Adventures in Organization and Crafting…

I think there is nothing more fun and inspirational than setting out to craft something. I love looking at all the supplies and imagining how things will turn out in my head and then seeing them come to be in front of my eyes. The hardest part for me is to keep track of all I have. There is nothing worse than knowing that you have something and not being able to put your hands on it. My cousin, Casey, is an incredibly creative person.

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She inspires me with how she lives her life — with total joie de vivre, passion, and an eye for possibilities. You’ve see her funky and fun apartment before… https://adventuresinpolkadots.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/home-sweet-home-flea-market-chic/

She recently completed an impressive project that organized her crafting supplies. I asked her to write about it so that she y’all could see what she’s done and be as inspired as me.

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So without further ado, here’s Casey:

Imagine these words coming from THIS face –> (The human not the diva dog!)

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Crafting organization is in itself creative! Also I worship at the alter of pegboards now. Louis and I have crazy high ceilings and wanted to optimize on our vertical space. And it was easy!

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Pegboards are inexpensive and easy to prime and paint. You may need to file out some of the holes but the result is worth the effort. Also pegboard kits aren’t entirely necessary. All I used were long hooks that we got from a hardware store that used them to display merchandise. You can make shelves, hang baskets, and create ribbon dispensers using hooks, inexpensive wood boards, and wooden dowels (also v cheap). The result is that you can see all your supplies, don’t have to rifle through drawers and bins, and can organize accordingly (ex: all cutting instrumentz together, sewing notions in the same place, etc.).


I did have to use a basket for all my yarn and string but I went with a wire basket so I could see most of the colors I have. Wall hooks are also crazy useful and not fancy. The most useful supplies I’ve used have just been rope, string, hooks, dowels, and regular old boxes/baskets/tins I already had lying around. All this helps if you’re not afraid to use some tools to frame your pegboard and cut some wood. All of which is a totally worthwhile endeavor for any dedicated crafter.


I also can’t forget to thank my trusty dress dummy, Vivian,  for holding my tool belt and being super sassy.

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And there you have it, the a creative solution for the organizing all those craft supplies so you can do some serious damage when crafting!


Adventures in the Rainy Wilderness

I recently visited Raleigh, NC for the weekend and took the opportunity to catch up with two wonderful ladies — Rachel and Jen! Those two couldn’t have been better company! We did all of my favorite things – gourmet popsicles, gourmet donuts, vintage hats, movie marathons, and all sorts of adventures. I got tons of blogging material out of the weekend. You might have already read about the Koolaid Hair Dye from https://adventuresinpolkadots.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/adventures-in-kool-aid-dye/

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Both of these ladies were all about me accomplishing some of my 30 Before 30 goals (we worked on a bunch — dying my hair purple — unsuccessfully, cooking my way through a cookbook — we did 4 recipes)  #15 Visit at least three national or state parks was one we decided to take a crack at by traveling to Raven Rock State Park and hitting the trails. We were so excited to go hiking and experience some serious communing with nature that we even discussed camping. And then it rained. And rained. So we decided to just go hiking. After all, it probably wasn’t raining that hard, right?

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So we packed our lunch, loaded the car, and drove to Raven Rock State Park. It was WONDERFUL! I couldn’t get over how nice everything was! The Welcome Center was like something out of a magazine! When we arrived, we ate our picnic lunch at the Welcome Center and planned our hike (and of course got goofy!).

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It wasn’t exactly a beautiful day in the traditional sense. We still thought the woods and view were wonderful! And I bet the trail had never heard sweet music like the sound of version of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad!”

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We were so grateful for our ponchos!

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By the end of the trip, we were exhausted and wet! But we had a blast! To be honest, just being with these lovely ladies in the car there and back and our brief stop at Walgreens was as fun as the hiking itself!  iphone 38 190




Adventures in Playing Dress Up

I was recently in the mall with my lifelong friend, Maria. We found ourselves at a rare moment of loose ends and decided to play a little dress up. Maria is attending a wedding in the fall and has been looking for dresses to wear. We started out thinking like that but it quickly became a game of grown up dress up. It was so much fun.  It was fun to play at styling Maria for a fancy event and it made me dream of the life as a proper stylist. Here are some highlights:

1. The Which Way to Martha’s Vineyard

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2. The Playsuit Player (Don’t hate the player, hate the game.)

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3. The Modern Cleopatra Look

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4. The “Did We Invite a Hollywood Starlet?”

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5. The If You Go It, Flaunt It

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Adventures in Flower Arranging

Who doesn’t love to have fresh flowers set out in their home?

It makes the place seem homier and they add such lovely natural beauty. However, it’s easy to feel intimidated when it comes to arranging flowers. You might be thinking… “How do I know what flowers go with what flowers?” “How do I arrange all these different kinds?” “Why do my flowers die so quickly?” “There are just too many choices.”

Take a breath. It’s actually pretty easy — especially if you remember some tips!

There are three great rules to follow when it comes to flower arrangements:
1. Look for either flowers of the same color or all the same flowers. This simplifies things and makes a big impact without putting much planning into it. If you take the monochrome approach remember to look for something to add some texture and dimension to the bouquet like berries, wildflowers, or a few unusual flowers.

2. Trim those flowers! Don’t forget to trim the bottoms — at an angle — and to remove any dead or dying pieces. Think of it as trimming the dead weight. This will help your flowers last and makes them look fresh and healthy.

3. Change the water. I know it’s tempting to finish arranging the flowers and then walk away. And that’s fine, but after a couple of days, CHANGE the water! Your flowers will last and you will get more bang for your buck!

Now that we’ve got some tips to remember for next time, let’s check out a step by step of a monochrome arrangement my friend Rachel put together.

Step 1: Lay out all of your choices .Rachel and I are both visual people. It really helps us to lay everything out to see our options before we begin a project. Flower arranging is no exception. I like to look over all of the flowers so I can start thinking about how I will put them all together.

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Step 2: Remember your tips — it’s time to trim!

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 Step 3: Take the flowers one by one and start putting together the arrangement almost like a bouquet.

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Step 4: Add those flowers to the vase. When you are picking out a vase, think about proportion and balance. In this demonstration, we had flowers with a large volume and so we balanced with a glass jar that could support the weight and size.

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 Step 5: Fuss with the flowers. You might need to tie them together with ribbon or rope to get the tight look. You might need to pull some flowers out a bit to make them look balanced. The bottom line is flower arranging requires a bit of fuss work where you look at the bouquet from different angles and make sure you like what you see.

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And before you know it — you are done! See how great they turned out!?

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And that concludes this adventure in flower arranging! Keep it simple and remember those tips and you should be in good shape! Good luck!


Purple hair – Don’t care!


I turn thirty in about 5 months and I am really excited about the big 3-0. As you may know, I created a 30 Before 30 list that I have been working on for the last couple of months to celebrate this big birthday! Number one on that list is dye my hair purple. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It seems like now would be the perfect time since I have (or should I say HAD) such nice blonde highlights… because last night (after 4 attempts), I finally accomplished PURPLE HAIR! Now it’s not totally crazy. This purple hair is subdued, almost work appropriate. Don’t believe me? Check it out! 

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So with that number 1 is checked off the list! Tell me what you think! (But don’t get too used to it… change is coming fast!) 

Here’s the IN PROGRESS List: 


  1. Dye my hair purple.
  2. Lose 30 lbs.
  3. Ride a Motorcycle.
  4. Be in control of my student loans
  5. Finally get that tattoo.
  6. Embark on an epic road trip.
  7. Pay off credit cards.
  8. Cook my way through a cookbook.
  9. Blog more – 300 posts and new forms of media.
  10. Learn to sew.
  11. Save $3000 ($200 per month).
  12. Take cooking and/or baking classes.
  13. Learn how to build something.
  14. Learn how to play poker.
  15. Visit at least three national or state parks. 
  16. Learn how to meditate.
  17. Experience high tea.
  18. Make my own limoncello.
  19. Go to the Florida State Fair.
  20. Read the 30 of the top 100 novels of all timehttp://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/
  21. Get more involved with the community – 30 hours minimum.
  22. Visit a new place I’ve always wanted to visit.
  23.  Go to more awesome concerts.
  24. Go berry picking and my own jam.
  25. Take photos in photobooths.
  26. Host a dinner party.
  27. Watch 30 of the top 100 movies of all timehttp://www.imdb.com/chart/top
  28. Go on a camping adventure.
  29. Write a children’s book.
  30. Finish everything on the list.

The numbers in italics are in progress. 


Color Inspiration: Tackling Tangerine

As summer rages on (rages is the only word to describe the crazy heat out there), I feel more and more drawn to the colors of the season — bright tropical colors. I know you already read about coral recently in the blog and today’s post is about coral’s sister color in the orange family: tangerine.

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First, there’s lovely ladylike dresses — what is it about lace that just screams ladylike? I love the way the bright color adds a bit of interest to classic dress design. The last two images are a great transition into the world of pairing pale shades with the bright tangerine…

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I love giving the tangerine a beautiful foundation with crisp white, nude, and pale pink shades. I think they help make the color look crisper and breezy. I die for the detailed white blouse and the tailored tangerine pants. Also, did I mention how easy it is to simply add a beautiful bag to an outfit to make it really pop… I love the tangerine handbag in the second picture… it combines ladylike with the clean lines of the classic color palette.

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Oftentimes, outfits begin and end with jeans. We go to them for their comfort and versatility but when paired with tangerine the color is important too. The blue is such a cool balance to the bright orange. Denim comes in shirts too — don’t forget so if you are game for tangerine bottoms pair it with a classic chambray shirt and watch back and let the compliments fly.

For the advanced fashionistas out there, tangerine is a great color to challenge yourself with and get creative. Here are some of my favorites:

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Adventures in Kool Aid Dye?

So this weekend I visited some friends in North Carolina and had a wonderful time! We went on so many adventures and don’t worry, I got tons of material for my blog! To start with a bang, we begin with using Kool Aid as hair dye! WHAT?

Kool Aid Hair Dye? I know what you are thinking… are you 13 or something? Well, yes. Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with Kool Aid. My amazing and adventurous friend Jenn volunteered to be the guinea pig and let us try our hands at dip dying her hair with Kool Aid. So we set off to do what teenagers all over this country do every day — play with dying their hair with Kool Aid.

Here is the BEFORE:
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First of all, I totally forgot how many colors, oops I mean flavors, there are to pick from when it comes to Kool Aid — strawberry, watermelon, strawberry kiwi. grape, blue rasberry, tropical punch, black cherry…  After conducting careful research, we settled on a strawberry (pink) and grape (purple) combo for Jen. Since her hair is brunette and we were shooting for a purply-pink, the combo was bound to be the just the ticket to give us the color we desired. Secondly, this couldn’t be an easier activity for a rainy day — it only has three steps!

Step 1: Boil about 2 cups of water. Then we added the packets of Kool Aid. iphone 39 014

Step 2: Soak hair in Kool Aid. (We braided it first to reign in Jen’s curls.) Leave for 15 minutes. iphone 39 016 iphone 39 018 iphone 39 020   iphone 39 022


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Jen’s hair turned out sassy with a tinted berry layer. There is an added benefit of smelling very fruity for a bit which can’t hurt. What’s that you smell? Oh, it’s my perfume — Strawberry/Grape Kool Aid. Jen is ready for her summer fun with her Kool Aid dyed hair.

Thanks for coming along on this adventure… who knows what other wacky adventures we will get into as the summer draws to an end…