Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Projects lately: Kindle case

My lovely hubby and his parents got me a kindle for my birthday. I LOVE it. I am a huge fan of actual books, but having dozens of reading options on hand is so great, especially on long trips or during months of time where all your books are packed and you feel so sad without them.

Anyway, I needed a case, and I didn't want to pay some outrageous price for one. So the hubster and I decided to make one. Here it is:

 Yep, we used an old book. Don't worry, it's an abridged version. Who wants those? Anyway, we found Anne of Green Gables for less than $3.00 at Half Price Books. It was a perfect size! Holler!
 The hubster cut out most of the pages to fit around my kindle.  He left it on creepy crying Anne. He thinks it's funny.
 We made sure the bottom was left open for the volume, charger, etc. Then, I used homemade modge-podge and "painted" the inside and outside pages three times. It worked really well!

Then, Nick drilled holes in the right side of the back part of the case. He tied knots in the ends of a piece of elastic, and inserted the ends into the holes. When the case is open, the elastic is on the back cover.  When I am done reading, I can pull the elastic over the cover to hold the top in place, as you can see in the first picture. Hooray!

SO, this Kindle case cost less than $5.00. SCORE.

baby brother

So this is my baby brother, Clay. I call him Clayboy. And Claybers.

Claybers is an artist. And I thought I would exhibit some of my favorite drawings of his. You may remember that he drew us a picture to use with our wedding invitations. He also drew me an awesome gorilla face that I am going to frame and I am STOKED.

That is all. Thanks for drawing things for me, Claybee.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Projects lately: a clutch

Last night, the hubster was flipping between The Italian Job and a coin show... Someone please help me stage an intervention. He told me that he dreamed about coins last night.

Anyway, around 11:30, I had this irresistible urge to sew. So, I went to the sewing room, cut out some fabric, and sewed myself a clutch!

Now, I am no seamstress. My sewing machine experience does not go much farther than a couple of quilts, seven bow ties for our wedding, and a few headbands/bows. I didn't measure anything, I just cut the fabric out. I am incapable of sewing in a straight line. If I did it again, I would do it a little differently, but overall, it turned out well, considering how sporadic this was.. I just love the old fabric and wanted to make something out of it. I had no idea what I would use it for while I was making it. But after, Nick suggested that I use it to store my Kindle when I want something small and soft, instead of my case.

Isn't the fabric just lovely?


I am currently:

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Acts and Proverbs

listening to:
Ben Rector- Into The Morning
Adele, over and over and over again.

A kindle case...almost finished!
A clutch

recording on tv:
Gilmore Girls
The Pioneer Woman

excited about:
Decorating our new apartment in a month
Moving to a new city/state/region in a month
Making chicken fried steak for my brother in a couple of days
Free queso and sopapillas at On The Border tonight!

praying for: 
My Papa's speedy recovery
An undying hunger for God's Word
My 4 siblings and their adventures at school in Denver, Abilene, and Plano

reading list (as of August 2011)

So, at the beginning of the year, I made a goal to read twenty books this year. Here is a list of books that I have finished, started, and wish to start since January.

1. Radical, David Platt
2. Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, JK Rowling
4. Adopted for Life, Russell Moore
5. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
6. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
7. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
8. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
9. The Magician's Nephew, CS Lewis
10. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
11. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

12. Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster
13. Mere Christianity, CS Lewis
14. Spiritual Leadership, Oswald Sanders
15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling
16. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

Want to read:
17. Forgotten God, Francis Chan
18. Wild Goose Chase, Mark Batterson
19. The Help, Katheryn Stockett
20, 21, 22. The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins
23. Generous Justice, Timothy Keller

That's all for now! Have any suggestions? Did you love any of these books?

Monday, August 29, 2011


 Toothless, hanging out in front of Old Faithful, wearing a hat made out of towel fabric. Was that in style then?

 My brother, sporting an awesome train hat. And myself, wearing a Kelly's Kids dress. Bonus fact: I still sit with my toes like that. 

My brother, showing some skin in some sweet sweats. My sister, Baylor proud with an AWESOME hat. And me.

And this.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Favorites

Well hello! Sorry it has been a while. This week has been crazy. Curve balls all over the place! After I mention my favorites for this week, I will share an update on the Jensen fam.

Favorite Christmas Idea: Stockings made from burlap
 (Both photos found at HGTV dot com)

Nick and I got married 2 weeks after Christmas, so this year will be our first Christmas as married people! Hooray!  I realize that Christmas is a few months away, but it's never too early to start thinking about decorations! I love this idea and could easily sew some for our new home. Plus Nick likes them too, which is always a plus. :)

Favorite Workout
Pinterest is so wonderful. This workout popped up on my feed, and Nick and I did it yesterday. Minus the 10 minute run, because I don't have running shoes with me here in Texas. So he rode the stationary bike and I walked on the tredmill in TOMS. ha.

This morning, both Nick and I were pretttty sore. Mind you, I haven't sufficiently worked out in quite a while, besides hiking in Yellowstone. Anyway, I am a fan. 

Favorite Free Sleeperstar/Jillian Edwards Concert
I am so so excited about this. If you have never heard of Jillian Edwards, please click on her name and check out her lovely music. She was a year behind me at Baylor, and would lead worship at UBC when dc*b was on tour. She is absolutely precious and I love her music. 
On September 9th, Sleeperstar is having a fan appreciation concert at House of Blues Dallas, and Jillian will be there. If you order tickets HERE before September 5th, you can get as many as you want for FREE. Holler!

And now, a short update: 
We were supposed to be in Missouri at this time, and moving to Providence on September 30th. However, the apartment we thought we would be living in became unavailable to us, and we found out 2 days before we needed to leave for Missouri. As you might already know, during this time of transition, we have been living with my grandparents in the DFW. Last week, my Papa fell and broke his femur near the hip. He had to have surgery and is now at a rehab hospital. He is doing GREAT. However, Nick and I felt very uneasy about leaving my grandparents during this time. We were still planning on moving, and then the apartment fell through. The lofts had another apartment available, but it would be over $200 more a month, which is not in our budget. So, we decided put a hold on a cheaper apartment with a move in date for the beginning of October and stay and help my grandparents for the next month.  We have been trusting in God's timing with those whole thing. His timing has definitely been a comfort over the past couple of days with news of the hurricane heading toward the Northeast.  Rhode Island is preparing for an emergency, and I am grateful we will not be moving in the middle of a tropical storm.
So, a summary: We will be in Texas for another month... God is good... Pray for my Papa and his recovery.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back from camping!

Hello from Texas!

We are finally back and adjusted from our trip to Denver and Yellowstone. It was pretty amazing to experience cooler weather for a week and a half. I think I went into shock yesterday standing outside in the 106 degree heat.

We spent four days in Denver before meeting my dad and brothers and driving up to Wyoming. We got to explore the city, and toured both the US Mint and the capitol. Nick has started collecting coins and was thrilled to see the mint.

When my dad and brothers got to Denver, we helped Aaron set up his new, little apartment. It's quite quaint. He starts school on Monday. Eek.

Then, we headed up to Yellowstone. We hiked, fished, explored, and had plenty of roasted marshmallows. I am pretty sure we saw every single bison in the park. Plus a ton of elk, a few deer, and five or six bears. Black bears are my favorite, naturally.

Then, after driving back to Denver, leaving my brother there, and driving all day to Texas, we made it to DFW at one in the morning on my birthday. Good thing I got to sleep in a bit! Still having trouble admitting I'm 23.

Coming up:
- Dinner tonight with friends for my birthday! So excited.
- Hopefully moving to Prov in 10 days! We still need financial partners as we plant a college ministry. Click HERE for more info.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Favorites


 Yellow Songbird is written by Kim, a fellow Texan who is living in Colorado with her husband. I love her blog because she is honest and creative. We also share many friends, which  makes me feel somewhat connected to her in a way. And, just one more connection: She and her hubby are living in Colorado planting a church, and since my hubby and I will soon be living out of state planting a college ministry and partnering with a church plant, I feel like that is a pretty huge similarity. She has a cute shop, Oh, Sweet Joy. You should check it out.

 I first heard about Sseko Designs because Cameron, one of my fellow Baby Ruths, has been living in Uganda working for them. Cam and I haven't talked in a while, but I am a stalker and found out somehow. Ha. I don't have my own pair yet, but hopefully that will be remedied soon! They are so cute and I love how you can tie the straps so many different ways. I also love that Sseko helps young women from Uganda continue their educations by giving them employment.

 Since we are in a time of transition and life change, I think I have been doing a lot of remembering. Obviously, I have a lot of favorite memories, but I will just share one today. It was spring of 2009, and I was sitting in a Waco police car, participating in a required ride along for my Forensic Psychology class. I was absolutely terrified, because this was in the middle of my depression/anxiety semester, and, in the same class that this was required for, we learned that police officers have higher percentages of domestic violence, rape, etc., because of the stress of their jobs. So I am just sitting in this cop car, driving through the ghetto of Waco with a strange police officer, dwelling on what we had been learning in class. And then my phone starts ringing and ringing and ringing. It's Allison, but I can't answer it. She keeps calling and texting and I am freaking out because I think something terrible has happened. Finally, I am able to call her back. Our lovely friend Lindsey was getting engaged the next day and Lacey, Abbey, and I had to rush to College Station to be there for it! It was a pretty epic adventure. The following pictures are from the engagement. Now, Lindsey and Stephen live in Tennessee and have a beautiful baby girl, Abi. I am so grateful we got to be there for the beginning of their story.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


I made this headband a while ago. My dearest, darlingest Lacey told me how to make them. And now I shall tell you. It's super easy. Take an old t-shirt and cut off the bottom hem. Then, tie a knot in the very middle, so you have two similar sized circles with a knot in the middle. And then, put it on your head.

I got a new wallet yesterday. I love it. It's thin and yellow. And yes I keep my Baylor ID in front of my driver's license. Maybe I have a little trouble moving on. The best part is that it was $4.99 from Target! holler!