Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Wrapup

February is finally over, thank goodness. Even though the ground outside is still covered in disgusting gray slush, I'm so ready for March. March is my birthday month, and I will always love birthdays no matter how old I get. And I know how much everyone loves Instagram recap blog posts (they don't? oh well, doing it anyway...) so here are some highlights from February.

My favorite posts from February:

And some goals for March:
  • Drink. More. Water.
  • Get back into a regular blogging schedule. I've been a worthless excuse for a blogger lately and I'm sorry. 
  • Make things. This should also help with goal #2.

Monday, February 25, 2013


Lately I've been:

  • Working on organizing my closets. I have so many new clothes from a recent swap with my friends and I've always had a lot of craft supplies so that can make storage kind of an issue in a small apartment. I've actually made a lot of progress this month though.
  • Looking forward to my birthday. Who doesn't love birthdays? Even though I'm old they're still pretty exciting. I already got one early gift (the old camera in the above photo), so that's pretty fun. But mostly I'm just looking forward to hanging out with people I like.
  • Finishing up watching One Tree Hill. This show has me all kinds of emotional right now. I'm looking for some light-hearted shows to watch next. Any suggestions?
  • Getting really antsy for spring to get here. I have a trip to Florida in a couple of weeks, so the weather better be good there and then winter better be basically over by the time I get back. (It won't be though).
  • Feeling really uninspired to make anything. It's just one of those weeks, I guess.

What have you been up to lately?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

DIY Wine Bottle Photo Lamp

If there are two things in this world I love, it’s my friends and wine. Okay, maybe there are more things than that… but those are the things that inspired this latest DIY project.

What you need:
  • one printed photo 
  • spray water bottle 
  • glossy mod podge 
  • paintbrush 
  • wine bottle 
  • goo-gone 
  • battery powered LED lights 
  • yarn/fabric scraps 

To do the translucent photo transfer, start by covering the front of your photo (which has to be printed from a normal printer) with a few layers of mod podge, letting it dry in between each layer. Once the final layer has dried, spray the back with water and begin peeling off the paper very gently. Try using just your finger tips and not your nails, as the mod podge can tear pretty easily. Once you’re done, the photo should allow light to shine through.

To remove the label from your wine bottle, apply some Goo Gone around the label and let it sit for a few minutes. This should make it easier to peel off the paper, but you might need to add a little more as you go.

Once you’re done with those steps, roll up your photo transfer and put it into the wine bottle. I used some knitting needles to place the photo on the outer edge of the bottle. Then insert your strand of LED lights, keeping the battery pack on the outside. You can also add some yarn or fabric scraps to the inside of the bottle, just to help the light carry and keep the photo pinned to the edge of the bottle.

You can add a lampshade to the top of the bottle and hide the battery pack there, or just keep the wine bottle as is. Now you have a cool lamp with a personal touch. Enjoy!

*This DIY post was first shared on After Nine to Five

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cool Stuff

Here are some cool links I came across this week:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Galentine's Day

I'm guessing all of you know that Valentine's Day was last week. But did you know that there's one more very important holiday that takes place around this time? If you watch Parks and Recreation, then you probably do. I'll let Leslie Knope take it from here:
"February 14th, Valentine's Day, is about romance. But February 13th, Galentine's Day, is about celebrating lady friends. It's wonderful and it should be a National Holiday."
So my friends and I had our annual Galentine's Day celebration this weekend. It was an amazing day full of breakfast food, makeup, puppies, shopping, gifts, and of course: ladies celebrating ladies.

The day started off with a trip to One Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, where we enjoyed some biscuits and gravy along with beermosas (delicious). Then we went to Brazen Cosmetics, this really cute independent makeup company, also in Ferndale. We had a private makeup party where we got to sample all of these really great products and we ALL made purchases at the end of the day. Then we stopped by the Rust Belt Market and a few people bought some vintage/handmade goodies. And finally, we headed back to our friends' apartment to exchange gifts and valentines (galentines) and we even had a huge clothing/accessories swap. I have an insane amount of new clothes now.

Basically, I just wanted to write a post about how great my friends are and how incredibly fun this day was. If you don't already, you should definitely plan an annual Galentine's Day celebration with your lady friends. It's wonderful and it should be a national holiday.

Some IG photos taken from Nicole, Charlotte, Whitney, and Lisa

Thursday, February 7, 2013

What I Wore: Most Days

Obviously, I like getting dressed up and making fun outfits, but most days I really dress like this. It's not allllll the time, but over the gross winter months I usually prefer to stay in leggings and big sweaters if I plan on spending the whole day in my apartment (most days) or if I'm just not going anywhere that important.

What's your winter uniform?

Outfit details: Modcloth sweater, target leggings, Minnetonka moccasins

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

DIY Winter Wreath

I don’t know about you, but once I take all my holiday decorations down, I feel like my apartment is just too empty. But even though the remainder of winter is far from my favorite time of year, it can still be helpful to make some wintery decorations to fill the void left from those snowmen and sleigh bells. That’s why I felt the need to make this winter wreath for my front door.

What you need:
  • wreath frame 
  • white feathers 
  • snowflake sequins or beads 
  • hot glue 

I happened to have this feather fan lying around my apartment, so I wanted to make it into something more useful. I took apart the fan so that I just had about 15 good sized feathers. I started by gluing them in place around the wreath frame so that you couldn’t see it from the front. Once you’ve done that, trim off any excess feather pieces that stick too far out. Then place your little snowflakes around the wreath and glue them in place.

Easy as that! Now my front door doesn’t look so empty every time I come home. Do you have any winter decorations to help fill that Christmas void?

Monday, February 4, 2013


Lately I've been...
  • Trying to organize my craft supplies. This seems impossible though. I have a whole walk-in closet dedicated to craft supplies, but I can no longer walk into it because of how much stuff is in there.
  • Not doing so well with my goal of seeing all the movies nominated for Best Picture before the Academy Awards. I need several trips to the movies per week if this is really going to happen.
  • Catching up on The Office. Who is watching this season? I'm seriously so emotional about it.
  • Planning a Galentine's Day celebration with my friends. Leslie Knope holidays are always the best, aren't they?
  • Wanting to skip ahead to March. Aside from Galentine's Day, February looks to be pretty boring. March includes my birthday, a trip to Florida, BASEBALL, Pi Day (yes, this is important), and a bunch of other stuff that is way better than anything February has to offer.

What have you been up to lately?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Cool Stuff

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Here's some cool stuff I found on the internet this week:
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