Thursday, January 29, 2015

How I make (totally adorable, cheap and easy) door wreaths

     All my life, I've made a whopping two wreathes. I'm very proud of these because I never thought of myself the crafty type. Artsy? Sure, but never a crafter. When I was younger I flirted with scrap booking only to get frustrated after a while. Anyway, when I moved into my apartment this past October, my door (and my entire breezeway for that matter) was just so dull.
     My boyfriend's mom is definitely the crafty type. Through high school she made me these giant, gorgeous homecoming mums (If you don't know what those are just google 'Texas Mums' real quick, they're kinda hilarious when you're not use to them). So she taught me her crafting ways and talked me through making the one above for (get this) $16!
Recently, I decided it was time for a makeover, so I ventured to Hobby Lobby with nothing but an orange cart and an online coupon. I didn't even have and idea in mind but I knew some basic steps to making a gorgeous wreath. This one was a little more expensive at $20 but compared to the pre-made ones they're significantly cheaper.

1. Get your supplies - First you'll need a grapevine wreath to act as your base. These are normally under $5 and hidden behind the synthetic flowers. For flowers you really don't need to buy as many as you might think. Look for synthetic flowers with lots of different aspects to them instead of individual flower stems. This keeps the cost way down, I'd never use more than three stems of flowers. The Fall wreath I made was made from one big flower and a stem with everything else. The coupon is good for one full-price item so use it on the most expensive thing you pick out. You can find a wreath hook at the Dollar Store around the holidays.

2. Plan it out - Plug in your hot glue gun and start pulling apart your flowers. It should be pretty easy, but if not use some wire cutters or heavy duty scissors. Be careful not to crush or bend the more delicate ones. Lay out your biggest pieces and decide where you want the focal point or points to be. Pile up the smaller pieces like leaves on the side to add on later.

3. Glue it all on - Once you're happy with the main part, start gluring your bigger pieces and work out. Play around with things before you glue them but you can also rip something off if you end up not liking it. Once you have the big stuff on move onto the smaller flowers and leaves and build up. Sometimes less is more, so don't feel the need to use everything you've bought. 

That's it! I was really surprised at how easy it was to make these and the whole process doesn't take that long. Let me know if you have any questions about my process but otherwise that's it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Matt and Kim -Get it

I heard this song on an ad for Man Seeking Woman and was in love. When I looked it up and saw it was Matt and Kim I was so excited. It took me a while to get into their music, but they play some of my favorite songs like Let's Go and It's alright (which just might have one of the best dances ever)

They're coming to the House of Blues in Dallas April 24 and I'm seriously considering going. Anyone with me?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A poster to get you through the week

Hey guys! I was testing out my Christmas present (Adobe CC) and whipped up a quick poster of the motivational sorts. Feel free to download, print out or save as a background. Green is my favorite color but I made a blue too. Enjoy!

Printable 8 1/2 by 11 Inches

Downloadable Phone Backgrounds

font via.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A New Year: Spring semester goals

      I am not that type of person. There's a certain amount of eye rolling required when people use the "new year, new me" statements. However, I do think this time of year calls for a sort of reflection. That being said, each year I set myself goals, not necessarily year long goals but long term goals none the less. I see January as a time to look back on what I've accomplished and what I hope to do in the coming year.
      This time last year I was running a design blog from my high school yearbook room. I was so uncertain about where I'd go to school or what I'd major in or if I'd move out and so much more. I've learned a lot about making big decisions recently, mainly that things always workout in the end (or at least they have so far). This past year was a huge one, I graduated high school, started college, got a promotion as a manager at LOFT, got a job at The Shorthorn, moved out, made ok grades in school, and got an editorship at The Shorthorn.

      Looking toward 2015 I don't see as many events. I'm starting that long stretch of school, graduation feels so far off and there are still so many things that will happen before then. This is is where grit comes in, this is the long haul. But that doesn't mean a girl can't have some fun. Right now, I'm taking a We'll see approach towards this year. But it's time to refocus, time to make things happen.

Spring Semester Goals
1. Get back into the habit of journaling
2. Get all As this semester
3. Get back into the habit of reading for pleasure


     What are your goals for the new year? 

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