I'm alive, but moving! Summer Sets in will be taking a break, (after such a long sleep anyway!) and I'll be blogging quite regularly over at The Common Creative with my sister! It's going to be so good. Lots of DIY, inspiring places, recipes, and photos. Join me there!
Friday, September 27, 2013
Hello blogging friends, I decided it was time for my return! It's been a long while. It was a wonderful, wonderful summer. My sister got married, I got married, and I went to a million friends' weddings. Marriage was abundant, and it's a good thing!
See our wedding photos here! Tamarah is the best.
See our wedding photos here! Tamarah is the best.
After our wedding, we went to Chicago, and it was also wonderful! Late, warm summer weather, lots of good food, and lots of coffee... and I do mean lots.
We liked this city a lot. We went on an architecture tour, which was really neat. Did you know the Sears Tower isn't actually called the Sears Tower? Look it up. A true fact.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Snow is lingering. Exams are lingering. It seems the joy of spring is just out of grasp! But it's coming! I know it is. The blog lull won't be for long, I can see lots of creative inspiration coming, it's just not quite within reach yet!
New sights of new cities are coming. Green grass is coming (I think?). COLOUR in the outdoors is coming. Spring cleaning is coming! Wedding planning (a break was nice) is coming. Bare legs in dresses are coming. Seeing my sisters - it's coming! Gardening is coming. Creative inspiration - oh, it better come!
Hey spring, hurry up? You'd be a big help to the creative side of me.
Monday, April 1, 2013
It's Monday, but a special one: Easter Monday! I missed my two sisters very much this weekend, but glad to have spent it at my parents house. Hope you were able to spend lots of time with family and celebrate such a life-giving holiday.
From my family to yours, Happy Easter!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Wedding planning is:
feasting on colours and inspiration.
planning the very best day.
distracting from homework and work.
so far more fun than stressful.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Coffee is a large part of life. Not only am I a barista, but so is Jordon. It's a job that I enjoy, but for him, it's definitely a way of life. Needless to say, I am surrounded by quality coffee constantly. Whether it's making myself a macchiato at work, visiting Jordon at work, enjoying a beverage from his home espresso bar, or going out for coffee, I am immersed in this delicious beverage!
I love seeing new coffee shops around the globe. One day I plan to see a new shop opened by my fiancee, but for today, here's one I'd like to visit.
I came across Caffe Streets when reading A Beautiful Mess blog. Chicago is a city I would like to visit, and I think this place would be on my list.
Beautiful woods, quality presentation, and they like to educate their customers as well. I support that!
And just because I like the shop I work at too, here's some beautiful photos a local photographer took on the first day back open of while we were working. The space was just redone, and it's a wonderful!
Are you a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur? I am learning lots, and love touring coffee shops with Jordon. He's the guy who should be writing this post...stay tuned for a possible follow up guest-post by the coffee man himself!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Hello! This week's post is brought to you by creative Kristen. It's been a while since she's appeared in life, but it's good of her to show up for a little while, wouldn't you say?
I started searching for a make up brush roll, mostly because I want to keep my brushes in good shape. The ones I came across all seemed to be too industrial looking. Black...pleather...ugly. Make up is supposed to enhance beauty, so shouldn't a make up brush roll be beautiful? Obviously the make-up-brush-roll-makers haven't done the math.
After digging through some craft supplies, I skeptically started to sew. And it turned out! Here's how I did it.
Amateurs like me: about 1.5 hours
Pro's: 2.5 minutes
You'll need: 2 colours of fabric (or one. If you're feeling monotone), a plastic sheet protector (or any kind of thin plastic), a sewing machine, stamps (optional), 2 pieces of ribbon, and the tallest items you'll be putting in your roll.
1. Iron your fabric. See that wrinkly fabric in the first photo? Not nice.
2. If you've chosen a solid colour for the inside, and wish to stamp it, go for it! I used my new camera stamp from The Plaid Barn (thanks sis!).
3. Cut 3 pieces of fabric, 2 the same size (inside - printed fabric, and outside of your roll), and 1 piece for the pocket (same width, about half the height. Use your brushes to see how tall this piece should be). I chose my outside to be pink, and the pocket to be pink. I didn't measure here, just did some official sewing lady guesswork.
4. Hem the side edges, and the top edge of your pocket piece of fabric.
5. Sew the plastic sheet to your inside fabric. This is to protect that lovely printed fabric from getting full of make up dust. My plastic wasn't quite big enough to cover the entire thing, but it works just fine.
6. Sew the bottom and side edges to the printed piece of fabric. Sew some pockets. I did various sizes.
7. Find your outside piece of fabric and 2 pieces of ribbon. I had to do some more guesswork here to figure out how far to sew the ribbon so it will still tie when rolled. I basically filled my pockets of the inside piece, placed it against the outside piece, rolled it up, then measured the circumference of the roll. Mine was about 20 centimetres. After being unrolled, I decided to sew from about 5 cm - 20 cm, to leave some tying room on the ends of the ribbon.
8. After the ribbon is sewn, place the right sides of the outside piece, and the inside piece together, tucking the ribbons into the centre so you don't sew them! Sew 3 sides, flip right side out, fold last edges inward, and sew.
9. It's done! I filled mine with more than brushes. And it's wonderful.
Here's the little project all rolled up. Works wonderfully at home and for travelling.
What do you think? Would you try this easy sewing project? My instructions aren't amazing, and I am definitely still learning, but it was a fun project.
Have a lovely rest of your week!