Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Life Lately

Lately I've been:
  • Feeling: incredibly grateful for all my wonderful friends
  • Working on: listing more vintage // keeping up with all of my day-to-day projects
  • Missing: fall - it's been a little colder around here, so it has me all nostalgic for colder weather.
  • Looking forward to: going to Disney World next month and possibly taking a few smaller trips with friends between now and then??
  • Watching: Orange is the New Black - I'm seriously obsessed with this show. If you haven't started it yet I highly recommend it.
  • Reading: Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Eating: lots of mac and cheese and grilled cheese and fried cheese and the other day I had a grilled cheese with fried mozzarella sticks INSIDE it UGH it was so amazing.

Goals for August:
  • Work on decorating the rest of my apartment besides my living room
  • Practice yoga more regularly
  • Post on this blog more regularly and also find some new blogs to read

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Monday, July 29, 2013

DIY Cutout Dress

I've seen a lot of dresses lately that have little cutout sections around the middle. Wearing one of these is both intriguing and terrifying to me. So rather than spend a lot of money on something I never wear, I decided to make my own out of a dress I already had.

All you need for this project is a dress, some scissors, a template if you choose, and either a needle and thread or some anti-fraying solution. It's difficult to give specific instructions for this project, because it sort of depends on the dress you have and how much skin you're comfortable showing. But the basic gist is easy enough - cut out a small section from the middle of your dress, then use one of these methods to keep it from fraying. Mine's still a work in progress too - I think I might need to try it with a different dress because this one is slightly awkward. But overall the idea isn't as bad as I had originally thought.

So what do you think? Y/N? And would/have you tried the cutout trend?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

DIY Comic Strip Wall Art

I don't know why I have this obsession with covering every inch of my walls with SOMETHING. But I do and I've come to terms with it. So if you have the same problem, here's an idea for a really easy project to cover those boring walls.

What you need:
  • printer/scanner
  • photos of comic strips
  • marker or colored pencil

Start by picking out a color (or two, if you want) and pick out some comic strips that might allow you to use your color. I chose yellow as my color, so Peanuts comics and Calvin and Hobbes worked pretty well. Plus they're my favorites anyway. Print out the comics you chose and then color in the areas that go with your color (i.e. Charlie Brown's shirt, Calvin's hair). Then tape them up or frame them or whatever. Now you don't have to worry about all that empty space on your walls. I put mine up on the side of my bookcase because having any empty space there is just silly, you know?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Vintage Shop Open

I've talked about it here quite a bit, but I actually finally got around to listing some stuff in my vintage shop. I'm almost done listing shoes, then I'll be moving on to purses tomorrow and then clothes. I'm also thinking about having a giveaway once I have more listed so be sure to check back!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Knitting Update

I was scrolling through my blog archive the other day and made a really disturbing discovery: I hardly ever blog about knitting anymore. (I guess the amount that this disturbs people is subjective...) But I used to blog about knitting here all the time - it was one of the main things I talked about because it was one of the main things I did. I still knit a lot, but I guess my projects have just been a little more time-consuming and not quite as interesting to blog about. But I'm going to do it anyway.

Lately, I've been just making things for myself, which isn't something I've done much of over the past few years as things for my shop and friends/family have taken priority. But I decided that I needed some pillow covers and blankets for my living room. The room has been really scatterbrained so I figured I could add some knits to kind of pull it all together a little. So I made some wide striped pillow covers with yellow, gray and white. Then I just finished this big striped blanket with yellow, gray, white and black. Now, I've just started another blanket that will be mostly yellow, but I'm thinking of adding some little polka dots to it. I'll be sure to post pictures of all of them when I'm done!

Have you been knitting anything interesting lately?

Monday, July 22, 2013

DIY Cutout Shoes

This is one of my favorite projects I've done in awhile because 1. It was really easy, 2. It didn't turn into a disaster, and 3. It didn't require me to buy ANYTHING.

A few months ago, my friends and I had a craft night at my apartment where we decorated canvas shoes. I had a huge box of them that I bought from a wholesaler, so we all used markers and paint and fabric to spruce them up a bit. At the time, I never actually thought of doing any sort of cutouts on the actual shoes, but I've seen a lot of these types of shoes around lately and I really like them. So I figured that since I still have so many lying around, it couldn't hurt to try.

What you need:
  • 1 pair of canvas shoes
  • pen
  • scissors
  • clear nail polish

Start by deciding where you want your cutouts to be located. I made 2 cutouts on each side of my shoes. Lightly draw where you want them to go, but have your marks be slightly inside of where the actual cuts will be so that you don't have pen showing when you're done. Then make your cuts with scissors. Add some clear nail polish to where you made the cutouts so that the canvas doesn't end up fraying. And you're done! You can even paint or draw on your shoes before or after to make stand out even more. There are lots of ideas over in this post.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Swap Party

I have this problem where sometimes my closet gets really full and I have no idea how it happens (*looks around to see if anyone is rolling their eyes at me*). My hoarder-in-training status makes it really difficult to get rid of my clothes, even the ones I don't ever wear, because you know one day in like 17 years I might want to wear that or make it into a scarf or something you never know so better keep it just to be safe. Can you relate to this or am I just insane? Either way, I always think it's a little easier to get rid of something if it's more of a trade deal. That's why my friends and I periodically have clothes swaps. Here's how it works.

We all get together and bring bags of clothes we no longer wear. Sometimes we also have swaps for things like (unused) makeup and accessories and home items. We sit in a circle and dump a few bags at a time in the middle of the circle and everyone pretty much just has a free-for-all. I'm sure there are more organized ways to do this, but it works for us and no one has punched anyone else in the face yet. Once everyone has picked through that set, we go through the remainder one at a time to make sure no one missed anything then move onto the next bags. Whatever is left at the end gets donated.

It's a really great way to clean out your closet and get new stuff at the same time. It doesn't really do too much to solve my overflowing closet conundrum though. But at least I have cuter stuff to wear! Have you ever had a swap party?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

DIY Feather Headband

If you're like me, you always have a bunch of feathers lying around your apartment and you're constantly looking for ways to craft with them. But if you're a normal person, you can always find a bunch of feathers at your local craft store and buy them only when you already have something in mind that you need them for. Anyway, here's an easy headband tutorial...

What you need:
  • 2 or 3 feathers 
  • 1 elastic headband or strand of elastic that's just long enough to tie around your head
  • needle and thread

Start out by attaching one feather to your headband with a needle and thread. Carefully stitch into the elastic and around the stem of the feather, and keep the elastic stretched out as you stitch up the stem. You should only need to add a couple of stitches for it to be secure. Stretch out the elastic fully to see where your next feather should go, and then attach that one. The feathers should overlap just a little, and you can trim them a little if necessary.

You can add more feathers if you'd like or just leave it as is. It's that simple! And now I have a few less feathers just lying around...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cheesy Pizza Dip

Everyone loves pizza. Everyone loves dip. So obviously everyone loves pizza dip. I've seen some recipes around the internet for such a concoction and I've really been wanting to try it. So I mixed my favorite parts of each recipe and I made a dip that turned out pretty delicious. (Please excuse the terrible photo - it was taken in my friend's dark basement during out latest craft night.)

  • Layer 1: 4 oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup mayo, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Layer 2: 1 cup pizza sauce, 2 tablespoons basil, 2 tablespoons thyme, 1/2 tablespoon oregano, 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Layer 3: 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup cream cheese, 2 tablespoons sour cream, 2 tablespoons mayo

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add each layer to a 9"x9" pie pan and bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy with tortilla chips or slices of bread.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Craft Night Project: Compliment Jars

Earlier this month, my friend Whitney came up with the genius idea for our group of friends to make jars that we fill with compliments from one another. Everyone is their own harshest critic on most days, so it's nice to have little reminders from other people about the things that make you awesome. So at our monthly craft night this weekend, we all decorated jars and wrote out compliments to one another.

Most of us didn't really get too into the decorating, but we used stickers, paint, ribbon, washi tape, and basically whatever else was lying around to just make them kind of personal to each of us. Then we put little notes in each other's jars and read them to ourselves.

It's super cheesy, but cheesy things are my favorite. And it's really nice to just have those reminders around on days when you feel completely useless. It's also a reminder that I have the coolest girlfriends anyone could ask for

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Manage Frizz With a Headband Twist

If you have curly/wavy hair then you probably feel my pain when there's even the slightest bit of humidity in the air. Basically all summer, every summer, I have a head full of 100% frizz that starts before I even leave my house. So I'm always trying to come up with different ways to wear my hair so that I don't look like Cousin It. This is a really easy one that is probably already a thing, but I don't know if it has a name so I just call it a headband twist. All you need is a headband (preferably one of those with a wire inside) and maybe a bobby pin or two.

Start by putting the headband over your head so that it's just a little bit behind your hairline and all your hair falls underneath it. Pick up your hair, starting in the very back, and just tuck it into the top of the headband. Then work your way around to the side of the headband. You'll want the back to have a little more volume than the sides, so adjust as necessary. You may need a few bobby pins to hold your hair in place, particularly if you have long hair or bangs. But you can also wrap your hair around the headband more than once if necessary.

That's it! It actually stays really well throughout the day, but if you feel like you need some hairspray or extra bobby pins go for it. I only used one pin and the headband and this stayed in place all day.

Do you have a favorite hairstyle to keep frizz out of your way for the summer?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Mini Garden Time

This is not the first year I've wanted to start a little herb garden. And this is also not the first year I've underachieved at that goal. But I have a little tiny garden going in the corner of my kitchen and it's kind of cute so that's something. I haven't killed one single plant yet.

I just bought one of those all-inclusive kit things that comes with the dirt and the seeds and the pot (told you I was an underachiever). It has some basil, parsley, and chives. I added a little strip of chalkboard paint to the pot so that I know what is where because I know literally nothing about plants right now. And that way I can maybe keep it for another slacker-garden next year.

See? Still alive. So I'm not completely (just mostly) hopeless.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Makeup Favorites

I don't do a lot of posts like this but I've decided that I'll start because why not? I get or have gotten a lot of boxes (a la Birchbox and Voxbox) with samples of makeup and similar products to try out, and there are a lot of brands and products I've discovered that I really like. Here are a few of my recent favorites.

  1. Fibre Lashxtend Mascara - I don't know what to say about a mascara that makes it great besides that it looks nice, it lasts a long time, and it doesn't give me those little black remnants under my eyes at any point throughout the day. So that's pretty much all I can ask for.
  2. Tarte Lucky Lip Tint - This is a really great color for summer, it applies nicely, and it actually smells kind of good which isn't a thing I would normally care about in a lip product but it's nice nonetheless.
  3. Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream - This also smells really awesome and it's a good alternative to regular liquid makeup which makes my face feel kind of icky.
  4. Stila One Step Bronzer - You know what bronzer is, I'm sure. This is the best one I've tried.
  5. Osis+ Mattifying Powder - This product takes all of the shine out of my hair like a dry shampoo on days when I don't have time to wash my hair (a.k.a. most days) and it also adds some volume and texture which is cool I guess.
  6. Revolution Organic Beauty Balm - I use this mostly as a blush, but it can also be used on lips and eyes so it's like one of the most useful products I've come across.
  7. Brazen Cosmetics Eyeshadows - This isn't something I got from a box, but I wanted to mention it anyway. Brazen is a local Metro Detroit company and my friends and I actually had a private makeup party there a few months ago. We drank wine and tried on all kinds of different products and the owner helped us decide what would work best for each of us. If you're in the area, you should definitely check it out.
  8. Jouer Lip Enhancer - I have chronically dry lips, like no matter how much water I drink and how much chapstick I use. This is the only thing that has worked long-term for me.
Do you have any favorite beauty products you've tried recently?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Paint Splattered Rug

Sometimes DIY projects just don't turn out the way you expect. This is one of those times.

Last week I decided to re-paint my coffee table to match my side table. That turned out completely fine, but I did drop some paint on my living room rug. This is far from the first time that's happened. I picked up the rug last year on clearance, so I don't take the greatest care of it despite really liking it. I had been thinking for awhile that I should try something to cover up or mask the paint on the rug, and these new paint drops had me pretty motivated. So I decided that I should probably just splatter the whole rug with paint so it would look intentional. I mean paint splattering is like a cool thing, right? I even have some paint splatter art on my walls so it'll be consistent throughout the room. Awesome.

So I started just throwing paint around. Admittedly, I didn't do much (read: any) research about what types of paint to use or if there are right and wrong ways to paint a rug. I'm more of a trial and error kind of person. This was an error, I think.

It's probably not the worst thing in the world, and you definitely can't tell where the accidental paint stains are now. But I think I preferred it how it was before. Plus you can definitely tell when you're stepping on paint as opposed to plain rug so that's kind of annoying. But oh well, I can live with it. Lesson learned.
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