Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all ended 2017 with family, friends, and fun. So far 2018 has been great for my family and I. And it’s about to get even better. Very soon I’m be leaving the snowy winter of Minnesota for the much warmer climate of Florida. Yay! I’ve been planning this vacation for nearly a year, and I can’t wait to hop on that airplane. Some of you might also be planning a getaway this winter. So I thought I’d share some of the packing hacks I use to keep organized and prepared for anything.
Using things you already have, you can stay organized and prepared for any travel mishaps. These simple hacks will eliminate packing headaches and add a bit of personal flare to your luggage.
Hi all! I swear it says September 21 on the calendar, but the nearly ninety degrees here in Minnesota is not the chilly, cozy fall atmosphere it should be. While the temperatures have been disappointing for my favorite season, it’s not going to stop me from getting in the fall spirit. With kids in school, I know they are looking forward to their favorite autumn holiday: Halloween! While costumes are still in the planning stages, I wanted to get a head start on treat bags. It has to be sturdy to hold all that candy and last year I made a super cute monster treat bag. But this year I wanted to make a bag that would be great for everyday not just Halloween. So this DIY uses a technique called needle felting to make a comic bubble bag which is adorable and durable.
This tote is not only good for kids, but for chic geek adults too. Needle felting merges the fabric together giving you a strong bond without iron on adhesive or other glues. Customize the colors to fit with your style or stay true to the bright and bold pop art style. Create your own and show everyone your fun, geeky side.
Happy fall everyone! I hope you are settling into your school routine. Now that it is finally cooling off, my family and I love getting outside and enjoying the changing seasons. Soon it will be time to play in leaf piles and sip hot apple cider. Until then I have put together ideas to get you in a cozy state of mind. I also have some great products to help you stay on top of your backyard cleanup.
First bundle up your man in these great fall fashions.
Get him a lightweight puffer jacket that will keep him nice and warm. These jackets from Hawke & Co. are exceptionally resistant to the wind and cold. They come in three classic colors and even packs into it’s own pocket making it a fantastic jacket for all kinds of adventures.
Happy (nearly) 4th of July! This year it’s a little odd that the 4th is on a Tuesday. But it certainly doesn’t damper Independence Day activities; it just makes the fun last longer. 😀 I’m looking forward to the fun, food, and fireworks. There are some fantastic fireworks displays around Minnesota. The ones on and around the lakes are especially beautiful. There’s nothing quite like picnicking with your family and having a great time while waiting for the fireworks to start. As we head out to the festivities this year, I wanted to add a patriotic flair to my outfit. I love scarves, but the middle of summer is not the time to add something warm around your neck. So I created a light infinity scarf with jersey knit fabric that looks adorable. It turned out so well I wanted you to be able to make your own Independence Day accessory too.
Since this light knit fabric is prevalent in most summer fashion, it makes a perfect scarf during the already hot days. The only sewing on this scarf is to attach the adorable buttons. In one afternoon, you can create your own fun infinity scarf for your Independence Day celebrations.
Good day all! How was your Valentine’s Day? Mine was excellent and so very fun. I love spending time with my family. Now that Valentine’s is over it feels like things will get back to normal again…at least until Easter. I had wanted to share this DIY project with you back in January, but it wasn’t meant to be. With life returning to it’s usual level of busyness, this repurposed vintage book planner keeps things organized fabulously.
I love that this repurposed project is completely customizable. You can make a one of a kind creation with a thrifted book, scrapbooking supplies and your imagination. Also I have designed some pages you can print out to fill your planner and keep your schedule organized year after year.
Oh boy, it’s cold outside! There have been subzero temperatures and snowstorms here in Minnesota. I’m constantly having to bundle up to venture out to get necessities like milk and coffee. I would rather stay inside and make things: particularly on those blizzardy days. For the DIY this week, I decided to make something soft that’s also great for braving the chilly outdoors. This polar fleece scarf is arm knit to create big, fluffy loops of coziness.
Arm knitting is really easy to do and creates a quick, chunky scarf. The “yarn” is made out of polar fleece which won’t fray or pill. The polar fleece makes a super soft scarf to keep you warm and cozy this winter.
Hello! How are you? I’m very well, and I had a great vacation. I’m also glad to be back blogging with you. Now Fall has officially began which makes me so happy because fall is my favorite season. Nothing sounds better than snuggling in to enjoy the changing fall weather. It’s time to break out the cozy blankets, sweatshirts, and enjoy the crisp outdoors.
Looking through HeartlandAmerica.com, I found a lot of great products to enhance your autumn experience. I put together a few collections of awesome items that I hope you enjoy.
Let’s start making your home cozy and comfortable.
Here is a stylish place to set down your hot coffee with a Cherry Side Table. The lovely turned legs add traditional style and the drawer will keep your remotes in one place.
St. Patrick’s Day is just one short week away, and people will be happily engaged in all sort of Irish themed fun whether they are actually Irish or not. New York boasts of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, Chicago famously dyes the Chicago River a vibrant green, and Seattle has an entire Irish Week Festival right downtown. All across the US, there will great St. Patrick’s Day festivities to enjoy with family and friends.
Although my heritage is more Scottish than Irish, I still really enjoy the holiday. It’s fun to see people in green and some of my red headed friends joke about being constantly asked if they are Irish (but they aren’t). They do look awesome in green though. 🙂
I wanted to show my love for Ireland, but since it’s still early spring, coats are still required and cover up cute green fashion. So I thought of making a hair accessory. In true American fashion, I decided to blend different cultures to create something different and adorable: a Kanzashi Shamrock Hair Clip.
Kanzashi are Japanese hair ornaments made up of fabric folded flowers. I’ve been in awe of the beauty and variety of hair ornaments and flowers. After searching the internet and books, I found one of the more simple ways to create a petal and knew it would create an adorable shamrock.
Isn’t it so cute?! I just loved how it turned out. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to create a bunch of petals while watching TV. Would you like to make one too?
Luckily, this week’s DIY is this adorable Shamrock Hair Clip!
I can’t believe it’s already the end of February. It feels like it was just Valentine’s Day although right now it feels like spring with wonderfully warm unseasonable temps here in Minnesota. I long to put away my winter boots and heavy coats and bring out cuter jackets, but it’s really not an option yet since you never know what the weather is going to do here.
With Valentine’s Day, New York Fashion Week, and the Oscars all happening in the month of February, I’ve been feeling like I need to work on my personal style. But I don’t want to shell out major money for a new wardrobe, I’d rather use what I have on hand and make something unique and very me.
I enjoy vintage looks, and I’m an avid reader. (I’ve been known to stay up till 3am to finish the book I started that evening. That’s why I don’t start a book on a weekday.) I also have a collection of vintage books that I just like the look of, and although they look great sitting on my coffee table I’m starting to get a surplus of vintage but not interesting books. The book purses that I’ve seen online are adorable, but I carry around too much to fit into one of those. I realized that everything doesn’t have to fit into one, but it can make a charming makeup bag.
It turned out so well I wanted to share it with you so that you can make one for yourself. Because smart is the new sexy. 😉