Monday, February 21, 2011

Incredible Thrifting Haul.

Hi guys :)

I went on a Saver's expedition today, and returned with three full bags of stuff. I found some super amazing treasures, and to top it all off, Savers had a 50% off all clothing and shoes sale so I got everything half price! Yes. What a great day.

Everything, I repeat, everything in these pictures, I bought today. For half price.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Rainy Day D.I.Y.

Hey :)

Today's weather is my absolute favorite.
There is no better day for creating and feeling romantic then a rainy day... I love drinking hot chocolate or (better) hot coffee and dreaming up something beautiful.
Thank you, God, for rain and the color gray.

Here's the D.I.Y. I promised you a few days ago!

Remember making paper airplanes in elementary school? I do. :) I used to do it for hours with my little brother, and we would try to come up with new airplanes that would fly as long as possible. Mostly they just nosedived or spiraled and we would shout "Mayday, mayday!" but it gave us hours of play.
This is a prettier and more sophisticated version of a paper airplane that my super creative dad made up while playing the above game with my brother the other day... In the shape of a bird! I saw it and knew exactly what I would do if I was making it, and so I asked him if I could do a blog post on it and he said sure!
If you're interested in making this pretty toy, keep on reading. This D.I.Y. came out waaaaay longer then I expected, but since it involves paper folding, I felt like it wouldn't be a good idea to consolidate the steps.  It can get a little origami-ish at times, but I did my very best to photograph accurately.
Here we go!

Materials needed:

  • A fun magazine
  • scotch tape or scrapbooking tape squares
  • You really don't need scissors, but I put them in my picture for some reason.
Start by ripping out just 2 pages from your magazine. This is all you'll need, so once you've done this you can set your magazine aside. In order to rip the pages out in a straight line, without losing part of the page to the binding, press down on both the page you want and the opposite side of the magazine very close to the binding and then in a slow twisting motion pull the page away. As long as you are pressing down and don't go too fast, the page should pull away cleanly.

I picked a Burberry perfume/cologne add and also a Tommy Hilfiger add because they had really complimenting colors and I liked the vintage look of both adds. :)

So you'll start by making the wings of the bird. Take your first piece of paper and fold it in half longways. Then fold it in half shortways and unfold just the short fold so it looks like this.

Next, with the folded edge farthest from you, take the top right corner and fold it toward you at an angle to about 3/4 of the way across.

Repeat this on the left side. You can copy the fold exactly by re-folding your paper on the short fold you already made, making the angled fold, and then unfolding it again. You'll use this technique alot during this project, so just to make sure you understand what I mean... 

Next, you will make another angled fold on top of the one you just made. The bottom edge of this fold will be parallel to the edges of the paper closest to you. Parallel, but not flush against the edges. There should be about 1/4 of an inch of space between the two edges...

Copy the fold on the other side with the same technique you used before.
The wings are almost done! Next, make two more folds in the center to create a "spine" for the wings to attach to the body. Fold the wings in half along the center fold you already made, then fold one wing back down the opposite direction with about an inch of space between the folds.

The last step is to add small pieces of tape or scrapbooking squares to the bottom corners of the angled folds you made.

Set the wings aside. Now you're going to work on the body of the bird.
Take your second piece of paper and fold it in half longways, exactly like you did with the first piece. Open the piece back up and flip it so that it's open like a book. Take the outside left edge of your paper and line it up flush with the fold you just created. Then flatten the new fold you just made.

Repeat this on the other side, to make a double-door looking shape.

Fold the whole piece in half again longways, inward so that the center edges are on the inside.

Then take the now-outside edges and fold them backward to make an accordion shape. It should look like this.

Flip it over so that the "double doors" are now facedown. Take the top left corner and fold it down at a right angle with the crease closest to it, and make it completely flush with said crease. This makes a very small "dog ear" shape like what you would do to a book page. Repeat on the other side.

Next comes a tricky part. Push the top corner of the very center fold back on itself to make a triangle-shaped depression, and press down the edges to make it stay in place. When done correctly, it looks sortof like the Star Trek symbol. The fold should be about an inch and 1/2 long.

Here's the view from the top...

And underneath...

And from the side, when the piece of paper is folded back in half...

If your paper isn't already folded in half like above, do so. Then move to the bottom of your paper, which will be the tail.
Take the bottom left corner of your paper and fold it inward on an angle toward the center fold. It will overlap the edge by about 1/2 an inch.

Here comes another tricky part. Fold the corner you just moved back the other direction, but make the fold in the same place that you created a fold longways on way at the beginning. Leave the entire spine of the bird un-touched. Don't let the fold travel across the outer crease. By doing this, you're making a sortof half-fold that creates the amazing tail shape of this bird.

Repeat this on the other side.

To give you a better perspective, the fold literally begins and ends in between the blades of my scissors. 

Add two more "dog ears" on each of the corners that you've been working on, downwards toward the belly of the bird. These won't be at right angles, more like 45 degree angles.

Almost done! Go back to the nose of the bird, and accordion all the folds together. Add tape or scrapbooking squares just to the tip of the nose so it has a little weight and keeps it's bird shape.

Now just add them together! The spine of the wings should fit right against the belly of the bird. The wings sit pretty far forward, near the head.

Just add a few pieces of tape to the wings' spine and then stick them onto the bird's tummy!

Done! The best part of this pretty bird is that it really is a paper airplane and it really does fly. :) At least, mine does. I hope yours does too!

Thanks for reading this D.I.Y., especially if you got all the way to the end. Haha
Happy Sunday!
New week tomorrow. Are you ready?


Friday, February 18, 2011

A new haircut!

Hey, guys!

I spent the day with my beautiful friend Mia yesterday, and she gave me a much-needed haircut! I decided to go for a new look, and get bangs. :) I love them, every time I look in the mirror I smile!

 I enlisted my eleven-year old brother to take these pictures for me and I'm pretty impressed with the job he did!

Happy weekend! Off to eat BBQ with my cousins.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Valentine's day weekend.

Greetings, everyone!

Happy (late) Valentine's Day.
One of my friends told me he doesn't think singles should celebrate Valentine's Day because it's only for couples... He would be wrong! Valentine's Day, to me, means a day where you tell all the important people in your life that you love them! I spent the day with my family, eating chocolate and laughing with them, and making Valentines/letters for friends. I dropped a Valentine off at Deanna's house, and went to drama class in the evening where I gave all my other sweet friends their letters.

Deanna's Valentine had a bottle of banana yellow nail polish attached to it. She was pining for that color so I picked some up when I went shopping :)

On a different and exciting note, I spent the Sunday before Valentine's day with Deanna and she found the perfect cruiser bike for $40 bucks! She had been looking for a cruiser for awhile because she didn't have one, and was planning on spending $400 dollars on one from Urban Outfitters... And then bam! We were driving home from a movie, and someone was having a yard sale. We stopped because right in the middle, glowing in the sunlight, was her lovely bike. Yes.

Here we are, windblown and I looking slightly drunken... (No worries, we did not imbibe any alcohol.)

Happy Valentine's weekend! Hopefully a pretty paper bird D.I.Y. coming soon... (My very first D.I.Y.!)


Friday, February 11, 2011

My weekend project and a panic moment on Wednesday evening.

Hello, everyone! :)

I have an exciting project this weekend... A photoshoot with my photographer cousin!

I'm not gonna tell you much about it yet, but here is part of what the photoshoot entails:

This dress...

And this one, which isn't even completed enough for me to show you a picture.

The blue one isn't finished either, hence the pins. I have alot of work to do today. :)

My beautiful friend Ali will be wearing the Navy Blue one, and I'll be wearing the sketched one. I'm really excited!

The shoot also involves this... Yay! The color is Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire and Ice. It's the perfect vibrant red that has an almost neon look to it. I've been searching for the right color and finally found it!
And now for the Wednesday emergency. On Wednesday evening, at 8 o'clock, I swallowed a pin.

No, really. I did.
Here's what happened:
 I was happily watching a movie with my family, enjoying their company and working on the bodice of my dress, unaware of the imminent danger. I was holding a pin in my teeth, (everyone does that! We all do that, don't we?) and something funny happened so I laughed. I breathed in so sharply while laughing that I literally sucked the pin into my throat! It was plastic end first, so it didn't poke me or anything, but I froze and tried to decide what to do. If I tried to cough it up, it might hurt me or even get lodged in my throat which would have been bad. But I didn't want to swallow it! While I sat motionless with a look of shock on my face, pondering the correct action to take, the pin went down my throat. Nice.
I then informed my father that I had just swallowed a pin. After assuring him that no, I was not joking, we all piled into the car and rushed me to the ER. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry! It felt so ridiculous! I had never ever thought of such a thing happening. After waiting for a few minutes and trying not to move, lest the pin puncture my stomach, I was seen by a few nurses. They laughed with me and didn't seem too worried, so I calmed down. I got an x-ray and there was the pin in my stomach! The nurses talked to a doctor to decide what to do since they have never heard of such a thing happening, and because of the location of the pin in my stomach they decided to simply let it "run it's course"! I asked if there was any danger of it poking me on it's way through my digestive system or getting stuck, and they said no way. It's not possible.
Wow. Crazy. I had no idea that this was actually possible, let alone that it was practically safe to let a pin travel my digestive track!

I definitely felt like a God moment happened during this crazy thing, because there was a chance that my father wouldn't have been there that Wednesday evening and I and my brother would have been alone when I swallowed the pin! Thank you God, that I am safe and that my father is so incredible at handling emergencies. :)


P.S. I will no longer be holding pins in my mouth while sewing. Ever.
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