Thursday, April 17, 2014

Flip Flop Frenzy Craft Contest

I'm so happy to be partnering up with Dollar Tree for their Dollar Tree Summer Fun Flip Flop Frenzy Craft Contest so that I can my mind off of this:


And start thinking about this!
<<Click through to see some SUMMER FUN~>>


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Get the Short Hair Trend...Without Cutting Your Hair!

I've been putting off going to the hair salon for way too long.  I'm just worried that when I walk in there, instead of saying "Just a trim please.", like I should, that I'll probably sit down and yell out "CHOP IT ALL OFF!  GIVE ME A PIXIE!!"  Which I will regret within about 2 days~

So I found a better solution!

SammyDress Wig, Full Head Wig, Hairpiece
Inclined Bob
(Tutorial for this necklace here)
The lovely folks at SammyDress sent me a wig!  I have loads and loads of clip-in extensions, falls, ponytails, etc, but I've never tried a full wig before.

I love it for those days when I just don't feel like doing my hair at all.  Plus it's perfect for the other days when all I want to do is cut it all off.  I'm not a short hair girl.  I look better in long hair.  I know that, and yet every few years I want to try something different, and usually live to regret it and spend the next two years desperately trying to grow it all out again.

The more I play with it the more ways I find to wear it.  If you want to try a full wig but you're nervous about the hairline, just throw a headband or bandanna on until you get comfortable styling it.  This wig is so much more voluminous than my own hair so I can add braids without them falling out right away too.

They even sent me the cute little off the shoulder top that I'm wearing.  It's one size fits all so I didn't really think it would fit but it's perfect.  And it's great for when I want something just slightly more smart than a T-shirt.  It comes in black and light blue as well.

Hey!  Is she wearing my hair?
Check out SammyDress for all kinds of hair and fashion options for the right price.

Have you ever worn a wig or extensions?  Leave a comment below.

*This post is sponsored by SammyDress.com.  No compensation was received other than the products shown and all opinions are my own.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Movie Monday - Angus & Julia Stone



I cannot get enough of this version of this song.  I listen to it over and over and then get my guitar out and play it myself.  LOVE it!

              

Angus and Julia Stone are a brother/sister act from Australia.  I hadn't heard of them before this song but they have loads of beautiful, deep, dark songs out.

You can see more of their videos and listen to more of their music on their Website (their website is super cool, I think it would appeal to all you crafty folks out there) or head over to their Facebook page.

What do you think of acoustic versions of old pop songs?  Love 'em or leave 'em?  Leave a comment below~

Friday, April 11, 2014

Matchbook Motivations

I have a colleague at work who has to juggle a lot of personalities in the office, which can be pretty stressful. I try to be a sounding board for her but I thought she'd appreciate a little gift to inspire her on those days when she feels like crawling under her desk or banging her head against the nearest wall (I think we've all been there).

DIY Matchbook, Portable Motivations, DIY Booklet, Inspiring Quotes

Here's all you need to make your own little booklets.



Supplies:
-printer paper
-2 sided scrapbooking paper
-paper cutter or craft knife and healing mat
-access to images and a printer &  word processing software
-stapler
-optional: embellishments

Steps:
1) Use these measurements to create a template for your matchbook cover:


You'll cut the outside edges and just score the other lines on the inside of the box.

2) Cut a pretty piece of 2 sided scrapbook paper out using your template ( or even better, get your cutting machine to do it for you!)



3) Score the lines as indicated above and set aside.

4) In a word processing program create this shape several times.  I just used the insert Text Box feature.


The smaller rectangle at the bottom is just a guide, you don't have to draw it in, score it or cut it.  Just don't put any images below this line or they'll be hidden.  However, what you can do is use a tracing wheel from your sewing kit to perforate along that line.  Then the pages can easily be torn out.  If you don't mind keeping them all in the book, then you can skip this step.

5)  Now, decide what kind of images you want to use.  I just went online to Pinterest or Quotesnsmiles.com and found lots of inspirational picture quotes.  Copy and past the images to fit inside the top rectangle.  Once you have a page of them, print them off, and then cut around the outside of each of them.


Optional: As above, you can use a tracing wheel to create a tear line.


6) Fit all of your pages inside your cover and just staple it along the bottom a couple of times.  Voila!  You're done~

I made another one for my niece that's just filled with adorable pictures of baby animals.


You can add embellishments or glitter or some other pizzazz to the outside if you want.  You could use them as a coupon book or for love notes or just leave the pages blank and throw it in your purse so you always have a notepad handy.

What will you put in your Matchbox book?  Leave a comment below~

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tell a Tale: The Signature of All Things


If you're ready for a really major read to lose yourself in, try this book out~


Summary from Goodreads.comIn The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction — into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist — but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.

Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who — born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution — bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert's wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.

Believe it or not, moss like this plays a major role in this book~

ReviewIt's hard to believe the same author who wrote Eat, Pray, Love and Committed wrote this book. I knew well enough not to expect the same type of semi-autobiographical musings but this is about as far away from that as you can possibly get.

I listened to this book on audio, and although it seemed to be never-ending, I gradually came to enjoy it. However, throughout most of the book I just found myself astounded by the amount of research that must've been conducted by Gilbert to come up with the background details of this story. Which, in the end, aren't background details at all but are really quite central to the final chapters.

It took much of the first half of the book for me to begin to like any of the characters but eventually they did grow on me. A book like this is usually about the relationships between all of the characters but I felt that in this book those relationships were merely a tool to get us to the end so that Alma's theories could finally be revealed.

There's a great deal of lead up until we meet Alma, who I would consider the main character of the book. I wonder how much of that was necessary but I guess if you want to write an epic, you might as well tell as much as you possibly can.

Overall I liked this book. It's not something I'll ever pick up again but it has given me a lot to think about in terms of a life well lived, which I think Alma did in the end, even if it wasn't conventional or what was expected at that time (or now for that matter). In fact, I think that was what I liked best about her and the book~

Tahiti: just one of the locations that Alma visits

What do you think of authors who change their genre and writing styles completely?  Are you able to get past it to enjoy the story?  Leave a comment below~

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