DIY Easy Ombre Necklace

on March 11, 2019

Grab some wooden beads and make this ultra classy Easy Ombre Necklace for yourself or a friend. This project is great when you’re “procraftinating” AND for St. Patrick’s Day! 

We currently interrupt your regularly scheduled study session to bring you a craft break. You know sometimes when everything just get so overwhelming and you just need to…. make something? Yep. That’s where I’m at. I feel like the last month has been a roller coaster of work and school and tests, not to mention keeping myself alive and stuff. Because being a grown up is hard okay? Anyway. Everything’s been a lot and it’s not looking like it’s going to slow down anytime soon.

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Printable Captain Marvel Bookmarks

on March 1, 2019

Download these kick butt Printable Captain Marvel Bookmarks featuring quotes from the comics and movie inspired designs!

Higher further faster baby!

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You guys… I am so ready for this movie! Admittedly I only have the vaguest notion of what is going to happen, only that it’s a female super hero, there’s a cute cat and she’s alien? But possibly not? I have also never read the comics despite the urging from one of my old room mates. I know! I’m a bad geek… but whatever. It takes all kinds.

Here is a trailer to watch if you’re so inclined:

The plan for this is to go in clean. I can’t tell you how many movies have been ruined for me because I watched too many trailers or read too many internet comments or just did too much research in general. Nope. I’m going in clean.

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That being said, I’m super excited that Disney/Marvel is FINALLY giving a female her own movie. We’ve got Black Widow and Scarlet Witch and Wasp to an extend, but they’ve always been side characters. Fingers crossed they don’t screw it up. Please and thank you.

Printable Captain Marvel Bookmarks

Time: 15 minutes
Cost: $3 or less
Suggested Viewing: Avengers Infinity War

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These bookmarks are inspired by both the comics and the film. Because we at least need to pay homage to the origins of it. Yes, one has a “swear” on it, but it is also one of my favorite quotes, so adults only? For mine, I punched a hole in the top, laminated them, then added some classy tassels using this tutorial. I’m currently using one of them to hold my place in my Physiology Lab Manual. Because I really need some inspiration when trying to find Active Force of muscles. Just sayin.

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Yield: 4

Captain Marvel Bookmarks

Captain Marvel Bookmarks
Download these kick butt Printable Captain Marvel Bookmarks featuring quotes from the comics and movie inspired designs!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

Instructions

  1. Download file
  2. Print file at 100% or fit to page depending on your your system processes it
  3. Cut out bookmarks

Optional:

  1. Punch a hole in the top of each bookmark
  2. Laminate them
  3. Punch a smaller hole through the original punch
  4. Thread tassel (see post for link) through the smaller hole

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A Colorful Boho Headboard

on February 27, 2019

Learn how to DIY your own colorful boho headboard using embroidery hoops and your favorite colors!

GUESS WHAT YOU GUYS?!? I made a headboard! Okay, well… not really, but I did make an “above the bed” decoration type thing and it makes me feel super coordinated.

Learn how to DIY your own colorful boho headboard using embroidery hoops and your favorite colors!

And before you ask, yes. That is a twin size bed. Yes I sleep in it – at nearly 32 years old – every night. No, I don’t share it, well, except with the cat, but she sleeps on top of me usually. Would I like a bigger bed? Yes. But this one suits my needs and my space just fine for now.

A Colorful Boho Headboard

The wall space above the bed is a weird thing. Headboards can get kinda pricey and, since I live in earthquake friendly California, I didn’t want to hang up anything heavy that could possibly fall on me and re-enact a scene from final destination or something. Yes, morbid things. MOVING ON! So… after nearly 6 years and many many iterations and color scheme changes and pinterest boards – I finally put something up. And really, I’m a bit in love!

For this headboard all I used were some different sized embroidery hoops and coordinating embroidery floss. And then some nails for hanging.

Colorful Boho Headboard

Cost: $20 or less
Time: 2 hours
Suggested listening: Bear Creek by Brandi Carlile

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Oscars Gold Champagne Cupcakes

on February 20, 2019

Make these gold champagne cupcakes for your next hollywood party or girls day! They are sure to impress with their classy but light flavor!

Oscars week is upon us and I can honestly say I’ve seen like… 2 movies that are nominated. Its kinda sad, but then again, the movies I like are never up for awards. – Shout out to you tho Black Panther!!

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Anyway, in LA, Oscars week means street closures, worse traffic than usual and all gold everything – because we’re classy that’s why. If you, like me, are attending an oscars party and are responsible for the desserts, these gold champagne cupcakes always go over as a hit! They’re light and fluffy with just the right amount of decadence. The chocolate man though, thats what really makes it! And if you’re looking for a ballot, my girl Jillian over at Shortandloud has you covered!

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Oscars Gold Champagne Cupcakes

Cost: $15 or less
Time: 1-2 hours
Suggested Viewing: all the awesome movies that weren’t nominated!

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“I like your butt” Heart Cake

on February 14, 2019

This heart cake hack will make you wonder why you’d never thought about it before!  And this “I like your butt” heart cake is perfect for when you don’t want to be subtle!

I like your butt heart cake

A few nights ago, my friend Karolyn and I were talking about conversation hearts and what we would like for them to say if we had them. Mine were mostly Geek and Craft related. Seriously, if my (hypothetical) dude came home and said, “I got you yarn” I would swoon. Karolyn’s suggestion? “Butts” Yes folks, my friends are awesome and possibly Tina from Bob’s burgers.


Anyhoo… I kinda took that idea and ran with it? I’ve been wanting to make a conversation heart cake for a while, but couldn’t decide on the right thing to put on it. This is just the right side of inappropriate to work.

I also didn’t want to buy a special pan or anything for this cake because homegirl has a plan. So… this here project uses 2 pans. A circle and a square. Thats it. If you want to get a heart pan you can get it for like $5 at Michaels with a coupon. However, in the land of sparking joy (and also function) I knew it wasn’t something I’d use often and really didn’t have the space for an extra pan.

I like your butt heart cake

I would also like to point out that my friend Amanda taught me this technique of how to make a heart cake without a special pan about 12 years ago when we made a heart cake that said “I love you more than a fat kid loves cake”….. in german.

So. Here’s to being blunt and telling it like it is… and liking butts.

“I like your butt” Heart Cake

Time: 2 hours including cooling time
Cost: $5-10?
Suggested viewing: Bobs Burgers!

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Free Printable Amortentia Straw Toppers

on February 11, 2019

These free printable amortentia straw toppers are perfect for whatever potion you’re brewing! A Harry Potter/Hogwarts inspired valentine DIY!

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Accio Drinks! Its a Harry Potter Valentines day! Okay, not really, but I tried. In my mission to Harry Potter-fy as many holidays as possible I created these printable Amortentia Straw Toppers. Ya’ll, it is a valid mission okay?!?

Amortentia Straw Toppers

Cost: $5 or less
Time: 5-10 minutes
Suggested Viewing: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
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Hey Girl Hey! DIY Valentines for Single Friends

on February 4, 2019

Hey Girl Hey! Whether you’ve got a valentine or your valentine is yourself, these DIY Valentines for Single Friends are super fun for all everyone!

DIY Valentines for Single Friends

I bought these adorable man molds last year – on sale at Michaels – and honestly had no idea what to do with them. They’re super cute though and I had to have them! This year, I got so excited to craft with them that I had at least 12 ideas of what to do. I ended up doing a lot of editing those down to do time constraints…. work, school, SLEEP – you know the drill! And I’m so ridiculously happy with how these Man Magnet Valentines for Single Friends worked out!

Aside from the whole “I would like a person to spend valentines with” the kiddos have been asking me who I am going to “keep forever” which is what we do when we talk about boyfriends/girlfriends leading to marriage. At this point, I am keeping myself forever, but that might change! ANYWAY – I made these valentines for my single lady friends who are also keeping themselves forever – or at least for now. Because seriously? Who couldn’t use the perfect man without the hassle?

MAKE IT: Edible Glitter Valentines Pops

DIY Valentines for Single Friends

Cost: $10
Time: Weekend Project – there’s a lot of dry time
Suggested Viewing: 13 Going on 30!

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DIY Valentines Bag Clips

on January 31, 2019

DIY Valentines Bag Clips are a fun and engaging way to add charm and festive touches to your kitchen organization efforts!

If you’re here for life updates, here’s the scoop. Classes start in less than a week – next week to be exact and I spent all day yesterday setting up my planners. I’ve decided that setting up an academic planner is basically creating a 5 month to do list. I’m scheduling in a breakdown for sometime in March, but who knows, I might find flow and it will be AWESOME!

DIY Valentines Bag Clips are a fun and engaging way to add charm and festive touches to your kitchen organization efforts! | #perlerbead #pattern #valentinescrafts

Last week, one of my littles and I pulled out the perler beads for a solid hour and just… made. There is something so cool about them really getting into a project to make something! That being said, I’m sure when I went through that phase, my mother thought about hiding the beads because there’s only so much you can do with them. We turned ours into magnets and chip clips – because these are a lot more creative and cute than the ones you buy in the stores. Also, a lot cheaper too!

These valentines clips are super cute and can be used to hold your love notes, cookie bags, lunch bags, chips… you name it! They really add a festive flare to just about anything.

DIY Valentines Bag Clips

Cost: Everything was on hand! But you’re looking at $10 and that makes a TON!
Time: about an hour
Suggested Listening: Lizzo – Juice (maybe not kid friendly but issa bop)
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Quick Conversation Hearts Drink Stirrers

on January 28, 2019

Add some fun flare to your valentines party with these quick conversation hearts drink stirrers. This Valentines Decor hack creates an adorable addition to any party!

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When I first started blogging I swore I wasn’t going to do a DIY that essentially involved putting stickers on something. Well, I’m going to apologize to myself right now because Quick Conversation Hearts Drink Stirrers are too good to not post AND they double as cupcake toppers!

conversation hearts drink stirrers

A little background if you will. I, for some weird reason, love valentines day. Its not the whole “love” thing, I think it might just be the aesthetic and all the cute stuff that comes out around this time. I tend to celebrate Galentines day more than anything because that way there is no pressure for me to have a significant other to celebrate it with and/or be disappointed by. Also, spend one valentines day working in Restaurant world and you would hate it too… SO BUSY. SO MANY PEOPLE.

conversation hearts drink stirrers

These are also really great if you need to add a last minute spark for your party, school cupcakes, or anything really.

Conversation Hearts Drink Stirrers

Cost: $3
Time: Less than 5 minutes
Suggested Listening: Better Get to Living – Dolly Parton

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Loom Knit 2 Tone Infinity Scarf

on January 24, 2019

Warm up with a DIY Loom Knit 2 Tone infinity scarf. Super simple and super cozy! Perfect for the breezy weather and an evening project.

So, I came to the realization the other day that my yarn stash is kinda out of control. This scarf has been in the making for a really long time, if only because I bought the yarn a few years ago and couldn’t decide what to do with it.

Loom Knit 2 Tone Infinity Scarf

Here’s my yarn shopping process in case you were curious. I head into the craft store to buy very specific yarn for a very specific project. THEN I pass by an endcap with some really pretty new yarn that they’re advertising. If its a color I like, I feel it to see how soft and/or squishy it is. It is not a yarn I need for my project… or need at all. So then, if I’m into it, I tend to grab a skein and wander around the store for approximately 30 minutes, looking at stuff and squishing this yarn to decide if I want it or not. And then I end up buying it 2 out of 3 times. Yep. I’m might have a problem. Last time I tried to Tidy Up, I spent a solid few hours holding yarn close and deciding if it sparked joy.

Loom Knit 2 Tone Infinity Scarf

MAKE IT: DIY The Snuggle is Real Stenciled Sweatshirt

This project uses my favorite chunky yarn – Hometown USA and I saw the two colors side by side and thought… those are just weird enough they might work. So, here we are!

Loom Knit 2 Tone Infinity Scarf

Loom Knit 2 Tone Infinity Scarf supplies

Time: An evening or two. I got through this while watching The Mummy 1 and 2. I refuse to acknowledge the 3rd one.
Cost: $10
Suggested Viewing: A Series of Unfortunate Events – Season 3

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