May Music Playlist

on May 23, 2018

Check out the Do It Your Freaking Self May Music Playlist 2018! Great for jamming out to while you’re crafting or doing homework!

Hi! **Peeks head out from behind computer and chemistry notes** I promise I didn’t forget about you. School however has been kicking my butt and I’m ready for a break. I honestly thought I could do it all – work, school and running the blog. I was doing well there for a minute – RE January and February – but then it all fell apart and I’ve been struggling to keep my head above water while also trying to maintain some semblance of mental health. I guess what I’m trying to say is that its okay if you can’t do it all. Sometimes you’ve gotta prioritize and get things done so you can come back to things.

New May playlist with new songs for your graduation parties, spotify playlists and more! Find your May Music Playlist at Doityourfreakingself.com!

CROCHET IT: Crochet Cactus Hat Pattern

I will tell you guys that I haven’t necessarily been idle during this time. I mean, yes… I was studying, but I was also crafting – mostly to keep myself sane. I had to start blocking out days to do laundry and meal plan etc – aka adulting as well as blocking out time to craft. I (for some reason) am able to hold it all together better if I actually make time to do it without pressure of posting. So, I have some projects backlogged. They’ll make it up here sooner or later especially since I have finals in less than 2 weeks and then I’m taking the summer semester off of school.

GET LAST MONTH’S PLAYLIST

In the meantime, I’ve been making playlists. I use film scores to study and usually podcasts and audiobooks to drive and craft. Sometimes though, I get to play music with actual words and then I make playlists. Here’s my May Music Playlist – I had hoped to have this out earlier but see above. Summer Jams are happening soon and I wanna hear what you’ve got planned!

May Music Playlist

Simple DIY Star Wars Sweater

on May 4, 2018

Make a simple DIY Star Wars Sweater for your office sweater, Disney bound or dapper day outfits! Show off your Rebel Alliance allegiance!

I know this is a little late for Star Wars and #Maythe4th but in my defense, school has been kicking my butt.

Make a simple DIY Star Wars Sweater for your office sweater, Disney bound or dapper day outfits! Show off your Rebel Alliance allegiance! 

But you’re not here to listen to me talk about being burried in school work. No, you’re here to geek out and make all the things. Okay, so I was brought up with a healthy dose of scifi culture. My first R rated movie? The 5th Element. My first midnight showing? Star Wars Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith. And while I’m not the biggest fan of the first 3 movies – as a kid I thought they were cool, now – totally cringe-worthy. But anyhoo… I remember my dad taking us to see the original trilogy when they came to theaters again. He was so excited! And my sister and I had no idea what we were walking into.

Make It: Wookie Cookies

One of my favorite things about this series is not the themes or the characters, while they are very awesome, it is the fact that my dad and I can connect over it. We don’t agree on a lot of things, but we can definitely talk about some Star Wars. In fact, we both waited to see The Force Awakens until we were both in the same city – it took a lot of spoiler avoiding thats for sure.

Make a simple DIY Star Wars Sweater for your office sweater, Disney bound or dapper day outfits! Show off your Rebel Alliance allegiance! 

So, if you’re like me and you LOVE Star Wars and maybe wanna let your geek flag fly without being super obvious, this project is for you! This is also a super fun project for a Rebel Alliance Disney Bound and a Star Wars Dapper Day costume!

Simple DIY Star Wars Sweater

Time: 10 Minutes or less
Cost: $15
Suggested viewing: Rogue One
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Magestically Awkward Llamacorn Pencil Bag

on April 17, 2018

Express fabulous self with a fun Magestically Awkward Llamacorn Pencil Bag. Make custom holographic pencil bags for your fabulous self and friends!

There are 3 things I know about myself.

  1. I am super awkward.
  2. I like soft fluffy things
  3. I am damn magical. I’m effing Mary Poppins Ya’ll!

Okay, some of those things sound made up, but I’m going somewhere with this, I promise. Where you ask? To the magical land of the Llamacorn. Have you ever heard of them? They’re basically what happens when an awkward Llama and a Unicorn have a baby. They’re brilliant and fabtabulous. Yep, I have given up being a perfect unicorn and am moving on to being a Magestically Awkward Llamacorn – they have MUCH more fun and so much less pressure.

Express fabulous self with a fun Magestically Awkward Llamacorn Pencil Bag. Make custom holographic pencil bags for your fabulous self and friends!  | #GiftIdea #SchoolSupplies #llamacorn #CutFile

Moving on.

As you also begin to take up your new monicer of Llamacorn, you’re going to want some sweet sweet swag to announce to the world how awesome you are. For that, I give you these Llamacorn pencil bags! If you’re not in school like me, you can also use them for your cosmetics, snacks, glitter for sneak attacks – all sorts of things.

MAKE IT: How to Make Unicorn Bark

To create these bags I used my Cricut Explore – one of my favorite purchases EVER and I use it for EVERYTHING. Some holographic bags from the $2 section at Michaels and Permanent adhesive vinyl – because you want that sucker to stick!
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Chunky Knit Blanket

on April 12, 2018

Cozy up with a giant chunky knit blanket that won’t cost an arm and a leg. A great alternative to arm knitting or making your own needles too!

I know that spring is here, but I couldn’t move on from the cold season without sharing this chunky knit blanket with you guys. As I shared earlier, I have conical shaped arms. What this means is that arm knitting is not for me because it comes out looking really weird and pulls. I’ve tried using size 70 needles but those were still not as chunky as the chunky knit blankets I’ve seen so I had to resort to other measures… and I gotta say… I’m pretty stoked. I made a few of these as Christmas presents before I finally made one for myself and its so cozy and warm… you’d never believe that it cost me a crafter noon and about $50 TOTAL. For a chunky knit blanket thats 5×5 foot? No.. I am not kidding you.

Cozy up with a giant chunky knit blanket that won't cost an arm and a leg. A great alternative to arm knitting or making your own needles too! 

Chunky Knit Blanket

Time: Afternoon or weekend project
Cost: $50 or less
Suggested viewing:

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Perler Bead Sushi Magnets

on April 10, 2018

Add some fun Perler Bead Sushi Magnets to your fridge or command center with these patterns and simple tutorial. What are you waiting for?

Okay, so I promised myself I’d be meal planning and eating healthier this year for… reasons and this week, I honestly feel like a failure because I’ve had takeout nearly every day for the last two weeks. I know that failure is really a reason to do better and what not, I just feel like I dropped like.. a million balls. Anyone else feel that way? So, my schedule leaves a lot to be desired in terms of planning, and I could use the age old excuse of not having enough time, but lets be honest here, I have as many hours in the day as Dolly Parton and look at everything she gets done!

Add some fun Perler Bead Sushi Magnets to your fridge or command center with these patterns and simple tutorial. What are you waiting for?

What I’m realizing is that I have to MAKE the time. Not just fit it in wherever. The same goes for crafting. It’s my happy place. Its where I get to paint and listen to books and make fun things that bring joy to my heart. I haven’t been making the time lately and my mental health has not been the best because of it.

These perler bead sushi magnets are the product of an unexpected day off and a plan to just MAKE. I’m pretty stoked on them, if only because they are super cute and I got to use my chop sticks as a photo prop. Its the little things.

Perler Bead Sushi Magnets

Cost: $10 or less
Time: 1 hour
Suggested listening: Vanessa Carlton – Call Your Girlfriend

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How to make Giant Yarn out of Fleece!

on April 5, 2018

Learn how to make your own giant yarn for extreme knitting and chunky blankets! Super easy and so much cheaper that purchasing wool roving!

For the last 2 years I’ve been obsessed with the giant knit blankets you see all over instagram. ALL OVER! You’ve seen them. They look like this.

And yes, I spent many hours looking at how to make one myself and I came to a few conclusions.

1. My arms are too wide to do arm knitting that looks half way decent.
2. Wool roving is expensive no matter how you find to buy it.
3. Buying one of these things is still ridiculously expensive.
4. Roving is not a great thing to make a knit blanket out of. It sheds and is delicate and you can’t wash it. And I have a cat that likes to make biscuits. Thats all that needs said there.

And while I’m sure there are a ton of other yarns out there to achieve the look, I decided to make my own.

Learn how to make your own giant yarn for extreme knitting and chunky blankets! Super easy and so much cheaper that purchasing wool roving! 

In this tutorial you’ll learn to make your own giant yarn using strips of fleece for any number of projects!

How to make Giant Yarn out of Fleece!

Time: 2-3 hours
Cost: $40 – I got the fleece on sale!
Suggested viewing: A Series of Unforntunate Events (The Series)

Supplies:
7-8 Yards of a solid color fleece
Fabric scissors or Rotary cutter
Self healing mat
Ruler
Your hands!

To begin, lay out your fabric (or as much as you can). Keep it folded like it came off the bolt. We’re going to work in 3 feet sections. Place your ruler to the folded side and start cutting 3 inch strips, leaving about 2 inches uncut on the edges of the unfolded side. – NOTE: Depending on what you’re going to use this for, you may want to use 2 inch strips instead of 3. I used 3 inches for a blanket, but 2 inches for anything having to do with giant needles (Size 50 or 70)

Just a quick side note…. maybe don’t do this if you have cats in your immediate vicinity. Or maybe Grampa the Cat is just a butthead. She basically decided all of fleece was hers to play with and hide under… but only while I was trying to cut it. Here is a cute photo for proof.

Learn how to make your own giant yarn for extreme knitting and chunky blankets! Super easy and so much cheaper that purchasing wool roving! 

The easiest way I found to do this was to cut mark my measured out 3 inches, then go back and cut the rest of the strip. Just remember to leave those last 2 inches. This is VERY important.

Learn how to make your own giant yarn for extreme knitting and chunky blankets! Super easy and so much cheaper that purchasing wool roving! 

Learn how to make your own giant yarn for extreme knitting and chunky blankets! Super easy and so much cheaper that purchasing wool roving! 

Once you’ve cut your section strips, its time to make the yarn.

This is where it gets weird so I’m gonna walk you through it.
On the TOP layer, first strip – cut all the way to the edge. Pull the strip to the side.

Learn how to make your own giant yarn for extreme knitting and chunky blankets! Super easy and so much cheaper that purchasing wool roving! 

Now, on the BOTTOM layer – First strip – DO NOT cut on the first cut, but the second, so you’ll have a bit of a U shape. Trim and round the outside edges of this “Turn” and set aside.

Learn how to make your own giant yarn for extreme knitting and chunky blankets! Super easy and so much cheaper that purchasing wool roving! 

Do the same technique for the next line of your TOP layer that you just did for the BOTTOM layer. Trim around the outside edges.

You’ll notice that you’re making one long continuous strip of fabric. Keep going! As your yarn gets longer you can start to roll it into a ball.

Learn how to make your own giant yarn for extreme knitting and chunky blankets! Super easy and so much cheaper that purchasing wool roving! 

Once you’ve finished with one section, keep the strip attached to the next section and lay out another section of fabric. Repeat the method above until you’ve finished all of the fabric. You should have a GIANT ball of yarn. You can also do this in two balls and use your needle and thread to attach the ends of both strips.

Knit Blanket from SaintWools on Easy

Ready to make something out of it?

The 2018 April Playlist is HERE!

on April 3, 2018

Grab your headphones and listen up because the DoItYourFreakingSelf 2018 April Playlist is here for your listening pleasure!

When I was a kid, I made mix cd’s for EVERYTHING. It was legit like Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – though, I didn’t make 12 breakup mix cd’s. Maybe like 2 and they were for no one’s ears but my own. I digress. Mix CD’s. I’m a bit old school in that I feel like more work went into a CD. You could only put 80 minutes on there – MAX and it was so important to get the order and flow of the mix just right. I’d spend hours trying to get the perfect ins and outs of the playlist. Making sure that each song flowed well into another or had the same theme. Not to mention that these mixes had to be created using music you already “owned”. I say owned because I was very expressly forbidden from illegally downloading music and iTunes hadn’t come along yet. I’m aging myself here.

2018 April Playlist #Playlist #SpringMusic

Anyway… one of my goals for this year (2018) was to create a monthly playlist and while I know I’ve fallen short, I’m attempting to dive in a bit. I creating this April Playlist for you guys featuring some of the music I’ve been jaming to over the last few weeks. And yes… I did stress out over song order thankyouverymuch. There are some lines that just jump out at me that I had to share, some new tracks, some old tracks… Its just what I wanted to put out there for you guys.

MAKE IT: DIY Flower Crown

What are your favorite bands and music recommendations? I can’t wait to discover more for the May playlist!

Pastel Coconut SnoBall Cupcakes

on March 29, 2018

Gear up for spring with these Pastel Coconut SnoBall Cupcakes! Great for a spring table, Easter brunch or just because!

I don’t know about you guys, but usually I’m super excited for all things spring. The new styles are coming out, things are in bloom, kids can go outside without me worried they’ll get a million different sicknesses…. but this year…. this year, I have midterms and I realized I’m stress baking. In between crying over chemistry problems and trying to figure out “the impact of language” I’m over here making cupcakes and trying not to gain a million pounds of sugar and stress weight. Basically, I’m trudging through thankyouverymuch.
Gear up for spring with these Pastel Coconut SnoBall Cupcakes with decadent Marshmallow filling and frosting! Great for a spring table, Easter brunch or just because! | Do It Your Freaking Self | #EasterCupcakes #Coconut #Marshmallowfrosting

One of the things I’ve been craving (because I stress bake AND eat okay?!?) has been coconut and marshmallows. It may be that its spring and almost Easter and I really want to make a bunny cake with the kiddos – it’s gonna happen, I swear! Theres gonna be a mess of coconut and jelly beans and sugar blasted kids and I am HERE FOR IT.

MAKE IT: DIY Tassel Basket for Easter

In the mean time, I made these Pastel Coconut SnoBall Cupcakes. Luckily I was smart and took them to class with me to be eaten by my Communication Studies class who were all super grateful for the latenight pick me up. YAY! More fridge space for more goodies and more… stress baking? It’ll end soon… I hope.

Gear up for spring with these Pastel Coconut SnoBall Cupcakes with decadent Marshmallow filling and frosting! Great for a spring table, Easter brunch or just because! | Do It Your Freaking Self | #EasterCupcakes #Coconut #Marshmallowfrosting

Okay, so what is a snoball? If you’ve never had one, they’re these hostess snack cakes that are essentially marshmallow filled chocolate cake covered in (sometimes neon pink) coconut shreds and cream and they are so. stinkin. good. You can make them any color you want simply by mixing in a drop or so into 1 cup of coconut shreds! Pretty awesome right?!

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Easter Eggs

on March 13, 2018

Create fun Wizarding World of Harry Potter Easter Eggs this spring! Make Hogwarts House eggs or Weasleys Wizard Wheezes inspired Eggs!

I feel like I’ve been in a whirlwind of work and school and podcast launching for the last 2 months and I finally feel like I have some breathing room. One thing that has kept me partially sane is my mini trips to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood…. and wine. Lots of wine.

Create fun Wizarding World of Harry Potter Easter Eggs this spring! Make Hogwarts House eggs or Weasleys Wizard Wheezes inspired Eggs!

MAKE IT: Magical and Delicious Boozy Butterbeer Cupcakes (that might get you drunk)

Universal Studios is about half way between one of my jobs and with my season pass, I sometimes like to stop on the way home and wander through the cobble stone streets of Hogsmeade drinking a butterbeer and eating fish and chips. And… possibly work on Chemistry homework. IT NEVER ENDS!!!

So of course, when I finally had time to make some Easter Eggs, I only had one thing on my mind and for real… I’m a bit in love with these Harry Potter Easter Eggs. Aaaaand I’m kinda craving one of Mrs. Weasley’s chocolate eggs (even though she was super mean and gave Hermione a smaller egg in the 4th book).

Create fun Wizarding World of Harry Potter Easter Eggs this spring! Make Hogwarts House eggs or Weasleys Wizard Wheezes inspired Eggs!

Okay, so these Harry Potter easter eggs are two fold. I did the traditional Hogwarts House eggs with the house crests and the Hogwarts Crest and then I did some Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes inspired ones. The graphics and iconography for their shop is absolutely amazing and Fred and George were GENIUSES!!!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Easter Eggs

Time: 1-2 hours plus dry time
Cost: $5 or less – I had everything on hand except the eggs
Suggested Listening: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Film Score – duh!

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Leprechaun Peppermint Fudge Recipe

on March 7, 2018

A fun and festive dessert for Saint Patrick’s day? Minimal time in the kitchen? Yes please! Check out this super Easy Leprechaun Peppermint Fudge Recipe!

You guys! I finally had a day off  – no school, no work, no laundry – okay, I had laundry, but I didn’t do it. I made fudge instead. Because well, I bought these really cool Fancy Sprinkles and they were begging to be used and I wanted chocolate. Also, as you know, peppermint is my favorite flavor.

A fun and festive dessert for Saint Patrick's day? Minimal time in the kitchen? Yes please! Check out this super Easy Leprechaun Peppermint Fudge Recipe!

The story:

I tried making fudge over the holiday season. I had exactly one batch come out passable. The rest? Not so much. I was a bit pissed at myself for the kitchen fail. I had PLANS for that fudge. I didn’t make anymore because I didn’t want to go back to the store so I called it a day.

MAKE IT: Edible Glitter Valentines Pops

Fast forward 4-ish months and I decided to give it another go…I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED BY CHOCOLATE! Okay, maybe that was a little bit eggagerated but you get the picture. This Peppermint Fudge recipe only has 4 ingredients and is pretty much fool proof. Well, maybe not totally but I’ll get to that in a minute.

A fun and festive dessert for Saint Patrick's day? Minimal time in the kitchen? Yes please! Check out this super Easy Leprechaun Peppermint Fudge Recipe!

Easy Leprechaun Peppermint Fudge Recipe

Cost: $10
Time: 20 minutes plus cooling time
Suggested Listening: Brian Fallon’s Sleepwalkers – because it has been on REPEAT and it is so good!

A fun and festive dessert for Saint Patrick's day? Minimal time in the kitchen? Yes please! Check out this super Easy Leprechaun Peppermint Fudge Recipe!

Ingredients: 
12 oz chocolate candy melts (1 bag)
12 oz white chocolate candy melts (1 bag)
2 tsp peppermint extract (1 for each color)
2 tsp vanilla
2 cans (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
Green food coloring
Fancy Sprinkles in Pot of Gold (optional but definitely recommended)

Supplies:
Microwave safe bowl
Spatula
Pan
Parchment paper
Kitchen Scale (optional if you are weighing chocolate)

A fun and festive dessert for Saint Patrick's day? Minimal time in the kitchen? Yes please! Check out this super Easy Leprechaun Peppermint Fudge Recipe! | Do It Your Freaking Self | #st.patricksday #fudgerecipes #fancysprinkles

Start by lining a pan with parchment paper. This is going to make removing the fudge a breeze.

** If you are using almond bark or candy quick, use 13 to 14 oz of chocolate instead of 12. I made this mistake with my top layer and it was super gooey. Alternately, you can use less sweetened condensed milk.

A fun and festive dessert for Saint Patrick's day? Minimal time in the kitchen? Yes please! Check out this super Easy Leprechaun Peppermint Fudge Recipe!

Bottom Layer
1. Place chocolate candy melts and 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Stir.

2. If chocolate is not all melted, heat in 20 second intervals, stiring well in between.

3. Once all of your chocolate is melted, stir in 1 tsp peppermint extract and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

4. Pour and spread it into your prepared pan. Cool in refrigerator for 1 hour or until mostly solid.

Top Layer

1. Repeat the same process for your top layer as you did the bottom layer.
2. Add a few drops of green food coloring until you get the desired color.
3. Pour and spread it on top of your cooled chocolate layer and top with sprinkles. Cool for 1 hour.

A fun and festive dessert for Saint Patrick's day? Minimal time in the kitchen? Yes please! Check out this super Easy Leprechaun Peppermint Fudge Recipe!

Once your fudge is completely cooled, you can pull it out, cut it into small squares and enjoy! I am willing to admit that I ate a lot of this while taking these pictures and I maybe paired it with coffee and baileys – because… reasons.

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