Monday, January 30, 2012

Flower hair clip DIY

Woohoo! finally my first diy! For homecoming I really wanted something special to put in my hair to kind of match the fairy tale theme, and what better represents all things fairy tale than flowers? Nothing, that's what. So for this DIY you will need the following materials:
1. Fabric (I used the extra fabric from the bottom of my dress)
2. Mini hair clips
3. Hot glue gun
4. Scissors
5. Pearl beads
6. Sewing machine

You'll need to cut your fabric into squares. Mine were about 2 inches by 2 inches, but you can make them bigger or smaller depending on what size flower you want. After you cut your fabric into squares, just fold it in half, then in half again, and again.

After you fold it up, just snip off the edges so that you have a smooth half moon look. At this point you could use a sewing machine to hem it, but I found that the fabric doesn't come undone too badly when you cut it in a half moon shape. Plus if you're only planning on wearing them for one night, it won't be necessary to hem.

Then you'll need to hot glue all the edges together, making sure that little or no glue is visible. You can always fold the fabric the way you want it, but just remember that this is going to end up being the inside of the flower. After the hot glue dries, just cut off the bottom! You won't need this piece any more.

Set the inside flower piece to the side and repeat steps one and two. (This will become the outer portion of your flower.)

At this point instead of hot gluing this fabric square together, you will just cut off the bottom (it's easier to unfold the fabric so that you have a little more room to get a nice rounded cut).

Put a little dot of hot glue on your hair clip, and with the petal part of the fabric (not the square part you just cut off), wrap it around the hair clip, adding hot glue where necessary. Now you have a nice little cone of fabric flower petals.

Now you will put some hot glue on the fabric inside the flower you've just created (be sure to try to not get the glue on the hair clip itself, as it will make the clip harder to open). Then with the little square you cut off earlier, you'll press it into the middle of your flower. This will serve as a sort of cup for the first flower piece you set aside and another layer of petals.

Remember that first inside flower you made? Take the hair clip, add hot glue to the inside of the flower cup, and stick the inside flower to it. Be sure to hot glue down any awkward layers sticking out so that they will stay in place nicely.

Now that your flower is complete, you can add little embellishments like crystals or pearls to make them extra fancy.

And there you have it! You now have cute little flowers to put in your hair. I found it was difficult to get the hair clips open, probably due to the fact that hot glue was inhibiting the springs, but they were still able to go in my hair and stay all through the night.

I also made a little pearl headband bobby pin just by hot gluing some string (after tying it) to a bobby pin and a pearl and then stringing pearls, but I ended up not wearing it for homecoming.

I think I'm coming out of my no-makeup phase, at least a little bit. I've always loved the way eyeliner looks on me, but usually I'm too lazy to wear makeup. I did however wear some for homecoming. The only thing that was annoying was that I had to keep reminding myself not to rub my eyes, haha!

I don't have to worry much

day 30

Since play practice has begun again I can't make it home in time to catch the sun.

Excuses excuses.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

drying flowers

day 29

Instead of throwing away beautiful flowers that people have given me, I've started making a habit of drying them so that I can enjoy them for years. There are three basic methods to preserving flowers. One way is to press them in a book. I do that a lot when I find little wildflowers on road trips or just when I explore around our property (and our neighbor's). It's good to use wax paper so that you don't damage the book; plus it squishes all the little buggies that might be hiding in the flowers.

Another method I know of involves covering the flowers with wax to preserve them, but I have never done that so not much more can be said from me.

The third method (Golly I sound like I'm writing a research paper) is to dry them by hanging them upside down. This way all the moisture runs out of the flowers so that no mold can grow on them (flower mold is extremely gross, take my word for it). It leaves most of the color in the flowers, although as you could guess they are extremely dry and sometimes crumble when you accidentally handle them too hard. But I have found it is a virtually stress free method.

I have a little nail in the ceiling beam in my loft from which I just tie a string to the flowers. They hang there for about two weeks, I would say (quite honestly I just forget about them and whenever they come to mind I check on them). Once these flowers from yesterday's homecoming are dry, I'll take them down and add them to my vase of pressed flowers. Soon I'll have to get a bigger vase! Then whenever I look at them I can remember all the beautiful memories that went along with them.

once upon a time

day 28

Yesterday was homecoming!

It's funny how so much preparation goes into one night. I mean, with all the decorating and dressing up for spirit days and purchasing dresses and tuxedos and altering them and finding dates and everything, you would think the celebration could last a little bit longer than one night. But at any rate it was very nice and I was honored to go with the most amazing guy in the entire world.

My dress had a ton of static in it so my mommy sprayed me down with static guard while Matt laughed at me. And after finally succeeding at putting on Matt's flower thingie (I can never remember the name) we headed out!

Since the theme for the banquet was "Once Upon A Time," they gave out some fairytale awards. Named after one of the seven dwarfs, I won the sneezy award for cutest sneeze (though I think my hiccups were included in the category. One of these days I'll get a video of me hiccuping for you guys. It's pretty hilarious).

Then after the banquet we headed to the dance! I love dancing with Matt and feeling like we're the only two people in the room. He is really a spectacular individual and I'm so lucky to have him. We've had our struggles, but I know that when I go to sleep at night I love him even more than I did when I woke up. He's my best friend.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


shirt from my dad's closet // shorts from forever 21 // boots from target // tights from forever 21

I don't have very much time at the moment as I am getting ready for our school's homecoming tonight! Part of my homecoming ensemble includes a diy, so hopefully soon I'll be able to post it for you guys. Plus homecoming equates to tons of photos, so stay tuned for that awesomeness.

In the meantime, have an awesome weekend!

Friday, January 27, 2012

symphony of silver tears

day 27

coming home

day 26

Today was the homecoming coronation! It was a lot of fun taking pictures of all the fancy people and I was very excited for the seniors, of course! Congrats to the king and queen! :)

we joined the yacht club

day 25

It's spirit week at school, which means everyone has been dressing up all crazy like. Today was class colors day, so all the seniors were decked out in red. Of course Rory didn't have a red shirt, only a monkey hat and a sombrero ... but that's why we love him.

For my 18th birthday my dad bought Matt and I tickets to go see The Young Guns and Owl City! I've been to maybe five concerts in my entire life, so the whole experience was quite surreal. It's awesome to discover local bands that are talented, so you should all go check out The Young Guns on facebook!

As some of you know, I moved to Alaska the summer of 2010. It was by far the hardest move of all and I don't think I've fully recovered from the depression. Or at least I'm not quite content with aspects of my current life as opposed to the life I had before I moved. But anyways, Owl City's music really helped me get through that time. Specifically the song "Alaska." I can promise you that that song was especially for me from God, because it came at the time I needed it the most and every single word matches up to what I've had to and am experiencing. It still makes me cry.

I was in a state of awe the entire night. Seeing someone you admire right in front of you creates a very nice feeling. Adam Young has such a kind soul and I love that anyone can see it in his smile. Knowing that God used him to help me and then being able to see him in person is so surreal. I still can hardly believe it.