Girl with Book: A Mixed-Media Tutorial

Girl with Book Mixed-Media Canvas

This mixed-media canvas sat unfinished for about a month until I was sketching one day and created this girl. Instantly, I knew that she would complete this collage. The Prima Marketing Water-Soluble Oil Pastels created a wonderful effect for the details. Continue reading

DIY Woodburned Ukulele: A Review

DIY Woodburned Ukulele Kit

I bought this kit on a whim a few months ago and it’s finally finished! I wanted to take the road less traveled and instead of just assembling this ukulele kit, I decided to add some texture and pattern to the body of the instrument. Here’s how I added a little pizzazz to this kit with just a stencil and a woodburning tool. Continue reading

Picking Your Dapper Day Outfit

Picking a Dapper Day OutfitDapper Day at the Disneyland Resort is just a few days away! For those of you who don’t know about Dapper Day, it is the day that you can get really dressed up (usually in vintage style clothing) and go to Disneyland in style! It is amazingly fun to watch what everyone else comes up with for their outfit, and to dress up for a day of fun.

If you’d like to participate in Dapper Day events, you can get complete details here.

For this post, I’ll be breaking down some of my favorite outfits from past Dapper Days, and giving some recommendations on where to start for creating a Dapper Day outfit of your very own! Continue reading

DIY Upcycled Cello Lamp

DIY Cello LampThis cello was destined for the dumpster before I saved it. My aunt is a music teacher and had this instrument returned to her with the neck broken off. Instead of wasting such a beautifully made instrument, I decided to transform it into something else. It would never play music again, but it provides light for our music room, so it now has a new life and new purpose. Continue reading

DIY Mermaid Crown

DIY Mermaid Crown

Here is the long awaited tutorial to make your own mermaid crown. This was the perfect accessory to my Ursula costume from Halloween. Everyone asked me where I had purchased it, but I just smiled and said “I made it myself!” This is a super easy tutorial that anyone can do with a little glue and spray paint. Continue reading

Free Crochet Fox Pattern: What Does the Fox Say? Amigurumi!

Free Crochet Fox Pattern: Fox AmigurumiThis darling crochet fox was a birthday present for my friend’s one-year-old. His nursery is woodland-themed and I thought this cute little fox would be the perfect addition. This free crochet fox pattern is a Beginner+ level pattern and uses entirely single crochet in the round with increases and decreases to create shaping. Continue reading

Mixed-Media Self Portrait Step-By-Step Tutorial

Mixed-Media Self Portrait

I’ve always been hesitant to create a self portrait. Something about trying to capture a true version of yourself never seemed attainable. Then, I was creating a fun, nerdy girl with some mixed-media details and I realized that I had accomplished a self portrait without even meaning to. It is a fair likeness and I love that I somehow managed to capture my crazy hair and my burgundy glasses. Here’s how I accomplished this mixed-media self portrait.  Continue reading

Hammered Penny Boho Chic Necklace

Hammered Penny Boho Chic Necklace

A while ago, I was admiring a lady’s necklace at a wedding. It had tiny, symmetrical disks clustered together. They looked a little like fish scales. It wasn’t a necklace that I would wear, but it had an interesting look to it and it made me want to experiment with clustering some charms made from a simple hammered penny to create a similar look.

For this necklace, I hammered pennies flat, then attached them to create a beautifully organic look with handmade copper disks that are truly one of a kind.  Continue reading

Is it better to have goals, or to reach them?

Having Attainable Goals

With the New Year just newly begun, I have been hearing a lot about goals. Goals to travel, to lose weight, to develop new habits, to break old habits. In all this, there is the looming threat of failing to meet these New Year’s Resolutions and a warning to be sure to set attainable goals.

While I believe it is good to set attainable goals, I also think that we will only reach as far as our goals are set, so why not set a lofty one? Even if you fail, at least you’ve made some sort of progress in the right direction.

Set a goal to exercise everyday? I bet you exercised more than you would have without this goal. Maybe not everyday, but more days.

Set a goal to break an old habit? I bet you thought about it more than if you hadn’t made that goal.

I think it is better to set goals and reach out for them, than to set an attainable goal and only ever make it as far as you were able to at the time. An attainable goal just means that you knew you could reach it before you started. That’s not reaching past your comfort zone to achieve more than you ever thought possible.

Not that I believe everyone should immediately set lofty goals and then expect to fail. That’s not what I’m saying at all. My desire would be to see people reach past what they are able and dream of something bigger, but then set attainable goals to build up to that lofty height that they dream of.

So, it’s time to buy what I’m selling. Time to put my money where my mouth is. Here is my lofty, currently unattainable goal:

100,000 monthly page views!

Where I’m currently at: 3,000 page views per month.

So there you have it! I’ve set a goal that I may not reach this year or the next, but I’m going to get the page views to 4,000, then 5,000, and on and on until I’ve met my goal. I’m reaching for the stars and catching some stardust along the way. It is better to have the goal and reach out for it, then to keep grabbing what is right in front of you.

I encourage you to dream big, take the reins in life, and see how far you can go. What’s your goal for the next year, the next two years, or your lifetime? What are you reaching for?

Mr. Darcy’s Shabby Chic Pet Bed DIY Tutorial

Mr. Darcy's Shabby Chic Pet Bed DIY Tutorial

When I first adopted Mr. Darcy, I was convinced he was going to be a country gentleman, an aristocrat, a distinguished individual straight from the pages of Pride and Prejudice… He has since proved to be a bit more of a squirrel than I expected, but he’s a lively dog who always raises my spirits.

Because I was planning to raise an aristocratic dog, I’ve made sure to decorate his supplies like the country gentleman that he will one day be. For this pet bed DIY, I decided to decorate his bedding so that it was shabby chic and adorable. With shades of cornflower blue, this shabby chic dog bed is perfect for a little chap to lie down in.  Continue reading