“Life is very long.” -T.S. Elliot.

“..Not the first person to say it, certainly not the first person to think it. But he’s given credit for it because he bothered to write it down. So if you say it, you have to say his name after it. “Life is very long.” – T.S. Eliot. Absolutely god damn right..” – August: Osage County

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If you’ve been keeping up with me; I’ve been dipping my toes into a couple different artistic pools lately. I’m kind of trying to find something that I’m good at and enjoy doing so I can make a hobby out of it. I’m working on my fourth scarf (pink/grey/white/black) and a few posts ago, I had shown off the 52-week money boxes that I made for my mom and I.

SO, since then, a co-worker had asked if I’d be able to put together some sort of baby shower card holder box type thing. I figured, might as well! Funny thing is, I didn’t realize how challenging it’d be in comparison to other little projects I’ve done. The only inspiration I had to go with was that the mother is expecting a girl and a photo of a chair they’d purchased for the room. Initially, I assumed it’d be a little boy given the blue and orange (right?) but man was I wrong! I think it turned out pretty good though and an added a touch of little girl with the flowers brought it together but we’ll see tomorrow when I bring it to work!

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It didn’t take too terribly long to make but I worked with materials that I wasn’t used to and had a couple mishaps trying to figure out how to bond one material to another. All is well though. I think it looks pretty good and it is made for it’s intended use. My co-worker asked that it be dual purpose so the expecting couple can use it somehow in their nursery and I think I did just that. Check out the finished project here and give me some feedback.

In other news – My mom and I went to a few movies this past Saturday. They were the exact definition of polar opposite. I’m not going to give too much of a run down because I’ve never been good as summarizing movies or books or even my day but here’s the gist..

We first went to “August: Osage County” and the best word to describe it would be phenomenal! It was such a true, raw, and moving film that it could be relatable to so many different people on so many different levels. I was surprised to find out come Sunday night that they had very few Golden Globe nominations and weren’t even given the honor of winning. Regardless, it was by far one of the best movies that I’ve seen in a long time. I only wish that I would have read the book prior to seeing the movie but it’ll be added to my bucket list.

On the other side of the spectrum was the film “Her.” Now, I get it, I do. I understand the movie but it was torture to sit though, my God. The first half of the movie – I was engaged and waiting for something to happen but after that, it was just plain painful. And to top it off, a Golden Globe win? Excuse me, but what the fuck? Who in their right mind was elected to nominate this year? The best movie got zilch and the worst was praised? Give me a break.

$1378.

Before I begin, I’d like to address the 20-something (I’m assuming college) kids in our apartment building. I hope for your sake that you don’t die of hypothermia tonight and rather get a harsh reality check of frost bite. Running outside practically naked in near 50 below zero weather isn’t only immature but pure idiotic. Get a life.

End rant. Begin post.

We all wish that we had a fool proof way to save our precious copper pennies. Sure, we have many different means to do so but I will be the first to admit that it’s easier said than done. Savings accounts, piggy banks, hidden safes, the list goes on but it’s pretty rare when one of those are full enough to turn in for some crisp dollar bills. At least in my household it always has been, I don’t know about yours.

So even though this is a shot in the dark, my mom saw something on the internet (Pinterest, I believe) that sounded like a great and hopefully fool proof way to save money. Our initial plan replicated the photo she had seen. A glass mason jar, 52 weeks of the year, and all we do is contribute the dollar amount corresponding with that specific week. For example, on week 1 we put in $1. Week two, $2, week three, $3, and so on.

I was totally game for this. I mean, not only did it sound like a pretty slick plan but it was something fun to do. Each week, given that you contribute the required amount, you’d be able to see your total contributions. We’d cash out at the end of the year with a mean green handful of cash!

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I first made the spreadsheets noting each of the 52 weeks, the contribution amount, and the grand total. I bought a couple jars and some super glue to get started. Please note that the super glue is to prevent both ourselves and anyone around us from tampering with the goods. This all was looking promising until I was ready to assemble. Turns out my spreadsheet was too big for the jars.

IMG_4232 I fully intended on buying bigger jars but my mom and I made a pit stop at Target because they had their annual 70% clearance on Christmas going on. Something that a person JUST CANNOT pass up. Along the way we found two red and polka dot boxes. Perfect!

These were way more fun than a jar and to be honest a lot more safe. The original plan was to break open the jars at the end of the year because we had superglued them but I guess that wasn’t such a bright idea. Someone might get cut and who wants to clean up glass? No one. To sum up this unusually long story, we bought the boxes, I updated the spreadsheets to correspond with the box color, (Of course, I had to do this!) and I got started.

If you’d like to make one of your own, it’s really simple. All you’ll need are a few quick things, some of which you might have in your house:

  1. A Container. (Box or Jar)
  2. A List Of The Weeks/Contributions/Totals. (I used Microsoft Excel to create this but if you’re handier than me, you can definitely write it on paper and cut it out)
  3. Superglue. (To prevent greedy lil’ fingers from getting in)
  4. Scissors/Knife. (To cut your papers and if needed, make a slot for your money)
  5. The only other thing that I added aside from this was some ribbon but you can make it your own with puff paint, stickers, or even yarn!

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The best thing about this project was that there is no right way or wrong way to assemble it given that you know the general function of a piggy bank, homemade style! Go ahead, have some fun. I made these for my mom and I because like I said; in the beginning it’s nice to think that we can save money but it’s way harder than either of us could even imagine.

I expect that this won’t start getting difficult until we get to about the 20th week because parting with a $20 dollar bill is unthinkable! But even so, just imagine the reward we will have when we get to the end of the year. I guarantee you that we’ll have the most hard earned, thoughtful gifts under the tree in 20-14! The best part? They’ll be gifts to ourselves, the best kind.

So go ahead, try it! Join us in the 52 week money box (or jar) challenge! Lets see how many of us will be opening gifts worth $1378 come December 31st!

Peace, love, harmony, and good fortune to one, to all!

A Hook And Yarn.

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Even though this was made pre-2014, I still wanted to share since I made some improvements on it tonight. (My “Do-Something” for the day!) I actually finished this in four hours on Sunday night so it wasn’t too long ago. One of my cousins wore one to our family Christmas last weekend and it looked super fun and very cute. This is what actually got my wheels turning on the entire new found hobbies for the new year thing-a-ma-jig. Thanks, Anna!
This was my first shot at crochet since high school. Add another big thanks to the World Wide Web, I was able to quickly re-teach myself the slip knot. I attempted using two different spools of yarn for a thicker look. The only fault in that was that I would have probably benefited by buying a larger hook.

I initially made this as an infinity scarf and wore it to work on Monday. I got quite a few compliments on it but found throughout the day that I had gotten some pieces twisted up which made it kind of a nuisance. So tonight, I undid the connecting area in the back and made it into a thicker scarf rather than the infinity style. I actually prefer this one better and think it turned out pretty sweet considering my first jab at it in seven years!

Scarf number two is in the works! More posts to come.