Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the snowflakes are so delightful!

I LOVE the holidays and not like a little… Like a WHOLE LOT! I feel like even with the madness, there is this undeniable happiness, hope, love, and excitement filling the atmosphere. I love the colors, the smells, the decorations, the get togethers and all the things everyone else seems to hate. Mostly though, I LOVE giving gifts! I love making them, buying them, wrapping them and most of all watching everyone open them! Although this year I am low on the funds and can’t afford to be buying and sending too much, I found a quirky idea for my cards! I hope you like them and try them too because they are simply out of this world!

Thanks to the absolute geniuses of Anthony Herrera Designs and Chaunce Dolan of Mattersofgrey.com, the world can create the best snowflakes ever. With nearly 25 Star Wars patterns, they have revolutionized the art of snowflake making.

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I printed a few patterns and gave them a go. They are tricky at first but if you stick it out, they are seriously the coolest winter gifts ever! I plan to make many many more!

Here is the link: http://mattersofgrey.com/diy-star-wars-snowflakes/

All you have to do is print out the PDF, cut out the circle, fold it according to the pattern and cut out the grey sections. Once unfolded, they look amazing-o!

I did it on regular computer paper because most of the stock of my colored/patterned paper is just too thick. I also left the paper white because I like how it is a little bit of secret and not boldly visible that there is a hidden pattern within the flake! Of course you are more than welcome to do whatever you wish to do!

I am sure I will be attempting to implement this pattern in other projects but I am not quite sure how yet but I will definitely keep you posted!

May the flake be with you!

-a

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To kick off the holiday season…

So obviously if you ask us, the best part of the holiday season would have to be the parties and the crafts. I mean, yeah yeah, gifts/Santa/snow/traveling a million miles to see your family.. all dandy of course. But let’s get in to the truly fun stuff…

So I’ve seen this recipe on about a half million blogs, but alas, had to try for myself and possibly add a bit of a spin to it. Here’s the general gist of the recipe, though, to be honest I know I just kept adding each ingredient until the stupid thing stuck together.

Cinnamon Dough

  • 1c applesauce
  • 1c cinnamon
  • 2 tbps white glue

For a full tutorial on the dough you can check this video out here. You basically need it to be study enough to have it somewhat resemble cookie dough so that you can roll it out. I also threw in a bit of nutmeg and ground clove to make it smell especially wonderful.

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Warning: Nobody tells you that your hands HURT after rolling out a million and two of these guys! There’s a reason they say cinnamon is quite the exfoliant. If you’re making about 4 dozen of these guys like I did, I suggest checking out a Costco/Sam’s Club for cinnamon in bulk. Pretty easy to find this time of year and MUCH cheaper than the grocery store’s little containers.

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I had to leave mine out for a few more days to dry to ensure they were totally stable, but afterwards I just threw on a thick layer of gold shimmery paint and strung red glittery ribbon through the hole to complete it. Once the paint is dry you can also totally take a sharpie or paint pen and write on it.. I’ve contemplated putting the year or people’s names on some of them.

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Aside from gifts and the obvious tree ornaments, I’m giving them out as party favors for an upcoming birthday/holiday extravaganza. More details on that to follow…

Happy Holiday crafting!

xo SA

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Nailed it! The sunny side of polish.

For me, in this category, obsessed would be an understatement.

I own 112 bottles of nail polish, not including the crackle bottles, thin brush bottles, tiny to go bottles, top coats, or glitter bottles. I have pretty much every accessory: from rhinestones, stickers, stampers, and even the Cavier beads. Opi, fresh paint, funky fingers, Essie, wet and wild, and even sephora’s holiday kits, are all a part of my collection and I love it. I find doing my nails relaxes me and also helps me maintain my creativity and ambidexterity. Some of you my find me crazy but I am totally okay with that. Buying nail polish is like retail therapy for me, only cheaper because I get my bottles 3 for $5. I also don’t buy them as frequently as it sounds, I just don’t really get rid of colors. Also most of my friends know that nail polish is the best gift for me so I tend to accumulate even more. I also love the weird colors and pride myself on my ability to create even more awesome designs. In a world where I rarely fit into the clothes that I think are the most fashionable, nail polish is my one place where it always fits and always looks amazing. I can be bold, subdued, classy, crazy, or even just funny whenever I feel like it.

I also really love all the new trends of texture and designs that have taken over the market. I recently gave in to a stamper (only $5 so I don’t feel that bad) and it is pretty cool. But more than anything I am really obsessed with the new color changing polish.

A few years ago I went to the Bahamas where color changing was a huge fad. It was on clothes, hair pins, and even polish there but I never bought it because it was a little too expensive but I found some sweet bottles in my usual 3 for 5 bin the other day and was over joyed. There was a vast variety but I ended up picking a white shimmer that changed to a light gold and a bright teal that became a purple color.

Both actually worked surprisingly well and now I am excited to see if more colors will be released.

I am posting two pictures here but they don’t truly show the awesomeness of the color change because the sun today isn’t as bright and my nails are about a week old. (I totally forgot to take pictures when I first painted… But I will update when I put on a fresh coat). That is the only down side, after about a week of washing and working, they don’t turn as dynamically as the do when you first paint them but I still think they are pretty awesome.

Indoor: the white is a little more white than the picture shows

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Outdoor: usually a lot stronger purple but the sun want “really” out

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Anyway, do you share my obsession? Do you have your own? Would you try this trend? What do you think?

Let us know below!

Toodles,

ac

When I leave, I brush my teeth with a bottle covered in shellack

A few days ago, I received a free water bottle from Victoria’s Secret with a pink purchase. Don’t get me wrong, I do love VS for many reasons but I was very disappointed with this gift. The picture in the coupon showed a little dog inside then bottle and I was under the impression that it would be like a refreezeable ice cube that I could keep in there but I was mistaken. Unfortunately, the dog is a cloth toy that really serves no propose and can’t even be used to be jewelry stand due to its size. The bottle was also the most plain, boring, simple bottle I had ever seen. Sure it was free and a nice size but of course I had to change the the fact that it was so plain.

While I have always stickered and doodled on my bottles and nalgenes, I wanted to tackle this bad boy a little differently.

Along with the useless dog, the bottle came filled with mirror/metallic confetti so I decided to give it some life instead of throwing it away.

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It was a little hard to photograph because of the reflective quality and fact that it was empty but I hope you get the idea.

Have you redecorated your bottles? Tips? Or better, send us pictures!

poppin’ my collar

Here’s DIY I have become a major fan of lately….

While the world is full of sneaker heads, I have become more of a rare breed: T-shirt head… T-shirt fan? Tee-queen? I don’t know what you may call it but the reality is, I love T-shirts and I have far too many. T-shirts are easy to come by especially as a college kid/grad. People keep handing them to you without reserve. This doesn’t mean I also haven’t also invested in quite a few of my own. I have ones from places I have been to, sentimental value ones, ones with cool sayings, nice ones, and even some that serious need to be retired but I can’t seem to let go. The bigger problem is that even though I have so many categories of shirts, they are rarely appropriate for wherever I am going.

So I finally did let go of few… Well in theory and shape…and my mom made me a T-shirt quilt as a graduation present. It was a long awaited project and she had been wanting to make one since I was in middle school but she finally put all my shirts together and made one. Although with the given amount of t-shirts I still have, she has started on a second one.

So while she has been using the tees I cannot part with but cannot wear. I have been experimenting with some of my own ideas. I have made the t-shirt bags, necklaces, restructured shirts and even just used the fabric for other projects but nothing quite solved my problem as this DIY.

I figure this is my solution for shirts I still want to wear because it maintains the integrity of the “t-shirt” while sprucing it up and still making it viable to be used in a quilt later. Most importantly it takes out the only thing I hate about t-shirts: the annoyingly tight necklines.

So all I really did was pic out two shirts I like for a test run. Picked some ribbon. Played a round with neckline shapes and went for it. They turned out better than I imagined and I fully intend to do this many more shirts.

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While they are still “t-shirts”, I like the flair and they are way more useful and exciting to me now.

I fully plan on playing with the idea of pockets, elbow patches (for long sleeve tees and sweaters) and of course more collar shapes.. So stayed tuned to see what happens!

Have you tried this before? Have any tips? Any other fix your wardrobe ideas? Post them below and I’ll give them a go!

Toddles,

ac