Nov 22, 2012

I am so thankful for this time I am able to spend with my family. We are currently watching Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while reading the newspaper and playing with various electronic devices ;)

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
What are you thankful for?

photos: lake

Nov 18, 2012

I took a photography walk around a little lake near my house the other day. There was a beautiful sunset and it reflected off the water beautifully.
Happy Sunday! xo Kate


Nov 12, 2012

Hey everyone.
I just spent an hour and nine minutes on this little bloggio. Yep, you guessed it, The Daily Tay.
The Daily Tay
Man oh man, is this girl hilarious. After reading her blog for so long, I think her awesomeness has rubbed off on me. That's a good thing, right?

I am epically failing at being as funny and awesome as her.
Wait, was that funny?
Oh the irony...

Anyways, I can't get enough of it. She's so hysterical. Like, laugh-out-loud hysterical.
And she even wrote a hysterical book.
Best title ever!

Anyways, the reason I was on her blog was because someone tweeted about it and I remember thinking that it was really funny. I felt a little discouraged, because I've been trying to figure how to get a slideshow for my shop in html. I thought I had found it, and did a serious happy dance, only to find out it wasn't what I was looking for. And continued to search for hours and hours on Google.

Source: via Kate on Pinterest

I swear every time I go to the second page of google, I think of this.

So, the moral of this post is, when you're discouraged, go to a funny blog and read it for an hour and nine minutes. I promise you'll feel better.

xo Kate
PS-if you know how to make a slideshow, will you please contact me?

inspiration board.

Nov 11, 2012

I love InStyle magazine. One thing I really like about them is that they have pretty pictures. Making an inspiration board is something I've wanted to do for a while now, so I cut out pictures from InStyle and pinned them on a big magnet board from Ikea with magnets. Then I covered the edges of the board in washi tape :) Super easy, right?

You can pin up anything that inspires you. It could be a scrap of fabric, a piece of jewelry, a paint chip, etc.
Happy Sunday! xo Kate


Nov 7, 2012

Remember that one time I said my sister was going to Japan and I'd try to get myself some "authentic" washi tape?
I do. And well...
My sister was so kind and picked up some supplies at the Japanese dollar store... talk about best dollar store ever! She got me two rolls of washi tape, two rolls of fabric tape, gum, and paper strings (I've yet to find out what those are).

So, two morals to this post:
1. Japan is awesome
2. If you ever go, bring tons of money to stock up on washi tape

Happy Wednesday! xo. Kate
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blondies {recipe}

Nov 5, 2012

These are the best treats in the entire universe. You must try them! I promise you will LOVE them!

9 Tbsp melted buttter
28 oz sweetened condensed milk (2 cans)
2 sleeves graham crackers
3 cups chocolate chips

Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix the butter and milk. With a plastic baggie and rolling pin, grind the graham crackers into dust (or do this in a food processor). Add the grahams and chocolate chips to the butter. Stir thoroughly. Pour into pan. Bake at 350 degrees (F) approx. 30 minutes, 'til golden brown on top. Cool, then chill in fridge for at least 4-6 hours. Serve chilled or room temp.

You could also half the recipe and use a 9" square pan. But since that's only enough for one person, why bother? xo. Kate
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Vintage Bow Mobile

Nov 4, 2012

Today I am going to show you how to make your own vintage bow mobile with some fabric scraps!
vintage fabric scraps (or any kind of fabric, if you want to go more modern)
wire hanger
clear fishing line or thread
heavy-duty wire cutters
hot glue gun

While I was searching for an embroidery hoop in the garage (I was going to make the base an embroidery hoop but I couldn't find any) I came across a bin of my mom's old fabric scraps. In fact, the hot pink and white polka dot fabric in the photo above came from my mom's bridesmaids dresses! Most of the fabric is pretty old and I thought it had a vintage-y feel to it, so I went ahead and used it.
Cut off the hook of your wire hanger. Bend the wire into a circle by wrapping it around something large and round (I used a paint can). Twist the ends together and cut off the excess with wire cutters. You should have something like the result above. My hanger was already white with some of the covering rubbed off in some places. I decided to leave it, because it added to the whole vintage look.

The next step is making your bows. I've included a few different ways to make your fabric bows below...
Bow #1. Cut a long, narrow piece of fabric and a smaller one. Take the larger piece and bring the two ends to the center. Then pinch the fabric in the center and wrap the smaller piece around the center. Glue the small piece together on the back of the bow.
Bow #2. Do the same exact thing with bow 2 but instead of wrapping the smaller piece around, simple put a few stitches in it.
Bow #3 (the faux bow). Take a long piece of fabric and tie a tight knot in the center. Bring the two ends together toward the knot and glue them down in the back. From the front it looks like an ordinary bow.

Experiment with different sizes and styles for your bows. I loved trying out new ways to tie bows and learned a lot from this project!
You should have a collection of about 10-15 bows for your mobile:
To attach the bows to the mobile, take your needle and thread fishing line through your bows (this is one reason why you want to limit your hot glue because the needle won't go through it). Knot it three times at the bottom so it won't fall through your fabric, and tie the other end of the line to your hoop.

So simple and cute. :)
xo. Kate


Nov 3, 2012

I love Saturday. I firmly believe it's the best day of the week.

How was your Halloween?
xo. Kate