Sorry I totally deserted you guys

…but here’s an instant gratification DIY to make up for it! I’m in vacation mode, so I wanted to do this quick DIY before I left. It’s insanely easy. A toddler could do it. If you want your toddler crafting a wine stopper, that is. Whatever. I’m not here to judge your parenting.

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You will need:
-wine stopper (found mine at AC Moore)
-beads

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Pick your beads and twist off the top of the stopper. Add the beads. Screw the top back on. Ta-da! Your own stopper, you classy broad, you.

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I’ll try not desert you guys again. I plan on posting a few more times over vaca. Happy Monday!

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I have a hamsa obsession and other things I want to tell you guys

Whoo-hoo! Two entries in 1 night. It’s getting wild in here, y’all. 

I love Buddhist jewelry. I love the sentiment of all the symbols. I think they’re so neat. Whenever I decide to man up, I plan on getting a hamsa tattoo. I haven’t gotten a new one since I was 21, and I’m starting to think it’s a lot like going back to school: the longer you wait, the harder it is to go back. Hey, no one ever said I was a good influence.

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These are some hamsa pieces I made a few nights ago. They also happen to be #13-#15. I have no idea if I’ll actually make it to 100, but hey, at least I’m still following my resolution!

I also promised you guys I would start being more “me” with you. So, I found this cool challenge on Pinterest of 30 topics to blog about. They’re pretty personal, but I’m going to attempt to go through them all. 

#1: Five ways to win your heart.

Shew, let’s dump myself straight into vulnerable territory. I hate being vulnerable; I’d rather do anything else than put my heart on my sleeve. My partner at work tells me all the time that he’s pretty positive I have no heart (thanks dude). I’m trying to work on it, though, because I figure no one knows how you feel if you don’t tell them. And if it’s negative, how will they fix it? It’s a complete work in progress, though; I am awful at it. But I digress.

1. Know who you are. There is nothing more attractive that will win me over than knowing yourself. Embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly. Own the room you walk into, light it up. I love being the significant other of someone that people are drawn to.

2. Have a passion. I swear I have undiagnosed ADD, but no matter how boring I think something is, if the person who is telling me about it has an obvious passion that shines through, I will be entranced. People who have a passion for something just have a glow about them.

3. Show me you care. Good morning texts, flowers, planning something fun, brag about something I did that you think is awesome, ask about something you know I care about deeply, all of it is awesome. I don’t need the moon. I just need you to show you care.

4. Love your family. Look, all of our families drive us crazy. My dad and I have the same temper, my mom will purposely push my buttons, and my brother chews loudly. I love the shit out of all of them. Tell me how much you love your parents, or your grandma, or how proud you are of your brother. It shows me that you have a structure in your life and cherish the little things that many people don’t have. I get that we all have skeletons. But that’s why we have our families; to help us take them out of the closet and make em dance. 

5. Give me space to be myself. I have been told by many, many, MANY people in my life that it’s going to take a special man to “deal” with my strong personality. First of all, I don’t want to be “dealt” with. I want to be loved for who I am. I’m a pain in the ass, I have a temper, I’m stubborn as hell, and I need to occasionally be told when I’m being ridiculous. But I need a man who can reign me in, while simultaneously giving me the space to be my own person and loving me all at once. Don’t try and break me down. I’ll be gone before you know what happened. 

 

How about y’all? What 5 things to win your heart?

 

Easter Wreath DIY

If you’ve read any of my posts (or know me in any way), you know I love wreaths and I love making wreaths. However, since it’s almost April and not almost Christmas, I decided to branch out from my typical bulb wreaths. Hence the Easter wreath that follows:

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For this bad boy, you’ll need:

– a wreath blank (flat, wooden one)

– Easter grass

– hot glue gun

– plastic eggs

 

If you’re anything like my family, you have an obscene amount of plastic eggs laying around. Full disclosure: I am 24, my brother is 20, and we forced our parents to do an Easter egg hunt last year. I’d do them until I have children, but as I was making this wreath, my mother came in and said “I’m assuming you and your brother are finally old enough we no longer have to do an Easter egg hunt this year.” She said it with such disdain that I took a sip of my wine, swallowed my emotions, and agreed. God, growing up sucks.

Anyway, start by going in sections and adding hot glue to the blank, then pushing grass on top. As they told us in the academy, accept the fact that it’s going to hurt (except in that way they meant getting stabbed/killed, and in this way I mean, you’re going to utter an obscenity or seven as you burn yourself with the glue gun. Suck it up. Mama didn’t raise no sissy.), and move on. Once your grass is placed on the blank, lightly pull on the pieces that are not secured. Then, add a second layer until you’re satisfied with the coverage.

Next, start glueing (gluing?) your eggs. Do it however you’d like: one color, six colors, all the way around, one side, add bunnies, whatever. Make it yours until you’re happy with how it looks.

This is wreath #1. Wreath #2 is already hanging up on the double doors. My mother explained to me that if they go on the doors, there have to be two so it’s even.

None of you are ever allowed to ask where I got my weird OCD from. Happy #12 DIY!

100 DIYs in 2014

I posted a while back that another one of my New Year’s resolutions was to DIY 100 products in 2014. I’m off to a slow start (life gets in the way sometimes!), but I wanted to share with you what I’ve made so far (other than my 2 posts…):

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(I made the small one here.)

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So far I’m up to #9. I need to get my head in the game…and I’m starting to wonder if I should include my Pinterest meals too? I mean, it is DIY!

Have you kept up with your New Year’s resolutions? Any fun crafts you’re trying? I’d love to hear it!