A Project for a Lazy Sunday

Since I didn’t have work today and my motivation for going on a run was at an all time low, I decided to do something crafty.  I’ve had a lot on my mind lately as I try to break my way into a marketing job, and anything creative usually helps me sort out my thoughts.

About a year ago, I started using Pinterest – the best and worst decision of my life, considering how much time I can spend on the site without realizing it!  A few months ago I saw a pin for making paper feathers.  I’m obsessed with feathers, I have this odd attraction to them and I find them beautiful and somewhat mesmerizing.  So I decided to tackle the paper feathers.  I made a bunch…and then was left trying to decide what to do with them all.

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Some I’ll use to make cards – my mom is long overdue for a letter from me – but I decided to make some decorations for my house.  I had a matte black box on hand from a gift I had received for Christmas and some silvery grey ribbon from a Nordstrom-wrapped gift I had given my boyfriend.  The ideas were forming…I decided to make some hanging decorations for my house.

The lid and bottom of the black box were the same dimension, which worked perfectly for what I had pictured.  I separated the lid and the bottom, set each piece on a flat surface, and arranged my paper feathers – I chose yellow and white to match the colors in the room I was making the decorations for.  Once I had an arrangement I liked, I affixed the feathers to each box piece (although I would have preferred a hot glue gun or tacky glue, I didn’t have either on hand, so I ended up using a scrapbooking glue stick, which worked well).  I let the glue dry completely and in the meantime went to grab some lunch (homemade sloppy  joes, yum).  With a satisfied meal under my belt, I found my ribbon and made sure each piece was the same length before gluing each piece to the inside wall of the box pieces to form a sort of handle by which to hang the decorations.  Again I let the glue dry, and voila!

These are the finished creations:

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For an impromptu project, I’m pretty pleased with the end result and the decorations ended up matching the other pieces in the room pretty perfectly!  I can’t decide which of the two I like more; I like the balance of the one with fewer feathers, but the fullness of the one with more feathers.  Either way, these feathers are definitely my new favorites, let me know what you think!

A New Year, A New Blog – Mixing Things Up

I know, I know – I’ve been terrible at posting anything recently! Bear with me though, I’ve had a lot on my plate what with finishing up this semester, transitioning jobs and navigating a career path, and…successfully finishing my graduate program!

That’s right, you’re now looking at a girl who has a Master’s Degree in Management Communications! Admittedly, I feel happy and sad all at once about it. On the one hand, I’m incredibly proud of myself – for moving 3,000 miles away from everyone I knew and cared about, creating a life for myself on the West Coast (or the ‘left coast’ as my brother calls it), growing and changing as a person, and for finding out a lot about myself in the process! On the other hand, it feels so alien and strange to know I’m done with my formal education – I’ve been in school straight for the last 18 years and the nerd in me loved every minute, from the friends I made to what I learned to who I became because of it. It’s also more than slightly overwhelming, because now I need to pay off student loans, and launch a career – which is surprisingly challenging considering that most entry-level marketing, PR, or communications positions want more experience than I have – all while balancing my desire to be young and live this ‘perfect’ life with friends and a cool apartment and amazing experiences.

So originally, I started this blog for a class assignment and – since the class was about social media – a lot of my posts were geared around social media, digital technologies, and the class itself. Now don’t get me wrong, I love social media and I have a strange fascination with it – its reach, power, how it works and ebbs and flows – but I’m going to be switching gears a little here. I’ll still focus on social media, but I’m going to throw a bunch of other things in here too; marketing, digital media, personal revelations or accomplishments, stories that make me sit up and think, really anything I come across as I try to figure out my life. This will – I hope – work itself into a place for me to share what’s on my mind, but also a place for me to continue learning (about anything really).

In honor of the new year and the changes I’ll be making here, I’ve changed my design up a little too – let me know what you think…and Happy New Year!

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