Over the years, I’ve accumulated hundreds of t-shirts. Last year, I had the bright idea of turning them into t-shirt quilts. There are many quilters that focus on making t-shirt quilts — it turns out that it’s a big market, especially around graduation and winter holiday times.
After gathering all of my shirts together and separating them into categories, I researched about 10-15 t-shirt quilters online. I settled on T-Shirt-Quilts.com, which is owned by Blue Ribbon Quilt Co.
Co-owner Linda Lawson worked with me to choose quilt sizes, t-shirt order and material colors for the quilts. In the end, I settled on having four quilts made for distinct parts of my life: social media, travel, New York University and Paragould High School. Take a look at the quilts below and let me know what you think!
I put my social media swag to great use with this t-shirt quilt.
The largest quilt I ordered fits on a queen-sized bed and contains 36 t-shirts from my NYU days.
I used 30 of my high school t-shirts for this full-sized quilt.
While I’ve been to many more places than the ones represented on this quilt, I wanted to have a travel quilt made that focused on orange. Ta da!
Above: Maria Kucinski, Erica Swallow, Jamall Oluokun and Kriti Bhandari
I recently attended my first Shecky’s
Beauty Night Out with three lovely friends (pictured above). Shecky’s
is most known for their Girls Night Out
, an event that pulls together the best of fashion, cocktails, food and fun! They also have Holiday Night Out
! Beauty Night Out is all about beauty… makeup, face, hygiene and dietary products. Even more exciting, all of the events include a HUGE Goodie Bag! The giftbag is so well-known that they call it “Shecky’s Famous Goodie Bag”. haha. The goodie bag was simply wonderful, to say the least. It’s definitely the biggest goodie bag I’ve ever received at an event. Of course, there is a price to enter, but still!
If you’re curious about Shecky’s
, I say go! It was definitely worth it! (Tip: Sign up for the Shecky’s Insiders
program for discounts before purchasing tickets.)
I’m trying to help put a dent in the world water crisis and I need your help. I’ve created three projects via charity:water, each with a goal of raising $5,000, enough funds to build a water well in a community in need of clean water. I’m asking that all of my friends and family find it in their hearts to donate, as there are millions of people without the basic need of water.
I’ve made three funds to match my friends’ interests:
1.) NYU Fund: For all of my NYU friends that want to make a difference. This fund goes towards helping bring water to schools in need of it. Have some school pride and donate today at http://new.charitywater.org/nyufund.
2.) NYC Fund: For the city known for its water towers, atop every building. This fund is for all the New Yorkers who care about delivering clean water to people in need. Donate now at http://new.charitywater.org/nyc.
3.) Erica & Weikai’s 2nd Anniversary: Today is the 2nd anniversary of dating for Weikai and me! In celebration, we’re asking all of our friends and family to find it in their hearts to donate to the millions without water. We’re lucky enough to have been born in societies with an overabundance of water. Let’s give back. Donate now at http://new.charitywater.org/EricaandWeikai.
With all of my love and best wishes for you and yours!
Hey NYU friends! Are you going to be at the NYU Recent Alumni Network Alumni Mixer tomorrow? Weikai (my boyfriend) and I will be there. See you there!
Click on the invitation above for more details!
Above is an interview that I did with the Institute of International Education about my experience as a Gilman Scholar. I discussed my Gilman experience as an NYU in Shanghai study abroad student in China and offered advice to current applicants for the Gilman Scholarship. Wish I was more interesting! I need to start reading a dictionary!
To learn more about my time abroad, check out my China Adventure website.
On April 20th I received another compelling email from the NYU Wellness Exchange, titled “Burnt out?”. Last time the Wellness Exchange sent out one of these emails it was about over-drinking. This time, on the national high holiday (4/20), it was only fitting for it to be about smoking pot. Read the image above, which was the body of the email.
Wow, seriously, who makes these PSAs? I wasn’t expecting that at all. Somehow, I didn’t get the flow from papers, final exams, internships… to smoking pot.
But, whatever, it caught my attention.
It was also fitting that on April 20th, the New York Times ran an article entitled Marijuana Advocates Point to Signs of Change. Ever wonder where the term “420” originated? According to this NYTimes article:
Mr. Hager said the significance of April 20 dates to a ritual begun in the early 1970
s in which a group of Northern California teenagers smoked marijuana every day at 4:20 p.m. Word of the ritual spread and expanded to a yearly event in various places. Soon, marijuana aficionados were using “420” as a code for smoking and using it as a sign-off on fliers for concerts where the drug would be plentiful.
In the end, I think the day went over well. The NYU Wellness Exchange would be happy to know that I didn’t hear of any students smoking up on the notorious holiday, although I’m sure there were plenty of festivities behind closed doors. What can ya do?