2012: A Year in Review and Resolutions

Well, 2012 will be over today, and I figure I really should get in at least one post this December. This year has gone by incredibly fast, and so much has happened. I started this blog, graduated high school, opened an Etsy shop, moved to Philly, and started my freshman year of college--all in that order.

Through all those things, I've learned a ton. I taught myself basic HTML, learned about web-design, and proved to myself that I could run a blog and shop. Thank you, dear readers, for helping me to do that.

Because I'm now living in a city, I've learned how to get around without getting lost, and how to live "on my own." These things I've learned have shaped me tremendously as a person, and I'm glad to have had these experiences this year.

In the New Year, I have a few challenges for myself as a blogger and creative soul. As a blogger, I want to challenge myself to post at least once a week. This might sound easy, but with school and the like, it's become easier said than done to create posts. I also want to challenge myself to find the creative direction of this blog. It's always been a creative space for me, and I've really had no grander ambitions for it; however, during my transition into college life, it became evident that craft projects would not be as regular a feature as they were before. I simply don't have the time or materials. So, I need to diversify my post content.

As a creative soul, I challenge myself to take more pictures. I have a nice camera--but I don't use it! Why not? I really should. Furthermore, I challenge myself to do something creative everyday. Doodle, write, take a photo, knit--whatever! Just do something to keep my creativity from atrophying.

What do you challenge yourself to do in the New Year? Whatever it is, I wish you the best of luck, and a merry New Year's celebration.

God bless and good luck!

Boston Photo Re-Cap

I spent my Thanksgiving weekend in Boston with family, and I really enjoyed myself. The city is gorgeous, and I got to do quite a bit of site seeing.

Life at school is hectic right now (2 weeks until finals!), so here's a summary of what I saw in pictures. 

Hopefully I'll be able to get some posts together over Christmas break! I really miss blogging regularly, but academics are my priority right now. 

Christmas season is finally here! Seeing all the decorations in Boston prompted me to start playing my Christmas albums. Nothing like Michael Buble's crooning to get you into the spirit of the season!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Click Clack Clunk is accepting December sponsors, so please check out the "Advertising" page for info on free ad spots. 

Have a wonderful week; and fellow students, hang in there. We're almost done.

Geeking Out About: Care Packages!

Since I got to Penn, my friends and family have sent me the best care packages! And they always come at just the right time--usually at the end of a rough week. I want to share a few of the packages I've received. Maybe it'll give you some good ideas for care packages for your loved ones?

Here's one from on of my dear friends, Kylee. She sent me a pretty pot, a ziplock bag of dirt, forget-me-not seeds, and the FUN album. Right now, the happy sprouts are living on my window sill. Hopefully they live through winter. At any rate, isn't this just a darling idea?

Here's one from my family. I got this in mid-October. My mom included two mini-pumpkins and permanent markers so that a friend and I could doodle on them. There's also snacks (Korean and non), Good Earth teas, chocolate, jelly beans, AND... the Avengers DVD!!!

Then, one of our family friends, the Pratts, sent me the cutest little soup/rice bowl combo. It's adorable. I absolutely love it! I am also using the box it came in to store the tea bags that I may or may not be pilfering from the dining halls.

And, today I got a totally unexpected care package from a faculty member at my old high school. Yarn and knitting/crochet needles! It was a wonderful high note to end off this week. My mom had sent yarn previously, but I used it all up on a math project (more on that in a later post), so I was mourning the fact I had no more. BUT, Ms. Mazany saved the day!

I am absolutely blessed to have these people in my life who care about me enough to send me packages in the mail. They are absolutely something I am thankful for in this season of Thanksgiving. 

And, on a separate note, Click Clack Clunk has reached 40,000 views! Thank you all so much for taking the time to visit my blog! I am thankful for my readers as well--especially for those of you who have stuck around in this period of transition.

Since I probably won't post for another week or more, have a great Thanksgiving!

I will be posting about my mathematical crochet project soon!

Guest Post: Homemade Granola!

Happy November, everyone! Can you believe how quickly this came upon us? I certainly can't. 

To celebrate the dawn of a new month, I have a treat for you guys today--a delicious recipe from Kelly of Running Blonde. Read on for a yummy recipe to start of your November with!

Pumpkin Pie Granola | Running Blonde
Hi - I'm Kelly, aka Running Blonde. I'm so excited to share this easy and healthy granola recipe with you. I love granola for breakfast and for snacks throughout the day. Pumpkin spice makes it perfect for fall. I'm finishing my last year of medical school and going through the residency application process. I had to gather letters of recommendation from the doctors I work with and to say thank you to them for taking time out of their busy days, I whipped up this batch of delicious pumpkin pie granola. It is easy and healthy and as a bonus it is also gluten free (as long as you use gluten free oats). I would also like to share with you the label I made for the treat bags I gave the granola out in.

Pumpkin Pie Granola | Running Blonde
Just print them out on full sheet label paper (I got mine for $.25/sheet at Kinkos) and cut them out. Tie on a little ribbon and you have an easy gift! Click here to download the lables!

Pumpkin Pie Granola | Running Blonde

PUMPKIN PIE GRANOLA
Adopted from My Baking Addiction 4 cups old-fashioned oats 1/2 c. chopped pecans 3/4 c. sweetened shredded coconut 1/4 c. packed light brown sugar 2 T vegetable oil 1/4 c. honey 3 T. pure maple syrup 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 c. dried cranberries or other dried fruit of your choice

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large bowl, combine oats, pecans and shredded coconut.
2. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, oil, honey, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
3. Pour over oat mixture; stir to coat. Spread in a large shallow baking pan.
4. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool.
5. Add dried cranberries. Store in an airtight container.



Pumpkin Pie Granola | Running Blonde


Pumpkin Pie Granola | Running Blonde
Click here to download the labels

Exploring Philly

It's Fall Break, so we have a four day weekend. In other words, freedom until Wednesday (although I still have homework, so I feel incredibly gipped). A lot of the freshman (and upperclassmen, for that matter) seem to have left for home, but since home is so far away, I decided to stay in Philly. I took this opportunity to explore University City with my friend, Lucy!

Our first stop was a used bookstore called House Of Our Own. It's a neat concept. They literally took a house, and filled it with bookshelves. It's kind of what I want my house to look like when I "grow up." Although, I don't want that many books because that would be a tad obsessive. The books were mostly "intellectual" and "academic," which I didn't feel much like looking at. I did find a copy of an Angelina the Ballerina book. I used to adore those books when I was little. :O) I didn't buy it since I'm on a budget, but I did take a good look through it.

On our way to our next stop (a thrift store), we discovered the Lil' Pop Shop. They make awesome popsicles without artificial colorings and all that sort of bad stuff. And, they had an awesome chalkboard menu. I'm a sucker for anywhere with a chalkboard menu. 

I got a raspberry yoghurt popsicle, and it was delicious. Today's weather was perfect for popsicles. It was just hovering at around 65 degrees, which is the perfect climate for my Alaskan self.

The popsicle shop was super cute, and had embroidery hoop art. I've been seeing this kind of thing all over Pinterest, and I have to say, it looks nice if you can find different sized hoops and cool fabric. I will most definitely keep this in mind for next year's "apartment" style dorm. 

There you have it. A brief peek at what I've been up to in all my free time that I'm obviously not spending blogging. My bad. I can't believe it's already the end of October!

If you're interested in swapping ads for November, check out my "sponsor" page! It's totally free, and I love working with other bloggers and shop curators!

A Change of View

I compare the two pictures above and realize how much my life has changed over the course of this past month. My life has changed a lot. Actually, to say "a lot" is a gross understatement. I've been transplanted from the Alaskan tundra into the concrete urban outpost that is Philadelphia. Instead of waking up surrounded by the mountain ranges of the Eagle River valley, I wake up to the sight of the Philly skyline. 

At first, I was nervous about how this transition would go. Would I be terribly homesick? Would I be able to survive? Would I get lost on public transportation? Would I starve? 

Turns out, I haven't suffered too much from homesickness; I am very much alive and well; I haven't gotten lost on SEPTA (yet); and most importantly, I haven't starved. Probably the biggest shock I've had was realizing how expensive I am to maintain! Who knew that EVERYthing costs money? Ha!

I've been blessed to have met some awesome people who I am glad to call my friends, and I've really tried to explore the city. I'll admit, I was initially a little scared to go out--after all, I'm from a small Alaskan town and Philly is so bustling and vast in comparison. But, I'm beginning to see the perks of going to a city school. There are always things to do, places to explore--the only thing holding me back is my shortage of time. After all, I am still a student which means I have to do that lovely thing called homework. 

The academic rigors of college are definitely more than I'm used to, but I am enjoying it. The downside is not being able to blog as often as I would like. One of the biggest struggles for me has been not having access to my art and craft supplies. I feel like a caffeine addict without Starbucks. It's terrible. 

I thought for a little while about shutting this blog down, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Although it's only 10 months old, I've put a lot of work into growing it from the ground up. I've really grown attached to it. So, I've resolved to keep blogging and keep Click Clack Clunk growing.

What this means is that Click Clack Clunk is probably going to undergo some changes. What those changes are specifically? I can't say I'm sure yet. This blog will still be one of my creative outlets--of that I am certain. The content of my blog (for the school year, at least) is probably going to shift away from crafting. Not completely though--I have some plans in the works for hosting some guest bloggers! I'm sure this space will evolve organically--and I'm excited to see what comes of it!

I wish you all a happy Wednesday--and Thursday, and Friday as well. :O)

Sponsor Love! (Finally!)


Wow! September is more than half way over, and I've only posted... twice? Yikes! I think I'm finally settling in, and although I won't be able to post every other day like I did during the summer, I'll shoot for once or twice a week at least. I feel like I'm in a crafting no-man's-land, so I need to figure out a good way to quench my creativity. Ideas would be much appreciated!

Anyway, I have some wonderful ladies to introduce you to today! That's right--my lovely sponsors!  Each and every woman in this post runs an amazing blog. I would highly encourage you to go check them out. So, enough of my rambling--let's take a look at what my sponsors have to say. 


Natalie from Natalie Blair

Tell us about yourself and your blog.
Hello, and my name is Natalie. But you can call me Nat. Everybody else does! I am 32 years old and I live in Southwest Florida. I blog over at my self titled blog, Natalie Blair. I blog about life, love, design, fashion, photography and many more. So hop on over there and say hello!

Who's your favorite superhero?
Spiderman.

Anne from The Panicky Pigeon

Tell us about yourself and your blog.

Hi, my name is Anne! I started The Panicky Pigeon as a way to explore my newly discovered love of writing while keeping family and friends updated on my adventures. My blog is kind of like a public journal! I document things I enjoy writing about - be they kooky moments with friends and family, or my personal moments of panic. Feel free to come take a look into the busy mind of a pigeon. :)

Who's your favorite superhero?
Superman - he's a SUPER MAN. Classic!



Karen from Quinton Wench

Tell us about yourself and your blog.
Quinton Wench is a "mishmash of crafts, photography, the great outdoors and life in general. "

Who's your favorite superhero?
I didn't have one until my husband made me go to see Batman; The Dark Knight Rises! Love Batman.... or is it Christian Bale I love??







Lou from Foxy Whiskers

Tell us about yourself and your blog.
Bonjour, welcome! My name is Louise and I blog at Foxy Whiskers. I love fashion, baking sweet treats, red lipstick and aprons, travelling and finding new adventures. Stop by and join me on my latest adventure! 

Who's your favorite superhero?
My favourite superhero would have to be Captain Planet. That guy had it all! Green hair, amazing Planeteers and a theme tune that I can still proudly recite. Gotta love the 90's Super-heros!


Kelly from Running Blonde

Tell us about yourself and your blog.
I’m from a small town in The Middle of Nowhere, Wisconsin. I’ve been living in Madison for the last almost ten years and in school for the entire time! No, I’m not trying to set a world record for longest time in college. I finished a BS and an MS and in a little more than a year I’ll officially be Running Blonde, MD! Medical school is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It was a shock to go from training for triathlons and cycling races 20 hours a week to spending 80 hours a week in the library. Now that I’ve started my clinical rotations it’s finally becoming clear why it’s all been worth it. I love working with patients, kids especially. The next big step is finding a place to do my residency in pediatrics! I haven’t given up my title as running blonde altogether. I’m signed up for a half marathon in July and working on getting back into tip top running shape!

Despite spending all my time in the library or the hospital, I’ve been lucky enough to find a man who will run across the world with me. My fiancĂ© , Pat, and I are getting married right after I finish medical school in May 2013. We’ve only been together for two years, but we’ve already sailed from Panama to Colombia, ridden in an old time convertible in Havana, Cuba and trekked in the jungles of Thailand. Our next adventure is a honeymoon in Morocco! You’ll find stories from our adventures on this blog. Luckily, he’s a photographer, so there are tons of pictures to go along with them! You can see more of his work here: http://patrickhphotography.smugmug.com.

In addition to travel stories, this blog is a place for projects that Pat and I do, things I bake and posts about planning our wedding. Thanks for stopping by!
Who's your favorite superhero?
I don't think I'm qualified enough to answer this!



Rachel from Pastel Mints


Tell us about yourself and your blog.
Hi there, I'm Rachel and I'm the girl behind the blog Pastel Mints. Here you can find DIY goodness, beauty tips and tricks and fashion. I love sparkles, glitter and anything neon. Come visit us! 

Who's your favorite superhero?
I don't have one but if I did it would be Wonder Woman.



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Aren't they all awesome?!

If you're interested in being a sponsor for October, check out my advertising page! All ad spaces are free (with a swap), and will begin on the first of October. 

If you have questions, feel free to e-mail me at lauren(at)clickclackclunk.com.

I Remember


I’ll always remember 9/11. I was in the second grade, and my family was stationed in Germany.

I remember my dad came home early, and turned on the TV.

I remember clearly seeing that image of flame, smoke, and destruction.

I remember I had no idea what was going on—but I knew it wasn’t good.

From there on out, the base was on high alert. Barricades, and car checks at the gates—complete with dogs and armed men. I remember sandbags—a plethora of sandbags.

I remember asking my dad what they were for. He told me they were to stop bullets from coming through. I couldn’t even imagine that someone would try to shoot us.

I remember having a discussion in my second grade class. None of us truly knew the magnitude of what had happened, but we all felt the change.

As we walked onto the Department of Defense schools, there was full ID check—even for the kindergarteners. Security was tight, and tensions were high. 

Now that I’m older, I understand what happened. I don’t understand why it happened, and I never will. No one ever will. But now that I’m older, I can almost comprehend the magnitude of this tragic event, and so, I take pause on this day—and I remember.

I remember the ones who died that day.

I remember the loved ones they left behind.

May we never forget.

Hellooo!

So, I know I haven't posted in a while, and that's because I'm settling into college! It's been hectic and super busy, so I haven't had time to write anything of substance. Instead, please enjoy this lovely picture of my bedding (lots of patterns, I know).

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I'm not dead--I'm quite alive, in fact.

That's all I have to say. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

To the Fair!

We went to the Alaska State Fair last Saturday so I could have one last "Alaskan" experience before leaving for college in Philadelphia. At the fair I gawked at a bead supply booth--where I bought some awesome colored hemp...

 and I painted a ladybug rock (we were the oldest ones there)...

and my sister and Kylee rearranged this hand...  

and I ate yummy ice cream bars... 

and it was delicious. 

I also shared a brick of curly fries with my sister, and Kylee. I was having a bad hair day (I'm in the stripes)...

but not as bad this duck's. 

And then I saw this pygmy goat in a box. Forget those stupid cats! Goats are so much cuter (plus, I'm not a cat person anyway).

How have you been wrapping up your summer? With something fun I hope! Feel free to share in the comments section. Have an awesome Wednesday!

Freebie! Typographical Print

I've almost finished packing for college, but I still don't have stuff for my dorm room on the decorative side of things. Me being me, I figured I'd make myself something for my walls. 

Lately, on Etsy and Pinterest, I've been seeing all these neat-o typography prints--and given that I have Pixelmator, I knew I could make them myself! So, I found myself some quotes, and designed some printables.


After I designed them (which I had a LOT of fun doing, by the way), I called the UPS printing shop to see how much they charge for a colored print on cardstock. The answer? $0.60.

YEAH! $0.60 for wall art! I felt like a thief--what a steal!

Of course, I got them printed on 8.5x11 inch paper, so I had to crop them down at home to fit an 8x10 frame, but I'm still super excited about my new pieces of art for my walls.

I want to give you one of the printables I designed--because I love my readers! You can download the PDF on a thumbdrive and take it to Kinkos, or even print it at home! There's even a nice white border around it for framing.

To download, click HERE. Then go to "File" and click "Download."

I just love this quote from Tolkien, and I hope you enjoy it too! I have the others up in my Etsy shop as printables for a very low price! Head on over to check it out at my shop, LoloMade.

A Delicious Harvest

I know it's Friday, and I should be posting my "Geeking Out About" post--but things are crazy right now, so I haven't put that together yet. But, I AM geeking out about harvesting the veggies from our backyard--so in a round about way, this is a "Geeking Out" post (sort of). :O)

This summer has been pretty successful as far as my family's backyard farming goes. I've got tons of peas growing (which are delicious) and my sister's strawberries are doing very well. And there are the potato plants, which I have not harvested yet--but hopefully those will be successful as well.

The good thing about peas is that they are so easy to grow. Granted, last year my peas failed--but that was because one of my dogs ate all the seedlings. I guess they tasted pretty good.

Here is a picture of some of the sugar snap pea harvest.

And here is a yum-delicious photo of strawberries from our little strawberry patch. Doesn't it look delicious? I certainly think it does.

Have you grown anything this summer? Please share in the comments section! I'd love to hear what botanical and agricultural adventures my readers have had this summer. :O)


"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."
Galatians 5:22-23