Saturday, May 28, 2011

This is a first..

it's a tutorial!! Hahaha.. And the first craft that I can cross of the summer to-do list!
I made a headband!!
First I found Amber's headband tutorial and thought it was really cute so I put my own little twist on it.. I guess..?
So here it goes!

First you need a plastic headband and some cute cute fabric.
Cut a strip at least 3 times as wide as your headband (a tiny bit bigger is even better..at least for me!)
Fold the strip in half and sew right sides together. (I ironed it in half too so it would be easier to sew)
Flip right side out and put it on the headband. This is when I cut the strip to fit my headband. 
I wanted it fitted and straight so I just left a half an inch on each end to fold and hot glue. If you want it scrunchie like Amber's just use more fabric.
Now for the bow! (At least that's what I put on it)
Cut a strip 4 inches wide and 14 inches long.
Fold in half and sew wrong sides together.
Flip!! And fold ends under to create bow shape.
I folded mine in thirds to create a small-ish but full bow!
Tie center of bow with scrap fabric strip.
Then cut another piece.. 3 inches wide by 4 inches long.
(That's what I used so that I would have a little extra bit to be able to trim!) 
Fold (hotdog style!) and sew wrong sides together.
Flip and I pressed it (gathered like because that's cute and all).
Then cover center and glue!
I was then able to slip the headband into the bow so that it would lay flatter.
Hope that makes sense to yall.
If you don't care about it being bulky or anything, just glue it to the headband.
Or you could make it into a clip so you could wear it with or without the headband.
And now wearing it!
(Ignore the squinty eyes ha!)
Now I'm ready to go to after prom tonight!
Looking all cute and everything.
Haha it's necessary when you aren't going to the actual prom,
just the party--fun--part afterwards!

FYI--After prom is what they have down here in Texas to keep kids from drinking and sex and all once the prom is over. So like if prom ends at 12, the it starts at 12:30am and goes until like 5 in the morning!!! (When I am normally getting up for seminary. Which is over now! It ended Friday!! Insert Friday by Rebecca Black lyrics here.)

Mine is hosted at the school. For ours they are setting up a fake casino in the gym, having all sorts of blow up slides and such in the other gym, and a cafe and such in the cafeteria. And every senior that attends that school wins a prize! So it's a win win situation--FUN and FREE STUFF! 

Love love. Pictures sometime later.. :) I'm sooo excited for tonight!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Craft List

After a long deliberation.. the list is complete!!
So here are the things I want to make this summer.
Some I have the specific tutorial I want to use, some I don't.
In no particular order.. Here it goes!


  1. a wall hanging that shows my love for TEXAS! (here are my insirpations -- here, here, & here! -- think rustic, southern, amazing)
  2. a skirt
  3. jewelry (mainly this bracelet and this necklace!)
  4. a memory/cork/photo/ribbon board for my dorm room (I really like these ones -- here & here!)
  5. a scarf (preferably multiple!) -- here is one I like..
  6. a camera strap
  7. sparkly shoes!!!!! (here!!)
  8. a (..nother) dress -- shirt dress again?
  9. headbands (my faves -- here & here)
  10. and finally a bag. or makeup bag. (here or here? and there are a billion other tutorials out there!)
And a few extras if possible.. ;)
  1. a screenprinted tee (tutorial here)
  2. belt..? (here)
  3. something ombre (here)
So there are the lists. I have 10 crafts/projects that I want to do this summer and a few bonus projects (if I get to them!!) And who knows..maybe I'll have to add more!


12 weeks.
10 projects.
1 full time job.
1 very tired teenager girl.


(HAHA! like the dramatic effect?? imagine it's a cheesy dramatic movie commercial!)

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Craftiness.

The goal for the summer. To complete 10 (maybe 15?) crafts. I have been emailing myself links of crafts forever.. I've decided it's time to actually make some of them. I've made three of them in the past few months or so.. but there are still a ton on the list! I'm going to search through and come up with a list of the ones I'm going to do this summer! Then have some bonus ones so that I can go above and beyond :) 


Here are the ones I've already done:

-Elle Apparel's Shirt Dress (mine did the same thing her's did..I had to add ruffles at the bottom too!)
-Noodlehead's Gathered Clutch (I love mine.. but use the fusible fleece!! I skipped out on it.. :/ But it's still way cute!)
-And tons of places have tutorials for those Rolled Flower Clips (I just kinda winged it at YW's though!)

(photos from their respective websites!)

So the list will be up sometime this week.. maybe tomorrow! And I'll post pictures and such of my past craft adventures/attempts! 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Here's what I wore yesterday... [Can you tell, I'm attempting to be a better blogger ;)]
This is probably one of my favorite outfits ever! 
I've had this shirt for a while and I love it.
It's extremely comfy, but it wasn't very flattering before.

So then I went and for me a cute brown braided belt (from Gap).
And used this tutorial from Clothed Much.
And now it's cute.
And flattering!
And comfy!! 

Reminds me of something Kelli would wear.. ha!


 It's going to be a great day. Wanna know why?
Today I get to go see my new nephew!! I'm so so soo excited...you don't even know.
I have my last choir concert ever tonight. Way sad. But it's exciting.. it will be pretty fun.
Mom and I are going shoppppping. 
And..I don't have to go to school for long!
And our seminary teacher brought us donuts!! [Early morning seminary is hard. and tiring. but very very worth it!]

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Graduation is coming!!

Oh man. I only have a week and a half of classes left then finals week. But I'm pretty much done already. So that's pretty great!


I signed up for a few of my classes yesterday. Crazy. College is sooooo soon. Ahhh. I can't wait for BYU. :)


Here is what I made for my graduation announcement and party invitation!! I used Digital Scrapbook Memories Celebrate Kit. SO CUTE.


I used Photoshop Elements to create them. I love photoshop. It is simply amazing!






Other exciting news.. My sister-in-law Lainie had their baby this morning!! At like 4 am!!! :) I'm so excited. I'm officially an aunt! His name is Braxton. Yay!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Last Dance

Choir banquet was Friday. And it was my last one ever. Crazy. I remember freshman year soo well and it seems like it was yesterday, but now I'm getting ready for college. It was an emotional banquet, but a very fun one too!! Here are some lovely lovely picturest. I got to present the awards with my friend Becca [most likely to blah blah, best hair, laugh, Mr. GQ, etc] So that was really fun. I was voted Most Likely to be a Soccer Mom. Hahaha. :) And we danced. A lot. A lot. Like really good workout. :)


1. Me and Sam [we matched!!] 2. Me and Beaven [we were dancing.. soo we were all sweaty haha] 3. Me and Kirsten.. A freshman in choir [also Mormon] and we decided.. MODEST ARE THE HOTTEST!
Becca & I presenting awards :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

5 Lovely Things

I think I'm trying to make up for my lack of blogging lately.. :)


5 LOVELY THINGS FOR TODAY!


1. APEX BACKPACK  [from LL Bean]
I want this backpack. For college. [yet another example of how I am a dork!]

2. NEW LEAF FOLDING TOTE  [pattern from Heather Bailey]
My mom and I are going to make this tote bag out of the cutest oil cloth we got at City Craft. If you're ever in Dallas, make sure you go visit.. they have the cutest stuff ever!! [But we're going to leave off that front folding pocket thing.. It's the cutest.

3. BOYFRIEND JEANS.
Need I say more??  [1. Levi's 501 Boyfriend, 2. Downeast Basics Boyfriend, 3. Levi's 501 Boyfriend]

4. DON'T FORGET CARDI  [from Downeast Basics]
Come on.. it's sooo cute. Who doesn't want a sweater that ties with a bow!?

5. SATURDAY MARKET BAG  [pattern from Heather Bailey]
Here's another pattern from Heather Bailey that I've been wanting  f o r e v e r .  Soon enough I'll have it.. I'm sure of it ha!

Happpppy Day.

A little bit of everything..

All I can say is..I'm not the absolute worst blogger in the whole entire world! I'm just down there a ways.. :) I've gotten pretty busy these past few weeks between school work, family events, and other various things. So here is the list of things that I can remember happening in the past three weeks:


  1. I turned 18!!! :) YAYAY! and didn't have to renew my license! [honest!!]
  2. I got cowboy boots!! I'm a real Texan now ;)
  3. I got my senior pictures taken.. and I love them!
  4. I saw Soul Surfer [with Amanda and her sister] and Prom [with Amanda] -- both were cute and way clean [so hard to find these days!] Soul Surfer was my favorite though :)
  5. I got my Young Women Recognition Award/Personal Progress Award/Medallion [about it]
  6. My sister-in-law had her baby shower [she's due in 2 weeks and I can't wait!!!!]
  7. My mom and I went adventuring at an Antique Mall [great finds and fun!]
  8. Made a graduation announcement for a friend [and I'm making another tomorrow]
  9. Realized I have a *major* crush on a boy in one of my classes, but he actually goes to a different school, and gathered up the courage to talk to him
  10. Realized I am destined to marry a nerd [by that I mean a really smart guy!] because I am a nerd. I loooove biology. Like love it. No joke.. And I enjoy learning about it and find it fascinating and want to tell everyone about it. Ask Amanda.. ;)
  11. Took the AP Biology exam [today] and hope I did okay
  12. Talked to people at the college of life sciences at BYU and found out what classes I need to take [did I mention, I figured out what I'm going to major in?? Biological Science Education. I'm a nerd and I love it!!]
  13. Celebrated Mother's Day [hope y'all treated your mothers wonderfully!]
  14. Got lots of new clothes :):)
Thats all I can think of.. Major events at least..haha and yes I had to consult my journal for a few of those.

Now for the explanations of a few..

1. Last year, when I turned 17, I went to renew my license but they messed it up and put the wrong expiration date on it or something so I don't have to get a new one until..2017! Woot woot!


 3. Here are my favorites.. [and YES I wore my cowboy boooots!]



Oooh. I feel somewhat self absorbed now.. Promise I'm not!!
For family home evening tonight guess what we watched!! This and oh man.. that is an impressive 13 year old.. Inspiring :) Enjoy!!!