March 27, 2015

Etsy Announcement: Seed and Vine Vintage is Here!

Hello friends! If you've been wondering where I've been all week, it's because I've been working on a new project which I'm really excited to share with you all now! 

I've decided to open a vintage and (eventually) handmade shop on Etsy! 

It's called Seed and Vine (after the Persephone myth, gotta love that Greek mythology) and right now I have a great selection of vintage pieces from clothing and accessories to homegoods and books. 

I have always been a lover of vintage and retro items, and after a while it just started to sound like the logical next step. I seem to have a sixth sense about finding really great vintage pieces in thrift shops, yard sales, and antique stores and while I love it all, it was starting to overtake my apartment.

So now I have an excuse to shop for vintage finds! Here are some of my favorite items in the shop now. I have tons more that I still have to photograph this weekend too, so keep an eye out for those!

This American Girl Book of Mystery and Suspense Stories was originally published by the editors of American Girl magazine in the 40s, which at the time was the official magazine of the Girl Scouts of America!

This adorable little alarm clock is from the early 60s and features an image of Cinderella and her glass slipper. It's in gorgeous condition, and still works minus the hands - plus it's a Disney licensed collectible!

This is an awesome mod travel jewelry case/clutch purse. The outside is vinyl and it has a hinged opening and space for tons of earrings, jewelry, lipstick, or other knick knacks. 

And finally, these two vintage skirts (click here for blue and here for red) that will probably make me cry when I have to ship them off to their new home. They're both so gorgeous (and super comfy)!

I've got some jewelry to add from the 1920s and even the turn of the century as well as some more home decor items from the mid-century era, so keep checking!

March 18, 2015

March #YearOfHappy + an Update

Well friends... you may have noticed that there was a breakdown in communication with #YearOfHappy. Between technical difficulties and life getting in the way, there were a few kinks to work out. But we're back now and better than ever!

Since the March prompt and linkup is going up so late, I'll be leaving it open through the end of April to make sure everyone gets a chance to share their posts! For those that have been following along more diligently than I, I'll leave the link up below. When I post my project next week, I'll add it to that post as well, so it can be accessed either place.

So, for March, the prompt is: Create an inspiration board using your favorite colors, images, or sayings. Haul out those old issues of Glamour and go to town! Hang it somewhere you will see it every day so that you can feel happy and inspired whenever you look at it.

Below is the link up for those who are already finished! And an email will be going out to the listserv following this post for a little reminder.

It's been a bit of a rocky start but I know we can make this a really amazing community.

March 13, 2015

10 Minute DIY Phone Case

Alright y'all, this one is so easy, I could not believe how nice it looked afterwards. I've been struggling for ages because, ever since I switched from my iPhone (which I desperately miss and can't wait to get a new one) it's so much harder to find cute, inexpensive cases for my phone! Seriously, did all the world's consumers decide to only make cheap bedazzled cases for iPhones??

Anyways. The other day I was surfing through Amazon for a new case, as my old Otterbox had gotten upsettingly dingy and gross, when I came across a clear case and thought... hey, that would work. 

Thanks to the miracle that is Amazon Prime, it was at my doorstep in two days for under $5. After that, it was a piece of cake!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Clear case that fits your phone (just search Amazon)
  • A template of your phone (you can either Google this easily or just trace your phone)
  • Plain paper in whatever color you wish
  • Scissors and an Exacto Knife
  • Either a printer or a Sharpie
1// I just ended up tracing my phone backplate on the paper and cutting it out with the Exacto Knife. I was planning on designing something in Photoshop, but my printer was not cooperating, so I had to get even more creative.

2// After I had cut out all the appropriate holes, nooks, and crannies, and practiced my design a couple times on scrap paper, I hand lettered it onto the phone template, adjusting everything properly.

3// Finally, I popped the piece of paper into the phone case, design side out (obviously) and put the case back on my phone. Voila! It was sinfully easy, and now I have a case that I can switch up whenever it suits me.

I'd love to see what you guys come up with!

March 11, 2015

Bookshelf: Happy Handmade Home

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I got the chance to read and review Happy Handmade Home by Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess (aka the bedtime story every blogger tells herself at night). 

I absolutely adored it! Like everything these girls do, it was filled with wit, wisdom, great DIY tips, and of course, beautiful photos. As you can tell from the photo above, I have A LOT of projects marked as "to do" after reading their book.

As I'm getting ready to re-do my space in my apartment, this book was a godsend. Seriously, bloggers, if you ever lack inspiration, just take a look through their book, you'll be ready to create something in no time flat. 

The book itself was what they call a "trade paperback" meaning it was that thick, heavy duty, glossy material that lets you know it means business. The pages were filled with glossy full color spreads of absolutely envious interiors and enough inspiration to trick you into thinking that you, too, can have an apartment that looks like this! 

In all seriousness, they do a great job of explaining everything step to step, and they have a huge variety of projects from large furniture pieces to tiny coffee cups and everything in between for all skill levels. 

And not only is it chock full of ideas, but the design of the book and the pages itself is the kind of quirky-cute charming that readers of A Beautiful Mess will be well accustomed to. It's a coffee table book that I'll actually want to display on my coffee table, for one thing. 

My main concern with books like this is that it's one of those "read it once and then forget it" type things, but I really feel like this book is different. For one thing, I feel like this is going to be a book I can turn to whenever I need inspiration of any sort. It's like a real life, hard bound Pinterest board, honestly, and while the number of projects inside are finite, the inspiration to be gleaned from the pages is, frankly, infinite. 

I would definitely, definitely suggest this book to any bloggers, DIY-ers, and weekend warriors - I seriously can't wait to get started with some of the projects in here. Oh, and die hard fans of their blog, never fear - many of the projects in the book have never been featured on their site, so there's something new for everyone!

Have you read any of Elsie and Emma's books? What did you think?

March 9, 2015

Blogger Diaries: How I De-Stress

Being a blogger, a full time student, a part time barista, and also a living human being who occasionally wants to have a social life can be an extremely stressful gig. Seriously, there are not enough hours in the day. So sometimes, it's completely necessary to de-stress, and I have a few ways I like going about that.

1// Get cozy. I love to curl up with a cup of tea or coffee, some comfy pjs, and a big nest of blankets after a particularly stressful day. There's nothing like unwinding with a Netflix marathon and a pile of fluffy pillows that gets my mind off the trials and tribulations of the weekday and into the comfy mindset of relaxation.

2// Take a bubble bath. Soaking in a warm bathtub with bubbles, candles, and aromatherapy is my absolute favorite - you can just feel the stress melting away! Get a bath bomb from Lush or some aromatherapy bubble bath from Bath and Body Works and get to soaking.

3// Unwind with friends! There are plenty of stressful days where I don't want to see another living soul (except maybe my cat) by the end, but sometimes meeting up with friends on the weekend can be exactly what you need to let loose and unwind. My friends and I frequent our favorite coffee shops, bookstores, and this one cafe turned jazz bar near my home town and we always have a great time!

4// Curl up with a good book. Nothing relaxes me more than cozying up with a great book, whether it be one that I've read a million times, or a new acquisition. If you're not a fan of reading (first of all what the hell and second of all, sorry, I recognize that not everyone shares my literary enthusiasm) substitute this with a magazine, a television show, a video game, or your favorite website.

5// RESCUE Pastilles. I love love love these things. I received some to test out from Clever Girls and RESCUE, and they are so great! They're a chewy little pastille designed to relieve stress when you need it most. They're completely natural, non habit forming, affordable, safe, and they actually taste good too! You just chew one of these up (they come in other forms too) when you're feeling particularly stressed and in minutes you'll feel less stressed, more focused, relaxed, and ready to take on the world!

I love them because they're all natural and homeopathic, so there's nothing synthetic in them - it's all herbs and natural supplements! You can get them easily at places like CVS, Rite Aid, and Whole Foods, plus many other drugstores. (PS, if you click here, you can get a coupon to try RESCUE out for yourself).

Have you tried these out? What are your favorite ways to de-stress?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.