Saturday, November 24, 2012

Lazy Days



 
 
 
Hey y'all!  I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving.  Mine was nice.  My grandparents are up here from California, so we've had both sets of grandparents to celebrate with.  I've had more time off this week, so I've been really lazy, just hanging out with my family.  I'm in holiday mode I guess.  Hence the lack of blog posts.  Heh heh heh.  But I went to Fabric Depot today and got some cute stuff, so that may inspire some creativity for posts.  I'm planning on DIYing some Christmas d├ęcor for my room, so that may show up soon as well.  I'll have to do something creative soon or I'll go crazy.  ;)
 
What are some of your current projects?
 
Niki

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pattern Mixing like a Boss





This is what I wore to church and work today.  It was a fun new way to wear my plaid shirt.  I think the pattern mixing works because the dress is a neutral color that goes well with the plaid.  One of the girls at work told me that she really liked this outfit and that she didn't think many people could pull it off, but that I did.  That was nice to hear.  I was hoping the combo was a good kind of different.  :)

I think I'm getting better at this whole "pattern mixing" thing.  How about you?  Have you ever tried getting a little crazy with different patterns?

Niki

Dress: Old Navy.  Plaid shirt: thrifted.  Leggings: gift.  Silver flats (not shown): thrifted.

Friday, November 16, 2012

So, I went into Old Navy...



I have a quick outfit post for you today.   I bought this dress at Old Navy yesterday (in the clearance section!) and wanted to wear it right away.  It's super comfy, and it's striped, and you know I love stripes!  I love gray too.  Sometimes it's just fun to get something new.  It helps get you interested in your closet again.  I'm already thinking of ways to remix this dress into other outfits.

What's your latest closet addition?

Niki

Dress: $11.49 at Old Navy.  Belt: thrifted.  Leggings: gift.  Shoes: Thrifted.  Necklace: Claire's.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Earth is a Sphere, and I Haven't Fallen Off...

Just a quick post to let you know that I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.  I'm just really behind on sewing projects, ect.  I've had a lot of hours at work, and then when I get home, I just want to sit down and read a book or something.  So nothing's really been getting done...But I shall try to post something of substance soon!  In order for that to happen, I first need to get off the computer and actually do something worth posting.  Bye for now!

Niki

Sunday, November 11, 2012

DIY Smashbook Tutorial

Have you heard of "smashbooking"?  The idea is you just "smash" whatever you like into a "Smashbook", which you can buy at a craft store/online, ect.  The official product/brand name is actually "Smashbook"  but it's sort of turned into an adjective.  "Smashbooking" is like scrapbooking, without all the fancy shmancy stuff.  It's an art journal/scrapbook/diary/ect.  I stumbled across the idea a few days ago (ok, it was yesterday) and it looked fun.  I wanted to start my own book, but being the cheap crafty person I am, I decided to make my own.
 
Here's what you'll need to follow my method:
  • A spiral bound notebook
  • Paper (more on that later)
  • Scissors
  • A single hole punch
  • Your creativity
 
 

Remove the metal binding piece from the notebook. 


Use one of the notebook's original pages as a template to cut out a bunch of fun pages in the right size.  I used old sheet music, scrapbook paper, coloring sheets and some envelopes.  I just remembered that I was going to use old book pages too.  Use whatever you want to make your smashbook unique and fun for you!   Have fun with it!  That's the whole point.  For reals.  Just have fun.


By the way, his project is a great way to use up some of that pretty paper you've been hoarding saving.  I had a bunch of paper left in the notebook, so I only cut out paper for accent type pages.  If your notebook was all used up, you could replace all the pages with "pretty" ones.  :)


Now it's time to get out the hole puncher.  Put one of the original notebook pages on top of the pages you want to punch and use the holes as a guide.  This way your pages will line up right.  Keep in mind, if you have two pages you want to face each other, punch them accordingly.  It's kind of like sewing.  Put the right sides together and then punch them at the same time.  The holes will end up on opposite sides.  I don't know if that makes sense, but you're smart.  You'll figure it out.  ;)


Reassemble your notebook!  I spaced my "pretty" pages with the plain ones that came in the notebook, but I tried to keep it as random and unplanned as possible.  One of my quirks is that I have a hard time doing anything randomly, like laying out a quilt or a scrapbook page.  It may look random when it's done, but you can bet I made sure that two of the same colors weren't together, ect.  I almost use a formula when doing something "randomly."  Ha!


After I put everything back together, I went through and added a few little embellishments to some of the pages to act as journal prompts, ect.  Again, I tried to not think about where I was putting things too much.


Here's a shot of the finished notebook.  It's ready to be "smashed!"  I'm looking forward to filling it with all the little things that I have a hard time throwing away.  Tickets, cards, pretty magazine clippings, ect.  Hopefully it'll be a good way to get back into journaling as well. 

And can I just say, I love making things?  It was so therapeutic to cut and glue and make hole punch confetti this afternoon/evening.  I needed to do something like that after being crazy busy this weekend.  I think "smashbooking" will be a great way to unwind after work.

Do you "smashbook?"

Niki

P.S.  For more smashbook information/inspiration, try searching Google or Pinterest!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Operation Christmas Child





Are you familiar with Operation Christmas Child?  If not, let me tell you about it.  It's a wonderful organization that works to send shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts to impoverished children around the world.  These boxes are typically filled with things like toothbrushes, socks, candy, small toys, soap, pencils, ect.  While it may not seem like much to us, it means the world to the kids who recieve them.  I've read stories of how the specific needs or wants of a specific child have been met by one of these boxes.  And not only to the kids recieve a box full of much-needed items, but they also recieve the Gospel message, the greatest gift of all. 

Personally, I've packed a few of these gift boxes in my life, working with my youth group to send out a bunch of shoe boxes.  (One of the girls wrote a letter to put in her box, and recieved a reply back from the child who recieved it!)  It was a lot of fun working together to bless children with Christmas gifts.  Well, I can't go to my high school youth group anymore, but I still want to participate this year.  So I'll be going out and buying gifts to fill a box or two this next week.  And I had an idea!  I decided that I am going to handmake some of the things that I will fill my box with.  It's always special to recieve something that's been made just for you, so I want to do that for the child who will get my shoebox.

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Warm hats (crochet pattern here) are pretty much always a good gift.  They're easy to crochet (or knit, if you knit) and can be customized for a girl or a boy of any age.



These fabric hair bows are adorable for little girls.  And big girls too!  They're super fast and easy.  I actually made a few of these this afternoon, but my method was a tiny bit different.  I may have a post for you about it sometime soon once I perfect my technique.  :)

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I may even whip up a quick skirt or two. 

I hope I've inspired you to make a shoebox of your own.  Even if you only fill it with store-bought items, some child somewhere will appreciate it more than you know.  There are drop off locations all over the country that are open between the 12th and 19th of this month to collect the boxes.  Please visit the Operation Christmas Child Website for more information about filling your boxes, drop off locations and more.  Send Christmas to a child this year.  You'll be glad you did.   :)

Niki

P.S. I'm not affiliated with Operation Christmas Child, and am not being paid in any way.  This is purely me sharing something with you that's been on my heart.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Modernizing Effect


(I really like this picture for some reason.)

Are you tired of seeing this denim jacket yet?  I think it's been in almost all of my outfit pictures this fall.  It's just so versatile!  I feel like it modernizes outfits really well.  For example, this outfit would have been really boring and mediocre on it's own.  Just a t-shirt and knit skirt.  It was a combo I only would have worn around the house.  But once I added the denim jacket, flats and a cute hat, I actually really liked the way it looked!  I wore this outfit all day on Monday, even to work.  Moral of the story: if you don't own a denim jacket, think about getting one.  At least, if your style is anything like mine.

Well, that's about it for this post.  It's my day off, so I need to get off the computer and start working on some refashion projects that have been floating around in my head.  If nothing fails too drastically, you can expect some new refashion posts fairly soon. 

Hope your day is great!

Niki

Skirt: self-made/refashion.  Tshirt: handed down from a friend.  Jacket: thrifted.  Black cami: Old Navy.  Flats: thrifted.  Hat: self-made.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

One Small Step



I just realized I look really tense in these pictures.  Clenched fists and all.  Hmm.  That was unintentional.  I think I was just too focused on telling my sister how to use my camera.  :P 

This is the outfit I wore to church today.  The dress is from this refashion post and the tights are from my post my dyeing misadventures.  I went outside my comfort zone with the pattern mixing today by wearing the floral patterned scarf with a floraly patterned dress.  Part of me was saying "Don't do it!" but another part of me thought it looked fine, so I decided to just do it.  It was a big step for me.  Kidding.  But it sorta was.  ;)

Do you have any tips for successful pattern mixing?

Niki

Dress: thrifted/refashion.  Jacket: thrifted.  Scarf: Claire's.  Tights: don't know.  Shoes: thrifted.