Saturday, December 28, 2013

DIY lip care

i don't know if it's lip  –stick, –gloss, –shine, –balm...

no matter what the technical term is, it's nourishing and beautiful. and easy. 2 ingredients: coconut oil, and Crayola crayons.

yep. coconut oil for nourishment and soothing. crayons for color and fun. (they must be CRAYOLA).

i got great results from this. my lip balm is a lot redder than shown in the pictures... the picture kind makes them look pink. this DIY offers great freedom in both color and consistency –– you get to be the boss of how bright and whether you want you lip balm to be glossy or dry.

you can just reuse the little lip gloss jars or powder jars. me? i bought a cheap jar tower thing.
slit the paper off of the crayon. or peel it. whatever floats your boat.
you should use about 1/4 of a crayon per teaspoon of coconut oil. i tweaked it a little bit different with each color. basically:
extra crayon makes it drier
extra coconut oil makes it glossy
put a teaspoon of coconut oil in a bowl.
put the bowl in a pot in water. the water line should be a bit below the top of the bowl. turn the stove to medium/medium-high temperature.
once the oil is melted, add the crayon and stir in the color as it melts. 

after it is all combined and melted, pour it into one of your jars and let set.
the results. it (^^^) wasn't that pink.
carnation  pink,  scarlet,  red,  and  mahogany

there you have it. i had so much fun making these and i hope you do to. please come back soon, i have so many plans for this sacred corner and i want you to be around for the experience.

but for now, see ya!

Friday, December 27, 2013

black and white

some experiments.

hi. i have an announcement. IT'S BREAK. and i am lovin' it. i enjoyed my first week sleeping, but now it's back to y'all.

i had a DIY planned to do today, but it rained (it's coming tomorrow). so i went running around town for supplies. but, i still wanted to post something so here's some photos from Valkenburg.

i always feel weird using filters, or any effects on my photos, but i decided to play around with black and white.

please come back tomorrow! i am so excited for the next few weeks.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

elastic, hairbands, and headbands, oh my!

but seriously.

i've noticed a trend in both the US (when i went home this summer) and in the netherlands as well. shops and boutiques are selling these beautiful but ridiculously priced elastic hair bands. i mean people, i've seen a set of four priced at $12 or 10 euros! it's ridiculous. i got this elastic at the market and it was .75 ¢ (?) for half of a meter. so in all, for four hair elastics, it was 1.50 euros?

i also got some thicker elastic and used them to make a headband rather than extra super duper strong hairbands.

it took a surprisingly short time... *snip* *knot* *done*.

i think i had half a meter of each kind of elastic. when i bought the pinkish elastic, i thought it was tan. but no. *sigh*


cut off 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) or however much you think you need according to your hair. this really depends on the thickness of your hair -- decide for yourself. nobody knows your hair like you. 
fold it in half -- it's 5 inches now.... aka 12.7 cm
and tie a knot. (when i wrote that i heard it in my mind as k-not. as in the k wasn't silent. bahaha irrelevant stuff ftw!)


fold it "inside out" and run some stitches over the ends with a sewing machine -- they don't have to be pretty, just strong.
"right side out."

well that's that.

if you think about it, that is a really obvious statement: that is that. anywho, as a goodbye note, i'd just like to share a verse with you.

i have this hanging on my mirror every morning, and it brings such encouragement some days. i do a lot of these word art type things before i go to bed. it's an excellent way to reflect on scripture.

adios, amigos! (and amigas)...

Saturday, November 2, 2013

the UK

roadtrips for the win!

YES, I'M ALIVE !  AND I'M BACK. [dun dun DUN!] and i don't really have anything worth while to show you because i've been so incredibly busy with school and work, work, and more work. so you get to look at my photos from the break. i went on a roadtrip in the UK, and it was really, really fun. and i have evidence.  >:) 

somewhere in the English Channel....
Edinburgh, Scotland

and now some stranger is on my blog... >:) my life as a photographer has officially begun.
the Lake District.
St. Paul's Cathedral -- Mary Poppins, anyone?
the changing of the guard.
Buckingham Palace

so there ya are.

i'm planning to do some more posts this weekend. some DIY's. maybe a hair post. hmmm i'll think on it tonight. and i am going to come back. soon. pinky promise. 

{if you don't come back i'll send my dinosaur to hunt you down... he lives about 10 minutes away.}

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

zucchini spice bread

to help bring in the autumn atmosphere.

well it's officially autumn, at least in my book it is. though it doesn't feel like it outside yet, i know it will soon because that's just how bipolar dutch weather is. 

yesterday, i made zucchini stuffed with quinoa, tomatoes, onions, and red peppers, with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. yum.

even better was my Farmer's Market Skillet made with the leftover quinoa. SO GOOD. 

but the crowning glory was my zucchini spice bread. though it might now look like anything special, it's D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.   it's spicy and warm, and it's perfect with a dollop of applesauce. coincidentally, there's no oil in the recipe, but applesauce.



1 3/4 cups grated zucchini (use the large side of the grater)

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2/3 cup applesauce

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon salt


In a large bowl, combine the sugars, applesauce, vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, whisk together
the flour baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the grated zucchini. Add the batter to an oiled bread pan

Bake at 350 for 55 minutes or until cooked through.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

DIY infinity scarf

it's almost sweater weather! 

(sorry for the fuzziness... i was in a hurry since my camera was dying.)

*** NEW BLOG: Timberwolf . head on over once you've finished here. thank you! ***

so first of all, let me tell you about a few things i love:
  • autumn. gosh, i love it. if i could freeze the world in any season, it would be autumn. 
  • sweaters. especially when they're too big for me. big sweaters make me feel small, a feeling i don't really get that much.
  • infinity scarves. they are so much easier to deal with, and i love how they draw the eye up towards the face.
  • the market. i went to the market on yesterday, and i got 2 large pieces of fabric for 1 euro each. it's one of the best cheapo deals i've ever found. i'm going back on wednesday.
there's all sorts of other things i love, but they don't apply to this post. 


for this scarf, you will need:

a piece of fabric -- cut it to  23 in x 70 in (58 cm x 178 cm)


a sewing machine (or i suppose you can hand sew it... it will take forever though)

hem the long edges of the fabric. these will be the sides. i did it with a zig zag stitch that went off the edge. it worked nicely.
then fold it so that you are holding the two ends lined up, inside out. (demonstrated at the top of photo). now simply sew it shut there.
turn it right side out so that the final seam is hidden and wear it with pride.

come again soon, i'll miss you immensely.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Handmade Envelopes

for all your handwritten desires.

this is just how to fold an envelope. i prefer making them mini, but i decided for a tutorial, it probably should be a larger example.

start with a SQUARE that is a bit bigger than your RECTANGLE letter/card. 
fold the corners over the letter, starting with a short side and ending with a long one.
cut out where the lines overlapped.
fold the sides and then the bottom over them. glue them together. cut the tip of the bottom off where it meets the edge of both sides.
embellish as desired. to do what i did, you can make a Potato Stamp .