Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fall 2013 To-Do List




Fall is officially here, and I am so excited! Autumn is my favourite season – I just love all the smells, colours, fall foods, fashions, and fun! Besides, my handsome fella proposed to me last Thanksgiving, so fall holds an especially cheesy and romantic place in my heart. This year, I won't get to do all of my favourite fall things since I'm a little less healthy than I was last year (ahem, thanks a lot, brain injury...), but I still wanted to put together this little Fall To-Do List to put up on my wall. If the list looks good to you too, click on the image below to download your own free printable!



What’s on your Fall bucket list?? xox

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Big Wall Buttons



I like big BUTTONS and I cannot lie! (sorry, I had to do it)

Here’s a fun DIY project to create your own cute wall buttons! These huge buttons are made out of plastic plates from the thrift store, so they’re inexpensive, easy to create, and super cute in your home. I think they would make adorable decorations for a baby’s room too!

You'll Need:


Directions:

ONE: mark where you want your holes to be and drill through the plate with your drill bit. Make sure you use protective eyewear to guard against plastic shards shooting into your eyeballs. I (a.k.a. my much more able husband) used a ½ inch bit because that’s what fit with my rope, but you can go bigger or smaller depending on what you’re using.



TWO: trace around your holes with a metallic gel paint (I used “Pebeo Porcelain 150 Outliner” in Pewter). This step is optional, but I think it makes your plates look even more like buttons!



THREE: stuff your rope through the holes and secure on the back with tape


FOUR: hang up and admire!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt



I love cookie dough. Sometimes I kind of want to bail on the whole cookie making process once the dough is made, and just sit on the kitchen floor with the mixing bowl and a spoon… Apparently there are about a million reasons why this is a bad idea, but it’s just so delicious. That’s why I’m so excited to be sharing this Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt recipe with you today! You get all the flavor of a thick and creamy cookie dough without all the calories, raw eggs, and guilt! Seriously. This stuff is the best.

Ingredients:
2 cups Greek yogurt
1 heaping spoonful of creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
A handful of chocolate chips, chopped

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and mix until combined – you might want to add more or less of some of them, depending on your tastes!
Serve cold, and enjoy!


Monday, September 2, 2013

DIY Beaded Wrap Bracelets




A little while ago, I fell in love with Chan Luu’s beaded wrap bracelets – they’re so pretty, versatile and they’re perfect for layering! The only thing I didn’t love was the hefty price tag! Fortunately, you can easily make your own for a fraction of the ridiculous retail price. With these DIY beaded wrap bracelets you’ll get the same great look for a whole lot less!



I don't know about you, but shelling out that kind of cash for something I can make myself just outrageous - especially when the DIY version is so easy and looks so legit! Ready to dive in?

You'll Need:



Directions:

Cut your cord a little bit longer than the final length of the bracelet you want to make. Find the halfway point of your cord, fold it there, and tie an overhand knot to make a loop. Be sure that your button will be able to fit snugly through the loop you tied!

Thread your needle, and double up on thread for strength. I used a thread meant for beading, but you can just use regular sewing thread, it works just as well. Work with whatever length of thread you are comfortable with – you’ll have to keep tying on new thread as you run out anyway, so don’t go too long or you’ll have a tangled mess on your hands (I used about 3 feet at a time).

Tie the thread onto the left side of your cord (you can go from the right side if you prefer, but all of my directions go from left to right!). I used the needle to tie my thread up into the knot to keep it nice and secure. To keep your bracelet steady while you work, tape it onto the table at the knot. I like to do a few quick figure 8 stitches with my thread to begin my bracelet, but this is optional.



Now we can add our beads! You will be working in a figure 8 pattern.  To add your first bead, pass your needle over the left cord, and thread on a bead.  Keeping the bead between the two strands, pass the needle under the right cord.  Now, to secure the bead, you’ll go back toward the left – pass your needle up and over the right cord, back through the bead, and under the left cord. Keep doing this, and your beads will begin to line up perfectly!



When you run out of thread, trim it off of the needle, thread a new length of thread onto the needle, and tie the two ends together.  Trim off the excess thread and continue.

When you like the length of your bracelet, stop adding beads and weave a few figure 8s around the two cords.  Tie a knot to secure the end.



Add your button. If your button has 2 holes, you can thread one cord up from the bottom of the button, and back down through the other hole. If you have 4 holes, do this with both cords.  Then, knot it underneath. You might want to add some superglue to your knots to keep them tight, especially if you’re using a slippery leather.



That's it! I'm so excited about how these turned out. There's so many different styles you can try - I'm especially smitten with my leather cord & tiger's eye beaded one!



Enjoy your lovely new bracelet - and make sure to pat yourself on the back for getting designer-quality jewelry at a DIY price. Yay!