually regret eating donuts but these...not at all. 


After that, we found one booth that was selling sugar gliders! They're like little flying squirrels. I'm normally VERY opposed to rodent-like animals but these were so sweet! They seemed relatively easy to take care of, and I would love to just sit it on my shoulder while I do stuff! 



Best friends
Rachel and Melissa had a great time!