BEGIN January 2015 | Corina's Corner


When I was in college I was a meticulous planner. Meaning, I loved my planners. Contained in them are some wonderful memories, records of great friendships, and LOTS of homework. Man. Seriously, how did I ever finish college? So happy I don't have to do that anymore.

Before my freshman year even started, I went out and bought a planner. (I think I was actually still in High School, about to graduate, when I bought this one.) I bought my first Moleskin planner at Tattered Cover, and couldn't wait to start using it. This particular planner was 18 months (June 2008-December 2009), so It got used for 3 semesters and 1 term. It ended up being a little bit bigger than I usually liked my planners to be but nonetheless I still loved this thing, and boy did it get used.

One thing that did end up being nice about this larger size was that each week had an empty page with it, that I used to use to take notes at the weekly devotional. I always felt bad when I didn't go to the devotional and was left with an empty page. At some point I started to print out and glue quotes to the top of each week. I was also kind of crazy with post-it notes and used to write myself little reminders.

One fun thing from the above page was my reminder to make the programs on Saturday. My calling at that time was to make the programs for sacrament meeting. I ended up having that calling in multiple wards during my years at BYU. I think I also must have been speaking in church because on Friday I wrote "Write Talk."

^^This exact week 6 years ago. I love the note on Tuesday "Must take Math Test." Those stupid math tests were the death of me and I always seemed to put it off until the very last day possible. ^^

You'll notice lots and lots of colors in these planners. Each color represents a different class. At the beginning of the semester I would take all of my sylabi and write down all of my homework for each class for the whole semester, so I always knew what was coming up. Also, if I completed something it would get crossed out with a single line through it, if it didn't happen it got two lines through it.

^^This particular planner is fun to look back on because I was using it when I met Jordan. Above you can see our first date, on September 29, 2009: Volleyball game and ice cream with Jordan. And it looks like I also did homework with him the day before and hung out with him the day after.^^

For the 2010 year, I decided to stick with another Moleskin planner. This time I bought it at the BYU Bookstore. I knew I wanted a smaller one this time, and was happy when I found this one that was about half the size as my last one and it had hard covers, which made jotting down quick notes much easier, if I wasn't sitting at a desk. I liked this one so much I ended up buying the same one 2 years later for 2012.

One fun thing about opening up these planners is that I left all of the papers or notes tucked exactly where they were (my 2010 one had a sleeve of Forever stamps! Guess I don't need to go buy some now...). Upon opening this one I found this homemade weekly schedule. I remember making these when I felt really pressured for time, looking for any available minute I could work on homework.

^^This exact week 5 years ago. The first half of the week I spent in Egypt. I also love the note on Sunday night, that I was to meet Elias upstairs at 7:30, the story behind that can be found here.^^

^^5 years ago today I woke up at 2:15am and hiked Mt. Sinai and watched the sunrise on top. So awesome. Here's some pictures from that event, if you're interested.^^

^^Sometimes while we were in Jerusalem we had HUGE reading assignments. Like all of the orange above, that was for one class.^^

Not only was this the planner I used while I was in Jerusalem, it's the same one I had when I got engaged and married! Above was the week of my wedding, it was much more hectic than it looks on these pages, but I couldn't be bothered with writing everything down that week...

^^This was the worst semester of my life, with Chem 105 and Fluids just about killing me. It is also the semester that caused me to change my major. And this was apparently a horrible week because Jordan's bike got stollen, and my car got towed. Fun!

^^Remember when I won a free ipad? That was awesome. And so was our trip to Moab with the Harper's, that seems like a lifetime ago.^^

The next year, I decided to switch things up a bit and went with a Paperblanks Planner instead of my usual Moleskin. I bought this one at the MOA Bookstore, which I would go and peruse occasionally if I had a free minute on campus, or if I needed a quick pick-me-up. While this planner was small and cute, I didn't end up loving it.

^^This exact week 4 years ago. Fun to remember silly things like Dinner at Betty Jo's with Rachel and Brad. Jordan grew up with Brad, and had been roommates with him before we got married. After we moved to Orem we found out that his wife's grandma was in our ward! Her sweet grandma had all of us over for dinner and games. It was a lot of fun.^^

^^My planners kind of got a bit boring after I got married, but in a good way. My life was just much more stable and we were both in our majors and just chugging along. I do remember that Saturday though, I had to go watch a movie at the International Cinema for extra credit, and it ended up being SOOOOO boring, so as noted, we left and went to Red Robin.^^

In 2012, I went back to my favorite Moleskin Planner, and sadly after I graduated I could no longer see any point in having a physical planner (especially with an iphone, and the convenience of having the calendar on my phone), so this was my last one.

^^This exact week 3 years ago. That skiing class was one of the best decisions we made a BYU. What a great time that was!^^

And there you have it, a small collection of pages from my beloved college planners. Wish I could justify having a fancy Moleskin planner these days, but as a stay-at-home-mom most of my days are like it says, at home. We are still busy, but not as busy as doing a full load of homework causes, so my iphone will continue to do it's job.

Built-In Desk


A million years ago we started this built-in desk project. Ok, actually like 4 months ago. And I'm happy to report that we finally finished! I'm excited to share the finished product. But before that, here is what our dining room/kitchen area looked like when we moved in:

Last summer, we took down that obtrusive set of cabinets, and the soffit above it. We also got a new table, and a new light. So here is where we were right before we started this project:

I alway knew that I wanted a nice desk/computer area near my kitchen. I want the computer out in the open and if I'm working, I don't want to feel shut off from the rest of the house/family. So with that in mind we planned out how we wanted this desk area to end up. I found lots of built-in desks I liked online (here, here, here, here, and here) and we kind of combined all of our favorite parts and came up with our own idea. I made a quick drawing of what I was hoping for in Google Sketch-up and then we made a game plan from there. We ended up changing a few things along the way, but for the most part it turned out how we wanted it (don't you love when that happens?).

Then we started! We bought some desk height cabinets (which are surprisingly hard to find) on KSL, and the butcher block for the desktop. We bought the butcher block from IKEA, one 8ft piece and one 6ft piece. Once we had the desk put together we started on the shelves, and worked up. I really wanted the shelves to look like they were floating. We ended up using modified versions of this tutorial, and this tutorial. Here are a few process photos, and of course the messes that come with projects.

And that's kind of where my process photos end. I don't have pictures of painting/caulking the shelves, sealing the butcher block, making new drawer fronts, painting the cabinets, adding hardware, etc... But just know that each of those steps took like 3 weeks each.

I was kind of shocked at how long it took us to finish this project but I guess that's life with a baby, and just life in general. You know how you have like a million things to do at home and then for some reason all of your Saturdays are booked like 5 weeks in a row? That kept happening. But eventually we finished, and here she is! Take a look:

I'm still working on the decorating part, but I'd say it's coming along. And just for fun, here's a little before and after, listing all of the things we've done to this little room, in the 11 months we've lived in this house:

We still have a lot of work to do on the kitchen but I'm so happy with how this desk turned out, that it's making me want to get started on that project too. The kitchen is going to be very similar to the desk, with butcher block countertops, and two-toned cabinets (grey on the bottom, and white on top). I can hardly wait until it's all done, and if you know me at all, you know I'm not a patient person, so this waiting game is just about killing me. It's so fun to own your own house, and I think it's fun to do custom projects like this that make the house your own!

UPDATE: We love this desk! I thought I'd include a few picture with the new flooring, since I think it makes it look even better! Anytime anyone comes into our house they comment on how awesome this desk looks.

DIY Stuffed Letters


If you sew, and you're anything like me, you probably have bits and pieces of pretty fabric scraps laying around that you just can't throw away. Ever since I saw this floating around on Pinterest, I have wanted to make some. However, unlike that particular set I didn't want to use felt, I wanted to use some of my pretty fabric scraps. I used denim, fleece, cotton, etc... just whatever I had. I started at the beginning of November and decided to make a set of letters for Reagan for Christmas.

A while ago I bought some plastic letter stencils at Michaels (here are the particular ones I bought, these really aren't necessary though, you could just print out some letters in your favorite font and cut them out and trace those if you wanted. I did find that I liked the 4" tall letters though, so if you're going to print them out, do it in a large font size). I used the stencils to trace my letters on the fabric and then cut them out (one note, unlike the felt, most fabric can only be used on one side, so it took a bit of thinking on some of the letters to make sure I was going to end up with a letter for the back facing the correct direction with the fabric facing the correct side).

Once I had all of the letters cut out (a front and a back for each), I got started on my sewing. I used some extra embroidery floss I had on hand, and stuffed the letters with the batting from an old pillow I also had hanging around (I promise I'm not a hoarder).

I sewed the letters together using a whipstitch and I found that it was nice to use a shish-kabob skewer to do most of the stuffing.  Another helpful hint, when sewing letters with an inside cutout, like an A, O, or R, sew the inside cutout first and then the outside, otherwise it will be almost impossible to stuff. Before I started with each letter, I would think about how the stuffing would work and think through a few different starting points and start where ever stuffing it would be the easiest.

I was surprised at how quickly each letter came together. I found that on a productive day I could do like 4-5 letters (and then my hand, particularly my thumb, would totally cramp up).

When I finished, I went to Target and found a little cosmetic bag to keep all of the letters in. I knew I wanted the bag to be something fun and cute and when I saw this clear one I knew it was perfect, because the letters are fun and cute themselves!

This was a fun little craft, and I loved that the only thing I had to buy was a bag to put them all in (and let's be honest, I probably could have just used a ziplock bag, Reagan probably wouldn't have minded). I had all of the fabric, embroidery floss, and batting just sitting around at home. So if you're anything like me, you should make a set of letters too! Happy sewing!
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