January 31, 2010

Thank you soooo much

I received the purse I won from Jujie a couple of days ago and I am in love with it. Thank you sooo much!!

January 30, 2010

DIY sushi

Last night I made spicy shrimp sushi with the sushi supplies my fam got me for my bday (wayyyy back in september).  My parents make sushi at home so I have had some practice helping them out. Once I was done making it my bff came over to help me eat it all. Good times!

*image from me!

January 28, 2010


Before dinner, I bought a Holga camera!! I can't wait until it gets here from Hong Kong. I have checked them out before but never really thought about getting one. 
*image of the camera by Tamiro
When I was looking at flickr for some blog-worthy inspirational pics, I found a Holga group.  All of the images are soo cool and rugged looking.  Here are a few:

*top image from billion
*bottom image from god_dess_ss
This is what Wikipedia has to say about the Holga:
"The Holga is an inexpensive, medium format 120 film toy camera, made in China, appreciated for its low-fidelity aesthetic. 
The Holga's cheap construction and simple meniscus lens often yields pictures that display vignetting, blur, light streaks, and other distortions. The camera's quality problems have become a virtue among some photographers, with Holga photos winning awards and competitions in art and news photography."
Now I just have to order some film and research places to get the really large film developed! Can't wait!

January 26, 2010

pretty campus

I love this picture of IU's campus. That's pretty much what it looks like today after we got a bunch of snow last night. It makes for a fun walk to class...

*image from shrff14

January 24, 2010


This weekend (for most of us college kids that includes thursday), has been sooo much fun. I went home to indy thursday and met up with some of my friends from Butler. We took a bus to Howl at the Moon for college night. I came back friday and got a spontaneous manicure with one of my best friends here at school and then we went out with her roommates to see a local band play.  Saturday I went with some good friends to a nearby ski "resort."  It's basically a hill with fake snow (snow that was melting into ice because it was 50 degrees!).  We all made it back safely and had a good time. Today (right now) is the Colts' playoff game and an IU bball game. So much fun and so little time to do homework. whoops...

*top image from stefan weidt
*middle image from finkscholar
*bottom image from me!

January 22, 2010

local etsy finds!

I love these etsy shops that are owned by people right here in Bloomington. I think it's so cool that there are so many other etsy sellers so close! (sidenote: I will finally be adding some things to my abandoned etsy shop in feb!)

Well I started this blog post before I went to the dentist. Then I sat at the dentist forever and he pretty much said I was fine! Now I'm waiting for my 7-year old sister to get home from 1st grade to say bye to her and I'm off to Trader Joes and back to Bloomington. Hopefully no returns home for a while (sorry mom).

January 20, 2010

decisions, decisions...

My goal this week is to hopefully figure out where I'm going for spring break. I've never really gone anywhere for spring break because my fam goes on trips during the summer and once I start working in the "real world" I will be in the busiest part of busy season at spring break time. So this is my last chance to go somewhere until I retire...I know it sounds dramatic but it's true! I worked for my mom over winter break to save up money to go somewhere and now I just need to make the plans.

In no particular order, these are the places I've been thinking about: (they just so happen to have design guides from the design*sponge blog that I love to read!)

*image from Joits
*design guide by design*sponge

*image from Meteorry
*design guide by 

*image from kevindooley
*design guide by

*image from seemidtn.com
*design guide by design*sponge

I'm sure I will find other places in my search this week, but these are my faves so far!

January 19, 2010

weird hair day

One side of my hair is curly.The other side is not. Boo

So, I think living in a plain white apartment is starting to get to me. We aren't allowed to paint the walls but I REALLY want to! I guess I will just have to wait. 

Some inspiration for myself once I can paint and have money to decorate:

January 17, 2010

ooh what a weekend.

This has been such a fun start to my last real semester at college.  I love that I still have one more day left of my 4 day weekend but it will be consumed with homework and preparing for the rest of the week :( 

Today I went to the IU vs. Minnesota game. It was a great game(81-78 OT), super suspenseful, but I think it was missing two things: Bob Knight (of course) and this video that used to play before the games.  If they can't bring Knight back, they should at least bring the cleaning lady back.

January 15, 2010

three day weekend!!

Actually I have a four day weekend because I don't have classes on fridays! I need to be productive but there are way too many fun things to do. One project I want to work on eventually is making the lamp shades in the picture on the right. These pictures were taken through the window because the store was going out of business and wasn't open. It's so sad when cute stores go out of business and this is the last one in the area!

January 13, 2010

pretty scarves!

The snow started to melt a little today, but it's still cold and I'm still loving scarves. These are my faves from etsy!

January 12, 2010


On Christmas Eve, the Childrens' Museum of Indianapolis had free admission! All the girls in the family headed over after visiting Santa at my dad's work. The museum was having a special exhibit all about Barbie. They had old old old Barbies and brand new Barbies. I loved hearing all the ladies oohing and aaahing about how they remembered all the different Barbies. The lighting was amazing. One of the chandeliers had plastic barbie shoe cutouts dangling all over. My favorite part was the life-size Barbie outfits that designers made for a fashion show. We even got to design our own Barbie mini-dress in a special room. There were dress forms, glittery pink fabric, and a bunch of other fun things to use. Sooo much fun!

January 11, 2010

GREAT start to the semester!!!

I actually won a giveaway! Soooo excited! I got back from my long day of classes and started checking my long list of favorite blogs and I looked at Oh, Hello Friend and saw my comment was randomly chosen to be the winner!!!  Jujie's shop is full of gorgeous purses and I can't wait for my clutch to arrive in the mail!

January 10, 2010

Warm Things :)

My mom told me about the Pioneer Woman's Cookbook. She said the blog was amazing.  Well, I'm sitting in my frigid apartment and anything warm sounds amazing.  The Pioneer Woman's recipe for Dulce de Leche Coffee sounds really good to me right now and I am in l o v e with her step-by-step photos!

On a different note, classes start tomorrow! I've never been so excited for a semester to start. I wish it could last forever...but sadly I'm sure it will fly by just like last semester did. Posting may be a little sporadic until I can settle into a routine.

January 8, 2010

January Desktop Calendars!

I'm in love with both of these calendars! I may have to switch back and forth through the month.

This one's from
Design*Sponge. To download, click here.

This one's from Oh, Hello Friend. To download, click here.

January 7, 2010

my light box experiment

I needed a way to make my shop items look better, so when I saw this article on Etsy's Storque website, I had to try it. 

the results:

January 6, 2010

still numb

*original image from Papafrezzo
ugh, it's been 12 hours and part of my face is still a little numb from the dentist. oh well. I was so productive today! I made a light box to photograph some of my knitting to put in my etsy store. I'll be posting the results tomorrow. I am also working for my mom who's a genealogist to earn money for spring break. I don't know where I'm going yet, but I will be going somewhere for my first and last spring break vacation. It will be my last because next year and every year until I retire I will be buried in tax returns at that time of the year. To top the day off, I went to a comedy club with some friends for ladies night. I thought getting called out at the gym by the spinning teacher was bad...being at a comedy club in a room of seriously only like 20 people and getting called out multiple times is way worse.

7 hours till the snow storm arrives. yay. get me out of indiana.  

January 5, 2010

i love ruffles

I never win giveaways so I kind of stopped entering...but this one over at oh, hello friend is too good not to enter! This ruffle bag is made by jujie who happens to sell a bunch of ruffly things. All you have to do is comment on her giveaway post (before Jan 11 at 8am)!

January 3, 2010

sooo cold

I think it's 10 degrees right now. As much as I want to leave my house, it's just not going to happen! So, I'm watching Alvin and the Chipmunks with my little sister and playing with polyvore.com.

January 2, 2010


I'm going to attempt this tomorrow. There are instructions on the website, but basically it seems like you pull your hair back into a ponytail, french braid towards the bottom, then put it in a ponytail, and tuck the ponytail under the braid. Doesn't seem too hard...
*image from Elenita
p.s. sooo ready to go back to school. sorry mom.

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

*base image from Antiquish