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Books and Shopping Make My World Go Round

Whew! My Thanksgiving break ended entirely too quickly–I think I deserve more than just four days off! On Friday, me and my mom and dad went Black Friday shopping. While I’m not really for the shops that opened on Thanksgiving night, it made Friday a lot less hectic! We went to all the big department stores which were busy, but not crazy like they usually are. We left around 11am and it was just nice, shopping with my parents.

And let me tell you, I love a good deal. :P

I actually didn’t get a whole lot at the stores. I do the majority of my shopping (excluding clothes) online since I can usually find a better deal on But, I got my mom a hand-mixer that she had been wanting and a dog toy for Tabor and a few things for Andrew–I would specify, but I know he reads my blog so it’ll have to be kept a secret for now. ;) I also found both a shirt for my dad and brother that I thought they would like.

You should be proud of me, though; I only bought one thing for myself while shopping, which was The Dark Knight DVD. It was on sale at Target for $3.99. Uh hello! What a steal! :D Though… I did buy some books for myself online too–but I couldn’t resist. Books for $5 or less is a book lover’s dream. :P

Speaking of books, I just finished Emma by Jane Austen, which I had been meaning to read for… a really long time. I absolutely loved it. I haven’t been able to read much during the semester since I don’t have a lot of spare time, but I finished reading Emma this weekend. I saw the movie with Andrew (the one with Gwyneth Paltrow–really liked it) beforehand and that encouraged me to finish reading it.

Also, anyone else a fan of The Hunger Games? If not, you should be! :P No really, these books are really fantastic. The theatrical trailer came out last week sometime and I think it looks great! After I saw the trailer, I read all three books again within a week. Ahh! :love:

I’m a little wary because I loved the books just the way they are that the movie won’t do them justice, but Suzanne Collins (the author of the trilogy) is helping write the screenplay, so I think that will really pay off. The movie is set to come out in theaters March 23, 2012. Super excited! :D

If you haven’t read the books, I would highly recommend it. They are one of my favorite series. <3

I hope you all had a lovely break if you had one!

Make a Corner Bookmark

In this tutorial you’re going to learn how to make a corner bookmark! They’re very simple (don’t let the number of steps deceive you!) and you will only need a few materials, nothing that you need to go out and buy unless you want to go above and beyond with your decorating. :)

  1. The first thing you are going to need is a square piece of paper. It doesn’t really matter what size it is, but the bigger it is, the easier it is to work with since there will be a lot of folding. For the purposes of this tutorial, I will be using a 6 inch x 6 inch piece of paper.
  2. Fold your paper in half, so it looks like a triangle.
  3. Unfold it, and now fold it in half the other way in the form of a triangle.

  4. Fold the right side of your triangle in towards the center.

  5. You are going to do the same with the left side, so both sides are folded in.

  6. This next part can be a bit confusing. Unfold your piece of paper completely. Be careful not to turn it while you are unfolding, otherwise you will fold the wrong part and your bookmark may not turn out right. Your paper should look like this:

  7. You are going to fold the bottom point of your triangle up into the center. You are going to do the same with the top point as well.

  8. Fold your paper in half, downwards. And then you’ll need to flip it over. You are going to have crease marks where you are going to fold next.

  9. Fold the right flap down; it should fold easily since it is already creased. Now do the same with the left side, so they are both folded down.

  10. Almost finished! You are just going to simply fold the flaps down into the triangle!

  11. And voila! You are done! Well, with making the bookmark at least.

You can now be done with your new handy-dandy bookmark, or you can go on and decorate it! You can simply use markers and draw designs on it, or you can get a bit more creative. And remember, you can make all different sizes–the bigger the piece of paper you use, the easier it is to fold.

I hope you enjoy your bookmark! If you have any questions or got a little confused on a certain step, feel free to comment in the area below and I will get back to you!