Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Five

Happy Easter weekend! I hope you're all in for a restful and joyful next few days spending time with your families. I know I'm so blessed and happy to be close to mine. Here's what I've been up to this past week:

I'm in a play! I wasn't really sure I'd keep acting after graduating but so far I've been in at least 2 shows a year since then, and it really makes me so happy. This time I have a really fun role as Hermione in The Winter's Tale, and we're getting to perform it outside! I love it I love it I love it. 

Some of our rehearsals for the show have been inside this old abandoned movie theater downtown. I'm pretty sure there's like a trifecta of poisons all up in there (asbestos, black mold, lead paint…) but dang if it doesn't look cool. And kind like Noahs Ark a little bit. 

This may be the most impressive picture I've ever taken. I don't think I've ever swiped that little camera icon on my phone so fast!! My poor roommate tried to open the blinds and they just came crashing right  on down on her. As my friend Corey says: #jacksonproblems! 

We had like ONE DAY of nice weather before it got "so freezy" again, as the kids I keep like to say. Where are you, spring?! It's the middle of April and the heat is on! I though we were in the south?!

Nice weather does mean the the pollen-pocolypse is upon us. I'm blessedly not very allergic, but I'm no fan of everything I own being tinted green. Such a pain to clean up!! I'll take you, though, pollen, if you promise to bring some more sunshine!

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I'm linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for High Five for Friday. Hope you all have a marvelous weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Springs In Bloom - Treasury Thursday

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Machine Of Death - 52 books in 52 Weeks

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Tessa has read 10 books toward her goal of 52 books.

Thanks for tuning in to another edition of my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. I'm tracking my progress on Goodreads, an awesome website that you should definitely check out, and maybe start your own reading challenge!

I love a good book of short stories! Machine of Death was compiled from submissions by writers around the world based on the simple premise: what if there was a machine that could tell you how you're going to die? I was amazed by the sheer amount of really great ideas found in the book, it's so fun how different people can come up with such a diverse reaction to the same basic plot line.

Some stories were really sad, some were hilarious, but all were ingenuous and the book as a whole was very well edited. I read this one on my phone in bits and pieces, it's the perfect book for when you just want to read for five or ten minutes. Definitely one of my favorite things I've read this year, I'm looking forward to reading the sequel!

4/5 Stars

Monday, April 14, 2014

How to Glue and Hang a Jigsaw Puzzle

I've been on a mission to decorate. I have so much stuff just laying around this place, it's time to get it pretty! Being the organized, excellent planner I am (sarcasm!) I knew the solution was obviously to buy a bunch more stuff.

I think I just can't pass up a good sale, because I see something random and it's all:

Oh man, a puzzle! I probably love puzzles, I think. Dude it's on sale for $3! I need a puzzle, right? We definitely need a puzzle, a puzzle would be fun, we would totally use and love a puzzle even though we don't have anywhere to do one and no spare time, but hey did I mention it's $3?

Anyways that's how we ended up with a puzzle that barely fit on our coffee table, with my poor roommates getting pressured into working on my super-fun and totally awesome puzzle idea that took over our living room. 

Eventually, after many days, the puzzle was complete! I really liked the picture and that's when I was inspired to make it into a piece for the collage wall I was planning. After watching a bunch of youtube videos and reading a bunch of wiki-how articles warning me that glueing a puzzle was a tricky task, I of course decided to jump right in a DIY that sucker.

It ended up being pretty easy! I enlisted my roommate Ashley's help in flipping the puzzle (using newspaper) onto some waxed paper on our table. I grabbed some puzzle glue and a spongey-paintbrush thing and got to work!

This is what I used, and it worked perfectly. I hear mode-podge and an old credit card works too, but I had a great success with Sunsout Puzzle Preserver Glue for this project. 

I did use liquid cement to glue the puzzle to a piece of foam board, set some books on it, and let it dry overnight.

Lastly I superglued some hanging brackets onto the back of the foam board. I was a little worried it wouldn't hold, but after letting it dry for a few hours it was very strong. The glued and backed puzzle is relatively light, and we were able to hang it with ease.

I really love how the puzzle looks as the centerpiece for our collage wall! The inspiration for this wall came from my awesome friend Corey over at Domestic 360. I love her use of different textures and colors! 

I'm finally starting to feel like the apartment is coming together! And only after living here for seven months. I'm a proud little homemaker. Apartmentmaker. Whatever ;)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Scarf Sale and Yarn Clearance

Hey guys! I'm embarking on a little bit of spring cleaning and I wanted to let you all know about a sale going on over at tessacotton the store.

EVERYTHING listed is ready-to-ship, and I'm offering some serious savings for my blog readers with the coupon code:


Just enter it at checkout to receive 25% off your entire purchase!

In addition to the usual scarves and kindle cases, I have a bunch of yarn for sale at a great deal. Like I said, I'm trying to clean house!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Happiest Days of Our Lives - 52 Books and 52 Weeks

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Tessa has read 10 books toward her goal of 52 books.

Thanks for tuning in to another edition of my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. I'm tracking my progress on Goodreads, an awesome website that you should definitely check out, and maybe start your own reading challenge!

Last year I read Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton. While I think Wheaton is hilarious and I love following his twitter and blog, the book just wasn't my favorite. I was a little young for Star Trek TNG (though my dad tells me I loved watching it with him as a baby in my swing!) so I think it was a little difficult to care about the subject matter - that was my problem more than anything against the writing.

The Happiest Days of Our Lives was a much more enjoyable read, and I think a perfect format for someone whose writing experience is mostly internet-based. The short stories are alternately funny and touching, exploring topics from his days as a teen actor, a father, and a young child who didn't always fit it. I laughed out loud and I had teary eyes, and I love it when a story (or in this case several short stories) can make you experience different things. Recommended, especially for fans of Wheaton's other work. This one's the best!

4/5 Stars

Monday, March 31, 2014

Healthy Classroom Snack - Butterfly Snack Packs

Guys, I made something really cute! This nannying job has me gaining some serious mom points, I'm pretty sure. I mean look at these little snacks: I'm like halfway to driving a minivan. 

One of the kids I nanny for is in preschool, and it was his turn to bring snack last Friday. On Thursday we still didn't have anything planned, so I hopped on Pinterest to find a fun (and healthy) snack idea for his classroom. After a quick trip to the Dollar Store and Kroger, we had all we needed to make these super easy and adorable butterfly snack packs. 

I got the idea from this cute little craft. While my kids are a little too young to help with anything except snacking on grapes, it was still a quick and easy project for me that the kids in T's class loved! 

I used:
-Dollar Tree clothespins
-Quart sized zipper bags
-Felt Marker
-Red and Green Grapes

I wanted a fruit that was kid friendly but not messy, so grapes it was! Two varieties just to be more colorful, I'm more of a green grape girl myself. The other half of the bag was filled with pretzels and goldfish - flavor blasted, of course, only the best for my kids ;)

 My very top secret and extremely exact formula is as follows: 5 green grapes, 6 red grapes, 8 goldfish, and 7 pretzels. Just kidding, whatever fits. Make sure you leave a good space in the middle: two twists and a clothespin and you've got the most adorable butterfly you've ever seen.

A felt marker makes a sweet butterfly face, and if you're not crunched for time, pipe cleaners or those little waxy sticks would make some adorable antennae. I didn't really think a bunch of three year old would miss them, and I'm sure the teachers appreciated less mess.

There you have it! An easy-to-assemble, adorable, and most importantly healthy snack that your kids will love.

Friday, March 28, 2014

10 Free Easter Fonts

Here's a new collection of spring fonts, just in time for easter! Hope you enjoy, these can all be downloaded for free! Happy (soon to be) Easter!

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