Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I am now twitting

Soooo, I'm four years behind with this but, I JUST JOINED TWITTER! I'd held off for so long because many of my friends have said negative things about it.
I'm still a little unsure that I'm doing everything correctly.... If any of you want to follow me and and become my twitter tutor I would appreciate it sooo much. hehe

Question for all you Android users: What app do you use that allows pics?  

Monday, January 30, 2012

101 goals

I have finally posted my list of 101 goals.  These aren't resolutions or things to achieve within an allotted amount of time (in fact, some of them don't even have a chance of happening til at least 5 years from now) but things I want to remember to do over the course of my life. 
I want a rich, adventure filled life :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

5 fun things - p. D

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The shirts from Design by Humans never cease to amaze me.  No such thing as 
too many graphic tees, right?

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This teensy, tiny glass bottle is incredible! What talent to be able to have that level of precision on such a miniature scale.

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Wood type and letter press.
I really want to visit the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. 

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Bunny peeps bunting flag! This would be soo cute in a nursery. I can't even stand it. 
Such a super easy, super cute DIY tutorial from FaveCrafts. If you haven't been to that site, check it out! It's loaded with artsy craftsy stuff.
Just looking at that string of golden bunnies makes my heart warm.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The luxury of color (and pillows)

Look at these lovey pillows! I want to climb up to the roof and then launch myself into that pile of cozy color. I was trying to decide which I would pick if I could have one but I can't make up my mind.
I bet they even smell good.

Quote # 9

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Man cars

When I classify vehicles there are four categories: car, van, truck, and jeep. Jeep has its own category because I drive one. A glorious Grand Cherokee Laredo. It's 15 years old and in the 6 years we've been together its needed minimal work. Seriously, If you want a wonderful I-will-ram-you-dumb-Neon-so-don't-you-dare-pullout-in-front-of-me but still feel girly mode of transportation, get one of these.
Anyways, all that to say, I don't really take notice of vehicles. To me, they are mostly the same.... Mostly. But then I saw a certian episode of Top Gear. I found a car that even I think is worth of obsessing over.
Behold the Bugatti. It goes very, very fast.


Now, being grounded and realizing that the chances of ever seeing, much less owning, one of the 220 (or so) beautiful Bugattis currently on the planet is nonexistent, I also have a 'common' American car that I love. We will in fact own one of these someday.
An early 70's Chevy Nova

I will be honest and say that if it weren't for Keith I wouldn't know the Nova existed. It is his dream car and has therefore morphed into mine. Good thing it's attractive ;)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Today is Tuesday and these are my thoughts

I am currently sitting, eating a crummy microwave meal, wishing my class would hurry up and start so it would hurry up and be over. I am also wishing I had someone to share said crummy meal with.
So if we were lunching together I would tell you....

* That this morning was horrible and I am soooo sleepy. (To which you would reply, "Oh, you don't look tired at all - your skin is so dewy!")  hehe

* Of course school would come into conversation since that's why I'm killing time. On that topic, I would tell you that I changed majors, and that I don't even care that I kissed a massive salary goodbye because I love design so much more than databases.

* We would talk about books, and I would say that I just finished "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and that I'm reading through Genesis right now.

* I would mention that I got a new conditioner, called Mineral Fusion, and my hubby said it smells like a car wash. I still can't decide.... is that a good thing?

* I also would share that I am longing to face my fears. Which, I know, is absolutely bizarre, but I don't know how else to say it. I want growth.

* I would tell you that She Drives Me Crazy by the Fine Young Cannibals is stuck in my head.
Be warned -  The guy in the stripes bahahaha!

Monday, January 23, 2012

DIY: Revamped candles PART 2

So this is the PART 2 of the tutorial where I show you how to make candles. PART 1 is about how to make wicks.

YOU WILL NEED: A metal can (to use as a double boiler), pot, wax (old candles), wicks, hot glue, wax paper, tape, and toilet paper rolls
OPTIONAL: crayons - if you want colored candles

 1) Start melting the old candles in the double boiler. I used an old coffee can that I stepped on to give it a pouring 'spout'. Melting the wax doesn't require much heat. Once the water was hot, I turned the burner down as low as it would go.

2) Cut the TP roles to the height you desire. I did a range of sizes, leaving a couple uncut

3) Tightly scrunch two layers of wax paper around one end of the TP role
4) Tape the wax paper in place 
5) You can either use store bought wicks or learn to make them here (it's so easy). I made mine.
Bend the end of the wick to give it a 'foot' and put a blob of hot glue onto it. Press it firmly into the center of the wax paper. Leave about and inch of wick sticking up over the edge of the TP role.

 6) I recommend that you "prime" the bottom with wax. This makes sure that the wax paper is taped well and prevents a massive puddle of hot wax from forming on your counter if it's not.
To prime the bottom, firmly hold the tube against the counter and pour about a 1/4 inch of wax into the bottom of the tube. Chances are, the tube will turn dark as it saturates with wax and a small bit will seep out at the bottom. That is exactly what you want. If wax starts gushing out of the tube, be glad you're working on a drop cloth, allow the wax to harden, and add more wax paper and tape to the bottom.
Pour the wax into the tube. Do NOT fill all the way to the top (it makes it quite hard to peel the tube off.) Place a pin across the tube to keep the wicks centered while the wax hardens.

 7) While the wax is cooling the center may drop. Why? I don't know - just pour in more wax. 

 8) Pull the paper off and trim the wick!

Remember! Never leave a candle unattended and always put it on/in a container that won't be damaged by dripping wax.  

DIY: Revamped candles PART 1 - The Wick

Alright, I have a pretty nifty DIY that will require you to buy NOTHING! If you're anything like me you already have all the supplies tucked away in your craft closet, bathroom, and kitchen junk drawer. I'm going to show you how I took a pile of mostly-burned-out-but-too-good-to throw-away candles and revamped them into burn worthy freshness.

This is PART 1 - How to make the candle's wick
YOU WILL NEED: A metal can (to use as a double boiler), pot, wax, salt, and 100% cotton thread - I used embroidery floss

1) In a cup, soak the cotton thread in a mixture of warm salt water. I used a lot of salt and let mine soak overnight. Remove the thread from the water and allow to dry completely.
2) Start melting the wax in the double boiler.
3) While the wax is melting, tightly braid the cotton thread. I decided to do a long braid that I could cut into smaller wicks instead of doing a bunch of small braids.
4) Drop the braid into the melted wax and let it saturate. I left the braid in the wax for several minutes just to make sure it was really soaked before I fished it out.

That's it! Once the wax has hardened the wick is ready. Easy-peasy, yes?

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

gaming and gummy worms

Last night my sister, whom I fondly call Willy, spent the night. We did a lot of nothing. I also satisfied my need to squish her. It was fun :D

We gamed, talked about hair, watched chic flicks, ate gummy worms, ate ice cream, etc.
Speaking of ice cream - so I don't really understand the whole cupcake craze. Frankly, I think cake (even when it's all dolled up in cup form) is nasty.  It's like eating an old sponge. However, I stinking love cake batter ice cream and I finally found a store that sells it!

Truth be told, it's not as good as the stuff the coffee shop I worked at sold, but hey, it's edible ;)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

5 Fun things - p.C

It has been seriously grey and dreary all week. Since I haven't been getting my color fix from nature I found it elsewhere.  Check these lovely brights out:

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I know I just got a glorious Fossil purse for Christmas, but if I were to pick a fancy-pantsy purse for spring/summer, it would be this one. Mmmm color block.

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 color + jeans = LOVE 

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Unhappy heart.  
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Snazzy, drippy rainbow nail polish!

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I love me some brightly colored fruits and veggies but meat? No, thanks though.
This sandwich should help your diet. If you're still hungry after looking at this you deserve to eat.

Now, I'm off to hang with some of my girls and get a delicious marshmallow coke :D
Hurrah for Saturdays!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Internet death

So if you've been online for, say, more than 30 seconds today, you've no doubt seen the massive outpouring of rage towards the US government and their ridiculous, internet censoring bills, SOPA and PIPA. And I totally think this rage is justified! We should be upset that the government is stomping on our freedom. If you haven't already signed a petition or called/emailed your senators, GET YOUR BUTT IN GEAR. However, the sneaky business and freedom theiving of the US government has been going on in far more ways than most people even know.  But there is hope! His name is Ron Paul, he fights for freedom, and he is running for president!

Go to Ron Paul's website.     handy button to the right ------------------------------->
Read about his stance on issues and watch his interviews.  I promise, you will fall in love with that man's honesty, character, and loyalty to the American constitutional freedoms.  

Friendly reminder: Make sure you're registered to vote!

Rise and Shine

Do you like my dopey little doodle?

My schedule is such that I don't have any classes today! Yippee! It is so nice to have a mid-week break to catch up on homework and errands and such.
So today I am writing a paper, finishing up my list of goals, running to the post office, and basically just enjoying the life I've been blessed with.

I might do some cleaning, but then again, I might not.

THREE things that make me happy:
1) Early breakfast out, complete with hot sauce.
2) Sweet honeymoon pictures.
3) Interesting vintage buttons.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bits and pieces of pretty things

One of my most favorite things to look at while treasure hunting for thrifted goodies is... JEWELRY! So over the years I've accumulated quite a collection.  I also have quite a few pieces that have been worn to the breaking point or that came in a pack with something I loved, but wasn't necessarily my style.

These broken or (slightly) ugly pieces are put into a tackle box with other charming odds and ends, and hoarded away in a closet for revamping into a fabulous piece. And I say hoarded because I haven't been doing anything with this box of goodies until recently.
Question: Does anyone else struggle with having too many ideas and not being able to start because you feel small and overwhelmed? Because that's exactly what happened every time I'd pull the box out. I'd basically just end up rearranging the contents and then putting it away an hour later feeling discouraged. Happily, after much antagonizing, I managed to push through that feeling and created!
 Look at the necklace I made! (Is made the right word? Maybe assembled would be more correct.) Anyways, I love, love, love it.

 I must say, I feel quite pleased with myself. hehe

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Guest post || Miss Marie Louise

Hi everyone! I'm Marlous and I'm from Miss Marie-Louise. I'm a Dutch, crafty and vintage-loving girl and I love to make things with crochet and felt. I live in the north of the Netherlands with my husband, our boy and little girl and our 2 cats.

Shakti asked me to do a guest post on her blog and of course I said yes!!
I thought it would be fun to blog about things I like, which is a lot :-) To avoid a lot of text, I made a collage of things that I like and love!
As you can see, I've added all kinds of different things, like crochet, which I love! If possible, I crochet everyday, it's like therapy to me.
Also, I love to bake cupcakes and cakepops, they look so cute and they are yummy! 
It was so much fun to make a collage of things I love, I recommend it to anyone to get creative and photoshop away with your own collage :-) 

I love:
crochet :: to make cupcakes :: to felt :: to eat sushi :: to buy and wear pretty dresses :: to make cakepops :: taking long walks in the forest :: drinking coffee :: pretty shoesies :: (vintage) photography :: blythe dolls :: bright hair colours :: old pictures :: books :: cute animals :: drinking tea in pretty cups :: cute fabrics :: all things owly

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Thank you, Miss Marie-Louise! 
I'm so excited to have her here today! She is seriously such a sweet, creative, fun momma. One of the most awesome things about blogging is that you "meet" people from all over the world that have the same interests. It's so cool to me that I can say I have a friend in the Netherlands!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

5 fun things - p.B

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I desire a finger full of these simple, stylish stacking rings by Birka Scandinavian 

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The pottery Rina Menardi by is stunning. So graceful.

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This business card is incredible. The logo, the embossing, the black paper...

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You've probably already been to Handmade Ryan Gosling, but on the off chance you haven't seen it yet please, let me be the one to introduce you.

Just to warn you, when I first found it I laughed so hard that Keith peeped around the corner with a look of concern on his face.

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Now for a bit of whimsy....
Technically, it's a children's scarf. If I had a child this adorable, little creation by ScunjeeBabe would be around his/her neck. But since I don't, know that I would totally rock it. Seriously, a pink crocodile scarf. Does it get anymore grand?