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

Liebster Nomination!

Natalia from the lovely blog, Uncommonplace, nominated me for a Liebster award! I've never heard of it before (does that disqualify me?), but it looks like fun, so I've decided to participate.

The Rules
1. Each person must list 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the tagger has set for you, plus you must create 11 questions of your own for the people you tag.
3. Choose up to 11 bloggers to nominate and link them to your post.
4. Go to their pages and inform them of their nomination.
5. Absolutely NO tagbacks!
5. Remember to only tag blogs with less than 200 followers!

11 Things About Me
1. I am about to relocate from a small town in Alaska to Philadelphia--West Philadelphia.
2. Whenever I think of my moving to West Philadelphia, I start singing the Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire theme song in my head. In fact, I'm singing it in my head now.
3. My favorite color is purple, green, grey, blue.
4. I have a hard time making decisions.
5. I love graphic tees and hoodies.
6. I also love wearing those plain cotton shirts that you get for free at events. You know--the type most people wear to work out or sleep in? Yeah. I wear them OUT
7. I love to play ultimate frisbee, but I pretty much stink at every other sport.
8. Despite the fact I stink at sports, I always go along with my friends, even though I lose at almost everything we do.
9. I am a Les Miserables addict. I know every song on the soundtrack by heart. I've read the 700+ page book at least three times. I've seen the musical (in L.A.) and 25th anniversary concert (on TV, of course). I'm so excited about the movie coming out this December--you don't even know.
10. My dream is to have a room dedicated to books when I have my own house. A room with floor to ceiling shelves.
11. I love to read. My favorite books are The Count of Monte Cristo, Les Miserables, and Little Women.

Questions from Natalia
1. How often do you shave your legs? (Be honest!)
     Maybe once a week. I don't even know.
2. What is your number one guilty pleasure tv show?
     Korean dramas. Any Korean drama, really. City Hunter and Boys Before Flowers are the best.
3. Current favorite baby names?
     Hmm. I haven't thought of this before. For a girl: Emma. For a boy: anything that won't get him made fun of.
4. If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
     When Will My Life Begin from Tangled--because I'm waiting for the next chapter of my life to unfold; and not 
because I've been held captive in a tower for my whole life by a psychotic old woman.
5. Can you french braid hair? (Because I cannot, and I need someone to help me!)
     Yes! It took me a long time to master, but I can!
6. When you want to appear intelligent, what is your go-to random fact?
     Ummm... Honestly, I don't think I have one of those.
7. What is the one thing you can't resist looking at in a store?
     The craft aisle and the book aisle. Gotta do it.
8. Current color crush?
9. What is the most annoying name/title anyone has ever called you?
     "Borin' Lauren." It was in good spirit though...
10. If you could hug anyone in the world, who would it be?
     My cousin, Liz!
11. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?
     The question old as time. Lets say 200 good licks.

My Nominees

Questions for My Nominees
1. What instrument do you wish you could play?
2. What book(s) are you reading right now?
3. Who is your all time favorite fictional character?
4. What's the craziest thing you did this summer?
5. Cats or dogs?
6. What is your favorite Disney movie?
7. Can you lick your elbow? (Yes, it's possible. My friend proved it in sixth grade.)
8. Who was your favorite Olympian this year?
9. What type of ethnic food is your favorite?
10. Which song have you played back the most on iTunes?
11. What is your favorite superhero movie?

Demystifying HTML: Building Tables

I was recently fighting a battle with HTML coding to update my Tutorials page. I spent about forty-five minutes trying to figure out why my images weren't lining up, and it was just a huge mess. Thank goodness I backed up the HTML code I already had, because I just kept on making it worse and worse.  I felt like I was in a battle between Agent Perry and Dr. Doofenschmerz--except I was Dr. D and I was losing. It was sad (even sadder than the fact I sometimes watch Phineas and Ferb for fun--or the fact that I built Perry the platypus out of Playdo while I was babysitting).

As I was swearing mild profanity replacing words (BLAST! DARN!) under my breath, I realized the reason I was having so much trouble. I didn't actually know what the HTML tags meant. I had originally copied the code from a tutorial on another website--but the tutorial hadn't taught me how to build my own table, it simply taught me how to plug in the image URL's and make the provided template work. 

So, to better the blogging race, I've decided to teach you all how to make your own table of images, to your own specifications. This way you won't rely on anyone except yourself to get your tables made.

Here are the basic HTML tags you will need to know, along with descriptions of what they do.

1. To start your table, you start with the HTML tag <table border="# of pixels">.
The number you insert between the "" marks is the thickness of the border around your table.
For my purposes, I've always had a table border of zero--simply because I don't like having a border around my tables.

2. To start a row, use the tag <tr>. This stands for "table row." It's not necessary for you to know that, but I know I personally like to know what everything means because it helps me make sense of all of the HTML nonsense. I swear, it's like a foreign language; but no fear!

3. Now that you've started a row, you need to add cells. To start a new cell, use the HTML tag <td>--which stands for "table data." 

4. To add an image in your cell, you need to use the old tag <img src="image URL">. If you don't know, img src means image source (which you probably knew already, but if not, there you have it).

5. Now that you've added your image code, you need to close the cell. To do this, we use the HTML tag </td>. In HTML, a "/" indicates a closing tag--so in this case, you are simply closing the "table data" cell you made in step 3.

Next you can add more cells by repeating steps 3-5 as many times as you need.

6. To end a row, use the tag </tr>. This simply means you are ending the table row.

In order to add more rows, repeat steps 2-6 as necessary.

7. To close the entire table, just use the tag </table>

And that's it! See--it's not that bad. I hope I've saved you some trouble with this (I know I myself might have to refer back to this later, so if it doesn't help you, at least it helps me).

If you have any questions or requests for more Demystifying HTML posts, leave me a note in my new and improved comments section, powered by Intense Debate

Geeking Out About {10} // Music Edition

It's been a while since I did a music post--so here it is! These are the jams I've been geeking out about this week. 

1. My Head is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men

On the last music post I did, Colleen from Colleenish recommended this band. It took a while for me to check them out (a few months--but who's counting?), but I'm certainly glad I finally did. Based in Iceland, OMM has a really fun sound, and nice, clean (but still clever) lyrics. I bought the album on iTunes for $7.99, and then I found the real CD version on Amazon for $4.99 (I was kind of upset about that because I prefer CDs to MP3 copies). At any rate, it's worth taking a listen! My favorite songs are "Little Talks" and "Kind and Lionheart."

2. Babel by Mumford & Sons

So, this album isn't even out yet--but their single "I Will Wait" came out a couple of weeks ago. I listen to their album Sigh No More on repeat ALL the time (to my sister's chagrin), so when I saw they had a single on iTunes, I bought it immediately. I love, love, love Mumford & Sons. Trust me. You don't even know. 

3. Forget and Not Slow Down by Relient K

This one is an oldie, but a goodie. Okay--it's not that old... maybe three years or so? At any rate, my favorite song on this album is probably "Savannah"--or maybe it's "Candlelight"--or maybe it's "Forget and Not Slow Down".... I just love it all. Relient K has been (and still is) one of my favorites since middle school. 

Have an awesome weekend, and listen to some good music!

Custom Blog Design

 I recently did a custom blog design for Anne from The Panicky Pigeon--and this was my first real project with my new WACOM Bamboo tablet! I'm super duper excited about this new piece of technology. Like really excited.

Here's her ad/blog button. Isn't it cute?

And here's the pigeon in full. It took me a while to do, but I really like the outcome.

If you're interested in getting your blog redesigned, check out my Etsy shop here.
I really love doing blog design, and I try my best to capture the vision of the blogger in my work. 

Sponsor Welcome!

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the first-ever-completely-awesome sponsors of Click Clack Clunk! All of these women are wonderful and run fantastic blogs--so you should go check them out as soon as you finish reading this post. :O)

I figure the best way to introduce my sponsors is to let them introduce themselves! After all, there's nothing better than meeting other people in "person." Without further ado, here are a few of my wonderful sponsors!

Alyssa from Elemental Carbon
Elemental Carbon is mostly a DIY & crafting blog - the nerdy name coming from my chemistry background. I post tutorials about any crafty thing I do, but my true passions are sewing and jewelry making, which you will find in my Etsy shop as well. 

Rachel from LalaLists
I am Rachel, 20-something fur-momma to a cat and a bunny living outside of Boston going to school for graphic design. I paint my nails too often, watch too many movies, eat too many cupcakes, and shop too much. I am compulsive list maker who talks too much, and that is how lala Lists was born.


Jessica from Swenson Love
hi my name is jess! i blog over at {swenson love} the blog that will take you along our everyday happenings on this AMAZING journey through life!  you will find crafts/diy’s, recipes, a boatload of photos, many pretty & inspiring things & a fall fashion series beginning in september! 


Lucy from Donut Pastry
DonutPastry is a blog of crafts and photography. It's no other than a blog to call my own.

And there you have it--Click Clack Clunk's first sponsors! Also, there are FREE sponsor spots still available! If you are interested, be sure to take a look at my "Advertising" page above.

Have a rad kind of day!

My Splash into Digital Illustration!

I had quite a good day today. First, I went to the Global Leadership Summit with my mom and heard some phenomenal speakers talk about leadership and faith, and how they can work together. Then, we ate Korean food for lunch (which is never a bad thing).

And then, I got home, and my new piece of technological goodness was waiting by the door in its Amazon box.

Can you guess what it was?

A Bamboo Splash tablet! 

I hurriedly installed all the drivers and tested it out on Pixelmator. I was under this false impression that my drawing skills would carry directly over to the tablet with no problem at all. Heck, I thought the tablet might make me into a regular Picasso! 

As you can see, using the tablet takes some getting used to--but I am slowly getting the hang of it. I'll be sure you keep you all updated on my progress.

As for first impressions, I highly recommend this tablet! It's relatively inexpensive, and comes with ArtRage3. I'd been eying Bamboo tablets for a couple years, and finally decided to just buy it--and I'm glad I did. 

I hope you all had a lovely day!

Thrift Haul

So... Anchorage, Alaska was nominated the worst dressed city for 2011. The problem with living in the nation's worst dressed city is that thrift store cast offs often look like they come from people who... don't know how to dress--trust me. If Stacy and Clinton had enough money, I'm sure they would jump at the chance to make over at least half of Anchorage's residents.

Even though it's slim pickings at Salvie's, as far as nice clothes go, I actually did reasonably well today. Take a look!

Not bad, am I right?

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Little Quarter Pouch

Another graduation gift I made for another friend is this small zippered pouch. I stitched up some cute little hexagon appliques and sewed them on for decoration. I really like the way it turned out.

Sticking with the "college" theme, I made this with the intention of it being used as a quarter pouch for laundry (of course, not all colleges charge for laundry... mine doesn't). If not for quarters, it could easily be used for jewelry storage while travelling, or a small wallet.

And, of course, I put in another LoloMade label. :O) See the tutorial for the labels here

Pleated and Ruched Pencil Pouches

I have a couple of friends who are staying in Alaska for college, so obviously, laundry bags (what I made my other friends) wouldn't really be the most useful gift to give them. So, I decided to sew them each a nice pencil pouch. Each pouch is reinforced with fusible fleece and fully lined. They are pretty spiffy, if I do say so. 

The first pouch I made has a strip of this pretty aqua batik pleated down the middle. I really like the simplicity of it. In fact, this is probably my favorite pencil case out of all those I have made before.

For the second part, I ruched the linen down the middle and sewed a strip of batik over the center. This pouch definitely has a more playful look about it. I also have a little hang tag thing (I'm sure it has a real name...) on the side with "LM" on it for Lolomade. I think when I reopen my Etsy shop next summer I will sell sewn goods, and it's never too early to start branding, right?

Isn't that blue fabric just gorgeous? I really like it. I like it so much, I used it for the lining too. :O)

And in both of the pouches, I put in one of my handmade LoloMade labels. Take a look at the tutorial here.

I hope you have an awesome weekend!

Geeking Out About {9}

This week, I've been on Etsy pretty frequently, just getting my shop, LoloMade, up and running. But, I haven't just been working--I've also been looking at all the awesome things that people on Etsy have to offer! There are so many awesome artists out there that for the next few "Geeking" posts, I might just be featuring different Etsy stores!

For this post, I'm focusing on the scarves on Etsy that I've added to my favorites list.

This shop is full of handmade goodness by sister team Sarah and Shana. Seriously--go check it out.

This scarf is awesome! The artist behind this shop, Romina, has oodles of other scarves and pretty necklaces in her store. You should definitely take a peek.

This scarf, made by Rose of Gypsya, is just so pretty. I love the colors and the stitching, and everything about it! Her shop is filled with tons of other pretty things, and has a big focus on gorgeous textiles (there's jewelry too!).

And that's what I've been geeking out about. Happy Friday!

Tutorial: Drawstring Laundry Bag

I'm shipping out to Pennsylvania for my freshmen year of college in about one month. I still need to buy linens, towels, and all of that good stuff so I can operate on my own in the dorms. One supply that I needed was a laundry bag. I decided to make one for myself. 

Then I thought about it, and figured I would make laundry bags as graduation gifts for my friends going to school out of state. One long trip to Jo-Anns, and six (SIX!) laundry bags later, I have finally written out a tutorial so you viewers at home can sew some laundry bags either for yourself, or those around you who are heading off to college in the fall.

This laundry bag uses French seams, making for a sturdy laundry bag that should last through a few years of wear and tear. It took me two hours to make this, including the time it took to take all the pictures. It's a pretty quick project, but oh so functional!

Here's what you'll need:
~2/3 yard plain fabric (I used this "oatmeal" cotton)
~1/3 yard patterned fabric
~1.5 yards of piping cord (it's around $7 for 15 yards at JoAnn's)
~7 inches of webbing (mine was about 1.25 inches thick)
~pins, sewing machine, scissors (or a rotary cutter, if you have one), thread

Step 1: Cut off the salvage edges of both fabrics using a rotary cutter or scissors. If you're using scissors, be sure to cut as straight as you can. Also trim fabrics so they are equal in width.

Step 2: To begin creating the first French seam, line up the edges (length-wise) of the fabrics, with the patterned fabric facing right side up. Pin the fabric.

Step 3: Sew layers together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Step 4: Once you've sewn the layers together, fold the fabric so the patterned piece is face down. The "good" part of the seam should be on the outside like in the (blurry... sorry) picture above.

Step 5: Now make a crease along the seam, and pin like shown above. You can iron if you really want to. I try my hardest to avoid ironing fabrics... It's just a pain in the rear.

Step 6: With a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew along the edge once more. This will create your French seam and protect the raw edges from fraying, making for a sturdier construction. 

Step 7: Next, French seam the bottom of the bag. You'll do this by using a 1/4 inch seam allowance on the "right" side of the bag; followed by a 1/2 inch seam allowance on the "inside-out" part of the bag. It's exactly what you did in steps 5 and 6--just at the bottom of the bag instead.

Step 8:  Next, we'll make the casing for the drawstring. To do this, use fabric chalk (or marker) to make marks 1.5 inches and 3 inches down the fabric. The space in between is going to be where the drawstring goes, and it will not be sewn when you stitch the side seams.

Step 9: Pin the fabric together along the side, and then sew the layers together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Don't sew between the marks you made in step 8!!!

Then flip the bag inside out, and sew along the side with a 1/2 inch seam allowance to create the final French seam. Once again, don't sew between the marks you made in step 8!!! I cannot stress this enough.

Step 10: Flip the bag right side out again and sew a nice rectangle around the gap. This will reinforce it for the stress the drawstring places on it.

Step 11: Next, grab your piping cord and knot the ends together. Flip the bag inside out, then lay the cord just below the top of your bag.

Step 12: This is a step where you can use an iron, if you please. I didn't--mostly because I was lazy. So, what you're going to do is fold over the top edge about a 1/2 inch. Then, fold over 1.5 inches and pin. I pinned about every 4 inches here to make sure my folds held. Also be sure the drawstring is at the top of the bag, and between the pins and the crease in the fabric. 

Step 13: Before sewing the casing, pull the knotted ends of the loop through the gap on the side seam that you made in step 8.

Step 14: Sew along 1/4 inch away from the edge of the bottom crease, until you've sewn all the way around the bag. 

Step 15: Almost done! Next, grab your 7 inch piece of webbing and pin it at the top of your bag. You can put this wherever you think is best. I put it on the opposite side of the drawstring. 

Step 16: Sew two rows of stitches to secure the webbing. Be sure you don't sew over the drawstring. 

And you're done!

If you have questions or comments, leave me a note in the comments section! I will respond, I promise.