Friday, February 7, 2014

More hand carved stamps: the alphabet edition.

You know I like my stamp carving right? Well, I may have gotten a little ambitious and decided I wanted to carve my own alphabet. I used my regular old erasers from the dollar store and my trusty x-acto knife. A few hours(and some mistakes) later I had my very own diy'ed alphabet stamps!

I kind of like their roughness and imperfections, they feel more mine. Sometimes(a lot) I'm a messy crafter, and that's okay! I think these are great for art journal pages, headers on my many pages of lists, or even in valentines!

Do you ever feel like your crafts, art, whatever is more yours when it's a little quirky? Or is it a total downward spiral? I have days like that too. I hope the little imperfections make you feel closer to your work rather than further from yourself.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Bits and Pieces: A book.

Yes, this is a mangled library book. Looks like it's been well loved.
This year I decided I want to read at least one book a month. Yesterday I finished reading John Green's Looking for Alaska. It was something that's been on my reading list for some time and I've decided that this year I will read at least one book a month. I love reading but it's so easy to just...not. This easy read was a good way to get back on the reading horse, I think. About the book, I liked it. It felt a little young for me because I'm not in high school anymore, but towards the end it was still kind of relatable. We all have a little bit of that guilty feeling from time to time, no?
Anyway, I think this was a good start and I'm already plotting my next read. But I am totally open to recommendations if anyone has any!

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Nails: Golden Amanda.

I bought this pretty nude pink nail color called Amanda from Zoya about a month ago and I hadn't used it at all. So, I decided it was time. The color does feel more Spring-like to me but that doesn't really matter because its cute and I like it. This is just Amanda with some dots and an attempted chevron pattern in Golden-I by Sally Hansen(love that polish). 

I do see using this in a pretty floral design though, soon possibly. What do you think?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Candle Recycling: A (sort of) Tutorial.

Let me tell you a story. I had a yummy smelling vanilla creme brulee candle and one day the wax was not burning very well in it's big jar anymore. This made me sad, so I decided to melt it don and stick the rest of the wax in a small teacup. Why? Because yummy candle. Also it was fun.

Here's what I did:
one: I melted the wax by filling a small pot halfway with water and letting it boil. Then I turned it off and stuck my canldle jar in it and waited for it to melt.
two: Once the wax was all melty I took out the old wicks and poured the wax into my new container with it's new wick in it.

three: I held the wick up and centered by squeezing it between two chopsticks. And I let it dry.

four: I trimmed the wick and thoroughly enjoyed my new adorable teacup candle!

You could probably repeat these steps with a small batch of candles and a jar or you know, just buy some wax and melt it down to add your own yummy scents and colors.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New year, New look.

Hello there! I know, I know it's been a while. I've abandoned you again! I'm sorry, I mean it. Really. So let's get back on track, shall we?

First of all I hope your new year has begun wonderfully, and that it will continue to be wonderful. Also, a quick update. Yes, I've changed the look of the blog(again!), what do you think? I kinda like it a bit more.

Hmm...some things I've been up to: school as usual, feeding my diy/makup/nail polish obsessions, getting excited about the new season of Sherlock, doodling, rearranging my furniture for the billionth time, and thinking about the daunting task that is clearing out and reorganizing my closet. Annnd I wouldn't be lying if I said I have some bloggy ideas in my notebooks that I haven't gotten around to. But I'll get to them, promise. See, I promised now I have to do it.

Well my darlings, I will leave you here for now. But soon, soon. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

nails: monster's inc.

these were inspired by my the monsters inc. themed baby shower my cousin is throwing for her sister in law. i'm helping create a bunch of decorations/favors/everything, so while we were painting some cute bottles(which you will definitely be seeing later) i got the idea to do some nail art. i love how it turned out. and they were so easy to do! :)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

blue haired girl.

this girl kinda reminds me of the fall. i had such a good time with all the layering and getting messy. just looking at this page makes me want the nice cool weather to get here soon. it's just getting hellishly hot in los ngeles. it's september and  i miss hot tea, and blankets, and wearing everything in layers.

what are your favorite things about the fall?