Monday, September 17, 2012

Genealogy, I Am Doing It!

In LDS church services, there are three hourish block meetings. This generally starts with Sacrament Meeting, where we partake of the sacrament and have talks given by members of the congregation. Then there is Sunday School. Then the men and women split up into Priesthood and Relief Society meetings. But not always in this order. Our ward does it backwards, which makes for a fun change.

Point being Sunday School. In our ward there is a choice of three classes to attend, Gospel Doctrine, Marriage and Family (as we are a married student ward and there are enough couples who have been married less than six months to fill this class) and Family History. Sunday before last the teacher was offering cookies to get more people to come in, so my husband and I accepted the bribe and had our first lesson about doing family history online. It was really interesting stuff! So we went yesterday too. Besides, it gives us an excuse to take a laptop to church... 

So now I'm all set up on a few different family history websites that the church sponsors, ready to do some work! Most of my own family history has already been done by other members of my extended family, but I noticed that there's a significant chunk missing from one of the newer systems that needs to get added. It all exists, I'll just have the opportunity to transfer it over. Once that's done though, I'll be doing something called indexing. If I understand it correctly, people all over the world photocopy all kinds of old documents like censuses and birth certificates, and those end up on Then you open one of those handwritten documents, and put all the information into a form that is now searchable on the internet. Pretty cool stuff right? 

It really is a great experience to do service. I tend to get really caught up in just making sure I have what I want/need. I've been volunteering at the local library, dusting shelves once a week for almost two months. It kinda gave me a taste for service, and now I'm excited to do more. Besides, if you can call derping around on your computer for a few minutes service, count me in.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Work Work Work

So my life is mostly wrapped up in WORK these days. My Etsy store hasn't really gone anywhere YET, but it's creation was sort of a surprise, and I haven't been putting much effort into it. But I will!

My mom's website is still coming along swimmingly. We have a few new videos and articles, so head on over and check it out! And as always, PLEASE give me ANY kind of feedback you possibly can.

Then there's the interviews. I had one on Friday for a motel, and that went really well. I have another for a retail store in just a few hours, so everybody send me all your prayers and positive thoughts! Maybe I'll get to do both! And Etsy! And work for my mom! So much work!!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Leafy Headband

I love hair accessories. I don't love how they tend to mostly be flowers. So I'm always on the lookout for colorful hair accessories that aren't flowers. The idea for the headband was something I mulled over for quite a while before finally settling on a plan of action. A friend gave me a small piece of fabric that I ADORED and I wanted to use for something fantastic. So I put this together.

I kinda rock at taking pictures of myself right?

Luckily I took a couple of other pictures of my masterpiece, along with my snazzy vintage suitcase!

Don't you just love it? The one I'm wearing is MINE, all mine, but the other pictures are of one that I'm selling at my brand new Etsy shop! Click here to check it out, and here to check out a similar headband in grays.

Introducing Scotty Morgan!!!

I just opened my brand new Etsy shop, Scotty Morgan! I would LOVE any kind of feedback about any aspect, especially product photos, my shop banner, and pricing! Enjoy!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hello Again

Another day, another vow to blog more often.

Anyway here is what is going on in my life.

1. Brave - Went to see it with Steven. Loved it. Not a typical Pixar wower, but a cute story with more than adequate Celtic heritage pride. Which is of course why I'll probably be buying the movie and listening to the soundtrack on Spotify for the next few months. 

2. The Hunger Games - Book not the movie. Had to request it from the library, but got it the day after said request was put in. Hopefully the same will happen with book two because I SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS WAS ABOUT. AAAAMMMMMMAAAAZZZZZINNNNGGG book. And I'm glad I read it after the movie came out, because though I haven't seen it I HAVE seen plenty of promotional photos so I read the book with the cast of the movie as the cast in my head. So everything should match up well when I see it. I did the same with Harry Potter and I think it was a good move. Also VERY grateful for one important spoiler without which I would have been bawling all night.

3. Minecraft - Got the xbox version for my birthday, playing lots of it. This may be the first video game I 100%. If I can find a freaking saddle.

4. Wardrobe - If I'm not careful I may end up with a pair of skinny jeans in every color of the rainbow. I only have brick and gold so far, but pinot will join them sometime next week. Also LOVE all the stuff I got from the Dressing Your Truth store with my birthday money!

5. Crafting - Vest is almost done. If I could just find my book where it shows how to knit buttonholes the way I like... Hair clips. If I was cool I'd post a picture. Basically ribbon and fancy bobby pins. I really should post a picture... Headbands!!! These I REALLY should post a picture of, so I've decided that my next blog will just be pictures of all the cool stuff I've made lately. 

6. Job - No headway on a regular 9-5. Applied for practically every business in a 15 mile radius. Got into a rut with working for my mom again. It's not that I hate editing videos, so I don't know what my problem is. ETSY. Bleh. I've got neat stuff to sell, it's just my whole love/hate relationship with photography in general. I really need to get over that. And since APPARENTLY I have high blood pressure disease (must be all that alcohol and cigars that I haven't had) , I haven't been able to donate plasma. And it HAD been going SO WELL. :( 

That's all for today! Over the next few days I hope to post a blog about that craft stuff, and one with a semi-big announcement about a goal for my future. (A GOAL people, so NO, I'm NOT PREGNANT!)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Icky Sicky

I've been sick all week. You would think that wasn't a good enough excuse to not blog, but it is a HEAD cold... I'm sick in the head! I haven't felt up to work, except for one day when I made a bunch of stuff I hope to sell on Etsy. I haven't felt up to cleaning, and now the kitchen smells like rotting food. All I've really felt up to doing is watching Netflix and knitting a vest that I will hopefully debut sometime next week! Also I'm hoping to iron things out on Etsy so that my shop, Scotty Morgan, can debut next week as well!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Pinteresting Piece You've Got There

One of these days I'm going to run out of Pinterest puns, and then where will we be.

Doesn't this wall look super empty? Well I've been wanting to fill it for a while. I've had several ideas but they're all waiting on other things to happen first. And I got tired of waiting.

I picked up a bunch of pieces of this super thick cardboard from the scene shop at the school before I graduated. They were just going to throw them away! Steven has been bugging me to use them up, and I'd seen this idea on Pinterest, and I had to stay home from church today with a sore throat, so I got started.

I used masking tape to make a sort of freestyle chevron pattern. I didn't want it to be perfect. Then I found some awesome ugly* blue paint and went to town. I experimented a little bit with whether I was going to paint where the masking tape had been or not, and whether to paint one stripe different, and I ended up with this.

I'm no photographer, so it looks better in real life. Also I like the bottom edge raggedy like it is. It's really just a filler until I make something even cooler. Our apartment is really cool in that you can kinda do whatever you want to the walls, so I put two nails in and then kinda just smacked the cardboard onto the nail heads.

*I have this weird fascination/obsession with colors I think are ugly. One might argue that I must not actually think that they're ugly. But I think you can find something ugly and cute at the same time. Pug dogs for example. Baby monkeys. This strange vintage fetish that everyone seems to have caught like a plague. Well I caught it too, but I can still say most of it is as ugly as heck. Yet awesome.