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Pinterest Project: Ren Fair

As some of you may know, I dabble a bit in photography.  Dabble might be a bit of an understatement.  While M and I were in Minneapolis, we had the opportunity to go to the Renaissance Fair.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the jousting tournament, edited in Camera Raw.

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The announcer had a pretty sweet moustache.  I spend the whole tournament trying to get a good shot of his face, but he kept staying just out of my camera’s view.

If you’re also interested in photography, my dear readers, check out my photography board on Pinterest for all sorts of little tips and tricks I’ve accumulated.  And there’s some editing pins in there, too!

Pinterest Project: My First Cross Stitch

As I’m sure you’re all aware from previous posts, I’m a cross-stitcher (check my Pinterest board).  I’ve been stitching for about two years now.  And this is the kit that started it all.  I stitched a bit of it to get the basics down, but then I set it to the side and worked on the pattern I really wanted to make.

In the process of organizing my crafting supplies, I found the not even half-finished kit and decided that it was probably about time to finish it up!

My First Cross Stitch1Since it came with its own little frame, I think I’ll take it in to work and hang it somewhere in my cubicle.  A little something bright and happy to get me through my days on the phone.

You can see in the heart where I started, not all the x’s are the same.  And I’m actually really proud of the back stitching, because I’m not very good at it to begin with.  I’ve been thinking about picking up a bunch of those little beginner cross stitch kits, finishing them, and then just leaving them places.  On a bus, at work, in a coffee shop, etc.  I don’t know if people would pick them up and keep them or throw them away, but I think it’d be a fun little project.

And bonus for today: my girl Juri wanted to know what I was taking pictures of and wanted to join in on the photography fun!

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Pinterest Project: Button Friendship Bracelets

 

Today’s post is a bit of a throwback to middle school.  Friendship bracelets!  Although a bit more grown up this time around.  I love embroidery floss – stitching, knotting, braiding, tying, looking at, collecting… I do love me some embroidery floss.
Button Friendship Bracelets12My grandmother gifted me a whole jar of buttons she’s collected over the years.  I had lots of fun making these.  I found the patterns around Pinterest.  I’ve collected them on one of my boards.  Check it out!

Button Friendship Bracelets6Metallic floss is pretty hard to work with when it comes to macrame and friendship bracelets.  But this one turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself!

Button Friendship Bracelets7This pattern I found on Pinterest.  This was the second button bracelet I ever made.

Button Friendship Bracelets4And this was the first.  Not really a button.  That’s actually a 5 yen coin from Japan.  5 yen equates to about $0.05 USD.  The 5 yen coin signifies meeting new people and good experiences heading your way.

Pinterest Project: Snail Mail Pt 1

Living in the 21st century, most of the physical mail I get is either bills or junk mail.  It always brightens my day when I get a note or letter or card in the mail instead of the usual “you owe us money” and “buy our random useless thing!”  Unfortunately, those little pick-me-ups are few and far between.  So I decided to take matters into my own hands and start sending notes to make my friends smile when they check their mail.

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I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to ideas of how to decorate envelopes, cute stationery, how to spice up a drab letter, and other fun things to send in the mail to your friends and family.  I’m also slowly working on practicing some calligraphy (or at least practicing how to fake it).

Snail Mail Pt 1-3SMUDGEIt was really fun to write to all my friends!  I have a thing for paper and paper products – I tend to collect and almost hoard them.  I see a pretty stationary set and I buy it.  It’s nice to finally put some of my stockpile to use.  I hope everyone enjoys their notes!

I’m hoping I get some letters back.  It’d be pretty sweet to start a letter-writing campaign and get things other than bills and junk in the mail more often than on my birthday or on the holidays.

If any of you, dear readers, have any fun ways to address an envelope  or any other fun snail mail ideas, please share them in the comments below!  I’d love to hear them!

Pinterest Project: Headphone Wrap

For today’s Pinterest Project, I have something that I’ve been slowly working on for a couple of weeks now.  I got the idea, like everything else I do for this series, on Pinterest.  You take your headphones, the ones that are constantly getting tangled up no matter how neatly you fold them up and put them away, and knot some embroidery floss around them.  Not only does this make the headphones pretty and recognizable, but helps them from getting tangled in your pocket or purse.

Headphone Wrap8I made the mistake of leaving the half-finished project out one night and of course my cats decided to shed all over it.  That’s okay, just makes it more mine.

The main problem I had with this, why it took me so long, is because holding the headphone cord and the repetitive knotting kinda hurt my hand.  When I add up all the time I spent on the project, in bits over a number of weeks, it probably took around 3 hours, maybe a little less.  So, it’s a project you can do in an afternoon, if you put your mind to it.

Headphone Wrap5I haven’t decided if I want to wrap the two cords that lead to the earbuds. The cord is thinner and I don’t know how to remove the little slide-y thing.  Also, I kinda just like it the way it is.

So, this was actually the last week I had something planned.  I’ve got to take the upcoming week to plan out some projects for the rest of the month.  If you, my dear readers, have any ideas, please share them in the comments!

 

 

Pinterest Project: Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

I may have mentioned before (or maybe not), but I love baking.  Cookies, cakes, brownies, anything sweet that goes in the oven I love.  I found a pretty easy-looking recipe to make with my less-baking-inclined boyfriend: cake batter flavored rice crispy treats.

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The original recipe I found at Gimme Some Oven through Pinterest.  It’s pretty straight forward.

Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag of mini-marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix, not prepared into a batter!)
  • 5 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 (1.75 oz.) container of sprinkles

Method

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, then remove from heat. Whisk in the (dry) cake mix, then stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and briefly stir. (Don’t stir too much or the sprinkles will bleed out their color.) Press the mixture into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting. I find spraying a knife with nonstick spray helps to cut them cleanly.

Disclaimer: You consume dry cake mix at your own risk.

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I made a double batch because M was just having so much fun with the sprinkles!  They didn’t last very long.  My family scarfed down about half, then we shared with M’s family, too.  And between M and his two brothers, the remainder lasted all of 20 minutes after our arrival at his house.

All in all, I would definitely make these again!  They were a huge hit.  Although I did also find a recipe for cookies & cream rice crispy treats, so a batch or six of those might be in my near future.

Pinterest Projects: Pretty Planters

For my birthday a little over a month ago, my parents put some money towards an iPad (something I’ve been lusting after for years now).  My mom also gave me a certificate that granted me a shopping excursion with her at a time of my choosing.  I finally cashed it in, getting mainly odds and ends that I’ve been needing for a while, like a bigger trash can and an actual laundry hamper.

We also visited the ailing garden center at Walmart.  I rescued some of the more lively-looking plants to decorate my freshly cleaned patio, as I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to indoor gardens.  Sadly, since I have cats, indoor gardens are something of a dream for me.  But I was still inspired to get a little green in my life!

Planters1The dark purple plants are vinca.  The white flowers are begonias, the bright red blooms are New Guinea impatiens.  The multicolored bunch in the background are lantana.  And yes, I did keep the little tags saying what the plants were because otherwise, I would not have remembered.

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The planters themselves were borrowed from mom’s garden collection.

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The plants themselves didn’t look too healthy, but I actually planted them about a week and a half ago and they’re looking much better.

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Mom’s feet in the background.  She helped me plant all of these since I’m pretty clueless when it comes to all things gardening.  I can keep an air plant alive no problem, but when it comes to putting things in pots, I’m not the most knowledgeable person around.

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And lastly, here’s a close up of the lantana because they are gorgeous and I absolutely love them!  Look at those tiny little flowers!  And the colors are so perfect together!  AND it was a whole 50% off the original price!  Totally worth it.

 

Pinterest Project: Reed Diffuser

For this week’s Pinterest Project, I decided I was finally gonna make that reed diffuser I’ve been meaning to make for nearly a year now.  I had everything but the reeds – which I finally bought at Michael’s a couple of weeks ago – and the actual mixture to put in the diffuser.

After some extensive research, I found a nice, cheap way of creating the scent mixture.  Through Pinterest, I found this blog tutorial about using vodka instead of oil as the base.  And then, in the comments, I saw someone had said they use rubbing alcohol and water as the base.  $2 for a bottle of rubbing alcohol or $12 for a small bottle of vodka that would just sit, undrunk, for months and months?  Yeah, with student loans breathing down my neck, I opted for the cheap route.

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Things you’ll need

  • A container of some kind.  Glass or ceramic would work best, whether it’s a vase or a bottle I bought at Goodwill for $0.50.  If you go with ceramics, make sure it’s glazed inside so it doesn’t leak.  A container with a narrow opening is better, as the mixture won’t evaporate as quickly.
  • Essential oils.  Or, if you’re lazy like me, I just bought a bottle of scents used in soaps and lotions, as found at (you guessed it) Michael’s.  I don’t know if it really makes a difference.
  • Mineral or baby oil as a base.  I also see sweet almond oil or safflower oil as greener alternatives.  Another option – the option I went with – is to use alcohol and water as a base.  Vodka is the go-to alcohol I’ve seen around the internet, but again, I used rubbing alcohol at 91%.
  • Reeds or bamboo skewers.  If you’re using skewers, make sure to trip the sharp tips off so no one (like nosey felines) gets hurt.
  • A funnel if your container has a really small opening.

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Instructions

  1. With an oil base, use a mix of 30% essential oil to 70% base oil.  Or see what ration works best for you.  Experimentation is fun!
  2. Using the alcohol/water base,  add 12-15 drops of essential oil in 1/4 cup of water with a splash of alcohol to help bind the oil to the water.  I put too much alcohol in my mix initially and ended up adding more oil to balance out the alcohol smell.  Again, this is more of a personal preference thing, so use however much scent oil you like.
  3. Pour the mixture into the container.  This is where the funnel comes in handy.
  4. Place the reeds into the container and let them absorb the mixture.  Once they’re saturated, flip them around so you can smell your concoction right away!
  5. Decorate as desired.  I used washi tape to make my bottle look a little less plain.  Place in an area where it’s proudly displayed.  Or, if you’re in my situation, place it up and out of the reach of curious kitty paws.

Has anyone else made their own reed diffusers?  Do you use oil or vodka?  Have you used rubbing alcohol?  Let me know in the comments, dear readers!

Pinterest Project: Cross Stitch Diamond Arrowhead

This week’s Pinterest Project didn’t really come directly from Pinterest, but rather was inspired by an image I found while browsing Pinterest.

I am a cross stitcher.  I picked up the needle about a year and a half ago and haven’t looked back.  Most of my stitches I find either free around the internets or buy off of various etsy stores.  But this one that I’m sharing today, I actually created myself.  It’s based off of this image I found on Pinterest that ended up linking back to a tumblr site.  I really don’t know who the artist is; if you do, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

DSC_0091I’ve never actually made my own pattern before.  The finished product doesn’t quite follow what I plotted out on the graph paper.

DSC_0085I also decided to not do the drop coming off the arrow.  I didn’t like the way it looked when I tried stitching it, so I just removed it.  It left my finished product off center since I used a smaller, scrap-ish piece of aida cloth.

DSC_0089DSC_0087The thread I used is actually multi-colored, so it was basically one strand that changes from red to pink to teal to dark teal.  Looks really cool, right?  I got it at Christmas in a huge pack of a bunch of different and fun colored floss.  My mom always knows just what to get me!

DSC_0092As soon as I have the extra money to, I’m buying a pattern-making program I can use on my Mac.  And as soon as I do that, I’ll make a PDF of this pattern for those of you looking to try your hand at it.  Keep an eye on Day Old Sushi for that in the next couple of weeks!

Pinterest Project: Paper Stars

Welcome to my new segment!  If you couldn’t tell from the title, it’s called Pinterest Projects.  Each week I’ll detail my adventures in trying things I find on Pinterest.  “Projects” may be a bit of a misnomer since some things I try will end up being pretty simple, but fuck it, its alliteration.

This week, I’m writing about paper stars.  Lucky stars or paper stars or origami stars or lucky paper origami stars as they’re sometimes known, are a phenomenon that have been sweeping the internet as of late.  Today, I’m going to first, tell you a bit about the origins of lucky stars then I’m gonna teach you how to make them.  Exciting!

There’s not a lot of information about how or why lucky stars came to be, but thanks to the internet, I do have some information about the origins of these cute lil’ buggers.  Apparently, paper stars themselves have been around for quite a while, but the act of folding a specific amount and giving a jar of them as gifts didn’t really take off until the late 1980’s.  According to an answer on Yahoo Answers by Miss_Po, a Chinese movie in which the main female lead gives a jar of these paper stars to the male lead for luck really brought the tradition to the forefront of Chinese culture.

The meaning behind giving a certain number of stars came from the meaning the people giving them as gifts assigned to it.  Lucky stars became a popular gift to give between couples, so a lot of the meanings deal with love and romance.  Here’s a handy little graphic I found:

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Aside from the romantic implications of specific numbers of stars, folding and giving someone 100 or 1,000 lucky stars allows the recipient to make a wish.  This was the original meaning that I learned from the pin I found that inspired me to try my hand at folding these origami stars.

Personally, I like making these, filling all sorts of jars and containers with them, and simply displaying them around my room.  When I do give them as gifts, I’m not particularly attaching any specific meaning to them outside of “Hey, check out this cool thing I made for you; it’ll look great in your living room!”

Now, my dear readers, if you’d like to learn how to make your own jar of stars, read on and learn!

Lucky Star02Gather the items you’ll need to make the lucky stars.  Scissors, strips of paper (you can cut yourself or buy online; I get my paper exclusively from yeestore on etsy), and a bottle or container of your choice.  I got this potion bottle from Michael’s.

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Start by making a ribbon shape.  I always think of it like the shape that awareness ribbons usually are.

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Next steps are to make a knot out of the ribbon.  Do this by pulling the short end through the loop.  Pull the paper tight-ish without ripping, then fold/flatten the knot.  Fold the short end in.  Cut the end if it’s too long to fit within the main pentagon.

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Next, I’ve flipped the star-in-the-making over.  Take the long end (white, in the top picture) and fold it over, following the natural lines of the main pentagon.

Lucky Star Fold Steps

Then, just fold the long end over and around and over and around, continuing to follow the edges and lines of the main pentagon.  When you get to the end, cut the remainder down if it’s too long to make another full fold around, then tuck it in the creases created by your folds.

Lucky Star Puff Star Steps

Then, take the pentagon in your fingers (I’m was also the photographer, so I’m only using one hand, but you should use two, using the two forefingers and thumb of one hand and the index and thumb of the other) and gently squeeze the pentagon to puff it out.  This works really well when the folds have been well-creased.  Next, use your thumbnail to push in along the edges of the puffed out pentagon to get that star shape.

And voila!  You have just made your own lucky star!

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And a bonus picture of the finished product with my boy, Disco in the background.