Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bedazzled Craft Night

Sometimes on our monthly craft nights, we do serious crafts that I can actually take and display in my apartment or wear or whatever. But sometimes it can be way more fun to do something completely ridiculous. So that's why we got out the Bedazzler for August's craft night.

We took some bandanas and shirts and crowns and whatever else was lying around and just decorated them in the most ridiculous and tacky ways possible. It was possibly the most fun craft night we've ever had.

While the stuff we made isn't necessarily what I'd wear on a day-to-day basis, we did decide to have a bar night where we all don our new creations. I'm pretty excited to see the looks we get when we walk in wearing a bunch of crowns and bedazzled tank tops.

For our book, we read A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. I have to admit that I didn't finish it, not because it wasn't good but because I literally didn't start it until the day before (which was only about a week ago, now). But I do still plan to read it, so I'd love to hear what you thought if you've read it. I'd also love to hear if you've had any great bedazzling experiences!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fall Goals

Before you get all "summer's not even over!" on me, let me just tell you that I do not care one bit about summer. It was cool when I was in school (obviously), and it's alright because you get to go swimming and stuff, but I've never been a huge fan of the season itself. Give me cool temperatures, crunchy leaves, and apple flavored everything any day of the week. I personally think the year just gets better as it goes on: January and February suck, spring is cool because you get to go outside, summer is even better because there's a lot more to do, fall is even better because you can be outside and actually be comfortable and there's still stuff to do, and Christmas is the best time of all. So now that you know my feelings on the seasons, I'll tell you about some of the stuff I want to do this fall.

  • Bake three different types of pies. Last year I baked my first apple pie and it was delicious if I do say so myself. So this year I want to make another one with apples from a local orchard, and then try two new kinds as well
  • Go on a few trips to apple orchards. There are a lot of them in Michigan, and I love exploring them.
  • Visit a corn maze. These are just fun. I don't care that I'm an "adult."
  • Write and plan a murder mystery party. I've already started writing a murder mystery, so I hope I can finish it before Halloween and host a whodunit dinner party.
  • Make a cool Halloween costume. I've always loved handmade costumes, and I have a lot of different ideas for this year.
  • Go to a Halloween party or two or three. The more the better, because then I can make and wear more costumes.
  • Keep my shop open and get rid of a lot of my hat supply. If you or your kids need accessories for Halloween costumes, look no further!
  • Decorate my apartment for fall/Halloween. I've never lived completely alone before, so I'm really excited to do my own thing with decorations. And of course I'll be making a lot of it.
  • Carve and decorate a pumpkin or two.
  • Try out some new apple desserts and dishes. You already know how I feel about apple flavored everything in the fall.
  • Get lots of pumpkin spice lattes.
  • Learn how to make my own pumpkin spice lattes. Going out for coffee all the time can get pricey, and I like making new things.
  • Hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.
  • Visit a petting farm. They seem to always have these at apple orchards and corn mazes, and I love seeing the animals.
  • Go to an antiques auction. This isn't an activity that's specific to fall, but I happen to know of one that's happening around here this fall, so I plan on going. It'll be my first real auction and I can't wait to hear the auctioneer and get one of those paddles.
  • Bake cinnamon doughnuts.
This is all I can think of for now, but it's a definite possibility that I'll add to this in the coming weeks. Now all I need is for it to cool down just a bit more so I can shut off my AC and leave the windows open always. I just love fall! (did I mention that already?)

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Monday, August 27, 2012

The Wattlebird Shop is Back!

Hi guys! I'm happy to announce that after months about going back and forth considering what to do with my Etsy shop, I've finally re-opened for the fall and winter seasons. Instead of including some of my vintage collection and a variety of handmade goodness, I've decided to just list my knit hats and accessories for now, since I have a huge stock of them and I need to focus my time wisely. Once the busy seasons pass and I get a better handle on my freelance jobs, I do still hope to open a more in-depth shop either on Etsy or another platform. But for now, you can visit Wattlebird on Etsy and buy some knit accessories perfect for Halloween costumes for kids and fun adults!

Also, you might have noticed my fancy new banner on Etsy and this fancy new blog design. I'm still putting up some finishing touches as far as links and attribution, but I'm really loving it AND it'll be easy for me to customize this design's color scheme for all the different seasons. I hope that'll at least partially quench my thirst for a new blog design every other month. What do you think? AND do you have any suggestions for other knit shop items? I have a lot left to list, but I'll be doing that throughout the coming week.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

DIY Curtain Garland

So here's the latest in my attempts to un-boringify (it's a word I made up) my living room. I promise I'll move on to a different room one day. Anyway, I bought these plain yellow curtains because they were all I could really find and I like yellow, but i wanted something a little more interesting. Meanwhile, I have all this scrap fabric lying around that I don't know what to do with. Lightbulb!

I took all the fabric and cut it into strips (about one and a half inches thick, but I guess you can do whatever you want. I tied a bunch of the strips together until it was about as long as my curtains.

Then I strung yarn through the curtains up by the curtain rod, so that I had a place to tie all the fabric scraps. That's basically it. All you need are some scraps of fabric, scissors and yarn to make your curtains un-boring.

I think I'm going to play around with these and maybe make some different types of garland (maybe some fall colors next). But for now I think this fits.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Arm Party!

I'm so excited for today's post because I get to share some great new stuff that I got from the fun Arm Party, hosted by Leonora of Yellow Heart Art and Ilene of Much Love Illy! I love swaps like this mainly because I always end up meeting cool new blog friends, like Kristen, who sent me these great bracelets!

Kristen runs a blog called The Mrs. & The Momma, so you should head over there and see her Arm Party post. And visit Yellow Heart Art and Much Love Illy for links to even more Arm Party goodness!

I seriously love the bracelets I got! I always love a good ol' friendship bracelet and the other one is so unique and funky! These are definitely my favorite colors and will go with a lot. Also.... THEY FIT ME, which is awesome since I can never find bracelets that fit due to my freakishly tiny wrists. Seriously, even kids' bracelets fall off me.

Outfit Details:
Thrifted shirt and cardigan
Modcloth skirt and shoes
Arm party bracelets

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Monday, August 20, 2012

MyMemories Giveaway

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I was recently given the opportunity to try out a cool new scrapbooking software. I have tried paper scrapbooking before though I don't do it regularly, so I thought it would be fun to try this new approach. Since I've had one of the best summers ever this year, I decided to make a few pages dedicated to snapshots from the past few months.

The papers and backgrounds available were really similar to what you'd find in the scrapbook paper aisle at a craft store, but it was so easy to add photos and other decorative elements. They even have pre-made templates and layouts that you can browse and then basically all the work is done for you. Just personalize with your own photos and text and you've got yourself a scrapbook! Another neat feature is that you can use your own photos as backgrounds and design elements, so the pages can be completely custom.

The best part about all of this? MyMemories has offered up one free copy of this software to a lucky Wattlebird reader. All you need to do is visit and choose your favorite layout or paper pack and then come back and leave a comment on this entry. For additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each entry) you can connect with MyMemories on Facebook, Twitter, or their blog, or you can follow this blog via GFC, Bloglovin or Twitter. Blogging or tweeting about this giveaway also counts as an extra entry. If you need a tweet to use: Enter to win a free digital #scrapbooking software from @AnnieHP's blog #giveaway.

In addition, MyMemories is offering a coupon code for you to receive $10 off the MyMemories Suite V3 (making the software just $29.97) PLUS a $10 coupon for the MyMemories store, which has even more backgrounds and design elements to choose from. Just enter this code at checkout: STMMMS96825

The giveaway ends at 10PM EST on Monday, August 27 and a winner will be chosen randomly. The giveaway is open internationally.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Sponsor in September

It's almost time for my favorite season, so I'm pretty glad that August is almost over. But that means its time for a new batch of sponsors here at Wattlebird. Spots are pay-what you can, so it's as little as $1. I also accept trades with other bloggers. Just email wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com and we'll make arrangements. And don't forget to check out this month's awesome sites:

Photobucket Dresses from Shabby Apple

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

My Not-So-Green Thumb

So I stated in  my summer goals post that I wanted to start a little garden this year. I live in an apartment (strike one), but I was really determined to do it... at least I was when I first started it. I didn't do a whole lot of research (strike 2), as I thought I could just go with the basic directions that came with my supplies. As the summer went on, there were several days where I just wasn't home (strike 3) or where I left in the morning and got home really late and my mind wasn't like "hey, you should water those plants now!" 

But despite my three strikes, not ALL of my plants died over the summer. I had a couple little lavender plants in tea tins on my windowsill that are doing quite nicely (better than in these photos). And I have some basil in little pots over my sink that I sort of brought back to life after a short vacation where I was not thinking about plant maintenance.

But my little garden area where I planted mint, parsley, and dill didn't make it out of the summer alive. I got them to sprout and then I think it was just a little too much for me considering the space and the time that I have. I think I've learned a lot though, and I would like to try it again next year, with more initial research and consideration for my time constraints/laziness.

Have you ever planted a garden? And do you have any essential tips you'd like to share? Obviously I need all the help I can get...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Outfit Out-takes

Sometimes I look really cool... or sometimes I take blurry pictures and make weird faces and jump off couches (why not, right?) Here's a look at some of my best/worst moments from the past few weeks.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

5-Minute Bookshelf Makeover

I've been doing a lot of little projects with washi tape lately, but it's just so easy and awesome. This one, again, is super easy. I timed it and it only took me five minutes and a couple seconds to cover this whole huge bookcase. All you need is washi tape and a boring bookcase.

There's not much to explain with this project. All you do is cover the edges of your bookcase with tape. Voila - no more boring bookcase!

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Color Wheel

The Color Wheel is a new series of posts designed to help me capture more snapshots of my everyday life, while also helping me learn more about photography and the different settings on my camera so I can stop being such a n00b. Posts are color coordinated, because, well, it's fun.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

If you really knew me...

This post has been making its way around to a lot of different blogs lately. I'm not sure where it originated (does anyone know?), but it looks like fun. So here it is.

If you really knew me you'd know that...
  • I drink at least ten cups of tea a day. That probably sounds like an exaggeration, but it's honestly not. That used to be coffee, but I've cut that back to about one of those a day and replaced my hot beverage obsession with tea. I mostly drink green tea, but I also love me some earl grey and spiced chai.
  • I knit all. the. time. If you're a regular reader of this blog, then you probably already know I like to knit, but did you know that I've knit in a bar, a movie theater, and a bunch of other weird places? If I'm just knitting something simple like a hat, I don't need to look at it, so why not multi-task right?
  • I don't care about my hair. I like having it so that I can try new styles and dye it and stuff, but on a day-to-day basis I kind of wish I was bald. My hair is really curly and frizzy and I don't blow dry or straighten or do much of anything to my hair most days so it's just kind of there. 
  • I live for Christmas time. I'm really over summer already, and I just can't wait for fall, my favorite full season, and then Christmas, my favorite partial season. I hate the rest of winter, but I could live in December all year long.
  • I'm one of those weirdo aldults-without-kids who loves going to Disney World. I personally think it's weird for ANYONE to not love Disney World, but I guess some people feel differently. I'll never not love it though.
  • I quote The Office several times every day. Seriously. I just think it's hilarious and relateable to most situations in my life. I still wish I worked at Dunder Mifflin.
  • I'm a morning person. No matter how late I stay up (which is pretty late sometimes) I absolutely cannot sleep any later than 9 a.m. Though I usually prefer to wake up much earlier than that.

Outfit Details: thrifted shirt, skirt, and belt // Payless shoes // Modcloth headband

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