A Warm Welcome to 2014

Hey Cats!

I hope everyone had a spectacular New Year’s Eve! I didn’t do a whole lot, but it was still fantastic! I went over to my friend Kinsey’s house and we watched the Aggies win their bowl game, made super cute confetti crowns, and watched Gatsby. It was pretty tame, but it was a great way to ring in 2014. I’m looking forward to another year of lessons, blessings, glitter and fun!

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DIY-Glitter Perfume Plate

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As I mentioned, last weekend I went down to College Station to visit my friend Ashley! We decided to craft while we watched Real Housewives, but we weren’t sure what to make, so we went to HobLob and wandered aimlessly until we stumbled upon the best invention ever: glitter paint. We’ve all seen the “glitter everything!” tutorials on Pinterest, but you have to use ModPodge and it sounds like a mess I don’t really have time for. But with glitter paint, you just brush it on and you have instant sparkle! Ashley decided to paint a Mason jar for her desk, and I chose a plate to put my perfume on!
Here’s what you’ll need:

-Glitter Paint (We used DecoArt Glamour Dust in Champagne from Hobby Lobby)

glitta paint

-A clear glass plate (Hobby Lobby for under $5), Mason jar, or other glass object
-Paintbrush (obviously)

Here’s what you do:
1. Prepare your workspace with newspaper (Or the paper they wrapped your glass in) so you don’t get glitta on the table. Not that that would be too tragic.
2. Paint! I painted the underside of the rim of my plate, so it would be smooth and so I wouldn’t chip the paint. It takes quite a few coats, and make sure it dries well between coats, or else it will smear and be less than stellar.

This is the finished product!

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I plan to put this on the counter in my bathroom to display my perfume and store my everyday jewelry!

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I think it would be cool to make a few of these and use them for chargers for a brunch or shower! Also, I plan to get another bottle of Glamour Dust (I just love that name) and glitter everything in sight. It’s like a dream come true! How will you use glitter paint to add a little sparkle to your life?

That’s all for meow!

 

DIY- Crochet T-Shirt Rug

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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!

DIY- Ribbon Board Re-Do

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In 21 days, I will be moving back to the Promised Land, into a house with three other girls. And I am SO EXCITED. Since I’m transitioning from the dorm to a real house, I’ve changed things up a little bit, including the color scheme of my room. You may remember that I went with a beach theme in the dorm, light blues, greens, coral, etc. This time around, I’ve decided to go with light blue, gray, and dark purple. I’ve been able to keep a lot of my blue stuff, like my bedspread, pictures, lamps, and pillows. I’ve also decided to re-do a couple of things I already had. I didn’t want to part with some of it, and I still needed some, so instead of spending lots of money on buying new things, I spent a little money on updating them! One of the things I had that I absolutely loved and did not want to get rid of was a memory board my aunt made for me. I love pictures, so I obviously can’t do without one of these. The only problem was that it was lime green, which totally doesn’t match my room anymore. So I got some new fabric & ribbon, and an hour or so later, I had an updated version of one of my dorm room faves!

This is what I started with. Isn’t it cutie? Sadly, not with purple and blue.

Here’s what you will need:
-1 memory board (Mine is made out of one of those posterboards with the foam and a thin layer of cotton quilt batting. If you have one you bought from somewhere, you could still try this, but it will probably be more difficult to take apart, but I have faith in you. Just don’t injure yourself. OR if you want to make one, just get one of the posterboards mentioned above & some quilt batting!)
– Enough fabric to cover the front of the board. I used 1/2 of a yard, and have plenty left over to make pillows with!
-Ribbon. I just used one spool, but I probably should have used two.
-Brads, furniture tacks, or buttons. I used some really cute brads from the scrapbooking section in Hobby Lobby.

I hadn’t bought the brads yet. Sorry. Also, that’s my favorite nail polish.

Here’s what you do:

1. First, remove all the buttons or tacks from the board. Mine were buttons, so it was fairly easy to just cut them off, but if yours has tacks, it might be a little harder.
2. Second, using a staple-puller, flat screwdriver (what I used), scissors, or your fingernails (which I wouldn’t reccommend, then they’ll look like crap), remove the ribbon. Make sure you don’t accidentally remove the staples that are holding down the fabric, just the ribbon!

3. Next, measure and cut the fabric. I did this by laying the fabric print-side down on the floor and laying the board fabric-side down on top of it. Then I cut it, leaving enough fabric on each side to overlap & staple down on the back. Also, make sure you iron your fabric before you staple it, because wrinkles are ugly, and that it’s pulled really tight, because it will also be ugly if it’s loose.

Before I cut it, obviously. I used the existing fabric as a guide for how much fabric to overlap.

4. Now you’re ready to staple! Make sure that the fabric is tight, and if it has a pattern that the pattern is straight. I folded the edge of mine twice and then stapled it. I used just a regular stapler, because I wasn’t sure if heavy duty staples would have gone through the front. This part takes the longest, but it’s not hard! Just make sure that every staple gets in there like it’s supposed to, or else it won’t hold together very well. Keep going all the way around! I would suggest using extra staples on the corners, since you’ll probably have more fabric there.

This is the double fold, before I started stapling. Make sure it extends a little further than the original fabric.
Here’s what the back looks like finished!
And here’s the front!

5. Ribbon time! Take the end of your ribbon and staple it on the back of the board, diagonally through the center of the point on the corner.

It’s not very pretty, but you get the idea.

 

6. Next, stretch the ribbon diagonally across the board, making sure it’s tight and straight. Staple the end to the back side of the opposite corner from which you started.

Be sure to pull it really tight, or your pictures will fall out!

7. Do the same thing on the opposite corners.

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8. Continue adding ribbon to make more small diamonds. I measured the distance from the middle to make sure I spaced them evenly.

I probably could have used more ribbon, but this will be fine, too!

9. Now it’s time for the brads/buttons/whatever. Like I said, I used brads from the scrapbooking section, but if you want to use buttons or something more sturdy, that would probably be wise.

10. Poke a hole where you want the brad to go, usually in the middle of where the two ribbons cross. My brads didn’t go all the way through all the layers, so I used a nail and my brute strength to push it through.

If you’re using buttons, skip this step & just sew it on. Good luck with that.

11. Take your hole-poking tool out and replace it with the brad. Secure it on the back by folding the prongs down.

 

It’s a rose!

12. Repeat for each ribbon intersection! I used a different brad for each one, and it turned out super cutie!

So there it is! This was super easy and inexpensive, and I can’t wait to put it up in my room and fill it with pictures! I have a few more DIY’s coming soon, and hopefully I’ll be able to do another recipe before I leave for school! Until next time!

DIY- Tacky Tourist Tee Redo

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So, as you know, I recently went on a trip to New York, and I’m ready to pack my bags and go right now. I’m not one to buy souvenirs on trips, or at least souvenirs that have anything to do with where I am. I usually just go shopping and whenever I wear something, I’m like, “Oh, I remember when I bought this in D.C.” and that brings back great memories. In my opinion, it’s a waste of money to buy crap like a statue of the Empire State Building that I’ll just sit somewhere and let collect dust. (Or I’ll break it. That happens a lot.) It’s much more practical to buy something you’ll wear a lot, and it’s still a great reminder of the fun time you had on your trip. At least that’s how I justify it. (Also, I think coffee mugs are a nice practical souvenir. You always need those!). In addition to my rampant spending spree in Chinatown, (I literally threw nearly $100 at pushy Asian people in less than ten minutes. It was INTENSE) I bought one of the classic American tourist pieces. Yes, that’s right. I bought an “I ❤ NY tee. We all did, because we were going to pull an Ultimate Tourist Move and wear them all to the airport when we left. Also, I’m not going to lie, I’ve secretly wanted one all of my life. So I bought it. They’re like, $3 at every single gift shop in the Big Apple, so it wasn’t like I was squandering a chunk of money on a splatter-painted “I ❤ DC” sweatshirt. (Yes, I did that one time. I don’t want to talk about it. I wear it indoors and on snow days under a big jacket only). However, once I got home, I had to be real with myself. I was never going to wear that shirt again. So, not wanting to waste my $3, or one of my only true souvenirs, I decided to give it a little update. T-shirt DIY’s are all over Pinterest, so I found one I liked, grabbed my scissors, and ended up with this little gem:

Since I didn’t take pictures during the process, and because I don’t want to write out all the instructions, I’ll just direct you to the link I used.
http://blogilates.com/printables-2/diy-racerback-workout-shirt-tutorial
I followed the directions for the most part, except for the hi-low hem, because it was already kind of short. It’s not perfect, but like I always say, it adds character and makes it unique. It’s a great pool shirt and workout shirt, if you work out. I don’t. But if I ever do, maybe I’ll wear this. Anyways, it’s a great option for making a tourist tee a little less tacky, or for an awkwardly-fitting shirt you don’t want to throw away. Also, just a tip: One of the girls told us when we purchased the shirts not to dry it in the dryer, because the letters would melt off. I would heed this advice, because I washed mine & hung it to dry, and the letters are already wrinkly and kind of merrr looking. Anyways, I hope you’ll try this with a tourist tee, or any other tee you may have lying around! I’m working on multiple crafts for my new house, and I’m excited to finish them and share them with you! Also, I have a special suprise project I’m working on, but I can’t tell you about that for a while. I might not actually finish it…. But anyways, until next time!

DIY- All Wrapped Up Bangle

Hey Cats!
So I recently discovered that I have no bracelets. Well, except for the power beads left over from the second grade. Since then, I have been trying to build a collection of bracelets that won’t make me look like a 10 year old. As I was flipping through an InStyle the other day, I came across a bangle wrapped in colored twine and thought, “I can do something like that!” And such brought about the creation of this bracelet I am about to share with you! It’s a little tedious & time consuming, so be patient!

First you will need:
1 bangle-stye bracelet, or I used a plastic ring a scarf came on. You can be ingenuitive and resourceful with this. Just make sure it’s a little big, because the thread will make it a little smaller than it orignally was.
1 spool of thin white embroidery thread (technically it’s called Bedspread Cotton), or you can use regular embroidery thread, in which case I would suggest 2 skeins.
4 skeins (I guess that’s what you call them?) of embroidery thread, each in a different color.
You can find all of these things at Hobby Lobby, or maybe Wal-Mart.

1) To begin, cut about 3 yards of the beadspread cotton. Yes, 3 yards. You will need more than you think, and it’s better to have too much than not enough!
2) Tie one end of the bedspread cotton around the bracelet, leaving as small a tail as possible.

3) Wrap the thread around the bracelet in the same spot a few times to hold the tail down & to get a good start

4) Continue wrapping the thread around the bracelet, using your fingernail to make sure it is very tight!

5) Now, if for some unfortunate reason you run out of thread before you reach the end (as I did), just cut some more thread and tie it on to the existing thread. Wrap it around a few times in the same place, as we did in the beginning, to hide the tail. Then continue on about your merry way!
6) When you reach the end, wrap the thread around tightly a few times, and then make a loose loop of thread- this will become your knot.

7) Wrap the thread around the loop twice and pull tight. This might not seem like a sturdy knot, but if the wrapping is tight enough, it will be ok! Cut off the end to make a short tail.

8) Next is the colored embroidery thread. I chose to do blue next, but you can do whatever color you like. It is a good idea to leave the thread in its skein form while you’re working with it so it will be easy to pass under the bracelet & won’t get tangled up.

9) Tie on the blue where you ended the white. Wrap it around a few times to cover the tail.

10) We will be doing stripes with this color. Wrap the thread around, leaving spaces inbetween. To achieve straight lines, slant the thread when you bring it around the back of the bracelet.

 

11) Continue wrapping in this manner until you reach your starting point. Wrap the thread around tightly a few times, and then loosely once, tying a knot as you did in step 7.
12) Now onto orange! To begin, unravel the entire skein of orange thread. Yes, this may seem frightening, and I promise, you WILL have knots. But remember, I told you this project was tedious and required patience :). String the bracelet onto the thread and make a loop around the bracelet in the very middle of the thread, centering the thread in the thick blue section on the bracelet.

13) Next, take the thread and cross it over itself on top of the bracelet. Then cross it again underneath the bracelet. Repeat a few times until you have a thick band of orange.

 

14) Now, take the thread from each side and cross them a little ways down from the thick band into an X.

15) Then, take the thread and cross it into an X on the back of the bracelet.

16) Continue crossing the thread in the front and then back until you reach your starting point. A tip is to hold the bracelet between your knees so your hands will be free to work!
17) When you get to the orange band, you may have to do an odd-shaped X to make it fit, since the thread needs to be underneath the bracelet. My X was a little squatty, but it’s ok!

18) Wrap the thread around a few times, then tie the easiest knot of the bracelet! Just cross the thread under and pull tight, like the first step of tying your shoes! Then cut the ends off, remembering to leave short tails.

 

This is what you have so far!
Now that the hard part’s over, I will take a short break to clean my bathroom and eat lunch, and I suggest you do the same. These things must be done. 🙂
19) Next, tie on the yellow thread and wrap it around a few times to cover the orange tails and the yellow tail.

20) Then, wrap the yellow diagonally between the orange X’s, making sure you’re wrapping very tightly!

21) When you reach your starting point, you can cut it off if you want, but I continued wrapping twice more to add a thick yellow line.

22) When you reach your starting point for the third time, tie a knot like you did for the blue and the white.
This is what you have so far!

23) And now for the green! Tie it on and wrap it around to hide the tails.

24) Wrap the green around in straight stripes, just like the blue (straight in the front, slanted in the back), in between the blue stripes.
25) Continue around until you get to your starting point, and tie off as usual. To glue down the stray tails, use a dab of clear nail polish.
And you’re done! Wear it alone or with a few other solid bangles.

 

I hope you try this! It’s a little time-consuming, but it’s worth it!
The total cost of this project was $1.60, for the colored embroidery thread only, because I had the beadspread cotton and bracelet already.
 I can’t wait to show you my next project! I’m really excited about it!
Until next time!