Caturday: Soft Kitty

Posted on March 24, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

Oh good, it's Caturday! The day where I show you a picture of one my kitties. I did this a long time ago on the blog once, but completely forgot about til now. I think it's time to bring back Caturday!

Here's a photo I snapped the other day of Barney in the dryer. He loves to explore. Do you ever put your pets in funny places to take photos, or is it just me?

To make Caturday even better, here are some links I've gathered this week:

  • Lisa Congdon and Mati McDonough are running an e-course for 'beginning and returning painters' called Get Your Paint On.

  • I found a delicous recipe for a healthy dessert.

  • I'm 99% sure I'm going to dye my hair a crazy color this week! I loooove dip dyed ends like this.

  • And I gotta give credit where credit's due. Kitty Photo Friday on Miss Modish's Blog is what jogged my memory about Caturday. I can't get enough her adorable kitty cats.

Maxi Skirt Love

Posted on March 23, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

It usually takes me a while to jump on board with most trends. It took me years to finally buy a pair of skinny jeans. But maxi skirts are a trend I just can't pass up. I especially love the ones made of sheer chiffon with a shorter liner underneath. So pretty! Maxi skirts are so easy to wear for many body types and marries comfort with style. They're basically the stylish alternative to track pants. Just pair with flat sandles and a plain white tee for summer.

Left Side:

  1. Printed Woven Maxi Skirt
  2. Beverly Pleated Midi Skirt
  3. Black Split Chiffon Maxi

Right Side:

  1. Atlantic Blues Chiffon Maxi
  2. Tie Dye Maxi
  3. Long Skirt with Pockets

DIY: Crazy for Crosshatch

Posted on March 21, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

Once you start with this crosshatch pattern, you won't be able to stop!

All it takes is a few minutes and a couple dollars worth of supplies. You probably have most of this stuff hanging around already.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • something to decorate (card, notebook, etc.)
  • cardstock, scissors, pencil OR a pre-made stencil
  • painters tape
  • ultra-fine point Sharpie

Start by drawing a simple shape on to the cardstock and cutting it out. Or, if you're using a pre-made stencil, just tape that bad boy on to whatever you're decorating.

Make sure you really secure your stencil with painter's tape and start drawing your lines. I'm a jittery person, so I think it looks good when the lines are little wavey. Gives it a hand-drawn look. Also, I can't draw a straight line without the aid of a ruler.

Once you're done filling in the lines in one direction, start on the other way! Btw, if you don't already own an ultra-fine point Sharpie, go get one now! You'll find so many uses for it.

Try not to be too heavy with your Sharpie around the edges of the stencil or you'll get little dots along the edge.

Now peel off the stencil and take a look at the pretty crosshatch pattern you just made.

Repeat the previous steps on everything you own. Just kidding! Well sorta...

I liked how this turned out so much, I immediately reached for a mini Moleskine notebook and stenciled an 'F' for my last name. Sharpies come in roughly ten million colors now, so pick up a couple shades and get going. Stenciling someone's named in multi-colored crosshatches on a card would be a really cool addition to a gift.

Fruity Ice Cubes

Posted on March 20, 2012 and tagged DIY with comments

Are you ready for spring yet? I know it's only March, but the weather has been amazing lately and since it's the first day of spring today I thought we needed a fun warm weather drink.

All you have to do is pick up a couple pints of berries at the grocery store, whatever is on sale or in season.

I love my heart shaped ice cube tray from Ikea!

Just toss the berries in the blender until they are completely puréed. I did each kind seperately, but a mix would be nice too.

Next I strained out the seeds, because I didn't want seedy ice cubes, and poured them into my ice cube trays.

After a few hours in the freezer, you'll have brightly colored fruity ice cubes. They taste great in simple, clear drinks like a Vodka Tonic. Or just add them to some soda water.

As they melt, they'll color your drink a bright pink and add a little sweetness.

Tip: The blueberry ice cubes didn't turn out as pretty as others. I thought they would be purple, but they were more of a burgundy.

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