November 25, 2014

It's Too Cold To Go Outside

It's the end of November and it's been a little chilly, but if we're being completely honest here... we just had a heat wave, and it was 75 degrees yesterday in North Carolina. So really, no one should feel sorry for me right now. I left my jacket at home, and I probably could have worn shorts if my legs had seen any kind of sunlight in the last two months. 

Last week, though, was freezing. Sunday was cold and rainy, and the temperature is supposed to drop again tomorrow. I know all my northern US and Canadian friends are shaking their heads right now, but y'all. Anything below 50 degrees is too cold in my book.

Even though I miss the long, sunny days and the nights outside with friends, there are some fun things about cold weather. Candles, scarves, and of course...rainy day crafts! I have a few ideas from Pinterest that I've tried recently and have been dying to share with you - so here's the first!


This is maybe my favorite craft I've ever tried - I saw it on A Beautiful Mess a few weeks ago, and knew I would have to give it a shot. It's super simple, a lot of fun, and really inexpensive. All you need are a few blocks of bake-able clay, some gold paint, and an oven. Easy!

Pick a few different colors of clay, and roll each into a skinny log. The ABM team recommended a good bit of white and a little bit of black, and then whatever colors you want. I just bought pink, yellow, and blue, and those gave me a lot of options for variety.

Now, twist all of the logs together. Keep twisting, then fold in half, then twist again. 

Squish the twisted logs down, and roll them into a ball.

Now, just flatten the ball out. You can use a large, circular object to cut it into a perfect circle, but I just free-formed it. Lay the circle over the rim of an oven-safe bowl that's just a little bit smaller, and then bake it according to the package directions. The heat will make the clay sag some and have a dish-shape, but if you want a deeper dish you can press the clay into the bottom of the bowl. Let the dish dry & cool, and then paint the rim with gold paint (I used the same paint from the vase project). That's it!

Seriously - I could not get over how well these turned out. I experimented with different colors and sizes, and I can't decide which one I like the best. The coral & blue one is already on my night stand and holds any jewelry that I take off at the end of the day, but I love the sandy teal & blue on as well!

Since we're already in kind of a pinterest-y mood over here, let me just tell you about the other project that I tried on this particular rainy day. Spoiler alert: this one was not quite as successful. I had seen an idea forever ago about nesting candles in coffee beans (yummm - it was supposed to make your house smell like coffee!), so I pulled out some thrifted blue teacups and gave it a try.

Adorable, right?

It was really cute and seasonal and smelled fantastic at first, but after about 30 minutes the wax melted down far enough that the wick was below the leveled coffee beans. You know how this ended if we're facebook friends...but let's just say that it didn't take much for the flame to jump a little and catch the beans on fire. YIKES. I blew it out very, very quickly and decided that it maybe wasn't the best idea ever. Oh well. You live, you learn, and you keep a fire extinguisher handy. 

Have you tried any fun crafts or recipes lately? Share, please - and follow me on Pinterest to see what I'm getting into! 

You won't see another post from me this week because we're about to get swept up in the holidays, but I'll be back after Thanksgiving! Enjoy some rest, family, and good food over these next few days, friends - I'll be doing the same ;)


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November 21, 2014

On My Mind | 09

1. Let me start with a "womp womp" - on Tuesday, I got sideswiped. By a tow truck. And then he drove away!

Womp womp.

Luckily, the damage was very, very minimal and it was on the corner of my car that was already a little scuffed. BUT STILL. If you know a tow truck driver in Charlotte who may or may not have bumped an innocent driver on Tuesday at approximately 7:50 p.m., tell him to give me a call and then send me a Starbucks card. A large, large Starbucks card.

2. Now that the bad news is out of the way, on to the good. Did you see this post, where I did a book review on Monday?

Well, I tweeted the link - and Elsie & Emma from A Beautiful Mess tweeted back!!

I may or may not have gotten a little fangirl-crazy for a few minutes. Elsie & Emma, you ladies rock. That's all.

3. Even if after being in the Queen City for nearly two years, I am still in the market for a really great coffeeshop and a really great used bookstore. I've found a handful of both that I like, but none of them have become go-to's yet. Charlotte friends - help me out here?

4. This guy does the most incredible parallel parking job you've ever seen. Watch it now, but don't try it at home.

5. Here's how I feel about the fact that stores have already had Christmas decorations up for three weeks by now:

I loooove Christmas, you guys...but yesterday? I was already feeling guilty about the fact that I haven't started my shopping yet. I quickly remembered that we hadn't even hit Thanksgiving yet and felt much better...but come on, world. Give us a chance to at least get through the Macy's Parade.

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday right now, though, and I'm really excited for some serious food and family time next week. Bring it on!

That's what's on my mind right now - what's going on with you? If you're in Charlotte, give me some bookstore or coffeshop recommendations...and let me know what your favorite holiday is! I'm a Thanksgiving girl all the way :)


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