Kittehs

Hello loves!

I haven’t been posting much lately, in part because I have been busy taking care of the two new additions to my little family!

Introducing…

Chairman Chester Meow… We call him Chester for short

and…

Bella

To be honest with you, adopting these wonderful balls of love was one of the best decisions my fiance and I have ever made!  We brought them home on 10/5/12.  They bring joy to our lives every single day.  Watching them play and seeing them grow and learn is so fulfilling.  I can’t even explain how happy they make us!

I would like to sincerely thank Centre County Paws for all of the work that they do.  Without their hard work and dedication, we would never have found our new kittens, and they would have never found a loving home.  While I can understand the appeal of choosing a new pet from a breeder or pet shop, I would highly recommend adopting them from a local shelter, like we did!  There is no way that I could love these little furballs any more than I do.  There are tons of benefits that come along with adopting pets.  For example, you get a great feeling knowing that you are rescuing an animal that someone else left behind.  In addition, it is much less expensive to adopt than to buy a new pet.  Adoption fees are usually reasonable, and you know that the money is going to a great cause.  I would recommend getting to know the animal before choosing to bring it home to make sure that it fits your needs and abilities to care for it, but if you’re patient you can find the perfect pet!

Please keep in mind that, while having pets is absolutely fantastic, it is also a lot of responsibility.  Different types of animals require different levels of attention, and all pets deserve to have a family that takes good care of them.  It’s about more than just feeding them and making sure they have fresh water (which, of course, are both important aspects of pet ownership).  You also have to make sure they are healthy, keep up with vet visits and immunizations, make sure they have comfortable places to sleep, make sure that they feel safe and loved… there’s a lot that goes into pet ownership!

With all of the stress and difficulties that law school and life bring, it is so wonderful to come home every day knowing that these two are waiting for us.  Cuddling up with them at the end of a long day really just makes life a lot better!

If you have any questions about having new pets or about adopting, please let me know in the comments, and I would be happy to answer whatever I can!

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Update: 12/7/12

It’s been a couple of months, and Bella and Chester continue to bring us joy every single day!  In fact, they are both currently warming my feet as I type. 🙂

At first, we were a little concerned that the two wouldn’t get along.  It took a couple of weeks for them to get used to each other (they came from different litters), but now they are BEST friends.  It is so sweet how much they cuddle and play together.  They even groom each other!  Chester follows Bella just about everywhere that she goes… unless he’s just too sleepy. hehe.  I am so glad that we decided to choose two kittens to become part of our family.  It is clear every day how much they love and need each other, especially considering that we are in class and at school for at least a few hours per day, so it’s nice to know they have each other.  Plus, they have very distinct personalities and each bring different things to our lives.  Chester is the snuggler and the gentleman, always posing and looking proper.  Bella is always prancing around like the princess that she is, but she’s also quite the little huntress and loves pouncing on her toys… especially that darned red dot!

Here are some updated pictures!

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Organizing Scarves

So having been in Pennsylvania through the winter, I have discovered that scarves are not just an accessory, but a necessity!  I found this handy little hanger at Ross this week and thought it would be perfect to hang my scarves on!  As it turns out, it actually works great!  It’s initially made to hang pants, but it works really well for scarves, too.  Plus, it was only about $5 and they had a few really pretty colors!  (I picked purple. <3)  I left the cardboard info attached for the photos so you can see what it is.  The gel grips on the arms are great because they keep the fabric from slipping.  In addition, the arms can be detached on the right side if you want to slide them off that way instead of length-wise.  Like I said, I found it really cheap at Ross, but if you want to buy it online, the cheapest I found on Google was here. (Providing this link does not in any way mean I am recommending the online vendor.  I have never purchased anything through the provided link.)  I think this will be a much better way to keep track of my scarves and keep them nice… Hanging them on the backs of chairs and doorknobs just isn’t working.  Hehe.  I’ve chosen to hang mine in our coat closet, but if you want to hang it somewhere that has less space beneath the hanger, you can easily fold the scarves in half before draping them over the arms to shorten them.

 

Do you have any organization tricks and tips?  Please feel free to share them in the comments below!  I am always looking for new ideas on how to stay (or get…) organized!

Fun Frame!

Last weekend, my fiance was playing a video game on the computer WHILE watching UFC.  Ummm… no thank you!  So in an effort to not be overwhelmed by his manliness, I baked the healthy banana nut muffins from my earlier post and decided to be a little crafty, too!  The project below was the result of that craft adventure… A three tiered frame that I decorated to reflect the three groups of girls I love!

The supplies I used!

This is the glitter spray paint that I used at the end

     

     

     

This was the clever idea my fiance had to let the glitter paint dry after I sprayed it on outside!

Here’s a close up with the glitter!


I had a lot of fun making this project, and I can’t wait to put the photos in (I just have to find somewhere that will print them at the 3.5 x 3.5 size or get some photo paper for home!) and hang it up!  Have you made any fun craft projects lately?

Ornament Making Party

A Part of the “Getting in the Christmas Spirit” Series

As a way to take a much needed break from law school study week, my fiance and I hosted a get together at our apartment.  We invited a few friends to go to a craft store, pick out some supplies, and come back to our place to make holiday crafts!  We all made some pretty fabulous ornaments and I definitely enjoyed the company and the crafting!  I think this was one of the best holiday ideas ever!  Not only did we get to create some holiday cheer, but we did it together and our ornaments turned out great.  We had a good mix of crafty people, which made it even easier. 🙂  Anyway, I think this is something that can be very easily done with a group of friends and would be a fantastic tradition!

I figured I’d share a few of the ornaments that we collectively made.  If you want to host a similar party, please let me know how it goes and what other ideas you come up with!  In the meantime, hopefully some of the ornaments we made can be inspiration for some of you, as well.  Enjoy!

Totally adorable!  Ornament stuffed with glittery snow, a baby sock for a hat, and a face drawn or painted on!

Sometimes a mistake in crafting turns into something amazing! My fiance tried something that didn’t turn out how he planned, but then turned it into what looks like a snowstorm in an ornament!

I love this one!

One of the guests made one ornament for each roommate! So sweet!

Another oops turned awesome! The mini-Santa got stuck, so she turned it into a house with a chimney!

So simple, but I love it! Just stuck tinsel inside and twisted on a pre-made bow!

Some ornaments hanging to dry

Crafty Day

So today, after going to my first tailgate at my new university and watching the team completely dominate from home (we couldn’t even get tickets to the game!), I got inspired to do a craft project!  I am super excited because it’s the first project I’ve done in months, especially since I’ve been so busy with moving and then starting law school.

Here’s the layout of everything I used for my project!  I made a similar one for my previous university a few years ago (you’ll get to see it if you scroll down!) and was really excited to make one today for my new university, too.  If you’re wondering why I have cupcake baking cups, there is an explanation!  We don’t have any styrofoam bowls at the apartment yet (which is what I usually use for paint).  These actually worked pretty well!

I started off by painting the letters with the base color.  It ended up taking 3-4 coats to get it to look solid without streaks.  This ended up taking much longer than I expected!  Apparently, paint dries a lot faster in the desert than it does in a place with 80%+ humidity!  Go figure!

         

Once the paint dried, I added the pawprints with white fabric (“puffy”) paint.  It worked great for a couple of reasons.  First, it’s thick enough to cover over the navy blue without a problem and without multiple coats.  It’s easy to work with because of the squeeze bottle and fine tip.  And finally, I think it gives it a fun 3-D effect. 🙂

While the pawprints were drying, I moved on to work on the base.  I decided to use collegiate style letters to spell out my favorite chant and then the self adhesive star gems for a little extra bling!  It’s definitely important to remember spacing when you do this!  As you can see (sort of…) I used my paper towel as scrap paper to write out what I would be spelling on the base to find the center spot.  I then used a ruler to find the center of the base and worked from the center of the base and the center of the letters outward.  Once the letter stickers were in place, I added the gem stars.  I found the letters and the gems in the scrapbook section of the craft store.

I LOVE SPARKLY THINGS!  A little sparkle was just what this project needed!  I originally planned to use ribbon (as I had done with the previous one I made).  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a ribbon that I liked in the colors I needed.  Boo!  I did find this “glitter tape” in the scrapbook section.  Let me tell you, it looks amazing, but it was really hard to make work!  Although it is somewhat sticky, it didn’t want to stay very well, especially on corners and curves.  I fought with it a lot and finally ended up busting out the hot glue gun to force its cooperation.  I also had to use an exacto knife to cut the edges off the back once I finished because it was just a little too wide for the letters.  In short, If I ever make one of these again, I’m using ribbon!

Despite my frustration with the glitter tape, the finished product made it totally worth it!  I am SO happy with it!  I LOVE this!  It is the perfect mix of school spirit and fun crafting and made for a really amazing project.  L-O-V-E!

Past meets present!  Just to give you another example of how to make these fun… 🙂  I am so happy to have both of these, and making each brought me a lot of joy.  Please feel free to take these ideas and apply them to your own crafty plans.

Although I haven’t done most of these yet, I think some other cute ideas would be …

  • Baby gift with the baby’s name
  • Sorority gift with the Greek letters
  • Mother’s Day/ Father’s Day gift (I’ve done both of these!)
  • Birthday gift
  • Engagement or wedding gift with the couple’s initials

Please share photos of anything similar that you’ve done or come up with!  I would love to see what creative ideas you have!

Fun Frames

Ever have an occasion (birthday, Christmas, congratulations, etc.) for which you need a gift for someone… but have NO idea what to get them?  Sure, you care about them enough to give a gift, but maybe not to spend a fortune on it.  Or maybe you just enjoy crafting, like I do!

One of my favorite gifts to give is picture frames.  I try to never give anyone an empty frame.  I usually try to find a photo that is related to the occasion in some way (ie. using a photo of the couple in an engagement gift) or include a carefully written or prettily typed quote.  Of course, the recipient can always put whatever he/she wants into the frame later, but I think it’s nice to give them something that’s already ready to go.

There are different ways to go about this, depending on your level of skill and enjoyment with crafting, your budget, time constraints, etc.  Here are a couple of examples:

Crafty Frame:

I made this frame for a friend’s engagement gift.  I took a plain wooden frame (I found it at Michael’s, but you can get them at just about any craft store, Wal Mart, etc.) and painted the edges white and the main front blue.  I used some of my favorite scrapbooking stuff to decorate the frame, including alpha stickers, 3-D decorations, sticky rhinestones, and rub-ons (on the bottom left).  I also bought wooden letters to spell “love”, painted them, and stuck them on with a hot glue gun.  I chose a photo that I found on her facebook page of her new fiancé  proposing.  She LOVED the frame and it still adorns her office nearly two years later!  The total cost to make the frame was about $5-7, but I admit that I did already have some of the decorations, the paint, and other supplies.  It may have been inexpensive, but she definitely appreciated the time and personalization that went into the gift.

Photo Collage Frame:

I was going to a wedding, and the bride and groom had this photo frame on their registry.  Rather than just sticking an empty frame in a gift bag and calling it a day, I filled the frame with photos of the couple and put their wedding invitation in the center spot.  They LOVED it!  It was a great way to give them something on their registry but personalize it to make it a bit more special.  Plus, I figure every married couple is getting tons of things to set up their home, and this one was ready to hang!

 

These are only a couple of examples, but I hope it’s a good start to convey the idea.  If anyone is interested, I’d be more than happy to do a “part 2” post later and share some others.  Or, if you have any “perfect gift” ideas you’d like to share, please leave a comment… I’d love to hear!