September Favorites

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September has been a whirlwind month for me. This month brought, lots of new and exciting things, as well as some big challenges. I've finally had enough downtime that I have been able to write and schedule several posts for October. This month I've found a few new favorites to share.

Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brushes
Who doesn't love a little bit of classy cheetah print? I recently upgraded from my old e.l.f. brushes to these beauties. They are incredibly soft and have minimal fallout. My favorite brush from the set is the eye shadow blending brush, it blends with minimal effort. This set is from Target and unfortunately they are limited edition. Also, I could not find this particular set on the Target website, but there are several similar sets available.

Yoga is a favorite every month, but I haven't yet found a studio here. In high school I used to use YouTube yoga videos at home all the time. YouTube now has so many more wonderful yoga channels, its an endless wealth of resources and this month I have found so many yoga YouTubers that are fantastic. Yoga With Adriene and Sarah Beth Yoga are two of my current favorites.

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan Weinschenk
I would not consider myself a designer, but I loved this book. It breaks down the science of how people read, see, remember and think. It's a book anyone interested in design would enjoy, although it did take a while to get through simply because there is a lot of information thrown in there. I found myself wanting to take a break after a chapter or two in order to absorb and retain the information.

Ikea Notebooks
Did you know Ikea has a stationary/ paper goods section? This was totally news to me. Sorry if I'm so late on this discovery. When I spotted this section in Ikea I had to resist the urge to grab all of the washi tape and party decorations. Ikea's notebooks are inexpensive and great for writing down thoughts. All of the pages are perforated so unneeded pages can be removed without leaving behind a mess.

What are you looking forward to this month?

DIY Tea Tin Planter

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I'm an avid tea drinker and teacup collector.  Someday, I'm going to throw a very awesome tea party. In March, my friends and relatives decided to host an amazing tea party themed bridal shower for me. It was adorable and a complete surprise.
Afterwards, I was left with a several tea tins. They were too cute to toss, so I decided to use them for plants. I chose a moon cactus and other succulents because I get along better with plants that don't require water often. I also chose to keep this cactus on my desk, but I know these planters would also be a great way to decorate a kitchen with herbs.

To make your own DIY tea tin planter, you'll need:
- Various tea tins
- A hammer
- One small nail
- Potting Soil
- Plants of your choice with small root systems (succulents or herbs)

Side note: If you're searching for the tea tin pictured above, it is from Target.

Drainage is so important! Use the hammer and nail to make a few holes for drainage in the bottom of the tin for drainage. Then transplant your favorite plant.

Do you plan to try this? Leave a comment below.

DIY Wedding Send-off Ribbon Wands

Saturday, September 5, 2015

In a perfect world, I would have left my wedding with a sparkler send-off.

However, late in the wedding planning game I learned a sparkler send-off was just not going to happen. In order to have a sparkler send-off in city limits, I needed a licensed pyrotechinician and as it turned out, in the middle of last minute wedding planning craziness it is hard to find a licensed pyrotechnician.  So I got to work researching what I could quickly pull together for my wedding send-off. I came across some cute ribbon wands on a wedding website and decided to make my own.

Today I'll be showing you how to make the wedding send-off ribbon wands that were used at my wedding reception. Making these can be a little labor intensive, so get your bridesmaids, mom or sister to help. I ended up making around 100 wands and then also had bubbles as an option for guests to using during the wedding send-off as well. These are especially awesome for a bride on a budget because the supplies are so affordable.

Let's get started!

DIY Wedding Send-off Ribbon Wands
- Scissors
- Thin Wooden Dowels
- Sticky Tape
- Washi Tape
- Fabric ribbon or metallic ribbon
- Bells (Optional)

Begin by setting a piece of tape flat on the table. I recommend sticky tape, I used washi tape for this tutorial because it is what I had on hand. Begin attaching ribbon. Use as many as you want, it doesn't take too many to get a lot of sparkle going on at your wedding's send-off. I got my metallic ribbon from the party section at Hobby Lobby. It was pre-cut and ready to go.

Carefully roll the tape on to the dowel rod.

Use your washi tape to cover the tape you used to attach the ribbon. If you choose, you can tie bells to the ends of several ribbons at this point.

Fin. With a lower camera shutter speed, these metallic ribbons appear to have an almost smoky, sparkler-like appearence in photos. 

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