Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tape Candle Covers

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Before I left on my trip I stopped into Target for the big Missoni hoopla. I managed to grab a few things (although most of the housewares were gone, which was what I was really interested in!) Anyway, I also grabbed a couple Fall scented candles. I knew right away that I was going to want to cover up the sticker on the front and so I came home and went to work creating this cute little DIY.

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You'll need glass candles, I prefer soy candles because I think you can smell the scent better when they burn. You'll also need colored tape. I had some of the Japanese masking tape (from here or I got mine at the Japanese bookstore) and Shurtape from the craft store.

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I use this tape for wrapping gifts, decorating cards and all sorts of other stuff. I highly recommend it! It comes in a ton of colors and patterns and the rolls are pretty big so they last a while.

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Line up your tape with the bottom edge of the candle and start wrapping. Go one line at a time. I used the part where the sticker was on the candle as the back and started and ended each line of tape in the middle of that sticker since the tape won't completely cover it. When you're done, just put that back part towards a wall.

With the solid tape, you can wrap it around on top of itself a couple times so it's more opaque or just let it be translucent so light shines through. Make sure to go slowly so you don't get any bubbles or creases in the tape. I also had fun lining up the pattern on the tape as I went around to make a thicker stripe. Mis-match colors and play around. The nice thing about this tape is that it pulls off easily if you make a mistake.

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This is a really simple project but I think it's a great way to make something bland super cute. I see doing this is browns and golds and adding them to a Thanksgiving table or blacks and oranges for Halloween.

I always burn more candles around the house in the Fall so I'm excited to try this project on wider or taller candles too!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Playing Dress Up: Tour Edition

Well, I'm back from tour! And I'm absolutely exhausted. Our flight landed at 11pm last nite and it was so good to sleep in my own bed. During our trip, we drove around three states, slept in four different beds, in four different locations, saw so many awesome and wonderful things (more on all this to come) but of course, all I want to share today is one of the cute outfits I wore.

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I wore this as we walked around Franklin Tennessee during the day and then played a show at a bar called the Bunganut Pig that evening. We stumbled upon an antique shop which, of course, I had to go into. And then we proceeded to take silly photos of ourselves on different pieces of furniture.

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I was a little nervous about traveling with the boy (who I travel well with actually) and another person, particularly someone I don't know that well, in a car for 9 days, but it was so much fun! We all have the same sense of humor and wanted to go to similar places during the day when we had time off. It was one of the most fun trips I've ever been on!

What I wore: Dress: vintage (from Montana!)/ Bowtie: vintage (stolen inventory from Wanderlust- ha!)/ Shoes: Mervyns/ Ring: thrifted/ Bag: Show Pony

Thursday, September 15, 2011

10before30

I see these lists on other blogs and I thought it would be a fun thing to do for the year before I turn 30. I must say a few of these things are already in the works! Is that cheating?

My goal is to complete each of these things and share it here on the blog. I'll explain why it was on the list and how I went about completing it. I wanted to do '30 before 30' but that seemed too daunting. These 10 goals are actually doable and I don't like setting myself up for failure.

Obviously I'm completing #1 this month which is a great way to start off. Some of them (like visiting France) probably won't happen until right before my 30th (for my birthday maybe?) but somehow, in the next year, I'll complete them all.

Making lists is such a great way to get some clarity on your goals and complete them. I make lists near daily- sometimes it's work related and other times it's just things I want to look for at estate sales. Do you make lists? What type of things do you make lists for?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Montana Part One

On the first day of our road trip vintage extravaganza we picked up this little plastic piggy bank, named him Bitchez (pronounced 'Bee-shez'), and proceeded to take photos of him in front of a bunch of different places during our trip.
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Here's us waiting in line, ready to purchase this little guy. We were in Yakima after staying the night Thursday. We spent the morning doing some 'speed shopping' at the thrifts there before heading on to Butte.
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On our way through Spokane we got stuck in a nasty traffic jam and distracted ourselves by taking funny photos of Bitchez.
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We arrived in Butte and the next morning got up early to get a start on shopping. We were lucky enough to stay at a friends family's house. It was a great place to come home to and have a glass of wine or two on the porch.
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We drove all over the state of Montana stopping in small (and not so small) towns to do shopping. Sometimes we made appointments with people we'd heard had fantastic vintage to sell and other times we just popped into the nearest Salvation Army.
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In Billings we stayed a night at this lovely house. A friend of Erins is from Billings and it just so happened that her mom was in Portland visiting while we were in Montana. She offered her beautiful home to us and although it was sort of strange to stay in the home of someone you've never met, it was great to not have to drive back to Butte that night.
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And here we are driving back over the Columbia River back into Oregon. It was quite a trip! I discovered that when I'm really exhausted I tend to be overly energetic. I think I'd be rather good at a marathon. It was only when I'd arrived back at my home and was in my pajamas that I was finally able to take a deep breath and go 'I'm ridiculously tired!'
Thanks for reliving my trip with me (and Bitchez!) I have a few more fun photos to share this week too before I'm off on another road trip. September is turning out to be a busy month over here!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Playing Dress Up: Wanderlust Anniversary

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I had a terrifically busy weekend. Wanderlust's one year anniversary, in-laws in town and just as I'm recovering from Montana, I'm getting ready to leave for tour with the boy.

For the anniversary on Sunday, I wore this pretty 1950's party dress I picked up in Billings. I actually found four different dresses at one place that all fit me perfectly. This one was a little unbreathable for the 95 degree weather but it looks so nice up against the shop.

I still want to share photos from Montana and show off our new car (a Volkswagen Beetle!) before we head out on Friday. The end of Summer is going pretty quickly so I'm just trying to enjoy every last bit of outdoor drinks and sunshine that I can!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I'm Back.

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And I'm so exhausted. I'll be back next week with road stories and to share some of the things I bought for myself! Happy weekend.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Quick Shopping Post

And one more thing- I just bought this adorable dress from Red Velvet! I was lusting after a lot of their Spring line and didn't take the plunge but this time I did and I'm glad because just 45 minutes later it's sold out in my size. Eek!


Isn't it perfect for Fall? I also picked up a cute tie for the boy! I'll be sure to share them when they arrive.

Alright and now I'm really off to Montana. See you next week!

Road Tripin'

I'm off to big sky country- Montana. Or 'Tana as I've taken to calling it. This trip is really just to hunt for vintage in small towns, but I think it's going to be so much fun.

First- looking for treasures is one of my favorite things to do.

Second- I'm going with my pal Erin who is hilarious and awesome.

And third- we're meeting Julia and her family in Butte Montana where we'll get to 'come home' to every nite, drink wine on the porch and hopefully go over all the amazing things we found that day.

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We're driving back Wednesday so it'll be silent over here until then.

I'm taking my Canon point and shoot camera, Diana F+, Flip video-camera and my Fuji Instax mini to document the trip so I'm sure there will be plenty to share when I return.

Happy long weekend!