Sew It

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So, I’ve been on a bit of a “waste-less, reuse more” kick lately.  It all started when I got sick of buying and carrying cases of water from my car to my apartment (I’m not lazy y’all, it’s a pretty long hallway). I bought a CamelBak Eddy (which is my absolute favorite bottle) and have never looked back on buying water.  This sort of had a snowball effect and I started searching for more things in my daily routine that I could swap for a reusable option.  One of the next things that needed to go was the big drawer full of plastic zipper bags.  I mean how inefficient is it to use a zipper bag for one, maybe two uses and then toss it?  Ridiculous, if you ask me.  I decided to search the blogosphere for an alternative to the zipper bag, and was so elated when I found this tutorial.  I decided to put my sewing skills to use and try and make my own.  Y’all it was wayyy easier than I could have imagined! And I’ll be honest, I am a terrible seamstress.  I made a set of four and plan on making a few more.  I use these baggies daily.  I can throw in my snacks for class, pack them in my bag, and throw them in the wash when I get home. They’re not meant for wet items like fruit, but work great for dry snacks and sandwiches. This week I was so excited when my friends commented on how cute they were!

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DIY:: Photo Wall

Happy Monday y’all!  I thought I’d kick things off this week with a little DIY project that takes any boring apartment/dorm wall to a whole new level!  I found inspiration for this project on Pinterest weeks ago, but wasn’t sure exactly how I’d incorporate this into my home space.  I live alone right now and use my living room as a place to display most of my photos of family and friends.  However, I’ll be adding a roommate to my apt this summer (woo hoo!) so I need to find another way to display all of my photos and leave the living room as a common space for the two of us.  My first thought… the photo wall!  I finally had some free time this weekend to work on it, and I’m pretty happy with the results.

< I apologize for my amateur photography 🙂 >

:: Photo Wall Tips ::

1. Choose a wall for your photo display and clean it off, otherwise the pictures won’t stick

2. Lay out your photos on a large surface as a mock up of what the wall will look like

3. Begin posting your photos on the wall.  I suggest using Command Strips, double sided tape, or sticky tack.  (if in doubt, ask your landlord for an approved hanging agent)

4. Use a ruler to measure the space between each photo to ensure even rows and columns.  In this photo, I used .5 in-between.

DIY from Stitches & Spoons

So this weekend I received a surprise gifty thanks to the lovely skills of Sara over at Stitches & Spoons. As part of my New Year’s goals, I have taken complete control of my finances and have switched to the “cash only envelope system”:: I highly suggest you try it out! Anyways, envelopes don’t exactly fit in your wallet and they’re really necessary to stay on track. Sara came up with the cutest wallet to stash them in (and in white and grey stripes no less!). She even made me a matching business card holder! I absolutely LOVE my new stripey accessories!

New Year, New Crafts

I hope your New Year is off to an amazing start!! I am pleased to report that I spent most of New Year’s day crafting and watching movies (both luxuries in my busy schedule!), and it was absolutely perfect!  A much needed slow-paced day!  So, I’ve been searching for some completer pieces for my coffee table for quite some time now, and knew I wanted a tray of some sort.  On a recent trip to hobs lobs, I came across the cutest unfinished wooden tray, and it was just screaming for me to take it home and paint a chevron pattern on it.  So, that’s exactly what I did.  During my end of the year clean out, I found a glass vase in my cabinet that’s never been used.  I snapped a few rubber bands around it, sprayed a coat or two of spray paint on it, and voila, it’s completely repurposed into a unique candleholder to add to the coffee table! (p.s. It’s the turquoise-ish vase in the first pic)  Lastly, I painted a frame to hang my new goals in.  I’m a big believer in writing/typing your goals out and then posting them somewhere in your home or office as a constant reminder of what you are working towards. I really like this turquoisey blue so I decided to stick with it for the frame.     My goals are proudly hanging on my bathroom wall, this way I see them when I wake up and before I go to sleep.

And this wouldn’t be a beginning of the New Year post without me asking…. anyone out there make any resolutions?  I have to admit, instead of making resolutions I actually just revised my list of goals. Adjusting my goals to match who I’ve become over 2011 and what I want to accomplish in 2012 will hopefully help me excel personally, academically, and professionally.

DIY:: Swizzle Stirrers

Looking for a fun way to make your New Year’s cocktails a little swanky?? Swizzle drink stirrers are the perfect addition to make any drink a bit more special!  All you need is tinsel garland, bamboo skewers, a hot glue gun, and scissors!  For all the details click here! Happy New Year’s Eve y’all!

Pretty Lights

Chandeliers are beautiful, elegant, and classic!  They add a bit of whimsy to the room in which they reside.  As a southern girl, I love the style of antebellum plantations.  One of my favorite things about visiting these old homes is looking at the ornate chandeliers!  I definitely think that they are essential for all southern belle’s homes.  They come in every size, style, and color and can fit in ANY room in a house!  Here are some ideas for adding a chandelier to your home:

* Add a small tiered chandelier above the kitchen sink for additional lighting

* An acrylic chandelier could be perfect for a dressing room or walk in closet as a touch of elegance for such a small space

* Search for a vintage chandelier, add a bit of spray paint, and now you have a new, fresh vintage chandelier that can be added to your living room, dining room, or bedroom!