Craft Tutorial: Paint Chip Garland

Hey y’all! I told you I was going to have more crafts ready! Here’s another one from last semester that can easily be adapted to any color scheme or theme you have going on! I know, I know, it’s yet another paint chip craft, like there aren’t enough on Pinterest. But this one gives such a cute little touch with minimal paint chips, so you don’t have to feel like you’re robbing the hardware section.

Step 1: Gather Materials

-string or twine
-scissors
-paint chips (I used 4 strips of 7 colors)
-tape
-pencil

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Step 2: Cut paint chips into size you want. I just cut the white dividers out.

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Step 3: Trace and cut out a triangle shape at the bottom of the rectangle.

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Step 4: Align the rectangles on a piece of string or twine. I spaced them evenly by putting three side by side, then removing the middle one. Repeat until all are placed on the twine. I suggest taping as you go so you don’t budge them out of place.

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Step 6: Cut string off of spool and hang up!

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I hung mine above my whiteboard in my dorm room, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! I know the purple is a little low, but I fixed that! I loved the touch of spring color it gave to the plain walls.

If you decide to make a paint chip garland, I would love to see how it came out!

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Liebster Award

The Liebster Award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers, and it lets us get to know our fellow book bloggers and make new friends! I had never heard of it until my wonderful friend Amanda at Of Spectacles and Books nominated me!

As part of the nomination, I’ve been given 11 questions to answer.

1. What do you do outside of blogging?

I work at a bookstore (dream job!) that my sister owns, and when I’m not there or in class, I do tons of crafting. Seriously, it’s a problem.

2. How much of the people outside the Internet realm know you blog?

I share my posts on my facebook, so it’s not a big secret for me. I also have a couple blogs on tumblr, though. Very few people have those URLs. Haha.

3.  What is your top five favorite reads of all time?

Oh dear. I can’t rank these, but here we go: Peter Pan, Pride and Prejudice, the Harry Potter series, The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love, The Language of Flowers.

4. If you could meet three people in real life (living or dead) who would they be?

Part of me wants to say Tom Felton, but Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, and Taylor Swift are such huge inspirations and I wouldn’t want to waste that opportunity on a crush, though he is incredibly talented and brought my favorite character to life.

5. What is the longest book you’ve ever read?

I honestly don’t know. I’ll say Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but I don’t think that’s quite right.

6. In your opinion, what is the best book to film adaptation?

Augh. Tough question. I don’t really compare books to their movies, but since The Fault in Our Stars was worked on so closely by John and the dialogue was taken straight from the book and it made me cry even more than the book, which never happens, I’ll have to go with it. TFiOS.

7. Is there a movie that you can quote from beginning to end? What is it?

Probably Finding Nemo and Brother Bear. But my super quote thing is The Office. I could live life only talking in Office quotes.

8. If you could do anything in the world, no matter how much it cost, what would you do?

Own my own bookstore with tons of departments. It would be modeled after Flourish and Blotts, and have two branched off kids party centers, a cafe/bakery, and lots of little reading nooks with shelves holding staff picks.

9. What is your biggest fear and greatest dream?

I have really bad driving anxiety, so getting in a fatal wreck is my biggest fear. My biggest dream is becoming an actress and living in England.

10. How long have you been blogging?

On this blog, 11 months. Overall, three years.

11. What is the best thing about the blogging community to you?

I know about so many more books than I used to, and I love seeing the different personalities and tastes that different bloggers have. It’s really helped me become more knowledgeable about the book world and I can’t wait to learn more!

Thank you to the amazing Amanda for nominating me, and if you haven’t already, so read every single post on her blog because it’s absolute perfection! Check out Of Spectacles and Books!

Craft Tutorial: Striped Canvas

Hey y’all! It’s been quite a while since I posted a craft tutorial, but I’ve been documenting some for months. I’ll try and schedule them up so that they’re more regular.

This is something I worked on during my last spring semester for an art auction that was postponed. Afterwards, I made a few more for friends. Here we go!

1. Gather Materials

-canvas
-painter’s or masking tape
-paintbrushes
-a simple image outline or stencil
-scissors
-paint

Step 2: Put the tape on the canvas to make your desired stripe length. I lucked out and the tape was the perfect width, resulting in seven total stripes.

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Step 3: Paint your stripe color!

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Step 4: Tape down your stencil or outline and carefully paint it on. I just google searched for the shapes I wanted and cut the shape out of computer paper, leaving the scraps for the stencil.

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Step 5: Let dry before pulling off the tape, and you’re done! If you need to, make any touch ups and let dry before displaying.

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Ta da! These are the three I made. I gave away the heart and anchor, and kept the Texas for myself (after all, it is my color scheme and state!) I later added a little yellow heart where my hometown is.

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If you decide to make one of these, let me know how it came out and I would love to see pictures!!

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What’s Up Wednesday 11.19.14

Hey y’all! Sorry this post is so late today, but I had a test to study for and take after work before driving the 45 minutes back home from campus and then eat dinner, rest up, and help my mom get ready for her trip tomorrow, for which I need to wake up super early and drop her off. Busy day! But I have a lot of exciting to discuss, so let’s get to it!

The biggest thing is that I got to go see my boyfriend this weekend for his 21st birthday!! He’s in Minnesota, so this Texas girl doesn’t get to see him much. His mom bought me a plane ticket for his birthday surprise and I will never be able to thank her enough for that. Even though I was only there for one full day, it was so nice to see him again. My last trip to see him was in early June and his trip down here isn’t until after Christmas, so this was very exciting. He was sick, however. Not a happy camper. But I’ve always been a carer, so I played nurse until it was time to come home. I loved every moment I got to spend with him, and I’m counting the seconds until I get to see him walk out of the arrivals gate December 26.

I also got my birthday books today!! I got 11 books: Anna, Lola, and Isla by Stephanie Perkins, Scorch Trials, Death Cure, and Kill Order by James Dashner, The Jewel by Amy Ewing, A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall, Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot, Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols, and The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Anderson. I cannot wait to start diving into them next week after I finish my other test and paper due Saturday.

I’m thinking about opening up my etsy shop again, but last time I did it was so busy that I got burned out and couldn’t handle it at all. I can’t decide.

I’ve decided to stay for the next semester instead of going back to live on a school campus because I can finally make this announcement: My sister is pregnant!!! I’m going to be an aunt in June, and I cannot wait!!! While she’s pregnant, I’ll be working the bookstore and trying to make sure she takes it a bit easy. Luckily, I’ll only be taking one class, so I should have much more time for reading and crafting next semester. Can I get a hallelujah? Hallelujah!

Exciting times, huh? I’m going to hop into bed and rest up for a busy day tomorrow, but I want to hear from you and what you’re up to lately! Even if it’s something small like using a new toothpaste, tell me about it! The smallest events can make the biggest changes.

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Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Info: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic YA, Paperback, 374 pages, 1 week.

Synopsis: If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Why I Chose This Book: I bought this book back in June to read before the movie came out. Unfortunately, it marked the end of my dystopian rampage, so I put it down. Then when the decision was made to go see the movie this last weekend, I knew I had to stop putting it off.

What I Liked: I love books with a puzzle that isn’t necessarily a whodunnit. While I’m really not much for conspiracy, this seemed like one I could sink my teeth into.

What I Didn’t Like: Pretty much everything else? I mean, I didn’t mind reading it, really. But…I don’t know. I had to read quite a few other reviews before I could word how I felt. There are so many plot holes. And I know that it’s part of a series, so I need to keep reading to see if they’re really plot holes or just loose ends that have yet to be tied off. Also, the characters/author withhold information to build up suspense, but it just made me angry. It was 200 pages of “Where am I?” “Not telling.” “Who are you?” “Not telling.” “What do ANY OF THESE WORDS MEAN?!” “Not telling.” For what? (Not telling.) I hate that!

Also, I can appreciate that we are meant to come into the book with no knowledge, as does Thomas. But by having Thomas and the audience kept in the dark on purpose, I just didn’t care about a single character. Any interest I actually held was either because I wanted the puzzle solved or because I didn’t want to see the actor portraying a character to get hurt. That’s all. So moments when I knew I was supposed to cry out in emotional agony, I just lifted my eyebrows a bit.

When I was talking about this book to my boyfriend, I told him you could tell it was a YA dystopian/post-apocalyptic because Random Words were Capitalized. This shows importance, like the Changing or the Maze or the Grievers or Runners or the Baggers or the Keepers or really, every other word in this book. It drove me crazy! Does maze need to be capitalized? No. Runners and Baggers are just occupations. We don’t say Teacher or Lawyer or Clerk. Augh. Pet Peeve.

Ratings and Recommendations: Might be good for someone just getting into YA, as I’ve seen a lot of reviewers saying they read it when they just started reading the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre or YA in general and loved it, but had different feelings after a reread.  I gave this book three stars on good reads.

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Final Thoughts: While I really didn’t enjoy this book, I hate leaving a puzzle unfinished. So I bought the rest of the series on a great sale and will probably not enjoy them as well. I’ll try to keep an open mind and I’ve heard they get better, I won’t be holding my breath.

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What’s Up Wednesday 11.12.14

Hey y’all! Hope you’re having a great week so far! I’m counting down the days to Saturday, when I get to hop a plane and go see my boyfriend for a couple of days for his birthday!!! I haven’t gotten to see him since June, and I only get to see him now because his mom bought me a plane ticket for his present. I cannot thank her enough!! This will only be the fifth time we’ve gotten to see each other in our 1 year and 5 month relationship (and two year friendship). I am so psyched!!

Also something I’m psyched about: my amazing and totally unexpected birthday/part of Christmas gift from my mom: a Cricut Expressions 2!! I’ve been having so much fun with it and can’t wait to make the decor for my room after next week.

Next week, which I was hoping would be relaxing, will not be. I have a writing assignment and two tests due, on top of my usual batch of school work. Not a fun time. I already have 4 of my 11 sources done, and it won’t take me but an hour or less to do the rest of them. Then I have to write a three page paper on the four best ones and why the others aren’t as useful. I’m hoping my history teacher has opened the quiz for next week already so I can get this week and next done before my trip and have one less thing to worry about.

Even though I’ve known this trip has been happening for a long time, I feel like it’s suddenly rushing up on me and I don’t have much time to get stuff done: I want to get the birthday gift for one of Josh’s friends done so I can take it to her, as well as trying to plan for the radically cold weather that I’ve never had to endure before. So much to do! (I say while laying in bed.) I’m probably going to finish one last episode of Grey’s Anatomy before getting back to work on my writing assignment, so this will be see you later.

Tell me what you’re up to this week! Have anything exciting going on? Or do you have a lovely relaxing week ahead of you? Either way, hope it’s a great time!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Non-Main Characters That Should Totally Have Their Own Book

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the phenomenal females at The Broke and The Bookish!

1. Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter)
Seriously, he was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw this week’s topic. Has there ever been a character more deserving of not only his own book, but his own series? He’s my absolutely favorite literary character and I need more! I want to see his slow burn when he starts to hate Harry, the progression of his breakdown when he has to choose between saving his family or sealing his fate for the rest of his life and possibly destroying the wizarding world. I NEED TO SEE DRACO’S SIDE OF EVERYTHING. I need to know if I’m right in thinking his actual favorite color is navy blue, or which is his favorite quidditch team, or what he does when he can’t sleep. I just need every ounce of useless Draco knowledge because he deserves to be loved, okay?

2. Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter)
Augh, Neville. We hardly know you. What little time was given to you, you shined. I think Neville was the core of the Gryffindor house when the golden trio left. I think Neville grew into a wonderful leader that needed a peaceful life after everything he’s been through. I need to see Neville struggling with his parents and falling in love with Hannah (not that awful Luna. She’s the worst). I need to see Neville becoming the hero he almost was.

3. Rudy (The Book Thief)
Rudyyyyy. Oh, this character hurts me so much. I need more time with him.

4. Fleur Delacour (Harry Potter)
One of the best, strongest, coolest characters ever! Also, yeah, there’s more HP on the way. Who is really surprised? She was the only girl in the Triwizard Tournament, she showed that you can be strong AND feminine, she stuck by her love when his mom thought she was just a shallow beauty, and wasn’t afraid to show her feelings about anything. Can I get way more Fleur please? I’m begging.

5. Celeste (The Selection)
I hated Celeste so much throughout this series but by the end I loved her so much. I want to see her side of things, what she thought of the other girls and her thoughts on Prince Maxon. Did she notice anything going on between the other girls and their possible dalliances? I gotta know!

6. The Marauders (Harry Potter)
Seriously, who doesn’t want this?

7. Primrose Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
Brave, strong, wonderful Prim. I want to know how she felt when her name was called, when Katniss volunteered, when Prim became a focus of the capital because of their story. I need some Prim, please.

8. Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter)
McGonagall is THE BEST. I want her teenage years, kicking butt up and down those hallways and classrooms. I want her struggling not to punch people and sometimes probably failing. I want her laughing with friends and trying to decide what animal to become. I need young McGonagall.

9. Kitty Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
I think Kitty would have such a fun perspective to see from. And even Lydia would be fun too! I want to see the officers from her eyes, and the parties, and gowns, and everything!

10. Pansy Parkinson (Harry Potter)
I have always hated Pansy, but I think I just needed to know more about her. Since we see everything from the Trio’s perspective, of course their opposites are going to seem awful. And JKR said she based Pansy on someone that she really didn’t like when she was young, the anti-Hermione. But still. Knowing that on one train ride, Draco laid with his head in her lap, shows me that she cared for him and was probably at least a small comfort to him. If I can’t have a Draco series, I’ll take something from Pansy. Or Blaise. I really love Blaise Zabini.

So that’s my list! I know, tons of HP in there. I just have a lot of feelings about them? Haha. What characters do you want to read more about? Do we have any in common? Or do you completely disagree with me? Let me know!

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