Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts

Monday, April 5, 2010

Crafty Friends

Today Michelle came over and picked four outfits out for me, and we drove around Austin to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful, albeit sticky and muggy, Easter Sunday.

I'm going to wait to post the pictures of the outfits she styled for me, but when I got home I put on a skirt she made but said doesn't fit anymore, (I can hardly get it over my bum, I'm still wearing it - this may become a permanent fixture on my body if it won't come off), and went outside to pretend I'm a ballerina, (because that's what you do in a skirt with satin and netting).

Skirt: made by Michelle
T-shirt: Urban Outfitters
under tank: Forever 21
Headband: from Goodie Two Shoes in Austin (I bought one in every color at $2 each)
Necklace: from a market in Izmir, Turkey
Sandals: from Dillard's

This isn't the only crafty thing Michelle has given me.  For my birthday, she gave me this adorable 20's-esque cap with a Dia De Los Muertos button:

I need to learn how to make crafty things!  I knit at work with my kids... but my skills are rather atrocious, as the scarf I've been working on at every Thursday's knitting class for the past few months can attest. 

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Bird Girl Of Aus-catraz

I have never purchased a black and white striped shirt before, not because I don't think French film noir isn't cool, because it certainly is, but because it reminds me more of classic prison films.  But when you walk in to Buffalo Exchange, see a striped Michael Kors shirt with fluttery sleeves just hanging there, and it happens to be black and white, how can you tell it no?

You can't.  You cough up the ten bucks and take it home.  And then figure out how to not look like a prisoner or a soccer ref. 

Success?  Perhaps.

Shirt: Michael Kors via Buffalo Exchange
Jeans: Citizens
Belt: from Little Rock boutique
Necklace: SoLa
Shoes: BCBG
Earrings: another Little Rock boutique (Kristen Todd)
Ring: from my ex-fiance.  After we called off the wedding and I gave him back my engagement ring, he had this pink ring made for me as a graduation present.  That was so sweet and I love it.

I thought the gun shooting a flower and the prison stripes carried out a theme.  I'm not sure what that theme is.  Peaceful prison uprising?

At work, Keep Austin Beautiful brought in an awesome project: recycled bird cakes and bird feeders.  I know I'm supposed to only supervise these things, but sometimes I want in on the fun, too!

Bird Cake Supplies:
Peanut Butter
Bird Seed and oats

Bird Cake Instructions:

1) Cut orange in half and eat the guts.
2) Roll birdseed and a ball of peanut butter together
3) Stuff into orange peel shell
4) Put outside or string up in a tree - do not try to drill into one with fresh peanut butter in it!

Elizabeth making her bird feeder.  We probably shouldn't be allowed to handle power tools with children around...

Recycled Bird Feeder Supplies
Plastic soda bottles
Bird Seed
Something to poke holes with: nail, drill bit, etc

Recycled Bird Feeder Instructions
1) Poke a ton of holes in a plastic bottle
2) Shove sticks into some of the holes for the birds to sit on
3) Paint pretty colors
4) Put peanut butter on holes that don't have sticks on them 
5) Fill with bird seed
6) Hang up outside

Mine has way more seating.  It's the luxury model.  Elizabeth's is a compact.

I hung them up right away.  By morning, my bird cake orange was gone.  I have my suspicions, considering the empty 40's I often find scattered on the ground, and the absence of gorilla squirrels that could actually carry it away.  I keep looking over my shoulder now to see if there are any birds on my surviving feeder, but alas, none have discovered my gift to them yet.  I think an ornithology manual should be next on my shopping list.

Also related to the awesome things I do at work and people I meet - I got to go to a Texas Roller Derby Hell Cats practice and take lots of video and interview a few of the skaters.  Jonny Stranger (team manager who doubles as the Austin Film Society rep in our after school program) is supposed to help me fix it up all awesome-like next week, so check back for that!

Oh, and Emily of Girls Rock Camp, another awesome program we host, invited Elizabeth and I to a press screening of The Runaways tomorrow. 

This week may just win the award for best week over.  I'll let you know Sunday night after rugby, Alice in Wonderland, costumes, and Taco Bueno.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Thrifting at Savers, Austin, for the Perfect Place Settings

I love pretty table settings, and watching Julie & Julia over and over has only added to my desire for an open air dinner lit by fairy lights, candles, and the reflections off colored glassware.  My Austin apartment might not be conducive to dining al fresco, but it doesn't have to hinder my search for pretty tableware.  The thing that does hinder it, though, are two male roommates who have already broken several pint glasses and a few pieces of my beloved Fiestaware.  Sigh.

I've been reading blogs, though, that focus on thrifty shopping and yard sales.  Indiana at Adored Austin frequently mentions her love of Savers for clothes, and living nearby the North Austin store, I decided to swing by and make my own assessments.  When I got in, I was too distracted to even notice the clothes, because look at what I found!

First, there were these blue glass tumblers that look exactly like the green ones my Ma Maw Mary from Pine Bluff, Arkansas had in her cupboards when I was little.  With the casualties of my Bed, Bath & Beyond pint glasses in mind, I didn't feel bad picking up the lot of six, especially after I saw the price...

.99 cents!  That's right up my alley.  It's especially sweet when I do a little internet searching and find this:

Anthropologie has similar blue tumblers for sale at a not-so-bargain price of $10.00  a piece.  Purchase satisfaction increased ten fold!

I was also drawn to these cute dessert cups.  They'd be perfect for holding soft boiled eggs, candy, decorations, ice cream, or...

berries and cream (yogurt for me), just like this similar dessert cup from Crate and Barrel.  I could pay $25.00 for a set of twelve from them, or I can be happy with the price I paid:

.99 cents a piece again.  I got six and could still afford to buy myself dinner out.

The last thing I found may need a little work:

I've seen several blogs post craft ideas for silver serving trays, mostly to turn them into chalk board wall decor, like at Bless Our Nest.  I'll have to hold on to this and report back once I decide what to do with it, but for this price:

I couldn't just leave it sitting there.  So, for a grand total of $15 and pocket change, I got all of the following:

I think I may have caught the thrift bug beyond just the clothes rack.  This is potentially dangerous and potentially wonderful.  Right now, the wonderful outweighs any potential risk.
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