Saturday, January 28, 2012

SATURDAY DIY: Paper Pinwheel Flower Bouquet

Happy Saturday!
One of my favorite people, Tiffany, from one of my favorite Etsy stores and blogs ( Kitten Paws Vintage), suggested we start doing more DIY projects again and I'm more than happy to oblige! 

I figured since it's (almost) spring and these are all the rage at weddings right now I'd do the Paper Pinwheel Flower Bouquet.
This project is SUPER easy and is the perfect gift if you're looking for something sweet but unconventional.
Also, another upside is they won't wither and die in three days! ZING!

First, collect colored paper or appropriately themed paper
Next, collect your supplies: 1. Brads (I got mine at the local craft store) 2. Plant stakes (local craft store) 3. Scissors 4. Hot glue (optional) 5. Not Pictured: Hole Punch (optional)

Let's get down to crafting! Cut the paper into a square. It can be either 2x2in, 3x3in, etc. For this project I did 2x2in but most people prefer 3x3in. 

Fold the paper corner to corner, and then again (with the opposite corners) corner to corner til it looks like the picture below:

When you unfold it, it should have folds in the paper that look like below as a cutting guide. Next, use your scissors and cut each fold 1/2 to the middle. 

Once you've made your cuts, it should look like the picture below

Next, use the hole punch or scissors to make a small hole in the left side of each triangle and one in the middle  of the square
Next, pull each corner with the hole in it towards the middle and put the brad through it: as shown below


After, you've put the brad through each of the holes in the triangles, push it through the hole in the middle of the pinwheel to fasten it. 




Next, place the plant stack against the back of the brad

Then, fold the back of the brad over the plant stack to secure it. (use hot glue if you feel it needs extra securing!)

Voila!


Here is a bouquet of these I made back in August for one of my best friends birthdays with some lollipops thrown in:


Now onto a photoshoot for the Etsy Store.
I hope whatever your Saturday holds it's equal parts relaxing and fun!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

There is Beauty in Everything

Have you seen that little charming commercial where the guy is sitting in the bar being a grumpy pants and negative and everyone around him is pointing out the little things in life to be happy about?
Man, I wish I could find it on youtube but I digress...

Sometimes, when the week seems to drag on and on and it's only Wednesday, it's good to remember the little things that make you smile: 

Like an ASU rootin' one-eyed cat...

a Jeff Goldblum who loves road trips...

A new puppy roomie...

Meeting Matthew Gray Gubler..

and having him draw something just for you..

playing dress up, even in your twenties...

thoughts of moving to New York City...

 friends who keep you laughing...

and
This song:


There really is beauty in everything.

What are some little things that make you smile?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

STYLE WATCH: Spring Trends- Prints&Patterns

If this month is any indication of the next year, this year is going to fly by in a minute! 
I feel like it was just yesterday I was thinking about my own personal favorite trends for fall  (here ) and now it's already time to gear up for Spring (in Arizona anyway..I'm sorry for any Easterners brrrr! I'm sending warmth from Tempe your way!)

It's funny because if you read my favorite fall trends, I mentioned color blocking which is now according to Glamour.com a very popular Spring 2012 Trend. 

Weird, huh? I guess I was too early to the party on that one.

But anyway, onto what I've been/will be digging this Spring from either my own collection or street fashion..

1. Mismatched Patterns

The other day, I literally had nothing to wear so I threw on a long striped black and white shirt and belted it with a black and white animal print belt. My mother would have cringed at me but I got more compliments on it than when I actually try. Anyway, here is a loud and proud declaration to wear those mismatched patterns with gusto!
(...Sorry Mom)


2. "Geo" and "Tribal" print..anything.

I posted a few examples below of items that display these types of patterns. I included a few from some online stores in case you're interested in checking them out. 

(photo sources:unknown)




(photo source: http://www.shopakira.com)


 (photo credit: http://www.forever21.com)

(photo credit unknown)

I want these boots so bad it hurts. 
(photo credit: http://www.stevemadden.com)

 If you know me in person, there is a good chance you know I'm a BIG Steve Madden Fan but I still haven't made my mind up on these ones yet..


(photo credit: www.stevemadden.com)


3. Bright Colors

Okay, this is an oldie for Spring time but there is a reason it's a trend year after year. 
Bright colors are fun. Simple as that. 
So add a little bling to brighten up your day every time you look down with a bright, colorful ring..
(photo source: unknown)

Or, maybe a little color to your work day?

(photo source: http://www.hm.com)
Love this blazer. Love this skirt. Love this whole outfit. 

Completely unrelated note: When do I get paid again?


What are your favorite Spring Trends?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bad Blogger & Long Post

My oh my, haven't I been a bad lil blogger!

Here is the place that I solemnly swear to be a better blogger (at least 3 a week!) AND that this will be a long post (my apologies)

Let's take it back about two (and a half) weeks...
Right up to New Year's Eve where my friends and myself rang in the new year for 
the second year in a row at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess.
If you're not from the area, just know this place is 
a beautiful resort and throws a mighty good party too I might add

My favorite siblings: Ricky and Leah

Andrew and I

Not really sure what's happening here but me and my ladies: Leah and Sam

The boys!

Literally ten seconds before midnight..
Me and my lil Court court. She came all the way from San Fran and I miss her already!


To sum it up: I could not have asked for a better way to bring in the new year with old friends.

The day after New Year's I started my brand new spankin event job that I mentioned here!
I'm still a little hesitant to say what event/company I'm working for because you never know how employers will find you! I will post pictures of the event once it comes to fruition though.
Needless to say, I love it. Some days, I feel like I'm way over my head and I'm just a befuddled, confused mess and other days I feel like I'm totally on my game and rockin it.
All you can really ask for is that the "rockin it" days outnumber the befuddled days.

As I may or may not have mentioned Sam and I have a third roommate, Annie. Or should say had. After almost two years of living with Sam and I in our little three bedroom Tempe home she unfortunately had to move out. So in light of the new year  and new beginnings we also have a newer third roommate, who from here on out will be referred to as St. Louis. St. Louis also came as a package deal which included the sweetest darn dog west of the Mississippi, Goose. Goose looks like the dog from "The Mask" and I'm sure photos will be coming soon and often.

I'm admittedly pretty obsessed.


Lastly, in my stupidly late new year's post..
Instead of New Year's Resolutions
Sam and I made "12 goals for 2012" list's

Sam's List:
1. Watch all Tyler Perry Movies 2. Plan for New York Move 3. Read More
4. Have more themed parties
5. Work on Forgiving people 6. Challenge my photography
7. See the Avett Brothers on New Year's Eve
8. Leave a nice waiter a BIG tip
9. Send out Christmas Cards 10. Get a Tattoo
11. Be open to loving someone the way I did when I was 18
12. Dance without being insecure...SOBER


My (Lindsey's) List
1. Visit NYC again
2. Save $2500 for NYC move
3.Read/Finish seven books 4. Visit Courtney in San Fran
5. Finish and put on Play
6. Be active. everyday
7. Lock down event job. full time
8. Get a tattoo
9. Go to more plays (at least five.) 10. Take a creative class
11. Have frequent small get togethers
12. Be more open. attentive. forgiving.

But more on those later...
If you made it to the end..I CONGRATULATE YOU!!

WOO!!!