April 6, 2011

upcoming projects 4.6.11

So, since I am just starting this blog, I have so much to tell everyone! I have about 6 projects lined up and ready to go, not to mention the million other wedding projects I will need to squeeze in soon! So for an update, over the next few weeks I will be preparing for our big move to Naperville, which means lots of redecorating, repurposing and creating! Some of my favorite things to do!

In my post yesterday, I showed you these two lamps that I purchased on craigslist for $15 each:


I am still unsure of what to do with these, but I have a few ideas in mind. Check out my inspiration board:



This lamp is something I ran across on Handmadeology. You can find the tutorial here. I am in LOVE with this and can not wait to get started on this project!



I am also thinking that something around these lines is going to be up soon on my To Do List:



Do you have any upcoming projects that you are uber excited about starting? Share with me and others!

April 5, 2011

monday night shopping trip

Today I went on one of the longest shopping trips that I have been on in a while. And I was by myself, even though I do find it easier to shop by yourself. Check out all of the great things I got:


It all started with these two lamps. I found them on Craigslist for $15 each. You can’t beat that, especially if you felt how heavy these things are. They are made of ceramic and the shades are a tweed material. Yes, the other one does have a lamp shade, but it’s lying around somewhere! I will be posting a DIY project for these beauties later…once I decide exactly what I want to do with them!

This is the result of 4 hours in Joanns… AMAZING fabric!

Projected Projects:

From left to right:

(1) will be used for throw pillows in the living room (scroll down for my new throw pillow that will accompany these)

(2) will either be used for a fabric artwork or for pillows, still undecided

(3) will be made into a throw. Still trying to figure out how to get the yarn look around the edges, so I will be experimenting with this one!

(4) will be make two beautiful 22″x22″ pillows for my new bed

More New Finds:

This is the pillow I was referring to. I have been gawking over this pillow for the last couple months…stopping myself from buying. Today seemed like the right opportunity, though, since I had already spent a ton of other money! I am so glad I got this, though, because it is going to match great with the yellow fabric above. It is part of the DwellStudio for Target line.

Here is the desk that I want, but can not have, at least not yet! The problem is, we are moving into a smaller apartment and I am in the middle of selling all of my big furniture, so to add another desk to the mix is just chaos! One day I might have it though, or one similar. I have my eye on this desk from Ikea.

So, this is what my living room looked like when I got home from my very long shopping trip:

April 5, 2011

the beginning…

I am about to take everyone on the most exciting journey of my life…besides my upcoming wedding and the one day when I will have a wonderful baby, and so forth. But for this moment in time, it is THE most exciting journey!

My entire life has been based around graphic design and marketing. I was always so enveloped in the business aspect and have the most entrepreneurial spirit you could ask for in a 22 year old, almost college graduate.

When I was in high school I had two passions: graphic design & interior design. I love fabric, I love cards, I love flowers, I love bold, beautiful items. Although I would have loved to pursue interior design after high school, I chose my other passion. I will be graduating from SVSU at the end of this month with a BBA in Marketing, minor in graphic design. FYI: I minored in graphic design, instead of getting my BFA in graphic design, because still to this day, I believe I have learned more outside of the classroom in graphic design. I am a hands-on learner, and through internships, projects, and other endeavors, I know what I know today. In January 2011, I began my first business, Studio A Design, a graphic design & social marketing boutique. It combines my love for both business and graphic design. I have worked with a few companies so far, and I love what I do. However, there has always been something missing.

I will be graduating soon, and because of that am now on the hunt for a full-time position at a marketing firm in the Chicago area. I think, to this day, I have applied for over 15 jobs, and have not received one single call-back, and I am not sure why. I feel as if I have done everything right up to this point. As other students went out on Thursday nights, I went to bed early because I have always had at least 2 jobs at a time, and always an internship. I did well in all of my classes, finishing with a 3.75 GPA. I am a builder and hard worker. What else do they want? Well, apparently more, because I don’t have any interviews scheduled yet.

Anyways, so this is where I am now. I have begun my journey to divulge myself in my other passion: interior design. Everything about it makes me excited. I have always told everyone that if I am not an interior designer or real estate agent before I die, then I have not lived the life I wanted. Guess I have to start somewhere then!

My fiance and I are going to be moving to Naperville, IL on May 7th, and I LOVE MOVING! I know that may sound weird to some, because most people hate moving. But I LOVE it! It means a blank slate for me to create something completely brand new! That means: SHOPPING! My other favorite thing to do! (By the way, you will read the term “favorite” a lot in this blog. I have a problem with that word. Steven calls me a child when I use it, because kids love everything!)

I wanted to do a simple post for this first one. The next one I am going to do will be about my shopping trip today. 5 hours out by myself, between picking up two lamps I found on Craigslist, Joanns and Target. It was an awesome day, to say the least! Stay tuned!