college

DIY Grad Party Gifts

10:29 PM




Hey guys! Here's a fun gift to give to any of your friends/family that are graduating this year! It can be put in a dorm room as a decoration to give any room a little bit of spirit :)

Supplies:

Wood (any size, bought or scrap from home)
Small nails 
Hammer
Friendship bracelet string
Printed College logo
Paint colors of choice
Acrylic gloss coating



Steps:

1. If you're starting from scratch, cut your wood to your desired size, I cut a long board into 8 x 8 squares. 

2. Sand your pieces of wood so that you and the present recipient doesn't get any splinters :)

3. Paint the wood with the desired color. 

4. While allowing time for the paint to dry, go to your computer and print out your logo!

5. Spray your dried, painted wood with your acrylic coating, giving it a glossy look. 

6. Position your logo on your piece of wood. 

7. Begin nailing over the logo until you have the outline/shape completed. TIP: the more nails you use, the more string-decoration will go onto your board...this tends to look better. 

8. DO NOT PEEL OFF YOUR LOGO YET...if you do, you'll lose track of what the nails were meant to be in front of: First use your string, zig-zagging it and outlining your logo! Be sure to knot it at the beginning. 

9. After you're satisfied with your string, tie it off and cut the excess string off. 

You now have a quick, fun gift for any grad party :)  

I'm so excited to give these to my friends!


 Until next time,


Brooke

america

Knowing Yourself

6:28 PM


I might be a bit young, but in my nearly 18 years I've spent an immense amount of time trying to know myself and discover who I am. I believe it's made getting past peer pressure, finding good friends, and learning what I want in the future a lot easier for me.


I'm going to try and not make this all about being introverted, this post is not only for introverted eyes, but...

It's EXTREMELY easy in America to believe that being quiet is wrong. People will tell you being quiet is bad, and they will try to change you to better suit the world that they're living in. If you're quiet, and struggling trying to fit and and be the loud, bubbly person that all the other kids are...don't change yourself. Simply find good ways to adapt to situations in which you must be a little bit louder, for example a speech or presentation in class. Being in a world of talkative people does not mean you must change yourself to fit this mold. 

See, from a young age I've been very interested in personality and the psychology behind it. I guess it's because in a world of EXTROVERT EXTROVERT EXTROVERT I felt a little bit better knowing that my contribution to society was normal, acceptable, and quite rare. Which is why I can't stand when people put themselves down saying "I'm too quiet."

This recently happened to me, as my older brother is interviewing for an internship at a business where he has to sell insurance to people in order to do well.
"You're a perfect fit for this job," The interviewer told him, "You have everything we're looking for,"
My older brother smiled, awaiting the interviewers next response.
"The only thing is..." he pauses, "If you want this internship, you need to become less quiet,"

I understand that for the job he needs to be a little more sociable, but the interviewer believes that my older brother needs to change his whole personality for the business...which is just an internship.

While it would be great experience for my brother, I hate that he's so eager to change himself for someone/something else. I feel that if he knew himself better, then he would have an easier time figuring out what kind of internship/job to pick. The entire thing is making him believe that being the way he is, is BAD. I don't know about you, but I don't like that.

What advice do I give to you as to getting to know yourself?

  • Spend free time alone
  • Write in a journal, reflecting on the day
  • Take a personality test
  • Make a list of your likes/dislikes

No matter what personality you have, I promise you that if you get to know yourself better it will lead to in the right direction. Having a good sense of who you are is substantial in making everyday life decisions. It may seem like a relatively easy task, but it's not. You really need to delve in side of yourself to figure out the best thing for yourself. You might just find yourself in a situation when you realize ehhhhh, that's not for me. And that my friends, is a good thing, knowing yourself well enough to make proper decisions. 

Until next time,
Brooke 


craft

DIY Letter Decor!

7:27 AM

DIY Letter Decor!
by Brooke (brookewrote)

Hello everyone! I've recently made something new that's going to go in my new bedroom at our new house, and in my dorm room! I'm also going to use it as a decoration at my graduation party, so it's very versatile :)


Shopping List:
~Wood Block Letters from Michaels ($4.99 a piece)
     ~for a less expensive option, pick up cardboard letters! 
~Optional Secondary Piece (I used an anchor, $2.50)
~White Paint Primer (should be no more than $0.99 for a small bottle)
~Color Paint (Any color you wish! I used a black that we had in our basement, but again you should be able to get a small bottle of acrylic paint for no more than $1)
~Additional Decorations (ie. Glitter! This was $1.29 per small bottle at Michaels)
Clear glue
~A piece of cardboard
~Modgepodge or Acrylic coating 

Steps:

1. Go to your local craft store! This is always the most fun step :) and really I don't need to include it, but it's the BEST PART so why would I omit it!


2. Prime your letters with the primer (don't forget to set up your area)
     ~I did this the night before I did the project



3. Once dry, slap some black paint on those babies.
     ~I did multiple coats, waiting for each one to dry before I put another one on. Be sure to get the insides and edges just as good as the tops!



4. Coordinate tape the way you want it!
     ~This would be the step where you begin doing any other kind of decoration on your letters that you want, but if you're following my lead, add your tape to your pieces now.
     ~ Be sure that your paint is dry before you do this step! Don't get hasty!



5. To put the glitter on, I used my multipurpose clear glue which I spread on using a paper towel and then sprinkled the glitter over the top. 
     ~I alternated between silver and gold, but you can do this any way you like. 



6. Wait until the glitter dries (could take some time) and peel off the tape. 

7. Go over your pieces with either modgepodge or an acrylic coating to secure the glitter! 


Voila! There you have it! I hope you enjoy your new decorations for your room/dorm/party!



design

On Moving and Growing Up

4:17 PM


So I've spend a lot of time thinking lately about what I'm leaving behind as I head off to college next year and even more so, oddly, what I'm leaving behind as I move house this June.

My mom is getting remarried this August; I'm extremely happy for her, yet there is a part of me that is sad to leave behind some of the things that are apart of my life right now and have been for many, many years. My room, for example, is a huge mess yet I love it and it comforts me; it's my sanctuary, I do all of my work in here.


While it looks very "teenager" and I'll be turning 18 this month, the walls that have been painted light blue since the end of middle school for me have taken me through many tough times. My bulletin board holds every movie ticket that I've seen in the last five or so years, and I can remember the seasons I saw them in and the friends I was with, and whether or not I was being totally obnoxious in the theatre...(I'm sorry to anyone in those movies.)


I picked a star theme at the time I was redesigning this room with my mom because I had decided that they were my favorite shape. Most of the time my bed is left unmade and I have to crack the blinds with my hands since the piece that folds them open fell off last year.


My favorite tote and rain boots now sit by my craft pantry, and inside you can see it could use a bit of organization. 


There are National Honor Society attendance cards hanging off the edge (I'm the secretary), there is a picture frame on top of my hardcover Harry Potter books, chocolates next to buttons and candles, CD's next to stationary. It's like a game of I-Spy.


My book shelf has gotten over-crowded. I pile books on books of Young Adult fiction, with a random mixture of classics that I either fell in love with or was required to read for school.


The stars again...my grandma made me these, and we have to leave them with the house.



My HelloKitty alarm clock, consisting of mostly horrible memories trying to get out of bed for school at six in the morning *hits snooze* (btw...the kitty on top is the snooze button)


This lamp and I go way back...to my very first bedroom before my parents go divorced. I've honestly had this thing since I was in a crib.


Fun. My favorite band. I love this poster to death, although I do not plan to hang my belts in a hanging fruit basket anymore (side note: the fruit basket was a gift, and I didn't buy it for the soul purpose of hanging my accessories).


My closet, whose door's can't seem to stay on the track, and my dream catchers, who fail at rescuing me from my horrible dreams that frequent me so often.


Another bookshelf, first belonging to my great grandmother, that hold many past and present obsessions of mine.

My clothes lie strewn on the floor most of the time, when I'm too lazy to pick them up and put them away. I took this picture at an angle where it doesn't look nearly as bad as it really is.


And my shoes...not where they should be.


My ancient furniture that my mom is selling soon. My bed, dresser, and side table drawer all go together in this fashion. I've had these since my first "big girl" bedroom. 


The comfort of a room can be brought somewhere else though...you're still the same person inside. Bring home with you.


I still have waves in my hair. 


And my eyes are still green. 

Blue is no longer my favorite color, and I'm growing out of the cluttered space I'm living in right now. I can no longer wake up to a HelloKitty alarm clock, and my childhood paintings don't quite fit my new maturity. Sometimes, change is good, because the things in life that are meant to stay with you do. I might be leaving my home, but it's refreshing to know I can start with a blank slate...a clean, organized slate.  Things I will keep - Harry Potter, Fun. , my crafty-ness, my love of reading, my rainboots, my tote, my hair, my eyes, my hope. 


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