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"You fight dandelions all weekend, and late Monday afternoon there they are, pert as all get out, in full and gorgeous bloom, pretty as can be, thriving as only dandelions can in the face of adversity."

-- Hal Borland

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, September 15, 2014

Guest Post: DIY Decorate a Small Space

Today marks a Very Special Day for me and my little blog! Today's the day I have my very first Guest Blogger! 

Hannah is a friend from way, way (way) back in middle school. She's a lovely woman who has played a large role in my life (she's also The Gentleman's sister!) and I've been charmed by how she's embraced adulthood and married life. She's currently not a blogger - though she used to be, and I'm hoping she will be again someday.

I asked her to write about how she's decorated her apartment. I didn't realize it, but I'd asked her to write the article as she was in the middle of a move - sorry about that, dear!

And now, I'll let her charm you herself.


Moving from apartment to apartment can be stressful. Especially since it seems like there is always something you overlooked in the new apartment that you won’t find out about until you’re half-way through the moving process. For my husband and I, that one thing always seems to be a lack of storage space. The past two times we moved we’ve had to find creative ways of storing things that, when I was younger, I wouldn't have ever thought about! Where to put the magazines, the extra blankets, the crafting supplies, the board games…the list seemed endless. So it seemed we had two options, buy pieces of furniture exclusively for storage, or rearrange our house so we could have one piece of furniture that served multiple purposes. Seeing as we try to not focus on having an over-abundance of material possessions (not to mention we would have no place to put those pieces), that left us with the latter choice.

We started with our lack of a proper coffee table (apparently the carpet “isn't a good enough coffee table”). I looked around on Pinterest for a bit and decided that a rustic, pallet look would go best with the look of our house, and give us a place to put those pesky magazines! So we acquired the pallets from my parents farm (although it’s fairly easy to find free pallets on Craigslist or at a furniture store) and simply stacked three of them on top of each other. Thankfully, pallets are heavy enough that there’s no need to bolt them together to keep them from sliding around. From there we put anything we didn’t want to look at all the time into the slots and put a Webster’s Dictionary and a few candles on top for decoration.

Next we needed a place to put extra quilts and crafting supplies. My parents-in-law had given us a dresser that, even though was a beautiful antique, was far too massive to fit in our bedroom. So we simply took the mirror off, decorated the top with an antique typewriter, my DIY origami wedding bouquet, a dried flower arrangement, and an original painting found at Goodwill. And then voila! We found a new use for a dresser and turned it into a buffet where we now store blankets, biking accessories and craft supplies.  

And I know there are girls out there who have the same problem I do of not having a great place to put their jewelry and it seems to only get tangled and in the way. Well there is hope! An easy way to fix that problem (if you’re like me and aren’t really interested in having a more traditional jewelry box) is to find an old picture frame, take out its contents and hot glue/staple ribbon across. your necklaces can hang down from the top of the frame and the ribbon is the perfect place to put earrings! So there you are, a 30 minute job and it clears up the clutter of jewelry from whatever drawer it was being stuffed. Definitely a great weekend project!

So if you don’t have the money/space to spend on buying something to store your bike tire pumps or sewing material in, never fear. Just look around in thrift shops, garage sales and antique shops to find inexpensive ways to clear up your house. I find it the most peaceful when I can come home from work, light some incense, make some tea...and NOT be forced to stare at random piles of books and DVDs. Don’t let the stress of having a messy house rule your life, take charge and find ways to clear things up, once and for all!  

♥ Hannah

Friday, September 12, 2014

School Outfits: Week 1

This is a terribly late and crappy photo of an outfit. But it is the best I can do for this week. Sincere apologies and a pinky promise to do better next week.

For my first visit to the school, I kept it simple with a blue tank-top, plaid button-up, a black maxi skirt, and silver sandals.

If you were going to rock such an outfit, you might could grab stuff like these products:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

College: The Sophomore Year

Hello, dearest of readers!

I am back in school, and goodness have I hit the ground running! Being in class 16+ hours a week means that I study roughly 16 hours a week too. So I basically "work" a 32 hour week. Not bad, all things considered. I also maintain a small personal life, and I am on the lookout for a part time job.

Due to time constraints, I will be posting less on here, and due to current life situations, the direction of the blog will change slightly. I will be addressing current issues facing Agriculture and Education, along with my stance on both topics as a Christian. (Yes, my religious beliefs do affect my views on Agriculture! I'll explain more in the coming weeks.) I'll also post humorous stories, life lessons learned, and tips/tricks I find helpful on living as a full-time student.

Over the next semester, I will be an assisting/observing preservice teacher in a local school ten different times. I have been searching like mad lately to find clothing appropriate to wear to a school, in a style that I actually like, that is also inexpensive enough for my very, very limited budget. I will be posting my weekly outfits every Friday, in the hopes of inspiring other education students.

If there's anything you'd like to see on here, feel free to comment. I like hearing from people.

♥ Sarah