Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Boot Camp:12 Days of Christmas DIY's

Hello Lovelies!

I am about to take you  a holiday diy journey like never before. Over the next twelve days, I will be posting a new holiday themed DIY each day. Think of it as a holiday prep school, or even better Holiday Boot Camp.

I don't know about you, but the holidays and I have a love/hate relationship. I'm always on a tight budget with perfectionist tendencies. Its like walking a tightrope on your tippy toes.
Each day for the next twelve days, I will feature a new affordable, diy gift you can make for friends, family and coworkers. Make sure to check back each day to get the full effects of Holiday Bootcamp!

Can't wait to see you tomorrow babies for our first lesson!

<3 miss emily

Monday, November 28, 2011

Santa Baby, Hurry Down the Chimney Tonight.

WARNING: This is NOT a tutorial. Its a sew-and-tell.

Sooo a friend recently posted this photo on facebook, inspiration for a holiday outfit for her little one.
I immediately thought of my cousin's little girl. She is so cute and such a little princess. Only problem? This dress is for a toddler and Kaia is less than a year. I must improvise!

I decided I would do a tutu and a red onesie. Easy!

Wrong. I could not find a red onesie. I tried white and it just looked stupid. So I made a onesie. Mind you, sewing and I? We aren't what you would call *best* friends. I couldnt find any directions online, but I did find the average measurements for babies of certain ages. So I followed the 12 month meausrements, thinking a little too big would be better than a little too small.

I also added ribbons for straps because baby+strapless= hot mess.

Here's the final product:



It seems SO small. TOO small. I'm going to give it to them sometime this week. If it doesn't fit, I'll have to make a bigger one and I don't know,give this one way?

I had some ish in the sewing department, the bottom got a little funky.

I had never put snaps on anything before either. It was definitely the easiest part!

Here are the two peices seperated:

It was definitely fun to make, but it is NOT perfect. I just need to try and get to know my sewing machine a little better. Maybe take it on a few more dates, then really show it whose boss.

Let me know what you guys think in the comments and if you have any tips, PLEASE share!

<3 miss emily.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bridal-Rita Tutorial!

I recently went to a bridal shower for a friend that was actually a lingerie shower. You are supposed to buy the bride-to-be  lingerie for when she's on her honeymoon. I, course, couldn't settle for just buying her something. I had to make her something. But what?

When I was in college, I was in a sorority and we had this tradition of decorate glassware (mostly martini and margarita glasses) for each other for special occassions.

Here is the first one I made when I first joined back in 2008.

It was one of our first "sisterhood"activities. We made glasses and exchaged them. It was super fun.

ANYWAY. Flash forward a few years. I thought, why not carry on this tradition? So. I decided to create her a lingerie shower glass.

I turned this 

Into this:

 Here's What You Need:
-Margarita Glass
- Thick white ribbon
-Blue Ribbon (slightly thinner than your white one).
-Hot Glue
-Glass friendly Paint Pen

First, sew your ribbons together so that you can gather them. This will the ribbons look like a garter, for a heck of a lot less dinero. Like so:

Next, trim your ribbons so that they fit exactly around the bottom curve of your margarite glass. Glue it on. Then make a small bow out of the blue ribbon and attach it to the front center of your glass.

Gather your tulle so that it resembles a vail.

Glue the tulle to the back of your glass,cover the glue with rhinestones on the outside and on the inside.

Lastly, I wrote "Mrs. Rosner" on the front and the bottom I wrote their wedding date.

Excuse the messy table!

The bride and her gift!

And viola! You have your very own customized bride-a-rita glass!

This glass is super easy to customize too. Use different colors, frillier ribbon, lace etc. Go for it! Do whatever floats your boat!

If you like this tutorial, leave a comment so I know it was helpful!

See you next time!
<3 miss emily 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How to Make a Last Minute Pie in your Office Kitchen!

So, I'm a great big idiot, and I totally forgot to make a pie for my office potluck. I remembered this morning and resigned myself to the fact that I would have to bring in a store bought pie. Ugh. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the ease and deliciousness of a Marie Calendar's frozen pie, but I just like to make things! I don't know, maybe I'm an attention whore. Who knows!

Well, as luck would have it, there was NO traffic whatsoever this morning and I pulled off the off ramp for my office forty-five minutes early. Yes, you read that right, forty five minutes. I HAD TIME TO MAKE PIE!

I'm about to share with you one of my biggest secrets. My chocolate cream pie that everyone loves so much, is so easy to make. You could even make it last minute in your office kitchen if you have to.

Here's what you need:

1. Ready made cookie crust.
2. Jello INSTANT pudding. Make 100% sure you get instant pudding or this pie ceases to be last minute.
3. Milk (You can use whatever milk you want, I used almond milk because I try not to use dairy.)
4. Whipped topping [They didn't have dairy free at Ralphs :( ]
5. Mini Chocolate Chips or chocolate shavings.

What to do:

In a big bowl, mix together the Pudding mix and milk according to the package directions. Then pour the pudding into the cookie crust. Next, spread the whipped topping over the pie. It works better if you let the topping thaw a little. (Otherwise its reaaally hard to spread and you get little pudding streaks in it like I did this morning because I was impatient). Lastly, sprinkle some of your mini chocolate chips on top and VIOLA! You have a last minute chocolate cream pie!

Ok sooo is isn't the prettiest pie in the whole world, but it'll do the trick. If you have a teensy bit more time and actually let your cool whip thaw, which I highly recommend, it will look a little better.

Happy Pie Day!
<3 miss emily.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Starbucks my Love

As an avid coffee drinker and Starbucks addict, I am always reminded that the holidays are drawing near by the Red Holiday Cups. Seeings these makes me so excited because it means that Christmas is getting closer!

But they also make me kind of sad. You see, I have serious aversion to hot coffee. I like my drinks over ice, blended with ice, shaken with ice, whatever. I like it cold ok? Ok. But Starbucks never has holiday cups for the cold drinks. They're the same old, plain old clear cups with the green logo. Even their reusable ones are the same but with a candy striped straw. Ok, thanks for trying, but so not good enough.

I was really upset when the holiday cups came out and once again, no holiday cold cup. I even tweeted @Starbucks about my dismay, but it was to no avail. Another holiday season with the same old stinkin clear cup.

Then. A miracle happened. I actually went into a Starbucks  (my morning Starbucks is a drive through. I'm lazy and the car is warm. What's your point? Anyway..) and low and behold there is was.

A holiday cold cup. The new reusable cold cups for this holiday season are so unbelievably cute. They have a snowy landscape with little christmas trees. Some have little foxes on them.

So presh right? This is the "tall".
 AND! For the tall, the straw changes colors when you drink cold beverages from clear to green stripes. So stinking cute.

The cups are customizable. You can write on them your beverage of choice, so you never have to worry that they didn't mark your cup right ever again.
Cool huh? This is definitely on my Christmas List haha. That is if I don't buy one for myself before they are all sold out. You can buy your own at .

Sadly, buying the reusable cup is still the only way to get Christmas cheer with your cup o joe if you enjoy iced coffee like I do. Wouldn't it be cool if the logo was red and green on the disposable cups? or they had some kind of holiday flare?

I took the liberty of creating my own. using paint. and google images. Ok I think you get it.

Pretty Bad ass huh?
Happy *almost* Holidays!

<3 miss emily

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bow T-shirt upcycle!

So on this gloomy rainy day I wanted to get crafty, but I was not totally hip to the idea of going out in the rain to get to Joann's or Michael's. I have this huge mens T-shirt I've been trying to think of soemthing to do with. Today I decided to just start cutting and see what happened.

Here is what i started with.
Huge Baggy Oversized Tee.
Fitted off-the-shoulder tee with bow detail. <3
I cut in the sides to fit it to my shape a little more. I made a bow out of some of the left over fabric and added it to the top left.

Bow detail.

I wanted to try and use as much of the left over fabric as I could, sooooo I made a headband out of the collar and some more scraps. I don't know that I would ever actually wear them together, but it was nice to get two new peices out of one old, unused T-shirt

Sorry for the lack of makeup, as I said, it was a staying in kind of day haha. I hope you enjoyed my little clothing makeover.

See you soon!

<3 emily 

Saturdays in So Cal!

Saturday is usually my stay-in-and-craft-day, but yesterday I went out and had a fabulous day here in SoCal!

My day started by helping my step mom run her errunds, which of course involved a trip to Starbucks!
Starbucks <3
After Starbucks, I went out to see my boyfriend who works at the local farmer's markets on Saturdays. If you have never been to a farmer's market, I highly recommend it. Its fresh produce and other edibles, but they also have really cute gifts for people as well.

My boyfriend sells fresh fish. He's been doing it for years and he loves it. Here are some photos from the market this time last year (I forgot my camera yesterday).

The selection of fresh fish and shellfish.


Fish prices change based on the market prices, so they make new signs weekly.

Fresh mussles.

My boyfriend laughing with a costumer. He's such a great salesman. <3

Then I got a surprise message from one of my sorority sisters that they were getting together in Mission Viejo to see the new Twilight movie. I was so excited to see them and I wanted to see the movie anyway, so I my friend and I carpooled up there. Its about 45 minutes north of my house.

We went to the Kaleidoscope center theater. I always see it from the freeway, but I had never been there.

The mall was all decorated for Christmas and they had a huge decorated Christmas Tree. We asked a rando to take our picture in front of the tree and I didn't realize until later that I blinked :(.
Cute photo, sad blinky Emily haha.
The movie was .... alright. It was everything I thought it would be haha. The best part was getting to see some of my dearest friends I have not seen in a while. We sat and talked for a few hours. My friend Michelle's (to the right of me in the middle) husband was so sweet and made us all dinner. It was delish!

Even though I did *zero* crafting, my Saturday was amazing. I loved it.

I have mad craft plans for today though. Stay posted!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Saturdays in San Diego

This Saturday (yesterday), my aunt and I had a booth at a local church's holiday bazaar. My aunt makes AMAZING purses that she sews herself. She's pretty talented with a sewing machine. I took some of the crafts I have been working on lately.

Of course I had to stop and get my caffeine fix. Soy Coffee Frap. <3

The bazaar was supposed to be partially inside and partially outside, but it was raining the whole day so all the vendors were packed in like sardines into the church's rec-hall. The rain also meant that there was not a lot of traffic. But, it was something to do, and I sold a few things.
My Aunt and her awesome bags!

Me and some of my crafts.

Blue and White tutu outfit!

Blue Tutu detail

After the bazaar was over, I went down to La Jolla to have some dinner with some friends. We went to Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. I had a super yummy veggie burger, and it was great to see some friends and meet new ones!

It was a great Saturday here in San Diego, even if it did rain all freaking day. Here is another picture of my aunt's bags. If you see something you like, feel free to check out or contact her through her etsy page: .
Bags by NonniZu
As always, you can check out my etsy page too

<3 Emily.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rudolph the Red Nosed Onesie!

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Christmas is coming and FAST. Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and if you are anything like me, Christmas season begins the DAY after.

Christmas season is my favorite time of year. I love cooler weather and wearing boots and hot chocolate. And, well, everything.

Christmas time is also the best because kid's get to wear all of the adorable holiday gear. Frilly dresses, cute tshirts. Its awesome.

The downside? Christmas season is expensive. You want your kids to have cute holiday outfits, but how can you afford it. And besides, they can only wear it for a few weeks and then they grow out of it forever.

Well, I have a solution. The Rudolph the Red Nosed Onesie! Its simple, adorable and most importantly, affordable!

This outfit is SO easy to make, and its sure to get all those "Aww's" you're looking for. You can buy packs of onesies for super cheap from Walmart and make multiples, or a variety of other looks too.

Here's what you need:
White Onesie
Red and Black puff paint.
Fur trim (You can find this at Michael's in the Holiday section.)

Cut a small piece of the fur trim, rounding the edges slightly. Sew this to the lower back part of the onesie for the "tail."

Now, using the black paint form your antlers. Then, using the red paint make a big red nose! To keep the paint from bleeding through the shirt, i always stick a peice of cardstock inside.

That's it! You're done! Now you have a cute little Christmas outfit!

Have the money but short on time? You can purchase this onesie on my etsy site! Click here to order it NOW!

Happy Holidays!

<3 Em