Archive | November 2012

fun facts about yours truly

These fun facts come from Zia at Song Sung Blue.
-Ninjas or pirates and why?
Uh… neither. Though Hook from Once Upon a Time is kinda attractive. It must be his Irish blood 😉

-Who’s your dream concert?
The Fray (who I already saw in concert *faint*), or The All-American Rejects. Or Rend Collective Experiment (again). We have their CD on constant replay in our car.

-What moment do you want to relive?
Visiting George Fox University. I love that place, and the people I met.

-What’s your opinion on emoticons and text words?
Emoticons are fine on occasion, but some people really over-use them…
-What’s your favourite word?
I have no idea. Favourite, maybe, because of the spelling. Or flibbertigibbet. Look it up, I dare you.

-What made you choose your current job?
My current job? Being a student? The law forced me.

-Pet peeve?
People playing with nails, hair, face, etc. I just want to punch them in the face.

-Would you like to know what it would be like to be someone of the opposite sex for one week?
Yeah, it’d be pretty cool.

-What’s your belief system? E
veryone’s equal, I wouldn’t ever get an abortion but I’m (kinda) fine with other people getting one, no alcohol or smoking (for me at least), etc. etc.

-What’s your first memory?
Well seeing as I don’t remember much before… my 14th birthday… probably my Grandma’s house in Slovakia. Most of the stuff I remember is what things look like, for example I remember exactly what her house looks like but I don’t remember actual memories.

-Favourite thing to cook?
DESSERT. Om nom nom. I love frosting cupcakes.

-First thing you notice about people you’re attracted to?
Hair, or clothes.

Until next time, Em 🙂


DIY Reusable Holiday Bag

At school, the club that I co-lead, the Green club, is organizing a “make it yourself reusable holiday bag event” where students can come and make bags for their Secret Santa or for family, etc.

Here’s how to make your own:

1. Gather your supplies: a piece of 9″x12″ fabric, some thread, a needle, a sewing machine (optional), and a piece of ribbon between 1/2″ and 1″ wide, and 18″ long.

2. Lay your ribbon over your fabric, leaving some room at the top.

3. Fold the fabric over while the ribbon is still in it, to make a little pocket.

4. Crease the fabric and take the ribbon out.

5. Use pins to mark the pocket for later use.

6. Sew two of the sides (leaving the top open!) using a sewing machine or a needle, making sure NOT to sew over the openings to the pocket (super important!)

7. Slip the ribbon back into the pocket, and sew the ribbon in, using a running stitch. Make sure NOT to sew through the ribbon, because then you won’t be able to close your bag.

8. Turn the bag inside out.

9. Give a family member or friend a gift in your newly made bag!

Until next time, Em 🙂

DIY Washi Tape Keyboard

I’ve seen some pretty cool washi tape keyboards around the internet, and today I decided to make my own.

Here’s how to make one for yourself:

1. Get some washi tape/craft tape. I got this tape at Michaels for $3.


2. Put the washi tape on your keyboard. For most of the keys, I made the width a little smaller than the height of the washi tape, because that’s what fits on my keyboard.


3. Enjoy!


Just make sure you have all the keys memorized! It’s kind of hard to see through the tape – it’s pretty translucent.

Until next time, Em 🙂

DIY Vintage Book Journal

When I visited George Fox University, I went to a bookstore where they sold lots of cool journals, including some made out of old books. The ones at the bookstore were bound, but since I don’t have a machine for that, I decided to just use thread.

1. Pick a book to use for your project. Libraries often give away old books, which is where I got mine.


2. Now comes the fun part: ripping the pages out of the spine. Rip out a few of the first and last pages, to make the cutting job easier.

3. Cut out the pages, being careful not to cut the spine.

4. Cut out a piece of paper the size of the spine, using the pages as a guide.

5. Draw 5 equally spaces lines going up the height of the paper (or as many bunches of paper you want to use)

6. Draw 6-8 rows of dots going up the lines. These will serve as the holes for binding your book.

7. Using five sheets of paper for each bunch, fold the paper into five bunches (or however many lines you drew on your paper). I used a paper-folder that came with a card-making kit I have, but you can use your fingernails.

8. Using the holes drawn on your strip of paper as a guide, punch holes in all of your bunches of paper and the spine.

9. Sew the bunches of paper into your spine, using embroidery thread and a needle.

10. Glue cardstock over the spine of your book , or use glue dots/squares (found in the scrapbooking aisle of most craft stores). This step is optional.

11. Enjoy!

Until next time, Em 🙂

This tutorial is inspired by the journal made at

Overzealous Play Rehearsals

This afternoon, my friend was fetching a camera from my yearbook instructor’s office to take pictures of the school play. This sounds like an easy task, but apparently it wasn’t.

My friend came back into the yearbook room (across campus from the yearbook instructor’s office) limping and proclaiming “I think I twisted my ankle…”

How does one  react to this?

Especially when one’s friend looks like she is smuggling a tangerine into her tights (because of the swelling).

And you know the funniest part?

She twisted her ankle by walking down stairs and stepping on a wrong step. Not exercising, or anything exciting like that. Nope, walking down stairs.

Until next time, Em 🙂

Jenny Matlock

Loving Lately #1: George Fox University

This weekend, I visited George Fox University for the “Bruin Preview,” which is a visitor’s weekend where you can go to classes and stay in the dorm. It was pretty fun, and I met some really cool people. I have a tie-dye shirt lined up for me (which one of the people that I met makes).

George Fox is a pretty cool school. What I love about it the most is the atmosphere. People are really laid back, and nice to everyone. I also like the super-gorgeous campus.

Here are some pictures I took:

There is a drive in theatre right down the street!

Until next time, Em 🙂