Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I hope that you all had a wonderful Halloween, especially since we were fortunate enough for it to fall on a Friday this year!

As per usual, I had an idea for a costume early on but still left making it until the last minute... Growing up, Madeline was my favourite book. I had the same little red bob haircut from ages 5-8, and threw a fit that I couldn't have a matching appendectomy scar with my beloved literary character. So when I realized this year that I have never dressed up as Madeline for Halloween, I was completely shocked.

I managed to find this blue dress on sale at Forever21, and just had to add the collar to it... which would have been easy if I didn't leave that until when my guests were arriving on Halloween night. So I lazily basted in a makeshift collar, threw on socks and gloves and had found this hat at the last second at a thrift store (it was fate, I swear).

As a bonus, here are my dogs in their costumes that I picked out. Maggie is a hamburger, and Ollie is a bat (though he looks more like a flying monkey from Wizard of Oz).

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fairy Space Princess

You know that feeling you get when you receive a piece of clothing/jewellery and instantly know that it'll be a forever-favourite? That's how I feel about this Giant Dwarf Shop starlet crown.

When the owner and creator of these beautiful headbands announced that she was going to be discontinuing the line in February, I threw caution (or at least my budget) to the wind and treated myself to a headband and 2 hair pins. Unfortunately, Sue was diagnosed with cancer shortly after receiving all of her orders so she had to recover from treatment before continuing with orders. I waited about half a year, but I can say with complete confidence that it was worth the wait!

Life has been so stressful with school, work (or lack there of) and money lately, so it was nice to throw on a pretty dress and a sparkly headband and skip my way in to school feeling extra fancy.

I hope that you're all having an excellent October 1st (8 more days 'til my birthday!!!!)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Apartment Therapy feature

I am way too excited about the fact that my bedroom has been featured on Apartment Therapy (one of my favourite websites)! Here is the link to the full post if you'd like to check it out: HERE.

Considering the fact that Brad and I moved in together 2 years ago in a hurry, with pretty unpredictable future income (we were both students) I am very proud of the fact that we have made our place feel like home on a very limited budget. It was encouraging to see the supportive comments from others, and I'm relieved that no one said "I liked it better before" (though to be fair, you'd have to have pretty dismal taste to have liked it better before).

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Doughnut A Day

Hello! I just added a new print to my Etsy shop, so check it HERE out if you get a chance. (warning: may cause extreme hunger and force you to break your diet!)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wall Art For the Financially-Challenged: Shower Curtain Art

Being back at school, my budget has really tightened up. But at the same time, I was going insane trying to figure out what to do with our lovely white bedroom walls. I have had my heart set on this wallpaper for as long as I can remember, and to be honest I would have splurged and bought it if we weren't living in a rental apartment.

I tossed around a few ideas, all revolving around the idea of wood, or trees, and then stumbled upon this shower curtain. Imagine my luck when I also discovered that Urban Outfitters was having an unheard of deal where they were providing free shipping to Canada! It was too good to pass up, so I bought it and eagerly waited for it to arrive.

I wish I could say that my idea to create a stretched canvas piece out of it was original, but it wasn't entirely. I thought to myself that it would totally make sense to use a shower curtain as fabric, so I went to Pinterest to see if anyone had done the same, which is where I found this informative post from 6th Street Design School.

Now that I knew it was totally doable, I went back to waiting for the shower curtain to arrive, but this time I was even more eager to get started. It arrived a week later, and I set out to Home Depot to buy the lumber. The second I got home, I borrowed (technically without asking..) my property managers ladder and got to work.

1 shower curtain (mine was 72"x72")
6 pieces of cheap 1"x2" wood
         2 cut to 70" long
         4 cut to 68" long
8 screws to build the frame
3 screws to put in the wall to hang the finished product
Staple gun, or 1" flat topped nails
A drill

1. Lay out your boards with the 1" side (the skinnier) facing up. The longer boards will be the top and bottom and will be on the outside when you assemble the frame, while the shorter ones will be the sides and middle support. Do your best to evenly distribute the middle pieces so you are able to get a flat surface when the shower curtain is attached.
2. Start screwing a side and top/bottom corner together. Go around the frame and do the same for all 4 of the corners, trying your best to keep the pieces flush together (but honestly, it's not super important that they are perfect).
3. Screw in the two middle pieces.
4. Lay out the shower curtain as centred and even as possible. Starting with the top, wrap a piece down along the wood, and either staple or nail the shower curtain to the board. It helps to have an extra set of hands for stretching out the material, so ask a friend for help. Move along the rest of the top adding in as many staples/nails as you see fit.
5. Do the same for the sides, then finally the bottom. It should all be pretty flat, and pulled tight enough that it has some bounce to it.
6. Hang it up, and voila!

All in all, the project took me 1 hour to complete from start to finish, and came to a total of around $40 ($29+tax for the shower curtain, $7 for the wood).

Happy building!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

DIY: Indoor Chalkboard Herb Garden

I am positive I've mentioned this before, but one of the biggest challenges with our apartment (and trust me, there are several) is the total lack of outdoor space.. and I mean not even a balcony (plus we have screens so I can't even stick my head out the window if I'm feeling really desperate). I decided recently that I'm not going to let that stop me from trying my hand at gardening. So, I picked one of the easiest and most useful plants to grow indoors: herbs! 

I took a trip to the local greenhouse with my mom, and she helped me pick out which plants I'd like. Once I had the plants, I had to decide what I was going to plant them in. When I painted our kitchen wall in chalkboard paint, I almost considered buying 2 cans of paint because I didn't think 1 would be enough... Boy, was I wrong. After finishing that project almost a year ago, painting the globe, and a couple other odds and end uses, I still have over half a can of the stuff. So, chalkboard paint planters was the obvious choice for me. The nice part about this is that if/when I want to switch them up, I can just erase the name of the old plant and write the new one in its place.

- herbs
- small pots, with drainage holes in the bottom
- pot trays
- a small rock for each pot
- potting soil
- chalkboard paint
- chalk

Paint the pots in a thick coat of chalkboard paint, and just the tops of the inside so it barely touches the soil. Do the same with the trays, if you'd like, or leave them unpainted for a contrast in colour.

Let the pots dry for several hours before moving on to the next step and planting your herbs.

Once the pots are completely dry, you're ready to plant. Place a small rock above the hole in the bottom, making sure not to cover it completely. This just helps to make sure no soil will get stuck in there and prevent them from draining properly, which would rot the roots.

Move the herbs from their plastic pots to their new pots and top off with potting soil. Compress the soil lightly with your fingers, but make sure not to pack it in too much.

Take a piece of chalk and, using the side, scuff up the pots to create a base coat for your chalkboard. This is important, because if you don't do this step it is next to impossible to erase later. Write or draw whatever you'd like on your pots and set in a place where they can get a good amount of indirect sunlight. Happy gardening!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New items on Etsy

Hello all! Just wanted to give a quick update on my Etsy prints. I've listed a couple new ones this year, and would love it if you would check them out and share the link with friends! (all of the images were created with care, so please link back if you share them).
Below are the ones that I currently have listed:

Wes Anderson Headgear

Antler Girl

Little Fox

Sweet Rabbit

A Good Man is Hard to Find
Hope that you're all having a wonderful weekend!