Geeking Out About Friday {5}

A while ago, my friend (hi, Laura!) showed me this neat website called Out of Print Clothing. It's a pretty cool store where they design all of their products to look like (usually) out of print book covers of classic texts. In their mission statement, they say their goal is to celebrate the "world's great stories through fashion." I personally think that's a noble cause--you know, to stand up for books in a Jersey Shore kind of world.

Plus, they donate a book to Africa for every item purchased, and who doesn't want to give stuff to African children? I know I sound like an advertisement, but I promise, I wasn't paid to write this--nor was I forced at gunpoint by the CEO of Out of Print.

Anyway, the items above are some of my favorites. I love the Pride and Prejudice sweatshirt and Moby Dick journal the most.

And that's what I've been geeking out about as of late.

Have a fantastic weekend! Go read a good book. 

Tutorial: Chevron Bracelet

I've been cooking up this tutorial for a while now. As always, I'm striving to make my blog better, and I'm focusing that effort on my tutorials. It turns out, writing directions for how to do things is pretty hard. Not "go-cry-in-the-corner" hard, but it can be challenging nonetheless. I'm a visual learner, so I thought to improve my tutorials I could start by including more pictures. And so, this tutorial has more pictures than any tutorial I've made thus far.

Ready to make some bracelets?

~two 3 foot pieces of hemp
~one 3 foot piece of each color of embroidery floss (I used three colors)
~a button that tickles your fancy

Start by stringing the button in the middle of the two pieces of hemp, like pictured above. The string on either side of the button should be even.

Begin tying a knot around the base of the button. Before you tighten the knot, string the three pieces of embroidery floss through the knot so that they are hanging evenly from the knot.

Tighten the knot, and arrange your strings in 4 different sections like so. 

Now for the tricky part. If you know how to do a fish-tail braid (or herringbone), that is what we'll be doing. If you don't know how to do a fish-tail braid, then bear with me.

So, there should be four strands you separated and arranged like the picture above this one. What you're going to do is take the left most strand of embroidery floss, and carry it over to the two strands on the right. 

Next, take the left most strand of embroidery floss and bring it over the other strands back to the left side.

Then, you'll take the left strand of hemp and bring it to the right side. And take the hemp from the right side and bring it over to the left.

Continue doing this until the bracelet is an appropriate length.

If you want, you can try to follow my colorful Sharpie diagrams. The "o" at the bottom of strands indicates the strand you move during that step.

When it is the right length, knot the strands together. Next, divide the strands in two groups so that each group has two hemp strands and one embroidery floss strand.

Then, braid the two sets of strands about one inch.

Finally, knot all the strings together, and you are DONEZO!

If you have questions or anything, leave me a comment. I promise I'll respond (plus, I'm super happy whenever I get a comment... it seriously makes my day). 

Also, if you like what you see, be sure to follow my blog! (It makes me super happy when lovely readers do that as well--ahh the perks of being a beginner blogger).

Cheerio! Have a top-notch kind of day. 

Hiking With Friends

I went hiking with friends a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share some pictures of this place I call home. I don't want to brag or anything, but Alaska is pretty much... awesome. :O)

I find that nature often inspires my artsy side, so I hope you find inspiration in these photos.

Have a wonderful week!

Geeking Out About Friday {4}

This week has been wonderfully sunny, and a toasty 70 degrees. My parents bought me a new MacBook Pro for college (yeah!), and I've been teaching myself how to do different things on it (it's slow going, but I'm getting there). 

Here are some of the fun things I've been geeking out about this week!

1.source  2.source  3.source

So, since I got a Mac, my old Photoshop Elements software wouldn't work. At first I was distraught, but then I found Pixelmator. It's basically a $15 equivalent of Photoshop for Mac. If you have a Mac, save your money and just buy Pixelmator at the App store.

Second and third are both junk foods. Except, we've been popping out popcorn on the stove lately--so it's not that bad, right? The Poptarts are a very bad thing though. Very, very bad. I'm already coming out of that phase though. Luckily it was just a three day kick.

In conclusion, this week's "Geeking Out About" post was brought to you by the letter P, and the number 3 (how's that, Sesame Street?).

Have a great weekend!

Doodles: Henna Art

My awesome Californian cousin (what's up, Liz?) sent me a tube of henna. So on the last day of school, my friends and I got to work giving ourselves some celebratory (temporary) tattoos. 

Of course, one of my friends posted on Facebook that we were getting tattoos and people assumed we were getting real ones. I can tell you now that will never EVER happen. I'm not a huge fan of needles, pain, or permanent marks on my body. I'm not judging. It's just not for me.

I gave my friend to the left a Celtic style clover. She's an Irish dancer--and a pretty beast one at that.

My Irish dancing friend gave me a flower. It was really pretty while it lasted.

And on the right, my other friend requested a cheese wedge, and Chinese characters that we can only assume mean "cheese." We aren't sure though. It was just the first one that came up on the Google search. For all we know, it could say something really bad...

So, there they are. The doodles of late. I'll post some real pen and ink ones soon.


Clock Makeover

We were doing some "spring/summer" cleaning at home, and put some stuff aside to donate to Salvation Army. In the process I found this clock. It's old, kind of ugly, and had this weird pendulum thing attached to the bottom... (I took off the pendulum because it served no purpose other than looking odd.)

The shape and hands of the clock were still alright, and I've been wanting a clock to put in me and my sister's bathroom. So, I decided to refurbish this clock into something a little better.

First, I took apart the clock frame. There were screws in the back that attached the frame and glass to the rest of the clock. Then I took off the hands. I wasn't sure of how to go about this, but I found these directions to be very helpful.

Using a compass (you know, the thing from geometry class that you draw circles with), I cut out a piece of scrapbook paper to the exact size of the face of the clock. Then I used an Exacto knife to cut a small hole in the middle of the paper to fit over the hand-piece. (Sorry for the lack of pictures... but I'm sure you can do without...)

Then, I marked the new clock face paper with the numbers and little flowers for each hour. I used double sided Scotch tape to adhere the new face on, and then I put the hands back on the clock.

Next, I spray painted the outer frame to be a nice blue and white mixture.

After it was dry, I assembled the clock, and it looked like this:

And that is how you can transform an ugly clock into something a little bit nicer, and much more personal.

Have fun!

Resizing Photos in Photoshop Elements

As I've looked at more established blogs, I've realized it's best to have photos that are essentially the same width as the text. In order to do this in blogger, it's easiest not to use those preset "small, medium, large" presets. The best thing to do is actually resize them using either Photoshop or PicMonkey. 

 To do this in Photoshop, open your picture, and press CTRL, ALT and I all at once.

This should open an "Image Size" box. Then, set the width to however many pixels across you require. My blog is best with 600 pixels, but experiment with yours. This works with horizontal and vertical photos. 

Huzzah for looking a tad bit more professional!

Sewing, Sewing, All Day Long

I've been sewing my friends' graduation gifts... and I'm super sad that I can't actually share photos until they are done, because that would just ruin the surprise.

But, I can share fabric swatches! I probably spent an hour picking out fabrics to match my friends' personalities--and there are really only three aisles of quilting prints at our JoAnn's. That's twenty minutes per aisle. And, of course, I made my sister stay with me for advisory support. Poor girl.

My favorite is the giraffe print... (that one is mine). :O)

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Geeking Out About Friday {3}

I was browsing Modcloth's accessories recently, and these cute necklaces caught my eye. Right now, I'm liking the gardening thing (hence the watering can); and just recently, my mom was telling me I should get a watch for college (I told her that's what cellphones are for, but this watch is kind of vintage and cute); and lastly, I kind of have a thing for giraffes. I just think they're cool. I guess that's one of my quirks.

What've you been geeking out about this week?

Today is Sunny and Green

For the first time in a week, it is sunny and not raining and/or gloomier than that cloud that follows Eeyore. I jumped on the chance to take some pictures of my darling little sugar snap peas. The thing in the bottom left corner isn't a weed, by the way. It's a rogue potato plant from last year. There's another one in the upper left corner as well. And, there's the trellis my dad built. I kind of helped, but not really that much.

 Here are my sister's hens and chicks.

And, an Alaskan staple, lupin. These grow just about everywhere.

Finally, is there anything prettier than a raindrop caught in the foliage of a lupin plant? It's one of my favorite things--seriously.

Have a happy Thursday!

A Chan Luu-ish Bracelet

The other day, I was kind of bored, so I made this bracelet. I had just bought a new ball of hemp chord the day before, so the timing was really quite perfect.

I opted to use beads I already had, instead of buying round beads like in the Chan Luu version. For directions on how to make this bracelet, visit Quiet Lion Creations. It's really a fun blog with some really nice jewelry DIY's. Knock yourself out!

Surprise in the Mail

I love getting mail. It's probably one of my favorite things--so it makes me sad that the postal system has essentially run themselves into the ground, as far as finances go. 

Anyway, I checked the mail today, and there was a package for me from one of my best friends! I opened it and found a lovely stack of books tied up with string; a cute journal (with unruled pages--those are the best); and a darling handmade pig keychain (I named him Oliver). In the card, there was a B&N giftcard! This family knows me too well.

The books are about Philadelphia, which is totally fitting. I am going to be spending four years there, so I'd best learn what is where and all that jazz. They even have maps, which will be good. One of my deepest fears is getting lost in the city--at night. Yeah. I'm sure creepers abound (infinitely more so at night). I don't like creepers, so I don't want to get lost at night. For that reason, these books are going to be super helpful. 

To the lovely family that sent me these goodies, thank you so much!

Geeking Out About Friday {2}

It's been a busy week, with nonstop babysitting and creating decorations for our church (I'll post on that later... but the banners we made are AMAZING!), I haven't had much time to do bloggy things. But, I need to tell you what I've been geeking out about this week, so here we go. :O)

1. These Avengers Toms! Don't get too excited. They are photoshopped, but still... the concept is brilliant! I would get the Captain America ones. He and Hawkeye are my favorite Avengers. 

via TomHiddleStunned Tumblr

2. And, I've been obsessing over making a knock-off of this Chan Luu bracelet. It's in the works. I'll share it eventually. I promise.
via Zappos

3. And, lastly, this cool artwork tutorial. I need to go collect some ferns and leaves from the woods and make some of these.
I couldn't find the source! Please help, if you know it... The furthest back I could go was to some Russian "pin-me" site... and I'm pretty positive that isn't the original.

And there you have it. There's what I've been geeking out about this week. What have you been geeking out about?

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Here's a recipe for a delicious breakfast (or anytime!) smoothie I concocted this morning. And yes, I did use the word "yumalicious," and no, I'm not ashamed.

  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • 1 handful of blueberries
  • 2/3 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Toss the ingredients in a blender, and enjoy an awesome smoothie! This recipe makes one smoothie. Enjoy!

Geeking Out About Friday

Here's another feature I'll be writing. As the title implies, I'll be listing off the things I've been geeking out about this week.

Let the games begin!

1. First up, is this trailer for the Les Miserables movie that's coming out over Christmas! I'm so excited, you have not idea. I used to listen to the original musical soundtrack as I fell asleep--that's how obsessed I am. This movie better be good! That's all I have to say. The trailer makes it seem amazing! I'm surprised by Anne Hathaway's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream." Stunning.

2. Next is Regina Spektor's new album, "What We Saw From The Cheap Seats." I bought it on iTunes the day it came out, and I've been sampling her songs slowly. Regina Spektor is one of those artists where it takes a while to really begin to like her songs and interpret their meanings. It usually takes me a couple of weeks to process all her songs. So far, I'm loving it.

3.  And last, the MacBook Pro. I'm going to get one of these really soon as my combined graduation/birthday gift. I am pretty stoked. I've been a PC all my life, so we'll see if I convert to the Apple side of things. Chances are, I will. Right now, I'm pondering 13" or 15". Most likely 13". It looks very functional for student life.

And there you have it! A look at a few of the things I have been geeking out about this week.

And, have a merry June!