Pursuit seventy: Nags Head, North Carolina

Today I am off for a week of fun and sun in the Outer Banks with The Peacocks! Besides spending time with my best friend and other half, I am super pumped about getting over to the East Coast beaches. I have been dying to get over there for years, so this is fulfilling a dream on my travel list! Lighthouses, more secluded beaches than Florida, and new sites to explore... pricey is jumping with excitement! 

So, I will see you in a week blogger pals! I hope to have a ton of neat pictures to post of the sites and architectural designs that peek my fancy while vacationing. 

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Pursuit sixty nine: Making a Lamp

Several weeks ago I wrote a post about making fruit smoothies, and mentioned that one of the ingredients was Earth Fare's Organic Apple Juice. The container that the apple juice came in was a 1-gallon glass jug. After using up all of the juice, I thought that the bottle was too neat to recycle, so I started brainstorming on what I could possibly do with the bottle. After thinking for a bit, it hit me... I wanted to make a lamp with the jug!

Having never made a lamp before, I was not really sure where to begin. I am an avid follower of Grace Bonney's Design Sponge blog (http://www.designsponge.com/), and since she is always giving great design and creative advice, I decided to contact her via Twitter (@designsponge) for suggestions of where to purchase the necessary tools to achieve this lamp making pursuit of mine.

She suggested that I purchase a super-easy lamp making kit from Amazon.com... and so I did! My total checkout price for the kit was less than $25 buckaroos (with the harp purchase included), so I was pretty pumped with how inexpensive the purchase ended up being for me. 

The kit came in the mail in less than three days, so I immediately began crafting my lamp!

Part 1: I wanted to remove the product logo from the jug in order to have a clean look to the lamp. So really part 1 of the whole process was just documenting the fact that the logo was there... and then it was about to hit the road haha

Part 2: In order to remove the logo from the jug, I soaked the bottle in soapy hot water. After letting the jug sit in the water for about five minutes, I used a razor blade to scratch off the logo. This process was relatively easy. I soaked the bottle for a little while longer, and then made one last scratching run around the bottle with the razor blade to make sure that there was no left over sticky stuff. 

The lamp making kit accessories and harp were neatly packaged, and the directions were somewhat understandable... lets just say some sailor-mouth language was used between myself and the kit accessories when trying to get it all together... 

Part 3: Relishing in the fact that I had a nice clean jug with no logo on it!

Part 4: After piecing all of the lamp kit items together, and securing the kit accessories into the jug, the moment of truth had arrived. Had I successfully wired the neutral wire to the silver screw, and the other wire to the brass screw? Would electricity flow through the wires and make the light bulb work? I was not really sure, but I was about to find out...

Part 5: HALLELUJAH (Angels and a chorus singing in the background)! After plugging the chord into the wall for the first time, the light immediately turned on. To say that I was excited about actually making a freaking lamp all by myself is a MAJOR understatement! I was so happy!! All in all, the process of putting the kit pieces together, and wiring the chords to the necessary connections was pretty easy. If I could do it, anyone can do it! 

The lampshade in the above photo is one that I just took off from one of the lamps in our house, so I still need to go out and purchase one for this lamp. After testing this shade out with the lamp, I am thinking that I will stick with a shade that has some sort of texture.

So cheers to achieving one of my creative pursuits!!

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Special thanks to:
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Converts-Treasured-Collectibles-Lighting-Accents/dp/B000MS9VQ4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1311994939&sr=8-2 (This is the exact kit that I ordered to make my lamp. I had to add in the harp with the purchase order)
Earth Fare: http://earthfare.com/ (For an awesome glass jug and some divine organic apple juice)


Pursuit sixty eight: Fabric hunting

Recently I have had the creative bug to redesign the vibe of my future room. Having moved back to Memphis until I find a job outside of the state (preferably), or can no longer handle living at home with the rents, I have had the opportunity to fulfill some of my creative urges. Yesterday my mom and I went to a local fabric store to check out some swatches. 

I am currently in the works of designing a new headboard for my bed and needed some fabric ideas for covering the headboard. My mom was looking for fabric to have one of our couches reupholstered. Below are some of the fabric swatches that tickled our fancy...

It was funny to notice how much my mom and I are alike as we were both feeling each and every fabric with our hands. We are both tactile and visual people...haha! Fabric hunting was just stage one in the headboard making process. I will keep you updated on the creative fun as my mom and I design the style of the headboard frame, and make it all come to life! 

Do any of these swatches tickle your fancy... or make you want to shriek in terror?? I would love to know what you all think : )

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Pursuit sixty seven: ADV 470: Campaigns

Today is the day! 

Today is the last day of my undergraduate career, as well as Advertising 470 Campaigns presentations! Spectrum Agency and Blue Print, the two campaigns teams, will be vying against one another to win the Casa de Sara campaign. Casa de Sara is a local Knoxville non-profit charity that provides education, health care, and nutrition to children in Bolivia. Both campaigns teams consist of unique and insightful individuals, and I am excited to see the outcome of the presentations. 

I feel like I have lived the last month and a half in the library, a place that I have avoided like no other for the past four years of my college career. Although it has been strenuous and at times just plain god awful, in the end it has been a great experience!

So, with this post I bid adieu to my college career. It has been real. I have grown a lot, and when thinking about it now, it feels as though it has flown by.... In four years I have lived in six different apartments, studied abroad twice, made new friends, lost some friends, experienced happy and sad things, and realized my passion for creativity, expression, and advertising. 

I am excited for this next phase and my life, and just want to say good luck to both campaigns teams! WE ROCK!

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Casa de Sara Website: http://casadesara.org/default.htm


Pursuit sixty six: Triscuit Plant a Seed~Grow a Movement challenge results

So, it has been almost a month, and I have successfully grown my herb seeds. When I started this challenge I thought I was growing basil. However, I quickly realized that the seeds that were sprouting up were not basil seeds. I had thrown out the Triscuit box a couple of weeks prior to planting, so I had semi forgotten what type of seeds they were. I thought I had remembered the box saying basil seeds, but they ended up being dill seeds (he he)... either way I grew some seeds!!

The Triscuit box photo shoot 

June 17th~The seeds first day in the pot

June 24th~One week

June 30th~Two weeks

July 1st~Two & a half weeks

July 11th~A little over three weeks

Here is what the Triscuit Home Farming website has to say about dill: http://www.homefarming.com/CropGuide/Crop/Details/36/dill

I am going to keep growing my dill, but I just wanted to share with you all the progress of my herb seeds! 

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Triscuit Home Farming: http://www.homefarming.com/


Pursuit sixty five: Leaving on a jet plane...

So as of today, July 1st, I have 23 days left to live it up in Knoxville, Tennessee before I hit the open road. I have compiled a list of the top five things that I would like to do before I leave this grand old city.

Number five: Visit King Tut's Grill
~Because who doesn't want to eat supposedly good food while enjoying hilarious slash on the verge of creepy moments like this one in the video below~

Number four: Attend a Thursday Night Social Paddle
~Because I have always wanted to go kayaking while the sun is setting. Who wouldn't want to enjoy the scenic views of downtown Knoxville? Plus, you cannot beat a $15 kayaking adventure~

Number three: Play a game of corn hole at Bearden Beer Market while enjoying some tasty beer
~Because I am always up for a good beer, LOVE the Beer Market, and corn hole isn't too shabby itself~

Number two: Attend a painting/sipping class at Spirited Art
~Because I have always wanted to get my inner artist on with friends while enjoying some vino~

Number one: Run around in the fountains at World's Fair Park
~Because who doesn't want to frolic around in water fountains like a wee kid during the summer time? I may be twenty-two years old going on twenty-three, but I will always enjoy opportunities to let loose like a five-year-old~

So, I have 23 days to accomplish these top five things... Let the races begin!

P.S. If any of these activities sound appealing, and I actually know you :)... I would love you to join in on the festivities with me!

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Bearden Beer Market: http://beardenbeermarket.com/