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Gee, There’s a Thought

20 May

My life is slightly messy right now as I transition from college to real world. My belongings are scattered along with my brain. If the world really does end tomorrow, I might not notice because I’m so frazzled.

But while searching through my belongings in my family’s house, I stumbled upon a little box that I created a few years ago in a crafty phase.

It’s simple and straightforward, yet completely ambiguous. Love above all else? Love whoever’s up there? It can be whatever you want it to be in any moment.

For me, I’m gonna try to remember to love. Even when the job hunt gets me frustrated and stressed. There’s always love.

Gee, A Lil Quotation Inspiration

1 Aug

For some reason, I am fascinated by quotations (yes, I said “quotations” not quotes – my high school English teacher drilled into our heads the concept that “quote” is a verb, “quotation” is a noun and this rule cannot be broken).  Yes, they are words, but they are not just words.  I love searching for just the right combination of words that evokes emotion or thought.  They are not empty fluff, but they carry a weight.

One of my Quotation Crafts

I often find myself scrounging for quotations when I am crafting.  I put quotations on plaques and in collages, and I want the words to be just right for the feeling of the piece.  These words might come from a song, a book, a speech, a movie…anything really.  The author is also extremely important.  If I find a wonderful phrase and the mind behind it happens to be some controversial politician, the magnitude of the thought is ruined.

Today was one of those days that I spent rifling through pages and pages of quotations in search of a good one for a plaque that I am making.  As I surfed through Quoteland.com, I found that I really appreciate Ralph Waldo Emerson‘s thought bubbles.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • “Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables.”
  • “A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.”
  • “Every wall is a door.”
  • “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”
  • “Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.”
  • But this one really struck me:

    “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”

    It is ridiculously simple.  A second grader could pen this, in all reality.  But it is so true and it carries meaning beyond plain observation.  It’s a reminder: when things get extremely dark and unbearable, you can see the beauty of the stars.  All is not lost.

    Gee, Bridal Craft Craziness

    25 Jul

    My sister is getting married in August, and I am the lone bridesmaid.  It’s kind of nice and laid back, but there are also lots of little odds and ends to be taken care of.

    Last weekend was jam-packed with bridal fun as we celebrated with a bachelorette party on Saturday night, and a bridal shower on Sunday afternoon.

    The Bride and Her Team

    For the bachelorette celebration, we made our way to Camden Yards for another Orioles loss.  The good about having such a bad team and such an awesome stadium: tickets are cheap, so it makes for a good n’ affordable social event.  In preparation for the big night, my mother and I made “Team Bride” tanks with iron-on orange letters and plain black and gray tanks.  My sister, the bride, had her own “Bride” tank with glitter gold iron-on letters and a lil heart.  The drunken comments from onlookers were almost more entertaining than the game itself.  My personal favorite: “Gooooooooooooo MARRIAGE!”

    A New Chapter: Shower Favors

    The bridal shower was book-themed, seeing as my big sis is an avid reader (in cars, in the mall, at family get-togethers…you name it).  Since my sister’s wedding invitations feature whimsical fireflies and mason jars, we decided to play around that idea for the shower favors.  We took mason jars and inserted decals of her favorite book covers: Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, The Sound and the Fury, Pride and Prejudice, and a few others.  We then placed little shortbread cookies and strawberry candies inside.  To cap them off, we glued ribbon around the edge of the cap and inserted a fun book fabric.  We attached a little book tag in honor of this new chapter in my sister’s life, complete with a little blurb about my sister’s engagement.  Although we were down to the wire in making them, they finally came together!  It doesn’t photograph that well, but in the afternoon sunlight, they really fit the occasion.