Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Lace Cuff Top (DIY)

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about autumn.  We still have a month of summer sun to bask in, but fall fashion is here and back-to-school shopping has begun!  After watching this Changing Room video by Free People, I was smitten with the Lace Cuff Henley and all of the fabulous ways it could be worn:

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Raw Mineral Necklace (DIY)

This DIY necklace combines two very wonderful things: fashion and geology!  I found a gold mining kit while perusing the toy isle at Five Below, and only thing more satisfying than unearthing every last chunk of 'gold' was using it to create something beautiful and useful.  Raw mineral necklaces are gorgeous, edgy, and very interesting.  If digging for fake gold doesn't tickle your fancy, any small stone could easily become a pendant with this technique.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dream Catcher Tote (DIY)

Did you ever go to summer camp as a kid?
That week at camp was the single highlight of my year (even more exciting than Christmas).  Archery, tubing, and camping were fun, but my real passion was arts & crafts.  I was kind of an indoors kid: I'm sure this doesn't come as a surprise to you.  My afternoons were filled with magazine collages, glitter, and mastering the exotic art of Popsicle Stick Box Making (this is a staple camp craft right here).  Each summer, I brought home a fresh collection of friendship bracelets, painted ceramic animals, and dream catchers to decorate my room and enhance my indoor lifestyle as I endured the fifty-one week long wait till I could return to camp.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Comic-Con Super Shorts

In case you didn't already know (like if you happen to live under a rock), Comic-Con took place in San Diego this weekend.  Not only have I been roped into super hero conversations at work and bombarded by a flood of Marvel related Facebook posts, but even a hand full of stores - places that sell ladies clothing - are getting in on the action.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Recycled Magnets (DIY)

I adore summer.  During the rest of the year, I make a mental list of fun things to do when my favorite season finally arrives.  Unfortunately, I usually forget about 80% of them.  I've even written out an actual list, but I have no idea where that went.  So here is my solution for remembering those blissful summer ideas: Polaroid inspired magnets.  Use recycled magazine images to make magnets and display them on your fridge.  By glancing at them every day, you won't forget any of them!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

How to Paint a Sparkler Design (DIY)

Happy Independence Day, friends!
Its time to play with sparklers!  I'm ecstatic to break them out tonight (even though I'm still too scared to light one by myself).  If you are in need of some festive last minute decorations before your picnic or bar-b-que, then this is DIY for you!  Grab a bottle of white acrylic and look for something to paint.  I created this sparkler design for a head wrap, but you could embellish throw pillows, paint a wooden tray to carry cold drinks, or make Fourth of July cards.  I recommend trying it a few times on scrap paper first.

Head Wrap (DIY)

Summer is pretty awesome, but you know what isn't so awesome?  Humidity.  That's right, and living here in The Mitten basically guarantees that I can expect Brillo pad hair from the first day of spring until Thanksgiving.  It can't be tamed.  Because I dislike children mistaking me for Ronald McDonald, I try to hide the frizz under hats, scarves, or whatever I can find.  This is why I love head wraps and why I'm going to show you how to make one today.  Even if you aren't at all good at sewing, you can make this: I promise.

Monday, July 1, 2013

July ~ Etsy Treasury

Today begins July: a month of warm nights, dirty feet, bright stars, and loud laughter...

For a closer look at this summery treasury, click here to visit the shops featured & see these wonderful, summer-y items up close.