Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DIY...Sweetheart Cardigan

It's that time of year for all college students; professors decide that right before the holidays and finals that they have to cram everything into our minds all at once. This is part of the reason that I have been away from you guys! I hope that you all are still doing well and having a great week! Today I would like to share pictures of my DIY t-shirt cardigan. All that I did was cut the front of a t-shirt vertically (using a ruler to make sure that it was even on both sides) and then decorate with paint! I don't encourage cutting the collar for these cardigans because I feel like it makes the cardigan floppy and not as stiff. Instead of cutting it, I painted the color for contrast:

Have a great week!

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Monday, November 7, 2011

The Small World Project- Re post!

*This is a re-post* =)
As some of you know, over the summer, I gave up Facebook because I was tired of internet interaction instead of face to face time with the people that I care about. I feel that social media websites can sometimes take the "personal" out of personal relationships. Therefore, to take a small step into a more personal mode of communication, I have proposed The Small World Project, a personal monthly snail-mail relationship between bloggers.

Four (4) Bloggers, and myself, will sign up by email on a rotation to send creative snail mails to each of the other bloggers, once per week. This group snail mail swap will continue for the entire month and then trade off with four new bloggers!
Each month's project will have different requirements; however the continuous thing between each project is that the letter must be handwritten, NOT TYPED. Also the letter may not be on a regular piece of white paper alone. The letter can be in the form of a card, on a magazine collage or a self-made painting, etc. The letter can be on white paper, as long as it is adorned in some way. 
Also, each project must include something personal from the writer. This could be a favorite recipe, a quote from a song, a picture, a postcard, etc. 
This Small World Project will begin the beginning of October. The questions for this upcoming month's Project are:

*Only rule for The Small World Project: You must own a blog. This will act as an easy screening process in keeping everybody safe ;)

I am very passionate about this project because I think that it will be so cool to know that someone across the continent will have personal information about me. Plus, I can't wait to receive my first letter so that I can get to know someone else! There are so many people on this earth, yet somehow, many people are still lonely. I know that this project won't solve that issue for everyone; however, it's a small step in making our world smaller.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

The Small World Project-Katia

Hello everyone! I am back to share with you another one of my super duper, amazing participants of the small world project, Katia! After reading her interview, check out her blog! Also, make sure to check out her art blog, Love Potato. This girl is brilliant!
Current Location:
Toronto, in Canada! Just hanging out at home!

Tell us a little about yourself:(age, school, hobbie, whatever you feel like sharing)
My name is Katia (durr) and I'm currently a design student studying Illustration in university! This pretty much sums up my hobbies too - drawing, painting, creating. I write, I knit, I do all sorts of artsy creative things, I sometimes lose count! On the other end of the hobby-spectrum however, I really love running/jogging! Because I have such a wide range of hobbies and things I love to do, I tend to keep myself extremely busy and take on far too many projects - but that's okay, I love it, I love accomplishing so many things even if they're super little things! I can be a workaholic, but I can be lazy too. I can be a total stay-at-home-and-play-video-games geek, but I also love going out with my friends. I guess I'm just a big mix of everything :)

Tell us about your blog:
Which one?!! Hahaha, the blog I put the most focus on at the moment is Kitty Snooks (my other is Love Potatoe). Kitty Snooks started as a feel-good project for me, something positive for me to focus on. The name "Kitty Snooks" comes from two nicknames that friends have given me, and I thought they sounded rather cute together so I stuck with it! It's basically a personal/lifestyle/fashion blog, though I rarely find the time for outfit pictures - being a student and balancing a social life, school work, a job, and all my hobbies can get really hectic (But so fun!). It's kind of a silly place for me to post my thoughts and hope that maybe someone will find something enjoyable or helpful out of it :)

What inspired you to join The Small World Project?
I have always, always wanted a pen pal. I LOVE LETTERS. My favourite part about going to summer camps when I was younger was always getting and sending letters home! Even though I was unable to participate with mail, and had to receive emails, I still absolutely loved writing out my letters to everyone else and imagining them opening up the letters and having my written words with them all the way wherever they are! 
What is your definition of cool?
Cool to me is different for each person. Everyone has something special that makes them cool - whether they let that part of them thrive or not is a different story. I find that a person's 'cool' side shines through the most when they are humble, natural, true-to-themselves people who see the world positively. It also depends greatly on how they treat other people, if they are kind-hearted and caring and considerate or not. Meaning that loud can be totally cool, quiet can be totally cool, outrageous can be totally cool, reserved can be totally cool, it doesn't matter at all so long as you're always REAL and KIND. 

How do  you fit this definition? What makes you cool?
I don't know if I'd call myself cool! I'm actually a total geek in so many ways, but I guess I always try to be kind towards others and am always considering others' feelings whether I know them well or not. I also try to be myself as much as possible, even if that means geeking out at pictures of cute puppies in class, or laughing until I go beat-red and something funny I saw while looking out the window, in front of all my classmates and my profs. 

Who inspires you to be cool?
My friends. I have this amazing group of friends from highschool who I learned to be myself with. They can be the biggest group of 5 year olds, we would make faces at each other from across the room in classes, we'd make up silly nicknames for each other, but we'd also all support each other and stick by one another when we went through rough patches. Now, in university and still as close as ever, I know that these are REAL people, and that's the ultimate cool :)

If your life could have a theme song or a motto, what would it be?
"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. If life gives you a tough situation, make the best of it."
I sort of worked that one out in my head years back when I was going through some rough stuff, and since then it's helped me through every other rough patch I've been through!

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Small World Project-Melissa

Hello everyone! Before we prepare for our second month of The Small World Project (we still have two spots left! email me if you are interested!), I would like to make sure that you know a little bit more about the lovely ladies who started the first cycle! Today's participant is the lovely, Melissa! Make sure to check our her blog after you finish reading her interview!

Current Location: Boone, NC (the cutest little mountain city in Western North Carolina!)

Tell us a little about yourself:(age, school, hobbie, whatever you feel like sharing) I'm a 21 year old student attending Appalachian State University studying Public Relations with a focus in nonprofit organizations and minoring in Sociology! I graduate this May (yay!) so I'm on my way to figuring out my next step. I have a ton of hobbies and am the type of person to fill up my day with activities. Sometimes I tend to over schedule myself, I just love to experience everything. My main hobbies include photography, thrifting, arts and crafts, diy projects and traveling. I love supporting local restaurants and local businesses.

Tell us about your blog: My blog is a little of everything in my life. I share my photography, adventures, little projects, things I'm obsessed with, stories and everything in between. I'm still trying to find my blog "niche," but so far it's just been a great outlet for my creativity and for making new friends.

What inspired you to join The Small World Project? Meeting new people! I absolutely love it. I feel as though everyone has a story to tell and I want to be able to meet strangers and exchange stories. I am such a huge fan of handwritten letters and I always try my hardest to send handwritten thank you notes. As much as I love the internet, blogging and email, nothing compares to receiving a letter in the mail.

What is your definition of cool? Cool is confidence. Not that cocky-over-the-top confidence, but the confidence and respect you have for yourself and those around it. It's to be nobody but yourself in a world that's doing its best to make you somebody else. Cool is knowing what you want and knowing what's best for you, and fighting for it.
How do you fit this definition? What makes you cool? I like to think that I have a good head on my shoulders and I can't say that I know what's best for me all the time, but I definitely strive for it. I strive to stay true to myself and have respect for myself and everyone around me.

Who inspires you to be cool?  I have the greatest support system. I have the best friends and a stronger family. They inspire me daily to be true to myself and be everything that they know I can be!

If your life could have a theme song or a motto, what would it be? My favorite motto would be, "The only constant is change." Change is constantly happening in my life along with everyone else and its important to be able to accept those changes and and go with it. I like to think that I'm adaptable and that is an important key to living life. Accept change!

Anything else? Blogging has just opened up so many doors for me and I really have made a great network of friends! I can't wait to see what else blogging will bring to my life. I'm pretty new to it, but I absolutely love meeting new people and changing strangers into friends.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Small World Project-Sasha

Hello! I hope that everyone has recovered from their Halloween madness! I would like to start this post off by welcoming my new readers! I am so surprised by how many readers I have received in just a few months! Welcome! Back to the post; I've been trying to think of a way to include my readers more with The Small World Project participants, therefore, I asked the lovely ladies to do interviews so that you could know a little bit more about them! First up is Sasha. Check out what she has to say (and her blog here!)

Current Location: 
I currently live in upstate NY, but i'm originally from Westchester County. (woop woop for the 914!)

Tell us a little about yourself:(age, school, hobbie, whatever you feel like sharing)
Im 20 and I'm a junior at the University at Albany. I love to read and braid hair. I also have an addiction to Auntie Anne's almond pretzels with sweet glaze. If you haven't had one TRY IT!

Tell us about your blog:
My blog has minimal direction to be honest. It's about hair, music, nails and food (coming soon). I like to find inspiration in little things, simple things and that is what I want my blog to convey. 

What inspired you to join The Small World Project?
Since the first day I stumbled upon Bree's page I bookmarked it so when I saw the project I knew I had to take part. I love getting mail, even if its a bill, sad I know, lol. 
In my eyes the Small World Project was somewhat revolutionary. It was the rejection of the impersonal ideology of "social networking". It allowed for human reconnection and I loved that. 

What is your definition of cool?
My definition of cool believing in yourself and the decisions that you make. Everyone can tell you what they think you should do, but at the end of the day no one walks in your shoes but YOU.
How do  you fit this definition? What makes you cool?
I've always been headstrong and I hate people telling me what to do. I'll heed advice, matter fact I LOVE advice but I've learned if you don't know how to say no people will try to live through you. So I'd say I'm cool because I prefer the road not taken :)

Who inspires you to be cool?
My fiance, he's really taught me to enjoy the little things in life and be firm about the decisions I make. My kindness has tended to be my weakness and he's helped me work on that. 

If your life could have a theme song or a motto, what would it be?
"When work feels overwhelming, remember that your going to die."- I know, I know your probably thinking "wth", let me explain, lol. I tend to get extremely stressed out and I'm starting to learn that you can only do what you can do. Over-thinking, stressing and pulling out your hair will only get you more trouble than your looking for, so LET IT BE. STRESS FREE! 

Anything else?
I'm Sasha and I approve this message :)

We still have 2 spots to fill for the month of November! We start next week, so please email me ASAP! For more information on The Small World Project, click here!
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