August 18, 2015 § 2 Comments
Vintage Gap Dress // Vintage Scarf // Target Hat // Old Navy Boots
Sometimes standing in the woods is the cure to so many ailments. Disappointments, for sure. After having a hard day last week, I got home from work, and almost immediately grabbed my camera and headed back out. We live right down the street from our city park. Acres and acres of untamed, wild woods and streams. There's always new nooks and crannies of it to explore. Growing up we lived in the middle of the woods, and I remember countless hours during the summers spent just wandering around through the trees, so I always feel at home in the woods.
It felt really cathartic to take some photos and focus my brain on more creative tasks, instead of letting myself wallow in the day, which is so easy to do. It's a great reminder that when things are feeling crazy, to just go. Give yourself a little change of scenery and work on something totally different. Don't sit and feel bad for yourself, do something different.
I also played with shooting some video too. It's been a while since I've dabbled, but I really enjoy it. It's such a totally different game, that it's fun to just experiment and see what I can come up with. It's definitely something I'd love to learn about (hint hint, those of you who are much more talented, I'd love to hear your tips! :) I still have some things I'm struggling with, but practice makes perfect, right?
Feel free to check out some of my other videos.
March 12, 2014 § 4 Comments
A while back I fell completely in love with the little chandelier that Ariel Alasko has hanging in her apartment. It turns out it's called a Pajaki, and Design Sponge did a lovely little post all about them. Well, ever since I saw Ariel's I've had them on my "list". You know, that crazy long DIY list I've been neglecting since our whilwind summer last year? Well, now that things are finally feeling totally settled I decided to start digging into it and this little guy was one of the first things!
The most fun part of making it was feeling like I didn't have to copy anyone else's. You can make them completely your own, whatever colors, shapes and sizes you like. If you want to follow along with mine though, here's some details…
For mine I used a lot of things I already had on hand : coffee filters, plain paper, a hot glue gun, white embroidery floss, and one large quilting hoop and the small hoop I just made out of some thick guage wire I already had.
I started by covering the hoops in the thread, just wrapping it tightly around. It was teadius, but I didn't mind having something for my hands to do while watching tv one night. Then I made the flowers. I used this tutorial which was nice and simple. I didn't even use the masking tape, I just fluffed my flowers and gave them an extra staple when needed. You could buy these handy little paper straws, but instead I just rolled some plain old paper real tight and taped it to keep it together and then cut them to inch sizes. I also just cut my own little paper rounds out myself and use a quarter as a pattern.
Next I attached the two hoops together, with the small one floating just slightly lower inside the bigger one. Using hot glue I attached three large flowers to the outside of the large hoop. In between the flowers I wrapped peices of thread with long tails on each side. The top part of the tail I added some of my "paper straws" and circles using an extra big needle to get them on. Once all three top tails were decorated a I tied them up (at this point it can be helpful to hang the chandelier to work on). On the bottom of the tails I used my needle again to add small flowers, tying knots underneath each one to keep them in place. Then I just added a couple more pieces of thread with straws and circles to the smaller hoop and I was done!
I also made a little video to go along with it! It's not an instructional video, it's mostly just for fun, but it does show a lot of the process.
Have any of you guys ever made one? They're really fun! I also think kids would love to make them too. It's a great little rainy day activity.
February 11, 2014 § 4 Comments
Dress from The Hope Chest // A+F Sweater (thrifted) // Vintage Belt (thrifted)
Target Tights + Hat // Boots c/o Minnetonka
It's getting to be that time of year where it feels like it's been winter forever, and I start dramatically talking about how I can't even remember what summer is like anymore. Then by March I'm usually checking the weather forcast everyday trying to will the tempertures to go up.
What's a better way to distract myself (and possibly freeze to death) then by playing a little more with videos?
Music is "Star Ceasar" (acoustic live) by Possimiste
January 28, 2014 § 13 Comments
So I think it's official, I've caught the video bug. I never thought I'd like taking video, but I really do. I also like that since I'm totally new to this I don't put any pressure on myself, I can just have fun and it's not a big deal if something isn't perfect. This weekend we got a little more snow, and me and the pups were home alone all day and I thought it'd be fun to make a house-tour of sorts.
Music is "Four" by Marcel Piquel
In case you forgot, here's all the pictures from the day we walked through. So far cosmetically, we've really only done our little makeover on the half bath, stripped the dining room wallpaper, and we also stripped the sewing room wallpaper (unfortunately there's crumbling paint under there). What you don't see though, is that we completely replaced our heating system and converted to natural gas, and Frank has cleared so many overgrown trees and bushes from the backyard. It really is feeling like home, though. Even though I'm always itchy to start painting and working on the "pretty stuff", I still love it, and I think I fall more in love with our house everyday.
January 24, 2014 § 18 Comments
I have something a little different today! A while ago I had a friend urge me to start playing with video. Of course, at the time I still had my old computer which couldn't even watch video, much less edit it. Now that I have my new one though I don't have much excuse anymore.
I thought I'd try sort of an "outfit video" instead of my normal outfit photos. I love the idea of seeing how clothing really wears in real life. It's a lot harder to fake something looking good on when you're jumping and walking and just plain being silly. All these shots were done in our backyard, and Weston was out with me so of course he's in there plenty too.
Please keep in mind that I am NOT good at video at all. I am definitely a "practice makes perfect" kind of person, and this is my first one ever. My handheld shots are shakey, so if that's something that really bothers you then feel free go ahead and skip it.
Thrifted Shirt // Ralph Lauren Sweater (thrifted) // Thrifted Pants // Gap Kids Coat
Target Socks // Gap Necklace // Thrifted Boots
I am open to opinions, and if you have any tips for me I'd be happy to hear them!