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Friday, July 29, 2011

Rosy is Golden

I have been enamored by the lovely alloy of gold and copper that is rose gold. I think it would look terrible with my skin tone but I still love it. I don't own any and am admiring the beautiful color from a distance. I have recently embraced gold into my life; white gold is my long-standing favorite when it comes to the color of gold (did you know there is also green and blue gold? never seen it so I'm not sure I believe this!). I have always hated brass, I just think it's tacky. Copper has grown on me quite a bit. I now think it is elegant rather than wondering why it's so very orange. Which has led me to rose gold. I think it is such a subtly sophisticated look, especially when paired with neutral colors like ivory and white. There is something a little more earthy about it, like the rich color of mud. It would of course be great year round, but with fall a few months away, I think I've found a wonderfully warm new accessory.

The decadence of these items would be too much together but

Such a warm element for a kitchen area.

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

He's just really cute. Being rose gold makes him fancier. I like skulls because I was a Chi Omega. :-)

I'm hunting this color down for fall!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Willpower vs. Chocolate

Put this piece of artwork on your wall:

Then make this:

You're welcome.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Movie Style, Ceci Style

I am enthralled by the designs of Ceci New York and her ability to design such intricate and lovely paper products with so much detail. I know they are high end and very pricy, being couture invitations, but a lot of the attention to detail and unique approach to an invitation leaves me always inspired to create something of this caliber.
Each week, Ceci Style takes a "muse" wedding invitation and goes into detail about the specific invitation and what inspires her to create what she does as well as give an overall look and items to go along with the look. This week's "Creatively Cool" is a take on the Oceans Eleven theme. I love the incorporation of the old and new movie posters with brilliant graphic design as well as all the snazzy items that are worthy of the film(s).

Monday, July 25, 2011

What the Bento?

I'm not sure how I have managed to not pay attention to the amazingness that is Bento. Little did I even know that my lunchbox that I carry daily is a Bento box! Too bad I am not skilled in the culinary art of making adorable food animals. At least I don't think I am, I haven't tried. My extent of food art of any kind is ketchup painting on a plate at a catfish restaurant in West Tennessee. I am very intrigued, however, of this kooky little world of Bento creatures, mostly Japanese cartoons and little scenes that are so intricate and colorful (the more colorful your plate is, the healthier it is! This does not include gummy bears) it's a shame to have to eat it. Apparently this is a common take-out meal for one person (it can also be done at home) in Japanese cuisine. Most contain rice, fish, meat and one or more vegetables in a box-like container and can be arranged in an elaborate style called kyaraben. (Wikipedia)
If I had time for this, I would have ridiculous amounts of fun.


Source: via Laurie on Pinterest


So cute I could just die.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Who do you love?

Who do you love? I'm not asking for "love" right now but I'm looking for a "LIKE" on Facebook! I just need one more person to hit that little thumbs up before I reach 100 people. I'm not just stopping there though, I think I want to shoot for 150. So gather your friends, spread the word and click that cute little hitch-hiking thumb on my Facebook page. It's a baby step for sure, but that's what starting a business is all about! Hopefully one day the steps will turn into sprints!

Like me?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

DIY Soap Dispenser, Summer Wreath & Fancy Seashells

Last Saturday was a very crafty day. I had several DIY projects pinned on Pinterest, as did my friend Whitney, so we bit the bullet and spent the majority of the day crafting our little hearts out. I have to admit, none of these projects came from my own mind. I cannot take credit for them whatsoever so here are the original inspirations:

I love Method soaps because you can buy a bottle and refill it with the refill bags. The shape is great too. Most people don't really look at the shape of a soap bottle and get excited about it. Until you buy a can of spray paint and some sticker letters! Now you'll admire your soap bottle every time you wash your hands (which I hope is a lot) like I do. The process is simple too.
soap bottle
spray paint in your choice of color, we chose black
a sticker initial or anything you desire to spruce up the bottle. We found pearl letters in the scrapbook section and spelled out S-O-A-P

Spray the bottle (remove labels if you like, we didn't) and let it dry.
Put on your letters.
Wash your hands!

Even though it is the middle of summer, I couldn't resist doing this very fun summery wreath. It's almost as simple as the soap, you just have to use a little more muscle to really get those little umbrellas in the wreath form! It's equal parts silly and summery, which is perfect!
Cocktail umbrellas (found at Party City, we mistakenly got the jumbo ones!)
Wreath form
Wreath hanger

Poke the umbrella picks into the wreath form in whatever pattern you fancy. The sticks will go through the wreath pretty far, so you will need to cut off the excess in order for it to lay against the door well. Slip the finished wreath into a wreath hanger and put it on the door!

*Don't let your pets play with paper umbrellas unmonitored. However, it is funny to watch.

Spray paint can spruce up so much, even little objects like seashells. For an upscale summer look with a very cheap price tag, you can have some awesome accessories for your home in no time.
seashells (we found ours at Michaels for under $3)
metallic spray paint (we did silver)
a vase or container to put the seashells in

Place seashells far enough apart to thoroughly coat the entire surface of the shell. Spray 2-3 coats on the shells with the spray paint and let dry. Assemble the shells into the container you chose and enjoy your inexpensive rich-looking home decor.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Faking It, Floral

I love having fresh flowers around in my apartment. Whole Foods always has an array of beautiful flowers that I usually indulge myself in if I go there for groceries. I am usually not a fan of fake flowers. If I do like any, they have to look very real otherwise I tend to think they just look cheesy. My exception is if the flowers are made of fabric and are eye-catching in a unique way that says "Yes I'm a fake flower but I'm a really cool fake flower." I really like crespedia because they are playful and fresh, not to mention an amazing color! On my next crafting day, I am certainly making these felted stems of crespedia:

These poppies are so lively and funky made out crepe paper. I'm a huge fan of poppies, mostly because of the Wizard of Oz! They are such happy little flowers.

Embellishments like buttons and jewels with fabric or felt is a nice touch to a unique fake flower. This seems like it would be especially sweet for a little girls room.

Coffee filters are easily made into other things and don't look like coffee filters, hence these awesome roses. Even if these end up looking fake, it is fine because they become a work of art.

I never would have thought these were fake flowers at all. The DIY is from 100 Layer Cake, a great wedding idea website for all you brides out there. I get inspiration for my wedding invitation designs from this site a lot. There are more bouquet examples on the site made out of fabric as well.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Horcrux-Worthy Items

I don't think there is another series out there that renders so much excitement as the Harry Potter series, especially at midnight. I have experienced it with other HP movies but am always amazed by the zeal of fans dressing up in intricate (a pretty convincing Bellatrix Lestrange sat in front of us) costumes, not to mention cheering all throughout the movie. Black college graduation robes can be brought out once again and repurposed into a Hogwarts robe, assuming that you have graduated college and are still going to a midnight movie. I did, sans graduation robe however. I don't like Halloween that much so if I don't dress up then, I'm not going to at midnight.
Nonetheless, the series went out with a bang and has now taken its place as my favorite HP movie. It is wonderful all around.
I always love the design of the wizard world and from a design perspective, was looking forward to seeing what the horcruxes looked like in cinematic form rather than the image in my head from the book. So I thought I would round up a few horcrux-worthy items that I liked that would still fit in consistently with the aesthetic. All items are handmade from Etsy.
Sorry, I did not include a snake or Harry himself. I'm not sure why you would want that awful creature(not even a stuffed animal) and I'm pretty sure you cannot purchase Daniel Radcliffe(maybe a cardboard cutout if you're really that into it?)

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

I had trouble deciding on a leather journal because Etsy has so many beautiful ones to choose from. I like the key charm on this one and the deep brown of the leather color. I think Tom Riddle would use this. For evil soul splitting of course, not to pen a poem or anything.

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

I love statement jewelry and this one is beautiful, it has a vintage feel and looks a little bit mysterious. It even is reminiscent of the Gaunt ring-turned horcrux and the symbol for the deathly hallows with the subtle line in the middle and similar geometric outer shape.

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

The design of a clear locket is beautiful and simple. While it's not a large crystal like Slytherin's locket in the movie, it could still be a nice horcrux right? I think a piece of soul could fit in there nicely, and-bonus!-you can see it.

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

So this is pretty far from the imagined Hufflepuff's Goblet, or the one in the movie, but let's be honest about it. The goblet is kind of tacky. It is just a little bit too medieval for me. However, this adorable little ceramic one has a shimmery gold glaze that makes it a special piece of pottery. Gilded=horcrux worthy.

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

Unless you are royalty or the age of five, you probably don't wear a diadem that often. Although for a special occasion, a sparkly tiara-like headband can be classy if it's not overdone (example:wedding). I liked that Ravenclaw's diadem was small with a little touch of blue in it and more like a headband than a tiara. I would wear that if I had an ocassion to. Or if not, I would just make a horcrux out of it.

This wraps up the Harry Potter Blog Week. Grab your ticket and some Harry Potter treats and watch it all end in a theater near you. Have a lovely weekend.

Mischief managed.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Harry Potter Treats

Well folks, I successfully created some delicious butterbeer last night (with lots of help from the amazing Whitney Cheshier). I first thought it was going to be way too butterscoth-y for me but no, it's amazing. I'm a fan. I guess anything with butter as an ingredient is bound to be good. It was a bit weird that we were drinking butter but I guess, after all, it is called butterbeer. All you need is three ingredients! Whitney has had the Harry Potter Wizarding World version and says this tastes very much like it. We plan on smuggling it into the midnight movie tonight!
Here's what you need for the recipe via Muggle Net

The Harry Potter Recipes website has a plethora of recipes from the HP series. Here are a few that I definitely think you should add to your recipe book:

For a great chocolate frog mold, Amazon has one that looks very similar to the HP frogs.

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

Candy Warehouse has an endless supply of any candy you could ask for, including an entire section of Harry Potter candy.

For more Harry Potter recipes, consult The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook!

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest


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