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I just finished my last exam of the semester! I thought this would be a great opportunity to blog a little about summer and what I plan to do.

I actually have a very long list of things I want to do this summer. It doubles as a to-do list and a bucket list. I’ve been adding to it probably since Spring Break. I am going to jam-pack these upcoming months with activities.

Probably the two biggest summer goals: work on art and get an internship. A lot of art students will agree–part of the struggle is applying non-stop for internships. This past year I’ve been applying like crazy and I will continue to do so until I get something! At least, that’s the plan. In the meantime, I plan to spend most of the summer creating. Aside from pieces for the senior thesis show, I have some projects of my own that I can finally work on, as well as some more crafty enterprises I want to do with my family (tie-dye and silkscreening for example). I also want to make a zine! A zine is a handy magazine that you make yourself. It’s super easy and I hope to blog about the process (so you, too, can make one!)

My friend and I are also brainstorming ideas for a podcast. That, in itself, is a rather large project.

Lastly, my sister and I are hosting a small film festival in our own backyard! Our projector arrived in the mail a few weeks ago and now we just need to have a test-run. My sister studied film in college and I’ve always been a movie buff. This is a small dream of ours and it will be fantastic to see it become a reality.

So those are some of the things I am looking forward to!

Good luck to those of you who still have exams and congrats to those who are done. Summer will be here in no time 😉


I am very crafty and creative; I enjoy DIY projects and trying new things regularly. The most recent project I did was a mosaic on my room! Since I live in Cotta Hall, I am not allowed to paint or permanently change the aspect of my room, therefore I had to be really creative when I realized I wanted to do a mosaic.

The first thing you have to sort out is materials; mosaic tiles require a lot of work, they are pricey and more importantly they are permanent. The substitute I came up with is cardstock and paper, which is easy to work with and you can stick it to the wall with masking tape. Easy to apply and easy to remove!

The next step was choosing a design; some people require a plan before attempting this but I like to go with the flow! Thus I just gathered my materials and started with a single dot on the center of my wall and then added the next dots around it, and so on.

My biggest advice when doing DIY’s is to have an open mind! You never actually know how something is going to turn out if you have never tried it before, and DIY is about enjoying the experience and having fun!

I have attached a picture of the mosaic so you can see how it looks, it is about 40×40 inches. I spent about $15 in paper, masking tape and a hole punch!

Happy DIYing!



One of the best parts of being a Fontbonne student for me as a Pathways student is that I get to make my own schedule and study hours because my classes are all online. I know this gives me the ability to work, volunteer, and be a mom to my two kiddos. It also gives me time to be artsy and have fun.

My confession to you all is that I am addicted, just a little, to Pinterest. I love to see all the fun ideas and pin them all eagerly. If only I had the wardrobe from my Fashion Passion board I would be a happy gal. At my church they were looking for small groups and leaders. My pastor’s wife approached me with the idea of having a Pinterest group and told me that she knew I could not only do it but was the one that they actually thought of when someone had asked about doing one.

So, I prayed on that for a while… can you imagine not only pinning on Pinterest but praying about it too? That sounds pretty funny, huh? Even though I put the idea of the small group on the back burner, I kept it in my mind. One night I thought, hmmm… what if I did Pinterest & Prayer. And, thus, a small group was made that night. I’m using Kay Arthur’s book, “Lord Teach Me To Pray In 28 Days,” for the Bible study portion. Then we go onto the crafty part of our group. I’ve had various friends joke with me about the small group and wonder if we were going to pray that our crafts would turn out.

I should have taken their advice and prayed for the crafts. We made pop tab bracelets last week at our first small group. One of my friends showed me how to do them, and I felt confident enough that I could show everyone… boy, was I wrong. Thank goodness one of the gals in the group is a Girl Scout leader and knew how to make them. She led the group and showed everyone how. I am thankful that everyone made a bracelet and a little ashamed that I was the only member that didn’t know how to make one. I vowed to everyone to do a pin this week that I would understand how to do.

Isn’t it that way if life sometimes? You can prep, pray, and be ready to lead only to falter, fail, and have to give up? I am so thankful for our Heavenly Father who can pick up the pieces, whether it be a pop tab bracelet gone array, finances, health or life in general. We serve a God who is always there beside us and will guide us without fail.

I will share a link for both the poptab bracelet and the pumpkins we are making this week in case you are interested and would like to know how to do either. You can look up my small group on Facebook — we have our own group site. Just request to join. Also, if you decide you want to see some artsy stuff that I’ve done, you can check out my Facebook page- Mamasunbear2. Feel free to check it out and like it if you do.

Blessings on your week- Sherry


Alumni Posts

Gettin’ Crafty

by Alumni Posts on October 24, 2011

in In Saint Louis

Now that midterms are over, all of my classes are in that stage where we’ve just started a new unit, so there aren’t any impending quizzes or tests to freak out about.  This is nice for several reasons:

a) I have a 731-page book on Alexander Hamilton to plow through ASAP for one of my classes.  Not looking forward to this.

b) As much as I like learning stuff,  school’s not really my thing this semester, and the novelty of the new school year has definitely worn off.

The most exciting reason I’m glad I don’t have much homework!

I’m making a Rally Squirrel costume for Halloween!  The plan for the costume seemed simple:  just wear head-to-toe brown, wear a Cardinals hat with ears stuck on it, and then use a brown feather boa as a tail.

Everything’s going fine, except for getting that darn tail to look the way I want it to.    It’s okay if I double it over, tuck one end of it into the back of my skirt, and safety-pin the rest up my back, but the leftover boa at the top just kind of flops over.  To try to fix this, I got my paws – er, hands – on some pipe cleaners and I’m trying to use those to get the end of the boa to kind of curl down at the end and make the tail to look less floppy and more squirrel-y.

I haven’t been very crafty in the past few years, so I’m pretty rusty at this.  I’m trying, though!

Despite my current frustration, I’m rather psyched.  I’m going to be a GREAT-lookin’ Rally Squirrel (if I do say so myself.)

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