Monday, March 5, 2012

DIY Necklaces

I made myself a necklace display a few months ago with a vintage frame and some thrifted lace. (Similar to this but with a full lace backing instead of wire.) It looks great on my wall instead of hidden away in a jewellery box. I bought a second frame to make another one and I'll be needing more necklaces to fill it with. I'd love to see all these hanging up soon.

This is such a happy looking necklace.
I think it would go perfectly with a floral shift and a messy updo.

There are so many possibilities as to the shapes you could make.

I love a full, bold necklace.
I'm sure I have some old costume jewellery around that could use a punchy makeover.

Another great tutorial from a Pair and a Spare.
She has some amazing things on her blog.
I recommend you check it out.

This looks like an easy enough project.
I'll definitely be adding this to my necklace collection.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Wall Art

I am absolutely in LOVE with colourful, busy walls. The more stuff, the better in my opinion. I'm collecting pictures, prints, clippings and whatnot to make my own beautiful wall.

I adore the wallpaper behind these shelves.
I'm considering doing this to my bookshelves but in a more punchy pattern.

I would be absolutely beside myself if this was in my house.
Wall of books? Check. Freakin' ladder? Check.
I'd feel like Belle.

The colors. The mish mash of items. It's perfect.

Everything about this is fantastic.

Ah! Kitchengasm.

These plates are so beautiful.
Unfortunately, I can never find plates like this when I go thrifting.

I can't remember where I found these but they're ah-may-zing.
(If you know, let me know so I can credit.)
I'm determined to try these as a DIY. They will be on my wall one day!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

DIY Clutches and Bags

I've never been much of a purse kind of girl. (I'll admit, I carry all my stuff around in a reusable tote I stole from my boyfriend.) I keep coming across the cutest tote tutorials and I'm really excited to give one a try. Here are a few that are at the top of my list to try.

DIY Glitter Bow Clutch Tutorial
(Source: here)

This is another glitter clutch tutorial I found.

Isn't this bag adorable? I'd love to make one in every color.
Free pattern here

This bag makes me want to run out to the thrift store and pick up and bunch of clutches to personalize. This super cute DIY can be found here.

This is another thrift bag makeover that I found. Great color but I wonder about the paint chipping off. I'll have to give it a try and see how it works out.

A great bow clutch sewing tutorial with clear, easy to follow instructions.
(Source: here)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

To Do: Sewing Skirts

I can't wait for all the snow to melt and for the weather to warm up so I can go back to my regularly scheduled wardrobe of dresses and cardigans. Since I've made it my goal to learn something new and break out of my fashion rut, I decided what would be better than combining the two into a great project? I've wanted to learn to sew for a long time and flirted with the idea a few years ago but never got around to it. I'm thinking of taking classes since I really don't know where to start and jumping right in seems like a recipe for disaster (at least for me).

Here are a few tutorials I've had saved for awhile. I'd love to see these hanging in my closet!

Knit pencil skirt tutorial.
(Source: Suburbs Mama)

I would wear this skirt all the time.
I vow to make one in every color when I finally learn to sew!
(Source: Welcome to the gOOd life)

Can you believe she made this out of a rug?
(Source: A pair and a spare)

This skirt is so cute. I'm a sucker for anything with buttons and a scalloped edge.

Monday, February 27, 2012

DIY Household Products

I keep coming across DIY household products and I thought it was about time I tried one out. My little apartment gets almost no ventilation (especially in the winter) so I decided to tryHomemade Fabreeze to freshen things up. I swayed a little from the instructions I found (I used 1/4 cup of fabric softener instead of an 1/8th) and I it works great. I spritz it around my place a couple times a week and it never leaves any stains or residue.

What you'll need:
- a spray bottle
- fabric softener (1/8th to a 1/4 cup)
- baking soda (1 tbsp)
- water

Put the fabric softener and baking soda in the spray bottle then fill the rest up with water. Give it a good shake and you're ready to go. The whole project cost me 3$ and I have enough for about 15 - 20 spray bottles worth. One spray bottle lasts me about a month. Not bad, eh?

Here are some more money saving, DIY recipes for household products:
Turn a bar of soap into liquid handsoap
DIY gel air fresheners
DIY Windex
Make your own dishwasher detergent
Make your own laundry soap
Homemade oxyclean
25 DIY cleaning recipes for the house

Skin Brightening Kiwi Mask

On one of my many Craftgawker adventures, I stumbled across a Skin Brightening Kiwi Mask. I happened to have a whole box of kiwis laying around so I thought this mask would be perfect to try out. I always get a little freaked out when putting food on my face (why isn't it going in my tummy?) but I really liked this mask. The tingle of the kiwi was somewhat annoying but it's a price I'm willing to pay for pretty skin. My face looks brighter, more even toned and less flaky than it did before. I will definitely be putting this mask in my skin care rotation.

Here are some more DIY face masks I found and want to try out:
Baking Soda and Orange Face Mask
Aspirin Mask
Honey Yogurt Mask (+ others)
Pumpkin Mask
Milk of Magnesia Mask
Seaweed Mask
Vitamin C Mask
Cranberry Face Mask
Oatmeal Mask
Turmeric Face Mask

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Today has been a very lazy day and it has got me thinking about goals. I've spent the majority of my day on Craftgawker and looking up DIYs online but I never actually get around to making anything. My to do DIY folder has 200+ projects in it and I have a few partially done project in my sewing pile. I keep putting off doing all the things I want to try and then I get frustrated for never getting anything done and being the laziest person. It's always a vicious circle with me. Get annoyed by lack of progress, make a plan/goals to turn things around, rediscover how comfortable my bed is, repeat. I'm in the "make plans/goals" stage right now so, here's my list for March. Hopefully by April, I will have started some new and productive habits and won't be laying in bed, watching movies and eating a bag of chocolate chips (like I just did... whoops.)

Goals for March (tho I will be starting a few days early)
- Start (and finish) 5 of the crafts from my to do folder
- Spring clean and thoroughly organize my apartment (and keep it clean with daily tidying)
- Get off my butt and workout
- Start learning something new (Maybe needle point? Jewellery making?)

Wish me luck, I'm off to start my cleaning.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Budget Bytes

My friend and fellow Pinterest addict friend, Christina, sent me link to Budget Bytes. It's a great site with delicious recipes on the cheap, you should check it out. I've always been a big fan of Tex Mex flavoring. In Calgary, I could always find premixed seasoning but I've never been able to find it in Montreal. Luckily, I found a DIY Tex Mex recipe on Budget Bytes. I made a huge batch this morning. Admittedly, I probably botched it somewhere along the way since I was too wrapped up in Calendar Girls to really pay attention to what I was doing but it turned out yummy anyway. You can find the recipe here if you want to give it a try. I added 1/2 tsp garlic powder for a little extra somethin' somethin'.

Here are a couple recipes from the site that I'm going to try out this week. I'll update on how they went.

Honey Balsamic Carrots

Black Bean Quesadillas
Spicy Sausage & Broccoli Pasta

I couldn't keep myself off the food blogs today, especially Budget Bytes since I blogged about it earlier. Here are even more recipes I want to try!
Black Bean Burgers
Cumin Lime Chickpeas
Slow Cooker Potato Soup
Pico De Gallo
Salsa Poached Eggs With Grits
Kale With Tomato And Feta
Sloppy Joes Plus
Spicy Coconut And Pumpkin Soup
Spicy Pickled Carrots
No-Knead Focaccia