The Big Break

Thursday, September 8, 2016

I used to wonder why I couldn't be like bigger blogs like Homey Oh My or Almost Makes Perfect, but I now realize that it's because those bloggers are big girls. They're grown up grown ups.

They have apartments - I have a dorm.
They have actual jobs - I have a mountain of student loans.

School just consumes soooo much of my time. Almost of all of it. I both transferred schools and switched majors and I have a buttload of work to do. I wish I could dedicate more of my time to blogging, but I really, really can't. At least not yet. I want to do the best that I can do while I am in school and if I ever catch a spare moment, I'm probably going to use it to do some freelance work or grow my etsy shop (because let's be honest. blogging's not going to make me any money for a long while).

that being said, I will absolutely keep posting in my spare time. I've been invited by skillshare to teach a virtual crafting class (YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY SIGN UP) and instructables has asked me to participate in some of their themed projects. I'll of course try to post as much as possible because I really do enjoy blogging.

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Merry Friday

Friday, August 12, 2016

this week has been productive and exhausting. my sister is graduating with her masters tomorrow and I'm really proud of her. merry friday.

jump on the message board movement, with this diy message board tutorial.
this sunny striped nail tutorial is beautiful.
here's a free download for some awesome printable ice cream fans.
this amazingly awesomely beautiful wedding dress is suprisingly only $570.
a free printable habit tracker is just what you need for back to school life.
make some diy pannier bike bags out of purses.
both her diy scarf beach shawl and her swim suit are super cute.

diy splattered wood coasters

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

If you were here Monday, you saw this post mentioning my kitchen wants. I'm going to start doing tiny things to reach my kitchen goals and I decided I needed coasters. I came across these west elm rain coasters and knew I needed them. I also knew I could make them and it would be much cheaper (which really worked out because theirs had a gold rim and I wanted a copper rim).


wood circles
masking tape or painters tape
white paint
black paint
metallic paint

copper kitchen products roundup

Monday, August 8, 2016

I recently discovered that I might not be able to live on campus next year (which normal people would probably be excited about, but I'm transferring schools so I would like to know at least one person) so I've been thinking about what kind of kitchen I want. I'm thinking black, white, light wood, and for a metallic - copper.

1. mixing bowl
2. measuring spoons
3. foldable dish rack
4. kitchen caddy
5. five quart colander
6. measuring cups
7. plant hanger

merry friday

Friday, July 29, 2016

july is almost over and school is about to start back. sos help.

check out this beautiful diy mid century nightstand.
this copper and wood bead necklace is so easy and pretty!
i am currently obsessed with this hanging organizer and i desperately want to make it.
this scalloped floppy hat is so cuuuuuuttteee.
make a hanging leather shelf for easy storage.

diy mini notepads

Thursday, July 28, 2016

I'm a notebook / notepad junkie. I love to take notes in church or class or just doodle for fun. I've always been a compulsive list maker and notes are just a wonderful thing. I also LOVE couponing! Unfortunately, sometimes I can only print one coupon a page and I can't justify throwing away the rest of the paper after I cut them out so I have a bunch of paper scraps. I wasn't sure what to do with them until I had to use rubber cement for a collage project for a design class. Thus birthed these mini notepads.


paper scraps
notepad covers
binder clips
rubber cement
watercolors (optional)

step 1. stack your paper scraps together (I made a template for those, too, so they can all be the exact same size.) and clip them together with binder clips.

step 2. brush the top edge with rubber cement.

step 3 (optional). brush the sides with watercolor.

step 4. print to the notepad cover onto cardstock. stack it on top of the paper and brush rubber cement along the top edge to attach it.

these notepads fit really easily in a purse and make fantastic gifts! they also tear out pretty smoothly. and they're cute.

download mini notepad printable cover download mini notepad sheet template

six simple stationery diys

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I really miss the olden days when my summer camp friends and I would write letters back and forth. There's nothing like snail mail to make someone's day so here are some grand stationery diys.

merry friday

Friday, July 8, 2016

merry friday!

oh my gosh people, you can dip your waffle cones in marshmallows!
here is a genius way to create storage under your sofa.
here's a list of 50 diys for june - you're welcome.
you can make your own scratch and sniff stickers which is pretty amazing.
easy tutorial so you can weave together a leather stool.

Blackberry Mandarin Smoothie Recipe

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

you may or may not have seen this post where i mention getting this blender for five bucks at a garage sale. I've been itching to make things with it so I decided upon a smoothie. I really think it's really delicious, but it is suuupppper seedy. you've been warned. (bonus: this smoothie is a super beautiful shade of purple.)


1/4 cup of mandarin juice
1/4 cup of pineapple juice
6 oz of blueberry yogurt
1/2 cup of mandarin
1/2 cup of blackberries

blend and sip. (it's like the bend and snap but not.)

merry friday

Friday, July 1, 2016

these are called dutch babies and i think that's weird. also happy july first.

I want to make these these white chocolate + craisin cookies because they look delicious.
this diy wrapped rope necklace is pretty spiffy and seems easy to make.
someone please make me watercolor box. I don't need it but I want it so.
look at these amazing toothbrush holders. amazing.
I can't wait to be an actual adult so I can have a reason to make these speckled placemats.

merry friday!

june finds

Thursday, June 30, 2016

I love thrift shopping and garage sales. There's a salvation army right beside my new apartment. I go there at least twice a week. It's where a lot of my money goes even though everything is so cheap. I decided to share how cheap I am and show you some of my awesome finds this month.I got a few other things but these were the ones that excited me the most.

two bracelets . salvation army . $.99

awesome picnic basket . salvation army . $2.99

this hamilton beach blender . garage sale . $5

merry friday

Friday, June 24, 2016

the above picture is of my plant bernice. she's beautiful. or she was. I think I'm killing her.

this birthday cake popcorn looks very yummy. i wonder if i can use kettle corn.
rosemary + grapefruit + bath. rosemary grapefruit bath salts.
my new favorite blog is drawn to diy.
this kilim painted basket is pretty fancy.
i don't have a kid but this potty step would make potty training better.
merry friday.

Seven Easy Beauty Recipes for Your Face

Thursday, June 23, 2016

summer is great and amazing and I love not having school and I love getting work done and I love trying new foods and sweets. unfortunately, my face isn't too keen on me eating all of the sweets so my skin is not in the best condition. if your face hates you too, try some of these beauty recipes!

DIY Mudcloth Makeup Brushes

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I've been in desperate in need of some pretty makeup brushes, but I wanted them to match my makeup bag. I also wanted them to be mudcloth because I'm really liking that pattern, but it turns out they don't make those.


makeup brushes (eye shadow and foundation)
spray paint
paint pen
masking tape

Merry Friday

Friday, June 3, 2016

melissa is getting married tomorrow and wedding planning is very draining and i'm tired.

Geometric planters like this make a super cute present for your plant lover friend. Or you can make these simple and purty mod cloth inspired planters.
I want this bath mat because it looks super comfy for my toes and the color is purty.
I want to have my own room so I can make my own gold cactus wallpaper.
This "thrifted" chair diy is super fantastic but the back story of her accidentally stealing it is quite humorous.

DIY Color Block Clipboard

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I found this AMAZING floral contact paper and I started wrapping everything in it. I used it for the backdrop of my new picture; I lined the drawers in my new apartment (because I'm a big kid now) with it; I wrapped a shoe box with it, and now I made a color blocked clipboard and I'm obsessed.

clipboard ( similar )
contact paper
acrylic paint

Welcome Back, Me

Monday, May 30, 2016

I've been gone far too long. Much has been happening since you've heard from me last, so here are a bunch of updates.

1. I got all A's and B's this semester and I'm so relieved even though I really hate B's.

2. I am transferring to a different school AND CHANGING MY MAJOR TO GRAPHIC DESIGN. It was such a relief to finally figure out what I'm supposed to be doing with my life.

3. I am being super adventurous this summer and I now live in an apartment that originally reminded me of a hospital but I'm cleaning it up and starting to like it.

4. I redid the look of my blog. again. I think I'm going to stick with this one (I'm at least going to try) for a long while, but I'm tempted to change the colors so beware.

5. I started branding for people and doing web design and blog templates and wedding sites and I. LOVE. IT. This is going to be the website eventually but for now you can buy things at the etsy shop. If you want coupon codes or discounts just subscribe on the website. You can email me there if you're interested in branding or custom blog templates or web design, too.

6. I'm going to start posting again! CONSISTENTLY.  A new diy is coming up Wednesday so get ready. I will be spending a lot more time doing blog stuff (including redoing some old posts because I know some of them are rough.)

That's pretty much everything. I'm very excited to be back.

DIY Marbled Glass Tumblers

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

My sister and I threw a bridal shower recently and we made these fancy marbled tumblers. They're kinda fantastic in my opinion.

nail polish
glass tumblers
water + tub

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step 1. fill your tub with water, and drop nail polish into it (make sure it floats).

step 2.  swirl your nail polish around with a toothpick to create the marble pattern.

step 3. dip your tumbler into the nail polish. and lift up.

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