Saturday, October 29, 2011

Boo from Me to You!

   The boyfriend and I are headed out this evening to Melbourne and I wanted to wish you a very Happy Halloween Weekend! Eat lots of candy and dress cutely for me! Taylor is being an Irish rugby player and I'm going to be his leprechaun, we're dressing up for our downtown street party. Pinky promise I'll post pictures as soon as I get a chance.
   I've already decorated most of the house (I can't even imagine how ridiculous it shall get for Christmas!) and the little banner above is one of my favorites. It was super cheap at Target, I want to say only few dollars, and it looks so sweet at the top of our stairs. I've also decorated the entire front window and have a pumpkin full of candy ready and waiting for precious little vampires and princesses on Monday. This big kid decorating and candy-giving is much more fun than I could have imagined.
   And this is my pride and joy! The wall that had been decorated for Taylor's birthday is now decorated as a Halloween wonderland! Sometimes I just like to decorate things for the crafting of it, and this is no exception. I took down the balloons and the walls looked so bare- I was practically forced redecorate.
   Finally my dear buttercups, I'll leave you with a little freebie that I made this year. It's made to fit my computer screen settings, but it shouldn't be too terrible looking if it's on your screen.
Just click and "Set as desktop background!
Be super spooky and I hope you get the good candy! XOXO.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Pretty Closet makes a Better Day

   Or well... some sort of saying like that. I was told by Taylor that I simply had to organize our closet. And soon. When our roommate moved in I had to take all of my extra clothing out of her closet and back into ours, and since then it has looked like a volcano erupted and left behind a trail of destruction. I am going to indulge you and show you a photograph, but just know that it embarrasses me so:

   So yes. This was Before. The terrible, no good, horrendous Before. Taylor went out of town last weekend and thus, I tackled the Before. It took many hours of music, many hours of purging things that I didn't need, and quite a few hours where I forgot to eat and take breaks. It was well worth it in the end, as here's the final product:
After- The lighting makes it look sort of like a haunted house!
   Tada! I have an entire large box of donation things and everything is super organized in the After. There are still too many clothes in there, but it's going to take another couple of purge sessions to set it straight. Plus, I'm going to have to get onto Taylor for keeping shirts that a) don't fit or b) are yucky. We also need to learn to control our laundry monsters a little better. But on the bright side, the most difficult part is finished!
   I've even made the wall above our desk (the wall next to our closet) more organized, and much more adorable. I put up our second section of twinkly lights, moved around my bulletin/inspiration board, and made the best banner ever. The banner is my favorite part and it was ridiculously easy!
Wall above Taylor's desk and my banner!

 The Cutest Banner You'll Ever Make Instructions:
  1. Go to the craft store of your choice. Purchase three sheets of different color coordinating scrapbook paper. I chose one patterned one and two plain ones, but you could do lots of patterns, more than three papers, only plain colors- whatever your little heart desires really!
  2. Hopefully you already own a needle (Sadly I didn't so I had to buy a sewing kit- life of a college kid, right?), so just purchase some color of embroidery thread that matches all three of your paper choices. Embroidery thread worked well for me because it's thin enough to go through the paper but thick enough to see on the wall.
  3. Cut triangles out of your scrapbook paper. I did five from my patterned paper and four from each of my plain papers, but again you could do whatever works for you. I also found a good picture of triangles for a banner on Pinterest, which helped to keep mine all the same size and shape. Lay your triangles out on a flat surface in the pattern you'd like when you're finished cutting.
  4. Thread your needle and cut the piece of embroidery thread so that it is at least an extra foot longer than your row of triangle papers. Make sure the triangles are all facing the right direction and that the correct side of the paper is facing up! Even my plain colored paper had a textured side and a smooth side, so be careful which one you're using as the top.
  5. Tie a knot in the end of your thread, leaving about five inches so you can use that to hang the banner. Start weaving the needle and thread through the flat top part of the triangle. You should have two holes in each triangle. Look at the little tutorial I drew y'all!
  6. Weave and weave until you get to the end of your triangles, and then tie a knot.
  7. Spread the triangles out evenly on the thread. Hang up your ends on the wall, either tying them or using pushpins. I used pushpins but then still had wiggle room, so I tied bows in the end! You could also tie them across a table or between two trees or above a doorway! The possibilities are kind of endless.
  8. Admire your super delightful new decoration!

   And that is it my loves! Easy-peasy and it really helped make that corner of our room feel complete. I will definitely be making holiday themed banners, birthday banners, everyday-of-the-week banners! I've got a bit more of the closet to work on, just bought matching hangers and a few more organizing tidbits today, so au revoir until later dears! XO.