May 18, 2011

Lots of Wedding DIY!

The past few days, I have been really busy with all of this DIY stuff for the wedding. Since the whole wedding is DIY, there has been a lot to keep track of! But, in the end, we're hoping that it will pay off and our guests will have had a night to remember!

The first DIY project that I finished lately, were the headbands for my bridesmaids and flower girl. It was just a simple project that involved wrapping some plain headbands in matching ribbon in our colors. Easy? Yes. Time comsuming? Nah....Yes. Very. I had five to make total. (And was silly enough to not take any pictures of the process.) But it was easy. I simply super glued the ribbon to one of the headband and placed small dots of glue on the INSIDE of the headband (so that if the glue leaked through it didn't miscolor the visible side) and wrapped the ribbon around...and around and around and around and around... But, I'm very pleased with how they turned out.

DIY #2 of the week. Making our ring bearer "pillow." Earlier in the week, I had been surfing for some cheap ring pillows, since the ones at the store are so costly. I had come across these adorable little bird nest "pillows" that I absolutely fell in love with! And they were only $15.00!!! So much better than the $35.00 at the store. But, they looked easy and I figured that I would scope out the materials first to see how much I could save in just making it myself. Turns out, I found that materials for about $10.00, therefore saving me about $5.00 plus shipping. And it only took about ten minutes of my time at most. So, it was worth the $5.00 or so.

To make this adorable little guy, was so easy. I found the bird nest at Michael's for about $3.00. It's small, for sure (about 4 inches wide), but it will perfectly fit into a child's hands. I then bought a bag of moss, for about $4.00, and took out a small piece and hot glued it into the bottom of the nest. Followed by some little faux eggs ($2.00) and last but not least, a ribbon bow in ivory to match our colors. And, voila! All done! I glued a long ribbon to the bottom so that we can tie it around his hand or finger if we need to.

DIY #3 was my "something blue." I had found this idea on The Knot discussion boards and just thought it was the cutest idea. I'm not a fan of blue, so I didn't want anything too obvious. I bought a small piece of blue satin for 37 cents at Hobby Lobby and then some iron on embroidery letters to make a monogram ($1 each). Its only about two or three inches wide, so its not very big. I'm not sure where to have it sewn in, but I'll talk to my seamstress about it and we'll figure something out.

And my last set of DIY for the week, our invitation and RSVP cards. I had bought things to make all of this MONTHS ago, hoping to get a head start. And, after me and Adam sucked it up a few weekends ago, we got half of them done and everything cut. So really, all that needs to be done now, is to put them together and print them. So, its really not a lot of work left to do. It's just time consuming and rather boring. So, that is my mission for the rest of the week. Get these dang these done and packaged and ready to be mailed very soon!

After all of this DIY is done, I'll move on'm not sure. I guess then at that point we'll be mostly caught up and the rest will just be buying reception decorations and executing all of our plans. Sounds like a good deal to me!

May 9, 2011

The clock is ticking...

We are really getting pressed for time in my job search. And things aren't looking bright and sunny. Basically, if I can't find a job and start working this week, there is no way that we will be able to afford another month's rent, or the bills that I'm already behind on. Oh the joys of being a "grown-up." I feel as though I have exhausted all sources for jobs. I have applied at numerous family and fast food restaurants, retail stores, temp agencies, office buildings, and odd jobs (such as "sign spinning"). Since the beginning of the year, I have filled out probably close to 175 applications, and I had only gotten a single phone back in those five months. I feel like I'm doing all the right things too.

I have been targeting my resume to each job that i apply for. I think long and hard about what to put in my cover letter. I send follow up emails and phone calls. But, these days, no one cares whether or not you have the equivalent of four years of college with a 3.7 GPA, or the fact that you're hard working and learn quickly. All they want is that one piece of paper saying that you graduated, even if it was with a 2.0.

In my opinion, college is useless. There is very little that I learned in college that I didn't learn in high school. There's the two years of Spanish, some American history, and how to live in one room with someone for nine months without driving each other crazy. There was also how to distinguish which frat a guy was in, how to manage the emotional attacks that girls inflict on each other, and how much time you REALLY need to get ready in the morning to still make it to that 8 a.m. class on time. That is my three years of college education summed up in one paragraph.

I learned no new writing skills or math skills. I learned nothing about physics or chemistry.

The life skills that I need in order to be successful at a job, I learned while actually working. Not in a classroom. I learned how to effectively manage my time while filing hundreds of records. I learned how to calm down irritated customers and help flustered freshmen figure out how to find a book in the library. I learned about accountability and confidentiality and teamwork. I learned how to learn. Not from a professor. Not from a book. But from learning itself, from experiencing it first hand.

I try to explain this in my interviews, that while I may not have a certificate explaining that I'm not stupid, that I am quite intelligent. I learn quickly. I work efficiently. I have good customer service skills. And I want to prove to you that a degree means little to me. (Unless of course you're a doctor or a surgeon or work in some other profession where specific skills and concepts must be formally taught, and cannot be learned from doing.)

I know I'm ranting, but I feel as if today's society has really lost focus on what is important; performing better than expected, respecting your employees and having faith in them, and being a global family. It shouldn't be totally about money or competition. It should be about service and quality and being proud of what you have done for your company.

Well, I suppose I will go and fill out even more applications, because we're getting desperate.

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