Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

project of the week

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

If you’ve been visiting my website for several years, you might have noticed that I’ve been collecting magazine ads and decorating my walls with them for the past six years, both at home and in my college dorm rooms:



I’ve accumulated so many ads that it’s becoming difficult to manage them. For this reason, I’ve been storing some of them in folders. However, I had nowhere to store the large two-page spreads that had become my favorite kind of magazine ad.
Finally, an idea hit me while I was in the shower a month ago. I decided to turn an ordinary three-ring binder into a large album in which I could store these large pictures. Two days ago I went to the crafts store and bought black construction paper, wrapping paper, a foam board, and came home to realize this idea. The result:


inside cover

It turned out even more beautifully than I had expected. Now all I have to do is make all the pages. The project has taken many rolls of tape already, because I tape down all the edges of the magazines. However, it’s definitely worth it. I love flipping through the pages and looking at all the pretty pictures.

happy birthday jocelyn

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

Now that I’ve given her Jocelyn’s birthday present, I can post it online:

I designed and did the needlepoint while I was in Turkey. I bought a frame for it last week and framed the work last night. She loved it!
Jocelyn’s 20 now.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

I made a pair of earrings just now.. I think they’re cute.


Sunday, August 3rd, 2003

For someone who’s a lazy bum, I sure can’t stand sitting here with nothing to do. That’s why I’ve taken up needlepoint. I can even do it while I chat. While I was in Turkey I read 9 books and wrote a lot in my journal. Ever since I’ve been little it’s always felt so wrong to me to sit and do nothing. It makes me feel very purposeless and therefore not worthy of existing. You’d think that somebody like me would do all her homework on time, but recently I’ve been sitting at the computer doing nothing just so I can procrastinate homework. This is a cognitive dissonance. Ha I hope to turn over a new leaf when I start my classes at MIT, because there if I don’t do everything the best I can, I’m screwed.

Since I don’t take piano lessons anymore, I’ve decided to relearn all the old pieces I used to know and like. I’m not the best sightreader, so I memorize all my pieces. I thought it’d be cool to know a bunch of pieces from memory. Therefore when someone tells me, “So you play the piano, huh? Play something! Anything!” I won’t be all, “Err, well, right now I’m learning this one piece, it’s not finished yet. I used to know others but I forgot them.”

Sunday, June 22nd, 2003

I’m glad Jocelyn came over today, or else I never would have cleaned my room. I made her listen to my favorite mp3s and sent her home with a long list of to-be-downloaded things. But before that, we decorated my room with fake ivy that we’d bought from Michael’s. Don’t ask. Ahh my room is so cute!

Then I finished my little “sewing project.” I had an Istanbul t-shirt, and I cut out the picture on the t-shirt (because I never wear normal tees) and sewed it onto a hoodie with zipper. It’s tite because the zipper goes right down the middle. I wonder if I’ll ever wear it.

Then I looked through a magazine and found some pretty ads again. But then I realized that I was moving away, so there was no point for me to tape even more ads to my walls, so I’ve decided to start a collection of magazine ads, which I will store in a binder. I can’t wait!

I might compeuse now if I’m not too lazy. I’m listening to some of my older ones and my current favorite is this one. I used to be a genius!

Oh yeah, and my parents got me an iPod for graduation. It’s the coolest thing in the world!!! I’m scared to use it because I don’t want to waste it. My dad was listening to my mp3s earlier today and bobbing his head to them. I asked him what song he was listening to and it happened to be “Ho” by Ludacris.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2003

I want to sew a purse, maybe two.

Friday, February 15th, 2002

Hey, I did go to sleep for three hours! Yay me.

Today in Spanish we talked about how Valentine’s Day was senseless and pointless. Robert and I brainstormed some pros and cons for Valentine’s Day (I wrote with my red pen) and Peter said that red was the color for both love and the devil.

Anyway, I think the most rewarding parts of the day were giving people the valentines I’d prepared for them. I made valentines for three hours last night, and they weren’t store-bought cards or anything, no.. I whipped out the colored flashcards, colored paper, and markers and made about 12 mini cards by folding a 3×5 flashcard and then pasting heart cutouts on it. Each card had a unique color combination, and I loved mixing the colors together. I love colors! In each card, I wrote a silly haiku on the left side and a short note on the right side. In each note I made sure to say, “I love you,” except for the ones for Garrett and Tom because I bet they were freaked out already without me telling them that. Of course, I signed each note with “love, Melike.” The haikus were soo funny! I hope everybody liked their’s. While I was writing them, I thought they were really stupid, but now that I think back, they were pretty humorous and cute. *grin* Anyway, enough bragging.

I don’t care if I got just one valentine, because that wasn’t the point. I think today I felt really good about myself when I gave those 12 people a special valentine (with a haiku and everything! ooo). Jaclyn was looking at Sally’s and she said, “Wow! It actually has real writing in it and everything!” I sort of regretted that I should have made valentines for about three or four more people that I don’t know as well, but if I did that, I would have gone to bed at 1:00 last night instead of at 12:00. But I hope the valentines I made brightened people’s days just a bit! Man! It was so fun!

So, even if I didn’t have a boyfriend today, my Valentine’s Day was far from meaningless, and I’d actually put love and caring and effort into my cards. Therefore, it was not a waste! Woohoo!

Saturday, February 2nd, 2002

So.. I woke up in the morning and I still didn’t like my new Join Choir bracelet, so I painstakingly shortened it and now it’s good. It’s hard because I used a chain (necklace) folded in two to put the beads on, since it had a clasp and it wasn’t silver and gave me allergies anyway. At least it’ll be of some use to me if I cover it with beads and wear it. So yeah, it’s nice. I also put an evil eye bead on it — just for fun, and because the chain was too long anyway. *looks at it and grins* I don’t know what to do with my old Join Choip bracelet though… it looks so… pretty. *sob*

So yeah, I finally did pleasure reading one day after not doing so for years. Yay me. I’m going to read some more now. I figured it’d be a fun project to become an introvert. More so than now. Just because. 🙂

Saturday, February 2nd, 2002

I made a new Join Choir bracelet and I have mixed feelings about it. I’ll decide in the morning whether I like it. For now I’ll just go to bed I guess.

Thursday, January 31st, 2002

I was looking in my archives, and I discovered that I have been wearing my JOIN CHOIP bracelet non-stop for 3 months and 4 days. Wah! I won’t WANNA cut it and make a new one! I like the choip spelling! *sobs* I dunno what to do!!