I found a pair of white Keds a while back for $8 at a consignment shop. I saw a post on Pinterest where someone took a similar pair of shoes and ombre glittered them. I thought, how cool! I can do that. Instead, I decided to ombre dye them. They didn’t quite turn out like I had imagined, but if I decide I don’t like them in the future I can just do the glitter thing.
What you’ll need:
- white sneakers
- dye (mine was a single color kit from Walmart for about $6)
- a few days
The first step is to take out the laces.
My dye came in a squirt bottle. Follow the instructions then start squirting. Initially, it didn’t want to take so you’ll have to use a lot.
Use about half to two thirds of the bottle on the first section, then refill with more water and keep going.
Repeat the last step until you get the result you want. I’m not sure where the blue line came from, but it’s pretty neat looking.
Let them dry. I then followed the instructions from the tie dye kit for t-shirts and soaked the shoes in hot water with a tiny bit of detergent. I then rinsed them with cold water and put them in the garage to dry. It was really hot that week so I figured they would dry super fast, but it turned out to be really humid. After they dry, put the laces back in and wear.
I still haven’t decided if I like them or not. I may re-dye them entirely or glitter ombre them.
My grandma loves the origami that I can fold. When I first got in to origami she would even pay me for folded flowers. For her birthday I decided to make her some origami pins because she has always been a broach fan.
- pretty origami paper
- pin backs
- hot glue
Start by folding your origami to a flat or slightly 3D design. I chose cranes.
Glue your pin on to the back and let dry.
I then coated them in ModPodge to give them a little shine and a little more durability.
Here’s the final product in action. My grandma didn’t know which end was up, but loved it anyway. I’m going to label the back of the birds for her so she’ll know for the future.
2009: The year of the baby
2010: The Simpsons
2011: X-Men Evolution Storm
2012: The Pirate
2013: Gettin’ Sithy With It
Everyone hates Uggs. They’re ugly and girls seem to only wear them with leggings, which are not pants. Then my dad got me a pair. He had a friend that was moving to Arizona; she asked him if I wore the same shoe size as her and I did. So she sold her barely worn Uggs to my dad for $5. Talk about an awesome deal.
At first I didn’t like them. They were ugly and awkward and I was too cool for boots then. I wore my Chuck Taylor’s year round. After having them sit around for a year I finally decided to wear them. Turns out they were rather comfortable and incredibly warm, which is great because my feet are always cold and I hate being cold. They are my everything-but-fashionable winter boots. They’re my snow boots and my lazy, but cold day boots and my slip on to run to the mailbox boots. Since I have had them, 2005ish, I have had to stitch them back up more times than I can count. But those boots are still comfy and warm and still hold together thanks to carpet thread, a small yarn needle, and some fabric glue.
I’ve been feeling crafty lately and had been wanting to make Joe some sort of man cave garage sign. The only issue was that I never knew what it should say. After watching a marathon of Fast ‘N Loud with Joe I settled on “Blood, Sweat and Beers,” which was something one of the characters said. After an extensive trip to Hobby Lobby with a friend I got the supplies needed.
- a piece of wood
- a wood burner
- wood stain
- sand paper
- an old rag
- a sponge brush
- hot glue/krazy glue
- wall fastener
- a few days for dry time
First you start out by stenciling on your letters. I had to erase and start over a few times before I got it even, so measuring might not be an awful idea.
Next you break out the wood burner. This was my first time using one, but I think I did a decent job. Choose the tip that works best for lettering. You don’t want the skinniest one unless you don’t plan on filling in the letters. I used a roundish tip.
Next you’ll wan to sand and stain. You don’t necessarily have to stain it, but I didn’t like the color of the wood. Sand any rough edges before staining. You could also sand before you start stenciling, but I didn’t think of that until now. Be sure that you thoroughly stir the stain. When applying and wiping off the excess always always always go with the grain.
When that’s done drying, preferably over night, you can add more coats of stain or move on the a clear coat. I decided to use some exterior use ModPodge because I already had some. Paint it on evenly, you can do more than one coat if you like.
The last step is to add some sort of wall mount fastener. I don’t like the screw in kind, or the ones you can see on top so I wet with a back mount. The wood is light so I just krazy glued it on and voilà. And now you have your very own home made garage sign.
- scary movies
- sun burn
- being cold
- Will Ferrell
- job hunting
- sugar on strawberries
- vacuuming hard floors rather than carpet
- the way society expects people, especially women, to look
- bug bites
- Tom Cruise
- insects, or anything with more than four legs
- yard work in the fall
- MSUs website
- paying bills
- chipped nail polish
- the hiccups
- wet public toilet seats
- twangy country music
- basement mildew smell
- my dogs
- Mexican food
- watching tv
- good hair days
- tuna noodle casserole
- frozen peppermint patties
- Star Wars
- my parents
- the cleaning feeling when fresh out of the shower
- a good cheese burger
- Anne Hathaway
- warm weather
- wrapping and unwrapping presents
- Fallout 3
- my sister
- good hair days
- the first scoop in to a new jar of peanut butter
- new clothes
- office supplies, specifically pens and notebooks
- putting on clothes fresh out of the dryer
This year I made Joe and I Jedi and Sith costumes for Halloween. I didn’t take pictures as I sewed, but the cloak pattern I used was from this website. I used about four yards of fabric. Save your JoAnn’s coupons for it. Joe’s robe thing was a pretty quick throw together. Just a few strips sewn together, poorly too. I told him if he ever wanted to be a Jedi again I would make him something better.
My costume included:
- black faux leather leggings
- black faux leather boots
- black tank top
- black drape-y cardigan
- black lacy vest
- black faux leather belt
- black Jedi robe
- red lightsaber
Joe’s costume included:
- brown pants
- brown and tan robe thingy
- tan t-shirt
- brown belt
- blue lightsaber
I have a shoe problem. A serious, serious shoe problem.
- Black patent – Colin Stuart
- Black – Jessica Simpson
- Black and nude peep toe – Nine West
- Green leather stacked heel – Nine West
- Red patent – Rampage
- Navy blue – Fioni
- Grey – Madden Girl
- Black patent wedges – Chinese Laundry
- Tan wedges – Dexter
Booties with Heels:
- Grey – Fioni
- Black wedges – Call It Spring
- Black with laces – Clarks
- Tan western style – Candies
- Tan slip on wedges – Express
- Brown super high heel – Nine West
- Black – Comfort Plus
- Brown – American Eagle
- Blue sparkle – Call It Spring
- Teal loafers – Nine West
- Nude patent toe – Dexflex
- Black and grey patent toe – Dexflex
- Black wedges – Rocket Dog
- Black peep toe – Dexflex
- Pewter cut-out – American Eagle
- Grey – Gap
- Black fluffy – Route 66
- Nude pink crochet lace – DSW
- Black leather – Nine West
- Black furry – Uggs
- Floral rain – Sloggers
- Tan – Arizona
- Grey slouchy – Arizona
- Black with small heel – Meijer
- Black – Reebok
- White and green shocks – Nike
- Running – Mizuno
- Black track – Converse
- Purple high tops – Chuck Taylor
- Black lo tops – Chuck Taylor
- Pink lo tops – Chuck Taylor
- Light blue lo tops – Chuck Taylor
- White lo tops – Chuck Taylor
- Navy – Keds
- White – Keds
- Black – Merona
- Black gladiators – a.n.a.
- Purple – Style & Co
- Peach – Forever 21
- Silver – Union Bay
- Tan ankle strap – American Eagle
- Flip flops – Teva
- Flip flops – American Eagle
- Flip flops – Old Navy
- Flip flops – JC Penney
- Grey – Toms
- Black sparkle – Toms
- Floral boat shoe – Old Navy
- Red and white stripes – Basic Editions
- Blue plaid boat shoe – Dexter
- Tan mocassins – Minnetonka
- Black moccasins – Target
- Grey loafer moccasins – Target
That’s a total of 62 pairs of shoes. I definitely have a problem.
I saw this on Pinterest a while ago and thought it was adorable so I decide to make an attempt. You’ll need a bunch of t-shirts and scrap fabric with different patterns and variations of your schools colors. I went to the thrift store and found a bunch of miscellaneous green, grey, and white shirts. I got my primary Spartan head shirt and the random scrap fabrics from Walmart. And of course, you’ll need a sewing machine, although you could do it by hand and a nice pair of fabric scissors. A seem ripper may also come in handy. I had a few mess ups along the way.
The next thing to do is figure out what size you want each different section. I decided on 12in x 12in squares.
Once you have all of your squares sewn up the sides you can begin sewing them together.
Here’s my final product!
I had some ModPodge sitting around the house so I decided to make an attempt at decoupage.
What you’ll need:
- sponge or paint brush
- colored paper
- paper towel
Obviously you need to start by finding all of your supplies. Next step is to clean the inside or outside of your jar. I put the paper on the inside, so I cleaned the inside.
Next you cut, or rip, up your colored paper.
Start at the bottom with a layer of Modpodge in the jar. Place your paper on the Modpodge then paint another layer on top of the paper.
Keep at this until it’s all the way up to the top.
Trim the edges and let it dry.
Bam. Decorative jar for whatever you’d like. I wouldn’t recommend putting a candle in there, just in case Modpodge is flammable. Maybe a flameless candle. That would be cool.
After spending some time on Pinterest I decided my next project would be a book safe. I looked on Amazon for the cheapest large book I could find. Initially, I looked at War and Peace, because that’s a big ass book. I eventually settled on a different large, unnamed (it’s a secret) book that was on sale for $5.
What you’ll need:
- a thick book
- x acto knife
- card board
- mod podge or glue
- paint brush or sponge brush for glue
- large books or other weights
- wax paper
- a couple of hours for cutting and an overnight for drying
First you want to find your large book. Then measure the page dimensions and decide how large you’d like your safe hole to be. Then cut out a piece of cardboard to use as your guide. I put packing tape around the edges just so my knife wouldn’t catch on the cardboard every time I cut. In hindsight, a reverse cardboard guide would’ve been easier to use. One that looks more like a picture frame. If you really want your cuts to be even you can glue the outside edges of the pages before starting. Again, follow my advice on using weights and wax paper that are shown below.
Start cutting. This will take a while. You can cut one at a time if you have the patience and are a perfectionist. I tried to cut as many as I could at a time, but my edges were uneven. I’d probably aim for 5-10 pages depending on the thickness of the paper and how sharp your knife is.
When you’re getting close to the bottom you can put a piece of cardboard underneath the last few pages so that you don’t cut through the rest of the pages or cover, depending on how deep you plan on cutting. Next break out your mod podge/glue and your paint brush. You’ll want to paint the glue all around the inside of the safe. I let it dry and did another coat the next day, but that’s up to you.
Before closing the book to dry, insert a piece of wax paper between the cut and glued pages and the uncut front few pages so that they don’t get stuck together.
Once you’ve done this, find a corner or table out of the way and stack a bunch of other heavier other books, or other heavy objects, on top over night to dry. It’s important that you do this otherwise the pages will dry wrinkly and warped and the book will be wider than it’s supposed to.
After it has dried over night, carefully peel off the wax paper and fill the safe with whatever you’d like. Add it to your shelf and voilà!
When you’re done you’ll have a lot of extra pages, I had around 800. You can use them for other craft projects like origami or decoupage or as kindling for a bon fire.
Today Joe and I are celebrating seven years. Aren’t we cute?
Now I knew he wasn’t planning on proposing, it’s too cliché. But when he gave me a card, I felt it before opening it. He laughed.
After my birds hatched and flew away I was experiencing some empty nest syndrome feelings. However, a different bird kept flying to the nest. One day I checked and there were tree eggs. I was so excited. When Joe came over the next day I had him look at my three new eggs, he came back and said there were four. I checked again the next day and five eggs were there!
Unfortunately, something attacked the nest in the night. My mom called to tell me that three were missing and two more were dead in the nest. She took care of the last two, rather than leaving them for whatever got the other three. Poor little babies. And that poor mother. I wonder if finches feel sorrow.
Here are the pictures I had before they were attacked. They were so cute.
When we finally decided to take down one of Christmas wreaths that was still up in March we found that a bird had started to build a nest so we left it up.
Now they’re gone and I’m experiencing empty nest syndrome.
Lilo has learned how to say please in the most adorable puppy way possible.
One of Lily’s bottles of nail polish jumped out of the cabinet this evening. It got everywhere. The floor, the sink, her shirt, the wall, under the vanity, and even a streak inside the mirror. She had to clean it up with cotton balls, a tooth brush, paper towels, and a whole lot of nail polish remover. And of course it happened at 11:30pm on a school night.
When mom saw it all she could say was, “It just had to be black.”
A friend of mine is having a masquerade birthday party so I decided to make my mask.
My sister found a cute bow back shirt on Pinterest, so I decided to make it.
- Plain shirt
- Scrap fabric
- Fabric scissors
- Fabric glue
The first step is to cut lines across the shirt. I measured mine four inches apart, but that all depends on your size an how anal you are.
Once that was done I used strips of fabric from something else. You can, if you want the shirt shorter, cut a strip off the bottom, but I wanted the original hem and I liked the length. This is where the fabric glue comes in to play. Use the glue to secure the strips closure around the bunches of fabric. Let it dry and voila.
This will be cute for the summer and can be worn with a bandeau top so that bras and tank tops aren’t seen.
My scarves used to just sit in a drawer all disorganized. Then, one day, I saw an idea on Pinterest for a scarf organizer.
What you’ll need:
- Shower curtain rings
- Hot glue gun
- Decorative string or fabric
It’s really pretty easy. Just glue the rings on to the hanger.
I didn’t like the way it looked so I tied some spare fabric around the glue spots. This isn’t necessary, it’s just about what you want it to look like.
When you’re done and the glue is dried, put your scarves on and hang wherever you like.
This is a craft I saw on Pinterest. Or rather, there was a 50 things to do with toilet paper rolls and I liked this idea because my pens are currently disorganized in a large shoe box. Anyone that knows me knows I have way too many pens, so this project just made sense.
What you’ll need:
- a shoe box
- Elmer’s glue
- an abundance of paper clips
- a bunch of toilet paper rolls
- spray paint
- a ridiculous amount of pens
- wrapping paper or other decorative paper
- Mod Podge
Basically, I started by finding a box and saving toilet paper rolls when we finished them. Of course I’m impatient so I asked Joe’s mom to save them from her house too. She loves recycling so as long as they’re not in the trash she’s willing to help. It took me maybe a week to collect all the rolls. I’m not entirely sure, I wasn’t keeping track.
I started off by putting a little Elmer’s glue around the bottom of a roll and the sides that would be touching another roll or the wall of the box. In order to make sure they stayed secure while drying I paperclipped the whole thing together.
Once the glue was dry I spray painted it because the box and rolls are ugly. I just used whatever spray paint I had left from previous projects.
I didn’t like the look of the spray paint so I covered it in wrapping paper to make it look a little more interesting. Once all that was done I put my pens in and voila.
Believe it or not, I didn’t have to buy a single pen or pencil to fill it. I couldn’t even fit all of what I do have.
Yesterday I posted about the loom knit kit I purchased. Instead of making a hat, like I had originally said, I decided to make a winter headband to match.
I recently bought myself Martha Stewart’s Knit & Weave Loom Kit and two large balls of cheap yarn. I made a scarf and I’m going to make a hat to match.
Joe and I are celebrating six years together today. It’s very exciting. I never thought I would find the person I want to be with for the rest of my life so young. Joe makes me the happiest girl in the world.
My little girl is so cute. In fact, she’s so cute I thought I’d share a few pictures with you.
A documentary about candy seemed very fitting to the sugary mood I am in tonight. I am making lots and lots of cookies, so candy just seemed to fit.
The story was about David Klein, the inventor of Jelly Belly jelly beans. However, this isn’t a happy story of success. He was tricked into selling his rights to Jelly Belly and his royalties were small and have already run out.
Instead of a movie tonight Joe and I are going to watch a lot of episodes of Dragonball Z. We’ve been working on watching the episodes on Hulu since November. We’re 166 episodes in and are nearing the Cell Games. So I decided a bunch of episodes of DBZ would make up for my lack of watching a movie.
I decided on a documentary tonight. Man on Wire is about Philippe Petit, a high wire/tightrope walker. The movie talks about his various high wire experiences. More specifically, the movie talks about and explains how he and a team broke into the World Trade Center towers and walked between the towers in the 70s. Unusually told, but very interesting.
I had planned on watching The Incredible Hulk tonight but the DVD wouldn’t read. I tried in the DVD player, nothing. I tried in my Xbox, nothing. I tried in my laptop and I had to restart it to get it to eject.
Instead of the Hulk I decided to search Netflix. I stumbled across The Karate Kid. The one from 1984, not the one with Will Smith’s son. It’s from the 80s so it’s cheesy, but it’s a classic, right?
About two weeks ago this movie was on tv and I had to leave Joe’s house so I only saw maybe 20 minutes and it was interrupted by commercials. My sister said she thought I’d like it because I “like nerdy things like Star Wars.” It looked interesting enough so why not. Who doesn’t love a good action flick?
After browsing through Netflix I decided on Rango. I wanted to watch something less serious and a shorter movie. I had also been wanting to see it for a while so it seemed like a good choice.
It was interesting and funny. And it wasn’t a total kid movie. I mean, it’s definitely a kid movie, but I enjoyed it too. Besides, who doesn’t like a rattle snake with a machine gun for a rattler?
Tonight’s movie was Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. It was a very interesting story about a boys search for a lock to a key that his father, who died in the twin towers on 9/11, left behind. It was not at all what I had expected. I was pleasantly surprised. I definitely suggest you watch it.
Tonight Joe and I watched Dragonball: Evolution. We’ve been working on watching Dragonball Z because it’s on Hulu and thought we’d see what the movie was all about. It was pretty ridiculous. Cheesy and didn’t follow the story. However, it was a short movie and I’m sure a drinking game could be made out of it somehow.
Last night Joe and I went to see Joss Whedon and Marvel’s The Avengers and it was epic! Seriously. I may see it again while it’s in theaters. It was the best comic book movie I’ve ever seen not to mention I love Joss Whedon.
Anyway, I’m counting The Avengers as my movie for Thursday and I’ll watch a different one tonight.
Tonight I am watching Grizzly Man. Yeah yeah. I know it’s after midnight but I haven’t gone to bed yet so it still counts. It’s a very interesting documentary about a man that spent thirteen years studying grizzly bears only to be killed and eaten by one. Very intriguing.
The first movie for Movie a Day May was The Ghost Writer. It was suspenseful. I honestly didn’t think I would like it and figured it would be good background while I clean my room. I didn’t get much cleaning done. It’s one of those movies you have to pay attention to and I enjoyed it.
We’ll see how well I can keep up with this challenge. I’m certainly going to try though. I’ll have to make a trip to blockbuster for the weekend. Not all the movies I want to see are on Netflix streaming.
I have decided that since I only work a few hours a day and will not be taking classes this summer that I wanted to watch some movies that I haven’t already seen. Because of this want to see more movies I made up ‘Movie May.’
My end goal is to watch a movie I haven’t already seen every day in the month of May. We have Netflix, a handful of movies that we own and a few movies saved on my computer so it shouldn’t be tough finding something I haven’t seen.
This challenge includes new releases and old releases as long as I haven’t already seen it. Those are pretty much the only requirements. One previously unseen movie per day for the entire month of May. 31 movies in 31 days. I can totally handle that.
A few months ago Joe and I learned that his cousin’s dog was pregnant. I was lucky enough to go over to her house the day the puppies were born and immediately fell in love with the black one. We talked it over and looked through our finances and decided that we wanted to bring her home.
Her name is Lilo Cricket, because she is so bouncy. Joe picked Lilo and it fits well. She has a white stripe on her chest and belly and has some brown spots behind her ears that Joe’s mom thinks look almost like bows. She is a poo-shi-pom. Half poodle, quarter shih tzu, quarter pomeranian.
She likes to bite, but she’s still teething. She’s been very good about potty training and is learning to let us know if she has to go. She likes to chew on drawstrings, small bones and my chapsticks. She also loves to run around and wrestle with Joe’s sister’s pomeranian.
I came home from work one day wondering what I should eat and saw these ingredients. What came next was delicious.
I’ve been on a knitting binge lately making various things with my mass amounts of yarn. I thought, ” Hey, the hats I’ve been making lately are too small so I’ll try something else.” I’m fond of the basket weave pattern. My sister also thought a flower would be a nice touch, although I think this one is a little too small. Anyway, this is what I came up with.
I like knitting and I like making things for myself and others. After finding a great ribbed hat pattern on a different blog I’ve been making quite a few of them. Well two so far, but I’m on my third and this one isn’t even for me. I want mine in blue. I just can’t remember what size needles I used to make the others so I figured my sister could have this one. Then I made it and realized that it won’t even fit her. Thankfully I know a few people with kids.
Here’s my progress:
Here are the other hats I’ve made:
Lily and I decided to test all the french fries from fast food restaurants in town and rank them. Lily even made a chart that we could use to rank the fries from 1 to 10 on saltiness, crispiness, sogginess and overall score. Then we added it all up to see who won.
The final rankings are as follows.
- Wendy’s and Arby’s
- Burger King
- Burger King
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. This is because of the delicious foods, specifically pumpkin pie. My grandma and my uncle make it the best. This year I have to work on Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, hospitals don’t close on holidays so I have to work. And my mom and sister are going are going out of town without me.
This will be my first Thanksgiving entirely with Joe’s family. I have decided that since I cannot have Thanksgiving without homemade pumpkin pie that I am going to make it. My grandma taught me how to make it so I think I can handle it. However, I will not be making the crust, that’s just too complicated.
- 30 oz. Libby’s canned pumpkin (one big can or two little ones)
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 3 1/3 cups whole milk
- 2 pre-made, uncooked pie crusts
This recipe will make two pumpkin pies.
First you’re going to need to set your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, then put all four eggs and the two cups of sugar into your mixing bowl and mix them well.
Then add your pumpkin and mix it thoroughly.
Next you want to add in the spices. And again, mix well. Then you’re going to add the milk. Do this slowly otherwise it will slosh everywhere, which I learned the hard way.
Next you’re going to want to set up your pie crusts in your pie dishes. I put mine in, cut off the excess crust and pinched the edges a little to make it kind of pretty. I bought a generic brand, but I don’t suggest it. It was all that was available at 10:30pm the day before Thanksgiving. The Pillsbury crusts have always been good to me.
Be careful when filling the pie crusts, because it is easy to make a mess. And fill them to the brim, it generally is enough to fill both pretty high.
When carrying the pies to the oven make sure the oven is already open and nothing is in your way because spilling is easy and you don’t want to waste any of it. Remember your oven needs to be at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Set your time for 15 minutes. After that 15 minutes DO NOT open the oven. Simply change the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Set your timer for 50-60 minutes, depending on your oven. My pies were in for about 55 minutes. Take them out and set them on whatever you prefer to set hot things out on. Our wire racks were out because my sister made cookies earlier in the evening.
After letting my pie sit to room temperature I like to put my pie in our lovely pie tuperwares and set it in the garage to chill for at least a few hours because I prefer my pie cold, but really, that’s up to you. But at least let it get to room temperature before enjoying. You don’t want to burn yourself.
Enjoy the pie a.k.a. my favorite part of Thanksgiving!