Monday, April 21, 2014

Looking Forward

There are only 4 weeks left until I get to go home again!

Sure, I'll miss the ocean views (like the one above) a little bit, but I absolutely cannot wait to get back to Colorado.  I'd take the mountains over the ocean any day of the week.

I've spent the morning thinking of all the things I'm looking forward to at home, so I thought I'd share a couple of them with you.

Top 3 (crafty) things I'm  looking forward to at home:

1.  Getting to use my new sewing machine!  My parents gave it to me for my birthday right before I left for this contract, and I never even got to try it out.  I seriously can't wait for this one.  I've been dreaming of all the pretty dresses I'll sew.

2.  My yarn stash.  (Enough said.)

3.  Easily accessible natural lighting.  No, my cabin on the ship doesn't have a porthole unless you count our poster of a porthole, which obviously doesn't fix the lighting problem.

It's going to be awesome!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bridesmaid Hairstyle #2: A Crisscross Ponytail

I tried out another wedding hairstyle idea this afternoon.

It's a crisscross ponytail that I saw on A Beautiful Mess.

It turned out to be really easy to do.  I just made a ponytail while omitting sections of hair on either side in the front, then I crossed those sections of loose hair at the back of my head and secured them with a few pins.  I finished it off by wrapping the remaining hair around my hair elastic and curling the ponytail.

If you're interested in trying this on your own hair, you can click on the link above for a much more in-depth step-by-step tutorial.

I love the way this style looks from the back, but from the front it looks a little plain. Maybe it would be nice to leave a few strands loose in the front and curl them?

One thing I really like about the crisscross pony is that it feels secure enough to last all evening at the wedding.  The french twist that I tried out didn't hold up so well; and I think this one will perform much better in that area.

It's certainly a contender.


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!
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