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Pick-me-up Refashion Challenge!

Hello lovely humans!

What have you been up to lately?  Personally, I’ve been sitting on my booty, feeling slightly overwhelmed at the impending doom of 4pm on March 10(thesis defense day), and avoiding doing most things society would consider “productive”.  I like to blame my glum mood on the weather, it’s been gray, cold, and I’m ready to bask in the sun again. Like this:

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Wait, you mean I can't just fly to Hawaii right now?  How was this a year ago?! It seems like it was yesterday!

To remedy my lack of productivity, I’ve decided to challenge myself and do one refashion every day for the next week!

Boom! Motivation!

Why? Why would I do this to myself during a time when I’m obviously overwhelmed and stressed?  Here’s my logic: It is very easy to binge watch an entire season of Law and Order: SVU (which I may have done over the last three days), sit on the couch, and waste a day without realizing it.  When I take the time to work on a sewing project it usually doesn’t take more than an hour and I always feel super accomplished at the end!  If I spend an hour of my day being productive on fun things, hopefully it will seep into the other areas of my life and I’ll quit dragging my feet on prepping for my defense!  This is solid logic, right?

Anybody else out there need a pick-me-up?  You should join me and let me know what challenge you’ve set for yourself for the next week.  Maybe you don’t sew, find something you like that will foster your creativity and hopefully it will boost your productivity, too.

Maybe I’m being crazy.  I guess we’ll have to find out in a week!

The “One” That I Want— Valentine’s Day Card!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you lovely people!

This year Spencer and I decided to do our favorite thing on Valentine’s Day.  Stay home, cook breakfast for dinner, cuddle on the couch and watch a movie.  Nothing expensive, no fighting traffic, and we get to wear our comfy clothes!  I have the best Valentine ever!  🙂

We decided to keep it simple and exchange cards this year so I went with something punny and homemade:

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I followed this tutorial to learn how to fold a dollar bill into a tiny shirt & tie.  I mean come on guys, that’s pretty adorable! I used some extra watercolor paper and a micron pen to construct the card and cartoon.  Extra bonus: this only cost me an hour and a couple of one dollar bills. He definitely is the one that I want (ooo-ooo-ooo).

Tell somebody you love them today!

Dr. Steve’s Magical 7 Layer Dip

Ermagerd…  yummy food is happening right now.  These recipes are not gluten free, they definitely have food dyes, preservatives, dairy, sugar, carbs, and I don’t think anyone would categorize them as health food… but they are quite delicious.  🙂  Everything in moderation, right?  Well here are a couple of my favorite party foods and their easy recipies!

Dr. Steve’s Magical 7 Layer Dip

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2 9 oz cans Frito’s bean dip (I use the hot version!)
1 12 oz container guacamole (or you could make your own, I’m too lazy)
1 16 oz container sour cream (I used light…health food right?)
1/2 cup mayonnaise (also light, now things are just getting crazy).
2 packets of taco seasoning
1 tomato
green onion
olives (blech, but my dad loves them)

Layer 1: Spread both cans of bean dip on the bottom of a glass baking dish. You can use whatever size, but I like the 9×16. Sometimes, I’ll use two smaller dishes.

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Layer 2: Guacamole on the beans. (If you’re a fan of guac, you can use two containers. I just go with one, because it’s not my favorite layer).

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Layer 3: The best layer. Mix the sour cream, mayo, and taco seasoning.  You can adjust the amount of taco seasoning according to taste.  I usually go heavier than my dad’s version, I love the spiciness! Layer the mixture on the guac.image8

Layer 4: A package of shredded cheese. I’ve used everything from sharp cheddar to pepper jack to colby jack.  Go with what you like!

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Layer 5 & Layer 6: Dice the tomato and green onion. Throw ’em on and spread evenly!

Layer 7… didn’t happen. It’s olives and I think they’re disgusting.  So my 7th layer is all the love I put into it… that works right? 🙂

Serve with veggies or tortilla chips! You’ll be addicted to this one, I promise.  The taco seasoning mixture is definitely what makes this different from other dips.  I could just mix that up and use it as a stand alone dip!

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Sweet//Spicy Crockpot Meatballs

16 oz. grape jelly
1 jar of chili sauce
1lb turkey meatballs
1lb ‘lil smokies
a splash of Worcestershire sauce
Tablespoon chili garlic sriracha sauce
1/2 c. grape juice (in my case the mystery jar, it’s homemade grape juice from my grandfathers garden!) image1

Throw it all in the crockpot, mix it up, and let it stew for a 3 hours on high! They’re the best!  IMG_0792

Have a happy Sunday everyone, I know I will with all these yummy treats! 🙂

Arm Knitting Extravaganza!

Happy Monday everyone!

This week is going to be a crazy one. I’m scheduled to work 50 hours this week on an archaeological project so my creativity levels may not be at their peak. I do have an outfit waiting to be refashioned, but it has some tedious details that are going to take some time (it’ll be good guys, promise). In the mean time I want to share some fun I had this weekend!

I am lucky enough to go to church with some awesome ladies and we got together to have a night of yummy food, crafts, and a lot of laughing at my attempts to teach 7 women how to arm knit an infinity scarf at once. If you’ve never attempted arm knitting before check out YouTube (I used this one, she shows you from different angles, super helpful!). There are some great tutorials and anyone can do it!

“Yeah, yeah” you’re saying to yourself “you say anyone can do it, but I’m not a crafty person.” Trust me, it doesn’t matter. Only a handful of the girls had ever done crafts with yarn prior to this weekend and I believe only one knew how to knit. It’s really simple once you get going so don’t be scared by the ominous “knitting” and give it a try. I use Woolease Thick & Quick yarn and you can use either one skein or two for a fuller looking scarf.

Here’s a few pictures from the night:

Deep in concentration.

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They chose great color combos, love the navy and cream!
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And us in our new infinity scarves! Not gonna lie, I was nervous to teach this, but they were patient with their bumbling teacher (I only made two scarves on my own before teaching the group) and it turned out great!

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I hope you have a lovely day and go check out how to make an arm knit scarf for yourself! You’ll love it!  Did I mention it only took these guys a little over an hour?  Not bad for their first go at it!  Let me know if you give it a go, leave a comment or a picture, there are a couple of cold months left so why not bundle up in style? 🙂

2014: A Year in Review

It is officially 2015! Just let that wash over you for a second… 2-0-1-5.  I can’t believe everything that has happened this year and I want to do a recap if for no other reason than for my own sentimental value.

January

Spencer and I rang in the New Year with friends and family.  Our New Year’s resolution was to “improve our selfie/ussie taking skills”. This was our first attempt. 1526249_627715400622126_1994861072_nJanuary was also the second semester of my Master’s program and consisted of Research Design, Statistics, and a one-on-one intensive archaeology study with my advisor. In preparation for that craziness I met up with my family and spent a few days in Disneyland!  Gah, I wish I was there right now.  We are definitely a Disney family.  My dad was telling a coworker that he was taking his girls to Disneyland for Christmas and they were slightly confused when he told them we were 25, 24, and 22.  I firmly believe there is no such thing as being too old for the magic of Disney.

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February

February was our first Valentine’s day as a couple and we stayed in cooked dinner and watched a movie.  It was lovely.

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March

I’ll just be straight with you right now, March I was really spoiled.  My parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary and decided to take a trip to Maui to celebrate.  Being the youngest, increasingly sarcastic child that I am I jokingly said they should bring me with them.  My father asked if I could miss school (that’s what grad school is for right?) and he booked me a ticket to go with them.  Yes, I do have the most amazing parents in the world.  If you’re good maybe they will adopt you, but probably not.  I may have encouraged my parents to go into a jewelry store when we had time to kill before dinner, and helped my mom pick out a ring for my dad to give her for their anniversary. (It was half off so really you should be thanking me dad).  They’re adorable.

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March also brought spring break which meant the weather was warm(er) and Spencer and I went on a few hikes and took a few fun snapshots during our vacation.  To top it off, my lovely roomie Mary and I went to a Lady Antebellum concert! (Like I said…spoiled).
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April

April we used my Valentine’s gift from Spencer and saw Wicked! It was amazing and if you have the opportunity to see one musical I’d recommend it. The set is beautiful, the songs are catchy but not in a traditional-sometimes-annoying-musical-way, and it’s just a funny play.  April was also when I decided to chop my hair off. 10157120_10202912298385177_6542114070833033470_n

I liked it, but I’m one of those girls that as soon as I’m done with it short I immediately want my long hair back.  I’ve already told Spencer he’s not allowed to let me do it again.  We celebrated Easter in Boise at one of my favorite places, Legacy Church.

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May

I finished up my semester and made a weekend trip to surprise my grandparents before I started teaching for the summer.  They were quite surprised and it was a fun, quick trip.  Then my third (and final) summer of archaeology field school began. This is my second summer as the graduate assistant and field coordinator for Boise State’s annual archaeology field school.  We take 10-12 undergraduate students into the “wilderness/desert” and introduce them to the in’s and out’s of field archaeology.  Over six weeks they learn how to work with all the necessary field equipment, proper lab processing for all kinds of artifacts, and essentially everything you need to know to conduct an excavation from start to finish.  It’s a crazy experience, but it has been a blast!  These are a couple of shots from the year I was a student.  IMG_0786 IMG_0799 IMG_0838

June

June was a continuation of field school and my realization that I needed some more creative outlets.  I scoured the interweb for sewing machines and scored a crazy deal getting my machine for $10. I also realized how crazy expensive fabric can be when I made my first maxi skirt (read about that here) and the wheels of refashioning as an alternative began to churn.

July

July was also a whirlwind of a month. We went to the zoo (feeding giraffes is definitely an honorable mention on awesome 2014 experiences) and flew out the next day to see my parents in Arizona. We went hiking on the 4th of July, ate too much, and played a lot of dominoes.

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A week after returning we made our way into the mountains to work as youth counselors at Pine Acres Youth Camp, an outreach our church puts on every summer (we both attended for our entire childhood).  This week was just insanity. I was blessed to spend the week with nine lively 8th grade girls. Our first night, I had multiple girls talking in their sleep, one slept so hard she didn’t wake up to use the restroom (don’t worry we worked it out and none of the other girls were the wiser), and I was up until about three in the morning puking until I couldn’t see straight.  It was a weird night to say the least.  I was so dehydrated the next morning Spencer took me to the ER in the town about ten miles away and I went through two bags of fluids and anti-nausea medication. (On the plus side we both learned that in emergency situations we are both calm and work well together. Booyah! ). The rest of the week was spent keeping up with a cabin full of amazing young women and drinking a lot of Gatorade.

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August

August was (as it seems the whole year was) full of craziness.  We went on a supposed to be four day, but we finished it in two day excavation where I experienced the joy of changing a flat tire for the first time!  That was fun(ish).

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I slept for basically three days to recover from camp and the excavation and my parents came to celebrate my 23rd birthday!  We went golfing where my father made his third hole in one!  Pretty fanastical.  There was also a shmancy dinner with excessive eating and merriment.

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We celebrated a year of (amazing) dating by going to the fair where we (decided in retrospect) had our first date.

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September

My last year of graduate school finally began and I decided this was a good time to get my wisdom teeth removed (technically this was August, but the recovery lasted into September).

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It wasn’t bad, I managed to do recovery with only Tylenol/Ibuprofen and avoid the strong stuff (I don’t trust my wimpy stomach to keep it down).  After recovering we celebrated the life of an amazing lady, Linda Berg (Spencer’s Mama) and participated in Boise’s Purple Stride, an affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and helped raise money for pancreatic cancer research.  12526_760902083968943_4306392806911290660_nSpencer celebrated his birthday by going to school and work all day, but we managed to sneak in a quick lunch (and spoil him once a week for birthday month.  He wasn’t having it, but I just told him too bad mister). His picture was used in a campaign at school for scholarship donations and they made him into a cardboard cutout. I’m pretty sure that’s a life achievement worthy of a picture.

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October

October was slightly less eventful, surprising I know.  We helped out at our church’s annual Harvest Party and attended/watched all the Boise State football games.  I also had the opportunity to ‘model’ for the local Gap.  It was interesting experience which made me realize I’m super awkward in front of the camera.  It was a good time, but definitely a one time deal.

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November

Football,football, and some football in zeroish degree weather.  What can I say, we love our Broncos!

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Thanksgiving was split between my grandfather’s house and Spencer’s grandparents.  It was way too much food, some games, and a lot of laughs.  I finished off the month by making a quick trip up to see my mother’s parents (about a seven hour drive) so Spencer could meet the rest of my family.  I delivered my Grandma Maggie’s Christmas blanket and I think she may have enjoyed the ultra soft yarn I found.134330_945958902098550_759883449864559749_oIMG_0503

December

The end of the year was filled with frantic thesis writing and a lot of coffee.  I took a break to celebrate a couple of friends from my program graduating and we couldn’t contain the joy of being done (or almost being done)!

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We spent Christmas in Boise with Spencer’s family and stuffed ourselves with second dinner at my grandfather’s house.  My parents flew us to Arizona to enjoy some sunshine (which was accompanied by their coldest week of the year) and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl! We goofed around, ate too much, and watched our team win the Fiesta Bowl!  It was a lot of emotions to take in.

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Going through this year has made me realize just how awesomely spoiled I am.  Don’t worry, I won’t take it for granted, I know not all years are amazing.  Some are full of sadness or loss and some are lucky enough to be like this one.  Whether this year was a full of joy or sadness I hope you take this last year, learn from it, and move into 2015 and remember to love on yourself and love those around you!  Happy New Year!