Sunday, November 28, 2010

Black Friday

Black Friday was murder for me this year. I've worked several Black Friday's in the past but NOTHING even came close to how bad it was for me this year. I've never worked two retail jobs at the same time before. Ready to hear what I worked?
6:30 am- 11:00 pm.
Did you calculate that for me?
15 1/2 hours!!!
Craziness I tell you. It really wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be. Alex was really sweet and he drove an hour from Katy, TX just to bring me some caffeine. Isn't he the sweetest? I wouldn't have made it without the caffeine perk. I worked yesterday from Noon-10:30 which wasn't as long a day but I was more tired yesterday than I was on Friday. I think my exhaustion from Friday caught up with me and I was really dragging my feet by the end of the day. Luckily I was able to get off both jobs today so that I could relax a little and re cooperate. I don't really have much time to rest since I'm far behind on my school work. I've spent most of today shopping for office furniture for my final interior design project. I think I'm finally set for the furnishings!! Just need to pick out my finishes, draw up the floor plan and come up with company logos for both myself and my client. Geez!!! As soon as I'm done with this post I'll be pulling out my Algebra and working on that the rest of the evening. I'll be so happy when this semester is over. I'm exhausted!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving
I hope everyone has a wonderful thanksgiving with friends and family today! I have much to be thankful for today. I'm thankful for a loving family who supports me even when I might do things that are a little discouraging. I'm thankful for my friends who are also very supportive. I'm thankful that I have work so I can support myself financially. I'm also thankful that I'm doing so well in school. I've met a wonderful guy, Alex, who makes me SO happy and I'm extremely thankful for that. Most of all I'm thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who is always there for me even when I do wrong. I know that he loves me and I know that he is always there!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pattern Mixing Board & Color Notebook

I've turned in 2 more Interior Design Projects since the last time I blogged something. One of them has been graded and the other just barely got turned in last night.
Pattern Mixing Board
The teacher assigned us an "ugly" fabric that we were required to design a living room around with at least 5 other patterned fabrics and only one solid. Starting from the bottom left we see the upholstery for the sofa. Then going to the right (still on the bottom right) the two goldish fabrics are throw pillows for the sofa. The navy fabric will be a throw pillow for the Wing Back Chairs that will be upholstered in the fabric located directly above the throw pillow fabrics. The Wing Back Upholstery was the "inspirational/ugly" fabric for this rooms design. Moving to the left of this fabric we see the fabric that will be used for the ottomans and the navy fabric will be used for the dining room chairs in the dining room in this open floor plan. Directly above the ottoman fabric we see some upholstery for some sitting chairs in a reading area by a window. The last fabric on the top right will be used for the draperies of this space.
I received a 96 on this project for a few minor details. Some of my fabrics had thick paper behind the sample that caused some bunching when I wrapped the fabric on the board.
Color Notebook
My Color Notebook was turned in last night and so I won't receive my grade until after the Thanksgiving Holiday. I wanted this project to look very similar to my P & E Notebook from earlier in the semester. Here are a few highlights from this notebook.
This is the color wheel that I made out of different fabrics. This wheel actually took more time than you would think....holy crap!!!

Fabric Simulation using a patterned fabric!

Achromatic Color Scheme ~ black, white and grey

Analogous Color Scheme ~ 3-6 colors adjacent on color wheel

Triadic Color Scheme ~ 3 equidistant colors on color wheel

My Final Room Analysis

Saturday, November 13, 2010

More Good Grades

Work and school have been really insane lately and I haven't really had much time for blogging. I have received a few more good grades in both my classes. On my last Algebra test I received a 102 which was the ONLY "A" in the whole class. There were 2 "B's" and 2 "C's" and the rest of the class failed. Most of the class ended up dropping the class after we got those tests back. On Thursday the class was so small!
However, my 100 streak ended in my Interior Design class :(
I received a 99 on my furniture board. Not a bad grade but not a perfect one either. There was a small minuscule spec of glue that she counted off for. She told us from here on out she would deduct points for little things like not being able to cut a straight line, showing glue, frayed edges on our boards etc....
She told us that no one got a perfect score so I'm thinking that my 99 was the best in the class. I've officially been labeled "Miss Overachiever" from some of my classmates.
I'm so proud of myself especially in my Algebra class. I've now got a 105, 110, 110, and 102 on my four tests. Now I just have to keep doing my homework and hope that I do well on my final. I think it's impossible for me to NOT get an "A" in that class now!! Yeah!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My First Date

I went on my first date, in a really long time, tonight. I haven't been with anyone since Carlos and I broke up in January of this year. This date was totally unexpected but it ended up being a really good evening.
Last Wednesday I received a text message from a girl in my Interior Design class. She was wanting to know what my last name was so she could look me up on facebook to show a picture of me to her best friend. She had told him that I looked like a mixture of Taylor Swift and Kristen Bell and he wanted to see. I ended up just sending her a picture to show him and she told me that he wanted my number after he saw it. I was a little sceptical at first but eventually gave in. He started texting me immediately after she gave him my number. We've been talking ever since via text and phone calls. He asked me out on our second day of texting and we made our arrangements for tonight since I was off work. I've really enjoyed talking to this guy. His name is Alex by the way. Alex has been really sweet and I had a great time hanging out with him tonight. He's a really nice guy and I'd love to spend more time with him and get to know him better.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

English Neoclassical Style Furniture

My furniture board was due last Wednesday and I have yet to receive my grade on it. My teacher was going to give us our boards and grades back yesterday, but the pouring down rain kept her from taking them out of her home. I'm hoping the weather will be nice next Monday so the teacher can give them back to us...I'm eager to know what my grade is.

We were all assigned different furniture styles that we were supposed to research and decorate a room around. We then had to pick 4 pieces of furniture; one had to have upholstery; and we had to have a sample of the wood used from that time period.

I was given English Neoclassical which was approximately from 1760-1820 when George the III came to the throne. The Neoclassical time period also falls in the Late Georgian Period. The 3 most well known designers/architects/cabinet makers of this time period were Robert Adam, George Hepplewhite, and Thomas Sheraton.
During the Neoclassical Era, the designers started going away from cabriolle legs and using straight lines instead. This is an Adam Style Dining Chair; Adam was known for his use of ovals, circles, columns and urns. I chose this oval back dining chair for the dining room I designed. For the upholstery I chose a light blue damask since blue was a popular color used in the neoclassical era and damask was a popular texture.

I chose a Sheraton Style Dining Table. Even though cabriolle legs were going out of style at this time, they still used a slight curve with some of their legs.

Both my Serving Table and China Cabinet are Hepplewhite Style. Hepplewhite and Sheraton had very similar styles and it was hard to distinguish which one did what but there were some slight differences; mostly in the direction they carved their wood.

Hepplewhite was most well known for his "shield shaped" chair back. Sheraton did more of a square shaped back.
All four of my pieces are mahogany which was the primary wood choice of the neoclassical time period.