Jewelry Makin'

I picked up a new hobby this summer while I was in Memphis. I had to! I was getting pretty bored and boredom and I don't do well together.

Since it was far too hot and sticky to spend time outdoors, I was limited in hobby choices. Also, Devin and I drove to Memphis with full cars and I knew we would be returning to Utah with full cars, so I knew my new hobby needed to be compact.

So, what's a bored girl with limited space supposed to do? The answer: make jewelry.

I started off by making basic bracelets I had found on Pinterest. They turned out to be glorified macrame bracelets, only one step above what someone would make as a 10 year old at summer camp. Not wear worthy. I will not post pictures simply because it's not worth taking the time to take pictures of them.

Then, I started making bracelets using a technique called bead stitching. They are beautiful and I wear them all of the time.

After making a million of those bracelets (yes, I have many, many more than I have pictured), I decided to venture on over to necklaces. I have a necklace that I bought at a boutique in Georgia a couple of years ago that I always get compliments on. I busted it out and took a real hard look at it and realized that I now knew enough about beading and jewelry making that I could in fact make a similar necklace. So, I taught myself how to make these necklaces; A proud moment for a beginner like me.

Yes, I have a ton...sorry, a TON...more than I have pictured above. I literally went through my closet and made a necklace to match all of my shirts!

I have started an Etsy shop to sell them online, but I have not yet finished posting all of the pictures and descriptions of them. So, when my Etsy shop is ready to go, I will add another post with a link to that!


School & Graduation

There was a point when I working full time and going to school full time that I didn't think that I would be able to make it through school. I had no idea what I wanted to do and I changed my major 3 times (Early Childhood Education, Business Management, Accounting). Working so hard towards nothing seemed useless at the time. It wasn't until I took an Intro to Social Work class that I found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I want to be a social worker.

I was adopted when I was 4 years old, but before that, I spent 3 years in a foster home. Although I was young and it was a long time ago, I do have some memories. I specifically remember three of my social workers and the happiness that I felt when they would come visit my sister and me. I want to be able to bring that kind of joy to other children-children who may not have anyone else to bring them joy. They gave me hope as they promised me a forever family, and I am so grateful for the forever family that they found for me.

My Dad, Sister (Renee),Mom, and Me

My Dad and Me

My Dad in his Doctoral robes. He had to hand out diplomas at a different ceremony across campus at the same time so he handed them out and sprinted across campus in time to see me walk!

My mom and Me

So, I finally found out what I wanted to do, but the problem was that BYU had just barely gotten rid of their undergraduate Social Work program. The next closest thing was Sociology. The plan then became to get my Bachelors in Sociology and then go back to get my Masters in Social Work. As of April, I have finished the first part of that plan.

I loved the Sociology program at BYU. It was the hardest things I have ever done but it's the most rewarding feeling to have completed it. Despite the hard work and stress, I was able to make the most amazing friends. We banded together to get through rough semesters and tough teachers, but they always knew how to make tough things enjoyable.

(Shorty Sandwich-Hannah and I always had to be on the ends)

(Had to show off our new dresses!)

(Maurine and Me)

(Maurine's graduation party)

I had the opportunity to work with my favorite professor and a group of other students on a research project. We researched professional Rugby teams and how teams extract players from other countries to play for their team. We also did another study to look into the racial segration of players within teams (stacking). We had a couple of the star players on the BYU Rugby team on our research team. We got in free to all of the games! I was able to go to San Diego with two other girls from my team to present our paper at a Sociology conference. The whole research experience was so exciting and I am so happy that I was able to get on to the research team. Here is our research team (the students that graduated. There are still three other students who were not at graduation.)

Graduating has got to be one of the best feelings in the world. It's the culminating experience to years and years of hard work, stress, and sacrifice. I know a lot of people decide not to walk, but walking at graduation was one of the most fun things that I did in college! Everyone around you is happy and the joy is intoxicating.

Lining up to walk. It looks like there is no one in the audience, but there were hundreds of people-It's just a huge venue!



One Week

This is the only thing getting me through this last push til graduation! The whole event is a little tainted since Devin left for Memphis on Wednesday and I won't be able to join him until June. It breaks my heart. As much as it stinks, I am excited to go to Mexico (on my Study Abroad) on May 14th. I've got a lot of things that will get through week to week. This week I've got finals and term papers, next week is graduation festivities. I then have to just make it through three week until I'm in Mexico (that will make time fly SO fast). Then two more weeks after that and I can go to Memphis!

My mom has called "dibs" on me for one of those weeks to paint her living room and other small projects. She sure knows how to take my mind off of things!

As a Devin update, he has made it safely to Memphis and moved all of his stuff into the apartment or should I say three story town home with an attached garage. It's going to be a good summer (once I can be out there to enjoy it with him). He's already had ten tons of work to do getting the office and inventory ready for work on Monday. UPS had a truck break down so Dev had to go to UPS with a Uhaul all by himself and pick up 10 pallets of equipment. Needless to say, he's tired. I am so proud of him and all of the hard work he is doing and will do this summer. I miss him already.

So there's our little update.


Before & After

I just learned how to make a before and after picture online. The site that I used is closing in April so this little treasure is soon to be gone. Does anyone else know of any online picture editing sites that I can use to make before and after pictures?

This is probably one of my favorite furniture re-dos and here is the link to the original post that I did on the coffee table that I made into a bench.

Here is the link to the original post that I made about my DIY bookshelf. I just can't wait to get into a house so that I have places for all of my re-done furniture!

This is my most recent DIY project. I made this chair for my mom. She bought the chair for $10! It's a sturdy chair with a lot of small details. The original fabric was cute, but it was super dingy and torn in a few places. It definitely needed to be revamped!


Reupholstered Chair

Here's my project from last Saturday. Before and After shots are coming soon as well as a tutorial.

My mom found this solid wood chair at Savers for $10, but when she found it, it had dingy old fabric covering it. She knew how I up-cycled the coffee table into a bench so she bought it for me to make her a new piano teaching chair.


Valentine's Day Banner

Happy Valentine's Day

I made a holiday banner for Halloween and Christmas and thought it only appropriate to decorate for valentine's day too! I made a few extra to give out to friends and family.

Hugs and Kisses