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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

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Stripes: Dying to Craft

Yes, you heard me right; I’ve got the crafting itch. These last few months, with the mono monster and graduation and schoolwork, have left me with little to no time to craft. Now I have a ton of built up crafty energy and I’ve been pinning fun projects like crazy to pinterest…a recipe for some serious crafty productiveness starting the day after graduation.

In honor of my weird pinning obsession/intense crafting itch, here are a few of my top projects:

This is the cutest little bank ever! And now that I am [almost] done with college, I’ve really gotta start saving my pennies!

I bought a set of bangles planning to do this to, but sadly they’ve sat naked in my bathroom for months.

It’s not really a secret, I love all things organization. This tutotial promises to teach me how to make adorable little boxes to keep track of all the knick knacks that I seem to attract…I’m going to be in organized heaven!

These birdhouses are sooooo cool!!!

And finally, I’ve really been wanting to paint more. There just something so nice about how easy it is to pack up some watercolors, a couple brushes, and a bit of paper .

Anyone else have a list of crafts you want to do? Anything else you think I should do?!

Sequins: DIY Creepy Love Gift

So I’m not actually in town this weekend, I took the train south to the big city. It’s my birthday in EXACTLY one week and one day, and my family insisted I visit so they can shower me in love and affection. Which, you know, I’m always down with. In the meantime, though, I had to leave Monsieur behind. He works weekends and couldn’t make this trip. ONE* of us (and I won’t name any names) isn’t very excited about spending the weekend apart. ONE* of us might be a bit of a baby when it comes to things like this.

So to make the parting a little less sorrowful, I whipped this up! Warning: It might be the creepiest love note I’ve ever left him. Ever.

Want to make your own? (Oh man, though, seriously if any of you ACTUALLY make this, I want pics. Pics or it didn’t happen.) Well here you go!

Supplies: Color printer (or black and white, I guess, it doesn’t really matter), colored markers (I used two highlighters & an ink pen), heavier cardstock, scissors, post it notes, tape & glue (I used both, but only because I went really fast), and a BIG sense of humor.

  1. Start with a picture of yourself. I chose one from this post. Print it out and cut a close outline. I find that using a full body picture works best, so you don’t look like a scissor monster cut your feet off.
  2. Draw random patterns and designs on your cardstock, a little more than the height and width of your cutout.
  3. Glue your cutout down on the decorated cardstock, and move on to step 4. Or, if you want to do it the way I did it (which I don’t recommend) cut a slightly wider outline.
  4. Draw a base on cardstock for your cutout to stand on (if you’re really smart, unlike me, you’ll just incorporate this part in step three and only use one piece of cardstock. If you’re smart.).
  5. Cut out the base, and attack your person (or don’t, if you were smart enough to combine steps 3 & 4. Unlike me).
  6. Draw speech bubbles on your post it notes, making sure to draw the arrow part of the speech bubble on the adhesive part of the sticky note. Cut out the silhouette.
  7. Stick to face and repeat! Make as many silly sayings as you can think up! I made a separate (even creepier) stand up piece of cardstock that holds all the speech bubbles (not picture, but use your imagination!). Some of my favorite speech bubbles included “…did you just fart?” (take another look at that picture and tell me that’s not what my face is saying!).
  8. *BONUS STEP* Don’t tell your loved one/friend/family member/freinemy what you made, and then leave this in a place where they’ll find it. I put mine on Monsieur’s night stand, so he won’t find it until he’s just about to go to sleep. Mwuahahaha.

Enjoy!!

*Okay, I’ll admit it. It’s both of us. Both of us are really bad about spending more than 24 hours apart from each other. It’s embarrassing.

PS: I definitely think that my DIY belongs here, but since I haven’t been able to stop laughing since I decided to do this, I think it’s worth it. He’s laughing, too. Trust me.

Sequins & Stripes: The Orphan Christmas

Stripes, Plaid and I are on our second year of celebrating Orphan Christmas. For sure, none of us are actual orphans, but this is how we celebrate before Christmas with our respective families, to kick things off if you shall. This is a bit of a dual-post, so Sequins is commenting in the standard text, and Stripes in commenting in italics. Enjoy!

We decorated Plaid’s miniature plastic tree, Timmy, along with the tree Stripes and Plaid picked out, Dougal. We spend the whole evening eating Christmas food, decorating the trees, and crafting it up. I’ll show you guys what I made later on, because it was pretty spectacular.

The whole process gets a little silly. Yeah…this lift was a last minute decision but as you may be able to tell, I am actually lower than if I had stood. But hey! Anything I’ll do anything for a silly picture!

This picture reveals a truth that hasn’t cropped up before now on the blog before now–Stripes and I are total hipsters. And these are our hipster faces, posing with our hipster angels (they had a tags on them that said they might cause birth defects. I have no idea why we still have them…). It’s really because we were, like, the first people to have them. And we understand some people wouldn’t keep them but really we’ve just always put them on our shared holiday tree. 

Even Stripes’ Halloween cat was in the festive spirit. That’s Oliver! I LOVE him! I got him right before Halloween and vowed to decorate him for every holiday. We skipped Thanksgiving because I was in the process of moving but he will for sure make several cameos in the future.

Stripes insisted that I needed to be more festive, as well. Only because you weren’t as infected with holiday cheer as Plaid and myself. And despite the face she’s making I think she found joy amidst our silliness. And you know wearing ornaments is totally en vogue…according to Oliver, anyways. 

Stripes was pretty into the whole thing. We also did presents, and that was where Stripes and I unleashed our Pinterest fury, starting with the wrapping and all the way down to the gifts themselves.

Stripes decorated her gifts pretty amazingly, complete with ribbon.

I was a touch lazy (okay, a lot lazy) with my gift wrapping and I just used a box from Michaels. I wrapped it in some really nice looking hemp, though, and included my signature impossible-to-undo-without-scissors knot. It’s a tradition. These knots are BRUTAL! But she totally pinterested it up, too, with the hemp. That stuff has been all over the place lately.

It’s a bit of an inside joke (well, rather, it’s more knowing-that-Stripes-has-an-obsession-with-Guinea-Pigs thing), but I got Stripes the plastic Guinea Pig pictured above, and I made five or so party hats for her to wear (her name is Guineviere). Stripes shared the party hat love with her other Guinea Pig, the soft, fluffy, grumpy one pictured above.

The fluffy one is actually named Mr. Grumpy Guinea Pig and Plaid bought him for me a couple months ago because life had me down. Well, he and my main Harold [known to everyone else as that stuffed lion that sits on my bed] did not hit it off. After feeling guilty for leaving Mr. Grumpy Guinea Pig with Harold and Harold looking more and more upset everyday I realized Mr. Grumpy had to move to my bookshelf. I get a little too involved with my “inanimate objects” (I have seriously named almost everything I have owned at one point or another- Edward the plant, Esmeralda my car, oh yeah and Oliver :P) but I think it’s just a side of effect of watching Toy Story as a kid- admittedly reinforced by Toy Story 3…I digress. 

Sequins made Plaid and myself some really neat cards! She makes the greatest cards (and they’re very pinteresty). I am super in love with the Hello one and may just keep it for myself!

This is a sad picture of an ornament I made for Plaid inspired by this Pinterest post…look for more in the near future!

This was the other ornament I made for Plaid. I LOVE him! I just used some Fimo, decided to make a monster, and this was the result. I think he is super cool and I kind of wish I had one for myself…To MICHAELS! Time to get more clay!

So those are the highlights of our mini-Christmas celebration. We hope you enjoyed our excessively Pinterested festivities-if you have any questions about how we made anything feel free to leave a comment and we’ll share our crafty secrets. 

Happy Holidays!

Stripes, Sequins, Plaid, and Oliver!