Monday, September 15, 2014

From My iPhone: Fall is Here

Fall is here! I couldn't be happier. It's my favorite season - cool weather, layering, breaking out the thicker scarves, tights & socks, Halloween, pumpkin everything .. what is there not to love? Here are just a few things from my phone lens to show what I'm loving right now.

After I posted this photo on Instagram, a friend suggested that I try drinking it out of a pint glass with the rim lined with cinnamon and sugar. I did try it aaand - it's delicious! Try it RIGHT NOW! I'm drinking one as I type..

Honey from the Renaissance Festival. I love these little straws - a sweet snack, and they were only five for a dollar. I want more and I want to go back to the fest!

The only thing better than washi tape during Valentine's Day is washi tape during Halloween! I've used a ton of that black and white stripe tape already, and the little orange dots are super cute. Heck, they're all perfect. Thanks, Target.

Autumn colors, I'm loving you. My new floral reddish crop top + golds, tans, (pink curls), and my oh-so-professional manicure. AKA painting my nails with black NYC polish at 11pm on a Sunday night. Relaxing~

Last are the cuuuutest La La Loopsys! I love these tiny little girls. I got the pumpkin one last season at Target and just picked up the one of the left over the weekend. It's me to a t -- dressed up as a kitty, pink hair, black boots, spooky tights, and she came with a basket of hot pink yarn and a cat. What else is there to me?! Like, that's it.

What are you loving for fall? Have you instagrammed your PSL yet? Picked up some sweater leggings or started playing your favorite autumn music? (Mine is The Cure's Disintegration.) Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

7 DIY Spa Product Tutorials

I've been a sucker for wanting to create my own bath and beauty products since I was 12 reading seventeen magazine. Now, thanks to Pinterest, I can look to my heart's content at all these different tutorials on bath bars, lip balms, sugar scrubs, and soap, soap, soap. Here are some of the DIY posts on the top of my to-do list.


DIY Coffee Bean Soap


Whipped Sleepytime Rub


Rose Vanilla Soap


Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


I knit! I knit something! Can you believe it? This is my very THIRD completed knitting project. The first was a bulky straight scarf, the second was a hat, and now these adorable mitts! It took very long, but I'm very proud.

I used this pattern here (free!), used Lion Brand Heartland yarn in Great Smoky Mountains, and some size 9 (I think?!) needles. All you need to know is how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. And sew up a seam on the side.

Crochet is still my favorite, but I like to knit every once in a while just to remember how to do the stitches. I love the look of the stockinette stitch, so I was glad to complete a whole project using it.

What do you think? Do you like knit better or crochet? I think crochet has a better margin for error, aka I can just rip out a few stitches or rows if I don't like how things are going - in knitting, I still haven't mastered what to do when I drop a stitch. Also, in crochet, you can chain a bunch and measure that around your wrist, head, waist, etc - in knitting, making gauge swatches for that kind of stuff is very important. Pros and cons, though! Knitting looks so nice - perfect for garments, socks, and other dainty things.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

From My iPhone

I'm so excited to be this busy working on my new Etsy shop! BUT - I feel bad for it cutting into my actual blogging. Hopefully soon I'll be caught up with filling my shop with inventory, but until then, here are some of the things I've been up to via the lens of my 5S.

Some witchy decks full of inscriptions, magic objects, crystals, and other talismans found at Half Price Books in the cities. I haven't had a chance to go through them yet, but it's always nice having a few more lucky charms on my side.

I've been finding my wardrobe choices steadily turning dark, dark, darker more often. Perhaps the heat of August is making me want fall and even, forgive me, winter?  

Obsessed with chia right now. These Mamma Chia drinks are my absolute favorite. I want one right now. RIGHT NOW. They're all good! 

Told you 'bout that chia! Buuut -- this Chia Pod wasn't my favorite. It wasn't gross, even though it was way thicker than I thought (I thought it'd be more of a pudding texture), just kind of bland taste-wise. Also over $3.. 

 Heading out the door for a big belly dance show on Saturday, bindi in place.

Fresh sweet corn from our back yard. Ate this in a delicious salad with chicken breast, mushrooms, carrot shreds ... Had a lot of fun shucking this right outside my door. 

Spoilt myself a bit and set this Rust Cohle image as my desktop at work. Unfortunately, the gif this is from is great (Rust reenacting the gunfire with sound effects), but - no moving gifs as my background. Did you guys watch True Detective? Is it weird how much I love Rust? IS IT?

Latest prized possession: ROCKET! His little Funko is a bit hard to find. Next up .. Groot. Need him.

Some mini tape dispensers I found at the Mall of America! Easy enough to bust a part (have to change the tape somehow!) and fit some of my smaller washi tapes in there. I love you, Rilakkuma.
Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Items: Pokeball Coffee Clutches

I've listed a new item in my Etsy shop! Crochet Pokeball Coffee Clutches. They're up now and $11.50 each. They're great for hot drinks, but I love to use my coffee cozy on iced drinks to protect myself from the driiiink sweattttsss~

I'm also a part of Twinkie Chan's August Blog Sponsor giveaway. Check it out and enter here! Lots of cute stuff up there. (THAT PIKAAAA!)
Sunday, August 10, 2014

New Items: Retro Video Games iPhone Cases on Etsy

Big news! I have finished three patterns for some crochet iPhone cases and I've put some of each up for sale on my new Etsy shop. You can look at them (and shop them!) here. This is a big deal for me! Opening a shop for my original items has been a goal of mine for a while, and - with this little launch - I've finally accomplished it!

The three iPhone cozies I made are Gameboy, Pokeball, and the cutest little Dragon Quest slime. I'm pretty proud of them. Here are some photos:

Nintendo Gameboy iPhone Case 

Dragon Quest Slime iPhone Case

Pokemon Pokeball iPhone Case

Let me know what you think! I have plenty more ideas in the works - I just need the time to work the patterns out.
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Stickers + Pikachu Stationary from IkaBoushi

When I saw the IkaBoushi shop on Etsy, I knew that I needed something, if not everything, from the store to call my own. I narrowed it down to two things - it was hard - and placed my order. When my package arrived, I was so happy! The items were just as cute in person, and the quality was super great. The Pikachu Koffing paper pack was adorable, but my favorite were the stickers of the characters from Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Ah, so cute, right? Look at Isabelle! I'm already kind of considering buying a second pack of them, just because one of each doesn't seem like it is enough. Like, seriously - Reese? Adorable.

Here is Harriet from Shampoodle helping me remember to find and buy Groot and Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy for my Pop Vinyl collection. She fits so perfectly, right?

I highly recommend this shop for affordable and high quality stationary. There are more anime and video game items, too, as well as stuff like My Little Pony, zodiac symbols, and cute snack cartoons. If I could pick to buy more, the Katamari Damacy stickers are pretty adorable, but then again, so are the Harvest Moon ones. And Space Dandy. And Ghibli.

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