Saturday, July 30, 2011

Let the Med School Adventures Begin!

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Soooo, I survived my first week of med school.
And I know you are all dying to know what its like/how its going.
Instead of boring you all with every detail of my week, I came up with a list of things I learned this week:

1. All medical students should be jumping off the walls with excitement at 8:00 am on the first day of school
(Otherwise, you will repeatedly be asked if you're excited)
2.  I am going to have to schedule every detail of my life into a planner
3.  "Medical school is going to be the hardest thing I will ever do"
4.  Always remember to bring change for the vending machines
5.  Your classmates will make fun of you if you show up at the bowling alley with your own bowling shoes
6.  Medical school is going to be like high school
7.  People are going to clap after every lecture (that's got to stop, mmkay?)
8.  I need to learn how to make a budget and how to balance school and everything else I want to do
9.  I have pretty awesome classmates
10.  "We are all going to specialize in geriatrics because there are too many old people"
(Okay, that last one was kind of a joke)

However, I think the most important thing I learned this week, was that I am definitely pursuing the right profession and I can not be more excited about what the next four years hold.

I hope everyone had a great week!
And obviously, I will post again when I can :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter Party

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In honor of the last Harry Potter movie ever, I thought it would be the perfect time to throw a party.
So that is just what I did. 

The idea came up about a month in a half ago when I came across this post on iVillage.
I got serious about it about this past Tuesday.

So off to Walmart I went to buy supplies.
Then, I spent the next two days making everything from gryffindor cupcake wrappers to pretzal wands.
Just wanted to share the results with you guys!

Warning- You are about to see a TON of pictures. :)

Here is the view of the room the party took place in    

Potter's Pizza = Hungry Howie's Pizza
Granger's Garlic Bread = Self-explanatory
Truth Serum = Garlic Butter
Gillyweed Greens = Salad

Drink = Cream Soda

Cupcakes = Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake mix
Icing = Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Chocolate
Wizard Hats = Packaged sugar cones dipped in baking chocolate
Lightning Bolts = Vanilla Icing with yellow food coloring
Cupcake Wrappers = Cut out with Cricut Cupcake Cartridge
Cupcake Tower = Boxes wrapped in black gift wrap
Wording = Harry P font, cut out yellow letters with exacto knife
(Idea from iVillage)

Honeydukes Treats
Magical Wands = Chocolate covered pretzal rods with sprinkles
Honeydukes Quidditch Treat Bags = Brown paper bags filled with chex mix and a chocolate covered pretzal (Idea from iVillage)
Ron's Reeses = Reeses Cups
Mad Eye Moody's M&Ms = self-explanatory
Bernie Bott's Every Flavor Beans = Tropical Jelly Belly Mix

Some of the party-goers :)

And to go with my muggle shirts, I made stamped metal necklaces
I still can't believe its all over! :(

Hope everyone enjoys the movie if you go see it!
Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Muggle T-Shirts

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It is the day I (along with everyone else) have been waiting years for. 
Tonight is the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two
That's it.  Then its all over.
The most epic book/movie sequence of my generation.
No more midnight premieres.
No more jumping in my car and heading to the theater as soon as tickets go on sale.
No more standing in line 3 hours at the theater before the movie actually starts.
No more dressing up in my best Hogwarts related attire.
Its quite sad, really. (Said in my best Hermione accent.)
However, I couldn't be more excited to see this movie.

That leads me to today's DIY project:
Muggle T-shirts

My sister and I made T-shirts the last premeire as well, but instead of using the iron-on letters this time, I decided to take a different approach to make them look more Harry Potter like.

What you'll need:

Black T-shirt
White Fabric Paint
Foam Paint Brush
Freezer Paper
Exacto Knife
Self-Healing Mat
"Muggle" print out (I used the Harry P font that I found here)

**My font size was 375 for a size Small t-shirt

Step 1- Cut out your stencil
Place the print out on the self-healing mat, and place the freezer paper over the print out.
Make sure the shiny side of the freezer paper is down.
Then, carefully cut the outline of the word with your exacto knife.
Don't forget to cut the holes in the g's and the e!

Step 2- Prep your shirt
Place a clean piece of freezer paper inside your shirt, shiny side up.
I also put a piece of cardboard underneath the paper, but I don't think this is really necessary.
Smooth out any wrinkles on the shirt.

Step 3- Iron on the stencil
Position your stencil cut-out where you want
Gently iron down your stencil
About 15 seconds is all this takes

Step 4- Paint
Lightly dab your fabric paint onto the stencil.
I just used a small, cheap foam brush for this part and I only used 2 coats of paint.

Step 5- Let dry, then wear!
Tada! You're finished. How easy was that?
Now put on your best muggle smile and go watch some Harry Potter! :)

As for me, I am going to kick off my Harry Potter Party that I've been planning the past few days.
No worries though, Professor Trelawney wants you to know that there will be another blog post in the near future!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bows! Bows! Bows!

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If you know me at all, you know I am obsessed with bows. Like, I have a very unhealthy obsession.  If it has a bow, I have to have it.  It also doesn't help that a lot of projects circulating in the blog world contain bows. 
That leads me to today's project:
Bow shoe clips

There are so many different versions of these in the blog world, but this is the one I decided to go with.
They take quite a bit of patience, unless of course, you know how to use a sewing machine.  I do not, however, so I spent the last couple hours hand-sewing these babies and watching Harry Potter movies to prepare for Thursday night's premiere! :)
Talk about multitasking.

All you need are:
Small pieces of pretty fabric
Small clips
Hot Glue Gun (or Fabric Glue)

Then, I just followed the directions exactly as the tutorial says

Here are my final products :)

The ones that are smaller than all the others were the first ones I made.
I thought the size of the tutorial ones would be too big and I decided to make them smaller.
However, I was wrong, as usual.

Kind of obsessed, even if my sister did laugh at them

Monday, July 11, 2011

Braided Bead Bracelet

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Besides all the cupcakes I have been whipping up lately, I have also been making several bracelets I have come across on Pinterest. 

The first one I want to share with you is this one from Henry Happened
It's a slightly different version to the wrap bracelets that have become popular recently but I like these a lot and they are much simpler to make. The tutorial can be found at the link above.  
All you need are some cheap 8mm beads and 9 yards of satin ribbon cord.  Both of which I got from Hobs Lobs.

My versions

I think the navy one will look perfect with my Auburn game outfits. :)
Now you should go make you one (or two or three).
Happy crafting!

Sunday, July 10, 2011


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So last Wednesday was my super cool, future mother-in-law's 50th birthday and her family decided to throw her a surprise party this past weekend.  The whole family went down to her parents' (my future grandparents-in-laws') house on Lake Martin for a full day of eating, swimming, and boat riding. It was a lot of fun and I think she was actually surprised, judging by the picture anyways!

 Seeing as it was another opportunity to make cupcakes, that is exactly what I did.  Except this time, I spent more time on the display, rather than the actual cupcakes.

I made strawberry and chocolate cupcakes, both from a box.  The strawberry were topped with a homeade cream cheese icing and the chocolate cupcakes had a chocolate mousse type icing. Every one of them were devoured, and for that I am grateful, because that meant none of them had to come back home with me! The tower is made of three different size boxes that I just wrapped in gift wrap and wrapped matching ribbon around them to make it look like I actually put effort into it.  The toppers, the wrappers, and the 50 on the middle box I just cut out with my Cricut using the Cupcake cartridge and I assembled them with a glue stick. Easy peasy. I realized after I finished making everything that it looked more like a 5 year old's birthday party than a 50 year olds, but who cares.  I think she liked it regardless, and I am so glad I could contribute to her day. :)

Happy birthday!

Sips n Strokes

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So I think I have a new obsession with Sips n Strokes.  I went for the first time last Wednesday with some of the girls from work and I loved it.  Painting is one of those skills I don't possess, but my painting turned out semi-decent since the instructor walks you through each step and teaches you different techniques.  I may have to try painting more often. :)

The final product!
Have you ever been to Sips n Strokes, and if you did, what did you paint?

Friday, July 1, 2011

Doctor Cupcakes

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The first day of medical school is just around the corner and today was officially my last day at work.  So, to celebrate the day, I, of course, found it to be a perfect opportunity to make cupcakes.  Even more fitting,
doctor themed cupcakes.

The first place I went for inspiration for topper ideas was Pinterest, of course.
Which led me here.
Which eventually (after 2 days of fighting with fondant) led to these:

I think they were a hit, seeing as there was only one left after only being at work for 4 hours.

But, just to give you an idea of the process...
It started as this:

Somewhere in the middle of the process it looked like this:

And 5 hours later, it finally looked like this:

Seeing as there will be 176 students in my class, I don't think I could ever make them for all my classmates.  But, I do wonder if I'll ever have the patience to make these again.

What do you think? :)


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