Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DIY Simple Flower Wreath

Here's a really easy DIY wreath that doesn't take a lot of supplies or time, or skills for that matter. All you need are some fake flowers and a hot glue gun.

Start out by separating the flowers from the stems/leaves. Most of them should just pop right off easily, but if not then just cut them. Arrange the stems around in a circle that's the size you want for your wreath. Wrap the wire stems around one another to secure them, but you can also use some glue to make sure that they stay. Then arrange your flowers around the stems evenly, securing them with glue.

I told you it was easy.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What I Wore

I'm still in the middle of taking pictures of some of my vintage clothes that I'm selling. But when I put them on I usually have second thoughts about selling them. I'm currently considering keeping this jacket. What do you think??

Outfit Details: vintage jacket, h&m t-shirt, Ross jeans, Payless shoes, Charlotte Russe sunglasses
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Monday, May 27, 2013

DIY Carnival Photo Booth

I mentioned my carnival-themed Relay for Life in an earlier post, and I have another quick DIY project that I worked on for that event - an easy photo backdrop!

What you need:
  • printer/paper
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • string
  • fabric tablecloth
  • fishing line

The idea behind this photo booth was to give people a few different choices, all being different old timey sideshow attractions. So I made a couple of different "captions" like: "The Firebreather," "The Bearded Lady," and "The Giant."

To make the captions, I printed the words using Rosewood STD Regular font - you can really use whatever font you want, but it's a pretty carnival-like one that is already installed on a lot of computers. Once the words are printed, cut out each letter and punch holes in the top corners of each one. Use your string to tie each letter together, leaving about an inch in between each one. You can manipulate the sizes to go with each caption - for example, I made "The Giant" smaller than the other captions so that it would make the people in those photos look bigger by comparison.

Use a large tablecloth or fabric and hang it on some fishing line to serve as the backdrop. Then hang up the captions toward the top so that they can be changed out easily. You can even make little props that go with each of the captions like a beard or some fire or a really small dumbbell.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

This is a simplified version of a drink that I've seen around and enjoyed a couple times, because I don't have the ambition to mash up real ginger root or buy real cranberries. So this is maybe not quite as good but 100 times easier, probably. (did I mention that I'm new at this? - anyway, it tasted good)

Mix 2 cups ginger ale with 1 cup cranberry juice, 1 cup apple juice and 1 cup rum or gin. Garnish with your favorite citrus fruit and maybe some mint. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mac and Cheese Tacos

This is a post about a dream I had that I turned into a reality. And you can do the same. My dream was to merge two of my favorite foods: mac and cheese and tacos. And I made it happen by... putting mac and cheese on a taco.

It was just as awesome as you'd expect. I don't know why this isn't already a thing.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May Wishlist

Time for another list of things I want to buy but probably won't... This month I'm really wanting to add some things to my apartment, including plants and new kitchen items. But then I always want some new clothes too...

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What's on your wishlist this month?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DIY Light Up Carnival Sign

I started making this sign for a Relay for Life event this past weekend. My team's name is "The Bookies," so I decided that I could re-use most of the letters to hang out on top of my bookshelf afterward.

What you need:
  • cardboard letters
  • spray paint
  • masking tape
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • pen
  • exacto knife
  • battery powered LED lights

Start by spray painting all of your letters one color. Once the spray paint is dry, tape off the bottom section of each letter and also tape around the outside of the front of each letter as shown. Use your other color of paint to fill in the taped section. Once that part is dry, remove the tape and use a pen or marker to make diamond shapes emanating from the midpoint of each letter. Use your knife to cut around each of the diamond shapes.

On the back of the letters, you'll want to cut a few holes big enough so you can string your lights through. If your light strands are long enough to go through multiple letters, you'll also want to cut out small sections on the side of each letter so that they match up when put directly next to one another. You can even glue the letters together so that the sides stay flush against one another. Tape the battery packs to the backs of your letters so that the on/off switches are easily accessible. Done!

What would you make your sign say?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What I Wore

Today is one of those days where I just don't have anything to say/blog about. So instead, here are some pictures of a dress that will be for sale soon if I ever actually get around to listing things in my shop (tomorrow, hopefully).

Outfit details: vintage dress and belt, Von Maur sweater, DIY shoes, JewelMint bracelet
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DIY Fabric Wrapped Vase

In my ever-present struggle to never throw anything away, I've found myself in possession of a lot of glass bottles. So I decided to try and actually use them for something. A vase was the obvious choice, but I figured I could come up with something a little better looking than a cranberry juice label.

What you need:
  • fabric scraps
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • glass bottle

Start by cutting the fabric into 1 inch wide strips. Twist the fabric and glue the end of it toward the bottom of the bottle. Start wrapping the twisted fabric around the bottle from bottom to top, gluing pieces as you go. Make sure the fabric completely covers the label, allow the glue to dry, and you're done! Just fill your vase with flowers or whatever.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Colorful Bookcase

Last week, while dealing with a case of writer's block, I decided to completely rearrange my bookcase. This led to pretty much rearranging my entire living room, but that's a different story.

I decided to arrange my books by color. That's normal, right?

Also, yes that is Arrested Development on the TV. Who else is excited for the new season??

Friday, May 10, 2013

Blue Moon Orange Smoothie

Here's another drink recipe using one of my favorite beers. You probably already know that Blue Moon just isn't the same without an orange. So I just took that to the next level with this smoothie.

For this recipe, you'll need one bottle of Blue Moon, 2 scoops of orange sherbet, 1/2 cup of orange juice, and one orange slice (not pictured because I forgot to buy an orange at the grocery store and didn't want to go back just for one orange).

Mix the beer, sherbet, and orange juice in a blender. Pour into your glass, and add your orange slice to the top. Done! Enjoy your delicious summer beverage.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cool Stuff

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

Find anything cool online recently?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

DIY Mother's Day Gifts

I've posted a lot of DIY projects here over the years, so I decided to go through some of them and see which ones could make cool Mother's Day gifts. Here goes.

pom pom wall art // birds nest bowl // cardboard shadow box // lace painted candle holders // wine bottle photo lamp // cardigan clips // salt scrub // flower cardigan // photo transfer pouch

There's still a few days left. Do you plan on making your mom something this year?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What I Wore

Over the course of setting up my vintage shop, I have to make some decisions about photos. But I could use some help, so that's where you come in.

I have some photos that are just on a plain white background and some where they're styled differently. I'm definitely including both types in the other image listings, but I want some consistency on the main page. I think I like a split between the two for the main image.

But there's also something to be said for simplicity. Or I could just use one image on the main page. What do you think?

Outfit details: vintage dress, Modcloth sunglasses, Gap shoes
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