Paper

For a while I have wanted to try to make paper, but I just kept putting it off. But finally, I did it! It wasn’t too hard to make, and it would make a great base to a Valentine’s Day card. Keep reading for the tutorial!

SUPPLIES:

  1. Paper (I used some old school work)
  2. Water
  3. Blender
  4. Foil
  5. Paper Towels
  6. Screen (Mesh)
  7. Some type of weight (I used a few textbooks)
  8. Something to mix in with your paper! (glitter, flower petals, anythings small and fairly fine)

Ripped Paper

First, cut up your paper into pieces roughly 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/2. I used 4 sheets of paper. Put the paper into a blender

Paper and Water

Now add enough water just so the paper is submerged.

Pulp

I put my blender on the ice crush mode because it helps make sure all the paper is completely blended. Keep adding water to make a pulp. Make sure you don’t add too much, but enough so that it blends smoothly. Look at the photos if you want to see how much I added, but I mostly eyeballed it which I think works best for this project.

Added Lavander

Once it’s fully blended pour it into a bowl and add your ‘paper filling’ (the glitter or flowers). I used some dry lavender I got when I was in Croatia a few years ago. It makes the paper smell amazing, but it does leave some oil spots. If you are . flowers, fold them into the pulp; don’t stir

Now lay out a piece of foil; you will fold it in half during the drying process so make sure it is long enough so that the piece of paper you are making only covers half. (If you are confused leave a comment!)

Cut 2 pieces of the screen that are the same size. Together they should be the same size as the foil. Put 1 piece of screen on one side of the foil with a few paper towels underneath

Setting Up Contraption

Pour your paper pulp onto the screen and smooth it out! It should be a millimeter or under in thickness.

Folding over Foil

Place the other piece of screen on top and use a towel to get as much of the moisture out as you can. You may have to replace the 1st layer of paper towels if they are already soaked. So now you have a layer cake of foil, then paper towel, then screen, then paper pulp, then another layer of screen. Now add one more layer of paper towels on top and then fold over the foil. I had to add some more foil to keep it all together.

Textbook

Add some textbooks and let it dry over night! Make sure to keep the textbooks on as long as possible because if you let the paper dry with out weight, it will curl up. But you have to let it dry with out the textbooks or it won’t dry at all. So the next morning set it out until it is completely dry.

Now go ahead and cut it out, draw on it, sew on it, or whatever your heart desires!

{FINAL IMAGE COMING THIS WEEK!}

 

 

Favorites|January 2016

I know I haven’t written a post in such a long time! I had exams this month and some other things I was working on and I wanted to plan out some new posts. But finally here is my very first post of 2016!

  1. attn. This website has some really interesting and entertaining articles. Articles are often linked within articles so beware if you are a procrastinator!
  2. Kindle. I have been reading quite a bit this month! This is my second year doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and I am already ahead of schedule. This year I am upping my goal to 45 books; I read roughly 42 last year.
  3. This Pillow. I actually just got this pillow and it is so comfortable. I have been congested recently, and it helps me sit up a bit more so I can breath while I’m sleeping. Which is a really good thing.
  4. Music.
    • Rollercoaster by Bleachers
    • Heroes by David Bowie
    • Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
    • Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay
    • Sex by the 1975

I promise I will do my best to go back to posting once a week (Sundays most likely). I have a DIY coming up next week which I did some prep work for yesterday. I am going to do my best to come out with fun and original content this year. If you have any suggestions (broad or specific) please please leave them in the comments!

Favorites| December 2015

I am so glad to be able to write a blog post! I haven’t been able to sit down and write a new post since I have been so busy with school work and sports (I decided to manage the JV basketball at my school). I had 2 papers and tests as well and I have also been sick for the past month. You could say I’m exhausted. I am hoping to do more ‘production’ posts (DIYs, recipes, etc) in the new year, but I have been in a bit of a dry spell of ideas, but I will start more substantial posts as soon as I can! Anyways, here is the last monthly favorites of this year!!

  1. Blah Therapy. I used to use this website a lot, but then there chat sever went down. I recently started using it again since the servers are back up. I have had some really funny and interesting conversations, but beware of creepy strangers and please use the anonymous feature; I speak from experience! And if you are connected with a creepy stranger, disconnect.
  2. Pigment. This app is a virtual coloring book. What can be better. At the moment I am working on a peacock, a reptile and a holiday design. Quite fun I will say.
  3. Hair Oil. My hair Has been very dry recently so I have used a hair oil when I get out of the shower and also did a oil treatment overnight. Makes a world of difference, especially for bleached hair like mine.
  4. Chocolate Covered Pretzels. Trader Joe’s has amazing snacks. Pretty much any snack from there will do.
  5. No music favorites this month… my library got deleted and I have been trying to build it back up. Very slow process…

Happy holidays to everyone! And I will try to find some ideas for some posts.

I <3 Salt Water

Everyone knows that a salt solution is very versatile, and it really is. This past week I have been using it quite a bit, and I thought I’d share my top 3 ways to use it.

I like to use it as a toner sometimes on my skin. As I mentioned in my skin care routine, I use a toner from LUSH, which helps balance out the oils on my skin. I feel that a salt water toner helps draw out impurities, and it is super cheap and easy. You can use it as a daily toner or like me use it every now and then for some special maintenance. To make a toner yourself, put some warm water into a spray bottle. It doesn’t have to be hot, just on the warmer side so the salt dissolves easily. I recommend using sea salt and adding little by little. It shouldn’t sting when you put it on your face, but you should still feel it. And be careful of your eyes!!

I haven’t been feeling too good this past week, and my throat has started to feel a bit sore. Not to worry though because a simple salt and warm water rinse does the trick! Make sure the salt is dissolved in the water before you gargle with it. I like to do it 2 times a day using a half glass of water each time.

I got my first helix piercing last weekend, and I made the mistake of sleeping on my ear one night. It hurt so bad and it was red and a bit swollen, but didn’t seem to be infected. For this one I would recommend buying rather than making a saline (salt) solution to be on the safe side. The one I bought was from the shop that did my piercing, and it’s Wound Wash by NeilMed. I sprayed it on my piercing and it helped with the slight throbbing. This spray is great because it comes in a spray can, and sprays from any direction which means I can easily get the back of my ear. But don’t forget your piercer knows best! Listen to them.

CITATION: PHOTO

Favorites|November 2015

  1. Game. This game about squares is simplistic yet makes you think. A fun thing to do when you’re bored.
  2. Jeans. I recently bought Leigh jeans from TopShop and they are great. Comfy but look more presentable.
  3. Amazon. I dyed my hair earlier this month, and Amazon made it so easy. The products came in a timely manner and I didn’t have to worry (which was great because it was my first time dying my hair by myself!)
  4. Lavender Oil. It has been great to use this on my skin during the day time so it is still improving my skin but it much less harsh then many other products.
  5. Apple Cider Donuts. I don’t think this one needs an explanation. 🙂
  6. Songs.
    • Peach Arizona
    • The Afternoon by Blackbear
    • Our Own House by Misterwives
    • Dirty Little Secret by The All-American Rejects
    • Mistletoe by Justin Bieber (I know it’s a little early for Christmas music…)
    • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith
    • The City by the 1975
    • Shake It by Metro Station
    • Pressure by the 1975

Upcycled Scallop Edge T

A while back I bought a super soft mens shirt at an Army supply store for $3. Naturally it didn’t fit me, but I wanted to cut it in a way different than the typical muscle tank, so I made a scalloped edge T!

SUPPLIES:
-Large T Shirt

-Pen

-Scissors

Full Shirt

Lay out your shirt flat on a hard surface. Make sure the seams are all matched up.

Scallop Edge Sketch

Use a pen to sketch scallops around 2 inches each. Also make sure you try on the shirt before you cut to make sure you like the new length of the shirt.

First Cut

Because scallops are a bit difficult to cut, I did a straight cut close to the scalloped edge.

Second Cut

Now cut out the scallops. I also cut off the neck, close to where the original collar was.

Neck Sketch

Then, while wearing the shirt, I marked where I wanted the neckline to be. I did this while wearing it so I didn’t make it too low or too wide. I then cut along the line, keeping in a bit rough looking.

Close Up Sleeve

The sleeves were too long for me, but I didn’t want to make it a tank top. Instead I just rolled up the sleeves. If you want you can sew a few stitches to make sure the roll stays in place, but I opted not to.

Final 2

That’s it! The boxy fit is super comfortable but the sleeves and new hem makes it look just a little bit nicer. Check back next week for another post!

 

 

Honey, PB and Banana Breakfast/Snack

Now that I have finished field hockey, I’ve had some more time on my hands when I get home. So instead of grabbing some snack out of the pantry, I tried out this honey, peanut butter and banana snack. The honey adds some sweetness but the peanut butter and banana keeps me full until dinner!

INGREDIENTS:

-Bananas

-Peanut Butter

-Honey (I got mine at Teavana)

-Bread

Plain Bread

I chose not to, but if you want you can toast your bread.

Honey

Then I spread a thin layer of the honey onto the bread.

PB

Now the peanut butter…

Banana

I sliced some banana and then layered it onto the peanut butter!
That’s it! It take maybe 5 minutes and it tastes delicious!

Close Up

Favorites|October 2015

This month has been busy with school and sports for me! I have a few weeks left of field hockey and then I will hopefully be able to work more on NITASA. I also joined my school’s Mock Trial team, and have been working on that quite a bit in addition to all my school work. Nothing too eventful happened this month, but hopefully things will get more interesting with the holidays coming up! Now onto this months favorites.

  1. Sneakers. These are the sneakers I wear for field hockey, and they are very comfy. I have had a few late games so I had to wear them after school before my game, and they are great. Light but supportive and I love the colors!
  2. LUSH Bubble Bars. This month I have been taking baths quite a bit to sooth my muscles. I prefer bubble bars to bath bombs because I just think bubbles are way more fun. One of my favorite fall ones is ‘Sparkly Pumpkin’! Just beware the glitter….
  3. None of the Above. This book was addicting and very interesting to read. The narrator’s thoughts through out the process of finding out she is intersex make you really think about what it must feel like. I highly recommend this book!
  4. Songs:
    • Breeze blocks by Alt-J
    • La La by The Cab
    • Can’t Help by Parachute
    • Whatsername by Green Day
    • Memories by Petit Biscuit
    • La Guagua by Juan Luis Guerra

Thats it’s for this months favorites! Let me know if you have any specific post ideas or broader suggestions!

No Carve Pumpkin!

Normally this weekend I would be posting my October Favorites, but I wanted to post a Halloween themed post! With being so busy, it can be difficult to carve pumpkins for Halloween. This DIY is super quick and easy so it can be done last minute!

SUPPLIES:

-Pumpkin

-Paint

-Fake Blood

-Knife

Step 1: Pick out your pumpkin! The size doesn’t really matter, but I went with a sugar pumpkin because I didn’t have a lot of paint.

Step 2: Dust off your pumpkin. If it’s really dirty, use some water.

Step 3: Paint your entire pumpkin black, for a spookier style. I did one coat all over the pumpkin, and then went back and did a second coat on the parts where you could still see orange.

Step 4: Stick your knife into the pumpkin. You can either buy a fake one, or use a plastic one and just paint the end to look like a read knife. I made a cut with a real knife in the pumpkin, and then put the fake knife in the cut.

Step 5: Put some blood around and on the knife.

That’s it! It’s super simple, you could even do it on Halloween day!

PUmpkin Close UP

Pumpkin Full

Oh, Shoot!|Pan Photography

Welcome to the second installment of ‘Oh, Shoot!’ Last time, I gave some tips on taking photos of the moon, but today I am going to talk about pan photography. Before I jump in, I want to apologize for not posting last week! I had a last minute school event and I had no time to write a post. If you want to know anything about the equipment I use, check out the last ‘Oh, Shoot!’

Settings: Your shutter speed should be at least 1/2 of a second or longer. Then you have to adjust the rest of your settings depending where you’re shooting. Remember that because with pan photography, the background will be intentionally blurred, so your aperture won’t matter.

Grip: Keep your elbows together and close to your chest so the subject is as clear as possible. I haven’t tried this yet, but if you have a tripod, go ahead and use that!

To take a pan photo, have your subject move through the frame, and follow them with your camera. For example, in the photos below, the runners were running past me. I followed them with my camera and rotated my body. Comment if anything is unclear!

And don’t forget to keep practicing. Especially with pan photos, it’s all about practicing and refining your technique.

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As you can see I still need to work on my pan a bit, but it’s getting there!