DIY Sick Day Care Package

on January 17, 2019

Being sick is a bummer, so help make a friend or loved one’s day with a cute DIY Sick Day Care Package filled with some get well goodies!

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At 31.5 I still call my mom whenever I get sick. Granted, my mother is a nurse so there is usually reason to, but there is just something about being sick that makes you want your mommy. Unfortunately, I live in LA where my entire friend group is living away pretty far away from family…. so we have to take care of each other. I recently had a dear friend get sick and had to cancel plans. Here’s the thing, I have to schedule nearly my whole life due to work and school and my friends and I are all on different schedules. Between work getting busier and classes starting soon, I’m already scheduling in a mental breakdown for spring break. So, when one of us has to cancel plans because of sickness? Not good.

Make It: Mix Up an Easy DIY Sugar Scrub

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As a result, I filled my time by bringing her a Sick Day basket. I’ve seen a lot of these online where there are crossword puzzles and coloring books, but in the days of Netflix and Chill… I think its safe to say we’re all crashed out on the couch with some orange juice and a cozy blanket waking up in between scenes of Lord of the Rings. I filled the basket with some essentials that I knew she liked and just dropped it off. Quick note, unless they actually need you to take care of them or want to see you, its probably best to drop it off. No one wants to deal with guests when they’re doing poorly.

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Sick Day Care Package

To make the DIY Fringe Basket:
Supplies:
Yarn of your choice
Wire basket – I got mine for super cheap from Walmart
Scissors
Masking tape

DIY Fringe basket

1. Cut strips of yarn twice the height of your basket. I found a mini notebook that was produced just the right length so I wrapped it and then just cut a bunch at once.

DIY Fringe basket

2. Grab 2 strands of the yarn you just cut and fold them in half. Then Loop them around top edge of your wire basket, passing the free end through the loop to secure it to the edge.

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3. Continue looping and threading yarn until you’ve filled the entire width of the basket snuggly.

DIY Fringe basket

4. Tip the basket over so that you can lay the yarn flat against the table. Using the masking tape, tape off the arrow shape you’d like on the front and back.

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5. Cut across the masking tape. This will assure that your yarn stays in place and gives you a clean line once you’re done cutting.

DIY Fringe basket

6. Fill the basket up with all types of goodies for a cute Sick Day Care Package!

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DIY Frozen Adventure Slippers

on January 14, 2019

Keep your princess feet cozy this winter with some comfy crochet Elsa inspired Frozen Adventure Slippers!

California in the winter is weird. Especially apartment living. Here’s what happens. You go to bed at night feeling okay or possibly a little cold. Between 12 and 2 am, you’ve gotta take the covers off because you’re HOT, wake up and its freezing. Then! In the middle of the afternoon, when its 77 degrees outside, you’re still bundled up because you refuse to turn on the heat and it is FREAKING COLD. I used to be able to withstand this… revel in it even. Apparently I am now a California girl who hates weather changes. Who knew!

This is also the time of year where I’m still knitting and crochet-ing everything – because it is a post apocalyptic life skill!

These are some Elsa inspired slippers I made for one of my kiddos who asked santa for “Gloves to go with all of my Elsa Dresses”… so, I figured I’d throw in some slippers to keep her tootsies warm.

If you’re looking for an adult version, you can find it HERE.

Frozen Adventure Slippers

Cost: $5-10
Time: 1-3 hours
Suggested Viewing: Wreck It Ralph – ya’ll thought I was gonna say Frozen right?

Keep your princess feet cozy this winter with some comfy crochet Elsa inspired Frozen Adventure Slippers!

Fits kids size 8+
Supplies:
Size J crochet needle
Red Heart Soft Essentials yarn in Turquoise
Red Heart Fur Yarn in Polar

Magic Ring: Single crochet 10 times into a magic ring. Tighten and slip stitch into the first stitch on the ring. Ch 2

Round 1: Half Double Crochet twice into each stitch. Slip stitch into the first stitch of the round. Ch 2(20)
Round 2: HDC into each stitch. Slip stitch into First HDC of round. Ch 2 –
Rounds 3-8 Repeat until you have enough length to fit the length of the foot – a little past mid way or before the heel starts. I used 8 rounds for a kids size 9 foot, so you can increase or decrease from there.

Make the Heel:
Working from where you left off in part 1,
Row 1: HDC into each stitch for 15 stitches (you should have 5 left unworked). Turn work, CH 2
Row 2-6: HDC into each stitch (15 stitches) Turn work, Ch 2
Tie off end leaving a 6 inch tail.

Fold the flat heel portion in half and turn inside out. You’ll have the folded part pointing outwards from the inside of the slipper (if that makes sense). Stitch the edges together to form a heel. Secure the end and weave it in. Then flip the heel right side out!

MAKE IT: DIY The Snuggle is Real Stenciled Sweatshirt

Make the cuff:
Slip stitch into the top back of the heel you just made. Chain 2.
HDC around the cuff of the slipper, you’ll want anywhere from 20 to 24 stitches.
Slip stitch into the first stitch on the round. Chain 2.
Build up the cuff by completing rounds of HDC until you’re happy with the height of your cuff. Secure and weave in ends.

Keep your princess feet cozy this winter with some comfy crochet Elsa inspired Frozen Adventure Slippers!

Fur cuff:
Switch to Fur Yarn and Single crochet around the top of the cuff for one row. This yarn has so much bulk you’ll end up with a really fluffy edge with minimal work. Fasten off the end.

Weave in your tails.

Repeat the entire pattern a second time (because you will probably need 2 of these) and you’re off for your very own Frozen Adventure! If you want to make these No-Slip, add some puffy paint or hot glue to the bottom. You’ll thank yourself for it later.

Keep your princess feet cozy this winter with some comfy crochet Elsa inspired Frozen Adventure Slippers! Keep your princess feet cozy this winter with some comfy crochet Elsa inspired Frozen Adventure Slippers!

Mimosa Cupcakes Recipe

on January 8, 2019

Highlight your brunch with these light these light and fluffy Mimosa Cupcakes! Bring these to a bridal shower and you’ll be the hit of the party!

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Ya’ll… I can’t tell you how many of my friends posted about being pregnant or adopting or getting engaged or really, any number of big life moments over the holidays. Me? I’m just over here like, same crap different day. I mean, sure, I’m super happy for my friends and all the good stuff they have happening. I just feel like I’m in the middle of the beginning of another story – if that makes sense.

MAKE IT: Crochet Cactus Hat Pattern

I didn’t really do much new year planning this year. I’m maybe in the middle of it, but I did a lot of reflecting. 2018 was hard… and a bit of a dumpster fire if we’re all on the level. But I feel like I actually accomplished something and I need to give myself credit for that.

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My goals for 2018 were to basically survive. At the beginning of the year I was working 3 jobs, trying to figure out my blog and going back to school for the first time in nearly 10 years. It was a rough start. Then, the week before my Winter semester finals… I came down with strep from one of the kiddos I watched at the time. If you’ve ever known me, that is the one disease I never, ever want to get. And of course, I had it. YAY

Over the course of the year, I had my ups and downs. Reflecting on it all, it had to happen that way. I learned a lot about myself. In giving myself credit for things, in letting things go. AND YES This is my pat on the back for finishing out the year with a 4.0 GPA. I have 4 classes left until I can apply for nursing school and then we’ll see where everything goes.

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If you came here for cupcakes, this is probably where you should start.

Make it: DIY an Infinity Loom Knit Scarf

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Buffalo Check Clutch Bag

on December 21, 2018

Whether you need a last minute gift or want a new way to rock the plaid, this buffalo check clutch bag is a great project to up your style game!

Guess what?!? I finished finals, worked some crazy days back to back and can’t figure out what to do with myself. I guess that is part of not having a regular schedule and also trying to manage all the things – School, work, emotions of tiny humans… also attempting to craft/create occasionally. Up until finals any free time I had was spent studying. Now? I’m baking and trying to get through all the sewing projects that I have piled up.

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red plaid - buffalo check bag - geometric buffalo

I’m also attempting to get in full Christmas mode. It’s not exactly working but I’m trying. One of my favorite things to make for friends are these cute personalized clutches. I source the blanks from the Target Dollar Spot and use my Cricut Explore Air 2 to customize with fun sayings, or in this case… A BUFFALO! They work great to hold tablets, notebooks, wallets, random card games… yeah. All the things

More bags: Sassy Christmas Clutch with Cricut

Buffalo Check Clutch Bag

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Cost: $5
Time: 20 Minutes
Suggested Listening: Scott Helman – Hang Ups

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Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bars

on December 3, 2018

These Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie bars with orange cream cheese frosting are a delight for all seasons and holiday gatherings.

Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bar

Say hello to my new friend! Pardon the photo quality – I was just so excited and didn’t really take a ton of pictures of it in a professional setting… or any at all.

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I finally bought myself a Kitchenaid mixer and ya’ll…. LIFE CHANGING. Seriously though. The things I hate doing – like creaming butter and sugar, making cream cheese frosting and whipping egg whites… I don’t have to do anymore! It doesn’t have a name or gender yet, but I figure you guys can give me some suggestions.

Orange Cranberry cookie bar

Make It: Sassy Christmas Clutch with Cricut

Okay, so tis’ the season right? I for one am all about the rich chocolates and caramels and of course peppermint is my absolute favorite flavor profile. I am seriously the person that drinks Peppermint mocha year round. Fight me on it. Okay, so why doesn’t this have any of those things in them? I honestly don’t know. I just wanted to experiment with some lighter seasonal flavors. I will say that they turned out delicious and my anatomy class (whom I bring all my baking to these days) RAVED about them.

Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bar

These Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bars are great for bake sales, cookie exchanges and any number of things. I like that they’re easier to cut into at the end instead of trying to measure out or scoop cookies to be the right shape.

Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bars

Time: 1 hour or less
Cost: $10? I had most of this stuff on hand
Suggested listening: Come Out and Play – Billie Eilish

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DIY Wooden Spoon Holiday Gift

on November 30, 2018

Add a touch of home this holiday season with a DIY Wooden Spoon holiday gift! Any easy project to spruce up a kitchen or give to teachers, friends, and coworkers!

Hi! I’ve missed you guys! I’m not sure if you’d be interested in all of the goings on of me being in school (of which there are a lot). And I’ll spare you the wonderment that was dissecting a cows eye (I’m pretty sure I was the only one who thought how awesome it was). I do however want to talk about the upcoming holidays.

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Here’s the thing. I am a STAUNCH believer in no Christmas until after Thanksgiving gets its due. Ya’ll, I have run out of stores yelling (unless I actually had to be in there for something and not just window shop) for playing holiday music before its time. I avoid Michaels and JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby like the plague. Ask anyone. This year though… I put up my tree early. I was a little disappointed in myself if I’m being completely honest with myself but I’m still sure it was the right thing to do.

MAKE IT: DIY Stamped Holiday Napkins

Here’s the thing, for the first time in 4-ish years, I’m not hosting a Friendsgiving. I’m not baking like a crazy person or cooking for a bunch of people or anything like that. I’m not doing anything. I just don’t have the time or the emotional bandwidth to deal with it all at the moment. A lot of my friends are in different places in their lives (and locations) and I didn’t want to put it on myself do deal with choosing a date and planning and so on.

Wood Burned Spoon, DIY, Holiday Gift

So, I’m moving on to the season of giving, because giving is what I like to do. AND there’s definitely more time to plan right now. I’m not sure how many of you out there deal with seasonal depression, but I’m out here with you. One of the things that helps me is making things for others. I’ve been baking a lot more to give to my anatomy class and attempting to create (read- making lists of things I want to make). I also decided to haul out the woodburner because… why not? These Custom Holiday spoons are my current fave when it comes to gifting. I’m hoping to plan a cookie party here in the near future and think these would be great to give as a gift to all my pals…. so now that these are done… anyone got a cookie recipe they like?

DIY Wooden Spoon Holiday Gift

Time: 30 minutes or less
Cost: $20 or less – I got my spoons for a dollar each and the wood burner was $15
Suggested Viewing – Crash Course (Nervous System) – or maybe thats just me?!?

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The Worst Witch inspired Drop Stitch Scarf

on October 27, 2018

Get ready for your first day at Miss Cackles Academy with a The Worst Witch inspired Drop Stitch Scarf! Knit with chunky yarn and big needles, this scarf is an excellent weekend project!

…. Climbs out from under a rock….Hi! Hey! I missed you! I know I promised that this blog wouldn’t go anywhere but honestly, I’ve been overwhelmed. The good news is, I can now tell you every single bone in your body, the parts of those bones and the muscles attached to them. I’m both overwhelmed and feeling super educated.

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Speaking of school… Have you guys watched The Worst Witch on Netflix? I’ve been a bit in love with Mildred – yes, she makes really dumb decisions but her heart is in the right place! I also think I’m pretty much Maude Spellbody – I have a low confidence in my own ability but I’m actually pretty smart (things I’ve learned in school!) and fiercely loyal and defensive of people I love. So yeah, The Worst Witch.

MAKE IT: Crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow

One of my favorite scenes in the show though, is when Mildred arrives at the school for the first time in her uniform. Everything is new and she’s maybe a bit uncoordinated. It definitely gives me first day of school vibes! At this point, I fell in love with her scarf – the one her mother made that definitely reminds me of some of my first knitting projects – and the way she defended it from Ethel because her mother worked so hard to make it.

MAKE IT: DIY Harry Potter Mini-Notebooks

I made this scarf a year ago and did all the things but I got super behind and forgot about it. Its knitted in a simple garter stitch (knit) with drop stitches every so often – check out the pattern- and uses a chunky yarn so it knits up super quick!

The Worst Witch Inspired Drop Stitch Scarf

Cost: $15
Time: Weekend Project
Suggested Viewing: The Worst Witch on Netflix

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Human Anatomy Essential Supplies

on September 23, 2018

As we enter into the really hard classes portion of my college 2.0 career, I figured I’d share with you guys what I’m using this year. I’m what is considered a “non-traditional student”. What that means is that I’m not a spring chicken and I’m not taking a full course load. I work while I’m not in class and I somehow manage to get my homework and studying in (I’m still not exactly sure how I managed that last semester). It also means that I’m working towards a second degree that is not related to my first (music industry). This semester I’m taking Human Anatomy- which is my first nursing pre-rec that actually matters so I’m trying to prep as much as possible. In this list, you’ll find some staples – like my backpack and the specific pens I’ll be using – to some Human Anatomy specific stuff that are essential for anyone taking the class.

I’m thinking of writing a post about why I decided to go back to school and all that jazz but there is a part of me that is not quite ready to do that. If that’s something you have experience with or are interested in yourself, drop me a line in the comments!

Human Anatomy Essentials

Human Anatomy essential supplies

I’m going to start off with the actual anatomy stuff because thats probably the most important. Human Anatomy is hard. Even if you have the most amazing teacher, its hard. It’s a lot of memorization and learning random parts of the body that you’re going to need to remember and point out. There’s going to be a lot of drawing and a lot of late night studying – thats just what it is. Here are some things that I’m using this year to help myself through that.

Crash Course Anatomy Poster ($12) – Hank Green (of the Vlog Brothers) created an amazing youtube channel called Crash Course and it’s probably a huge reason why I did well in GOB Chemistry. They have a shop associated with the channel and of course I had to order this awesome poster. Of course –  it doesn’t hurt that it is super cute!

Anatomy and Physiology FlashCards ($17) – I learned in Chemistry that I am not the best at drawing intricate things. It take a lot of practice and honestly, if my grade is dependent on it, I’m bringing in the professionals. These flashcards are also great for if you’re taking physiology or a combined A&P.

Anatomy Coloring Book ($17) – If you’re a person that learns by doing and are very tactile, this coloring book is a great resource. Some advice before starting – Have a plan when you color things in – like keep similar tissues in similar colors or shades. This helps you get a better understanding of how things work together. You’re probably going to want a good set of colored pencils or gel pens – but those aren’t on the list.

Anatomy & Physiology Super Review ($10) I cannot tell you how much time this book has saved me. The chapters in Anatomy books are long and honestly, I just need things condensed into “Need to Know” sections. This book has been a life saver! Also, at $10 for the book, it’s a great deal and ridiculously helpful.

Skull Model ($45) Yep. The first major thing you’ll be learning is the bones. Specifically the skull. If you are the kind of person who likes to have your anatomical model to yourself and available all the time, this ones for you. Also, it makes a really cool Halloween decoration or talking piece. Check here for more models if the mood strikes.

Frixion Pens ($10)You guys!!! These are hands down, my favorite pens. Why? They’re gel pens so they write great AND they’re erasable!!!! How awesome is that! I got the big pack of lots of colors for labeling and because I like to take my notes in different colors each day.

Noise Canceling Headphones ($50+) – I am an earbuds kinda girl. I like that they’re easy to cart around and its no big deal if I lose them. BUT the mom I work for introduced me to the wonders of these suckers while studying and my life has been forever changed.

A cute pencil bag ($12) – You can totally go to Target and get a cute Yoobi one from there or really any kind. I personally just fell in love with this Rifle Paper pencil bag and HAD to have it. And of course it matches my laptop case.

All the notebooks ($0.50 +) – I’m probably a total weirdo but I only like writing in 1 subject notebooks. They’re easy on the wrist and ridiculously cheap. College rule all the way.

Post-it Notes, Page tabs and a Cute Holder Post-its are my jam! They’re great for marking pages in books (I rent mine from amazon) and keeping the notes without damaging the book. And the cute holder – I like cute things okay!?!

S’well Water Bottle ($30) – Yes. I know that is a lot to pay for a water bottle, but I drop mine on the regular and this is legit the only one that hasn’t broken on me and still manages to help save the environment. It is also really important to not get dehydrated while doing all the studying. Also, it comes in a TON of colors.

Meal Prep Bento Boxes ($30 for a set of 3) – Since I have breaks in between classes this year and am also trying to save some moolah, I’ve been trying to pack my lunch a lot. It’s also great to have the healthier option on hand instead of getting hungry then just grabbing food trucks. These glass bento boxes have partitions, are easy to clean AND they’re super sturdy. I seriously don’t worry about them staining and they’re super easy to customize if you want some more color in your life!

I’m sure there are a ton more things, but these are my essentials for the semester. Aside from my trusty Back Pack, I’m pretty sure I’m ready. If you’re back to school for the second or third rodeo, hit me up! How are you coping?

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DIY Harry Potter Mini-Notebooks

on August 28, 2018

Create these magical gold foil DIY Harry Potter mini notebooks with a few easy steps! Great for back to school, parties and more!

A few years ago, I watched some videos on youtube about gold foiling and decided it would be a thing that I tried. I spent a decent amount of money and bought all the things. Tried it once, it didn’t turn out like the videos told me they would and then I never touched it again. I kind of have craft ADD sometimes – can you tell?

Hogwarts Inspired House Mini-Notebooks

Okay, so fast forward to this year and me on Instagram watching ColorMadeHappy’s super easy tutorial on foiling and watercoloring techniques. Again – I decided I’m going to do the thing. So I hauled out all of my supplies that I somehow managed not to lose and got to work. Guess what? It’s amazingly easy! I have also spent a lot of time in the last year realizing that things don’t have to be perfect so I’m a little more open to trying things more than once.

These notebooks? Took a few tries. Mostly because I printed on the wrong paper twice and had not so great quality logos the third time. BUT we got it all figured out. AND I made a video! Its not perfect, but I did it and I’m kinda stoked on it. What do you guys think?

DIY Harry Potter Mini-Notebooks

Time: 1 hr or less
Cost: $20 or less – I had a lot of this lying around from my first attempt
Suggested Listening: Unheavenly Creatures – Coheed and Cambria

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How to Metal Stamp Harry Potter Spell Pencils

on August 23, 2018

Turn your plain wood pencils into a magic wand with these metal stamp Harry Potter Spell Pencils!

I’ve always felt like I wasn’t a big enough fan to have all the cool things associated with fandom – the random Star Wars stuff from Disney or a Hufflepuff phone case. Alternately, I thought that having that fan stuff  (even if I absolutley loved it) would get me labeled as a weird. I’m working through a lot of things right now and realizing that its okay to like what you like, even if someone thinks you’re weird. I can totally be a “non-traditional” student with a Harry Potter backpack in an R2-D2 dress and it doesn’t matter if people judge me… because I like these things.

I’ve also been super into metal stamping lately and wanted to try my hand at doing pencils too. So – Harry Potter + School Supplies + Metal Stamps? Sounds like either a recipe for disaster or something cute. You be the judge.

Harry Potter Spell Pencils

Cost: $50+ – BUT the metal stamps are a total investment and can be used for a TON of other things.
Time: 30 minutes or less
Suggested Listening: The Wizard Rock Twist – The Remus Lupins

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