13 Things

We are halfway through the year and since I’ve neglected this space for the entire time I figured it was time for an update!

– Run a 5k
I was able to do this one twice! My first was for The Color Run in Tulsa on 4/20 with my friend Brittany. The second was Color Me Rad in Oklahoma City 5/11 with my friend Amy (also the mother of my boyfriend’s son!) and her daughter Nayeli.

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– Read 13 Books

I thought this one would be harder! I’ll probably more than double my goal by the end of the year! One of my favorites was re-reading The Great Gatsby.

– Volunteer 13 hours

– Go see a live performance

This is another one that I didn’t think would be quite so easily accomplished. I’ve been lucky and have seen musical performances by some amazing artists such as Sigur Ros, Dave Matthews Band, Iron & Wine, Hosty Duo and still to come Beyonce, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Mumford & Sons! I also saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of a Shakespeare in the Park series.

– Visit a place I’ve never been

– Fill all of my empty frames.

– Sleep outside

– “Disconnect” for a day

– Teach my dogs a new trick

– Complete 13 projects from Pinterest

Progress 1/13. Currently working on project 2.

– Grow a garden

Due to circumstances this one doesn’t look like it will work out as planned. I’m still going to grow a few things but not quite a full garden.

– Become an active member of a club/organization on campus

– Continue & stick with Project Life

I’ve botched this one but hopefully I’ll still be able to work on some Project Life in the coming months.

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Project 1 of 13 – Striped Curtains

I decided to jump right into my project list with striped curtains. This one has been in the works for quite some time so I am happy to get it checked off the list and I am absolutely in love with the results, they make such a difference in this room!

I don’t live near an IKEA so I asked my friend Laura to mail me some curtains. This was obviously before we had planned our trip to Dallas to get the new furniture. Sweetly, she agreed, and sent them to me for Christmas.

Ideally, you’d want to do this project outdoors, however, it was 35º here yesterday and my living room is still fairly empty.

Start with a tarp to cover your surface. Because of my limited space, I did one panel at a time.

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I had never used Frog tape before this project, it was recommended in the original tutorial and worked great! I will say an important part of getting the stripes even is lining up the tape correctly. You’ll notice once it’s taped that the stripes look uneven.

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I would recommend you use two coats. I only used one coat and spot touched where I missed but once the panels were hung light shows through the spots I didn’t know I missed. I’m okay with this.

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I am far from  perfect, and dripped some paint across the line. You can see I tried to wipe it up without success. I’m okay with making mistakes since you really don’t notice it unless you look for it.

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As recommended, I removed the tape before the paint dried. The lines were very crisp.

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Finally, hang your curtains and then “Oooh” and “Ahhh” over them for the next few days!!

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My inspiration for this project came from:

My original pin.
The inspiration post from Mrs. Devore.
Mrs. Devore’s inspiration, the original tutorial by KFD Designs.