December 30, 2011


i'm geek-ish.  i'm geek-ish because i have geek tendencies however i do not go all out.  i grew up watching star wars and star trek and i know the difference but can't tell you every single little detail.  i love super heros but don't read the comic books {my favorite is batman from dc comics; however i am more impressed across the board with marvel's super hero characters}.  i wear sneakers and graphic t's and i enjoy large framed glasses!  i have obsessions with different tv series!  i have recently fallen in love with the big bang theory.  but i've never seen lord of the rings {i'm ashamed and for what's it's worth i've always wanted to watch them!!}.  i'm here to say "geek is chic and it's here to stay!!"  so, for your viewing pleasure, here is one of my favorite sweaters {thanks mom!} modeled with my favorite pair of skinnies, a button up, and my grey converses!

{marvel sweatshirt: forever 21; button-up: found in closet from many years ago; skinnies: express; shoes: journey's}

 unleash your inner geek!!!  and let me see!  link below in the comments section!!


oh and by the way: glasses are sassy!!  i thought i could use these glasses as a style bust in this post!!  you know: the two birds in one stone thingy!  if you haven't heard my friends kaite and jessica are doing a style buster series and these are my glasses {i just have to get up the nerve to wear them in front of more than my fellow bloggers!!!}  so join the busters and link up and don't forget to check out the rest of their posts and all of their style busts on their blogs!!

December 25, 2011

don't forget

not to long ago my friend kacie and i heard a sermon by louie giglio entitled "the 12 words of christmas" by louie giglio.  it blew me away.  i don't really know why but i guess it was the way he explained it.  he put christmas into perspective for me.  it's not about presents or even being with your family.  those things are the REALLY GREAT features of celebrating christmas but we really need to focus on the 12 words of christmas instead of the 12 days of christmas.

louie explained in much detail about how much of a gift Jesus was.  He came at the most inopportune time: tax day & when there was no place for his mother to properly give birth to Him.  however it was Holy and perfect!  God works in mysterious and wondrous ways!!  "A Savior has been born to you and He is Christ the Lord!"  a savior has been given to us!!!  He would live for 33 years just to die for me, so that you & i could receive the gift of eternal life!  it's amazing to think that on one night, one baby could change everything!!

i had a very blessed christmas this year filled with surprises, time spent with family and wonderful gifts {thanks mom & dad}, but i'm overjoyed when i think about the gift of Jesus!!

i hope every single one of your christmas's was absolutely wonderful!! mine was!! but let's not forget who's birthday it was today and who came to live and die just for us!  He gave us the ultimate gift!!


December 23, 2011

DIY: the headphone crochet cozy

so i saw this picture on pinterest of some yarn wrapped around the chord of some headphones & thought, "that doesn't look hard!"  during finals week i needed to relax and i felt like crocheting but wanted to do something different.  so i tried to find a way to wrap my headphones in some colorful yarn.  i thought this would be a simple thing to make a tutorial about so i snapped some pics in the process and here is what i came up with!

so i'm using a a medium weight yarn and size 4 mm crochet hook.  if you'd like a less bulky look you can always use a lighter weight yarn and a smaller crochet that coordinates with that specific yarn; however it will take you longer, but if you really would like that look better it would be worth it!!  i think that some crochet basics would be helpful as that i do not get into the technicalities of the single crochet and how exactly to hold your yarn.

{1st}  you need to start your  project like any other crochet project: with a slip knot!!  i make mine by making a circle with my yarn pushing the end of the yarn to the back of the circle.  i then pull the yarn to through the hole leaving the tail end to get caught in the knot after i tighten it.

{2nd}  place the end of the headphone chord through the slip knot.  you will be working from right to left so leave the part you want wrapped in the yarn to the left of your slip knot. 

{3rd}  make sure to pull the knot snugs once the chord is in place.  you want to also make sure that you tuck the tail end that was left after you tightened your slip knot under your crochet stitches so you will get a seamless finished look.  after you have your hands situated go ahead and crochet!  as you hold the chord in your left hand, bring the hook towards you and then under the chord to grab your skein yarn from the other side.  bring the skein yarn under the chord and pull through the loops on your hook.  this is where previous crochet knowledge comes in handy.  i didn't get to take pictures of the crochet process because it was hard to handle the camera and the hook and the yarn and the chord.  but if you know some crochet basics then you should be able to catch on fairly quickly.

{notice how i'm holding the yarn, chord, hook, and how the tail end of the slip knot is tucked.}
{4th}  continue to crochet until you get to the headphone chord split.  

{5th}  now it's time to tie off and hide your ending knot.  so when you get to your last crochet stitch go ahead and cut your skein yarn at least two or three inches from the last stitch.  then take your hook and pull straight up, bringing the end of your yarn through your last stitch.  wrap the end of the yarn around the last stitch around the chord {it may be easier to pull the end through with a smaller crochet hook or the one you had been using}.  do not pull snugs yet, because the loose circle creates a loop.  wrap the end yarn through this loop twice, and then pull snugs.

{6th}  work the end of your yarn through the last few stitches with your crochet hook, hiding the end of your yarn under the stitches.  essentially you are hiding the yarn in the same way you started the work except this time it's backwards!

 {7th}  your done!! after you tuck and finish, admire your work.  you have just completed your crocheted headphone cozy!!!

words of caution: it's awkward at first to get a handle on everything, so don't get discouraged!! you can do it!!  and the yarn tends to twist as you go along.  i embraced the the twist and ended up twisting the yarn myself at the end of the project.  you could however force it to be a straight line i guess.  it's really up to you!!  

so this is my first tutorial.  have fun!! and let me know if you have problems understanding me or need more elaboration!! comment below if you think this was helpful, need more help, or if you just think this is a nifty idea!  i want to hear your thoughts!!!


December 21, 2011

furnish me vintage: {christmas}

for this christmas season i have had so much fun embracing vintage christmas decor for my home decorations!!  vintage decor is easy to incorporate with your new decor!  i think that's why i love it so much.  it's like history through decorations!  i wish they had a college class on that {haha}, but they don't so i make my own compilation of history with my decorations!


okay i know they are little disturbing but the santa's on this string of lights are SO cute!  i found these guys on my antiquing outing to shelbyville with my mom and grandmother that i mentioned in my antiquing addicts post.  i snagged them for $15 in one of my favorite antique stores!  i think that they are so different and they just scream, "look at me, i'm vintage!!!"  santa's are one of my favorites because they bring back magical memories of when i was a little girl trying to sneek a peak at santa when he was delivering my gifts.  i think santa's are interesting because no one depicts him the same way, because no one has ever seen him.  each santa is different!!

okay, this may just be my favorite christmas decoration EVER!  okay i'm not really sure, but i do know that this is my favorite woodland creature christmas decoration!!  i found this doe in a shop that i adore called Street Scene in lexington, ky.  this deer is not only as cute as a button but i almost died when i found out that she spins around while playing rudolph the red nosed reindeer.  i want you to picture me in the store almost passing out at the sound of rudolph the red nosed reindeer!  {that didn't really happen, but i did almost cry lol}  anyways, i love love love love this little deer and she will be put out every christmas from here on out!!!  she was worth every bit of $12!!

last but not least, if you are going to have a vintage christmas, you need to invest in an aluminum tree!!  i know that traditionally speaking these are not the popular option, & i am all for the traditional evergreen.  however, aluminums were popular in the seventies and even if it is not your main christmas tree they are still fun to play with.  they come in all different colors, sizes, and you can get them pre-lit these days.  i think they are so pretty because of the way the light bounces off of them.  i'm still perfecting my aluminum tree.  i'm trying to find a balance between my vintage ornaments and my current ornaments.  it's suffering right now because i had a whole hour to spend decorating it this year and i didn't really have time to tailor the ornaments to tree.  but one day it will be amazing i'm sure!!

so is your christmas going to be a vintage one?  post photo links below and tell me how you decorate!!!


December 19, 2011

antiquing addicts

so last monday, i was dreading going back to my apartment only to face some serious studying for my accounting final, so naturally my mother suggested the mature thing to do, "why don't we take grandma and go antiquing at some different places in shelbyville?" have i mentioned my mother is amazing! i did the collegiate student thing, forgot about finals, and got my stuff and got in the car!  lol

we {my mother and i} have started to LOVE old things.  old things that smell like old times.  old things that represent times that were filled with history.  old things that were made to last.  old things that had a purpose then and can have a purpose now.  we love love love vintage!!!  that's why we started an etsy shop, -the feathered owl-.  we like to share our vintage lovelies with everyone, after we find them of course!  that's the fun part!  :)

after loading up, our first stop was our neighborhood cracker barrel!  you can't go antiquing without some down right country cookin to go with it!!  so we ate, and went to go pick up my grandmother.  i love antiquing with the older people in my family just because they know more about the items than i do and they can tell me if it's worth the price or not & i always get to listen to stories about the old times.  it's awesome!  unfortunately, i didn't get a picture with my grandmother this time because she's ornery, if you know her you know what i'm talking about!  lol

anyways you can see that we were somewhat successful with this outing in the first picture.  i have a bag full of goodies!  i purchased some deer salt and pepper shakers and an owl brooch for my collection {that's another post entirely}.  but my mom found her something too, well it was more for our shop but she loved it and thought it was really unique!

it's a 1951 calendar scarf!  it has each month of the year with different holidays highlighted with their very own depiction on each month!  we thought it was soo cute and different!!  i'm the model in the picture above and chose to display the depiction for my birth month, march.  it's cool because you could wear it and display the month you are in at the moment, or fold it to show just the 1951, or make it personal like i did and display your birth month!  below is a picture of the scarf in it's entirety and then there is a detailed shot of the the one for the month of december and it's holiday, christmas!!  it's so cute!

our trip was so much fun!! we really love scavaging and it was exactly what i needed to get my mind off the stress of finals!  does anyone else like antiquing?  have you found anything cute out there in the midst of a mess?  let me know in the comments section and if you have a post with pics link to it because i want to see!!  until next time!


so i've been missing...

{this is an old pic, lol-- notice the letter jacket, it was taken my senior year of high school by Casey McBride}

this is mainly due to finals and college life and CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, but i'm done with all of that now {yes, the christmas shopping too :) } and a lot has happened to me since last monday.  so buckle your seat belts because i'm going to hit 88 miles an hour {back to the future reference lol} to take you back in time so i can catch everyone up on life as it was!! i'll be busy posting and posting and posting this week!! yay i'm excited!!  my first post will be a little later today, so stay tuned!!

December 14, 2011

it's finals week and i need...

1} practice
they say practice makes perfect!  so to get ready for this finals week,  i'm gonna practice, practice, practice.  i have a two finals this semester that require MANY computations and require a set of skillfully executed processes { it kind of sounds like rocket science now lol, but i wouldn't know the difference :) }  anyways, math has never been hard for me but accounting is just plain ridiculousness in my brain!  but with much practice comes great success, sometimes.  so the majority of my days will be consumed by practice problems and hoping that i can remember how to do them when they are presented on the test.  wish me luck!

2) patience
i'm anxious.  studying.  christmas break.  the fall semester being over.  grades. family time.  craft time.  these are the reasons why i need patience.  i get so caught up with the semester being almost over that i rush through studying thinking it will make the end come sooner.  but in reality it leads to poor grades.  so i need patience.  to relax.  to enjoy not going to class.  to experience things that i want to while accurately capturing the essence of an entire semesters worth of knowledge.  if you know me, this is surely to be a challenge.  again i say, wish me luck!
3} prayer (a lot of it)
i know it sounds bad to pray for an "A" in a class.  but let me reassure you that this is NOT what i mean.  i know that God has a plan for me which includes every little detail in my life, including my exam grade in accounting 201.  so this is my prayer for finals week:

bless me with your patience and knowledge.  i don't know everything on these sheets of paper that are stapled together in front of me.  and on some these questions i will not be able to bubble in the right letter with my number two pencil, but that's okay because YOU know everything and you CAN choose all the right answers.  you won't let me down.  and if i fail, i know it will not be the end of the world because through You i have eternal life and if you look at the big picture this exam is a speck of dust that will soon pass with the wind and never haunt me again.  i'm in your hands now, let your will be done.
it's in your precious name, amen.

so here i could use your prayers friends { which is somewhat better than luck btw ;) } 
if you need these 3 qualities during your finals week, feel free to leave a comment and i will pray for you too!!


December 9, 2011

coffee, crochet, & comfy pants

with cold weather being right outside our windows and the college semester coming to an end, i have consistently relied on coffee to wake and warm me up in the mornings.  okay i know it's not creative but starbucks is my favorite place to grab my very own cup of joe.  i will eat breakfast there at least 3 times a week if not more which leads to cup of joe moments {see this post}!  if i haven't described what this is very well; let me describe it to you!  a cup of joe moment is when you have your favorite coffee shop drink in hand, you take a sip, and then BAM life is awesome!  lol

anyways, i always get a tall non-fat mocha with no whip and two equal.  and for my pastry i get one of the following: an old-fashioned glazed donut, a morning bun, or the cheese danish.  every morning i get breakfast there, it wakes me up and instantly puts me in a better mood.

i have also come very dependent on the instant coffee machine-- my mom's keurig.  i don't really know if i spelled that right but it's amazing for weekends and especially rushed sunday mornings.  my favorite is the mocha but the hot chocolates are pretty awesome as well, but i guess those aren't really classified as coffees.

the bottom line is... i have always been a coffee drinker but mainly just socially {haha}.  however, this semester has almost been the death of me and really coffee and starbucks breakfast has often been that little ray of sunshine that i could look forward to during the week.  it's sad i know and coffee isn't for everyone, but now i'm hooked and i doubt i will ever see the day when i won't want anymore coffee!


another thing that has been playing a role in my life lately is the wonderful art of crochet!  it all started when my friends, jessica tingle and kacie tingle teached me how to knot with flair... then this past october, i became obsessed with granny squares.  determined to force myself to do the project: i blew my paycheck on yarn, and said, "mackenzie, complete this afghan you will!"  so i had already spent the money and i had already devoted some time to learning the pattern for the granny squares and after my first couple of squares, i was off i have further developed my crocheting skills and have already started planning for my next projects!

as you can see, i'm not finished with this blanket, but this is the farthest i have ever gotten with a yarn work project this big!!! i'm excited and there is no stopping me!  and as the temperatures drop the quicker my hands move, so that i can actually get some use out of my creation before the season is over! so wish me luck, 63 down and 117 to go!!!


{comfy pants}
okay, so a pair of good ole' sweats are a must for winter!  everyone has their own favorite pair they like to curl up on the couch in!  mine are from my senior year in high school.  i was a manager for the high school wrestling team and every year we got a full suit of sweats with our teams name on them to where throughout the season.  these navy blue pair were and still are my favoritethey are HUGE {well they make me feel skinny at least lol} and they swallow methey have pockets and are oh so warm and fuzzy on the insides!  what else can a girl ask for!?! anyways they make me remember back to those good ole days and they keep me warm on cold nights!


these three "c" words have been on my mind lately and i just wanted to share them with you.  they are some of my favorite things that can i enjoy during the holiday season!

December 7, 2011

a cup of joe moment

this morning i woke up in a daze not really wanting to go to class.  but i knew that i couldn't miss so i took a shower and got ready anyways.  on the bus ride to campus i thought and thought and thought about why i was going to my first class, geography.  i mean as exciting as it sounds, the bus was runing late and had yet to stop and get my starbucks,  and our professor has made the class impossible to fail!!  he places notes, powerpoints, AND study guides online for us to use when we study for our exams, & i never pay attention anyways.

then i started thinking about how i NEVER skip.  i could be vomiting {praise the Lord this hasn't happened yet} and i would still go to class.  and i started to think about how every other college student gets to skip class.  i mean i am a grown adult and i can decide what i want to do when i want to do it, right!  and my inner revolutionary mob screamed,"YEA, PREACH IT GIRL!"  so naturally i did the adult thing and texted my mom to ask permission, {pathetic, i know}.  she totally didn't respond with a yes,  but after i convinced her she was making me hate myself for not being able to tell her, "no" and thus was robbing me of a rebelious youth.  she caved, and i was like, YES!!

then she informed me i would be ruining my "no skip" track record.  i told her i didn't care and it was to late to take away her approval.  then she asked,"what are you gonna do?"  to which i replied, "drink my coffee, eat my donut, and blog!"  :)

if i could do this for the rest of my life- skip responsibilities, drink coffee, eat donuts, and blog - i think that would be a state that could be considered very very very close to heaven.  but since, it's almost 10:00 and accounting is calling {a class that is less passable for me}, i will enjoy my fleeting youth and this cup of joe moment!  i hope there will be more of these in the future, hopefully not all of them will be quite this risky though!    ;)


November 29, 2011

holiday photo time!

thanksgiving is over.  and it's time for christmas.
this thanksgiving, right after the turkey had settled, my sister and i changed into our christmas outfits to take the the family portrait for the christmas cards.  since jessica and i used this chalkboard in our fall essentials posts, my mom wanted to use it in our christmas pics.  so we used it, writing, "Merry Christmas 2011," to all our loved ones.  however we also took some without the chalkboard too.

and we took some sitting on an old stone fireplace {that was left over after tearing the building down around it} with a snowman...

and using these branch lights...

and using a low shutter speed...

and some silly ones...

and here we are saying "OMG IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!" lol

 so have you taken the christmas portrait yet? do you have any neat-o ideas?  i wanna hear them!!  so comment bellow!!  and if you haven't yet, just remember the most important thing is to have fun!! GOOD LUCK and Merry Early Christmas from the Phillips family!!

November 28, 2011

a response to senioritis

today i was reading a post from a fellow blogger & friend,  jessica tingle.  she posted about her symptoms and how she copes with "senioritis."  and she has every right to be feeling senioritis & to want to drop everything now, because she is a senior and she has put up with college for 3.5 years, that's 2 more years than me.  even so, i am here to tell you that senioritis can be felt in a 19 year old sophomore, who in actuality only dreams about graduation.

so here is the deal: i dread going to class, i hate the work load, & i want to do what i want to do right now because somedays i can not see the point.  before you write me off as a wining, immature, & selfish girl, let me explain myself.

1)  i know that i'm very lucky to be able to go to college & invest in my education.
2)  i know there is value in a degree {no matter how minute it may seem right now in this economy}
3)  i know there is something BIGGER out there for my life that is just around the corner and it's hard to focus.
4)  and i would MUCH rather be fulfilling the dreams that God has for me than pulling my hair out over a stinkin' exam or a paper i have to write.

i'm restless, anxious, stressed out, and very claustrophobic whenever i think about my upcoming week at school.  if God were to bless me with an opportunity to fulfill His {and my} dreams & plans for my life, i would go without hesitation.  i would be out of here.  because i am so "ready" to go!
but at the same time, i know i am nowhere near ready because if i were, God would say "go."  UGH, do you see my dilemma?  so it's in times like these that i need to take a breath.  and this morning jessica helped me do just that.

i have a God that has a perfect plan for me.  and as long as i seek His will and listen to His voice, He will never lead me astray.  it's at these moments where i picture Jesus two inches away from my face with his hands on my shoulders, saying, "Yahweh" meaning "I am."  He then says, "restless child, be still, and know that i am God!"  - Psalm 46:10 mackenzie revised version {our paster always says that; except insert his name instead of mine lol} 

so jessica, i feel your pain.  for different reasons but i'm still feeling it.  thanks go to you girl, for opening up on your blog and for making me stop and think.  i know that i posted something similar to this earlier this semester on my previous blog, but i desperately needed a reminder!!
if you have issues with senioritis, link to jessica's blog in the comments or link below! 

November 26, 2011


so this past wednesday i went to see a wonderful movie with my mom and my little sister, and yes, it was BREAKING DAWN!  we LOVE twilight!  my mom claims to be team jasper {even though she knows there is only a battle between jacob and edward lol}, i'm team edward, and even though my sister says she's switzerland i think she pulls for jacob but can come to terms with edward marrying bella {in short- she things he's attractive lol}.

ANYWAYS, i'm usually a pretty tough critic on the twilight movies just because the books were so good, but i understand the limitations of capturing the book in its entirety on film.  i have to say that each movie has progressively gotten better.  eclipse is still my personal favorite though.  it was my favorite book, and as of now, my favorite of the movies.  even when i was reading breaking dawn, when it came to the delightful surprise on the honeymoon, i was like "really? your going there, stephanie?"  but once i got into the second half of the book i thoroughly enjoyed it, which should be presented in part two of the films.  because breaking dawn was a tad of a stretch, i think that's why it felt like some of the scenes were a little cheesy, but it still was not bad AT ALL.  it was just a little weird seeing this part of the story on screen for the first time.

the second film is going to be epic.  and i am going to the midnight showing. {period} we will and forever shall be twi-hards.  i want stephanie to come out with some more to the story, but i know forced writing would NOT be good!!  so until the next movie, which will be a bitter sweet farewell, i think i will dedicate myself to reading the books again and awaiting part 1 on DVD.  

does anyone have any weird obsessive twilight stories?  i will admit that my room used to be filled with ALL of the cullen jewelry, my door was covered in black garbage bags, ticket stubs, and posters,  and yes, i owned an edward cullen cut out {life-size lol}.  these things have all been passed down to my sister {including the door, we had to trade lol}.  so, don't be ashamed, 'cause i've been there done that!! :)

November 25, 2011

a black friday sale!!

it's BLACK FRIDAY everyone!! i normally am and up and shopping right now but i recently started working in the local mall so i will be working today!!  and because i can't go shopping today {so bummed}, i decided to have a little black friday fun in my own etsy shop, the feathered owl! today and today only you can take an additional 10% off of our already reduced prices for Christmas!!!  here is the coupon code:
so now all you have to do is to go here, pick out your favorite vintage lovely, and redeem your coupon upon checking out!!!  take your time in looking around too!  there is more inventory coming in the new year!!  thanks guys and have a wonderful black friday!!

November 24, 2011


so today is thanksgiving and it's been wonderful!! i mean, turkey, stuffing, noodles, biscuits, ham, cheese, mash potatoes, GRAVY & PIE!! need i say more?

but on a more serious note: like many people in this world today, i take for granted blessings that i receive every single day.  things that give me happiness and things that bring me joy and things that allow me to be me.  i think thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on these things and be thankful for them.  so this is my thankfuls list!

-1- a hero and savior
-2- family
-3- laughter {giggles, the silent laughter that leads to tears, chuckles, snorts, and even fake laughter}
-4- good food
-5- friends
-6- a place to call home
-7- a four legged friend
-8- unconditional love
-9- talents
-10- creativeness
-11- blogs
-12- boldness
-13- dreams
-14- fashion
-15- hope
-16- the future
-17- compassion
-18- life altering moments
-19- my education
-20- movies
-21- journals
-22- music
-23- my camera
-24- christmas decorations
-25- country living
-26- purses!
-27- light {sunlight, candlelight, starlight...}
-28- SHOES
-29- starbucks
-30- nature
-31- owls
-32- vintage lovelies
-33- etsy
-34- a job
-35- warm and fuzzy clothing
-36- days of relaxation
-37- technology {cell phones, my laptop, etc.}
-38- DIY projects
-39- piped water
-40- Pinterest {if you don't know what this is, i need to talk to you lol}

like i said earlier i could go on and on, but these are just a few things that i am thankful for!  everyone can come up with their own never ending list too.  we all have thankfuls! so this thanksgiving what are you thankful for?

November 22, 2011

quirks and craziness

so for this post i wanted to let you in on some more qualities of myself and why sometimes it's hard to be me {this however is not a sob post lol}.  sometimes the qualities of my personality don't allow me to get things accomplished due to the lack of time, some are just crazy little details that i pay attention to, some are pet-peeves, and some are just quirks.  so just bare with me and your allowed to laugh and relate to these but let me know if you do because some of these only my roommate knows!

1. i sing very loud and off key on purpose sometimes because i'm sick of hitting every note. {if you don't know me i'm seriously not trying to be arrogant-- AT ALL lol}

2. it bugs me when things get stuck to my feet, like pieces of plastic bag or crumbies.

3. i absolutely hate the faucets in bathrooms that require you to push them down while rinsing your hands off.  it's a never ending battle of lather, push, hurry & rinse, push-- anyways i get frustrated cause i never win this battle.  {a guy once told a group that this was his pet peeve and now it's one of mine}

4. i CAN NOT STAND my dirty kitchen, even though i never have time to clean it, oh my goodness it bugs me.

5. i love movies.  any movie. except for inappropriate ones with no point.  but any movie other than those mentioned are awesome.

6. politics are evil-- why can't we all just use a little common sense, not lie, and try to better the world?

7. i dislike religion-- don't get me wrong-- my God wants a relationship with me and you, not strictly ritual and knowledge-- it's more personal than that, but that's a different post entirely.

8. i sometimes let my imagination run wherever it wants to go.  sometimes this leads me to my prince charming and sometimes this makes me very paranoid. haha.

9. some of my favorite things are over 20 years old, making them vintage.

10. i like to be able to check things off a list.

11. i get very bored by sitting in classroom listening to someone speak.  i know i'm not the only one and i'm not trying to be rude, but my mind wonders WAY off the topic at hand to something more interesting to me.  {i'm sitting in my marketing class right now lol}

12. i don't like to be told i can't do something.  because i will and can.

13. i have a wide variety of hobbies and obsessions.  too many to list here.  :)

14. i like to distance myself from negative and intimidating personalities.  this isn't a good thing by the way.

15. i dream BIG.

16. i always have to be working on something. {i get this from my father}

17. i'm addicted to chap-stick.

18. i despise gum.  i mean you can chew it if you want but don't show me your chewed gum, it's gross. lol

19. i am detailed-oriented and almost a perfectionist.  this leads me to worry a lot about things, but it's only because i'm passionate and i care.  :)

20. i have stage confidence but in new social situations i start off quiet and lacking confidence until i get to know the people around me.  this is really annoying by the way.  i don't understand how i can get up in front of people and be loud and fun but when i start off with new people in a more personal setting i can't just be the confident stage me.  this is a puzzler.

so these are just some more qualities of my personality.  i'm sure i've left some out, but i thought 20 was plenty.  what about you? can you relate to any of mine? what are some of your weirdest quirks?  i really want to know!  so fill me in with some comments below!

November 21, 2011

a scripture log that's easy to keep

this weekend i went to the youth conference Hearts on Fire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  our youth group always has a lot of fun on this trip and i will be doing another post later on the trip and what happened there but for now i wanted to post about this nifty little idea that i had while i was down there.  even though i try so very hard not to be tempted to buy a new bible every time i go, i always seem to walk away with a new one from the book table.  they are usually at a pretty good price and i'm normally drawn to the unique and strange designs on the covers but this year i purchased a plain yellow one.  however, i intend to make it very unique.  let me explain:

{bible: $10;  scripture that i won't forget: priceless}

i'm going to write scriptures that i love ALL of over the front and back covers!  sometimes it's hard to remember verses and i hope that i can memorize these scriptures but if i can't they will always by there for me to look up.  my personal log will be on the covers & that's what will make my bible unique.    the great thing about scriptures is that they are so personal!  & anyone can do this DIY scripture log.  all you need is a leather bound bible and some sharpies!  right now i'm loving my bible and how it turned out, i know it will look even better when i get more scriptures on it!!  so it made me wonder, how do you remember scriptures and keep up with the ones that speak to your heart?? feel free to comment, i LOVE to hear from you!!  and like i said earlier there is more coming from hearts on fire, so stay tuned!!   :)