i’ve never been the kind of girl who has a ton of friends. there was a brief moment in like, seventh grade where i was maybe kind of popular. but not really. it wasn’t a good fit. i’ve just always felt much better when surrounded by a small, close knit group of people who really get me; people who i’m not afraid to be myself around.
i don’t know if it’s because i went on free museum day and was super overwhelmed by the massive crowd, but i was actually underwhelmed with the diane von furstenberg exhibit at lacma. the dresses were pretty, obviously, but if you’ve seen photos of the exhibit online, then you’ve seen it. to be honest, we had more fun taking photos against the patterned walls than anything else. maybe if you’re a huge dvf fan it would be a bit more rewarding but my advice would be to definitely NOT go on a day with a huge crowd!
i’m currently obsessed with calendar making. i can’t take credit for the idea for this project, or the heavy-lifting portion of printing and cutting the templates – that belongs to the lovely miss ashley who teaches the occasional craft night at the toms flagship store.
for the actual calendar, ashley found a template she liked online, printed them out (2 per sheet, i assume) and cut them out. she then used a perforated paper cutter to perforate a line above the dates so when you’re done with a month, you’ve still got your artwork to keep and hang or send as a postcard, whatever you’d like!
for craft night, she demonstrated a watercolor + sea salt technique: with a good amount of water and a super-saturated color, paint your design on your paper. while the color is still wet, generously apply sea salt over the top. when dry, brush the salt off. this will pull some of the color from the page and leave you with fun, sometimes unexpected patterns.
when i got home, i just couldn’t stop. for this one, i used a technique i vaguely remembered seeing online but couldn’t find the tutorial when i looked for it, so i just went with it anyways. i mixed a dollop of red acrylic paint with a generous amount of red wine in a shallow dish. then i just dunked a wine glass in the mixture, and pressed it on the paper. i had fun with this one – some i got super saturated and left on the paper longer, some i double dunked, some i splattered. i love the randomness of it!
for this last one, i dug out some old pastels and just did a single color per page. i feel like this one has the biggest impact laid out all together like this and i’m totally into it. i wish i had some spray fixative to preserve them, but i don’t so, wamp. i did line them all with parchment paper (couldn’t find the tracing stuff!) before clipping them together, so they shouldn’t get too messy in between months.
and that’s all! i have one left, which i might experiment with wine-cork stamping. follow along on instgram to see if that happens!
this outfit has been in heavy rotation lately, in various incarnations. i love the mix of similar patterns of the dress and sweater in complementary colors. plus, it’s just so cozy! somehow i always end up wearing this outfit on crafty days, so maybe it has magical extra-creative powers? that’d be cool.
is it just me, or is forever 21 killin it lately with their tribal patterns? i’m obsessed. i actually wore this outfit for new years (i know, i know – i’m still catching up!) and i loved it. i felt fancy enough for the occasion, but also casual and comfy for the low-key party i went to. i’ve also remixed this (possibly more than once) since then with dark jeans or black trousers to make it a little more work appropriate. these zara shoes were seriously the best $20 ever spent, but after more than a year of heavy rotation, they’re finally starting to show some wear and i’m going to be SO SAD when they see their last day. not yet though…not yet.
ready for another crazy simple snack recipe? here ya go!
drain a can of chickpeas and pour onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. (try and get as much moisture outta them before you start – i had to switch out the parchment after the first 10 minutes because there was quite a bit of liquid still in ’em.) bake at 450 until crispy. all of the recipes i read said you only had to bake for 10 minutes, and maybe it was because i was using a toaster oven rather than a regular oven, but mine probably took about 25 minutes to get crispy. and to be honest, they could have used another 3-5 minutes for my taste. so when doing this, i would just do the initial 10 minutes and check ’em every 3-5 minutes after that, giving them a stir on the sheet to make sure they get evenly crispy and don’t burn. once they’re done to your liking, dump them in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. let ’em cool, then enjoy!
what’s a girl to do when it’s kinda chilly outside, but she still wants to go to the beach? why, throw on a maxi dress and bundle up with easily removable layers, of course! and don’t forget jelly sandals – so much easier to take off to walk barefoot, and no need to worry about them getting sandy! also, how great is this sweater? i went in looking for patterned leggings, but couldn’t find any that really spoke to me. this sweater though, screamed my name. obviously.
i learned awhile ago how to make tassel garland using this technique. i had some extra silver tissue paper laying around at my desk at work from our christmas decorations and it was just begging to be used. they were scraps, so i eyeballed it and made a tinier version than the instructions.
don’t be intimidated to try it – it’s super easy! if it’s your first time though, i definitely suggest starting out with regular tissue paper – not the shiny stuff – it’s much easier to work with. but once you get the hang of it, the shiny stuff is a breeze! i also find it to be more forgiving once it’s all finished because it’s so loosey-goosey; regular tissue paper takes a bit of fluffing and shaking to get the desired effect.
also, since i just did this on my break at work, i stapled the loops of the tassels so they would stay put. if you’re at home and have access to a glue gun, just add a little drop to hold the shape of the loop. then add it to some pretty string (or my go-to: twine!), hang with washi tape and voila!
when it comes to other people, i like to think i’m a generally pretty patient person. like, more-so than most. when it comes to myself though, it’s a whole other story. if i try something new and am not immediately good at it, i get overwhelmingly frustrated. if i have an idea but can’t execute it the way i envisioned, i give up hope. if i completely change my eating habits and don’t see results instantly, i go back to my old ways. things of this nature are generally not so bueno.
i made this doodle at the request of a co-worker for her new year’s resolution, and after reflecting on it i realized i need to work on my own patience – with myself.
this is one of my favorite snacks and it’s so easy there’s not even a recipe! you can use regular cucumbers if you want, but i like the japanese ones because they’re bite sized when you slice them. and if you don’t like onions – don’t use ’em! regardless, here’s how i make my version:
slice cucumbers and add to bowl. sprinkle very generously with salt. add sliced onions and pour over rice vinegar so everything is covered. refrigerate overnight and you’re ready to go!
i bought a whole slew of these cukes at the farmers market, so every time i finished a bowl, i just sliced more up, salted ’em and tossed ’em in!