Crafting For – Grads –

It’s that time of the year people – time for graduation, of high school, of college, of a big time in you life.  

Let’s celebrate those going through this important time with you – grad parties.

With grad parties comes presents… What do you get a graduate?  What do they need?… Well, since you asked, a graduate needs memories…a reminder of all the things (small or large) that helped them get to this significant point in their life.

A memory jar.  A place to keep all your past memories that helped shape you and to add your new memories that you want to remember forever and always. A place you can go to, pull out a random memory and remember the beauty of that certain memory.  

What you need to create the memory jar-

  • A Glass Jar
  • Initials (based on person gift is for)
  • Chalk Marker
  • Chalk Cirle 
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue
  • Paper
  • Pens/ Markers

  

How to build the memory jar-

  1. Use the hot glue gun to glue the initial onto the glass jar
  2. Use the hot glue gun to glue on the chalk cirle to the glass 
  3. Use the chalk marker for the chalk circles & write what you please – I chose to call it, Jar of Memories – and on the back I wrote the date I made in    
  4. The final step is to write memories on paper, fold the paper & place in jar

Congrats you have now given your graduate a memory jar that will keep them smiling for the rest of their life.

Always remember the past

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”
-Dr. Seuss-

Always cherish the moment 

“Cherish every moment and every person in your life, because you will never know when it will be the last time you see someone”
-Unknown-

Always hope for the future

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness”
-Desmund Tutu-

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6 Days – Fetch A Friend

Don’t forget: Fetch A Friend is MAY 9TH!

Make time to adopt your soon to be best friend – you will never regret it!  You will save a life and that life will save you.  A furry animal is the only thing that will love you more than it loves itself.

Dogs {or any other furry animal} are not our whole life, but they make our lives •whole• 

My furry friend, who is now my best friend 🙂 Adopt your new, furry best friend to have this happiness!

I hope you are able to make it to Fetch A Friend on SATURDAY MAY 9TH to fetch yourself a best friend!

For more information and details go to my previous blogpost about Fetch A Friend 🙂

-Fashion- Friday

Spring: the beautiful, bird chirping, flower growing, rain falling season.  Now that it is spring, it is time to bring out your lovely spring clothes.  And this year it is all about flowery prints and colorful clothing.

A new, popular clothing type is boho-chic.  This fashion consists of various bohemian and hippie influences.  These clothing styles were very common in the 1960s and are now resurfacing in the 2000s.

How to get the boho chic look in 5 EASY STEPS-

  1. Clothes – Boho is all about the natural, earthy toned clothing with a splash of color; it’s about being unique and standing out from the crowd.  Many of the boho clothing items are baggy, such as flowy skirts and poofy pants (but don’t fret, they do not all have to be poofy or flowy to be boho).
  2. Shoes – That boho look is all about having strapy sandals that have earthy tones (I have a major shoe addiction and boho chic styled shoes are probably my favorite)
  3. Hair – Long pin straight hair is what is in style nowadays, but to make it boho chic give a little wave to your perfectly straight hair.  The idea is to make your hair appear as natural as possible; whether its naturally curly or even wavy.  Braided hairstyles are also considered boho and are really fun to create!
  4. Accessories – You must always accessorize!  There are, bracelets, ankle bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. And it doesn’t stop there!  There’s headbands (my favorite being the flower headbands), clips, and belts. The possibilities are endless with accessorizing!
  5. Make-up – Try to look as natural as possible, meaning no flashy red lips, eyeshadow, or blush.  Stay with the make-ups that match your skin tone.  Stick with eyeshadows that are earthy tones, such as gold and brown.  Let your natural beauty shine 🙂

A well-known store, free people,  is a store where you are able to find and buy many of these boho chic clothing styles.


Take a look at our boho chic look:

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Meet my new favorite look — Tank: Forever 21, Flower Headband: Forever 21, Poofy Pants: TJ Maxx, Sandals: PacSun, Bracelets: Alex & Ani

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Take a look at Hailey’s look — Flower Headband: Forever 21, Tank:  Hollister

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Boho is the new Black — Try it out for yourself!

 #FashionFriday

 

The Happy Project – Spread The Happy

Happiness is an unspoken quality of life.  If you are happy it shows through your emotions, your features.  We do not often talk about the things that make us happy, we just see them happening.  But, I would like to talk about it.  What makes you happy?  Unhappy?  Are you ever perfectly content with your life or do you need something to keep that happiness going?

A group of friends and I are spreading happiness and we need your help!  We researched the quality of happiness throughout life.  And we are looking for that stage in life where you do not constantly need more and more to continue to be happy, we are looking for something that creates a long-lasting state of happiness.

We interviewed young children, asking them what made them happy. Most said being with family or the simple things in life, such as “scoring a goal in lacrosse.” Then we asked teens, which is shown in this video. They went more in depth, explaining in detail what makes them happy. And last we asked the elderly, who told us that what makes them happy is making others happy.

You are able to watch what we received from the teens on YouTube at: The Happy Project

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Two of my very happy friends frolicking through the woods 🙂

A similar project was done in 2014 called The Global Happiness Project (this is a completed project).     


If you have something that makes you incandescently happy (really really happy), comment on this blog or on my YouTube Video (link above).  My group would love to hear about the thing that makes you happy!

The Ville

The perfect place to go for DIY project ideas is Uptown Westerville.  This vintage looking town is full of different shops; antique shops, record shops, music shops, shops with their own diy projects and many many more cute little places to go to.  This little area has tons of multicultural food places to eat at!  And let me personally tell you that you will be hungry from shopping at these beautiful shops all day and these food places are mouthwatering and delicious (there’s even a Greater’s)!

A little vintage shop contains old cameras, records, homemade t-shirts, vintage clothes, etc. (pictures below)

  

 

Another shop has locally made merchandise, such as Ohio shirts, Miami University shirts, bracelets, earrings, etc. (pictures below).  This shop is one of my personal favorites 🙂

  

If you have already created something and need to paint it, then this next place is perfect for you.  Annie Sloan created this paint: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  The employees at this shop in Westerville know what they are taking about when it comes to using the paint and what types to use with certain types of wood.  A great store with great employees to help!

The last store I went to is another antique shop with tons of vintage things to choose from (and they have a cat waking around)!!

Uptown Westerville, also known as “The Ville,” is a beautiful place to go to, especially when there is good weather!  I highly recommend you take a visit here to help if you’re have DIY idea block because you will get tons of ideas!

Fetch a Furry Friend!

Fetch a Friend is an organization that makes adopting a perfect furry friend, just for you, a possibility.  On May 9th, 10 am — 7 pm, Fetch a Friend is hosting an Adopt-A-Thon at the Ohio State Expo Center (Lausche Building) – building index #1.

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So Why Adopt?

  1. You are saving the life of two pets (and a family).  When you adopt a pet you save that pet and because you adopt them, you leave open space for another homeless dog to be able to take.  And you save your family because you now have another furry family member added to the family, which equals more love to go around!
  2. When you adopt, the pet you buy is healthy.  They are examined, vaccinated and sprayed/neutered before you adopt them.  Shelters and rescuers also check the pet’s behaviors to make sure they are perfect for each family.
  3. Adopting a pet from a shelter is less expensive than buying a pet from a pet store and in many shelters, the animals are already vaccinated, sprayed/neutered and examined before you buy them.  So you can keep more money in your pocket, but still get the perfect, lovable pet for you and your family.
  4. Adopting a pet will add more love in your home and life.  Pets have been proven to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial to your health.

Rescue/ Shelters helping Fetch a Friend

Already adopted a lovable pet and want to share your beautiful story to others?  

  • Use the hashtag: FetchAFriendFriday (or just FetchAFriend)
  • Comment on this blog post, share your story to the world

Come May 9th from 10 am — 7 pm and participate in this amazing event.  Adopt a furry, lovable friend for your home, or donate to this amazing cause.  Help a furry friend become adopted, let them bring some love and furry compassion into your life 🙂

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Book Lovers, Darker:

Fifty Shades Darker (EL James)-

This is the second book to the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, picking up right where the first book left off.  Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey have many differences that keep them apart, but the electric energy in their relationship (and Jose’s photography show) brings them back together.  And once again, we are caught up in their whirlwind romance.

Fifty Shades Darker introduces many new and dark characters. There is Jack, Ana’s boss, who is yet another man who falls for Ana.  The more Ana works, the creepier Jack becomes…no wonder Christian has this irrational overprotecting quality to him…  Then there is Elana Robinson, or to Ana: Mrs. Robinson.  Elena is the women who corrupted Grey in his teenage years, who Grey says changed him for the better, keeping him from ending up in jail. She becomes the person that Ana hates.  And then there is Leila, she is from Christians past who has had a psychological break…

Christian and Ana do face some challenges in their relationship, but they’re destined for each other, they both want a permanent future spent with each other.

So much happens in Fifty Shades Darker.  We learn about Christians past.  Strange things happen with the new characters; Jack makes advances on Ana (inappropriate ones I might add), Leila breaks into Ana’s apartment, and Mrs. Robinson still has feelings for Christian!

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.  My rating: R