Life as an intern

What would college be without an internship. Working 15 hours a week and not getting paid. Sometimes that frustrates me, but then I come into work and my boss gives me a really cool assignment – like shopping around Birmingham looking for products to highlight in the “Goods” spread – and the lack of pay somehow becomes a minor detail. I have been given this assignment two months in a row. For the April issue, it was a picnic themed. For May, you’ll just have to buy a copy of Birmingham magazine when it hits newsstands. April was fun. Having been given the theme of picnics,  I decided to take a vintage verse modern approach after I found this woman who sells vintage picnic equipment – baskets, badminton rackets, croquet – you name it. I paired her things with more modern picnic wear I found at local shops, like these spoon, fork & knife combination.

    

Once I had collected all products, it was time for the photo shoot, and it was my first exposure to the design side of the magazine, styling products to make them look good. Being my first photo shoot, I’ll admit I was a little intimidated at first, but I quickly became more comfortable. The whole thing was just so much fun!

For the whole experience, you really should pick up a copy of Birmingham magazine’s April issue to see the final product. But for those people in the digital world, you can also see it on the magazine’s website (Click HERE). I have some other stories in this issue too, so keep your eyes out for them.

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The little things

My life is a whirlwind of crazy. With working at my internship, planning events for Samford, finishing the yearbook and oh yeah, doing homework and going to class, I spend the amount of free time I have sleeping. Multiple times already I had felt like I had reached my breaking point, but then the clouds parted, the sun came out and I spent some time crafting. Easter provided that time for me. Dying Easter Eggs is one of my favorite things. It’s just an added perk that it only take 30 minutes to accomplish.

I do have a few projects in the works, and the moment they are finished I’ll make sure to document the results. Thanks of being patient with me. I promise to post more soon. In the meantime, happy spring!

Vote!

I can now see how people quit their jobs to run for political office. It is time consuming, and let’s face it, I don’t have spare time. For Samford’s SGA, I am running for the position of Vice President for Events. Over Spring Break, I tried to work on campaign posters. Since I don’t have any Adobe programs on my laptop, I played around in Word, but quickly gave up in frustration. I figured, why use technology when I am way more comfortable being crafty.

I stumbled across a poster awhile back that cut out the letters using an exacto knife, and I figured why not. The first poster did take a two hours, but the second, third and forth didn’t take long at all. I quickly became obsessed with the idea.

     

     

I found black poster board at Walmart, so for the two posters I made with it, I played around a little more. For my name, I only pealed back the black layer.

     

My thought process behind cutting out the letters was that when placed on a bulletin board, the colors of the posters behind it would shine through. It didn’t turn out exactly how I envisioned it, but I still liked it. Sadly, I only made 5 posters – so you kind of have to keep an out of them