Saturday, June 1, 2013
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Hi! I am a little late posting this. However, I think this project turned out pretty cute; therefore, I wanted to go ahead and share it with you even if we are a bit past Easter. You could apply the same concepts to make something for summer.
Judd and I just moved into a new house in a new city. We feel so blessed to be in this new location and starting this next chapter in our lives. I graduated with my Ph.D in December 2012 and was hired the same month for a new job at my alma mater, Auburn University, as the Director of Assessment and Strategic Planning in the Division of Student Affairs. I worked out my 30-day notice at my job at UAB, said goodbye to my dear colleagues there, and came straight to Auburn. The last few months have been a whirlwind of change in the best ways possible.
The house we are living in was actually the first one we rented as newly weds when we were first graduate students. After we moved out, Judd’s parents bought the house and it has been vacant ever since. I was eager to improve the curb appeal a little and to make it apparent that someone really lives in the house now. I set out to find something pretty to hang on the front door.
The idea for this project came from a shopping trip with my MIL for something cute to put out front. I found some really precious spring/Easter décor made from painted burlap. I was in love with a particular carrot. When I turned it over to check the price; however, it was all I could do to keep my pupils from turning to dollar signs like in cartoons. The carrot I liked so much was priced at around $50. I could not believe some cheap burlap, stuffed with trash bags, with some paint slapped on it could cost so much. We immediately got in the car and went to the local craft store to purchase the materials to make this one ourselves. It turned out pretty cute. What is to follow in this post is a quick tutorial on how to make your own Hippity Hoppity Easter Carrot. I made mine for well under $10 because I already had a good many of the necessary supplies.
The items below are what you will need to make this craft.
- 1 yard of cream burlap folded in half
- Acrylic paints (orange, white, and two shades of green)
- Fabric paint with a tip for writing (black)
- Sharpie marker
- Paint brush
- Kitchen trash bag or drop cloth to place underneath while painting
- Several plastic garbage bags or plastic grocery sacks for stuffing
- Hot glue gun
- Small piece of wire to use for hanging
- paper plate to serve as a paint palate
The first step is to cut your burlap into the desired carrot shape. Since I folded the burlap in half, I cut both the front and back sides of the carrot out at the same time after drawing the shape I wanted on the top piece of burlap with my sharpie marker. Don’t worry about making marks on the fabric because the top piece with the lines on it will eventually be placed underneath the clean piece. The lines will go on the inside of your carrot and will never be seen again.
Next, paint on glue using a paint brush dipped in water. This step will make your burlap stiff and will help your paint to go on better. Allow the glue to dry.
After you have drawn your template. Place it beneath the clean piece of burlap. Use the lines you drew to trace your design with paint . Make sure you are painting on what is now your clean front piece of burlap. In the photograph below, I peeled an edge of my clean portion up a bit so that you can see the template I drew sitting underneath it. Next, paint your stem entirely with the darkest shade of green.
While the green stem is drying, use the faint lines showing through from the bottom piece of burlap to guide the painting of your white chevron patterned sections.
While your white painted sections are drying, use the lightest shade of green to highlight your stem. You may even want to use a bit of white paint for highlighting.
Next, fill in the sections that are supposed to be painted orange.
Allow all sections to dry well. When ready, use the black paint with the tip for writing to write the message and then outline the carrot.
Allow to sit for several hours. I let mine sit out overnight. When the writing and all other paint sections were totally dry, I hot glued about 3/4ths of the back of the painted side to the front of the side with the template drawn on it so that all exterior pieces look nice. I left a space open to allow for stuffing in the plastic bags. I completed gluing all sides together once I felt the carrot was properly stuffed. Here is how it looked in the morning.
I couldn’t wait to hang it on our front door. I quickly put the piece of wire through the carrot at the base of the stem poking it from the back to the front. Then I curled the ends of the wire around my finger.
I was pleased with the finished product. Our house sits back far from the street and we needed something large enough to show up from the road. Since we’ve just moved, we haven’t had time to do any other types of curb appeal improvements. For now, the carrot (or our next front door craft to come) will be enough to hold me over and make it seem like people actually live in the house.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
I wish I could share that we are settled and unpacked. Instead, I'll share how things really look. YIKES! We'll get there....eventually.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
(Note: this was written months before it was published due to technological difficulties)
Gosh, things have been busy around here. Busy is not always a bad thing. While we have had a significant amount of work and school tasks to attend to since my last few posts, we have managed to have a good bit of fun during that time as well.
The next few posts I write will be an attempt to recap our spring , summer, and fall 2012. I’ll use my list of 101 things to do in 1,001 days as a way to organize these posts. This post might shed some light on why I haven’t been an active blogger lately.
You may recall one of the posts I wrote last spring about feeling overwhelmed with my Ph.D. studies. This post can serve as an update to that one. Over the last few months I have been able to cross off a few items related to my dissertation study for my doctorate (see the numbered items below). At the time this was originally written, I wasn’t in the clear yet. I still had a long way to go; however, I had overcome a few major hurdles.
I took these pictures on my phone just after I returned to my office from my prospectus meeting with my dissertation committee. I was kind of amazed when I realized I had a draft of a real dissertation and that I had just successfully defended my dissertation prospectus. I am following in my Dr. Mom’s footsteps. I keep a copy of her dissertation in my office to use as a resource. I am so proud to be accomplishing this Ph.D. goal. I hope I have made my mom and my Grandmother Braden (my mom’s mom and my only living grandparent) very proud!
Below is a list of accomplished Ph.D. related goals.
4. Find a theory to use as my conceptual framework for my dissertation
5. Determine appropriate variables to analyze for my dissertation
6. Select a statistical method to analyze data for my dissertation
7. Have my prospectus meeting for my Ph.D.
You may remember that I have a group of friends who also work at UAB and who are experiencing this Ph.D. journey with me – The Dissertation Divas. These three women and I are all seeking our doctorates. One of the dissertation divas, Jennifer, very thoughtfully brought me a card to wish me congratulations on a successful prospectus meeting. Thanks, Jennifer! We did it!
8. Have my proposal (3 chapter) meeting for my Ph.D.
9. Take/pass my Ph.D. comprehensive exam
10. Get Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval
The other divas and I managed to accomplish all of these goals around the same time. We treated ourselves to a lunch together and had a sweet tea toast to our accomplishments.
To date, I have completed all of my dissertation coursework (with a 4.0 GPA whoop whoop!), reached the goals stated above, and will soon begin collecting the data for my dissertation research!!!
(Since I couldn’t publish this post back when it was originally written early last summer, I have added all following school updates below.)
These things were also achieved.
11. Collect data for my dissertation
12. Analyze data for my dissertation
13. Write Chapter 4 of my dissertation
14. Write Chapter 5 of my dissertation
15. Have my private Ph.D. defense with my committee
16. Have my public Ph.D. defense with my committee
17. Graduate with my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (higher education administration)!!!!!!!!!!!
18. Have my dissertation printed and bound and my Ph.D. degree framed
19. While I am still in school, use each lunch hour to work on some aspect of my dissertation
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
I wrote this in September. I’ve been having difficulty publishing to the blog lately. I just tried to publish it again on a whim today (January) and it worked. I can’t believe it. You can scroll down on the blog home page to read it or click the link below. The post is about some ideas for storing jewelry.
So much has changed for us since my last post. I can’t wait to catch you up now that things are working again.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I am on the hunt for an attractive yet functional way to store my jewelry. While I have a few nice pieces, most of my collection is costume jewelry. I want to protect the nice pieces and any pieces that might tarnish. I want to be able to easily access each piece when I am in a hurry and on my way out the door. I want to display the larger pieces and the most eye-catching ones in an visually appealing way.
I’ve found a few ideas on Pinterest. However, I do not have a space in my bedroom that is low enough to do anything that sits on top of a piece of furniture. The only furniture in our bedroom other than the bed is a tall chest of drawers and two mismatched nightstands. Also, there is no room in my closet. I’ve thought about using my nightstand; however, I can just see myself knocking something off with the covers or a pillow that may fall. So, I think the nightstand option is out.
I’m getting inspired by the following photos. Click each picture to locate the source via Pinterest.
Do y’all have any tips or suggestions? Also, where can I find a nifty stand like some of the ones in these photographs? I look forward to sharing what I come up with and to hearing from you. I’ll keep you posted.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
I just wanted to share that my husband, Judd Langham, launched a new website and Facebook page for his landscape design, planning, and urban design firm, 2D Studio LLC.
2D Studio will maintain a separate blog located within their website as a way to journal about current project details and updates.
Here is more about Judd as described on the new website:
“Principal designer and founder of 2D Studio, Judd Langham, ASLA, LEED AP, believes in creating public spaces that are sensitive to and respectful of their surrounding context and that are responsive to the client’s programmatic needs. Judd is experienced in all facets of the design process from conceptual design, design development, construction documentation, and construction administration. He currently serves as an invited guest juror at Auburn University for graduate level design studio reviews, and he serves as a guest lecturer at both the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Auburn University. Additionally, he serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at Auburn University. Having attained status as a LEED Accredited Professional, Judd takes pleasure in using his education, skills, and talents through his professional practice at 2D Studio LLC to make an ecologically sustainable difference one design at a time.
Born in Brewton, Alabama, a small rural city in south Alabama, his interest in landscape gardening and design came at an early age. At age 15, he started his own landscape maintenance company along with his father and brother. It flourished and grew to include a landscape installation and construction business. Through this early entrepreneurial endeavor he gained residential design and installation experience which resulted in Judd’s passion for landscape design and inspired him to study at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
While at Auburn University, Judd earned a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with an emphasis in landscape design. He also earned an undergraduate Business Minor. He remained at Auburn University to earn a Master of Landscape Architecture Degree, the terminal degree for this field, in 2007. Judd graduated magna cum laude and was also inducted into both Tau Sigma Delta and Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Societies. While a student in the Landscape Architecture program, he served as a Research and Teaching Assistant to the Chair of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program, where he gained university teaching experience as well as experience in stormwater design. Additionally, with his graduate assistantship Judd designed and implemented rain gardens and other green infrastructure within the Auburn University Arboretum. Judd’s master’s level training provided a variety of hands-on experiences combined with diverse research and studies in horticulture and landscape architecture which influenced his passion and interest in creative and innovative stormwater, sustainable, and green design. While in graduate school, Judd served as the Treasurer for the American Society for Landscape Architects (ASLA) Auburn University Student Chapter for two years and was awarded the ASLA Merit Award for best thesis project and design.
Upon graduation, Judd joined The Olin Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a landscape designer and planner. While at Olin, he worked on projects across the country ranging from a 400 acre brownfield mixed-use redevelopment in Napa, California, to a variety of projects in the mid-west and along the east coast. His project experience included sustainable campus planning and design for University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Additionally, Judd worked on the following projects while at Olin: urban planning and design for the Napa Pipe Redevelopment Project in Napa, California; master planning for the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York; and garden, recreational and courtyard design for the Phipps Playground at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
After gaining invaluable experience at Olin, Judd returned to his home state to reside in Birmingham, Alabama, where he worked with a local mutli-disciplinary firm, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, for two years before becoming a founding partner at 2D Studio. Since the inception of 2D Studio, Judd has served as project manager for the complete restoration of Genetta Ditch in Montgomery, AL, an urban stream on the 303d impaired streams list. The restoration plan included 3,200 linear feet of restored stream channel and riparian zone, a constructed wetland, a variety of green infrastructure to remediate stormwater before it enters the stream, and a passive park that would help to educate and stimulate the public. True to his roots, Judd has continued his pursuit of landscape gardening and sustainable residential design while continuing to evolve in project experience and interest in the design profession.”
You can contact him here:
Judd Langham, ASLA, LEED AP
Principal | Designer | Planner