So I’m all about sharing great news when I hear it, and this is great news. Choies.com is having a spring giveaway! They have super cute clothes that you would probably want to buy anyways so check it out!
Big Hat Days is an out door craft festival in Clovis, California. I was excited to get to share the experience with my niece and sister.
Big Hat Days should be renamed “Big Belly Day,” because all we did was eat and eat and EAT! There were local food venders with food trucks galore and we enjoyed sampling some of the best. My ultimate favorite was the organic cotton candy from Sweet Please. My sister and I also ordered this gigantic teriyaki chicken bowl and finished the day with pina colada flavored snow cones.
Change is scary… really REALLY scary, and I have had some big changes in my life. For starters, my enlistment in the Coast Guard is over and I have to learn to be a civilian again (I wonder how long it will take me to stop saying “roger” and “aye-aye?”).
But change can also be exciting and I tried to make it so by creating the most awesomely epic road trip known to man. I figured if I had to leave my duty station in Virginia and travel all the way to California then I might as well take some stops along the way. BOY DID I!
Six hotel rooms, 10 states, and a handful of tourist attractions later, I look forward to sharing the high lights of my trip with you. From what I saw and where I ate, if you plan on visiting some of these areas then be sure to stick around.
Let’s see how many songs I can come up with that have the word California in it, shall we? At the moment I have this one from Phantom Planet stuck in my head so I’m not gonna win this game but I feel like I’m winning at life because I’m finally hitting the road today and traveling back to California.
Be sure to visit my YouTube channel to see all my travel vlogs. I made plans to stop at every random place along the way.
I’m moving back because my time in Coast Guard is over. I served for exactly 3 years, 8 months, and 19 days and to summarize let me quote my good friend Dickens by saying “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” But I survived and I’ll be putting my veteran’s benefits to good use. I start film school in July and will be pursuing television hosting full time.
So get ready to see lots more of this face and check back on the blog to see what new adventures await.
Forget rain drops on roses, and freaking kittens, my favorite things include tech gear, clothes, and beauty products. This month’s favorite things are brought to you by the geniuses in Japan at Gizmon.
I have been in the market for a new camera but when I tried a few out in the store I realized that my iPhone 4s was all I really need. Most the pictures here on this blog have been taken with some good lighting and the iPhone so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But to cure my need for something new I discovered the Gizmon iCA camera design case cover and film cartridge shutter remote.
The camera case looks just like a vintage camera and has connections for a tripod stand and
working buttons. You can use your phone, ops normal-like, but then it gives you camera features with a view finder and shutter button.
And just when I thought I couldn’t like their products enough, I found the iPhone shutter remote that looks like a film cartridge.
Taking pictures has gotten easier and way more fun. Plus I saved a ton of money and feel like I have a new camera that I can use with all my favorite OS apps.
I purchased all of these products with my own money from my Amazon Prime membership.
So I have been obsessed with the black barbie doll since for-ev-er. My purple ford ranger had a giant pink barbie sticker on it (which reminds me, I should get another one of those for my current car) and I collected the limited edition black barbie dolls until I moved out of state for college.
Well the first Saturday in March I drove up to Richmond, Virginia for a photoshoot with Mike Boycourt, Jessica Morris, and Jeff Madden. We shot three different looks ranging from natural to bold with a barbie themed in mind. Check out the finished product below.
It’s the 85th annual Academy Awards. Hollywood movie stars will gather on February 24th to find out who will receive the coveted Oscar
award. This years nominees include ‘Lincoln’ for best picture, Hugh Jackman for best actor, and ‘Brave’ for best animated film.
There is controversy over who will win the award for best picture. MSNBC shares James Lipton’s pick for best picture as ‘Lincoln” or ‘Argo.’ However, according to the LA Times film critic, Kenneth Turan, ‘Argo’ is not a strong candidate to win. He argues
“Ben Affleck’s film is smart and entertaining, but this kind of work used to be Hollywood’s bread and butter — not a pinnacle.”
For many, Oscar predictions are like the super bowl brackets of Hollywood. Many will sit around the water cooler the Monday after to see who was wrong, and who was right. While the LA Times and other critics use stylistic and overall evaluation of work to predict a winner, other sources get down to the science and numbers. NPR broke down the statistics for the biggest Oscar best picture upsets in the award show history.
1981: ‘Chariots of Fire’ beats ‘Red’
1995: ‘Braveheart’ wins over ‘Apollo 13′
1998: ‘Shakespeare In Love’ Over ‘Saving Private Ryan’
2006: ‘Crash’ over ‘Broke Back Mountain’
Political statistician Nate Silver with the New York Times, says that two preceding awards shows,
the Directors Guild Awards and the Producers Guild Awards — have a greater than 50 percent success rate in predicting eventual Oscar winners. “Directors and producers are the movers and shakers in Hollywood, and any evidence about their opinions ought to count for a lot,” Silver writes.
His forecasts for the Academy Awards are based on which candidates have won other awards in their category. He gives more weight to awards that have frequently corresponded with the Oscar winners in the past, and which are voted on by people who will also vote for the Oscars. Beyond that, no other statistical factors are considered, because he doubts that doing so would give any more insight.
It’s not too late to make your predictions. Visit http://oscar.go.com/mypicks to share with your friends.
Hashtag Black History Month
Campaigns and social issues are taking to microblogging websites to help gain awareness.
Since the launch of Twitter in 2006, users have posted status updates using 140 characters or less. This relatively new form of communication has helped launch the social media website as one of the top sources for information.
Twitter is being seen as a source for educational purposes. The use of hashtags (#) with relevant key words can be traced allowing all tweets with the same name to be grouped together. Users can search topics of interest by hashtag. Educators, activist, lobbyist and marketers, who once relied on other forms of communication, are now using Twitter to ge their message to the masses.
The hashtag search for Black history month yields a variety of tweets from racially generated thoughts to celebratory facts. Major blogging networks like BlogHer are recognizing significant authors and Bet’s 106 & Park are checking in daily at places of historical significance.
Twitter is helping a new generation of learners tap into information and sources, as well as being part of the dialogue.
Roads are blocked, traffic is being detoured, and homes and businesses are left hiding behind construction equipment and unsightly orange barrels.
The city of Elizabeth City, North Carolina is undergoing a historic $95 million infrastructure upgrade. As many as 15 different projects are being completed at a time, with the majority of them taking place in the downtown area.
Once completed, the upgrades are being reported to help increase real estate values and tourism. Which is good news for rental property and homeowner Carol Chapman.
“Right now all this construction is a big pain,” Chapman said. “The loud noises and congestion makes me want to avoid downtown all together. But I know that this time next year this part of town is going to be better and I will be able to get more monthly on my rental property.”
Mayor Joe Peel agrees and also emphasises the necessity to upgrade. “I don’t think people realize what’s been happening in Elizabeth City,” Peel said to the Virginia Pilot. “This could set up the city’s infrastructure for the next 50 years.”
The improvements are being funded largely by state and federal grants. $10.5 million are from local funding, $4.3 million from federal grants and $80.2 million from state highway money augmented by federal funding.
“In the end, drinking water will taste better, streets will not flood as easily or as long, sewers will flush faster, four bridges will be safer, and at least a dozen streets will have new pavement free of potholes, said Mayor Peel in a recent town hall address.
“I’m pleased by the changes that I’ve seen so far,” said Chapman. “It’s nice to see my tax dollars at work. I just wish they would hurry up and keep the noise down.”
“Hello, my name is Athena and I’m addicted to Korean dramas.”
The only problem with my above statement (if you want to call it a problem) is the fact that I do not want help with this addiction. Unless of course one offers aide in the form of more K-drama recomendations.
A bit of background… I am not Korean. I am black and I live in America. I’m an avid tv watcher already and having been disappointed with the Christmas episode for Glee, I decided to take a chance on a recommendation provided by my Hulu subscription and watch the Korean drama, “Heartstrings (You’ve Fallen For Me).”
The chemistry between actors Jung Yong-hwa and Park Shin-hye was mesmerizing and I rooted for their characters to come together the entire time. I forgot that I was reading subtitles and was sad when 15 hours later (yes, I watched it all in one sitting. No, I do not have a life) the series was over and I was left satisfied with the happy ending and wanting more. To my delight when I woke up the next day, I discovered the show “You’re Beautiful (He’s a Handsome Man).” The same two actors as before plus the adorable Jang Keun-suk made me laugh, cheer, and fall in love all over again. But this time, I paced myself and completed the series in about a week.
Episode 14, when Jeremy, played by actor Lee Hong-ki, sings “Such Good Words,” I just about died from heart ache with him. Surely I did not want him to be with Mi-nyeo, but I didn’t want to see him hurt like that.
(BTW, the best K-drama episode recaps and blog by far are from Dramabeans).
Still, just when I thought my addiction couldn’t get any worse, I finished “You’re Beautiful” and started “Boys Over Flowers.” I’m almost at the end of the series and I am so conflicted. I want to know what happens… will Jan di and Goo Jun Pyo defeat all obstacles and end up together or will he marry Jae-kyung?! SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! But I’m afraid to know the answer because then it means no more tv show.
The good news about my addiction is my exposure to a whole new culture and language. Before all this marathon tv watching started I had no idea that Koreans even owned televisions, let alone that they had amazing programing being displayed on them (I know, I know… I’m a silly Yankee). Oh, and I had no clue the hotness that is Jung Eui-chul even existed, and ladies, let me tell you, I’m so glad to been introduced!
But seriously, I started taking classes to learn Korean and in between episodes I like to google and read about the history and the culture. It’s exciting to learn all this new stuff. I’m sure this isn’t the last post I’ll write about K-dramas (I haven’t even tapped into the movies yet!) and if you haven’t had a chance to watch one, then you can probably conclude by now that I highly recommend it!
Slow and steady or rushing till the end? How are shoppers preparing for the 2012 holiday season?
Tis the season to wait in line and increase personal debt. Holiday shoppers are estimated to spend over 32 billion in retail store sales, an increase of nearly 4% according to Deloitte LLP. Many Americans have spent 2012 preparing for the holiday, while others are scrambling last minute.
The National Retail Federation reports that the average consumer has completed nearly 57% of their holiday shopping by the end of November. (source:USA.gov)
“I didn’t expect to be done so soon, but it feels nice to sit around and do family time this Christmas instead of with the crowds,” said elementary school teacher and mother of two JoAnn Marti from Chino Hills, Calif. “of course now, the tricky part is how to hide all the gifts and keep them secret.”
JoAnn makes up the 11% of shoppers that have completed their holiday shopping before November 1st.
Last minute rush
The poor planner and frugal shopper waiting for the best deals make up the quarter of Americans who admit to being last minute shoppers. The biggest holiday sales day is expected to be on what The International Council of Shopping Centers is calling Super Saturday. The last Saturday before Christmas is projected to be the top holiday sales day with Friday the 21st and Sunday the 23rd falling into the top five.
Rudy Mendoza, father of two and US Military service member plans to wait till the last minute:
“Most, if not all, of my shopping is done. But I want my wife’s Christmas gift to be a surprise so I will save it till the very last minute,” said the Chesapeake, Virg. resident. “We share the same checking account so if I were to buy her a gift in advance she could be clued into what it is by the purchase amount and where it came from.”
Procrastinating provides good business
Many retailers are also expecting last minute shoppers and are implementing online incentive programs like Free Shipping Day on December 17th. Over 1500 merchants, including Kohl’s, Walmart, and JC Penny, will be participating starting at midnight. In 2011, Free Shipping day became the third-heaviest online shopping event in history, eclipsing Black Friday’s Internet sales by $300 million (source: comSource).
In a PriceGrabber survey conducted at the end of November, 59% of consumers said they planned on taking advantage of Free Shipping Day which is good news for big business.
“Retailers such as Target Corp and Costco Wholesale Corp, are expected to post a 5 percent rise in same-store sales, up from 4.3 percent growth in December 2011,” said Jharonne Martis, director of consumer research for Thomson Reuters. “For department stores, including Macy’s Inc and Nordstrom Inc, a gain of 4.5 percent is forecast after a 4.2 percent rise last year. Same-store sales at apparel chains should rise just 2.3 percent versus 4 percent growth last December.”
Ridiculously tall with Amazon like beauty, the average working female model begins her career at the age of 14. There is much controversy surrounding the working conditions and environment these teens enter with the modeling industry being largely unregulated.
Models are independent contractors without unions, workplace protections, and basic working rights. It may take years for a model to even get paid for her work since there is no set minimum wage or pay requirements. In 2008 The New York Times reported that the average model made $13 an hour.
To combat this former fashion model, Sara Ziff created The Model Alliance. It is a growing network of models, lawyers, the fashion industry, and concerned citizens who are working towards providing an industry voice and improve working conditions. One of their primary goals is to ensure that existing child labor laws are enforced.
Model Amy Lemons recently shared her concern with the alliance: “Many children model as adults in New York and there is ostensibly no regulation of our industry. It is imperative that we give these kids legal protection, not leaving it up to an agent who might not have their best interest at heart or a parent who isn’t familiar with the business.”
The state of New York is taking steps towards regulating the working conditions for child models (models ages 7-13).
“While school is in session, no minor 16 or 17 years of age shall be employed more than 4 hours on any school day, 8 hours on a non-school day, or 28 hours any week. While school is not in session, a minor 16-17 years old shall not be employed more than 8 hours a day or more than 48 hours a week. Additionally, male models shall not work between midnight and 6am, and female models shall not work between 10pm and 7am.” CR 190.2
Many still worry that these laws are not being enforced. “There’s nothing funny about a work force that is overwhelmingly young, female and impoverished, working for some of fashion’s wealthiest, most powerful brands,” Model Alliance board of director Jenna Sauers told Reuters.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, your true love would have spent over $107, 000 dollars on swans a swimming, and five golden rings. The value of the US dollar has gone down but the price of living remains the same. There are many this holiday season turning to budgets and creative holiday spending.
“Most of the gifts from our family will be handmade this year,” said new mother Jennifer Armstrong who will be celebrating baby’s first Christmas this year. She is not alone. Fifty two percent of US households have plans to make personalized gifts this year with craft stores being the third most trafficked destination for holiday gifts.
According to the 2012 Women’s Holiday Shopping Report produced by Citi’s Women & Co. and Real Simple Magazine, 1 out of 3 women plan on spending one thousand dollars or more this season.
This number is down since 2010. Women are finding creative ways to save with the use of smart phone apps, gift exchanges, budgeting, and year-round bargain shopping.
Yet many women are still willing to go over budget and in debt to have a happy holiday. Fourty three percent of women polled by Citi and Real Simple shared that they thought it was ok to accumulate some credit card debt. The majority of them have planned a budget that will allow them to have the debt paid by Valentine’s Day.
Back when I was in New York City for some reality tv training I tried to catch a taxi home. Thank goodness for the NYC Subway system.
With more registered voters casting ballots for the winner of American Idol over the 2008 Presidential Election, local non-profit organizations teamed up to host the Presidential Debates. On Wednesday, October 3,2012, the usual Thursday night football crowd was swapped with debate watchers.
Debate party host, Scott Bailey, explained the turnout. “We expected about 5 or 6 people to show but 20 people in my house, all here to watch the candidates, is a big deal.”
Perhaps it was the drinking games, with buzzwords like “middle class American’s” or “economy,” that enticed the late 20 something crowd to attend but spirits were high as comments about the candidates tie choices and the Obama’s wedding anniversary were discussed.
“At the end of the day, whether they realized it or not, everyone here was a part of democracy and the election. They may have attended for the boos, but for many, they experienced their first presidential debate,” said Bailey at the end of the debate.
The director of Virginian’s Vote, Gerald Holland, was co-sponsor of the debate. He passed out voter registration materials and moderated the post-debate discussions. “The turnout was amazing. Much more than we could have imagined, and most need to register still,” said Holland. “It doesn’t matter what party or why someone chooses one candidate over the other. Just so long as they take part and vote. We are trying to get more young people excited about Mitt and Barack, just like they are about Bieber and Snookie. So we are willing to meet them at their level and show them that politics can be fun.”
The 2012 Presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney took place in Denver Colorado, but viewing parties like Scott Bailey’s in North Carolina took place throughout the country. Non profit organizations and political groups are actively pursuing the young vote and voter apathy.
This was the first of four Presidential debates which also includes the Vice Presidential debate and town hall discussions. The Vice Presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan will air at 9 p.m. EST on October 11, 2012.
Gosh darn it, I love television. No AA meetings needed, but I am a bit obsessed. How could one not be with great new fall shows like Last Resort and Emily Owens, M.D. Still, I think the reason I like television most, is because it teaches me so many valuable life lessons.
Life lesson #1: Mindy Kaling is the S#*T! Ok, so maybe that isn’t so much a lesson but it is a great sign of the times. It use to be that Indian American’s were shown by the media as quickie mart cashiers or bad guys, but this time, we get a better representation by way of a charming, funny, and super relatable show like Fox’s The Mindy Project. This week’s episode forever changed my life by introducing the covert tactic of taking pictures of hot men and celebs, under the invisibility cloak of one’s own hair.
Lesson #2 Glee on Fox Television taught me that long distance relationships don’t work, especially if one person in the couple is still living in Lima, Ohio. Listen to Santana and don’t even try because “let’s just be honest that long distance relationships are almost impossible to maintain because both people are rarely getting what they need, especially at our age.” Yeah Brittany, that sounded like a breakup to me too. Some are calling “The Breakup,” the best episode on Glee yet. Guess they didn’t like “Klain” and “Finchelle,” but I did. And who is this Eli kid anyway? What’s worse than being broken up with?
Lesson #3 According to ABC’s hit show Scandal, being the mistress (or the wife of a cheating man and having to see that mistress). How come no one ever gets mad at the men? I suppose flawed women make for great television and I look forward to the President’s late night phone calls probably as much as Olivia Holt does. I wonder if she could clean up a scandal I’m having with the local library and some overdue/ lost books?
Photo shoots are a lot of fun, especially when working with talented photographers like Amy Hinden. We did this particular photo shoot back when I was living near Anaheim, California. Ironically we shot in the spring, knowing that it would have an autumn feel to it.
Amy was a blast to work with and professional. Her use of natural light is amazing and all she brought was her camera and creativity and she let me do the rest. Oh, did I mention she styled the shoot too?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The color pink use to just symbolize femininity. However these days, it means so much more. This Friday Fashions celebrates the fighters and survivors out there!
Reason number two hundred and seven, why I like Twitter more than Facebook is the new header image for profiles. Twitter has redesigned and you can customize a background image for their main avatar, bio, location, and links.
Unlike the profile options of its social media rival, this new Twitter feature is optional. This is great news for those who liked their page the way it was. Unless the user goes in and manually changes the design, it will remain the same.
However if change is your middle name, and you’re not afraid of a little progress, go to your settings/design section, and upload your new header image (don’t fret if you don’t see it quiet yet, Twitter is getting around to all the profiles a little at a time).
But what about the rest of the profile page?
Twitter hasn’t forgotten about the other images on your page as well. You can now align your background image to your header, for one continuous page. The folks over at thunderpaw.com aligned their adorable kitten theme on their profile page.
If you are looking for a template, they are not too hard to find. Sites like MarioArmstrong.com and DesignShack.net give templates and tutorials on how to design the ultimate statement for your brand. Keep in mind that the max image size is 1252×626 pixels (5MB) and should align horizontally.
See my top five favorite Twitter headers for more inspiration.
Just because fall is rounding the bend, it doesn’t mean that you have to think about the winter blues. Especially with fashions like Rebecca Minkoff’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection to keep you warm!
The runway show was heavenly, just like the designs!
Didn’t make it to fashion week? Watch the video below to see the beautiful clothes come down the runway. This summer, we definitly have lots to look forward to!
For more on this collection, and Rebecca Minkoff’s other designs visit: www.bloglovin.com/c/rebeccaminkoff
Ever since I was given the tools, I have the need to create! Now, thanks to websites like Vector.tutsplus.com I don’t have to wait for classes to begin to start learning. My new company, Shooting Star Media Productions took on it’s first client this week!
We wanted two logos or themes that would reappear with her name. The first was the star fish for her everyday icons, and the second was the big wave that you see on all her documents. Check out what we came up with!
I’m thinking that I’m gonna start making facebook page giveaways… What do you think?
I found a theme in wordpress that I love by CyberChimps and spent a few days playing with plugins and arm wrestling with Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.
This whole process made me fall in love with design! I am so thankful for websites like Vector Tuts+ who walked me thorugh a lot of the design steps and Pic Monkey, for the awesome amazing photo sliders!
By the way, what’s with the weird primate theme going on with web design, lol?
My beautiful and talented friend Dani is the author of this amazing blog called, “Oh, Hello Friend!” Every month she designs free desktop calendars to give to readers. I love, Love, LOVE polk-a-dots, and this months calendar is my absolute favorite (I say that). Don’t forget to visit Dani’s blog to get your free copy!!
Thought that YouTube was just for watching bad videos and people who can’t sing? Well, you thought wrong. There is so much knowledge to found on this video-sharing website!
Subscribe to my channel and allow me to share with you all of the wonderful “Things I Learned on YouTube!”
Tutorials, DIYs, and Videos that I learned from were provided by the following users:
Click on the link next to their names to watch the whole video, and don’t forget to subscribe!
There are things that you think you need but in reality you just really really want it. This is not the case! I am quite certain that the tiny hole, that little crevice inside of me that was waiting to be filled is due to my lack of Instacube! Now I can feature my favorite food pictures, and my “duck face” gal pals that I took via my phone using my Instagram App properly.
Sorry that you weren’t like me, and able to pledge and pre-order the limited addition one (insert image of my smug face here) but I think there are still ways to clean house and gain big! Here is the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1084349160/instacube-a-living-canvas-for-your-instagram-photo
Ever since I created this blog I had been purposely avoiding it. I really didn’t want to come anywhere near it, or even write a single post. Well, for the time being, anyways.
You see, the more I become in tune on what I want, and who I want to be “when I grow up,” the more serious I am about reaching that goal. It’s partly how I know it’s a path that I’m meant to be on (the other part comes from the constant need to vomit, out of fear my dreams won’t come true), and the main reason why I’m avoiding this blog.
As I strive to become the best entertainment journalist and television host that I can be, I have begun to take classes and attend seminars that focus on helping me achieve my goals. Over and over again these classes talk about branding and finding your personal stake in your audiences’ lives.
“Become a Host,” by Marki Costello, the self-proclaimed and widely acknowledged “Queen of Hosting,” has a whole chapter devoted to Discovering Your Brand and the theme continually comes up throughout the book. There are workshops, internet guru’s, and all sorts of companies that will help you find your brand… for a small fee, of course
So, I was ignoring you blog! I was purposely, knowingly, and intentionally not writing posts because I wanted to put the best me out there. I hoped that in waiting and reflecting I would know how to introduce myself. I suppose I could have continued posting and blogging more about how much I love Elizabeth Olsen or how Michael Kors should have designed the Team USA Opening Ceremonies Olympic Uniforms, but NO, I did not! Admittedly though, that was very hard not to do… I mean come on Ralph Lauren, berets?! When was the last time any American wore a beret?
So what is my brand you ask… stay tuned… I can’t wait to introduce ATHENA FLEMING, Entertainment Journalist, Host, and your newBFF to you!
When I grow up, I want to be just like Taylor Swift. Nevermind the fact that I am already
BL3*P years here senior, I still think this girl is very special.
Speaking of special?! Did you see the special online chat she did for her fans? This is where she announced her new album and album art work which will hit the stores October 22nd. She also let us hear the new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Check out the video below and see reason number one thousand thirteen why I love Taylor Swift.
Gosh darn you Miley Cyrus, for apparently I spoke too soon!
I was so impressed lately, with her style and new blonde ‘do that last week, I even felt inspired to tweet about it (See Exhibit A). Oh yeah, and have you seen her September 2012 Marie Claire Magazine cover and spread? It is beautiful and she looks amazing and I felt proud like a momma hen when I saw her new and improved transformation!
But then Miley had to go all Miley Cyrus on us and become awkward again. And now I can say that I have had my first serving of crow… surprisingly, it tastes a lot like chicken.
To a YouTube near you!
I have been saying for a long time now that I was going to turn my spare room into a craft/office room, but I never really got around to it. Instead the room turned into a major junk room and catch-all for miscellaneous items that I had no clue what to do with. So this make it Monday, I spent parts of the weekend and the morning organizing and cleaning, until alas… I had something that looked like a room again!
I started by emptying out the room completely because I needed a blank canvas. From there I took my large pieces like my desk, bookcases, and organizer and placed them where I wanted them. I recently went to the Dollar Store and cleaned house on mini organizing trays and drawer liners.
The shelf liners were inserted into my large organizer that I bought from Big Lots. This masks all the clutter that is inside of it and helps it go from boring to glam. You can insert any print, color, or pattern you choose to match your decor.
Then it was time to refill the room. Finally, every miscellaneous thing has its place! I made the sign using lyrics from one of my favorite songs by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and put it on an old window screen that was going to be thrown out. For the lettering, I just cut out scrapbook paper.
Finally, for my workspace, I hung large mementos above the desk and using the clothing line and clothes pins that I got from the Dollar Store, I put post cards and pictures that I wanted to feature. When I look at these items I can’t help but to smile so I knew having them in my office space where things can get hectic and busy would be a good reminder for myself to enjoy my many blessings.
So what in your life needs organizing? A spare room, your desk? Or maybe it’s something even deeper then that, like your priorities? I hope this make it Monday inspires you to make some changes around the house and get organized.
I love the Fourth of July! There is something magical about fireworks! Plus, when you’re a kid, you get to stay outside well past the normal allotted hours! When it comes to planning block parties, BBQs, and get-togethers, I always like to add a little personal touch to my decorations.
This Make it Monday features a tin can luminary inspired by a craft found at http://www.crafts-for-all-seasons.com/tin-can-luminaries.html.
I made this video back when I was competing for fox and it was on the official site of my e-campaign!! At the time, I was a top 20 finalist in the Face of Fox 43 competition. I did not win but I made it all the way tot he final five! My very good friend Rhonda is the Face of Fox and I am so proud of her!
Every week, from the start of the competition until the end, I posted a new blog entry. I will keep up the tradition and Mondays will be home to a little segment I like to call, “Make it Mondays!”
Every Monday I will feature a tutorial on a quick craft to make with the family during the week, or to save for later and have something to look forward to and help you get through the back to work/school grind.
This week we learn how to make hanging paper stars, using recycled magazines. Check out part one of the tutorial here and part two will be featured on my YouTube page.