Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fleece Tie Blankets!

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So, I love giving fleece tie blankets as gifts because they are SO easy to make. Be prepared for the shortest tutorial EVER. Ready? Go!

What you need:

2 yards of fleece in two different patterns (in other words two yards of pattern a and two yards of pattern b)
Scissors
Lots of time.

Step One: Lay your two pieces of fabric on top of each other. Trim the edges so that the layers are even on all sides.

Step Two: Picking up both pieces of fabric at the same time, cut inward two inches. Then do that about an inch later all the way around the blanket, creating a fringe sort of effect.

Step Three: Tie all the little pairs together.

THE FREAKING END. Soooo easy dude.

If you are making it for a baby or a small child, you can get away with one yard of fabric per pattern.

Want to make it more awesome?

Cut the letters of their name out of felt then stitch it onto the blanket and BAM custom blanket!

The only downside to these blankets is that it can take FOREVER to tie all the little pairs together. The last time I made a tie blanket, I actually made three at the same time, all custom with extra details. I thought my hands were going to retaliate, but then my adorable boyfriend stepped in to tie knots. He may not be able to do any serious crafting, but that guy really knows how to tie knots onto blankets haha.

The fun part is picking the fabrics. You can totally change the feel of the blanket by the fabrics you choose.

And now, the real reason you go to a crafty blog, the photos. Here is a small sampling of the tie blankets I've made over the last few years.



To make it boyish, just add some funk surfer details, or do sports  stuff!
 Ok this last one is one of my favorites because it is so different! Its actually only half fleece and half "metallic pleather" haha. I made it for one of my dearest friends Stephanie for her birthday last year. In case you can't tell, she's obsessed with Lady Gaga, and when we roomed together in college we said the other roommates and us were the "Gaga Fam" haha. <3


Anyway, that's just a few ideas. But as you can see there are so many ways to take a basic idea and run with it. Perfect for my motto, make it yours!

I hope you feel inspired! If you happen to make one please post a photo so I can seee!

<3 miss emily

p.s. omg I almost forgot! HAPPY LEAP YEAR... DAY.. THING..ER MER BOB YEAH!

Vampire Prints

Have a teenage girl in your life who is all caught up in the vampire craze? Think she would be interested in being turned into a vampire? Check these out!

These are the COOLEST prints ever that my good friends Lindsey makes. She'll customize an image for your little vampire lover!

Check out some other ones:

You can get your custom prints through her etsy account: http://www.etsy.com/shop/grutergraphics .

She also does lots of other awesome work you can see here: http://grutergraphics.com

I always say "make it yours" but if you can't, she can! Check it out!

Let me know what you think!

<3 miss emily

Monday, February 27, 2012

Feelin' like a Cool Kid!

I get kind of bummed sometimes about the lack of world travel I have experienced in my life. And, to be quite honest, pinterest is not helping haha.

Then it happened. I saw a photo of this adorable little street that looked so familiar. Then I realized. I had been there!

It may seem silly, but I was SO stinking excited.

When my boyfriend and I went to Boston last year, we stumbled upon this adorable little street: Acorn street. Its a tiny little alleyway really made of adorable cobblestones and adorable light fixtures.

Here is the photo from pinterest:


AAANNNDD here I am on Acorn Street:



Yay! For a small while, I felt reaally cool haha. Where is the coolest place you've ever been?

<3 miss emily

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Diaper Cakes and Baby Showers

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My office is full of mamas-to-be (as is the rest of my life haha). We having countless showers and gift giving opportunities.

Here are some pictures from a shower we had a few weeks ago. They were taken with my phone because I forgot my camera so they aren't the highest of quality lol.




The Mamas with the blankets I made for them!

One of our adorable mamas named Liu works for two departments (thats the simple explanation lol) and she had a second shower this week with the other department.

About an hour before her surprise shower my coworker comes to my desk and goes "Uhm, we need your help upstairs" and that was all she said. I went upstairs and they had blue streamers, balloons and that was it, sitting on the table. They were like, HELP! We don't know how to decorate haha. I grabbed some stuff I had in my desk and threw together last minute decorations haha. Here is how it looked:


I don't know if you can see but there are several big boxes of diapers in the background. I have always wanted to make a diaper cake since my aunt made one for my cousins shower. I asked if I could use some of the diapers to make the cake and they said sure! I

I decided to show you guys how to put together a diaper cake too!

I made it at my desk so sorry for all the stuff in the background.

Ok Here is what you need:

A box of diapers
Rubber Bands in multiple sizes
Ribbon
Tape
Something to top the cake with (Stuffed animal, toy, bottle etc)
Cake Rounds (You can get these from Michaels) OR you can cut a round out of the left over box.

*If you use a plain ribbon, you may want something to decorate the ribbon with. Since I had to use what I had in my desk I used crepe paper and little things I bought from the dollar store from the other shower.

Lets get this show on the road!

Step One: You have to roll up the diapers and secure them with a rubber band:

Step Two:Once you have rolled up the individual diapers, you have to rubber band them all together to make a layer. This is why you need the larger rubber bands.



Now you have a top layer

Step Three: Start by making a copy of your top layer, then, surround your circle with another layer of diapers. Secure with a rubber band. Repeat for the bottom. Depending on what size diapers you use, how many layers you want, and how big you want each layer, you are going to use a different number of diapers. For this reason, you need to make sure that you buy enough diapers.

Step Four: You need a cake bottom to polish the look of your cake. You can buy cake rounds from Michaels for pretty cheap. Since I was at my office I didn't have the option so I made one from the empty diaper box.


Trace around the outside of your bottom layer to make sure it is the right size

I covered it with wrapping paper, but you can always paint yours.
Ok. Back to the cake.

Step Five: To hide your rubber bands and add some color, you are going to wrap a ribbon around each layer. Before you do this, make sure all of the rubber bands of in the middle of the diaper and not willy nilly all over the place.


When you tape the ribbon, make sure you do NOT TAPE IT TO THE DIAPERS, instead tape the ribbon to itself like so:
If your ribbon is too sheer, you can just double up :)

Step Six: Stack your layers. Add decorations! You have several options for the top of the cake. You can do the baby's name, add a simple center piece from the dollar store, a baby bottle, a stuffed toy. The options are endless.



In the end, I chose to combine the name into the center piece thing that I had in my desk.


Here is Mama Liu and her cake!



I am so happy for Liu and her family! Can't wait to meet the little boy soon! We are really going to miss her at the office though..

I hope that this little tutorial helps you guys. You can totally do WAY more than I did to make yours super fancy. Change the colors, pink, flowers, toys, etc. As always, make it yours.

If you do make one, make sure that you post a photo so I can see! Also, if you have made one before and have some tips, please sure!

<3 miss emily


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pink Zebra Nails

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If you haven't noticed, I really really like zebra print, like a lot. I have even gone so far as to buy a zebra skin for my old laptop (which I really miss).

I also really like animal print fingernails, but the harsh contrast of black on white can be a little dramatic at times and a tad overwhelming for some.

A few months back, I was wanting to do something fun and funky like zebra, but not so bold. Then I had the idea to do white and pink.

Here's what it looks like:


It still has the funky fun flair of zebra, but toned down a little bit.

Here is how you do it. You need a base color, I used white, and then a stripe color. For the stripe color you're going to want to use a longer, thinner brush than you normally find in nail polish bottles. I used Art Deco nail polish because it comes with a long thin brush inside, but you can always just use a cheap paint brush.


Start by painting your nails with a base coat and then your base color. Let these dry for a good ten minutes.

Next, you paint on your zebra stripes. Once you get good at it, you might be able to totally freehand, free think it, but for now, follow a pattern of zebra stripes to achieve your look.

 You can copy this pattern or just simply google zebra prints until you find one that you like better.

It does not have to be perfect, it should be fun! The more you paint them, the better you'll get.

And that is it! You should have zebratastic nails now!



You can always reverse the colors and do pink with white stripes or change the colors altogether. Do whatever makes you happy.

Make it yours!

I want to see any zebra nail designs you come up with! Leave me a picture in the comments!

<3 miss emily

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Free Makeup!

So! I love Ulta. Its one of my favorite all-in-one beauty stores. I get their ads in the mail and I get reeally excited when they do their freebie stuff.

At the start of a new season, they do this really cool thing where if you buy $18 worth of their makeup, they give you a thirteen peice set for FREE!



There are three different color schemes you can choose from. I picked the purple tones.



You can pick it up in stores or buy it online. Here is a link to their website for more information:
http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?skuId=2238232&productId=xlsImpprod4150173

Like I said, I got the purple set. I really like it. I was surprised by the dark lavendar lipstick but its actually pretty sheer. I don't know that I will actually wear it :/

I would like to go back because there are a couple of things I needed that I forgot last time, and maybe I can get the countryside one. I had a hard time deciding between the two!!

Anyway, I just thought everyone might want to know about this great deal that I found!

Let me know if you do end up taking advantage of it!

<3 miss emily

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Easy Scarf FAIL

So you all know I am mildly addicted to pinterest. While pinning the other day, I came across this super cute, super easy scarf tutorial

The idea is to reuse shirts you have that you aren't using and as it just so happens, I've got just a couple of not so loved shirts in the back of my closet.

I followed the directions annnnnnd epic EPIC fail haha.

Here is what the scarf from the tutorial looks like:

Cuuute right?

And here is what you do:

So easy right? Totally simple, no way I could mess this up. I even took photos as I went a long to share with you. I got all done, picked up my scarf and went.... oooooooh hell no.


It. is. awful. Here goes:


Yeeaaa.. mine needs a little work. Don't really know where I went wrong. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

Have any of you ever made a scarf like this? Did it work for you? Any tips?

Let me know in a comment below!

<3 miss emily.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Torrey Pines Reserve

This weekend my boyfriend and I went hiking through the trails at Torrey Pines Reserve in La Jolla. Its a gorgeous set of trails along gorgoues cliffs with stunning ocean views. It wasn't our first time doing this hike, but it was cloudy this time and it gave the hike a totally different feel. Plus, this time we decided to actually make the treck down the cliff to the beach.

This is the view from one of the sitting areas on the cliffs. There are many places on the different trails where people can stop and sit to take in the sights. Here is a photo from one of our little "take it in" moments.

Here are some of the photos from the bottom of the cliffs:





Its a beautiful place to hike. Check it out the next time you are in San Diego.

all my love,
miss emily <3