Thursday, March 17, 2011

{Please Help} For Japan With Love

The numbers of displaced personnel in Japan is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, but you can help!
Utterly Engaged has organized a great event to fundraise for ShelterBox.
For Japan With Love has a direct link on the website to their fundraising page for ShelterBox. ShelterBox was one of THE first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. 
Anyone that has a blog can help out with this one.The aim is just raise awareness and respect and acknowledge the devastation going on in Japan.
The guidelines are simple:
1. This coming Friday, March 18th, no posts at all on your blog.
2. Blog about this beforehand.
3. Tweet and Re-Tweet this link:
4. Encourage your readers to contribute to donate shelter to Japan. Whatever anyone can contribute will be appreciated. Every little bit helps.
Thanks to Promise for spreading the word. 
This might also be a great time to look into helping out locally in your community. Through service, we become better selves.
♥ Shannon

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Art Journal Travel Kit

Hi loves! Matt and I are getting ready for a little road trip, so I thought I'd share with you my tips for taking craft projects with you even when you travel.
As I've mentioned, I love love art journaling...
...but it can be a bit tricky to keep it up on a trip. So I've put together a little travel kit with my go-to art journaling favorites.
Kit Includes:
--Pencil Case
--Kid's Scissors (they're smaller and less expensive!)
--Double-sided table--refill only (it's smaller)
--Pens (Indian Ink, in my case)
--Paper Scraps (such a good use for these!)
--Washi tape
--Magazines (a travel must anyway!)
--Mini Journal (if you have the room for your normal journal, by all means bring it, but I often have a mini journal I'm working on anyway)

The great thing about traveling is that you'll pick up fun ephemera to put in the journal--maps, receipts, instant pictures, etc.! Happy Travels!

♥ Shannon

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday! Part II

For this fun headband, I was inspired by Giant Dwarf, although something tells me this hairpiece won't hold up quite as beautifully has hers. Nonetheless, if you're in a pinch (pun intended) it's a quick and inexpensive DIY!
Things you'll need: A headband (or ribbon), foam shapes, glue gun.
Step 1: Glue shape to headband.
Step 2: You guessed it--wear that clover!
I'm still trying to figure out what we're doing for St Patty's Day--what are your plans?

♥ Shannon

Tutorial Tuesday! Part I

Sooo this week I had a little fun with glittery foam shapes at the craft store. And now you can, too!
Things you'll need: An alligator hair clip, floral stem wire, foam shapes, and a hot glue gun.
Step 1: Glue shapes to wire and/or alligator clip.
Step 2: Wear!
Seriously. It's that easy. Pinch-proof and cute!

♥ Shannon

What I Wore

Gentle reader, last week was rough. I had a doozy of a cold and slept through most of it. I missed you.

When I finally had the energy to get up and get dressed, it was cause for celebration (read: blogging!). It's still tights weather in Maryland, but luckily I've grown rather fond of tights.
Dress and belt: Forever21; Cardigan: Old Navy; Tights: H&M; Shoes: Target; Clutch: Express
♥ Shannon

Monday, March 7, 2011

Bow-Tie Paperclips

Ohmigosh. I just LOVE these embellished paperclips! Jessica at How About Orange dazzles me all the time, but this is one of my favorite crafts.  I can't wait until I have an occasion to use them!
Isn't it just precious? Click here for the full tutorial. LOVE!

♥ Shannon

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So many bloggy things to learn about!

I'm new to bloglovin', but apparently bloglovin' isn't new to me. I'd like to take a quick moment to thank all my followers--from Blogger, Bloglovin', and anywhere else. Your peaks in my daily stats seriously make my little heart swell. Thank you!!!

♥ Shannon

Things to do to a T-Shirt: Mardi Gras

I've been remixing my wardrobe, which means I'm recycling out old clothes to make room for new ones. This has made me realize a few things:

1. I had...let's call it bold tastes in fashion when I was in high school.
2. This means I have exciting fabrics to create things out of.

So for this installation of Things to do to a T-Shirt, let's talk about making a wreath.
This is a super easy--and cheap--project. I picked up a 99¢ cardboard wreath form from the craft store, cut strips of fabric out of the shirt, and glued it on there with my new-favorite-toy (the glue gun).
I like minimal wreaths, so I just added a silly mask and some beads and pop! Mardi Gras decor for pennies. It was a quick project that I finished whilst skyping with my dear friend, Jess.

Pssst, there was some fabric left over. Stay tuned for a fabric flower tutorial!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Vintage Patterns

Today Matt and I enjoyed the Ellicott City historic district, where we had some coffee and lunch, meandered through fun shops, and checked out antiques.

I don't know about you guys, but when I'm perusing thrift and antique shops, I can easily get side-tracked, so I sort of have a running monologue in my mind to help me focus on what I'm trying to find (mine sounds like this: "Alice in Wonderland hardcovers, white owls, vintage patterns, blue typewriter. Alice in Wonderland hardcovers, white owls, vintage patterns, blue typewriter...")

So I was pretty excited when I found a huge basket filled with these for just $1 each!

I hope you had a lovely weekend!
♥ Shannon

Delicious King Cake (nom nom nom)

The one thing Matt (born and raised in Louisiana) made me promise for Mardi Gras was some King Cake. Knowing that if I made a whole King Cake, I would be the one who would eat the entire thing, I improvised.
I cheated a bit. Mini cinnamon rolls with some homemade frosting (powdered sugar, vanilla extract, vanilla soy milk--so delicious!). Impromptu King Cake for two!

What are you doing for Mardi Gras?


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mardi Gras Subway Art + FREEBIE!

I adore eighteen25's subway art and I print it up to show off in my home, but they were missing a very key holiday:
So I thought I'd help out! I made this fun piece:
 Those girls at eighteen25 sure know how to decorate for the holidays!
(Psst: It was a great Project ReStyle afternoon for me upon the discovery of spray paint, but more on that later!)
If you like it and you want to get in on it, I'm giving you the art for FREE! 
Download it here, print it up on cardstock, and laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll)!!


Friday, March 4, 2011

27 Things Before 27

I love finding new artists that expand my creative horizons and teach me new techniques. When I found Michelle, I was in love, and I knew I had to try out some of her use of color with bold outlines. Her bucket list inspired me, and so I made one of my own.

With six months until my birthday, I figure it's about time!
     27 Things Before 27!!
1. Go on a picnic
2. Go on a date with myself
3. Road trip
4. Do a handstand (sans wall, if possible!)
5. Paint something just for me
6. Get the iPhone
7. Buy a thrifted-only outfit
8. 108 Sun Salutations
9. Take up rock climbing
10. Make fabric flowers
11. Finish "Recovery" art journal
12. Discover a new place to eat
13. Set a (wedding) date
14. Bake a glorious cake
15. Lay out in the sun!
16. Film three monologues
17. Make a bird
18. See something new on the east coast
19. Do something spontaneous
20. Go to Jazz Night at the Great Sage
21. Visit a vegan bakery
22. Write to Dee Dee & Gerry
23. Surprise Matt with something
24. Hike
25. New headshots
26. Film 5 30-second pole videos

So there you have it--things I'll be doing (before *ahem* August 10 the end of August)! Wish me luck!

♥ Shannon
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