Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Project 21: Washi Tape and Cork Inspiration Board

I'm in love with this inspiration board. Primarily because the floral washi tape is the bomb. I'm completely obsessed with washi tape these days and basically I'm trying to use some of what I've got so I can buy more. {If I'm using supplies I can't technically be called a hoarder right?}

My board was inspired by this cork inspiration board on apartment therapy and this one at dot coms for moms.

Blue Painter's Tape
Washi Tape
Mod Podge
Paint Brush

I bought my cork and picture hanging strips from WalMart. The cork comes with the little square stickies that you see in the horrible picture below but, after testing one of the stickies on the wall, found out that they're not easy to remove from the paint so I wouldn't recommend using those to hang your boards. I had the picture strips, washi and painter's tape on hand.

First, put a piece of washi tape across the cork from corner to corner. That marks your center point. Then, put a piece of the painter's tape directly next to the original strip of washi. While the painter's tape is in place, put a strip of washi on the other side of the painter's tape. The painter's tape acts as a ruler of sorts to space out your stripes. Continue this process until you reach the end.

After all the boards are covered with washi stripes, put a thin layer of mod podge over the entire board. I let my cork boards sit for a day or two and when I came back to finish up I noticed that the wonderful humidity had caused most of my washi tape to roll off the cork. Mod Podge prevents that. When your boards are dry, put the 3M picture strips on the back of all 4 boards. I did one strip in each top corner because that was all I had. Finally, hang that bad boy on the wall. The end. Easy peasy.

I also made some cute flower push pins to hang things on my board so I'll have that simple tutorial up soon

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Weekend in Pics

I'm obsessed with giving everyone a zombie makeover thanks to The Walking Dead Yourself app * Made a whole bunch of flower earrings to post in my shop * Finally put my cute cork inspiration boards up (tutorial soon) * Tried out another Pinterest find and looped my scarves through shower rings

How was your weekend?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Project 19: DIY Fringe Scarf

I'm sure everyone's seen this pin on Pinterest. The DIY fringe scarf. I was cleaning out my closet and found this glittery tee that is way too tight to be worn with dignity so I turned it into a project of course.

Cut the shirt front and back from armpit to armpit. Start fringing by cutting 1 to 2 inch strips from the bottom and pulling gently so that the strips roll slightly on the sides.

I had some large-holed beads so I added those to the strips of fabric and knotted the strips at varying levels to stagger the beads. You need lots of furbaby help with this process. Bella has great taste - she only rolls around on the expensive stuff.

It wouldn't be a tutorial without THE awkward picture.

This is a really easy project and eases the guilt from giving away your favorite tees.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Shop Update: 25% off Flower Earrings

Have you been to my shop lately? For a short time, all of the flower earrings are 25% off which brings them to only $4.50 with free shipping in the U.S.  I've also reduced all of the Sales items.  That means certain colors of the flower earrings are only 3 dollars and bobby pins (set of 2) are $4.50 as well.  Every two weeks I'll change the color or style of flower earrings in the Sales section of my shop.  You'll have to check back often to see if your color is on sale.

Happy Shopping!!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

DIY Project 18: Charm Bracelets

Keeping with my promise to finish out the 29 by 30 projects, I present the easiest diy charm bracelet {dramatic pause} In. The. World.

Bracelet Cording
Jumprings (4mm and 6mm 20 gauge)
End Caps
Basic Jewelry Tools (pictured below)

For these bracelets I used cotton cording that I got from Michaels but you can use any type of cording. I started out by cutting 2 strips of cord, each measuring about 10.5 inches long. Fold the cord in half and knot around the charm (slide ends of cord through the loop around the charm to make an easy knot). At this point I measure my bracelet around my wrist and make sure to subtract a little length from the cords to account for the clasp and jumprings (I like my bracelets tight on my wrist). Put the end caps on the cord and cut the extra length. Attach the clasp with a 4mm jumpring and use the 6mm 20 gauge jumpring for the clasp close. I like using thicker jumprings for the clasp ends because it takes me forever to clasp bracelets so the jumpring needs to be sturdy.

I've got a long list of possible jewelry diy's so expect lots more.


Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year!! 

It's fresh start time! I actually stuck to a couple of my resolutions from last year. Granted, I didn't start working on 2012's resolutions until September but better late than never, right. I started eating healthier, working out, taking better care of myself. Then I took a week or two off from work for the holidays and, well, you all know what happens when you take vacation and sit around. So I'm starting over now. Taking better care of myself 2013!

Months ago my awesome MIL (Momma J) sent me the link to Iowa Girl Eats' blog post on her diet secret: the Green Monster Smoothie. I was a bit skeptical about the taste but it's actually really good. This is completely her smoothie recipe, I only made some tiny changes.

1 frozen sliced banana (about 100 calories)
1 tbsp peanut butter (90 calories)
1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt (125 calories)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze milk (30 calories)
Baby spinach (about 20 calories)

(Total calories: about 365) 

I bought a cluster of bananas so that I could have smoothies for a couple of days without having to go back to the store. Kristin (Iowa Girl) recommends cutting up the bananas BEFORE freezing them so I cut up all 6 of my bananas and froze them in individual ziploc bags.  I eat a lot of yogurt and always stock up on the big boxes of greek yogurt cups at Sams. So I used one of the individual oikos fruit on the bottom greek yogurt cups (assortment comes in strawberry, blueberry and cherry). Each cup is a little over a half cup at 5.3 ounces. I just dump the yogurt in the blender, pop in a bag of frozen nanners, a spoonful of peanut butter, and fill the yogurt cup with the almond milk adding a bit more of the milk since it calls for a full cup. I don't measure any of my ingredients because I hate dirtying up measuring utensils. When I add the spinach, I just basically pour it in the blender until it loosely reaches the top. Blend and enjoy.

You really can't taste the spinach at all. The one flavor I taste most is the peanut butter. The strength of the flavors would depend on how much you put in the mix. So any way that has been my breakfast for the past three mornings. It's delish!