DIY Water Bottle

I've made a decision. There aren't enough pompoms in life. Pompoms and just overall silliness. This must be remedied!! Let's remedy it by decorating that boring water bottle that's been hanging around. You know the one~ that water bottle that keeps popping up in various locations even though you could have sworn you threw it away.



Cut a piece of paper 9 1/2 inches long and 1 1/2 inch tall. Decorate it until your hearts content. Make it bright! Make it colorful! Make it AWESOME!

If I had glitter, I would have COVERED this baby in it.

Glue paper onto the bottle. Glue sticks don't seem to work well enough for this, so maybe try something a bit stronger.

Glue a pompom to the top of the cap. Not the bottom. That's too much silliness. xD Also, be careful to not glue your fingers to the cap if you are using super glue. Not saying I did that... but man, I was close.

There you have it! A super cool water bottle to brighten up your day.

Fashion Friday ~ My Fave Fashion Ladies

Do you have a routine for writing blog posts?

Do you grab a cup of coffee and hunker down and write? Do you snuggle up on the couch with your favorite blanket and animal companion and type away while watching a movie? Do you read all the latest posts in your blog reader and browse other blogs before you start writing?

Yeah, I do these things too.

But before I do any of these things though, I head on over to Joy the Baker for a good dose of beautiful pictures, yummy looking foods, and happy words. She is not just a food blogger to me. She is the blogger who inspires me the most.

Joy is honest, straightforward, and very sweet. She has a way of wording thoughts and feelings I have a hard time expressing. It's almost as if she's a long distance cousin who can see into my head and knows what to say to makes things happy and fun.

Her writing inspires me in many ways, and she is constantly full of great ideas. Her latest blog post was about fun blog post ideas. (Did she know I was struggling with what to write?) Her Real-Talk Blog Tips post should really be bookmarked because I go to it enough, hehe! Her post about Finding Inspiriation had me taking pictures with my ipod all day. (That's another post for another day). The post on Turning Twentyone is a must read for everyone. Joy is a G. Pure genius.

I could go on and on and on about Joy, but I actually wanted to talk to you about other ladies that inspire me on a daily basis. With it being Friday and all, I wanted to post about gals who fashion inspires me every day.

Amy from A Is For Ampersand



I have talked about Amy and her self love blog posts. Not only do I love Amy for all that, but she has such a sweet, casual, and fun sense of style that I just adore!!

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Anna from Owls and Lace


Anna and I share a strong love for all things owls, kitties, and being silly. She can rock a blazer better than anyone I know. She accessorizes every outfit with super cute jewelry, which I think is great. I don't often accessorize but when I do, she is my inspiration.

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Illy from Much Love, Illy


Illy is, by far, the happiest blogger I know. Her smiles outshine her bright and colorful outfits she showcases on her blog. Isn't that smile infectious?! Love it! The way Illy wears color is unique and fun, and I try to have as much fun wearing my clothes as she does hers.

~~ ♥♥♥ ~~

Cassienugget


Cassie's casual and playful style is super cute and I just love how she mixes silly faces in. I'm no stranger to that. d*^____^*b She also has a thing for cowls which is awesome! You can find her on IG and Twitter


I only have one outfit to show you this week. Not quite sure why I didn't take pictures of my other outfits... oh well. Next week!



Today was totally a pink and red sort of day. It's such a happy color combination, I'm totally in love with it right now.

Well, you all have a super great weekend! I'm going to get back to work. And by work, I mean, crocheting a little project I'm working on, while at the store. The perks of being my own boss! ;D

Surprise Birthday Package

My very sweet friend, Eve, sent me an INCREDIBLE package for my birthday. She totally spoiled me with so many goodies:


White knit tall socks, bath salts, face masks, lip gloss, mascara, AND...

A fox bag from Temporary Secretary Shop!! OMGEE!!!!


Gorgeous necklace, hair pins, ring, face scrub, and lip balm!!!


Bento silverware, bento box cups, bento decorations, and rice molds.


Thank you thank you thank you Eve! You are such a wonderful friend. <3

An Upcycled Rug ~ The Story

Sometimes I think I should start writing story book fairy tales for crafty ladies. A couple titles that come to mind would be: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Crafts, A Princess' Guide To Upcycling, or See Jane Turn An Old Sheet Into The Cutest Rug You've Ever Seen. The last title has me really excited because I almost have that story written.


Chapter One

Once upon a time, a pretty little crafter named Jane was blog hopping and came across the most clever idea for upcycling old sheets. Alli, of One Pearl Button fame, had taken an old sheet and upcycled it into a super cute knitted rug. As someone who spends every moment she can knitting, crocheting, or day dreaming of these things, Jane's mind was blown. The thought had never occurred to her to use something so unconventional as a cut up sheet as yarn.

Thoughts of a chunky, beautiful Granny Square rug on her bedroom floor dance through Jane's head and she immediately set out for the perfect thrifted sheet. Once Jane found the sheet of her dreams, she started cutting and crocheting away. Before she knew it, Jane had created a soft and beautiful rug that couldn't be more happily situated than right next to her bed.


Every morning from then on, Jane started each with a bright smile as she wiggled her toes on her favorite new Granny Square rug.


The end.




Ok, so my first book has one chapter and 150 words. Maybe I should just stick to crafting...

I will follow Jane's example, though, and have my own upcycled rug adventure and I hope you will join me.

Materials:
"Queen" size US sheet or "King" size UK sheet
Scissors
Size 10.00mm crochet hook


One sheet will make one nice size rug, or two small ones. If you want one big rug, I recommend buying a sheet/fitted sheet set.

Method:

1. Make sure your sheet has been thoroughly inspected by your supervisor.

2. If using a fitted sheet, cut off elastic and seams.

3. Fold horizontally twice and cut strips about 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide.


4. Once strips are cut, tie the ends together and wind up into a ball. This makes it easier to work with because the "yarn" won't get tangled up as you use it.

5. Now you are ready to start crocheting. You can use any pattern you want, or none at all. The Granny Square pattern I used was Linda Permann's pattern from Craftstylish.com. The circle pattern was Priscilla Hewitt's pattern found here. Both patterns are easy to understand if you have a basic understanding of crocheting.





My husband just loves the square rug that we have next to our bed. He constantly fawns over it's softness. *^__^*

Both the circle rug and the square rug were each made with a US "Queen" size sheet.

I also took a full size sheet and made into chair cushions:



Note that these rugs shed quite a bit, so I recommend throwing them in the wash once or twice to help keep the shedding to a minimum.

You should totally give this a try sometime. I would LOVE to see any rugs or cushions you make!

Hope you all have a super great Sunday evening! ♥

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