Monday, April 30, 2012



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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Join the Photo A Day Adventure!

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I'll be doing the May photo a day challenge starting tomorrow. I thought I would wait until June because  I knew I would stress myself out trying to photograph things here in Syracuse. But I didn't want to start in the middle of the month and I knew May had some super exciting plans so I'm starting tomorrow. That means trying to bring my camera around with me everywhere. We'll see how it goes.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Jenn Runs a Warrior Run

I did it. I ran 5k up a mountain. Okay, I walked 5k up a mountain. Tom, Ashley, Lucia, Liz and I ran it at the noon wave. It was awesome. I'm so glad I ended up doing it. I've been running 3 miles and timing myself but I'm not sure if that "training" did anything because it was 10% running and 90% climbing uphill and going through mud. It was at labrador mountain which is a mountain for skiing/snowboarding. Except today it was grass and mud. I had a feeling this morning that I should wear shorts under my pants and I'm so glad I did because I left my pants on the mountain since they were soaked in mud and getting super heavy. The first mud slip and slide thing is in the picture behind us. The best part was when Tom was running towards it and wiped out infront of everyone. My least favorite part was when we had to go through tires that were hanging from trees. It looked easy. And it definitely looked large enough for me to go through. And I totally judged everyone who passed it without actually going through it. And then it was my turn. And I tried and there was absolutely no way I was going to fit. So while people were watching, I got stuck and then just crawled back out and went around it.

We took our time and finished in just under an hour. The first person to finish was done in 25 minutes. We got a little medal but the numbers we got to wear were my favorite part. I felt great after and I wasn't even planning on napping but in the evening I started to feel it. I just slept for 3 hours and woke up. Now I can't feel my body. Can't wait to get up in the morning tomorrow.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Let's Pause.

I am starting to pack my stuff up this week. Unfortunately, I will be starting with my scrapbooking stuff first. Packing is probably the most stressful time of the year and this year it will be even more fantastic because I have to be able to fit everything into a car. One car. The plan was to start with my winter clothes but it's hailing and snowing this week so that won't work. So the only thing I can really start with is my books, scrapbooking stuff and pictures. That means I won't be able to work on project life until I'm home and after Peter's back in LA which will be May 20. Getting so behind on PL is stressing me out but it works out because the photo quality at CVS by school is horrendous anyways. Costco for the win.

April goals:
-finish this damn thesis
-survive a 5k warrior run

May goals:
-start craft room
-catch up on all PL pages (including the Madison interview, PR, end of the semester + grad and Peter's visit... so pretty much all of second semester.)
-update the blog about all PL pages to date.

Blog news:
-I will be making the switch to typepad at the end of May/early June. Check back here for updates!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Fastest Birthday Cards I've Ever Made

I've been so unbelievably consumed by this distinction thesis that I haven't been able to scrapbook or update. These are two out of the three cards I made for Wilson, Brittany and Steve right before I left for Baltimore. I used my new punch that I got in my Stampin' Up starter kit and I'm obsessed. I forgot to take pictures of the third card but the pink cupcake one I made for Brittany turned out surprisingly well. 

supplies used: 2-3/8 scallop punch from stampin' up; cupcake wheel from stampin' up; dimensionals from stampin' up; recollections opaque embossing powder from Michael's; happy birthday stamp from Michael's; blushing bride inkpad from stampin' up; 4 bar envelopes in chartreuse, curry and papaya.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Project Life: Mar 12 & 13, 2012

Puerto Rico: Monday & Tuesday

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The Impossible Project

I've been looking for Polaroid film for my 600 onestep express camera that my Dad had when I was little. I have the Instax Mini 25 that Peter got me for Valentine's day and I love it. But while I was home in January, I rediscovered my Polaroid from the 90's and missed the appearance and rarity of the standard 600 film. I looked online and it's astounding to me that expired film on ebay and amazon is hundreds of dollars. The last Polaroid films were made in December of 2008, producing film that expires one year later in 2009. I didn't realize until now that I will never be able to use that hunter green Polaroid camera. Then I realized that the standard 600 film, along with all Polaroid films, literally died and wouldn't be coming back. Ever. It was so disappointing when that reality hit me. The discovery of instant film was a phenomenon in photographic history. And the discontinuation of Polaroid production meant that phenomenon could never be enjoyed and that the magic of instant photography would be totally forgotten. But then I came across Project Impossible, a group of photographers and dreamers from the Netherlands that rescued Polaroid production from being forgotten. Coming across this was incredibly inspiring. Read more about them here.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I did it. It's official. We're making a table. I ordered the hairpin legs in raw steel in standard 14 inches. I thought I was going to do a tall table, 28 inches or something, like in the DIY post. But Peter had the idea of making a low table so I could sit on the ground, kind of like a coffee table. I didn't even think of that. I think it'll make the room look bigger if the table is lower on the ground. I think.

Here's the room. Finally some pictures. I cheated and took measurements even though I wasn't suppose to. It's currently a hidden room for everybody's crap.

I'm so excited.

I've been eyeing this rug and I saw a DIY but the cost of felt balls are soooooo expensive. A floor rug will probably cost $2000-7000 so I thought I would just make a little 2x1 mat to sit on for my brand new currently-non-existent-table. But even that costs $50 just to get the felt balls from Nepal and I can't exactly justify spending that much for something I'm going to sit on. 

So I've moved on to this chevron rug that you can make with scrap fabric or old sheets. 

Pinterest is quickly ruining my life.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Project Life: Mar 11, 2012

Puerto Rico: Sunday

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Project Life: Mar 9 & 10, 2012

Day 1 & 2 of spring break [new york city]


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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 
In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through 
the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that 
can never perish, spoil or fade. 

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not 
see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 
for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1: 3-4, 8-9

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

First Summer Project

This project is going to be huge. Like, extreme makeover kind of huge. Peter's coming to graduation and we will be roadtripping back to Chicago with all of my crap stuff crap. He'll be staying for a few days and we're converting my walk-in closet space into a craft room. I didn't force him, I swear. He even says he's excited. I thought that creating boards on pinterest was pointless but I was so wrong. Instead of saving all of my pictures onto my computer and never ever looking at them again, I just made my first board: Craft Room. I love it.

So far, I'm dreaming of having a peg board somewhere. I don't care where. In light green. For those who have been to my house (and inside my closet), I have this tiny little room which is the space built above our garage. So. It doesn't have much space and the ceilings are slanted since it's the roof of my house. It's so hard to explain. Bottom line is that we don't have much space to work with, and the space that we do have is irregular. If there's no way that it's going to work, I can take the room on the third floor since it's way bigger but honestly, I get scared being there alone. I'm such a baby. But Peter says it's going to work and he's an eagle scout so I believe him. You should have been there when we moved our stuff into storage. Me and Cliff were doubters but he made it work.

Next on the agenda: I need a desk. A desk that's going to fit into my weird shaped room. Solution? Make it. I found the DIY here and it seems easy enough. As long as I have a plan and I can articulate what I want, I don't think Home Depot will laugh at me. I'll just bring in this picture. 

Note: My room actually looks like the picture above except the ceilings are way way way lower.

I was going to have my mom send me pictures of the room so I could try to guess the dimensions but we're going to just do everything on the fly when we arrive in Chicago. Just to make things more interesting.

If things don't work out (between me and the craft room, just to be clear), I will not cry. I will not freak out. I will not make a scene. I'll just continue making crafts in the dining room until my parents can't take it anymore. And then I'll move into a beautiful house with 109238012983102938 craft rooms.

Sunday, April 1, 2012