Recently I’ve been obsessed with the color pink. For example, I recently bought a pink t-shirt, a pink cardigan, and a pink necklace–which, now that I’ve written it out, sounds like a lot haha. And yet, I still haven’t had enough. So I decided to combine my pink frenzy with my desire to get rid/use arts and crafts materials, I made this necklace. I haven’t worn it yet, but I am thinking of outfits for it as I type!
Okay, I have a lot of jewelry in general, but especially bracelets. I have always had a hard time figuring out how to store them in a way that is space-saving but also let’s me see what I have. I decided I needed some type of cute box with some drawers.
So I went to the first place I go for everything–the thrift store. And lo and behold there was a 6 drawer wooden box right there with my name on it. It was in good shape except for the fact that the front of the drawers were painted a coral/pink color with white flowers–not my style. But it was 5 bucks so I took it home and knew I could figure out something to do with it.
I envisioned a pale blue and gold situation but it didn’t really pan out as I thought it would. For some reason the gold didn’t pop on the drawers like I wanted it to and the blue wasn’t as pale as I expected. I decided to stick with the brighter blue on the outside but needed to figure something out for the drawers. I painted them gray and thought I would just leave them that way but it looked washed out and weird. Just when I thought I wouldn’t be able to use the gold, I got some Pinspiration and decided to try a not-so-perfect triangle pattern.
It is definitely not what I thought it would look like initially but I really love it and it holds all my stuff so well!
In my pinterest/DIY blog perusing I have seen a ton of projects that incorporated plastic animals. So one day (like a year ago) I walked into Dollar Tree and saw a bunch of plastic animals. I picked them up thinking I would do something with them.
Between that time and me finishing this project I spray painted the animals in the blistering cold–dumb idea they got weird and sticky and then I let them be until about 2 weeks ago when I sanded them as best as I could and re-sprayed them. Then me and my mom sawed them in half with some old rusty saws from her garage. I let them sit for a few more
weeks days and I picked up a decorative wood thing from the craft store. I slapped a couple of layers of gray paint on it and hammered a thingy onto it so that I could hang it to the wall.
A couple days later, I glued the half animals onto it in a random order and let it dry. Once it was dry I ran out to the living room to show it off to my bf and then I got lazy and let it sit in the living room for about two weeks. I finally hung it up yesterday. So after more than 380something days–give or take– I finally have a cool piece of art that’s totally unique and quirky and finished and hanging on my wall. So now, in addition to my collection of real, live animals–4 snakes, 1 frog, 2 toads, 1 fish–I officially have 7 more pets now, right? Yay!
Life has been busier than ever. Working two jobs and trying to keep up with everything else on my calendar has basically taken over my life. I have been trying to continue to do things that make me happy despite my lack of time, and one of my favorite things is making stuff.
So while I was perusing the craft store (which I try to limit myself from entering for fear of spending my whole paycheck) I saw these luscious rock beads and they were on sale so I really couldn’t turn them down. I actually ended up buying two strands which should really illustrate my lack of self control in the craft store.
I made another necklace with the other strand I bought but I don’t like it all that much, so I need to rethink what I do with it. In the mean time I am in love with this unique piece and I love it even more because I made it with my own two hands!
At the beginning of the summer I bought this very basic pair of sandals from Target because I thought they would go with anything. As it turns out, I didn’t like the way they looked so I never wore them. I’ve seen a ton sandal embellishment tutorials this summer (I especially love this one & this one) so I don’t know why it took me until the end of the summer to realize I should do one myself. I got some gem-looking things from the craft store and glued them on.
I wish I would have done it sooner because now they are the only shoes I want to wear!
This year has been an epic year for traveling. I have reached a lot of my travel goals and this summer has been a blast! Me and one of my closest friends decided pretty randomly to take a weekend road trip to Niagara Falls. It was amazing: we ate good food, went to both sides of the falls, and participated in the attractions which included taking a boat into the falls and walking up and touching the falls. We had plenty of quality time together which was really the best part!
I am so incredibly sad about the Mike Brown situation. And it’s the same sadness I feel about Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner and Oscar Grant and Sean Bell and Jordan Davis and every lil Black boy or girl who has met the same fate. It hurts my heart to know that people can’t see the beauty and value in Black people that I know so well to be true about myself and many of my loved ones. I feel afraid to raise Black kids in this country and I feel afraid for the Black kids that I work with everyday in Baltimore City. I hope that this country and this world can find love and respect for the beauty of Blackness and all other shades.
This wonderfully written article really clearly articulates how I feel:
“As a black person in America, it’s getting exhausting to still have to explain, in the year 2014, your right to exist in this country. To explain that you are a human being whose value sits no lower than anyone else’s. To explain our basic humanity. And perhaps worst of all, to explain exactly why we are outraged.”
I’m holding all families affected by preventable violence in love and light.