Freshpet Video Shoot

December was such a fun month for many reasons, one of them being this awesome video shoot I got to be a part of! One of my best friends Alyne, and her husband Cameron (who was just chosen as one of the Forbes 30 under 30!) were working on a video for Freshpet, a pet food company, and they hired me to be the costume designer! The concept the whole idea was dogs eating with hands at a Christmas feast. It was a very ambitious idea, but we were totally able to pull it off!

You may have already seen the video, but if you haven't here it is. It racked up to over 15 million views on facebook and youtube combined!

This really was one of the most fun projects I've ever gotten to be a part of. I'm sure you can imagine the craziness of trying to get 13 dogs and a cat to all sit down at a table together, and it was nuts. For the most part though, all the dogs were really well-behaved (that was done on purpose) and it turned out so cute. I'm not even a huge dog person and I loved it.

I got to find all the costumes and put all the outfits together. I went thrift shopping for a lot and also found stuff at the mall and other places. It was really fun to be able to accessorize, like finding fun hats or getting together glasses for some of the dogs. The day of the shoot I was there to help dress dogs, fix any last minute things, and help with anything else needed. I never realized how much work often goes into making a video like this, but it takes a lot of time and effort!

If you want to see how we did it and see me a few times, you can watch this behind the scenes video:

Let me know what you think! I had so much fun getting to be involved in this, and I love how fun it all turned out.


Last Semester

Let me just say, this has been such a year! And last semester was such a school semester! It was so good, and really the best way to describe it was that it was filled with growth. Not growth from life is hard, but just so much growth from new experiences and learning! I meant to write this post at the end of last semester, and now we're at the middle of January, but I felt like it needed to be written, because there are things in life I want to remember, and one of them is all of last semester.
first day of schoooool!! I was so psyched :)
I already wrote a lot about it, like the first week of school, how going back to school was kind of new and different, and about taking my public speaking class. It was all so GOOD. So good, that I can't seem to put into words what last semester was for me. I learned something from every one of my classes, even my Research Methods class that I really didn't like and had a terrible professor in, and I met a lot of great people and made many friends.

It was a semester of expressing myself, whether that meant moving to my emotions in my contemporary dance class, giving a speech on something I care about in public speaking, or even getting a 93% (yeah dude!) on my stats test, because it showed me that maybe I do have some smarts still in me. ;)

I'm so grateful that I took a break off of school, for many reasons, one of them now being that I got to experience last semester. And I think another one being that I get to have this coming semester.

It was so good and it ended on a good note. In my contemporary dance class, I showed my solo I'd been working on, incorporating my the two energy qualities I was assigned: heavy and grow--two qualities that also interesting described much of my life.

Public Speaking ended with a lot of great friendships made and speeches. We had to do a news report in a group for one of our assignments, and I had so much fun doing it with the other girls in my group (there were only 6 girls in the class, and five of us formed a group. It was definitely a hoot :)). We got to know everyone pretty well in that class, because most of it was giving speeches (aka talking about ourselves or something we cared about) and it was definitely one of my favorite classes of my college career.

Sewing for Children brought the first kid's clothes I've ever made, and got me thinking that maybe I wouldn't mind designing and making more of them.

Stats made me feel smart again, and I loved the logic and end results that math brings and makes me happy with. I bonded with some fun girls in Research Methods, and even though our commonality was that we were forced to take a class with a terrible professor, we still bonded! Doctrine and Covenants was more than just studying the scriptures. I learned life lessons and how to apply the scriptures into my spiritual life.

Besides school, it was a good time in all other aspects of my life. Somehow, I stayed stable with money, picking up odd jobs and face painting gigs, all without needing to find a job. (definitely a miracle) Church and my ward was awesome, and I fell in love with both my callings--Communications co-chair (making the program every week for church and in charge of making ward directory) and Relief Society Activities Coordinator. I did Provo Fashion Week again, and I really started to question whether fashion was something I wanted to do or not--it's a struggle I've been having with myself for a while. I had an amazing, wayyyyy good birthday and I started riding my new bike! I loved my roommates, and the times when we were all home laughing, or just home at night to say a quick roommate prayer before going to bed (and the fact that they rented me a puppy for my birthday!).

So yes, last semester was really really good. I'm so grateful for it, and really, there's not much more that needs to be said about it than that. :)

(If you want to see a conglomeration of all of these things and more, you can watch my 2014 video. It's one of my favorite videos I've made, and I think it's because it makes me all sorts of happy when I watch it!)


The BYU Cougar Life

{disclaimer: I was going to call this post "the Cougar Life" until I realized how that made me sound like a forty year-old woman looking for young men, and changed it to what it is now. Cougars are BYU's mascot, just fyi ;)}

School is underway, and I'm pretty darn excited about it. This is probably shaping up to be the best semester of my college career! I have the perfect schedule of classes only on Tuesdays and Thursdays (which is seriously unheard of in Senior year), my classes are all pretty doable with great professors, I'm taking patternmaking (!), and for my capstone, I'm going to be sewing for a BYU fashion show that's happening in April!

And the best news of all so far? I got a job! I had a few interviews this week, and yesterday, just hours after one of them, they called me back wanting to hire me! I'm so excited, it's a videographer position for the alumni association, so it's doing something I love doing anyway, and it will give me great experience. I'm so excited for it and also amazed at how quickly it happened! I'm sure I will share more as I get started, but man, it's gonna be fun, and it'll be a great job to have as I finish my BYU career.

It's so crazy. I'm graduating. I'm graduating! It hasn't happened yet, so let's not get ahead of ourselves or anything, but wow. It's crazy to think that I took (and passed) enough courses to actually do this graduation. In April I'll walk and in June, I will be (hopefully) worthy of a diploma from Brigham Young University. Wow. And from BYU of all places! I wanted to go to this school for my whole life and then I got accepted and came here, and soon I will be leaving it. That of course will open many exciting doors and prospects in my life, but it's also a sad door to close and leave behind. I will miss it terribly when it's all said and done.

This school year has already been so good and it is only getting better. Life has a way of working itself out and I know that taking a year and a half break off of school was definitely the right thing to do. I'm so happy to be finishing my college career out with a bang. Yay for winter semester! (pretty sure I've never said that before so it's one to record in the books :))


A Cute Dress for a Cute Girl

I've decided to christen this week "Children's Clothing Week!" because when Gracie and I went up to the capitol to take her baptism dress pictures, we also took pictures of her in all the other clothes I made for her in my Sewing for Children class, so why not post them all in one week?!

I absolutely love this dress. It was my first project in class and definitely my most favorite one. It fits Gracie's style perfectly and I also see my design aesthetic in it as well. Favorite parts about this dress include the peter pan collar, the piping on the sash, and the little pocket on the skirt (I ended up putting pockets on 3 out the four projects I did, because we had to incorporate things we learned in class and pockets were always easy to add. Haha so there's the pocket disclaimer!).

Man, I totally love this dress, and Gracie looks just adorable in it. Kids clothes have been really fun to make! They are cute, and they also use less fabric and are easier to make because they don't require darts and such. Yay, so fun! I think I'll be making more children's clothing again in the near future. :)


Gracie's Baptism Dress

Gracie got baptized this past Saturday and it was a super special day for her and the rest of the family. Kinda crazy because being eight years old means she's not really a baby anymore! :(

I took a sewing for children class last semester and for one of my projects I decided to make Gracie's baptism dress. It was a lot of fun and I'm glad I had the chance to do it for her. I think I would have redone a few things for sure, and it was really sad because the zipper in the back broke, so if she were to ever wear it again I'd have to put in a new zipper. Overall though, I think the dress turned out really beautiful, probably mostly because it was on a beautiful little girl! It was a simple white dress with tulle on the skirt, and then I sewed gold beads as though they were cascading on the dress. The beading took FOREVER, but I'm so glad I did it because it was really cute.

We went up to the capitol building in Salt Lake City to get some nice pictures with my new Canon camera. We had fun, though Gracie was definitely getting tired by the end. Anyway, enough talk! You can see the pictures for yourselves and decide what you think.

Isn't she such a cutie? Man, I love this little girl SO much! We had so much fun spending three whole weeks with together over the break and I'm so proud of her for making the decision to get baptized! I sure am lucky to have Gracie as my sister and best friend for eternity. :)
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