Dorks Have More Fun

I’m a senior in college. I have a part-time job and two paid blogging gigs. I wake up at EIGHT O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (which was unthinkable to my younger self). It would seem that I know how to Adult, right? In some ways, I guess so. But in other ways…not so much. See, I decided to make myself a new pencil case in honor of my senior year, and this is the result…

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PURPLE DINOSAUR YESSSSS.

Yeah, I’m not a fan of this whole “adults don’t have stuffed animals” business, so I’m starting a rebellion. Care to join me?

I saw a pencil case similar to this in a store, but part of this whole “adulting” thing is trying not to buy as many plush things, so I had to leave it behind. But obviously the idea would not leave my mind, so after a couple weeks’ design struggle this was the result.

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I got to mess around with a zipper, which was both fun and stressful. Sewing is not my strong suit. I can sew on a button with confidence, but zippers onto a rounded crochet thing? Yikes. Still, it has held up so far. I’m bringing it to college for the first time today, so we’ll see. My plush Pusheen pencil case has been well-received.

Here’s a secret: most college students are 100% on board with the cute stuffed-animal thing. They’re just afraid to admit it. So if you lead the way with being unashamedly pro-cute, everybody else will appreciate it!

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And the free pattern is available on Crochet Spot should you wish to create your own little dinosaur companion 😉

What should I name it? It doesn’t feel right having this little guy without a name! Please leave your suggestions in the comments and I shall be eternally grateful!

A Year of Cow Pigeon

Today is a very special day.

Today marks the 1-year anniversary of my first sighting of Cow Pigeon.

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(Don’t know who Cow Pigeon is? Click here.)

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I learned about this bird about a year and a half ago, but I didn’t see him myself until September 25, 2018. And boy was that an exciting day.

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Since then, I have seen Cow Pigeon 25 times, and have even written a blog post for my university about him. They actually featured me on the university Facebook page for my post about CP, which was delightful, an honor, and exactly how I want to be known.

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So here’s to Cow Pigeon. For helping remind me to keep my eyes open, because you never know when a spotted pigeon can wander into your life and change the way you look at the world.

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Here’s to Cow Pigeon, for helping me get excited over the little things in life.

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Here’s to Cow Pigeon, for helping me connect with complete strangers when I answer their questions about the mysterious bird we’re both gawking at.

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Here’s to Cow Pigeon, for helping me be less self-conscious. I don’t care if people give me weird looks when I get excited about seeing CP. I’m just happy to see my friend!

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Here’s to Cow Pigeon, for making me feel like a National Geographic wildlife photographer when I spend an hour following him around to get pictures like this. (Thank you, iPhone “burst” feature.)

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And most of all, here’s to Cow Pigeon for making the world more beautiful.

The Cow Pigeon Agenda

What? You mean to tell me this little pigeon has an agenda?

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To spread beauty and love throughout the world!

Who knows, he very well might have one. But if he does, I’m not privy to that knowledge. Maybe all pigeons have a collective agenda, because there certainly are enough of them. Now there’s an idea. Pigeon-pocalypse…

But no, this post is simply to share my new writing job, which is a student blogger at PSU Chronicles. I’m super excited to be part of the blogging team. My first post is about none other than Cow Pigeon, and I wished to share it here because I’m so excited about it.

Life Lessons from Cow Pigeon

I can’t describe how good it feels to be earning income from writing (ironic, right, to not be able to describe that?) I’ve been blogging since I was 14 and all that time and practice has been so valuable, owing in large part to your kindness and support. It really is a dream job and I’m so lucky.

So I guess I actually can describe myself as a writer, between Crochet Spot and PSU Chronicles. Man, what an amazing year it’s been and it’s only June!

Is my agenda to tell the entire world about Cow Pigeon? Maybe. 🙂 But what I really want to do is encourage people to get excited about the little things in life – because then every day can be filled with Cow Pigeon levels of happiness. What do you want to tell the world? ❤

College Crafting

I remember the good ole days when I posted here all the time. Then I started college. Now my hobbies are pretty much watching Netflix and sleeping. I just finished my first week of fall classes and thought I would share a college-related craft project.

I’ve been doing more paper-crafting than crochet lately; my thumb is giving me some problems so I’m resting it for a while, and I’ve been having a sticker obsession these past few months. I got bored having plain dividers in my binder so I dressed it up a bit.

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I decorated pieces of scrapbook paper and then stole borrowed my mom’s laminator to laminate it. This one has postcards from Canoe Island French Camp, where I went as a camper and also worked at a few summers ago. The feathers are from Harriet, my chicken, and were collected after she molted them. This one is currently housing my notes for Gender & Sexualities, which is a class I’ve been excited for for months.

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This one is for my French class stuff, if you didn’t guess already. I’ve been taking French since sixth grade (about age 11 for my non-American friends), so it’s been a regular part of my life for quite awhile now! I’m taking a French film class this term with my favorite professor ever, so I’m excited about that. Although the French definitely have different standards when it comes to content, haha.

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I’m using this one for my writing class. The tarot card is from Collage, a really cool craft store with lots of random things – buttons, cards, charms, stuff like that. Or tchotchke, to pull out my $100 word of the day. I don’t do tarot but I really liked how it looks, plus the message seems to fit for a school binder.

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I learned while making this one that if you laminate bus tickets, they turn interesting colors. Thermal paper or something. Although this was a surprise, I still like how it turned out. I take the bus all over the place, so I’ve gotten pretty fond of it. The stickers are also from Collage and they’re my favorite thing ever…it’s Alice in Wonderland!

It makes a nice change having something new to look at. I especially like having Harriet feathers with me. In a future post I can show you my bullet journal/notebook if you’re interested – I use it for taking notes and it has a fair share of doodles and stickers within. I might be a little obsessed with school supplies. 🙂

Thank you for reading! Do you like school supplies? What’s your favorite thing to get for back-to-school shopping?