Monday, June 2, 2014

Quick Craft: Corded Friendship Bracelets

What better way to welcome in summer than with an act of friendship. So I decided to make some friendship bracelets...for myself. Is that bad luck?

I found this bracelet tutorial on The Purl Bee (and this one). And since I now live in the same city as Purl Soho(!), I picked up some cordel cording in these fun colors.

Chinese Cording

Then I got braiding.

At the beginning
Braiding

I used to make friendship bracelets back in the ye olden days of youth with embroidery thread. Guys, this is so much better. No more little knots that get all twisted. No more having a trails of threads pinned to your jeans all day long cause your bracelet is taking 4-EVA to finish. And the best part, you don't have to trade them with so-called friends that make truly ugly versions, but you totally feel obligated to wear because, I mean, you are good friend as the bracelet itself is attesting.

Anyway, these corded bracelets are a breeze. Plus, they have a big pop factor.

Friendship Bracelets

So there you go, a quick craft to jump into summer. Make a whole bunch and have yourself an arm party.

video

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Lost Year

It has been 1 year, 5 months, and 19 days since my last blog confession. Forgive me.

Obviously a lot has happened since the last post. I did make the move to NYC. Not only am I still here, but this city and I have taken quite a shine to each other.

After my move, I jumped right in. Honestly, that's the big reason I wasn't blogging--I was out exploring. (And boy, did I find me some adventures.) Of course, the more time that passed, the more overwhelming it was to write a "catch-up" post. Then it got to the point where it was just plain embarrassing to show my face after such an absence. My only hope is that we've gone so far passed that stage that we've circled back to "What a delightful surprise!" No?

So in lieu of trying to fill you guys in on the past year, let's just move forward (although I'm sure some tidbits from the last 17 months will resurface in future posts). Not sure if anyone is still out there, but if you are, THANK YOU. I hope to make it worth your time to check in on my little corner of the world.

So let me just reach behind the old blog here and press that teeny, tiny red reset button. Look at that--all systems are a go.

Bike

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Big changes. Big Apple.

Well, I've got some news. Pretty big news, in fact.

"Out with it," you say! Fine. At the end of December, I'm moving to New York City.

I know. It's crazy.

I guess for a little while I've been feeling like my life is a bit like the movie Groundhog Day. Just me living the same day over and over. Don't get me wrong, for the most part it is a good day (and sometimes it's an awesome day). But I have this feeling that it's time to take another big leap into an adventure.

So my last trip to NYC I came back with a big souvenir: a job offer. I'm really excited about it. It is going to let me do what I do in a great office with great people in a super great city.

There are many, many reasons that this move is bittersweet. I can't even talk about how much I'm going to miss my family. Too many feels. (I'm not gonna cry...I'm not gonna cry...too late.) And how much am I going to miss my friends? Like ridonculous amounts. And my flat too. My darling, darling flat. But sometimes, you need to go when it gets too comfortable to stay.

I have to admit, I'm usually not an inspirational quote kinda gal, but this really resonated with me at this moment.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sale away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain (or maybe H. Jackson Brown)

So I am going to have to ask for your patience with this blog for the next month or so, I have some bowlines to throw off.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Five reasons why I have not blogged

Hello to all y'all in Blogland. Sorry for the lack of posts as well as the lack of comments on your own blogs. I've been a bad blogger and there's no real good excuse for it. But I'm back now and expect to be posting with more frequency.

To get everyone up to speed here are 5 things I have been up to instead of blogging:

1. Being the favorite aunt.

Aunt and niece got the same fashion memo: navy and prints.

At Auntie Kara's house, umbrellas are inside toys. 

Lydia is doing her push ups again. Good form. #crazyaunt
Baby push-ups. Lydia definitely shows me up.

2. Getting my Fall Foliage on. (Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, yo!)

Killington, VT

Maine Lighthouses.

3. Painting my nails.

Decided to dot up the nails.
Homespun dots. Smudges and all. 

4. Showing up to parties wearing the same sweater as my lil' sis.

Sister twins!
Sister twins!


5. Enjoying my new view at the office.




Notice the lack of crafting and biking in this post. More to come on that later.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The T-shirt bag

Paper or Plastic? How about a t-shirt?

I don't know about you, but I've got a lot of t-shirts. Piles of them. But what to do when you just don't wear them anymore or have outgrown them? Many hold sentimental value so I can't bring myself to get rid of them. But then I came across this tutorial on transforming a t-shirt into a grocery bag. Perfect! 

First, I picked a tee.

T-shirt before

Then I cut off the sleeves and the collar.

Making the cut

Sleeveless and collarless

And sewed up the bottom.

T-shirt bag

Voila! A kickin' new grocery bag and "green" to boot! They were so easy, I made a gaggle of them. Yes, a gaggle of baggles.  

A gaggle of bags

Now comes the easy part, shopping to fill them up.