Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sheepish Yarn Bombing Day

Happy Saturday, everyone!  It's been a very yarn filled weekend so far.  Yesterday I took a trip to the yarn shop to start making a present, and today I went yarn bombing.  For those of you who have never heard of yarn bombing, it's essentially yarn graffiti.  Some people get really, really into it and create amazing pieces of art.  Don't believe me? Try Googling it!

Anyways, last week Meredith from the blog One Sheepish Girl declared today Sheepish Yarn Bombing Day.  As a fellow shy young woman, she's really been an inspiration for me and I have always enjoyed reading her blog, so I decided to get in on the action.  I yarn bombed the park up the street on their basketball court.  I have to admit, it was really exhilarating and I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be.  Quite a few people walked past me curiously, but only one little kid had the guts to come up and say, "Hey, that's a basketball hoop!"

Why, yes it is.  And now it's more colorful than ever.

Overall, I'd count this yarn bombing experiment as a success, and I cannot wait to do it again.  Maybe sometime soon I'll get up the guts to do it in a more public place, or in a bigger piece.  I can't wait to see what everyone else did.  Thanks for the challenge, Meredith!

Update: I'm happy to announce that Meredith posted a collection of all the yarn bombs from Saturday.  My pictures are featured, and I strongly suggest that you check it out!  Some people got very creative.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fun Finds: Guilty Pleasures

Now it's really starting to feel like fall, and I find myself looking at some of my favorite things: warm clothes, fun furniture, and baseball paraphernalia.

 1. Lavender Coat (Pickles) - I love fall and winter simply for the excuse to wear warm sweaters!  I'm always amazed at the variation in the sweaters that Pickles designs, and I particularly love this one for its ability to be either dressed up or worn casually.  Plus, doesn't it just look like the fluffiest thing ever?

2. Raskog Kitchen Cart (Ikea) - Ikea has been a weakness of mine ever since I was a kid.  They always have the most interesting pieces of furniture that easily add a bit of a simple, modern twist to any room. I love this color, and I think that this cart could be used anywhere, not just in the kitchen.

3. SF Giants iPhone 4 Case ( - And last but not least, because we're moving into the post season, a little piece of team spirit!  What can I say about it other than it's orange (my favorite color) and represents my favorite baseball team?  Of course, I might have to switch cases if I happened to go to LA...

In other news, I hurt my neck somehow over the weekend, and am basically one big sore muscle.  It's amazing how difficult it is to remain calm and positive when you're uncomfortable.  I guess it's at least a good lesson in patience, although it is making my upcoming fall break seem farther and farther away.

Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Getting Down to Business

Happy weekend everyone!  It's absolutely gorgeous here in the city, as it always is when I tend to have a lot of work due.  Seriously, I think the universe just likes to mess with me.  But we're already coming up on midterms in these next two weeks, which means I need to really buckle down and step up my productivity.

Which probably means I should stop writing blog posts just for the sake of avoiding my essays.  One step at a time, right?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Beginning Again

I never quite know what to say in posts like this, but I do feel like I need to mark this occasion in the "blog-osphere".

Today is my 21st birthday.

Although that in itself is big, it fits into a year that is big over all.  Most of my friends are off studying abroad this year which means that I'm living off campus, and in the city, mostly on my own.  That's both exciting for me and a bit intimidating.  I'm having to find the perfect balance between being alone and not being lonely.  So far it's been going well, but I'm sure I'll have my ups and downs throughout the year.  I really feel that this is the perfect backdrop for such a big birthday, because I really feel more independent and capable as a person this year.

I can only really thank God for allowing me to reach my stride and allow everything to fall into place.  Oh, and my amazing family who welcomed me home for by birthday weekend.  I returned to a sweltering Southern California for a couple of days for some filming with my brother (which I hope I can show you soon!), some shopping with my mom, and lots of pasta!

I finished up a knitting project while I was there, stuffing this cable pillow that my mom had specifically requested.  We finished up the weekend with dinner on Balboa Island and frozen banana's afterwards.

So basically I feel like I'm starting a new phase of my life, as an adult (whatever that means).  I'm sure I'll get the hang of it, eventually.  But until then, I'm glad that I have the amazing family and friends that I do to support and push me in the right direction.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wall Wednesday: Homemade Touches

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  It's been a couple of weeks since I've settled in back at school and my grandparent's house.  I've shared pictures of my room before, such as in this post, though I have to say it's quite transformed.  The furniture is new and now I've started adding my own little touches!

I borrowed this picture hanging idea from my friend Justine.  I just used the nails that were already in the wall, some basic string, and fun little binder clips.  It makes for an easily changeable display for pictures, post cards, and this little watercolor that I bought last year at the Ferry Building farmer's market.  It's one of a kind; the artist had a whole book of these small, Bay Area inspired paintings. 

To cover up those nails I just mentioned, I turned to one of my favorite crafty bloggers, Cornflower Blue Studio and her pattern for crochet stars.  Although I like to say that I can crochet, in reality, I barely can.  That being said, this pattern is super easy and fun to do, and after making quite a few stars withs scrap yarn, I still have plenty left!  Aren't they cute?

I am a big fan of inspirational quotes and collages; my room back home is full of them!  Here, I decided to combine the two, pairing magazine cutouts and quotes from books I've read on fun, patterned scrapbook paper.  I've got about five of these squares up on my closet doors right now, and hope to have them both completely covered by the end of the year!

This is a small oil painting that I rescued from certain doom last year.  There was an assignment to create our own Impressionist painting in one of my art history classes, and at the end of it one of my classmates was just going to throw it out.  It's no Monet, sure, but I actually love the rough feeling of it.

And finally, my most recent addition: a little box for my needles, ruler, and whatever else happens to end up in there!  Remember that day I said I'd been gluing?  Well, here's the finished product!  I used an old box from an Amazon order I'd received, glued some Sunday funnies on it, and knitted it a little band for it.  Although the band it completely my design, I again referred to Cornflower Blue for a bow pattern.  It may not look like much, but I love it.  Nothing like displaying something that you've made yourself!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Donate Your Votes!

Hi everyone!  Hope you're having a wonderful weekend; I know that, despite the huge amount of work I have, I'm actually quite enjoying myself.  Now, there is something a little more serious that I'd like to talk to you about.

Yesterday, my family received an email from a relative asking for us to help raise awareness for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  From what little reading on it I've done, it's exactly as it sounds: intense, chronic fatigue that does not allow those who have it to live life to its fullest potential.  Apparently my relative who is suffering from CFS is not even able to attend high school and is instead home-schooled to allow for frequent breaks and rest.

Now, you may be wondering, what does this have to do with me?  Well, there is no cure right now, but doctors are looking for one and they could use more support.  Chase Community Giving is currently encouraging people to vote for their charity of choice on Facebook.  The charities with the most votes will then be presented with $5 million in grants!  I've already cast my vote, but if you'd like to vote for the Neuro Immune Disease Alliance and CFS, you can do so here.

Thanks so much everyone, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Just a Peek

It's been a beautifully warm and sunny, crafty evening.  I've done some gluing, and am now knitting while catching the Giants-Dodgers game.  What a life, right?  Neither of these projects are finished, so this is just a sneak peek for now!

Happy weekend, everybody!  Any projects you're working on?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day 2012

I hope you all are having a wonderful Labor Day holiday!  I know I am spending it in the true spirit of workers everywhere; working, on a big presentation that I have to give tomorrow.  How appropriate is that?

I've also picked the video below in the spirit of Labor day (and based on the fact that it's been stuck in my head for days).  It's a reminder to celebrate workers everywhere, no matter how, erm, unconventional their occupations.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fun Finds: Getting Ready for Fall

Like most women, I love the idea of being able to go out and buy every little thing that catches my eye. Unfortunately, that's not very practical, and so I resort to either window shopping or browsing online.  This post is a little collection of things that have recently caught my eye, inspired largely by a late-night conversation with my mother and the always beautiful One Sheepish Girl's Blush Lists.

1. Mociun Mandala Duvet Cover (Urban Outfitters) - I'm a big fan of bright, patterned duvet colors paired with subtle sheets.  Ever since I first discovered that UO also sells bedding, I check back every once in a while to drool over their fun patterns.  I particularly like this duvet cover because of its coloring; it captures the current mood of summer fading into autumn.

2. Harbor Springs Top (Anthropologie) - As any of my friends to describe my sense of style and the only thing that they'll probably agree on is that I am obsessed with stripes.  That being said, this beautiful top caught my eye immediately.  Not only is it stripped, but it's also my favorite shade of orange!

3. My Life in France by Julia Child - I gave this book to one of my friends last Christmas, to accompany her on her semester abroad in Paris.  As I have been talking to her about her preparations, I have found myself wanting to read this as well.  Hopefully I will be able to make time for some pleasure reading this semester.

4. Baylin Mary Janes (Kors Michael Kors Kids) - Now I know this might seem like a strange one, seeing as they're children's shoes, but I really am a little person.  I didn't just pick my blog name to be cute!  I like these shoes because they seem versatile; I can picture myself wearing these to class, work, or a job interview.

It's fun to let yourself crave things every once and a while.  So go ahead; anything in particular catching your eye?

Happy weekend, everyone!