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Pinterest weekly finds.

Posted by Anna Kate Monday, July 23, 2012 1 comments

Thanks to Pinterest, I have already constructed some map and Lilly-inspired artwork. Based on my top finds from last week, here's what I have to look forward to next...

My Mom has graciously agreed to attempt and recreate this. I am trying to improve my craftiness, but I am no artist!
I thought this would be a great piece for the kitchen.

I am cheating a little bit here... I found this print (via Pinterest!) on Etsy for $20.00 and just had to order it.

Who doesn't love a good monogram? Especially when it's free.
I haven't tried printing one of these yet, but seems like a great find!

Until next week!

Reduce, Reuse, Re-Lilly.

Posted by Anna Kate Friday, July 20, 2012 7 comments

Crafting for my new apartment continues...I blame Pinterest. I saw a pin for how to create coasters using old Lilly Pulitzer agenda pages (totally plan on doing), and I figured why not use them for something bigger? I had a vision for a large, modge-podged, Lilly-themed piece of artwork to adorn my walls, and today this finally came to life.

I recently ordered the new Lilly Pulitzer 2013 Jumbo Agenda (LOVE it),
so I didn't hesitate to rip out the pages of my old one for decorating purposes.

I had an old Lilly shopping bag still laying around, so I decided to use that as the center of the piece.
Cardboard backing from the frame served as the base, and using (homemade) 'modge podge' I applied the pages.
If you're interested in how to create and use homemade modge podge, see my previous post here.

I have discovered the keys to using modge podge are: use sparingly (light coats, please),
keep a rolling pin nearby to smooth things out, and let dry completely before applying another coat.

Follow those simple steps and...

Voilà! Beautiful, Lilly-esque, artwork.

Oh, the places you'll go.

Posted by Anna Kate Tuesday, July 17, 2012 2 comments

After a year of being on the road, I am definitely looking forward to having my own apartment this year. One of the biggest perks of this new retreat? Decorating, of course.

Inspired by Pinterest, I knew I wanted to create my own artwork. I needed something to represent this amazing year of work, fun, and travel as an ADPi Leadership Consultant. Along with collecting charms at each school I visited, I also collected postcards. Initially, I thought I would use them to create a scrapbook, but I realized I don't have the attention span for that. In addition to the charms and postcards, I've also been keeping up with all of my boarding passes. I don't know why I started doing this, but I just had a feeling they would one day come in handy when I was feeling artsy.

And...voila! Here are the fruits of my labor:

I started out with an ancient State Farm road map that my parents still had, but never use since they both have a GPS.
I tore out pictures of states and places I visited this year as an ADPi Leadership Consultant.
I made homemade Modge Podge / decoupage using a recipe I found on Pinterest. I've never used Modge Podge before, but the concoction we made (1 bottle Elmer's glue + 1 bottle water) seemed to work well! Since I had never used it before, I watched how to videos on modge podging via YouTube before we began.

I decided to recycle an old frame and popped the cardboard out of the back. First, I carefully arranged how I wanted the states to appear on the background. 
Next, I painted a layer of modge podge across the cardboard surface and laid the map cutouts on top.
I let that dry (about 45 minutes) and then painted another layer of the glue over the pictures.
That dried overnight and then I repeated the same process for the postcards and board passes.

The End! Easy as that. Craft away, my friends.

Throw some glitter, make it rain.

Posted by Anna Kate Friday, July 13, 2012 3 comments

I'm not typically one to paint my nails any crazy color. The fact that I've stepped out of my french manicure bubble this year is a small miracle. Lately though, I have been trying some fun colors from Essie, such as tart deco.

In an effort to get outside my comfort zone, I've been searching for a glitter nail polish that I actually like -- nothing too tacky and that goes on smooth. My efforts had been unsuccessful until I stumbled across deborah lippmann polish last week while shopping at a boutique in Raleigh, NC.

I probably wouldn't wear this color all the time, but for a fun weekend with the girls or a night out, it's the perfect pop of color with a little sparkle! 

*Note: I did two light coats of Essie's sugar daddy polish as a base coat and then two coats of deborah lippman's candy shop to complete my look! 

Happy polishing!

New friends and blue skies that never end.

Posted by Anna Kate Tuesday, July 10, 2012 0 comments

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and I couldn't feel more blessed. I spent nearly 3 weeks in Starkville, MS at Mississippi State University getting to know the campus, the quaint little college town and, most importantly, the amazing Panhellenic women there. One of the things that I am most grateful for after my first year of travel as a Leadership Consultant is the mindset of becoming a Panhellenic player and what it means to work together for the greater good of the Greek community as a whole. Unfortunately, this is not something that I embraced while I was in college and it is one of my biggest regrets. When I visit and work at campuses such as Mississippi State where the Panhellenic spirit is absolutely thriving, it reminds me of what being Panhellenic is all about. I can't say thank you enough to everyone who made ADPi feel so at home during our time there!

We left Starkville and headed back to the Peach State for ADPi Leadership Seminar in Atlanta. (Leadership Seminar is the conference we have during even-numbered years when we don't have Grand Convention.) I attended LS back in 2010 as Chapter President and participated in our signature leadership program, Adelphean Compass. This year, I was thrilled to participate in our program for emerging leaders, IMPACT Alpha Delta Pi. The excitement these young women had was absolutely infectious and they were a joy to be around. Above all else from the weekend, I met some amazing people from the Greek community -- our facilitators (affectionately referred to as Facilifriends). I truly hope to stay in touch with all of my very special Facilifriends!

It was wonderful to spend time with all of my extraordinary Alpha Delta Pi sisters from across the country. I only wish it could have been a longer visit!

The traveling and fun still didn't stop after Leadership Seminar! Almost all of my Consultant Sisters and I packed up and headed to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina for a (much needed) week of relaxation and sunshine.
I wouldn't have wanted to celebrate this fabulous year with any other group of ladies!

Now, as if the going wasn't already good enough, I was also asked to be a Guest Blogger for Marley Lilly!
Pink, green, and monogrammed... How could I say no? Check it out here: 

For the rest of the week crafting for my new apartment is on my agenda as well as counting down the days until I am reunited with my best friends this weekend in Atlanta... Stay tuned!

America's Sweetheart.

Posted by Anna Kate Monday, July 9, 2012 0 comments

I'll admit, Emily Maynard single-handedly made me a Bachelorette fan this season. With the exception of Gossip Girl, I rarely watch television. Now, every Monday night, I find myself stopping whatever I am doing and racing to tune in.

Now Bachelorette Brackets are coming to an end. Emily has finally narrowed it down to the final two. I think it goes without saying that Emily has captured the hearts of the last men standing, along with countless viewers and fans. I have been #TeamArie from the beginning, but finale spoilers are saying that Jef does indeed receive the final rose. I am praying for some kind of surprise announcement during the after show following the final rose ceremony! Fingers crossed.

The finale countdown to Sunday, July 22 begins.

Which Bachelorette contender do you support and who do you think will get the final rose?