Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Wrapup

It's the last day of April and it's finally actually starting to feel like spring around here. I'm really excited for the weather to be consistently warm and for it to hopefully stop raining every single day. But other than the weird Michigan weather, which is to be expected anyway, April was pretty good. I spent a lot of it going out with friends, trying to go sort through my vintage collection, redecorating my apartment, and enjoying some delicious food (as always).

Favorite posts from April:

And some goals for May:
  • Take more pictures (this was a goal for April that I didn't exactly follow through with)
  • Make some actual meals that don't start out either frozen or as peanut butter, jelly, and bread
  • Spend as much time outside as possible

How was your April? Any fun plans for May?

Monday, April 29, 2013

On Community

So I feel like I've been (mostly) back on my blogging game lately with fairly regular posts and new ideas and all that junk. But one area I feel is lacking a bit is the community aspect - I used to find new blogs and leave comments and talk to new people all the time - and I just haven't been able to get back into that habit recently.

It would be cool if anyone who sees this post would leave a comment just saying hi, leaving your blog link (or twitter or shop or whatever), and maybe asking questions or leaving suggestions for blog posts or topics or anything else really. You could even email me (wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com) and we could talk about guest posting or maybe being featured here in some way (I've been thinking about bringing this back... good idea/bad idea??) Mainly, I just want to start conversations with people again, as I have always felt that was one of the coolest parts about blogging. So talk to me and let's be best friends forever.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Cherry Orange Sorbet Mimosa

So I'm still not very good at the creative naming thing. But that doesn't mean that this this drink isn't delicious. It's also insanely simple.

All you need is some orange sorbet and cherry champagne. Of course, you can use regular champagne if you want a more traditional mimosa flavor, but we have a lot of great cherry flavored things here in Michigan and I've really been wanting to make a cherry flavored mimosa.

Just add two scoops of orange sorbet to your glass, then fill up the rest of it with your champagne. Add a maraschino cherry or two if you want (you do) and enjoy!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

April Wishlist

Time for the monthly collection of things I want to buy but probably won't:

1/2/3/4/5/6/7 *this post contains affiliate links

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Sometimes pictures of yourself are really awkward, and pretending like they aren't is silly.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cool Stuff

Here's some cool stuff I found around the internet over the past few weeks:

Monday, April 22, 2013

What I Wore: Saying Goodbye

I mentioned in my last post that I've been getting ready to open a vintage shop in the next week or so. So I've been working on photographing all of my accessories and clothes. Some of them (like this dress) I'm going to have a tough time saying goodbye to. It's also strange to have work to do again that doesn't involve sitting in front of my computer all day long.

Outfit details: vintage dress, Modcloth blazer, Old Navy shoes
Similar: 1/2/3 *this post contains affiliate links


Lately I've been...
  • Getting together a bunch of my vintage shoes, purses and clothes to sell. I'm hoping to have a shop up and running by next week!
  • Enjoying the weather. It's finally (kind of) springy outside and I can finally turn my dumb heat off and leave the windows open sometimes.
  • Working on a new blog design. I should have it up later today or early tomorrow.
  • Watching Veronica Mars. It's been on my list for awhile and since there's going to be a movie I figured this was a good time to finally watch it. I made it through the whole first season in just a few days.
  • Re-arranging and re-decorating my living room. I promise to share some pictures soon.
What have you been up to lately?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Craft Night Part 2: Decorating Flasks

In yesterday's post, I talked about the craft night I hosted over the weekend with my friends. I mentioned that we did two different projects - the first was decorating canvas shoes. The second was decorating flasks, because if you're going to carry around a flask it should at least be snazzy, right?

Everyone got really creative with this one. Here are the different ways everyone decorated theirs (from left to right):

  1. fabric attached with mod podge, bird also cut from fabric
  2. polka dots made with nail polish
  3. washi tape with ric rac trim and ribbon glued on
  4. duck cut from fabric, attached with mod podge and outlined in glitter
  5. one layer of acrylic paint and another layer painted with a sponge
  6. covered in washi tape
...Now if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need a decorated flask, you'll have a lot of different ideas.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Craft Night Part 1: Decorating Canvas Shoes

It's been awhile since my girlfriends and I had a craft night. So I hosted one this month where we had two different projects people could work on. The first was to decorate some canvas shoes. I bought this huge box of shoes from a bulk site probably two years ago with intentions of decorating and selling all of them... that didn't happen, but it was cool to see all the different ways my friends decorated them.

If you want to decorate your own shoes, here's how we made these. Clockwise from top:
  1. mint acrylic paint on the tongue and accents, silver glitter mod-podged onto the sides
  2. metallic fabric paint on the sides, duck cut from fabric and attached with mod podge
  3. metallic fabric paint on the sides, matte fabric paint on the front, mint nail polish on the accents
  4. stars and moons painted with acrylic and fabric paint
  5. abstract design using fabric markers
  6. acrylic paint on the accents, fabric flowers attached with mod podge
  7. metallic paint all over, matte paint on the accents, fabric on the tongue attached with mod podge
  8. fabric marker used to make oxford-like accents, dots made with glitter nail polish

I also have a few more that I made previously. From left to right: 
  1. zig zags made with fabric markers
  2. saddle shoes made with fabric paint
  3. dots made with acrylic paint, using a cutout sponge
  4. flower pattern using acrylic paint
  5. covered in chalkboard paint

Clearly there are so many different ways to decorate these. And I STILL have shoes left. So I guess there's a possibility of me posting more of these here in the future. Do you have any other ideas for decorating canvas shoes?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Hot Chocolate Coffee With Baileys

Okay, so I'm still pretty new to this drink recipe thing, and clearly I'm struggling with the whole "coming up with cool names" part of it. So feel free to suggest better names for this in the comments. I'm also aware that this is probably not the most creative or seasonally appropriate drink option, but it's 35 degrees as I'm writing this and I will drink hot beverages all year long and you can't stop me. Also you could just chill it if you want to be like that. Anyway...

Start off with a shot of espresso. Then mix a half packet of instant hot chocolate with a half cup of milk. Add a shot of Baileys Irish Cream and top it off with some marshmallows or whipped cream or something else fancy. Boom. Done.

I promise I'll try to be more creative next time. Don't forget to leave cool names in the comments so I can get better at this game. The winner gets a prize (my adoration).

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Add Some Color to Black and White Photos

Upon reading the title of this post you might be thinking "why? wouldn't you just use color photos to begin with?" That's valid, and there's no real practical purpose to this tutorial, but if you're like me and you sometimes try to be a black and white photo person (you know those people who make black and white photos look really good in their homes) for just long enough to realize that you're not really a black and white photo person, you can use these tips to add some color. Follow me? No? Okay.

This first one will require you to actually have two copies of the same photo - one in black and white and one in color. Use an exacto knife or small scissors to cut out the part of the photo you want to emphasize (in this one that would be my friends). Then put the pieces together and glue them to a piece of paper in a complementary color.

You can even do this process backwards if you want all your friends to look like ghosts.

This next one is not a thing I can really take credit for, since I saw a tutorial like this awhile ago on A Beautiful Mess. But I've been really wanting to try embroidering photos, so I did and I think it turned out pretty well.

One quick tip: you should either sketch out your design on both the front and the back, or just make a quick hole with your needle from the front side before stitching through the back, so that you don't bring your needle through in the wrong spot - with thicker photos like this one, it can be a little difficult to see exactly where you're going.

So that's all. Now I think I'm a sort-of black and white photo person.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Shabby Apple Giveaway

I have a great giveaway for you all today! The folks at Shabby Apple are offering up a $50 gift certificate to one lucky reader. If you're unfamiliar with Shabby Apple, then I suggest you take a look around the site at all the dresses, skirts, tops, accessories, and even swimwear. I have my eye on some of the dresses, especially these:

How to enter:
  • First, take a look at the vintage clothing section of the site, pick out your favorite piece, and come back to this post and leave a comment telling me what it is.
  • For additional entries you can follow Shabby Apple on Facebook or Twitter, or follow this blog on Bloglovin, Twitter, Tumblr, or whatever subscription service you use. Each one of these can be a separate entry, but please leave a separate comment for each.
  • You can also tweet, blog, or otherwise share this giveaway for extra entries. Please include a link in your comment if you do this.
  • Unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to US residents. I'll pick a winner randomly on Wednesday, April 17 and notify them via email (so please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you).
Good luck!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What I Wore: Patterns

This is my attempt to fit as many patterns into one outfit as possible. Actually, I wasn't really trying to do that, but as I walked out my door I realized that I had four different ones going (my sunglasses are polka dot, if you can tell in the picture). I guess I'm just really drawn to patterns when picking out clothes so I don't have a lot of neutrals or plain colors to go with my patterns. That's cool, right?

Outfit details: F21 dress, target top, thrifted coat, Modcloth shoes, Charlotte Russe sunglasses
Similar: 1/2/3/4/5 *this post contains affiliate links

Sunday, April 7, 2013

DIY Pom Pom Wall Art

My name is Annie and I'm a yarn hoarder. I literally have so much of it that I will never be able to knit with all of it, since I have carpal tunnel now and have to take a lot of knitting breaks. So I decided to explore other ways to use my gigantic stash of yarn. Enter this pom pom wall art.

What you need:
  • 2 skeins of yarn in different colors
  • scissors
  • a knitting needle

To start this project, you're going to need to make a lot of pom-poms. a lot. I'm not good at explaining this process, so you can watch this video to learn how to make them. Got it? Good.

The cool thing about this project is that you can completely customize it. I made a heart with my pom poms, but you could make a star or an abstract design or something way more complicated if you're feeling up to the challenge. But for the sake of simplicity, we're going the heart route here. When all is said and done, you'll need 12 pink (or whatever color you choose for the heart) pom poms and 27 gray (or whatever color you choose for the outside) pom poms. The rows should go like this: (g=gray, p=pink, obviously)

row 1: gggggg
row 2: gpgpg
row 3: gppppg
row 4: gpppg
row 5: ggppgg
row 6: ggpgg
row 7: gggggg

Once you have them all lined up, you need to tie all the pom poms together. I tied each row together first, then tied the rows together. You'll notice that the rows rotate between having 5 and 6 pom poms each, so the knots should kind of make a diagonal or diamond pattern when you tie all the pom poms together. The top row should then be tied to the knitting needle as shown. Cut off all the excess yarn. Then take another string of yarn and tie it to each side of the knitting needle so there is something to hang the piece from. Boom, done.

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