Movement Mondays- Move Passionately

My dance teacher from home posted this on Facebook last night RIGHT as I was scouring the interwebs to find the perfect thing to post about for Movement Mondays! So I am sharing it with you, because I think its a great view about how people create art. As a dancer I know I don’t have the greatest extensions, or perfect turnout. I can’t whip out 20 turns, and balance in awkward positions for ungodly amounts of time, but I am passionate about my craft, whether its creating it through choreography, perfecting it through technique classes, or developing it through conventions and classes outside of my concentration areas, I passionately work towards expanding my dance toolbox! If I can teach people one thing about dance, through my classes or conversations with them its that passion and emotion makes all the difference, in your dedication, in your performance quality, and in your endurance during the worst of classes and rehearsals. I truly believe that Martha Graham totally had it right.  Most people don’t create things because they are overly concerned about getting everything perfect, they create things because they are trying to evoke emotion from their peers, their audience, and the world around them. Martha Graham is an awesome inspiration for dancers everywhere, she totally got it, whatever IT was!

So no matter what you know, or don’t know, just get up and DANCE! Also, shout out to my senior company lyrical class who is having their first class without me since my move, teeeear! I know they will be great! Keep up the hard work, can’t wait to see you guys knock it out of the park at the show (if I can make it!! **fingers crossed**)

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Apartment Lovin’

Hello my wonderful followers, I have not forgotten about you. If you have been reading for a while, or know me personally, you are aware that this week was my big move, as I am relocating to start a new job (on Monday!) I am excited to be somewhat settled in and I am venturing out today to try to get my bearings straight and find the necessities (although I already found the Target, which was the first thing on my to-do list when I arrived) such as grocery stores, lowes, good restaurants, pharmacy, etc. Things are slowly starting to come together in my apartment, of course only after we were all able to recover moving ALLL of my belongings including beds, washer, dryer, and sleeper sofa up 3 VEEERRRRY narrow flights of stairs. If it all hadn’t been so frustrating it might have been comical, with the frustration rising every time I remember my original apartment assignment was on the first floor until they realized no one was moving out of the apartment they assigned me, which I found out about two weeks ago when they called to tell me they needed to change my move in date…which I quickly let them know was unacceptable and that I would be arriving with my truck full of my belongings and it would be in their best interest to have somewhere for me to put them for the length of my lease, which they did because the power of persuasion is always on my side (so clearly I will be working with some real geniuses here). Anywho, as things start to come together, I will definitely be posting pictures, but patience is a virtue right? So you guys can wait it out, and plus, things around here are still a little hairy considering last night I decided to pull everything that was still left in boxes out and sort it into piles to be put away….which I then decided I didn’t want to do and went to bed instead. Oh well! Also, the steeple chase is this weekend, so I have a lot going on and will have a lot of things to catch you guys up on! Just wanted to let you guys know I hadn’t forgotten about you, and that I do have big plans to do  looooooots of posts about all the things I love about my new apartment and of course how I incorporated aaaaall the crafts I have been creating for the past few months. Hope you guys have an awesome weekend! Can’t wait to share this new chapter of my life with you!

Crockpot Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Brown Sugar Glaze

We made this for dinner tonight. The sauce was SOOOO delicious. It is actually very similar to the sauce on some glazed pork chops I made with my boyfriend a few months ago. Anywho, the recipe called for the pork tenderloin to be cooked for about 6-8 hours, which was a bit much for me… we eat meat a little more rare at our house. So my only addendum to this delicious meal is if you’re looking for a more juicy cut of meat you should cook it about 4 or 5 hours not 6-8 hours. On another note, this meal is super easy, you do a quick dry rub on the meat before you drop it in the pot for a few hours then whip up the sauce and brush it on for the final hour of cooking. Its great because it tastes like you slaved in the kitchen for hours (the way we did when we made the pork chops) but you just drop it in the pot and flip it on then go watch a movie or something. We served it with edamame an angel hair pasta, it was delicious!

 

Ingredients:
1 (2 pound) boneless pork tenderloin (or regular pork loin)
1 teaspoon ground sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup water
Glaze
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Instructions:
Combine sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub over roast. Place in slow cooker with 1/2 cup water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. About 1 hour before roast is done, combine ingredients for glaze in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. Serve with remaining glaze on the side.

Movement Mondays- Elephant in the Room

This was Jakob Karr’s audition piece on So You Think You Can Dance a few seasons ago and I just realized that he actually worked with a friend of one of my friends to choreograph it… which is a great claim to fame… right?!?! Not really, but the movement is beautiful and in my Movement Mondays I have realized I don’t just want to be a great dancer, I clearly want to be a man dancer because they have some sort of secret strength and ease of movement that in my 20 years of dancing, I have not been able to recreate. Sad day, but this is great choreography showcased by a phenomenal dancer! I can’t even describe it. I could literally watch it for hours. I kind of forgot how much I loved watching Jakob dance!!! Breathtaking and beautiful!

A little bit of fluff!

I said earlier this week I was finishing up all my last minute craft projects for my new apartment and I wasn’t kidding! I just finished these up today and I can’t wait to make my ginormous king size bed with my luscious bedding and toss these one of a kind pillows right on top to complete my luxurious retreat of a bedroom… at least, thats what I am imagining it to be, the result remains to be seen, obviously. Anyways, I used this little tutorial I found online to make my ruffles, had my grandma stitch up the pillow cases, attached the ruffles, stuffed in the pillows and boom, done. Excellent throw pillows. I am leaving out some of the more dramatic and ridiculous details regarding a few oops and some new fabric, because Im still trying to recover, but nonetheless, here are the fantastic pillows. Also, don’t ask how I made the orange pillow, the answer is I spent WAAAAY to much money on a taffeta fabric that already looked like that… so, here we are. ok, so here is  a little pictorial on how to make the ruffles. 

After you make the ruffles, attach them to the pillow cases. I made my cases out of the same fabric as my ruffles, but you don’t have to. I just folded the fabric around the pillow, pinned it, trimmed off the excess and then stitched up two of the sides (because the fold is one of the seams) and then stitched up half of the final side, leaving room to stuff the pillow in ( make sure you sew them inside out so you don’t see the seams!!!!!!) after this. I attached the ruffles. On one pillow I did the stripes as show above, on another pillow I did a circular pattern. If you decide to do a circular one, start on the outside and work your way in, attaching at the top of the ruffle so that you are sure to lay it down flat as you are attaching it. After the ruffles are attached, stuff the pillow inside and then close the final seam with a close slip stitch and you too can have beautiful textured throw pillows! Happy sewing (ha, that is for sure an oxymoron… at least for me)

Window of opportunity

Another find from my thrifting excursion in Clemson with my friend Raleigh, I picked this old window up for about $4 at the Jamaican Mission in Anderson and attached these jars I already used in my bathroom to the front. I know you are suppose to attach mason jars and blah blah blah so its has that farmhouse look, but I already had these, and my stuff was already in them, AND the rings I bought were too big to hold the small mason jars I would have wanted to use. So, here we are. This project took me 10 minutes, it you can manage to find an old window you like. (Sorry you can kind of see me in the picture, everywhere in my house has too much light to be able to take it without some sort of reflection… unfortunate, I know). Anyways, I used metal rings I found in the plumbing section at lowes and attached them to the base of the window using… the smallest nails ever. I’m not going to lie, I am pretty handy with a hammer and I found this activity to be rather challenging. I had to unroll the metal, while holding the nail in place and ensuring that I did not miss the nail and burst the wind open. Also, because the slots on the rings are oblong I ended up using 3 nails on each, two in the same slot and one in the slot right next to it so that it would wiggle around or twist when I started tightening the ring around the jars. After they were attached I used a screw driver to tighten the bracket around the jars and filled them up and now it looks guuuh-reat! And the only thing left to do is get my dad to hang it to the wall and ensure it will not fall down. Details on how this will happen as soon as I get to my new apartment in 5 daaaays!

Hats off to you

I am so excited for my new hat for the Charlotte Steeple Chase next weekend. I ordered a super cute monogrammed hat for like $23 off of ETSY for Monograms Markings and More. The hat came in in less than a week and looked great, but I wanted to jazz it up a little so I made a bow with some coral colored ribbon and fashioned up a hat that would be fit for any Derby! I can’t wait to wear it next weekend, but for now, sharing it with you all will just have to suffice!

Twine and Dine

The big move is 8 days away, and to avoid packaging I have created a list of last minute craft projects to ensure that I can have a wonderfully decorated dwelling space… about 8 hours after moving in, with not immediate costs. I will admit it has been nice to slowly work on things and spread the costs over the last 4 months, however, I am ready to hit the ground running on my new life in a new city, with my new job. Awesome. I have almost everything I need furniture wise so I have been working on creating those little touches that turn a house into a home. Cliche, I know, but these things happen. This was something I created to use as a center piece on my table in my dining area. In the words of Gossip Girls Blair Waldorf, “farmhouse chic is so in right now,” which is great because I am obsessed with it, well more so the rustic natural look.  I have been collecting bottles and jars etc because I know you can always reuse them for something and Pinterest is inundated with crafts showing you how to up cycle everything you find laying around your house. I had some old wine bottles because as a recent college grad these are obviously the only acceptable decoration for the top of your kitchen cabinets, I also had an old mason jar I had been keeping my wine corks in while I have been at home since my other container is in storage annnd the jar held the little flower pieces I used to cover the canvas in a previous post. I am sure you are wondering why I am talking to you about my collection of odds and ends, but trust me, were getting somewhere.

See, I told you we were going somewhere with it. I wrapped the jars in a variety of twines and plan to use them as a centerpiece for my kitchen table with some flowers or something in them. fresh or fake, not sure yet, because I do have a soft spot for spending money on fresh flowers every once in a while. I think they just make a space more cheery than the same old paper flowers everyone has stuck in a vase somewhere in their house. This project is easy enough I attached the twine on the bottom of each of the jars fastening it with hot glue only on the bottom layer then I wrapped the twine around the jar about 10 or 12 times and then pushed all the layers down to stack them tightly on top of one another. The Mason jar was probably the most complicated because of the change of the shape near the top, which called for the use of more glue, which causes the layers to not stack as neatly. I added a dot of hot glue about half way up each jar to fasten the twine somewhere other than the top and the bottom then finished wrapping and fastened it at the top. See, easy as pie, and now I have a great neutral AND natural centerpiece for my dining area. woot!

Movement Mondays- Nothing Else Matters

I think I posted this on my FB several months ago, but I just rediscovered it in my youtube feed annnnnd… yeah. It still think its just as awesome as the first 20 times I watched it. This guy is AMAZIIIING! I can’t even describe it, you just have to see it. Ugh, I don’t understand how man dancers are so awesome. They have some secret unfair advantage…

Junk in the Trunk

I have been so excited to post about this project, but apparently that excitement did not carry over into my actually DOING the project. From avoiding the heat waves and the spring showers to locating all of my craft supplies after the epic spring cleaning that occurred before our Master’s party, this project has not exactly been smooth sailing. BUT, like all my projects I got a great deal, and couldn’t resist the rehab of this old trunk. The best part was that the price was perfect… it was $free.99. Thats right, I didn’t pay anything for this old trunk we found outside my families lake house. Its not that I had been missing the hidden potential in the trunk all these years, we sold the house to someone and just recently bought it back… to find all of our old things still there, so I rediscovered it and my older, more tasteful and mature self loved it! As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it and went to work convincing my family that is storage purposes at the lake had been outlived and the trunk would be much better loved as a coffee table inside my new apartment! Plus, they can find somewhere else to put that extension cord and chain saw! So, after much persuasion and one big heave-ho the trunk was loaded in the back of my dads truck and headed home for a little refurb before my big move (which is less than two weeks away, AAAHHH!, more on that later, as I am convinced its cursed, considering my relocation has been the embodiment of Murphy’s Law). Anywho, this old trunk is great. It just needed a little TLC, a quick sand and rinse and a nice coat of polyurethane, to go from “drab to fab” sorry for being corny, except its how I feel, because I have literally SCOURED thrift stores for months trying to find something like this for a signature conversation piece in my apartment. Now I have one, and its personal to me, and came from a place where my family and I have shared so many great memories over the years, and now I am taking it with me to start a new phase of my life and create new memories in a new place! Talk about repurposing and up cycling! So, enough about me! Here’s the trunk!

Ok, so this was what it looked like when I rescued it from its former life as a chainsaw storage box! It was dirty and dusty… and covered in cob webs and nastiness. When I spray the inside out… there were several yellow jackets and other critters inside (obviously not alive) so, this little gem had definitely be left by the wayside for sometime.

After some light sanding and a deep cleansing bath, I was able to return the trunk to its former glory, I let it get a little sun bath to dry it out and hopefully bring back some of that lighter wood color so it still had that old used look.

Finally, a spent a few hours in the fumes and heat, covering every square inch of the trunk in polyurethane so that way when my slob kabob friends come over they don’t leave drink rings on the wood, etc. I am really excited and can’t WAAAAIT to put in to my apartment. 1 because real coffee tables are expensive and 2 because its so awesome!