First Fall Friday

Technically tomorrow is the first day of Autumn, but for alliteration purposes let’s pretend today is the Autumnal Equinox. 🙂

I got an idea this morning of what I want to put in the three 5×7 frames I bought before I came to school. I had some ideas earlier on that I talked about here, and I ended up deciding to kind of mix a couple of things that inspired me.

I want to get some patterned/scrapbook paper:

{all from Paper Source}

& print one word on each in a thick, black font.

Some ideas for words I had – CreateImagine, Explore

Too cheesy? I’m going to think about it some more. Do you have any ideas?!

Also, my advertising professor shared this quote, and I wanted to pass it along:

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.

It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

– Ira Glass

It really inspired me, so I hope it speaks to someone else that hasn’t heard it before! Anyway, that’s all for today. I’ve got some homework I want to get done before the real weekend begins 🙂

Craft To-Do List

When I’m bored, I generally like to check out Pinterest for some great DIY and craft ideas. Currently, I am working on a cork board made of wine corks. A friend who is a bartender brought me a giant bag of corks, and I have been acquiring others from  my mom and friends. This might have been a better project for someone of legal drinking age. 😛 I’m almost done – will post pics once it’s complete. This is what it should come out to look like:

Although, in mine, all the corks are in the same direction. Something else I’ve been eyeing on Pinterest is a magnet board made from a cookie sheet. I have to find a cheap, flat cookie sheet (maybe at the dollar store?), get some cute fabric, and voila! So simple.

Having an actual apartment to move into, rather than a dorm, is making me so excited for decorating. As an avid HGTV viewer, I can actually take some of the neat ideas I see and apply them now!

I have an old black dresser and have been searching for ways to repurpose it, while still using it for traditional purposes. I came across the cutest idea, and definitely am going to have to make it a project.

What are some cool craft ideas you’ve seen lately?