i have a confession to make… i’ve hopped onto the pinterest bandwagon. when i say i fought this for about a year, i’m not kidding. i even made an account and then refused to use it, but it was for a good reason. i knew i’d become addicted, and i was right. knowing me i couldn’t just have any names for my boards, so when i tell you that i spent a good time brainstorming some “witty names” (that aren’t all that witty) i’m not exaggerating. pinterest has become a process, but it’s a process i love. planning for next year’s dorm decorations has already begun, and i have been working on my summer loving board like no tomorrow. if i’ve been off of my computer for a while i will sit and scroll back until i find my last pin, and start looking at other pins from there. i’d say i wasn’t addicted, but that’s a lie… (seeing that i have every possible form of it downloaded: phone, iPad, etc.) i’m still on the hunt for other pinners to follow, which gives me just another excuse to keep on pinning… or this whole post may be a cry for help in stopping this obsession (but not really).
i never was one of those little girls who planned out my fairytale wedding. i know, i know, i seem like the type. even i think i’m the type, but i didn’t, but i figure there’s nothing better than making up for lost time. now i’m not saying that i am about to start planning my future wedding anytime soon, but martha stewart’s coverage of weddings on her websites has my d.i.y. side freaking out. i recently discovered the real weddings/diy wedding section and it has me obsessed. god knows i love planning out tiny little details, and it makes me feel a little better about this fact knowing other people do too. one of the most recent weddings was held at a horse stable and the little details were amazing, like the decor, the goody bags and even the reception’s location, within a barn filled with sparkling lights. if you want to see more details go over to the martha stewart website to check it out!
saying i like to make things is an understatement. since the time i could start crafting and cooking, i was in the kitchen or at the kitchen table making cookies or working on my latest masterpiece a.k.a. coloring in my disney colprbook. as i got older though i was able to try out new things, like scrapbooking. when i tell you i was obsessed with scrapbooking i’m not exaggerating, at all. me and michael’s crafts store were (and still remain to be) t for tight. i collected jolee’s stickers as if i had a hoarding problem, but it’s cool, i accept my eccentricities. now that i love fashion and clothes i decided to get crafty with them too. in no way am i fashion designer, but i like to do some diy projects now and again. i was on another blog, honestly wtf, and i saw their take on a sequined sweater, so i decided to try it out. let me tell you, that sweater took a hell of a long time to make, but it was so worth it. i also played around with a jean shirt and an old gingham shirt and patched it up, gave it a little heart (cheesy joke, once again.) basically, at this point in my life, i’m practically valentino.
so february is winding to a close, and i’m entering that state of mind where i begin to freak out a tad bit. yes midterms are over, but when you’re in a business school, double majoring in marketing and finance and minoring in a completely different field of study a.k.a classical studies, this time is more than a bit stressful. trying to transition between these two completely different fields while studying is not fun, but hopefully it’ll be rewarding in the end. otherwise i’ll just buy myself some ben and jerry’s greek fro yo, and eat the whole carton.. it’s fro yo, i won’t feel too badly. actually, i won’t feel bad at all. anyhow, february is ending and spring is getting closer and i want everything to slow down a little bit. or maybe i need to slow down, and try to process everything at a slower rate, but that’s easier said then done, isn’t it?
this past summer, i introduced you all to bucky. since his creation he has been an important presence in my life. yes, he may be a cardboard deer with glitter antlers, but he’s become a room mascot/watchdog (watchdeer?). excuse the stupid jokes, but they’re going to keep coming. this past break i decided the family needed to grow, and i made mama buck, so even though the cycle should have been reversed and mama should have come first, there’s no changing it now! currently mama buck is residing in the good ol’ state of new york, but next school year she’ll be making a trip down to dc. unless my roommates let me bring a moose with some necklaces into the mix…and his name shall be bullwinkle.
i’ve decided i’m the kind of person who may have my analytical side, but i have a creative half that balances it right out. whenever i take those quizzes asking if i’m left or right brained, i end up right in the middle. this classification isn’t exactly a classification, more a confirmation (even if these tests aren’t exact) in my mind at least, that i’m a good mix of different things. although i love making cards, decor, and little trinkets, i can’t stand having anything out of place or being unorganized. my organizational tendencies come in handy, but there are times i’ve gotta keep my perfectionistic quirks in check. when i head back to school, you can bet your bottom dollar (yes, i just said that) i will be making a paper source run and adding some new goodies to my crafting area (a.k.a. the desk i should be using to do homework). so many things on the internet inspire me to create, and i hope one day my blog will do that for others. to finish this post off, in the words of jack london, “you can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”
buying birthday presents isn’t always an easy task. sometimes the celebrant is hard to buy gifts for, the present isn’t just right, or you don’t want to spend a lot of money. in my opinion, it’s nice to give someone something special that you can do for them. for me that something special is cooking, and i figured gifting my friend with a “meal ticket” would be perfect.
one thing i really can’t stand is when i’m seriously disorganized, so you can imagine how stressful college move-in day (or days in my case) is. the roomie and i are still decorating our rooms and after moving in over a week ago, finally managed to raise her bed. i’ve given up on mine… the one thing i do have some control over right now is my desk, and it’s officially becoming a crafting station, no joke.
i absolutely love making things from scrapbooks to cards, but room decor is probably my favorite. inspiration boards, murals cut out of silver poster board, you name it, i probably love or would love to make it. i had seen these confetti canvases all over the internet and figured they’d be easy to make. easy is an understatement! you only need a few supplies, along with ten minutes, and you’re good to go. when the holidays come around i plan on making some for me and my roommate to hang up on our dorm room door (how cute would a halloween one be?!). you can definitely personalize these through color, quotes, initials, etc., which i definitely think i’ll do in the future!
today was a bit rainy and i had off from work so i decided to lay low and play around with some jewelry. i took a very inexpensive necklace i got from forever21 and separated it into different sections so i could make different projects.
i love the combination of rhinestone costume jewelry with friendship bracelets and string, so i decided to try out my own take on it. the results were better than i hoped for, and i already have a few outfits planned out with this necklace as the center! (i also realized that if dory from finding nemo were to wear a necklace, this might be it!)
piece of costume jewelry (if you have a full necklace use pliers and wire cutter to separate it!) // two different colors of string with four strands and 20 inches in length // sharpie matching one of the string colors
weave one section of the colors throughout the necklace until its completed. if you need to string them through each opening and are having trouble, use a bobby pin to help!
once the weaving has been done, braid the strands together. (i did this with the yellow!)
one the other side i attached the blue strings to the costume jewelry by tying them around a hook and then doing chinese staircase.
i finished off the necklace by drawing some of the necklace’s diamonds in with blue sharpie.
that’s it! so simple, inexpensive and stylish!