Saturday, June 30, 2012

well, the hangman says you've a pretty neck...

I took these photos at the same time of day as I took the ones from my last outfit post, sunset divination, because I wanted to see if I could capture those beautiful rays that turned up by happy accident last time (which actually turned that post into possibly my favorite one ever). I suppose the effect isn't the best for seeing the outfit I'm wearing this time, but I promise I'll wear this dress again soon.

I found this dress at a thrift store and bought it with the intention of shortening it. Then, when I put it on to take "before" photos, I hesitated before cutting it. It was so pretty, with the lovely bodice-like top and the pleats at the waist that I thought that the length wasn't too bad (it was a few inches above my ankles), so I decided against altering it. Then I never wore it and never wore it and then today came and I was trying on outfits in the mirror when I pulled this dress out of my closet. I put it on and got ready to go...and then I took it off and cut it. The length, I finally decided, after much mirror staring, was distracting and overwhelming on me. I made sure this time not to cut too much off, but I'm so glad that I decided to go ahead and do it.

dress - thrifted and DIY'd ; shoes - H&M ; crown - DIY'd ; jewelry - vintage

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY baking soda exfoliator

This all natural body/facial exfoliating scrub is super easy to make (you probably have what it takes in your cupboard right now) and totally effective - it will leave you with clean and glowing skin. All you need is plain old baking soda. If you don't have any, get's super cheap. All you have to do is mix a little bit of it with water to form a paste like substance and rub it gently in circular motions all over your body. Be careful on your face and don't scrub too hard...let the baking soda do the work! Make sure to follow with a good moisturizer as salt can leave skin a bit dry.

I like to put my baking soda (and other skin care ingredients such as sugar, oatmeal, ground almonds, and ground coffee) in a mason jar for easy transportation and storage. These little 4 ounce Ball jelly jars are perfect for this sort of thing.

Follow these links to read my other skin care posts:
Skin - A Love Story
DIY sugar body scrub

Monday, June 18, 2012

sunset divination

dress - thrifted and DIY'd ; shoes - Report ;
shoelaces - American Apparel ; crown - DIY'd ; jewelry - vintage


Saturday, June 16, 2012

tarot dreamer

I sat down at her table to see
a mysterious beauty with cards was she
she smiled at me and shuffled them well
my future, I hoped, she would soon foretell

the first card she drew and laid it down
I stared at it, breaking into a frown
she held up her finger to kindly protest
we had only but started upon our quest

the celtic cross she carefully set
while her two large bangles clanged their duet
and when she was done she looked up at me
and asked if there was anything that I could see

I thought it was strange she would ask that of me
when it was her that I was coming to see
she smiled knowingly when this I said
and without a word began nodding her head

and at that moment things started to change
to become all distorted and look very strange
it all fell away to reveal but a dream
and I knew that nothing was at all what it seemed

I looked to my side and caught just a glance
of myself in the mirror, and then just by chance
I peered a bit closer and I could just barely see
that the woman from my dream looked a little like me

my own deck of cards I pulled from their place
and shuffled them well, one more time, just in case
I laid out the cross and it was then that I saw
my past and my present with nary a flaw

I examined the cards for a moment then looked
back into the mirror and this lesson I took
that the answer all along was up in my head
there was nothing at all that I needed to dread

that I was the master of my own future foretelling
and there was nothing at all on which to be dwelling
and that when I seek guidance and my future to see
that I should look inwards first, the true seer is me

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DIY turn a key chain into a necklace

Here is a very simple DIY that can turn a cute key chain into your favorite accessory! I have a thing for Dala horses, so when I saw these two cute key chains I scooped them up and quickly turned them into necklaces. They were about $4 each...which is great for mini hand carved and painted Dalas. (Do you remember this Dala necklace? That is where this DIY originated - it was previously an ornament - but I like how these Dalas are smaller and more three dimensional - like an actual carved Dala horse.)

Supplies: key chain, needle nose pliers, chain (measured and cut to your desired length), and clasp (I am lazy so I just use a small safety pin).

1. Using your pliers, open the jump ring that is attaching the key chain clip to whatever pendant you will be putting on your necklace.

2. Put your chain through the ring on your pendant and clasp.


Monday, June 11, 2012

the call of her wooden flute

Lately I've been teaching myself how to play this gorgeous bamboo flute. The tones are rich and wonderful when I'm not playing it, I want to be playing it. I played piano and clarinet for years and then picked up a percussion position when I entered high school. I never got the hang of the flute, but when I picked this one up for fun at a local music shop, I was able to produce an amazing sound at first try. I saw it as a sign and the bamboo flute became mine. (And in case anyone is curious, this is the flute I have.)

I'm still not very good at it, but I'm improving! I have to work on my lung capacity, which became horrible after I stopped playing the clarinet, but perhaps when I become a bit better I'll make a video.

shirt, belt - thrifted ; skirt - H&M ; sandals - Target ;
hat - Minnetonka ; bracelets - Fish Creek Moccasin Works ; ring - vintage


Friday, June 8, 2012

time spent with cats is never wasted

The title of this post is actually a quote from Sigmund Freud and it is so true.  I was taking pictures today and the two kitties who belong to the house I'm staying in found the process fascinating and managed to insert themselves into every photo.  The orange one is Samson and the white one is Maceo and they're's so nice living with cats again, even if they're not really mine.

dress - H&M ; sandals - Target ; pouch - Silver Eagle ; bracelet - Fish Creek Moccasin Works

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

...feet upon the ground

I don't have pierced ears, so some of my favorite things to browse on Etsy are ear cuffs. I stumbled upon Karmadia's shop where she can customize a cuff for you. Her adorable "Sweet Nothings" cuff stole my heart, and I immediately knew what words I would ask her to make for me..."feet upon the ground." The words are a (clever, if I do say so myself) reference to an inspiring line from my favorite song, "Carry On" by fun. - "May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground..." It helps remind of my dream for adventure and traveling, and it also makes quite a beautiful and unique piece of jewelry that I have worn every day since receiving.


Monday, June 4, 2012

if a tree falls in the forest...

One of the things about living on the peninsula is that most of the time the weather is gorgeous...but when it gets cloudy and rainy it really affects the temperature.  We had a few days where it got down into the low sixties and fifties!  Not that I was complaining, though, it was perfect for styling my new faux coonskin cap!

I was exploring last week and ran across this strange scene.  There cottage that stood here was literally flattened when a large tree fell on top of it during a storm.  It's now an abandoned mess of wood, glass, and plant overgrowth.


dress (worn as skirt), belt - thrifted ; shirt, shoes - H&M ; 
hat, bracelet - Fish Creek Moccasin Works ; ring - Wet Seal


Friday, June 1, 2012

lady of the wild frontier

I am so excited to be living in an area where there are two stores that specialize in moccasins and other Native American and Native American inspired items.  When my boyfriend was visiting last week we stopped in so I could show him the great stuff they had and I ended up leaving with this beautiful faux coonskin hat (complete with striped tail).  I never expected to find a hat like this in a size that would fit an adult...I usually see them sized for children.  When I tried it on and it actually fit, I was instantly hooked.  I want to wear it everywhere!

raccoon tail hat - Fish Creek Moccasin Works ; shirt, shorts - thrifted and DIY'd.
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