Friday, 29 August 2014

:: Washi Tape Tag ::

Hello! A few weeks ago (has it really been that long? Yikes!) Crazy Katie nominated my for a washi tape tag. Thank you so much Katie!

 Just a note, I don't have a HUGE collection, I'm still collecting. :)

From what I can gather, the rules are this:
1) share your washi tape collection on Youtube or Blogger video or post.
2) Make sure you share your post through any social media
3) Nominate 3 more fellow washi-hoarders 

Anyway, enjoy!
First, my pinks. I have some pink polka-dotted, pink and purple dotted, and some pink flowers and birds.

*I have 2 of some washi tapes because Indigo had a really good sale on it, but you had to buy 2 rolls*
For my yellow and gold I have some yellow sploched tape (its kind of hard to see, sorry), and some gold butterflies.
For my green, I have green and white chevron and green and white polka-dot.
For my blue, I have blue and green paint strips, blue dandelions, and blue flowers and birds. 
For my purple I have cats and purple scallops.
For my black and white I have lacy scallops, black and gray dots and houndstooth.
I also have some cupcake washi and some with inspirational quotes on it that I didn't know where to include. 

I nominate: YOU! If you are reading this, I would love to see your stash! I just don't know who collects washi tape. :)


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

:: Vacation Photos ::

I wasn't planning on posting today... 
But I didn't have anything else to do, so I thought I'd share the photos from my vacation that I promised you guys!

This was taken from the car on the drive out. It was so exciting when I first started to see the mountains! 

This is the lake. The clouds were so low! 

I went for a paddle boat ride almost every morning!
This is the dock.

I went swimming 2 times, the lake was super cold because its fed by a glacier! 
I took this on a walk because the sky looked so cool, the photo didn't turn out as good as I would have liked it to though.

This was taken from a bench just a little bit away from the cabin I stayed in. 
This was taken on the drive home.
Another photo from the drive home! 

I hope you enjoyed these photos! 


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

:: Awards ::

I have two awards to talk about today, so I'll start with the Liebster Award. 

 Thank you so much Madforbeauty for nominating me! Visit her lovely blog here

The rules:
- thank the blogger who nomintated you
- answer the questions they send you
- nominate up to 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers to answer your own set of 11 questions
- contact them by commenting on a recent post

1. What inspired you to start blogging?
I don't really know, I just was looking at some other blogs and thought that it would be fun to make my own!
2. What is your favorite makeup brand at the moment?
I don't have a specific one, I like to try lots of different ones.
3. Natural or smokey eyeshadow?
4. Summer or winter?
Winter (which is more then half of the year where I live!)
5. Best place you've traveled to?
The mountains (hopefully some photos in an upcoming post!)
6. What is your favorite tv show?
Doctor who
7. Do you prefer long or short hair?
8. What is your favorite holiday?
9. Coffee or tea?
10. What are you most passionate about?
Thats really tough! I'm passionate about many different things, such as crafting and acting.
11. What is your favorite song at the moment?
Thats really hard, can I pick 2? I would have to say Portal by Lights and Living in Another World by Neon Trees.

My nominees: 
1) Jurika from Jurika
2) Eb from Fearless Fox
 3) Lisa from Tea and Craft
4) Kate from Clover + Dot
 5) MJ from Little Panda Crafts
 6) Georgia Kate from Peqpermint
7) Daisy Chan from Little Kawaii Daisy
 8) Sephie Rojas from Strawberry Bunny
 9) Jennifer Ashley from Pretty Little Details
 10) Missladyinlavender  from Tickle Your Cute Bone
 11) Andrea Gina Karima & Hafiz Oliver Amir from Overload Journals

My Questions: 
1) What is your favorite thing about blogging?
2) What is your favorite thing to blog about?
3) Why did you choose your blog name?
4) Why do you blog about what you do?
5) What type shoes do you like to wear?
6) Sweaters or tank tops?
7) What is your favorite type of book?
8) What is your favorite app?
9) Cats or dogs?
10) What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
11) What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?

Thank you so much to The Fence Of Stars for nominating me for the Sunshine Award! 

The rules:
-State 5 facts about yourself.
 -Answer the 5 questions.
-Create 5 new questions and nominate some more bloggers for the award.

5 facts:
1 I'm celiac.
2 I'm VERY afraid of heights.
3 I'm extremely awkward in real life.
4 When people think of me their like "oh your that girl who likes cats".
5 I'm super obsessed with Doctor Who (but you already knew that, didn't you?)

(1). What is your favorite mythical creature?
Hmmm, probably a Hippogriff. Is that how you spell it?
(2). If you had to change accents, which would you choose?
(3). What was the last good book you read?
Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton.
(4). What's your favorite modern slang word/phrase?
Ummm, I don't know? Swag?
(5). What's a little-known fact you just found out?
I can't think of anything right now, sorry.

My questions:

1) what is something most people don't know about you? 
2) if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
3) do you prefer tea, coffee or hot chocolate? 
4) do you prefer spring or fall? 
5) what is your favorite pastime?

I nominate: YOU! If your reading this right now, I'm nominating you! 


Saturday, 23 August 2014

:: Guest Post by Lisa of Tea and Craft ::

*This is a guest post by Lisa, you can visit her lovely blog here! Thank you so much for this lovely tutorial, Lisa. :)*

 Hello! I'm Lisa from Tea and Craft and Amy has very kindly invited me to guest post here! ^___^ I decided to show you how I make hair bows because a) one can never have enough hair bows and b) I have been dying to do some sewing! I did these by hand, since my sewing machine is broken (which is probably why I can only think of sewing projects atm!), but if you have a *working* machine you can whip these up even faster!
To make the bows you will need some cute fabric, some hair clips, some pins, a pair of scissors, needle and thread (or a sewing machine), and some buttons if you want to decorate your bows a little. I like to use a template for making my bows, since that means I don't have to do a lot of measuring ~___^ I have created a template for you to use, which you can download by clicking on the image below. It's A3 size, but if you don't have an A3 printer you can easily make your own template; it's just two rectangles, one of which is 24cm x 27 cm and the other which is 90 cm x 60 cm.
My fabric had been stuffed into my stash for a really long time, so I gave it a quick iron before I began. You can see from my photos what a gloomy day it was while I was doing this! Rainy days are perfect for crafting, but less than optimal for photo-taking ~___^
Next step is to cut out your fabric into the two rectangle shapes. Use your pins if you want to, but don't worry about the edges being perfect; you won't see them in the finished product anyway.
Then fold the larger rectangle right sides in along the longer edge, pin it together, and stitch a long the non-folded edge. I recommend doing a couple of stitches at the start and the end to make sure your seam doesn't come undone later.
Once you've sewed the edge, turn your fabric back the right way out. You will have a fabric tube; fold the fabric so that the seam runs down the middle of the back of the tube. It's hard to see, but my seam in the photo above is right between the two middle black and white designs on the fabric. Fold your fabric in half again, so that the seam is on the outside of the fold and the two raw edges are together.
Add some pins, and then sew the raw edges together. You can see my stitches in the photo above; they don't have to be perfect, just make sure they are secure.
Turn your fabric so that the seam is in the inside of the ring. Then do the exact same thing for the smaller rectangle.
Now you will have two rings; if you want to have a button in the centre of your bow, you can now sew it to the smaller ring, on the opposite side of the seam.
Press the larger ring flat and fold it accordion style, adding a pin to the centre to hold it in place. Then you can thread the small ring onto the large one, removing the pin once you've got the small ring on.
Fluff out the edges of your bow, and admire your handiwork! To add the hair clips, you have a few options; you can sew them on, glue them on, or just thread the clip through the small ring.
Whatever way you do it, you've made a hair bow! And since they're so quick and easy to make, I'm sure you won't be able to resist making a few more; I couldn't! ~___^ And wasn't it nice for the sun to finally come out to see the finished bows? ^___^
his is a great way to use up smaller pieces of fabric you may have and a cute way to show off fun novelty buttons. You can get really creative with what you put in the centre - I've also used small plastic animals, jewellery charms, and even scrapbooking embellishments. What would you put on them? ^___^

Thanks for having me here today Amy, it's been such fun; and thank you to you for reading! ^___^

- Lisa xx

Thursday, 14 August 2014

:: Etsy Finds: Summer Food ::


I haven't done any Etsy Finds in ages, so I thought I'd do one based on summer food.

Really, who doesn't like summer food? 


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

:: Sailor Mars Bow ::

In the last Sailor Moon (last week) they introduced Sailor Mars, so I decided to make a version of her bow.

Sorry, the photos are bad. The lighting always seems horrible when I make these!

I'm sorry, I only posted 1 thing last week. I was really lazy. 

Now, ramblings aside, here is the tutorial! 
 1) Gather your materials. You will need a dark blue or purple felt  rectangle with rounded edges, 2 tails for the bow, a felt strip for the center of the bow, a red felt heart or button, a small black elastic band, dark blue thread, a needle, and scissors. 
2) Use the elastic band to turn the rectangle into a bow.
 3) Sew the felt band over the elastic band. 
4) Sew the tails onto the bow.
5) Sew the heart or button into the center of the bow. Enjoy!

I found the Sailor Mercury transparent here.