Vanity

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Alright so I’m going to show you guys what I did for these crafts:

Bought this frame at Good Will for under a dollar. I originally wanted to just do the inside yellow and keep the gray border, but the spray paint kindof got everywhere and it just turned out to be a hassle.

So I had a paper towel by this to wipe the spray paint off my hands, and the wind blew it onto the frame and made these weird marks and when I tried spray painting over it, you could still tell. So I just did it all over and it ended up looking kindof cool.

I couldn’t figure out how to get the hooks into the frame to hold the necklaces so I just hooked them over the top. It looked great for recruitment, but it ended up being kindof a pain in the ass, so it’s currently being unused on the top shelf of my closet. I’m going to take it home to have my Dad help me over break. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

-Sam

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Upcycle – All That Glitters is Gold :)

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Step 1: Find ugly old trunk
Step 2: Spray paint gold and cover in glitter!

Since my job is up on campus, I have become pretty much completely broke from all of my traveling and then Summerfest. That kindof makes it hard to get excited about redecorating because I don’t have money to just totally redo everything. So I’ve found solace in upcycling. This hideous green trunk was from my days as a gymnast, going to camp for the summer. I found it in my dad’s basement, and beautified it! Now I’ll have a nightstand, a place to store my crafts in my room at school, and a pretty statement piece that I’m sure people will notice when they walk in the room! Can I get a triple threat!? 🙂

-Sam

Reading Corner

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Since I’ve been kindof bored back home, all I can think about is going back up to the cities for school. I’m supppper excited to decorate my room. I decided instead of a desk which I never seem to use, I want a comfy reading corner instead! Here’s some inspiration, plus other random room inspiration!

I seriously wish I could afford a new piece of furniture so I could do this exact thingggg with all my heels!

I don’t know what it is about this that inspires me, I think maybe it’s the bright colors.

I feel like if I tried this it would definitely cause a fire some how. But it looks pretty!

Get along little doggie, get along

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So I really want to get a dog. If I weren’t so broke right now I would like this week. One of my friends up at school just got another dog and I’m so jealous. Being home and hangin out with my family’s dog has made me really want one!

My family’s dog, Brie.

I wonder if the house I’m living at this year allows dogs? I just want to make this cute dog collar:

Martha Stewart’s How-To:
1.Use an upholstery needle and thimble to stitch half of a snap to the collar.

2.Stitch the other half of the snap to the base of a fabric flower. Those with a flat fabric bottom are easiest to work with. If your flower has a plastic base, just sew through a petal or two as close as possible to the base.

When I get a dog, it’s definitely going to be a German Shepard. I love big and intelligent dogs. I’m not a little-dog type person. I feel like I’d accidentally step on it. I think I’ll get it from a humane society. Brie is from the Milwaukee Humane Society, and we’ve never had any problems with her.

Martha Stewart’s Homemade Dog Biscuits

Makes About 5 Dozen
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer’s yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside

2. Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.(Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog’s size.)

4. If desired, you can spell out your dog’s name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won’t stick).

5. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

6. Bake biscuits 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off oven, leaving door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

I think that this is a pretty fricken cool idea and I think it’d be kindof cool to make these bags for something other than dog poop as well haha. I’m not sure what though.

Martha Stewart’s Dog-Cleanup Bags

Makes About 5 Dozen
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer’s yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside

2. Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.(Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog’s size.)

4. If desired, you can spell out your dog’s name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won’t stick).

5. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

6. Bake biscuits 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off oven, leaving door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

-Sam

Bedroom Color Scheme

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So I know these two color schemes are kindof similar but I’m pretty sure I have it narrowed down to these two:

I’m so excited to be able to paint the walls in my room this year. I’m forsureee over white walls. I don’t know what it is about the pale vintage colors that draws me to it but I’m seriously obsessed.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1BJjrB/www.starchamber.com/colors/color-idioms.html

I may not be a linguistics major anymore, but I can’t deny that Alan Kennedy’s Color/Language Project was pretty interesting to read about.

-Sam

 

 

The University of Minnesota Wins! (Obviously I’m Not Referring to a Sport…)

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So this past semester I really struggled with trying to figure out what I wanted to do about my major and I came to the conclusion that I was putting my artistic talents to waste by studying linguistics. Don’t get me wrong it’s interesting, just not enough to pursue that as a career for my whole life. And honestly I’m the type of person who could get interested in anything. But I want to be able to be passionate about something. I took summer classes at the Art Institute and realized that I love design. Learning photoshop and illustrator was like the most awesome thing I’ve done in college yet. It made me annoyed of all of the bs liberal art gen ed’s that the U makes people take to suck as much money out of us as possible. I decided to transfer. This made me have to become an “inactive” member of AOII, which I was super upset about because I lived so far from campus this year that I wasn’t nearly as involved as I wanted to be. I had mixed feelings about everything because I seriously love the U and I love greek life, but I wouldn’t have been able to transfer to the design school with the grades I got this year. So I transferred.

But apparently, since they go to school year round, summer classes aren’t an option–they are a necessity. I had taken a may term, but wasn’t intending on taking the summer term because I knew I’d be home in Milwaukee for Summerfest and a bunch of weddings. So since they started summer term yesterday, I had to un-enroll and re-enroll at the next term–IN OCTOBER. I’m not trying to wait that long considering I had to totally start from scratch. So the last few days have been extremely long and nerve racking trying to figure out what I wanted to do. My dad was really set on me staying at the U and majoring in Italian because I’m already almost done with all those requirements. I figured I’d do that and minor in art, and then go to Grad School for animation or design or whatever it is I want to do. I’ve been really determined since I was little to learn Italian and learn about the culture. I’m proud of my heritage and I want to be able to teach my kids about it in the future, because my family hasn’t done much in terms of preserving our heritage. So I guess that’s the plan, stay at the U and get a degree in Italian with a minor in Art. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll do with that, most likely teach. I might get into translating for businesses or something. Someone in my family translates for an oil company and they make bannnnk. It’ll be nice to do something like that for a few years before I really get into design. So yeah that’s the story. I’m so incredibly happy that I can still be active in AOII now, because I was really looking forward to getting to know everyone better, and participating more, getting a position, getting a lil sis, recruitment, and all of the things I didn’t really get the most out of this past year. Mostly I’m super excited to live in Animal House with a bunch of my sisters. I really wanted to live-in AOII at some point, but this will be just as fun!

Well that’s it for now, keep checking back. I’ve been stumbling for inspiration as to how to decorate my room once I get back up to school, so there should be some good stuff up soon!

Sam

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