Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sunglass Bling Tutorial

I've been wanting to put this tutorial up on the blog forever so last nite I finally got all my supplies together and just went for it. These are really simple instructions to bling out your sunglasses, but you could apply it to all sorts of stuff (phones, cameras, watches or even a purse if it was made with a stiff material).

- Aileen's tacky glue or any type of glue that dries clear
- 3mm round rhinestones in the color of your choice
- An old pair of sunglasses (I got these last winter at Old Navy on clearance for .99 cents)
- 2 small wooden dowels (or q-tips with the cotton tip ripped off)
- A surface you don't mind getting glue on (like cardboard or cardstock).

Squeeze some glue onto your surface (I was using cream cardstock). Empty out the rhinestones onto your surface next to the glue pile. Take one dowel and dip it into the glue, being careful not to get too much glue on it. Take the glued-up dowel and find a rhinestone in your pile with the back side facing up, dab the glue on and the rhinestone will attach. With your clean fingers, carefully take the rhinestone off the dowel and place it onto the rim of the sunglasses. Use the second dowel to press down on the rhinestone to make sure it stays. Repeat, going all the way around the glasses, using your the second dowel to keep the rhinestones straight.

This project will take a couple hours, I put on a movie from Netflix instant and the time flew by. By the time you're done the glue will be mostly dry and you'll be able to wear your blinged-out sunglasses within the hour.

I can't wait to try this with pink rhinestones or on my old heart shaped sunglasses. I love the look of these so much and it's a perfect way to reuse something you've got around the house. Next time you get the itch to go buy a new pair of sunglasses, just try this out on some you already have. You'll instantly feel like you've got brand new pair!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Playing Dress Up: Spring Green

I know I've shared this dress before, the print is one of my favorites. I just realized this weekend that this cardigan I embroidered matches it perfectly! I wore this to Wanderlust and then Easter on Sunday.

What I'm wearing: Dress: vintage/ Cardigan: Target with hand embroidery/ Bracelet: H&M/ Necklace: gift from the boy (handmade)/ Tights: Hue/ Shoes: Minnetonka

I love finally being able to wear dresses! I can't wait for the weather to really warm up.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Festivities

We went to our neighbor's for Easter dinner. It was lovely. She cooked dinner and I made a bunny coconut cake with cream cheese frosting. It was huge so I made the boy take it to work today so I didn't end up eating cake for 3 days straight.
As a non-religious person, Easter is really more of an excuse to eat some delicious food, drink wine and play games with friends, which was exactly what I needed after such a busy weekend.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Vintage Patterns

Just popping in to share some pretty patterns I've found lately on vintage pieces. The first one is from a pretty floral suitcase. I love this thing so much and it's in great condition. I think I haven't used it yet because it's just SO special to me. I was looking for a small cloth suitcase with a floral print for so long and this one came my way at an absolute steal.

The next two are from recent Pyrex finds. I still can't decide if these beauties are staying with me or will end up in the shop but in the meantime, they're so pretty to look at.

A big part of what attracts me to vintage is the patterns. They're so vibrant and unique. I have some really wonderful older things recently gifted to me by my mother-in-law that I can't wait to share here and all have really special patterns. If we keep having gorgeous days like today, there will actually be enough lite to shoot photos of them!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Craft at SXSW

I was looking through some photos today on my computer and realized I never shared the cute crafty things we saw in Austin. One of the day shows we went to also had a little craft show happening next door. We went to the bar, picked up our complimentary vodka soaked Arnold Palmer slushies and then headed to the craft show to browse while we waited for Sleeping Bag to play. Two of my very favorite things combined- crafts and music! And drinking (wait- that's three). Anyway, here are a couple super special things I didn't pick up but loved from afar.

I also had a chance to chat with the lady running the Sublime Stitching booth. She'd lived in Seattle for a while so we talked about our old hood as I lusted after the too cute scissors they had on display.

And the boy earned some points for patiently browsing with me. Maybe it was those slushies that kept him happy or the Texas sun. Whatever it was, this was probably my favorite day show we went to all weekend.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Happy Friday!

Lots to do around here this weekend. Small piles that need to be put away everywhere. I'm desperate for this weather to clear up, entire days of rain are really starting to wear on me.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Time Living Room

We've been doing some re-arranging downstairs. Moving stuff around, creating space for new things. It feels so good to do this come Springtime, doesn't it?

We're looking for some new special furniture pieces and getting rid of others. I feel like our home is always a work in progress and it's fun and refreshing to change up our living spaces.

As I continue to clean up and change things around, I'd love to share more photos here. I have some larger projects I want to tackle, like finally sanding and repainting our hutch and maybe changing up the wall colors in our living and dining room.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Playing Dress Up: Sunny Days

I wore this outfit Sunday which was actually NOT a sunny day but it is today. This is what I wore. Shirt: Target/ Skirt: Forever 21/ Leggings: Target/ Necklace: from an estate sale (I paid $2!)

I'm loving florals and stripes together. I think as long as you don't use outrageously bright colors, you can totally blend patterns. I'd been due a new skirt for quite sometime and when I found this one last week, I picked it up instantly. It's versatile and I can't wait for summer when I can wear it without leggings!

Monday, April 11, 2011

An Outfit for April

It's been a while since I shared a dream outfit. For this one, I took everything from TopShop. I've actually never shopped there but everything looks so lovely and this outfit would be perfect for the type of weather we're having right now in Portland. A big sweater is a must but the weather is getting nice enough that the dress and cute shoes could be added too!

I hope you had a lovely weekend, mine was good. Lots of family and friend time. Happy Monday!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cat Day Afternoon

Sorry for all the cat photos on here recently. I can't help it. She does things like this:

And then when I try to move her so I can (ahem) work, she slides sideways and does this:

Also, see that shirt layering? I'm loving lace and floral prints lately. I've had that lace shirt for 5 years, I bought it at H&M in Paris, and I've been this-close to getting rid of it a ton of times, but suddenly it has new life. I don't have to wear it over things (as it's designed to do) I can put cute sleeveless shirts over it. Brilliant (if I do say so myself).

Happy weekend, I'll be offline most of the day tomorrow dealing with some family matters. See you next week!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring Walk

On Friday I had the most beautiful Spring walk. It was literally the most gorgeous day we'd had in Portland in a very long time. Lovely flowers blooming everywhere and it all ended with a tall vodka grapefruit at the sports bar. It was the start to a super weekend too. I love when we actually get Spring weather here. So often it just goes from rain to sun in an instant and we don't actually get a season of transition.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Special Things

One of my favorite parts of running Wanderlust is the shopping. Finding special old things is something I enjoy tremendously and then choosing if I should keep them or sell them is the hardest part!

Like these little forks with writing on the back.
I just love this little box so much and even though I bought it with the intention of reselling, once I took these photos and set it up on a shelf, I couldn't dream of parting with it.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Playing Dress Up: Another SXSW Day

Still had a cute outfit to show you from SXSW!

What I'm wearing: Dress: Tucker for Target/ Stretch pants: Target/ Shoes: Minnetonka/ Bag: Thrifted/ Necklace: Moss/ 4H pins: gift from my mom

Tonite I'm off to watch some baseball with the boy and then head to his photo show with Artichoke Collective.