A Challenge

Just a two-second post here-

           Have any of you heard of Mission:Put Together? I found about it from Kayla over on Freckles in April. It's run by RA of Definitely RA, and I think it's a fabulous ides! I'm joining - who's with me?


Enter, Summer

           I feel disgusting. Dee-sgus-ting. It was 90 degrees outside today. 90 degrees - in April! That is hot-hot-hot!!! Spring seems to have ended - and summer begun with a vengeance. I guess this is probably normal for CA's Central Valley, but somehow over the winter I manage to forget that. 90 degrees. Yuck! It was closer to 70 degrees yesterday, and quite nice. But I shouldn't be complaining...

           I can start planning my amazing summer instead! School is done in 6 weeks, so it's really not too early. This summer really is going to be amazingly fun, but I want to have some structure to it/goals to accomplish. I'll start with that ASAP!


Castles in the Air

         School kicked up a notch....or five notches. Nothing else could have pulled me away from posting every day. I am very devoted to all of my diligent viewers (a.k.a. my mom. If she knows my blog URL).
          Well, while I was not posting, I was hard at work on a hefty research paper on the injustice of acid attacks against women throughout the world, and this baby:

            Isn't she beautiful? It's much better in real life. I made it for my dear cousin's birthday. Just in case you couldn't tell, it says "A true love story lasts forever" along the bottom. I made another one of the San Diego temple with the saying "If this isn't your castle, then you're not my prince" across the top. Do you know what my least favorite part of cross stitching is? The writing. Yes, that is supposed to be the easiest part. But it's not. Really. Well, I'm sure it would be much easier if I followed the pattern for the letters, but I don't like their letters.  Not that I think mine are any prettier . . .
           Happy Monday!


I Stand All Amazed

               I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine
               To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine
               That he should extend his great love unto such as I
               Sufficient to own, to redeem and to justify

               I think of his hands, pierced and bleeding to pay my debt
               Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?
               No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat
               Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet
                                                                                      CHARLES H. GABRIEL

      I hope everybody had an amazing Easter! I got to spend lots of time with family, and I always love the plethora of Easter lessons we get at church.

      Today seems like a fitting day to share gratitude, so here it goes. I'm grateful:
  • for the life that my Savior lead, and the example he provided for me to follow
  • that my Father loved His children enough to send His Only Begotten to suffer for the sins of His children and die that they might live, and that the Son was willing to do so
  • that I can always repent of my sins, and start anew
  • to know that I am a precious child of God, whom he wants to come back home
  • that my Redeemer lives!


P.S. On a very different note, I shared my DIY ruffle shirt over at the DIY Show Off! Check it out here.


A Self-Diagnosis

      My wrists are claustrophobic. Not the rest of me, just my wrists. If I'm wearing a long-sleeved shirt or sweater, I either have to have it pulled down to cover half of my hand or rolled up just above my wrist - but never sitting on my wrist. And I love bracelets, but you know where those sit? Yup-on my wrist.

       Like that picture .... love the bracelets to death, but my poor wrists would suffocate!



          For whatever reason, inside of my house it is a constant five gajillion degrees below zero - and I'm only exaggerating ever so slightly. Today I decided to embrace the fact that I don't actually have to stay inside freezing my tootsies off, because it's spring outside! So I grabbed a blanket, my loverly iPod mini, and the camera, and headed outside to enjoy the warmth. I enjoyed it veeerry much; consequently, the windows are now open to let all that wonderfulness inside.



Free Therapy


      I've decided that making your bed is therapeutic. There's just something calming about tucking in all the corners and smoothing out the covers that starts off my day right. It doesn't matter if you get out on the wrong side of the bed; it'll all be fine as long as you make it. I mean, if you think about it, I bet nearly all of the bad days you've had started with an unmade bed. Or maybe that's just me.


Today's Extra Smile

     I love the Piano Guys. What more can I say?

Watch Out, I'm on A Roll!

     This is amazing.....I sewed something that's acually wearable!!!!!! I'm a bit handicapped in the sewing department (that probably has something to do with the fact that I don't like doing all the extra work that makes things work properly), so this is huge. I guess I have sewn functional clothing items before, but the past few I've made have either totally failed or been functional....for someone a few sizes bigger than me.

      And now, for the big reveal......

      I had this dress that I got from Target on clearance around a year ago that's always been too short to be modest.

      I decided that it would make a really cute shirt, so I unpicked the skirt from the elastic band (which took FOREVER) and made a half-shirt from one of my DIY fails, a skirt from a man's polo shirt.

      Then I sewed the two together, and voila!

      It turned out exactly how I wanted it to! And isn't it cute?

      And with a belt....

      I'm quite happy:)


      I really love all of the awesome DIY clothing tutorials that are out in blogland right now. People are so creative! Whenever I see one that I love, I put it on my to do list. Unfortunately, I have issues with following directions (or something like that) and my projects never turn out quite the way I want them to. But not this time! I was looking through my pile of failed DIY clothing items and scraps from knit shirts, and I found the top half of a teal knit t-shirt I had used to make a few of these bracelets from V and Co. (which actually turned out all right). I wanted to get rid of it, so I went on Pinterest and searched for t-shirt scarves. I found one that I liked (tutorial here) , and in less than five minutes (seriously!) I had a super-cute new fringed scarf!

The original:

Note to self:
learn how to take non-blurry pictures

     Hopefully this signals a new start for me in DIY projects, filled with many successes that I'll actually wear!


A Bump in the Road

     Happiness does not depend on what happens outside of you, but on what happens inside of you.

      The hard part is deciding to have happy stuff inside of you. Wednesday was insane, and Thursday was awful....but really it was all inside my head. Annoying when that happens. Lesson learned (or, if not learned, lesson taught): Most of the things I go crazy over are (1) all in my head, or (2) going to turn out just fine. I didn't get to study for a test, and I was freaking out about it....and I got every question right. I was freaking out about a research paper I had to finish so I could meet with a teacher about it....and the meeting got cancelled. And so on....


On Technology...

     To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.

     I feel so tech savvy! I've created a blog, made a Youtube account and uploaded a video, scan several papers, and downloaded two audio editing softwares - all within a week!

{cue generous applause}

      Yes, yes, I know, that's quite impressive - for me, anyway. Now I just have to learn how to type properly. Can you believe that I took three years of typing back in elementary school and I still have to stare at the keyboard as I type? Most other kids in my class finished the whole typing program we were using, but I got to, like, level 5 and then when we had to start all over again the next year I would still only get to level 5, and the same thing for the next year. Fortunately, I've gotten pretty good at my eyes-glued-to-the-keyboard typing. I only make mistakes about every three words now...

Just You Wait, 'enry 'iggins, Just You Wait!

     A couple of weeks ago, I decided (totally out of the blue) to find the film "My Fair Lady" on Youtube. I'm not sure where the thought came from, but I'm glad it came! This was my first time ever seeing it, and I loved it! The songs are all so catchy, and I loved the story. I've heard plenty of times that the musical starring Julie Andrews was much better, but I quite liked Audrey Hepburn as Eliza. And that brings me to those fabulous Audrey Hepburn quotes:



{Cue the Music}


     Storybook happiness involves every form of pleasant thumb-twiddling; true happiness involves the full use of one's powers and talents.

      I play piano. An overwhelming majority of the time, I feel like this skill is a burden, and every once in a while I wish I didn't have it. The main reason for that is my own laziness. However, when I choose to apply myself and actually practice, I kinda like it. Example: My friend found a piano/violin duet for the hymn "Come Follow Me" (check it out here). We've been working on it for a while. It is gorgeous! We're going to play it in sacrament meeting, and I am super-excited! This arrangement adds so much to the hymn that I already loved.

      I am constantly being reminded of the huge responsibility that I have to develop my talents and the skills I have acquired. I am actually really fortunate to have been blessed with them, and blessed with the opportunity to work my butt off developing them. Now, if I could only remember that during my more frustrating practice sessions...

And So It Begins....

         So many fail because they don't get started - they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.

      I've been avoiding writing this post......the first one is always so awkward! It's like writing the first letter to a new pen pal - you're supposed to make a great first impression and be funny and witty and engaging, but what do you say? I've started now, though, so I've made my first step towards success!

      Well, welcome to my bog! I'll be posting things that make me smile - quotes, pictures, food, maybe even the occasional outfit post if I really like what I'm wearing. This blog is meant to be uplifting and positive for me and for anyone else who happens upon it. And so, on that happy note.....let the blog begin!
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