Friday, April 11, 2014

5 Spring Crafting Ideas

Since spring is finally in full bloom, I thought I'd do a roundup of my five favorite springtime crafts from blog posts gone by.

I feel like spring is the perfect time to refashion old clothes so they'll be more breezy, to make cute new accessories for freshly-bared arms, and to collect as many budding flowers as possible.

1.  Bust out those scissors and make a side-tie t-shirt.  It'll look great with a new swimsuit peeking out of the sides.

2.  Create your own beaded wrap bracelets.  They can cost a fortune if you buy them in stores and only a fraction of that if you make them yourself.

3.  Reuse old bottles to make painted bottle vases.  The flowers will look beautiful inside on the mantle or outside on a picnic table, plus the Earth will thank you for upcycling your trash.

4.  Use some scissors and glue to fashion a bow-back tank top.  It's perfect for the weather that's finally warming up.

5.  Embrace the arm knitting trend and make The Triplet Shawl.  It's perfect for wrapping over a swimsuit at the beach.

However you choose to celebrate the changing of the season and the long-awaited arrival of warmer weather, I hope you're loving it.

Happy spring!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Bridesmaid Hairstyle Idea #1: The French Twist

My best friend's wedding is less than 2 months away!  I'm very excited about it.

I'm head over heels about being the maid of honor for a million reasons.  One such reason is the excuse to wear a really fancy hairstyle, on which it's perfectly acceptable to spend a lot of time and energy.

I've decided to try several different hair options over the next few weeks, record them here on the blog, then pick a winner on the week of the wedding.

The first style I'm trying out is a french twist.  It's simple, classic, and elegant, and I've actually never succeeded at doing my hair like this until today.

The cause of my sudden french-twisting abilities is the Fine Frenchy tutorial from The Beauty Department.  I didn't have any chop sticks to twist my hair with, so I used knitting needles instead, but this whole concept was a total game changer for me.

Here is my first-ever successful french twist:

I've still got my hair in the twist as I type this, and I'm going to keep it in all evening to see how it holds up.  I want my hair to look chic for the entirety of the wedding, not just the first hour or two, so staying power is an absolute must.

Have you ever tried the chop stick twisting technique?


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Link(s) to Love: Golden Easter Eggs

I'm so happy that it's finally springtime.

The weather is getting warmer, my return to Denver is drawing nearer, and there's Easter candy in the grocery stores.  What's not to love?!

I'm also enjoying all the ways that gold has crept into the latest Easter egg decorating trends.

Images via Go Make Me, Studio DIY, and Camille Styles 

Go Make Me has a tutorial for using 3D paint and spray paint to make totally believable-looking gold bullion eggs.

Kelly is embracing the confetti over at Studio DIY with her flashy confetti dipped easter eggs.

And for the adventurous egg decorator, Camille Styles has instructions for cement easter eggs that you can use year after year.

What are your egg decorating plans this year?

Whatever they are, happy dying, dipping, and spraying!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

100 Happy Days

Have you heard of the 100 Happy Days challenge that's been sweeping the internet lately?

The point of it is to take a picture of one thing that makes you happy every day for 100 days in a row.  What I love about the idea is that it's not meant to be a contest to see who's happiest or a way to brag about all the cool things that are going on in your life, it's just a fun challenge to help you notice all the little things that make you happy every day.  There really is a lot to be happy about, isn't there?

I've just started participating in the challenge.  I'll be posting my pictures daily on my Instagram account and doing a weekly wrap-up here on the blog too.

It's only been 3 days so far:
Day 1:  This yummy smoothie was perfection by the beach.
Day 2:  Justin drove me around on a scooter in St. Marten (which was scary but fun!).
Day 3:  We played one last game of Catan with our diver friends who are leaving us this weekend.

So far I'm having fun with the challenge; we'll see if I make it to day 100!

What about you?  Would you ever do a challenge like this?


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hi, Kate!

Happy birthday, Kate!  You're the best!

I know it snowed in your part of the world today, but maybe some visions of our recent cruise together will warm you up?

As Birthday Week draws to a close, I can't help but look forward to this time next year because there's a good chance that I'll finally get to spend it at home with my family.  My fingers are crossed!

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