Saturday, March 31, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Burlap Boutonnieres

So here is a little update about what I've been working on when not doing homework...

Boutonnieres! I just finish them yesterday and am about to put them in the mail. One of my friends is getting married at the end of April and she asked me to make her boutonnieres. Of course I said "YES!"
I really hope she is pleased and doesn't scrutinize them too closely because you can definitely tell I'm not a pro. 

Can I just say that making things for other people's wedding is FAR more stressful than when you're doing it for your own. Geez. 
Fortunately she is so awesome and chill. Even still, I had to tell myself more than once that her wedding would still be wonderful even if the boutonnieres were less than perfect. 

PS - I decided not to do a boutonnieres DIY because that would be SO MUCH WORK and I'm not even that good at it, but a quick Google search pulled up a tutorial that is kinda similar to what I did. Check it out!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Before & After || Conquering the Dresser

Maybe this is silly but it is a really big deal to me...
A monumentus occasion has occurred and I must share it with you.
The top of my dresser has been cleared off and my jewelry has been organized! Seriously, it's taken 18+ months to get my dresser organized and make the bedroom look loved. 
Not that I'm a terribly unorganized person, it's just that it's so easy to close the bedroom door and not face the mess. 
Here are the BEFORE pictures of my heap of a dresser top and the terribly dreary, blank wall.

And here are the AFTER pics! There is color and life and organization! I am now able to find both the notebook AND a pen when a thought needs to be jotted quickly. Can I award myself a Gold Star for that?

I actually didn't set out to fill the wall but it happened and I'm glad it did :)
The whole bedroom feels so. much. better. Not to mention picking out a necklace no longer requires 5 minutes of detangling time.
Can you tell I'm pleased? This project has been on my to-do list for so long and now it's finally done! Even better was that I didn't have to buy more stuff to make everything look and function better. I say 'have' because I did buy that awesome retro cup on one of my recent thrifting adventures.

Question - I know people use little plates or trays to hold their jewelry, but does anyone else use cups?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Acrylic and Ink in Blue

These pieces are my favorite to create.
I love the contrast of the brown paper against the vibrant acrylics and the way the precise, crisp lines seem to float over the sloppy, carefree paint.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

DIY: Glitter Star Hair Pins

Feeling the need for a bit of glitter, I wanted to make something small that could easily be incorporated into an outfit without overwhelming or looking like Ke$ha attacked.  Enter cutesy little bobby pins! They were so easy to make that I won't even feel bad if I only wear them a couple times.

To make them, you will need these SUPPLIES:
bobby pins, cardstock, scissors, tacky glue, paint brush, thin beading wire, thumb tack, glitter, and a sealant (mod podge works fine)

1) Draw your stars! I made mine about the size of my thumb print.

2) After the stars are cut out, glue the bobby pin to the blank side of the star. As you can see, I used my drawing as a guide but modified the final cut out.

3) Once the glue is dry, using the thumb tack poke a hole on either side of the bobby pin. Thread the wire through the holes, looping through the 'inside' of the bobby pin for extra stability. Give the wire a twist and snip off the excess.

4) Coat the top of the star with glue and sprinkle on the glitter. Be sure to shake the excess off and allow to dry thoroughly.

5) To keep your scalp glitter free, apply a generous coat of sealant on top of the glitter.

That's it! Easy-peasy, yes?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

March showers

 I'm not really a plant kinda person, but I went for a walk in the rain yesterday (because I wanted to wear my awesome plaid rain boots without looking like and idiot) and was so glad I took my camera. All the plants are so young and fresh and looked so pretty with the water droplets on them that I couldn't resist taking a few snaps.

It was so perfect and peaceful that an hour and a half flew by and I didn't even notice. My only regret is that I didn't take a plastic bag to sit on. It would have been awesome to sit and sketch, but I didn't take colored pencils either. So I guess that's two regrets...

Friday, March 23, 2012

What I Wore || Grey, Gold, and Mint

Spring weather makes me happy that I'm a girl and get to wear dresses. It's so perfect.
This dress is so comfortable God himself must have inspired the designer. It's stretchy and light and flattering (not that you can tell how it's cut since I have a shirt over it.)  It is also long. Do you have any idea how many maxi dresses are not long enough for a 6 foot female? I hope someday to find another one in a different color... say, navy blue. That would make me a happy girl.  Once upon a time I had the thought to shorten the dress, but after wearing it again I think it will stay the way it is. 

Jersey dress - thrifted (originally from target)
shirt - thrifted
bow necklace - Nellie Fellow

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

If we had a turtle pie together...

Hubs and I have recently discovered the delights that are in the dessert freezers at the grocery store. And by delights, I mean pies. Particularly, a tasty Turtle something-or-other. SO GOOD. And because there are no children in our household in which to instill manners in, we decided that the best way to eat this pie was straight from the pan.  We also had the thought..."If we're not dirtying plates, why dirty forks?" So we used classy plastic.  The whole experience was truly grand.

So if you and I had sat on the couch with our forks in the middle of that Turtle pie, these are some of the things I would tell you..

* Giggling, I would tell you that I didn't do so well giving my first speech for my Professional Communications class. This actually really surprised me since I'm not super phobic of speaking. But about halfway through I just completely lost my train of thought. To make it worse I couldn't even remember what had just come out of my mouth so I didn't know where to start! HA! It was a bit awkward.

* I would ask if you like going to yard sales? They are such adventures and this beautiful, warm weather has me excited for Saturday morning cinnamon rolls and treasure hunts.

* I would tell you that I've made progress with my goal of reading through the Bible. The first 5 books are finished and I am now in Joshua! Whoop! Whoop!

* And now that I've just put massive amounts of sugar into my mouth I would share that I really need to go to the dentist. My molars hurt :(

So there are some of my thought. Share yours with me? ***

Monday, March 19, 2012


Airing out the new-to-us vintage pop up trailer and jumping on a new-new trampoline. I live in a land with a huge sky and have a handful of people that love me. I am so blessed.
Not to mention I own that shirt ;)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bread and Blanket || Thrifting!

I went on a thrifting excursion with the intention of finding a few pairs of shorts. I returned home with a bag full of other goodies and no shorts. Does this happen to anyone else?

That glass bread pan pleases me most! I came across a couple metal pans, but they looked like a bear had mauled them and really should just be scrapped for the metal. When Keith saw the pan on the counter he asked if I would be making banana bread tonight. Can you tell someones excited?

The search for the perfect Park Blanket had been going on for while and my prayers have finally been answered with that adorable grey plaid one.  It's dark enough that it won't show grass stains or mud and thick enough that it should keep our bums dry and handle many washings. It's absolutely perfect for when we walk to the park for concerts - much easier to carry than lawn chairs.
On the tag it says Disposable Blanket. What on earth does that mean?

I also got a handful of zippers and a charming retro glass with a funky geometric honey comb print. I don't really need the glass but I just couldn't resist. ;)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pretty polyhedra

 I found a really great site that has tons printable patterns for crazy geometric shapes so, of course, I made some for a project I'm working on. These pretty little polyhedra turned out quite nicely, if you ask me. They are made from basic construction paper which I then gave a quick spritz of spray paint to make the angles more pronounced.

There is a bit of string folded into each one for tying purposes. It makes them look a bit like candles in these pics. That would be awesome if they were candles! I just might have to go on a quest for geometric candles...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Quote # 15

Feel like....

thinking? It pays to be a thinker.
You'll also snicker at least once, promise.

‎"...liberty is harder than slavery. It requires you to stand on your own and suffer the consequence of your own choices..."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What I Wore: Red Wool

I refer to this skirt as the Christmas Skirt. Let me tell you why. For the past three years, when December rolled around and I needed something festive (red), warm (wool), and classy (pencil) to wear to a function, I pull this beautiful baby out. Then I put it away until Christmas comes again. What a sad life for such a pretty vintage skirt!

So when the warm breeze inspired me to shave my legs and put on something girly, I dug to the back of my closet and pulled it out. Why not wear it? In a few months just the thought of wool touching my body will cause sweating. So wear it in March, I have.
Even though the skirt is high-waisted, I left my shirt untucked. I wasn't feeling the need to be that girly. I paired it with some of my favorite go-to clothes. I LOVE that shirt. And those shoes. It probably would have been cute with some fun tights, but hey, I didn't do that either...

Navy polka dot shirt - thrifted
Owl necklace - American Eagle
Red pencil skirt - thrifted
lacey shoes - BC footwear

Note my face in this last pic - it's the face of concern. The one I make when I think about how ungrippy my shoes are and then have a terrible mental picture of me tumbling down a cement hill in a pencil skirt. Yikes.