Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Painted Suitcase

I love suitcases!!!! If only I actually used them on a regular basis!

This one I picked up at Salvation army for $1.79.

I first painted it.

Then used decals I had to make it even better!

The words come from the motto by which I decided to live my life before starting law school
 "if you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there" - Cheshire cat

One of my favorite parts of the suitcase, was the inside...that is actually what persuaded me to buy this one!

Pay attention tomorrow for the 1,000 follower giveaways (that's correct...multiple giveaways!)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fiverr- Anything for $5

Ever heard of Fiverr before?

This site is HILARIOUS! My friend Brittney showed me it yesterday...and I am hooked.
The whole idea is that people put up anything/everything they will do for $5.

Some people crochet, some sing, some do graphic design, sell crafts, sell junk, take photos, shoot movies, edit photos, edit papers, write papers.....everything.

Then you can buy their goods/services for around the world for $5.

A few of my favorites, I did screenshots of here:

It could be a neat resource for some of you creative types!
If anything, it simply provides alot of enjoyment.

This is not written on behalf of fiverr...and I do not guarantee the website is safe, or even legit. But it is pretty funny.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tute Tuesdays Link-up #3

Welcome to our 3rd Tute Tuesdays!! Thanks to everyone who has been linking up! I hope you're enjoying everyone's Tutes!

As for our most visited link, we have a great post on Things to Buy at the Dollar Store!

And finally- crab ragoon dip that looks utterly delicious!

Lovely tutes everyone!
Feel free to grab the featured button!

Ready for our THIRD "Tute Tuesdays"
 Tell your friends, show off your work and come check out others fun Tutorials!
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Link up to show off what you're done lately! Anything from crafts, recipes, home decor and goodies...anything that you are sharing a TUTORIAL of (hence the "Tute" part of "Tute Tuesdays"!
You are welcome to link multiple items, and you can link up for the next 3 days!
A Law Student's Journey

Cats with Bread

Anyone care to explain to me this new "fad" of putting a piece of bread around a cats neck?

Izzy and Juno graciously modeling this new fad

My mother has recently found the humor in this, and these are the photos I received

Sunday, February 26, 2012

An Instrgram Life

I started using Instagram a couple of weeks ago, and thought I'd share a few of my daily updates! Its just another peek into my life, to share with readers, to get to know me a bit better!
Sleeping kitty!
Another night of hanger orders
My favorite section at the bookstore!
Antique shopping with grandma!

Drinking my GTL alone before work :(
Bailee...waiting to attack me

I ran 8 miles this week! As a reward, I bought myself new shoes!
I looked for this book for 20 minutes, before realizing it was under my pillow. I fully admit that I sleep with my textbooks

Friday, February 24, 2012

Log Pencil Holder

I'm pretty into the woodsy, outdoorsy phase right now. I saw this pencil holder, and decided I could do the same thing. Thanks to a heavy winter storm, there were plenty of branches in the neighborhood to pick from!

1. log/large branch as wide as you would like your holder
2. Saw, something to cut it down to size
3. Large drill bit. One that is as wide as your pencils/pens you plan to put in it.
4. Vice, or really strong hands

Its just like it looks, cut your log to the height you would like.

Then drill holes in the middle!

I loved the look of the final project. This one I made for my friend Brittney, who had the outdoorsy/wood themed wedding last summer. You could even get creative and carve/wood burn things into the side of your log!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Day in the Life

This weekend was quite unusual, simply because I had multiple bloggers ask me to write up a "day in the life" post. I've actually never had this request before, so to have more than one person ask this weekend....I decided to take them up on matter how dull it may seem.

I couldn't decide a day to write on, so I picked my busiest, and then I'll sum up my "slowest" weekday as well at the end.

Monday (torture day)
I'll admit, I did this to myself....I planned my Mondays like crazy. Its awful, but its over at the beginning of the week, and then its all downhill from there. I did it to myself, and I can't complain.

Wake up at 6:35 (morning routine, check pinterest, gmail, special K cereal...not that I'm on a diet...I just LOVE the stuff, Trader Joes coffee in a tumbler and I'm out the door by 7:15

Class 1: 8:00-8:50 Pre-trial Litigation Lecture
Class 2 9:00-9:50: Corporate Tax
Class 3 10-10:50: Securities Regulation

Now this is where a typical law student would end. 3 classes (especially back to back classes) would be a normal day, and they would be good to go. But not me...I made my mondays awful, so I could have lots of time to work later in the week. Allow me to continue

Work 11:00-12:00: I work for a research company called LexisNexis, I'm a representative, who sits around for an hour, waiting for people to ask me questions. This is when I get my reading done for the rest of the week

Honestly, sometimes at work I do alot less of this

And alot more of this:

Lunch/Break/Study Time 12-1:30: This is when I cram everything else in! I always pack a lunch: Pb & J, apple, 2 cuties, and grapes if we have them. I also make tea at school here, to last me the rest of the day

And now on to the rest of my day:

Class 4 1:30-2:45: Mergers
Class 5 3:00-4:15: Employment Law
Class 6 4:15-6:30: Small groups for Pre Trial Litigation

Phew. And that is it for classes. 6 Classes may not seem like alot...but it is for law school. I've told a few law student friend what my mondays are like, and they honestly look at me like I'm crazy, they had no idea that was possible.

After School:
Gym about 1 hr: The gym I go to is on the side of town where school is, so I pack a gym bag, and hit up the gym after school. Its a great release, plus I know if I head home, I'll sit on my behind, and not want to move the rest of the night.

At the gym I listen to my audio book (I do this driving to an from school as well) I like to feel like I'm getting things accomplished all the time. So at the gym while I run, I watch a tv show on closed caption, and listen to my audio book at the same time.

I also keep a box of Special K bars behind my drivers seat, I eat one of those on the way to the gym, and usually my 2nd cutie from my lunch. (I'm a creature of habit)

Home: I get home about 7:30 (my last class usually gets out early, so I can hit up the gym most days and get home by then). I plop down at the kitchen table, stick something in the microwave for dinner, and start answering etsy messages that have stacked up while I've been between school and home. Once I've eaten, chatted it up with my grandmother (who is always waiting for me) I head up stairs to my crafting/study room.

I usually get in about 30 min of some sort of craft in here (which is why alot of my steps in my crafts are done in the dark, with poor lighting). Then I open my laptop to watch a couple of shows from they day before, while I work on etsy orders. Most days I have 2 shows to watch, but if I don't I listen to my audio book while doing hangers.

Then its about 1 hour of hitting the books. (I do almost all of my homework on the weekend, because my monday's are so busy, I know I wont be in the mood that evening) And call Kevin before falling asleep.

I actually love my routine. When someone messes it up (like getting my car towed at the gym a couple weeks ago, or having unexpected visitors over when I get home from work) I mentally shut down for a bit. I really hate my schedule being messed up. My sister has pointed out I've gotten much worse at that since I started school.

Mondays are certainly the most packed. Thurs are the least. Because I have a front loaded week, I am actually done with classes for the week by 11am on Wednesday morning (see...this is why the mondays are 100% worth it!) Then the rest of the week I work from 1-4:30 at the capitol building, in the government hearing. I take notes, then come home, edit them and send them off!

I do alot of crafting on Thurs and Fridays. By Friday. I already have to start my reading for Monday, and I try to get a good chunk done by Saturday evening. Blogging is done sporadically throughout the week!

I can't tell you this is the typical life of a law student, no way. Everyone has their own thing, some have kids, some have spouses, some have a job every day, other drink and party no matter what day it is. For me, any given semester is different. Last semester was nothing like this semester, and my first year was 100% different. I don't even go to the school on Thurs and Fridays, which is pretty unusual. I am lucky, that I have a good place to study at home, and I don't have to keep going to the library.

Anyway, that was (I'm certain) way more than anyone will actually read. I thought I would share it, for those that wanted a more in depth view into my mundane life :) Especially anyone looking to start law school, its proof you just have to figure out your rhythm.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fried Ravioli {Guest Post}

I have a very special guest blogger today! Its his blogging debut! Here is Kevin (yes, Kevin my etsy business partner/boyfriend) with delicious looking Fried Ravioli!
Hey readers of Kitty's blog, Kevin here! This is a fried ravioli recipe I found while trying to come up with an italian appetizer for a dinner I was giving to a group of teenagers. I wanted more than just salad and bread so I looked online at some appetizer ideas. I found this recipe that is really easy, and doesn't take a whole lot of ingredients.

All you need is:
1 Bag of frozen cheese raviolis (frozen)
1 Large egg
1/3 Cup of whole milk
1/2 Cup of breadcrumbs
1/2 Teaspoon of oregano
1/2 Teaspoon of basil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
Shredded parmesan cheese
1 Jar of marinara sauce

Step 1:
Heat 1 inch of oil in a pot or saucepan until oil is 350 degrees. Whisk together the egg and milk in one bowl. In a second bowl mix together breadcrumbs, oregano, basil, and salt.

Step 2:
Take a ravioli (thawed) and dip it in the egg/milk mixture and let extra run off. After, run the ravioli through the breadcrumbs until fully coated. Place the ravioli on a tray or plate. Repeat this step until all the raviolis are covered.

Step 3:
With a slotted spoon or a fork, dip the breaded raviolis in the oil in batches of 3 or 4 until golden brown. Place the fried ravioli on another plate or tray that is covered with paper towel.

Step 4:
Heat marinara sauce in a small saucepan and serve in small dipping bowls.

Step 5:
Once dried, move the raviolis onto a serving dish. At this point you can sprinkle some parmesan cheese on the top. The raviolis are now ready to serve!

This is a really easy recipe that you can make at home. However, it may create a mess to clean up afterwards but it is well worth it. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

I wish I would have kept track of all of the money I've spent on textbooks the last 6 years on textbooks. Just recently, I've started doing the textbook rental deal, and it has helped alot. Especially since law books seem to have a new edition come out every year, so you can't often resell them afterwards (such a waste!)

I was contacted by recently to share their website with you college go-ers!

Some perks for renting textbooks through them are: save 40-90% off of bookstore prices, free shipping both ways, can highlight in the textbooks (a big perk for law students), and flexible renting periods. FAQ's:

So don't forget, when you are going to start getting textbooks for the next semester, check out to see the difference it can save you! Here is an example book, to show you the difference in price!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Transforming A Trunk

My sister moved into a new apt a few months back, and was looking for a trunk to use as her coffee table. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to craft for her when I found an old trunk at salvation army a couple of weeks ago.

This is what it looks like now:

This is what it used to look like

So I sanded it, painted it, added handles, found an old padlock with key, and then gave it another sanding for that antique look!

All in all, it turned out pretty great! Plus I think she loved it, which is a perk (but if she hated it, I would have kept that wouldn't have been so bad!)

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