Category Archives: DIY

Sweaters Don’t Count

Sweater Pants & Shoes: Kohls | Shirt: H&M | Tank & Socks: Target

Sweater Pants & Shoes: Kohls | Shirt: H&M | Tank & Socks: Target

Not in a no-pattern environment, that is. Somehow my manager gave an okay to this sweater, although she makes weird comments about how trippy it is every time I wear it. As such, I make sure to keep it to a minimum. Don’t want no privileges revoked, yo’

Also, because I’m still a sneaky rebel, I love wearing these socks. Tiny tiny pop of red, but it’s okay. Socks don’t count either. God are you guys just as super bored of my work outfit posts as I am? I might just play dress up tomorrow before my shift or something. It’s getting a little ridiculous.

Marci 12-3-12 Books

I got this book the other day and have read almost all of it. Now I’m itching to hit up a craft store and a thrift store and start making these as Christmas gifts.

Marci 12-3-12 Shoes

A view of the craft mess that covers my art room carpet right now. It’s all part of the festivities, folks.

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Quilt Show Fashions

My mom asked if I wanted to tag along to a quilt show she was volunteering at with her guild, and I said sure why not. It was a ton of fun and filled with very sweet women. I also had some time to carve away and get some writing done, although never as much as I want. Figuring out what to wear to a quilt show was probably more thought out and fun than it should have been, but I had just gone shopping and wanted to incorporate new things. And if you don’t understand the sentiment behind that last sentence, I don’t think we can be friends. Sorry.

The exciting new article I added to my wardrobe was a pair of black skinny jeans. It’s almost embarrassing how long I’ve been jonesing for a pair, but I wanted to exercise self control. I wanted to hold back a little bit. That lasted a couple of months, and then I decided the best way to celebrate the news that I had a new job was buying a pair of pants to wear to said job. So that happened.

Sweater Jeans & Shoes: Kohls | Shirt: Thrifted, Handmade | Brooch: Handmade | Keffiyeh: gift from a friend, Palestine

I figured dressing for a day around incredibly creative quilters meant I should throw on some handmade stuff. The pin I made a while back, and the shirt I thrifted–although it’s very clear from the construction that it was handmade. The sweater, jeans and shoes are new. And PS feel free to notice that those shoes are wedges, and that I spent the whole day parading around and letting the world think I’m a whopping two inches taller than I actually am. 5’5″ impersonating, here I come!

Okay so as you’re reading this, just know that I’m probably at my first day of work. Unless you’re like me, and you let the posts in your google reader stack up until you’re hopelessly behind and finding out what people did two months ago. In which case, welcome to 2013! Let’s hope the world didn’t end after all, eh? Made it past December 21st, did we? Woot!

A Hair How To: Flat Iron Waves

When I learned how to do this technique last June my mind was blown; I’d heard rumors of girls using their one inch flat irons to curl their hair but I couldn’t understand how it worked. To be honest, I’m still not sure I get what happens on a physics level but I do know that I can take my hair from this:

To this:

In under 10 minutes and it lasts all day. Yes folks, this is 100% possible even if your hair can’t hold a curl from a curling iron/curlers/all those other fancy ways people on pinterest try to curl their hair without heat (because mine usually is completely flat in under 20 minutes, regardless of how much hairspray I use). I swear this is the miracle curling method and I’m here to tell you, you can do this and rock awesome waves!

The Tools:

-Chi Flat Iron (this baby gets as hot as 410 degrees)
-Aussie Heat Protecting Spray
-Nexxus Mouse
-Nexxus Hairspray
-Claw Clip
-Flat Brush

The Prep Work:

I used  the heat protector and mousse to dry my hair. I usually finger dry my hair and then use my round brush to curl the ends but since I knew I was going to curl my hair today, I just made sure the moisture was out and let it sit for a little bit before attacking it with more heat devices. I’m pretty sure my hair appreciates the break and it helps the curl hold better if your hair is cool when you start using your flat iron.

Step 1- Section Off Hair:

Because of how thick my hair is, I like to do three big sections that span all the way around my head. I use my claw clip to keep the sections I’m not going to work with out of my way and brush out the section I’m planning to curl. And, yes, I do realize just how sexy this half up half down swept over on shoulder look is. Ohhh yeaaaah. Especially with the white wife beater.

Step 2- Curling A Chunk of Hair:

You want to pick up a chunk of hair (I usually do between 1 and 3 inch chunks- the bigger the chunk the looser the curl…which also translates to use bigger chunks if you’re seeking out cool beachy waves over Shirley Temple-esque curls) and clamp the flat iron straight up and down onto the section.

Then you want to rotate it 180 degrees (or a half turn) and slowly pull your hair through the iron. You don’t need to keep rotating the iron as you pull the hair through but you can if you would like to make your curls tighter.

Now you have a curl!

Step 3- Repeat Step 2 on All the Chunks and Sections of Hair:

Yeah, it’s really that simple. You can do all your curls in the same direction then brush it out for big glam waves but I usually vary the direction I do my curls because it makes them look more natural. You can do a lot of styles and variations with this technique which rocks because this is SO easy to learn how to do!

Step 4- Brush it Out:

After some resent research I found out the best way to break curls down into waves is by gently using a flat paddle brush rather than using your fingers (which ends up giving the opposite look. So to minimize the Texas look my hair can have after being curled (no hate to our Texan friends), I like to gently brush my hair out.

Step 5- Hairspray the Crap Out of It and Admire Your Work:

With a hairstyle so simple and quick, it’s hard not to.

Step 6: Make Some Silly Faces:

Because why not?!

If you have any questions about how I do this, please ask in the comments section, I’d love to help anyone who felt as adept at curling their has as I used to! Happy Sunday everyone!

What’s Your Superhero Look Like?

Thursdays are the day my mom, sister and I attempt to get together for crafting (and by crafting, I mean “art journaling” like this blogger). We’ve successfully managed to do this two out of the three times we’ve planned for it, which seems to be a good trend. I’m a total dork who takes the whole idea way too far, and so of course this past Thursday I showed up with an established prompt for the night, as well as some words and phrases I printed out for inspiration. I love my family, and I love how much they totally got into the whole thing. My mom and my sister both took the prompt and ran with it in completely opposite directions from each other, and from me. It was awesome!

What does your superhero look like?

I wasn’t too serious about it, and just had fun with the magazines we were cutting up. Have I told you guys that’s one of my favorite faux-arty-thing to do? It’s true. I love buying magazines and then cutting them up into itty bitty pieces without even considering reading them. I mean, I read the titles, but just to see if I want to use part of it for a project. My collection is stored in an old card box and has spilled way out into a big jar and several baggies.

Oh, also, I wore clothes. I’m getting back into my rhythm with clothes. I liked this particular ensemble a bit, although I’m still iffy about adding in the gray tights. Those shoes, though! Look at my shoes! Would you like to know how much they cost me? I’m not one for the bragging and money talk, no not at all, but they were $6 at Target. Massive clearance. It was exciting.

Shirt: Romy | Dress: Macys | Tights: gift | Shoes: Target | Necklace: Thrifted

What kinds of things do you like to do with your families? Any good suggestions for next week’s prompt?

Stripes: A Little Arts and A Little Crafts

Hey guys, I’m sorry I’ve been slacking in the outfit pictures department; starting a new full time job that has me getting up at 5 am has been an interesting transition. I also dont have any friends at this new job that I can ask to take outfit pictures of me. I know, excuses excuses, but I am going to try to be better about capturing my outfits either before or after work next week. See how much I love you guys?! I’m willing to consider waking up a whole 15 (very precious) minutes early for you. This is true love my friends.

Until I muster the courage and self control to wake up that early, I have a crafty-crafty post for you! After moving home, I realized I needed some new decor; I tossed a lot of my decorations before moving home because I didn’t want to have to move more stuff and I wanted a chance to start fresh in this new stage of life. So, in the midst of my unemployment, I got busy with my acrylic paints and went crazy painting some decorations. The following is a how-to guide for making cute plaques as inspired by these canvasses.

Step One: Pick some plaques. I got mine at Michaels for $1-2 depending on the size. Super easy and there are a million shape options.

Step Two: Prime. I don’t think you really need to do this but some of the nots on the wood were pretty dark so I figured it probably wouldn’t hurt the final product. Though I was a little worried seeing the not so great job this spray paint did …hello drippy droppies. I’m pretty sure it was the can but it could have been operator error, too…

Step Three: The Base Coat. I did this in different colors on each board and I would totally recommend doing two coats, just in case.

Step Four: Arrange the letters on the board. I would also recommend waiting a couple hours just to be sure the paint is dry so you don’t pull it off with the letters at the end. (I forgot a picture of just the letters, but I used plastic letter stickers from the tshirt decorating section [I think…] at Michaels)

Step Five: Paint the top coat. I LOVE BLUE so I chose blue. I would totally sugest two or three coats just to be sure your colors are brillant.

Step Six: Peel off the letters. I used my tweezers and a lot of patience…not as much as I needed while laying the letters down though. Boy, did I go a little OCD in that step.

Step Seven: Optional: Use fine grain sandpaper to distress the project. I did it on the first one I did (the small one) but I wasn’t sure I liked it so I held off on the second one.

Voila! There you have a rediculously cheap and easy project that brightens any room and makes an awesome gift. No seriously, everyone I know is getting one of these for Christmas. EVERYONE! So don’t be surprised if all the Michaels store in the greater Seattle area are out of these plaques

Sequins: Odds & Ends

I was so distracted I didn’t even have a title for my post on Sunday. My bad.

Right now, I’m reading this book and this book. They’re both amazing and quick reads. The first one is particularly compelling, and broken into easy bite-sized pieces. Also, this is one of the coolest ideas for that region. I approve.

I have five loads of laundry to finish by the end of the day. It’s going to be a long day.

Oh have you seen this pin? That’s my tattoo. As in, that’s a photo of my wrist. I love that tattoo more and more, but the questions surrounding my arm seem to be growing in boldness since the tattoo. No, my scars aren’t fake. No, they aren’t tattoos “made to match”. Oh, and no, no you can not grab my arm or touch me in any way. I don’t care how curious you are.

I haven’t even commented on it yet, but Nicole’s post about makeup is amazing. I’m super proud of hr, in a creepy stalker blogger way. I went through something similar, and I’m at a happy middle ground where I rarely put on makeup, but don’t feel guilty when I choose to. It’s a difficult place to find.

There are a ton of these types of cars around my small hipster town. This one has the best back, hands down.

Is it hand’s down or hands down? I’ve asked lots of people, and no one seems to have a definitive answer.

Monsieur recently got into Doctor Who about frickin’ time, amiright? and so two nights ago we played this game. Hilarity and silliness ensued.

I’m avidly going through all the N64 games Monsieur put on my laptop (goodness gracious I love him) but I’m still stuck on this level and I can’t get past it! I need nine more notes, and I’m a perfectionist that refuses to leave until I find them again. Hmph.

I “made this” for my sister’s bridal shower. It’s the “trailmix” we used to eat on roadtrips when were kids. Granted, we never mixed it all together, but the point remains the same. I’ll even share my top secret recipe with you:

  • 1 bag of Lemonheads (or 2 boxes)
  • 3 bags of Sugarbabies (or 2 boxes)
  • 1 med. bag of plain M&Ms
  • 1 bag of Wintergreen Lifesavers

*Mix all ingredients in a bowl * Stir gently * Serve*

 

Clever, I know.

I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but I want one of these. Specifically, this one.

That’s a family portrait I made for my mom, I think for her birthday. It’s sad to think that it’s not up-to-date anymore. I kind of miss that little fluffy face. A lot.

There might be a silly ridiculous giveaway in this post. Oh whoa now! What is it?

Leave a comment with a guess as to what this is, and I’ll pick someone to send a hand-made card to. Snazzy, eh? Okay, fine, mostly I’m bored. Give me an excuse to write a card, yeah?

A Mad Hatter TeaParty

Stripes and Sequins, heretofore to be known as Alice and the White Rabbit, decided to join forces with the Dormouse to throw a going away party for Plaid–aka the Mad Hatter, naturally.

The Mad Hatter is where all of our epic themed parties were born, so it was just really perfect for Alice and the White Rabbit to throw her a tea party. We invited her faithful, albeit silly, friends from Wonderland to help us celebrate. There was the Carpenter, a Slythy Tove, a Mome Rath, and the Mushrooms from Wonderland. And really, what better way to celebrate a Mad Hatter Tea Party than with an epic food fight?

There was really not a whole lot of food fighting shots since, you know, the White Rabbit was in on the action for 90% of the time. Photos of the aftermath, however, where duly documented. And yes, for those curious, that super soaker is full of lemon-lime soda.

Yes, just in case you noticed, the White Rabbit was the cleanest at the end of the battle. Mysterious forces, people. Ears and bowties were lost, however. And for those about to speak up, outraged at the mess we inflicted on a public park, let your concerns rest easy. We laid out plastic tablecloths to catch most of the mess and then used brooms and buckets of water to clean up after ourselves. Because that’s just how we roll.

*For those curious, the White Rabbit made the banner and Alice’s apron from scratch, and used red acrylic paint, fabric scraps, scrapbooking flowers and glitter to make the Mad Hatter’s Hat. Alice did an amazing job of Michael runs, making potatoes for the food fight, coordinating rides, and making the flower table decorations as well as the placesettings. And Monsieur, who unfortunately had to work during the party, was amazing and made two boxes of mac and cheese, two things of pudding, and one box of jello for our throwing pleasure. Also thanks to the Carpenter, who made two fabulous newspaper bowties–one for his costume and one for the Mad Hatter’s. Thanks to everyone (shoutout to the Dormouse!) for helping set up beforehand and for getting into the spirit of things to give our favorite Mad Hatter an amazing send off as she leaves our small pond for some bigger lakes! We love you, you crazy beautiful Mad Hatter!