July 27, 2017

DIY Sushi Cell Phone Holder





Cell phone holders are such an important room accessories. If you're a millennial like me, then chances are you fall asleep with your phone. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have found my phone under my bed the next morning.  What if you had a cute way to keep your phone beside you at night but not lose it the next morning? (side note: has anyone else ever read those stories about phones burning people when they fall asleep?) Well good news, I've got the perfect DIY cell phone holder for you! That is if you like sushi! (I personally only really enjoy the vegetarian sushi but to each their own) This cute sushi phone holder is so simple and cheap to make and works perfectly.

Materials Needed:
Styrofoam Cube
Air Dry Clay
Chopsticks
Paint
Glossy Mod Podge



To begin, you will mix your gray and green paint to get the optimal seaweed color. Of course, if you already own a paint color similar feel free to use it! Once the paint is evenly mixed begin to paint the 4 sides of the cube. Once that paint is dry, you can take some white paint and add a kawaii face to the sushi. This step is optional of course.







While your paint is drying, take your air dry clay and begin rolling tiny balls.  You will need roughly 40 give or take a few. Because they are so small they shouldn't take long to dry.


In the meantime, take your now dry styrofoam and using your cell phone, trace and outline onto the top where you'd like your phone to rest. Once your cell phone bottom is traced, take either scissors or an X-Acto knife and begin carving out the styrofoam. ( I personally don't trust myself with X-Actos because I've been known to throw them if I get startled...). You 'll have to go about a third of the way through the cube.  Additionally, you can carve all the way through a small hole on the bottom for a power charger if you want to!

Now, take your clay balls and begin to hot glue them around the opening on the cube.  Once they are all glued, take orange paint and give the clay balls some color.





Next, Take your chopsticks and hot glue them crossing one another on the back side of your sushi phone holder.



Now that each element is all glued, cut, and dried use your mod podge to give a nice gloss to the sushi! Now you have a fabulous cell phone holder that all of your friends will be envious of!  Anyone else hungry for sushi after this?? I hope y'all enjoyed!








July 26, 2017

DIY Stud Cuff Bracelets



Anyone else ever want to be a rock star? I mean cool fashion, big paychecks, awesome music, whats not to love? Well, I may not be a rock star, but these DIY stud bracelets sure make me feel like one! Did I mention that this project is also super inexpensive? So come on, become a rock star with me!


Materials Needed:
Paper Towel Roll
Tulle
Studs


To begin, take your paper towel roll and cut it down the middle. Next, cut the roll width ways to a length you would like as your bracelet. I am totally getting Wonder Woman vibes from that image.

 


Now take your tulle and begin wrapping it around your cuff. Once the whole cuff is covered in tulle, secure the tulle by stapling the fabric ends to the cardboard.  The final step is to take your studs and begin pressing them into the cardboard. It should feel just like pushing a push pin into a bulletin board.





Now you're ready to throw on that leather jacket and rock the world with these awesome cuff bracelets! Rock On Friends!



July 24, 2017

Picture Perfect Pillow




Howdy! Is anyone else obsessed with decorative pillows? Target has been selling the darn cutest pillows in their dollar section, and it takes so much will power not to buy them all!  You know what is better than adorable cheap target pillows? Personalized pillows of course!! I've always wanted to make this DIY for my blog and finally got around to doing it.  Hope y'all enjoy!

Materials Needed:
Blank Pillow
Fabric Markers or Fabric Paint (or both like me!)
Photo Sleeve
Sequins

To begin, you are going to want to decide what you want your pillow to look like.  Because I am super into plant decor right now, I drew inspiration from LaurDIY's recent video where she painted a tropical leaf pattern. Once you have decided upon your design, you can either begin directly painting on to your pillow if you're brave, or you can use fabric markers to draw out your design first. When you have your design all marked out on your pillow, take your fabric paint and begin adding color and detail to your pillow.

 


 


After your paint is all dried, you are going to place your photo sleeve on the pillow. I did this before hand, and it made painting more difficult.  Begin by cutting off the portion of the sleeve that goes into an album. Hot glue the photo sleeve to the pillow. Using sequins that match your design, glue them around the three closed sides of the sleeve. 


 



Finally, find a fund memorable photo and place it in the sleeve. Throw you pillow somewhere nice and you are all set! And if you like that cactus pillow in the photo below, check out how to make it here!

 

July 6, 2017

Sunflower Festival 2017



Howdy y'all! Goodness, it feels like yesterday I first went to Gilliam's Sunflower Festival in Lousiana. It's hard to believe that was two years ago! But as Aggies like to say, if it happens twice it's a tradition! My good friend Tay and I now have ourselves a tradition then! We once again ventured across the state border and saw the sunflowers!

Sunflowers are honestly so pretty and happy. I mean they have sun in their name, how could they not be happy flowers! Walking through the sunflower fields made me want Scott Joplin's Sunflower Slow Drag" to be playing. Bumble bees were flying from flower to flower, kids were laughing and playing, and people were making flower crowns. It was whimsical. We only had one small incident involving a bug landing on Tay's back, but luckily we survived! 

The festival has lots of craft vendors, live country music, and good festival food! Gilliam being a small town has many old time shops. They have a cute old fashioned grocery store that actually has a nice selection of drinks and snacks! They also have an old library (where the glorious A.C. was) that gives the history of Gilliam and of the Sunflower Trails. One of the best parts of the festival: I SAW A PUG!!!

After we finished up in Gilliam and collected our Sunflowers, we headed off to Shreveport to get delicious macaroons at Buttercups Cupcakes. We ordered a massive box with 24 total macaroons and just sat in the bakery as we tried all the flavors. I also tried a fancy glass bottle of water from Italy. If you don't hear from me in a while, it may be because I moved to Tuscany for the water! 

Overall, I loved getting to spend quality time with one of my dearest friends. Getting to share experiences like this with people you enjoy is one of life's greatest gifts.











July 5, 2017

What I Wore: Independence Day


Howdy! I hope everyone had an amazing Independence Day (or just an amazing Tuesday if you aren't from the USA). My Fourth of July is typically spent watching Top Gun and Independences Day, eating watermelon, and spending time outdoors. 2017 was no exception. However, unlike so many years of wearing those classic Old Navy Fourth of July shirts, I decided to go all out patriotic in my attire! 

Who doesn't love thrift shopping? You can spend 20 dollars and walk away with multiple articles of clothing! It's great! This cardigan I found at Plato's closet literally screams U.S.A (I mean it's the flag so...) Surprisingly enough, it was pretty comfortable to wear even during a Texas July. I simply paired it with a plain black tank top and denim shorts. 

As far as shoes, you can't get more American than classic Chuck Taylors.  Converse are always my favorite shoe to rock. They are comfy, stylish, and go with everything! You just can't go wrong with them! Of course, not pictured are my cute kitty cat socks. You'll just have to take my word that they are adorable! No outfit is quite complete without accessories. My bracelet and earrings both happened to come from the post office.  Our local office also sells really cute handmade jewelry (the perks of a small town I suppose). Finally, the sun was getting in my eyes so I finished off the look with my Landscape Architecture Baseball cap. 

So happy I live in the United States! Despite everything, I love my country. We have the strength to work through any obstacle! " Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it"- Mark Twain

Top: Target 
Cardigan: Plato's Closet
Shorts: Target
Shoes: converse.com












(Is it just me or did the panoramic shot mess up that flag?)