Have you ever been to Francesca’s at your local mall? Excuse me, any guys who read this blog—if there are any—as I get a little girly for a second. My husband humors me sometimes and goes in there while I geek out over the dinosaur earrings and gold, cat ear headbands. He’s quite a catch. 😉 Anyway… I actually don’t go in there for the clothes or even the earrings but for their super quirky and awesome middle section where there is all sorts of eclectic stuff you can’t really find anywhere else. I once found a mug that said “Blogging Day”. What mainstream store actually represents blogging these days?! Apparently just Francesca’s…at least in my experience. Another Read More
Long time no see, friends! The last time we talked, I was looking forward to warmth and all the summery blog posts that I could write about camping; travelling; and red, white, and blue things. Now I’m anticipating crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and back-to-school crafts! Though I haven’t written anything this summer, I have about a million things I’ve already made in my head that I can’t wait to share with you, the first of which is a (mostly) hands-free way to stay hydrated: a leather water bottle holster you can make from an old belt and a purse strap. 🙂
Wow guys. The pollen! When spring brings along its sinus- wrecking clouds of yellow, I just wish I could travel around in a comfy little hamster ball with a ton a HEPA filters until spring is over! Since that’s not possible, I am fighting it with the fiercest natural weapons I know of: cayenne tea and my Netipot. Unfortunately, it is unsightly to pour water up one’s nose with a tiny, plastic teapot in public. I needed something more portable, something powerful, something like this essential oil bottle amulet.
Ok, it’s confession time. So, this isn’t actually an amulet in the lucky-rabbit-foot sense. Sorry if this is disappointing. I also haven’t ever used essential oils. Not yet. Therefore, I don’t want you to come away from this post thinking I’m pushing essential oils. But I am awfully curious about these bottles of miracle fluid, because that’s what they would have to be for people (or at least me) to trade 40 hard-earned dollars for 5 ounces of some of them. Thankfully they’re not all that pricey, and I can try a few for my sinus issues without sacrificing two weeks worth of gas money.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from hanging out with my friends who are moms, it’s that a mama is always prepared. If there’s a runny nose, they’ve got Boogie Wipes for that. Diaper blowout? No worries. They brought along an extra onesie. It’s kind of amazing how many situations they are prepared for just because of what they include in their diaper bags. Not to heavily compare pet ownership with having a child, but cats also need a lot of stuff when you take them places. So, drawing inspiration from all moms, I decided to start working smarter not harder and put together a cat diaper bag.
Did yesterday mean anything special to you? I mean, did you know it was Mardi Gras? I know, it can be hard to remember these things when you aren’t Catholic, don’t live in the Deep South, or there is no fun commemorative artwork on Google’s homepage to remind you. I just pay more attention to things that happen in New Orleans now since we’ve visited a few times and because it’s not too terribly far away from where we live. I still don’t really celebrate Mardi Gras, but I really like the colors green and purple together and some of the (tasteful) colorful apparel. So, in honor of good New Orleans memories and the FACT that every girl needs a pair of dangly, gaudy earrings in her stash: I bring you all you need to know about making some tasseled bead-dazzled Mardi Gras earrings!
Y’all! We’re back in WV! I can own up to the fact that Christmas is less than a week away now that I’m home. It just feels right now. Know what I mean? In other news, I went to Rue21 the other day and was surprised at the number of garments I saw there that I actually would wear, namely a certain ugly Christmas sweater that had a reindeer on it AND also lit up with a bunch of little lights when you flipped a small switch on the inside of the sleeve. I never thought I was an ugly sweater kind of gal, but as it turns out, I guess I am. Surprise! But I’m also cheap. No shocker there. Sooo…I made my own, and my husband told me it was the prettiest ugly Christmas tree sweater he’d ever seen. Mission accomplished…I think?
The projects I love most are the ones that a) turn out nice, b) are fun to plan for, and c) are cheap. This sweater was ALL 3. I found the winning sweater specimen at the Salvation Army Store—my fav—for $2. I had to talk myself out of buying some brown yarn and a veterinary internal medicine textbook before I left and headed to Wal-Mart where I was searching for Christmassy ornament-y embellishments. The ones I eventually chose came in a bundle of 5—shiny stars, snowflakes, and birds—for only $1.98. All told, my “ugly” Christmas sweater was under $7. (*victory!)
Brrrrrrrr friends! Mississippi has decided that it’s about time to be winter, and I’m feeling it. Out with the soup and blankets, scarves and pea coats, hot tea and boots! Oh, and boot cuffs. If my boots are going to be practically permanent fixtures on my feet from now till March, I decided that they cannot be flapping against my legs. Do you know what I’m talking about? Having a space between your calf and your boot so that with every step they flap? I prefer a snug fit and have been wanting to make boot cuffs for a while. Not just any ole’ cuffs would do, though. I wanted something pretty with a touch of whimsy. So, at the end of my Frankenstein-ish knitting frenzy, these were the result—Frozen inspired boot cuffs!
When my family and I went to Disney World, my cousin and I (ages 20 and 19) were those two older girls who secretly wanted to go into the “Bibbity Bobbity Boutique” and come out princesses. The sea of little girls in there and the high price of becoming a princess dissuaded us, but I think the dream is still there a little bit… *sigh.
Even now that I’m older, a Disney princess makeover still sounds fun! But I started thinking about the princesses and what they do in the movies, and I realized that even more than their pretty faces I most admire their skills…like archery, and boating, and horseback riding.
So my selection of gifts for princesses includes a little something for everyone– a pretty ring for the dainty Briar Rose types, a kayak for the adventurous Moana types, and some interesting picks for those princesses in between. You got a pen? Ya might want to jot down a couple of these ideas for those unique princesses on your own Christmas list. 😉