Thursday, May 30, 2013

made at home: washi tape decorated vase

Items you will need:

  • Washi Tape
  • Vase (or other glass container) 
  • * Optional ribbon and hot glue gun

   In this DIY, I used a dollar store vase that was an extremely plain style. Take the washi tape and make designs along the vase, leaving a small amount of extra at the top and the bottom. Cut the ends of the tape and use an optional amount of hot glue to secure the ends. 
*Out of washi tape, or don't have other colors? Use a hot glue gun to add a few pieces onto the vase design. 

   I know what you are thinking, "Lindsey, this is so simple, a child would do this!", and that is exactly what happened during this. Being a nanny, thinking up simple and creative ideas for the children to do is always on my mind. Today, for "arts and craft time", we used dollar store vases and decorated them with washi tape and ribbon. After seeing pretty much everything being decorated with washi tape, it was time I did more than just hang items with this one my wall. As simple as this approach is, doing this with multiple vases around the house is a great decor idea. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

sponsorship: june

 Hello readers! June is right around the corner, which means there will be more spaces open for sponsors! This month of June will bring many wonderful things (start of summer and Father's Day). I have a large size for $16 (which includes a "sponsor introduction" post and the top of the ad section) and a small size for $6 (which both will be purchased through passionfruit, very easily).
   I am also open for ad swaps on small size ads, and ideas of collaboration (email me if interested). More information on sponsorship here. I would always prefer to do swaps, I love meeting new bloggers/small businesses and seeing my favorite blogs/shops posted on my site.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

dandelion wine

(browsing a new record shop, Mills Record Company.) 

(a basic vegan pizza from The Foundry.) 

(dress/loafers: thrifted, purse: re-run's, cat pin: handmade) 

   This non-college centered, long weekends, and my boyfriend being on vacation/days off are spoiling me. These summer break days are warm, but the late afternoon comes and it's cooler in the air. The breeze was quite strong today, so wearing a wrap dress was the opposite of what I should have picked out. I just couldn't resist the spring print and tones to put off for a stand still day. Also, wearing no layers at all is so strange to me... thanks 85 degree weather.
   I browsed around the Westport neighborhood for quite sometime today, looking through shops and eating a late lunch. I'm sure my evening is going to be filled with more festivities, since another day of no schedule is among me, but the days are always my favorite times.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

time passages

 (new tomato plant, along with another needed to be planted.) 

(dress: boomerang, heels/necklace/floral purse: thrifted) 

   While most have exciting and travel plans for Memorial Day weekend, I have decided to venture around in nearby places for the days off. My summer classes don't start for another week, so my main mission is to do many thing I know I will not be able to constantly do.... such as relax and take my time. Having time is a treasure.
   Saturdays, I believe, are meant for antiquing at Henry's Tea Room  grabbing coffee and a cupcake at my favorite vegan bakery, visiting family, and planting new plants. And that's exactly what I did... oh, and wear new dresses from my favorite vintage store. I hope everyone had a time filled day. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

made at home: vegan chocolate coconut bars

Vegan Chocolate Coconut Nut Bars

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 6 cups of crusted graham crackers
  • 4 tablespoons of oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 cup of shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of non-dairy milk (I used coconut)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup

   On medium heat, mix together the milk with the sugar and syrup. After all is combined, let the mixture set for about five minutes until slightly cooler. While cooling, mix the graham cracker crumbs, oil, and salt together in a medium bowl. Press the crust mixture into a medium sized cake pan, that is sprayed with cooking oil. Add the cooled milk mixture to the crust, then add the chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and let cool for two hours in the fridge before eating. 

   This is a recipe I have tried many different ways, and seen many different places. I love the mixture of coconut and chocolate  as many people adore as well, and I can't get enough of it. The best thing about these bars is how simple they are to make, the most of the waiting is just the baking in the oven part. Also, most of these ingredients can always been found in your kitchen (well, at least in mine at all times!). Enjoy! 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

mini-trip: clinton lake part 2

Some background: finding time to get away is difficult with a couple consisting of a full-time education student working part-time and a full-time worker with a solo project and band. finding that time that is always scheduled  and cash that is always being used for personal hobbies/"living", is so rare. finding ourselves engulfed in different surroundings is something we don't come across often, but always strived for.

   With my summer break recently started, and my boyfriend taking his vacation from work, we decided to take some time away from our personal schedules and seek solitude elsewhere. Clinton lake was a place I had never traveled to before in Kansas, but it was one of his favorites when he lived in a town close to there. We pitched our dome tent, sleeping with just pillows and a sheet, and drink cheap beer over a campfire. The day time hours comprised of nature trails, fishing, the beach, and relaxing.
   With weekends like this, I don't know if I could leave the Midwest. Such simple trips as camping, mean so much more... just the ability to leave my urban surroundings, and find myself in the mist of a completely new environment without trouble, is a place I don't want to escape.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

mini-trip: clinton lake part 1

"May your search through nature lead to yourself." 

Stay tuned for the second half of exploring on my mini-trip to Lake Clinton. 
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