DIY // A Weaver’s Dream

One time I tried to take up crocheting. My mom sat both my sister and me down in the living room and slowly worked us through the process of weaving the yarn together using that pretty, yet oh-so- tiny, metallic, yellow crochet hook (needle?). Within a few minutes, it was easy to see who could handle the intricacy and patience of making a “simple” scarf (my sister), and who was sitting in the corner with the yarn in knots, face red and full of frustration (me). In other words, that hobby didn’t last long. Despite my being defeated by the crochet monster, I’ve always been fascinated by textile art, mostly due to it’s use of varying colors and textures, and how beautiful all those hues look co-mingling together in knitted paradise.

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Wall hangings by All Roads.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I began to see woven wall hangings popping up all over the place, from Instagram to Pinterest (And Target, too. Who knew Nate Berkus approved of the slightly hippie-esue nature of a wall hanging?!). For whatever reason, I saw all these amazingly detailed works of art and thought “HEY, I CAN DO THAT!”, and so begins my weaving journey. I’ve yet to try my hand at it, as I just ordered my loom, but I’ve spent any free time “researching” by Googling “woven wall hangings” and drooling over the results.

See what I mean?!? Beautiful! This one was created by textile artist Marianne Werkmeister.

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These AH-mazing works are done by Judit Just from JuJuJust, an Etsy based textile artist. 

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What?! I can’t even with this stuff. So much talent! And patience! This one is by Pam Fish, whose Etsy shop, fish warp, has so. much. good. stuff. 

So there you have it. I’m not so naive to think that I’ll be anywhere close to creating masterpieces like you see above, but I want to give it a shot nonetheless. I’ve purchased this lap loom, mostly based on it’s low price and the fact that reviews rated it a good “beginners” loom. The loom I purchased comes with instructions, but I also plan to glean what I can from these two DIY’s: here and here.

I’ll keep you up to date with my progress, and if you’re lucky (and I don’t throw the damn loom out the window the second I start), you might even get to see my finished work of art!

KT

Book Worm // All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

Just a few of my favorites (except that Golf for Dummies… that’s all my husband… my golf swing is practically perfection).

I’ve always loved to read. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting on my grandmother’s lap, listening to her move through a rotation of Golden books, or going with my other grandmother to the local library, piling my arms high with more books than a 6-year-old can feasibly read in a week. Those two ladies taught me much about life, but what I always thank them for the most is instilling a love of reading that has stuck with me throughout my life. Reading is my safe spot. When I want to feel the most at ease, I know I can lose myself in a really good book. The rest of the world washes away, and the story that I’m reading is the only thing that I am fully aware of in that moment. Every once in awhile, I’ll come across a book that is so good, so well-written, that it plays out like a movie in my own mind. It’s hard to tear myself away from, and when I’m finished with it, it sticks with me for days. I recently finished a book that did just that: All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr.

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The masterpiece.

If you haven’t read it, go right now, to your local book store or even Target, and BUY IT. I’ll wait right here while you do yourself that favor. Go on.

Ok. Got it? Good. Now sit yourself in a spot where you can’t be interrupted for a good week and just read. Read until your heart is so full of this amazing story with it’s spectacular way of stringing words together and creating a story so full of rich, realistic characters and spellbinding plot lines. Read until you’ve finished the book and your heart hurts and you’re aching for more because Doerr has woven a story so intriguing that you won’t ever want it to end.

At least, that’s how I felt. I won’t go in to too much detail about what the actual story is like, because it’s one of those books that you just have to see for yourself. Doerr’s website has a great breakdown of the story, so check that out here if you want to know more about it. If you’re interested in historical / period pieces (this one is set during WWII, but flashes back and forward quite a bit), and you like extrordinary writing, this is a worthwhile read.

If you’ve read it already, let me know what you thought. I think the Booklist perfectly summed it for me with this simple review: “A novel to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned.” Yup, you got me there.

KT

Beauty Beat // Lip Stuff

Hello all! Here’s hoping everyone had a b-e-a-utiful Memorial Day weekend, full of rest, relaxation, and thanks. If you’re a giant stickler and you’re noticing that *gasp* I did not post a foodie post on Monday, then I apologize, as I was too busy stuffing my face with said food to take any pictures of it and create posts about it.

BUT!

Just a few pinks from my collection.

 Today is my very first beauty post, and this one here is going to be about…. LIP STUFF! Lip stuff, defined as anything that I carelessly slather on my lips, is probably one of my biggest beauty obsessions. I am on the never-ending hunt for the perfect lip product that leaves me with a hint of color, doesn’t dry me out, and doesn’t feel like I have a tablespoon of honey smeared on my lips. Today’s post will feature 4 of my recent faves (I technically have 45 favorites, but for the sake of a “short” post…), and I’ll even give you my reviews based on my very professional beauty opinion! Let’s do this!!

 

Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain-  This product is one of my favorites, mostly because it is super moisturizing, comes in a wide range of colors (I usually have this one on summer rotation) and textures (think mattes and high-shines), and feels very lightweight when applied. It’s also easily layered and the color builds without looking gunky. Oh, and I LOVE a good pencil lippie. They make for easy, mirror-less application. Plus, you can’t beat the price point!

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain– I found this last summer, and it quickly became a favorite. When it’s first applied, it feels slightly sticky (which I hate), but it quickly dries into a very silky, non-sticky formula (which I love). It’s a weird, hybrid gloss/stain combo, but the colors are amazing and very sheer. This is a great, wear every day sort of lip product. I have this color and this color and they look great with slightly tanned skin in the summer.

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon I LOVE these lip crayons. They are 100% natural, which is a giant perk (and another post for another day), and they are super moisturizing, just like your regular ol’ yellow tube of Burt’s Bees. I only have two of these, but this color is so pretty, I wear it almost every day. They have a really rich pigment that sticks around for quite awhile, and they are backed and created by makeup artist Katy Denno, so you know they are the real deal.

Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick– I typically dislike lipsticks (see the above for proof), but I took a chance on this one after reading about it on LoveTaza. It’s not your typical lipstick in that it is isn’t chalky or cakey. In fact, it’s very sheer, lightweight, and fairly moisturizing. I keep this shade in my bathroom and swipe some on before I leave the house most days, but I also have this shade for when I’m feeling spunky (I read somewhere that Drew Barrymore wears this color, and I immediately went to Target and bought it).


That’s it! I’m curious to hear your thoughts and concerns about my line up. What do you wear? I’m always looking for new and exciting stuff to try, so leave me your suggestions in the comments!

KT

Hey Ya’ll!

Just a pretty photo that I took last summer, which I added mostly so that this whole post wasn’t just pointless dither with no pointless photos.

Let’s just begin by saying how incredibly difficult it is to write an introductory blog post that is both witty, insightful, and informative.

Please excuse me while I do none of those things in this first post because 1.) My writing skills are a bit rusty these days (here’s hoping the whole blogging daily thing will help that), 2.) I really just want to introduce this dang thing because I’m pretty darn pumped about it, and 3.) It’s a Friday and even though I’m no longer a student or a teacher, Friday’s always lack in the use of my concentration, so…

All joking aside, this is *maybe* the 1,456th blog I’ve started. Most (all) of those blogs are out there somewhere, floating in the Inter webs, waiting to be found by you beauties and embarrass the h-e-double hockey sticks out of me. This one, though, has promise. As a newly minted 29 (!!) year-old, I’ve decided that I want to challenge myself in many ways before I become a crotchety 30-year-old, and writing more is one of those challenges. As is creating more, which I plan to share here, too!

If you made it this far, bless you, as I’ve definitely been ranting since paragraph one. I will now reward you with explaining my daily schedule that I hope to keep as your weekly, blog-viewing entertainment.

Mondays // FOOD DAY!- Mondays suck, so on Mondays I’ll be talking about food. If you know me, you know I love food, so here I will share exciting things like stuff I’m cooking, stuff I want to cook, and probably some tasty cocktail recipes, too. Fun!

Tuesday // BEAUTY STUFF!- I love makeup and I own 25 shades of varying pink lipsticks, so I’m definitely an expert. On Tuesdays, I’ll share some of my expert tips like what beauty Vloggers I’m watching, some high / low make up finds, reviews and suggestions, and things I’m on the hunt for (like the 26th pink lipstick to add to my collection).

ARE YOU EVEN STILL LISTENING?!

Wednesday // BOOKS!- I really love to read, and so I think it would be very awesome to share what I’m reading, and maybe even discuss some books with all you fun people. More developments on this one later.

Thursday // DIY DAY!- Sometimes I like to be crafty and make DIY stuff, and so it might be neat to share those things here. If you stick around long enough, you might see me reupholster my dining room chairs, which could possibly include me severely injuring myself with a staple gun. Stay tuned.

THERE’S A CANDY BAR WAITING FOR YOU AT THE END OF THIS POST!

Friday // COMMUNITY EVENTS!- As many of you know, Z and I recently located to a new part of the state, and so we are always looking for exciting things to do on the weekends. I can share those things here! With you! LUCKY YOU.

Saturday // ETSY SPOTLIGHT!- I have an Etsy shop (modesttypewriter.etsy.com) where I sell vintage things, but I also really love the Etsy community and support many of the makers financially (not like I own stock, but like I spend too much money on Etsy buying pretty handmade jewelry and soaps and stuff). I’m often shocked at how many people don’t know about Etsy, so I would love to spotlight the people I admire so that you all can admire them too!

YOU’VE ALMOST MADE IT TO THE END, THANK THE LORD ALMIGHTY!

Sunday // LOCAL MAKER’S SPOTLIGHT!- This may seem similar to the Etsy spotlight, but I want these posts to focus on local maker’s that live in the area/state and make a living off their craft. I know very many talented people that I want everyone else to know about, so I want to interview them with silly questions I create and post it here BECAUSE the handmade movement is close to my heart.

WHOO! You made it! Thank you and I love you (sorry, I was lying about the candy bar).

So if you haven’t realized it yet, or if you just skipped to the end because all that mumbo jumbo up there was too much for you to read, then here’s the jist: this here blog is a place for me talk about stuff I like, so if you think you might like the same things I do, follow me! At the most, I promise rambling and some grammatical errors, so it should be fun?!?

Love,

KT