DIY- Crochet T-Shirt Rug

Hey Cats!

So remember a few posts ago when I told you to start cleaning out your t-shirt drawer? Well, today I’m showing you what I did with some of mine! I have an unhealthy amount of t-shirts that I have accumulated from years of church choir, high school cheerleading, high school in general, and random events. They were taking up valuable closet space, so when I came home for the summer I sorted them into three categories: keep, t-shirt quilt (hopefully coming soon), and t-shirt rug. I saved the ones with cute designs, like all of my pep rally and cheer camp tees for the quilt, and the ones I wasn’t so fond of I threw in the rug pile. I’ll probably eventually do this for my college and sorority tees as well, but that will be at least 5 years from now, seeing as that is all I wear. Anyways, I’ve pinned many tutorials for t-shirt rugs because I knew it was something I wanted to do, so I had to go through them and find the perfect one! I wanted one that wasn’t too difficult and something that would look okay with (very) mismatched colors. I also wanted a coiled or braided pattern, because the really shaggy ones just freak me out. It’s a peeve of mine, they just get dirty really easily, and there’s nothing that says “this is not a clean home” more than a nasty looking rug. I was unable to find instructions that I liked, so I made my own! I got my inspiration from these rugs-this was the flat, coiled look I was going for.

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http://goodideasforyou.com/mix-a-match/2457-diy-crochet-rug-with-yarn-a-old-t-shirts.html

However, I didn’t want to use yarn, and there were no step-by-step instructions, except for the ones in Russian on the original link, which I really didn’t want to deal with. So I got creative, and here’s what I ended up with!

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It’s a little rustic, but I like it! Here’s what you will need:

-Old t-shirts (I used 12, but you can use more or less depending on the size you want/how many t-shirts you have)

-Scissors

-A size J crochet hook (You can definitely use larger if you want it chunkier!)

Here’s what you do!

-First, you will need to make t-shirt yarn from your tees. I used this tutorial from let birds fly- http://www.letbirdsflyblog.com/2011/10/how-to-make-t-shirt-yarn.html. You can make all of your yarn at once, or you can do what I did and do it one shirt at a time!

-Next, start your rug. With your hook and your first color of choice, chain 4 and join with a slip stitch. Chain three and work two dc in each chain. Continue around, 8 dc. Do not join with a slip stitch, just work the rug in a spiral! Continue to work 2 dc in each dc for 4 rounds. Then, *2dc in one stitch, 1 dc**, repeat from * for two rows. Next, *2dc in one stitch, 2 dc** for two rows. Continue this pattern (adding one more dc between 2dc for two rows) until your rug is complete! I got to 6 dc, and on the last round I did only single dc’s in each stitch to give it a finished look on the edge.

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-During this process, you will have to tie together the different colors of yarn. I didn’t really do anything fancy, just tie it in a knot and make sure the knot/stray ends stay on the back side of the rug.

-To end my work, I did one dc, then a hdc, a sc, a slip stitch, and finally another slip stitch to tie it off! I wove the end back through my work.

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So there you have it! This is a very resourceful way to re-use those old tees. I mean, you’re making room for new clothes AND you have a new pop of color to add to your house! I’m planning to use this in my kitchen next year, if the roommates approve, of course! It’s very durable and also washable! Hopefully you will all give this a try! Let me know how it goes!

That’s all for meow!

Eggs Benedict- With a Side of Sass

Hey Cats!

As you may know, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. You can go sweet or savory (or both!), fancy or simple, quick or leisurely. I take every opportunity I get to be a diva and have a long breakfast (with two cups of coffee, obvi), and I also love to try new breakfast recipes! I have always wanted to try eggs Benedict, but I’ve never felt ambitious enough. After all, cooking first thing in the morning means I’m not as alert and on top of my game, so if things go wrong I won’t have the best problem-solving skills. But anyways, last night, when I was trying to go to sleep, I decided that today was the day I would go for the eggs Benedict, and I was so excited about the meal to come that I was unable to talk myself out of it. So, this morning I sprung out of bed and… Okay, that’s a lie. I begrudgingly pulled myself out of bed at 8:45, because the repairman was supposed to come fix the dryer between 9-11. (More about this later) But I was actually really excited to get up and try my new recipe! I chose this recipe from Pinterest because it looked easy, and the directions for the hollandaise sauce called for a double boiler, not a blender. It makes me nervous that you don’t actually cook the egg yolks when you make the kind in the blender.  Also, I love this website because you can adjust the recipe according to how many servings you’re making! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/eggs-benedict/detail.aspx

So, mine was not as pretty as this one. Like, at all. I’m honestly kind of embarrassed to post the picture because it looks…gross. I also substituted regular toast for an English muffin, and we didn’t have bacon, so I omitted it all-together. Here’s what mine looked like! (Promise you won’t judge. It was my first try, okay?)

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Like I said, really ugly. I have also never poached eggs until this morning, so they were a little misshapen. I fully expected this to taste horrible and was prepared to pour a bowl of Cheerios and sulk, but how wrong I was. I mean, it was simply divine. I sat and happily devoured all of it and waited for the repairman.

Which brings me to my next point. I have HAD. IT.  with repairmen. Everything in my house tends to break when I’m at home for summer or Christmas break. And since my parents are at work during the day, I am the one who has to deal with the people that come to fix things. Which is fine, I am a responsible being who lives independently 9 months out of the year, so I am fully capable of interacting with such service people. However, at home my parents are the ones who discover things aren’t working, and I generally don’t know what the problem is, I am just instructed not to use the dryer, dishwasher, etc. I’m obviously not stupid, I am just unaware of the technicalities and details of the issue. But when the repairmen come, they always ask the same question: “What’s wrong with (insert faulty appliance)?”. To which I respond, “Well, I’m not really sure, but it’s not working.” And they typically respond with a look that says that they think I just fell out of a tree. I respond with a half-sincere apology and take them to wherever they need to go. And they start working their magic, most likely surmising on how much of an idiot I am. Like today, for example. The little man comes in and asks me what kind of noise the dryer is making. “It’s not making a noise, it just got really hot the last time we used it.” He was not pleased, but I took him to the laundry room and went back to watching Gilmore Girls. I mean, he can figure it out, he’s a professional, right? Well, he re-emerges five minutes later and this conversation unfolds: Repairman:”Is it a thumping noise?” Kristen:”Uhh yeah, that’s it.” RM:”Well I’m not hearing anything.” K:”Okay, well actually it was a rattling noise.” RM:*rolls eyes* “Well I’m not hearing that either.” K:”Well, we haven’t used it in over a week, so…” RM:”Well, they typically don’t fix themselves.” He then returned to his work. Like please, the sass is unnecessary. He eventually fixed it, and went on his merry way, and hopefully I won’t have to see him for a while. Also, last week someone came by to fix the air conditioner. My parents just wanted to see what was wrong, and they wanted to talk about it or whatever before they actually fixed it, which I understand. They also didn’t leave a check or anything, so it’s not like I could pay for any work done. So this little guy comes in, surveys the damage, and reports back to me. I explain to him that I have to talk to my parents and that we will call him back to schedule his next visit. He instructs me to call my parents, so I do, but of course, no one answers. I assure him that my dad will call in the afternoon and escort him out. Once he’s gone, my dad calls (of course) and I explain the situation. Five minutes later, the repairman comes back to the door and says that I “need to text my dad immediately and let him know what is going on.” Like, please. I know I look like I’m 14, but I’m 20 and perfectly capable of handling this. Also, I live upstairs with the broken a/c, and I want this repaired even more than you do. And “immediately” is such a diva word, and I only use it, I don’t respond to it very well. Fortunately, my dad called me while I was struggling to politely communicate that I had everything under control, and he finally believed me. Also, all of these service visits required me to wake up before nine, which I was not pleased with. So pray with me that nothing else in my house breaks before I leave in August.

Hopefully you try the eggs Benedict recipe, and have better luck with repairmen than I have had! What is your favorite thing to make for breakfast?

Perfecting the Pool Tote

Hey Cats!

Now that it’s summer, I am at the pool in my neighborhood just about every day. In fact, I currently have a lovely pool perm from an after-dinner swim with my family! When I go during the day, I tend to camp out and stay for a few hours, which means I can’t just grab a towel and run- I need supplies! I also really like to be prepared for any situation, so it kind of freaks me out to not have things I might need. Over the past few summers, I have become a self-proclaimed expert at pool-tote packing. Here’s my list for a perfectly stocked bag!

First of all, you should start with a bag. Obviously. This bag should be big enough to keep all of your stuff in, but not too large to where you can’t handle it. It should also be durable and easy to clean, since it will be outside near water and dirt and children and heat. Also there’s a 100% guarantee your sunscreen will leak at least once in your life. I’ve had my bag for a few years, I actually used it in lieu of a backpack one year in high school. But I don’t really want to talk about that. It’s a big, Kate Landry tote made of vinyl and coated leather. It’s starting to show a little wear, but it’s lasted a really long time, and everything fits!

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So now that you have the perfect bag, it’s time to fill it up! You should include

-A beach towel. Duh. I like mine fluffy and long enough to lay on my lounge chair!

-Tanning oil/sunscreen. Because melanoma would be sad.

-Your favorite pair of trendy sunnies

-A floppy hat for days you feel like being a diva. (Every day for me)

-Lip balm, because I always want it at the pool.

-A small pouch to store jewelry. You don’t want to lose a Tory stud in the pool like I did. (They were from Chinatown and I found it, but it was a terrifying twenty minutes.)

-Reading material. Either a magazine or a novel, depending on whether you’re wanting light reading or not.

-A cover-up for to and from the pool. Please don’t be that girl. Be appropriate. This can range from a cute tunic to an oversized sorority tank and shorts. I like to use both, depending on whichever is clean how I’m feeling that day.

-A hair tie and/or a headband. After-pool hair is always kind of a mess and needs to be tamed. I like leaving mine down and wearing a stretchy headband and letting it be free and wild. You decide what works best for your locks!

-A bottle of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated in the sun, so bring a couple! Even if you have a snowcone or Sonic happy hour, bring water, too!

-A snack. I always get hungry at the pool. I like Goldfish or granola bars, nothing too heavy or that melts.

-The pool key. It’s a sad day when you get all the way to the pool and realize you’ve left the key at home.

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So there you have it! What necessities do you have in your pool bag?

Until next time!

A Few of My Favorite Pins-Fashion Edition

Hey Cats!

Like many of you, I am obsessed with Pinterest. I love finding new home decor ideas (for the home I don’t yet have), craft inspiration (to do in my fleeting free time), fashion tips, and new recipes! In fact, my roommate once told me that she always knew when I was in class because she would see that I was pinning up a storm! (That’s a habit that gets you B’s instead of A’s, I wouldn’t recommend it.) I have found that if you need directions or help with anything domestic, you can usually find multiple tutorials on Pinterest. While the majority of my pins are crafts and recipes, I do enjoy pinning to my Fashion board from time to time. This board mostly contains coveted pieces of clothing far out of my price range, but I have found a few pins that lead to great resources for making the most of your wardrobe! Here are my Top 5 links from my Fashion/Hair board!

First is this link to a list of 50 wardrobe must-haves. This will lead you to Chic Street Style, one of my favorite blogs! This lists the staples for a well-built, versatile closet, but also includes fun pieces as well! I personally don’t have everything on the list, but I am slowly working towards it!

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http://chicstreetstyle.me/2013/01/18/50-for-a-fashionista/

Next is this Urban Decay Naked palette tutorial. I love my Naked palette, and I use it every day! There are so many colors, and I didn’t really know how to use them all properly, so I’m glad I found this tutorial from MakeupByTiffanyD! I tried the “Everyday Fresh Faced” tutorial, and now that’s what I wear every day!

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http://makeupbytiffanyd.blogspot.com/search/label/Urban%20Decay

This next pin is great for the winter! I love scarves, but anything other than an infinity scarf gives me anxiety. I can never decide how to tie it and it’s just a stressful time. However, this website, Scarves Dot Net, has an entire library of scarf-tying tutorials! Some are really difficult and elaborate, and some work if you’re in a hurry. The pin leads you to a page with the best scarf knots for different necklines, which is great, but I would encourage you to explore the rest of the site for other ideas!

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http://www.scarves.net/blog/scarf-styling-knots-for-every-neckline

This next pin has definitely come in handy this spring, since neon is all the rage. It shows the best colors to pair with your neons (because you would never wear a solid neon color from head to toe. At least not if you wanted to be my friend.). I especially love the idea of orange paired with navy! The link leads you to the blog “with an ie”.

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http://alihenrie.blogspot.com/

Next is a pin I really love. I am all about the stacked bracelet trend, but I find it difficult to arrange the bracelets correctly. This visual guide from Kate Spade New York (of course. Love ya, Kate) is a good reference for how many bangles to pile on and in what order. I like how it shows a variety of bracelets on each wrist with a few different options!

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http://www.katespade.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Shop-Site/en_US/Blog-Show

And since I love the kitties so much, here is an extra. I am absolutely dying for a cat sweater, and it is my goal to get one this winter. I know it’s not the most chic addition to my wardrobe, but I feel like I could pull it off. Like, I NEED this. Right meow.

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http://www.sheinside.com/Black-Embroidered-Cat-Round-Neck-Loose-Sweater-p-103021-cat-1734.html?medium=HardPin&source=Pinterest&campaign=type151&ref=hardpin_type151#utm_campaign=type151&utm_medium=HardPin&utm_source=Pinterest

So there you have it! What are the best fashion tips you have come across on Pinterest?

Until next time!

Summer Style Watch

Hey Cats!

First of all, how do you like the new blog? It’s very chic and sleek, which is what I was wanting for the blog, so I love it!

Also, since I’m home for the summer, I have plenty of time to craft, cook, and blog! I have so many crafts I plan on making for my new house next year, and I’m excited to share them with you. If I end up actually doing them.

But for now, I’m going to share my picks for my favorite fashion trends this summer! Summer has always been my favorite season: swimming, sunshine, no school, and the freedom to dress however you want. Now that I’m in college, I can wear whatever I want all the time, but before I couldn’t wait to be free from school dress code and wear shorts and tank tops all the time! I’ve noticed that my style becomes more relaxed and bohemian during the summer. Normally, I steer clear of anything that could be deemed “bohemian” due to my mostly preppy and classic wardrobe, but there’s something about the natural, messy style that I can’t stay away from while frolicking in the sun from May-August. It’s also fun to mix more relaxed pieces with structured pieces to create a unique look. But more on that later!

The first thing I’m loving this summer is mix-and-match swimsuits. I am fully aware that this trend has been around for a while, but I have just now hopped on the train! I decided to go for solid colors, that way I can wear them together and mix them with the patterned pieces I already have. The possibilities are endless! I bought these two at JCPenney’s the other day- each piece was just $5! Also, JCP has turned into a new favorite store- everything is so cute now, and very affordable!

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Next on my list is the maxi dress. I love maxi dresses- they can be dressed up or down, and are perfect for when you don’t feel like wearing anything too constricting. I feel like you can put on a maxi dress and say, “Well I really don’t care what I’m wearing but I’m still looking fabulous.” I’ve had my two favorites forever, but they’re both so versatile! I have a solid black dress that I like to wear with colorful sandals, statement earrings, and an armful of gold bangles. The printed dress I wear with wedges and my cropped denim jacket.

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I’m also on the hunt for a maxi skirt that I can pair with tanks and my denim jacket for a different look! I tried wearing the printed dress as a skirt to church a couple of weeks ago. It was really cute, but it was quite the struggle to walk and do other regular, necessary activities, so I won’t be doing that again. Also, my denim jacket that I mentioned has become a new favorite in my wardrobe. Living in East Texas/College Station, sometimes it’s okay to be a little bit country. I like to pair this with sundresses and boots when I go dancing, or over maxi dresses for church, or with other outfits when it might get a little chilly at night! I like mine because it’s cropped, so it’s not too bulky, and it has a cute design on the back that adds a little interest!

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Another thing I’m loving this summer is eyelet everything. Shorts, dresses, tops, you name it! I love the feminine look, and it’s the perfect summer fabric! My favorite is white, just because it’s crisp and classic, but it’s good to have colorful options, too! I love this eyelet tie-front tank from Dillard’s. It would pair well with colorful shorts, or a pair of dark wash cropped jeans and wedges!

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Every summer, I have to get a new pair of sunglasses. It seems there’s always a new shape that’s in, and I like to try them out! Also, I tend to lose or break sunglasses more than the average person. This year, I’m loving oversized circle frames. Ever since I spotted Kourtney Kardashian wearing these fab Prada frames on Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, I have been dying for them. Unfortunately, Prada is not within my college girl budget, so I’ll have to settle for the Target brand that’s not as fancy, but still the look I’m going for!

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There are so many more trends I’m wanting to try for summer, but there isn’t enough time, and this post would be obnoxiously long! What are your favorite summer styles? I would love to hear from you!

Coming soon: crafts for all of those t-shirts you don’t wear anymore! Gather them up and get ready to give them a new job besides taking up space in your closet! Until next time!