Friday, August 31, 2012

August?

This month has so rapidly slipped away from me that I am taking today to look back and make sure that it actually happened (and pluck out a few of my favorite things from this month on the ol' blog.) It probably didn't help that for the last week I've been on a wicked mixture of cold / flu meds. Back to school. Back to germs.

About the pics below:
Enjoy.






 
ALSO - Please pray for my hubs. Apparently, I sneezed on him one too many times for he is starting to get the achy jointed, sore throat, punched-in-the-face-sinus-pressure pleasure I had.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Honey Cornbread Muffs

 I wish that I could say that this sweet little cornbread modification idea was my own, but it's not. This delicious. and ultra simple, recipe is how my momma makes cornbread muffs.

WHAT YOU NEED:
 In addition to the ingredients called for on the Jiffy box, you need 1/4 cup honey (per box of mix). 

Mix away and bake as directed!


TO MAKE THE FROSTING: 
mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, 2ish teaspoons melted  butter, and a tiny splash of milk

Note: apparently, the pretty drizzling of frosting wasn't nearly as generous as it ought to have been because when I was finished taking pictures and gave everyone the "go ahead" to eat them, my sister promptly went to the frosting bowl and applied another spoonful. ;)


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

You must try...


My dad-o sent me a link to Recursive Drawing and I've been having quite a bit of fun dinking around with it. Adjusting to the manipulation technique takes getting used to but that's most of the fun!
Go have fun with it, my pretties!
 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

DIY Tote Bag: Be inspired! neon, tribal, and leather


As promised, here is the tote from yesterdays post...

So if Pinterest is any clue, this tote is the trifecta of trends right now so forgive me if I'm feeling a bit smug that I. MADE. THIS.

Ok, smugness aside and moving forward, this tote is made primarily from repurposed thrift store goodies.  This post is less of a step-by-step tutorial and more of general procedural walk through that is meant to inspire...


MATERIALS I USED: 
heavy duty cotton fabric
lightweight leather salvaged from a skirt
awesome tribal fabric from poncho / nurse scrub shirt
2 leather belts
D rings -- copper wire -- Jiffy rivets
lightweight fabric interfacing


Because both the leather from the skirt and the tribal fabric (from here on out, TF) are lightweight, I used heavy duty cotton fabric as the "skeleton" of the bag and then stitched the leather and TF onto it.  The TF has a loose weave so I iron lightweight interfacing on the back to give it more structure. This also makes it easier to sew as it doesn't stretch, shift, and wiggle all over.

Once all the pretty was stitched onto the canvas skeleton and it had been sewn into a bag, I went to work on making the strap anchors and sewing them on the INSIDE of the bag. This was so the pattern wasn't broken up on the exterior.


The straps are made out of repurposed leather belts (TIP! These are great to pick up at yard sales because often you can get them for a quarter!)
Because the belts are different, on the one I punched holes for jiffy rivets and the other I looped a ton of copper wire through existing (originally decorative) grommets and then gave it a good hammering to harden it up.
Just about every bag I've used a belt on has called for different method to secure. Be flexible in your approach and you'll think of something!

So that was my process. I hope this gave you some ideas!
All together I spent around $12 on materials, which I still have a bunch of. Bag anyone?

PS! If you would like step-by-step instructions on how to make a tote bag you can find some here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

What-I-Wore: Gold N Dots




You know how sometimes you think you're fearless and don't give a rip what others think and then you go to DO something and get all weak in the knees and feel ultra awkward. Yes? Glad I'm not alone, because that's definitely what happened when taking these pics.

And I know you're thinking, "Geez woman, it's August! What's with all the clothing!?" But it is downright frigid in my classes and all these layers are necessary. Which, really, suites me just fine, until I step outside and the 88 degree sun blasts me.

Outfit, toes up
Shoes - thrifted
Pants - Target
Belt - thrifted
Cardigan - hand-me-down from friend
Shirt - gift (Design by Humans)
Headband / scarf - gift
Bag - I MADE that beast!


PS - I finally got my perscription updated and I ordered some new glasses. online. major nervous.
PSS - That crazy, awesome bag in the picture where I'm glaring at you... details on that tomorrow.
PSSS - To make a long post even longer.... Have a song!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

pod


The orange and brown.
The dry, crisp tendrils...
This one little seed pod sent me spiraling into a fall filtered daydream.
Spiced cider, fleecy sweatshirts, the smell of damp leaves, pumpkins, and corn mazes.
Is there a better season? If so, I have not seen it.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Making and Fulfilling Goals

I don't normally post things from Pinterest on my blog because, hello, while as great as Pinterest is, things can get a bit redundant around there. However, in my humble opinion, this is too good not to share.

via

I'm pretty good at making a schedule and sticking too it, but things that don't quite fit onto one day.... uh, not so good. I've been looking for ideas that can keep my goal list in front of me, in a manageable, step-by-step kinda way. Basically something that helps me break things down into bite-sized chunks. Maybe it's just me, but I fancy it's mighty satisfying to pluck a post-it off the sheet. :)

There are tons of ways to manage goal list but this is the one that is standing out to me the most.
How do you manage your goals? Are you good at breaking them into doable steps?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Retro color feast

I've been rummaging around the inter-web a bit looking for inspiration for a project I'm working on and came across these pretties. While they aren't quite the aesthetic I'm striving for I can't help but stare! The colors completely captured me.
Most of these are by Mary Blair, a lady who has quite the remarkable resume. The Cinderella carriage painting totally sucks me in. I can't can't help but feel a tich nervous for them, just waiting for them to move too hastily and teeter of the edge.



1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Hopefully, soon, I'll share what I've been working on and you can give me feedback. It's so beneficial to get opinions from fresh eyes!

PS - Today is my first day back at school :( There is much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Make This! Neon Clay Necklace

I whipped this DIY necklace up while hubs and I watched Mothman Prophecies. - Which, about that movie... I freely admit that it gave me a slight case of the heebie-jeebies. "Wake up, number 37." Yikes!
but anyways...

This is really easy to make and I can already tell that it will be in frequent rotation since I wear a lot of neutrals that need some jazz.

YOU NEED:
Sculpey Clay (and all the accoutrements that go with working and rolling clay), Sharpie marker, Neon paint (I used spray paint), Acrylic paint (to act as primer for the neon), loop eye pins, chain, Sculpey sealing glaze, pliers

PS - these pics are a tad on the crap-tacular side and I apologize, but I do most of my crafting in the evening long after good light has slipped from the sky.


1) Shape the clay into the desired shape, stick one(+) loop eye pins into the clay, and bake as directed
2) After the clay - now pendant! - has cooled completely, mask off the area that should stay paint free. I used a pink acrylic as a primer for the neon. With other projects, sans the acrylic "primer" it literally took 8 coats of neon to get an even color. By using the pink acrylic paint it only took one coat of neon!
3) Using a sharpie, draw some lines, or circles, triangles, or squares.
4) Apply a coat or two of glaze to keep the paint from chipping and the sharpie from rubbing off
5) Attach a chain. Finished!




Friday, August 17, 2012

wings

I don't particularly like bugs but they must be given points for being so visually interesting and diverse. Every time I really look at an insect I am baffled. What little freaks they are.

There are many more pics of creepy-crawlies in my camera that I would love to share but alas, they are of super poor quality. I have a Nikon Cool Pix. AKA,The Worst Camera EVER. Okay, Worst Ever might be a smidge harsh since I probably have unreasonably high expectations for it.


Do you see this wing!? Those colors! It's incredible.
Now, look to the left. Aren't the water droplets on his window wings kinda sweet?

The bug below is my favorite. He was so shy.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

yum gum



Ginseng gum! Yum!
As a special (back to school) treat for us, I ordered a bundle of this gum. Keith had never had any, but I picked up a pack one time in NYC and every now and then a craving for it strikes.
Clearly, we love this stuff. We've chomped ourselves through 1/4 of the box already.
If you've never had ginseng, it's an earthy taste.  It's hard to describe because it's a very distinct flavor. Almost, in the background, a very mildly minty taste.... just try some.
Unfortunately, it loses it's flavor fairly quickly. But not a quick as bubble gum.

Clove gum is another flavor we both really like that is hard to come by so a pack of that might have to make its way to our door soon.
What "exotic" gum flavors do you chew? I would love some recommendations!