Posey, packing, and the best way to fold your shirts.

Hello, my name is Alaina. This colorful disaster is how my room looks when I pack. Yes, every time. I will say this time it seemed a little extra chaotic this time because I happen to be packing for a 3 week adventure in Australia.

Yes. Australia. Down Under type of Australia.

I leave Sunday. I’m a little bit excited.

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Rainy days are for british tea and listening to Les Miserables.

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Oh, you havent met bunny yet. Well this lop-eared fluff ball is called Posey. She joined our crew last Saturday and she is settling in beautifully. Technically, she belongs to mom but we are buds and I’m still going to miss her when I’m gone. She’s a sweetheart.

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She’s still fairly little as you can see… oh and apparently she likes to hang out in my closet.

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Time for a new soundtrack… this time, Tangled. On repeat. And I sang. And danced. And sort of packed. Pascal is very little help with packing, by the way.

So that was my day. To be honest, I enjoyed it. Everything is still a mess but most of my packing is done and I just have odds and ends to finish up before leaving on Sunday.

If you’re interested in absolutely the best way in the entire world to pack shirts… keep reading… if not, then enjoy the rest of your Thursday and…

Stay beautiful,
~Alaina

The Best Way to Fold Shirts :: DIY Wednesday… only it’s Thursday.

{this is how the Army teaches recruits to fold their shirts, by the way. My brother Gabriel taught me =) }

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See how neat it is? And nothing comes unfolded.

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Step 1: Lay the shirt out flat.

Step 2: Fold the hem under 2-3″

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Step 3: Fold in both sides and sleeves.

Step 4: Now fold into thirds.

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Step 4: Roll it up!

Step 5: Tuck the roll into the folded end to secure.

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See? Neat, tidy, and so awesome. I love it for globetrotting, but also for keeping my drawers neat at home. It will save space, keep you organized, and they double as an excellent substitute for snowballs if you need something to throw at someone. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Quote Mug {DIY Wednesday}

Oh my dear. It is hot outside. As in, 55 thousand degrees hot.

Okay, maybe it’s more like 100, but it’s still hot.

And you might be wondering why in the world I am talking about coffee mugs at a time like this, but the fact of the matter remains that I never lose my love of hot tea and coffee. Regardless of the weather, I like hot drinks in the morning and at night.

I also have a bad case of fall fever… it’s like spring fever only it’s worse because you cant wear your hoodies yet.

But [hopefully] it will be fall soon and wont you want a smashing personalized mug to drink your tea out of, or to give as an awesome and super easy gift?

The answer is yes, you will. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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You’ll need a ceramic mug and a sharpie and an oven. That’s all. Except maybe some artistic ability… I dont have any but somedays I like to pretend. Today I am pretending.

I found these mugs at Target in the dollar section. They’re blue, adorable, and cheap, what’s not to love? Oh! And they stack too!

[I also love how retro they look]

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Decorate as desired and bake them in the oven for 30 minutes at 350′

By the way, you will need to handwash them.

I decided to write a quote on mine.

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5 points if you know what quote this is and who said it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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That’s it really. I kept mine simple but I would like to get some more and do line designs or filigree on them.

What would YOU like to put on a mug for sipping something lovely?

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina

Original link here.

Mixed Media Wall Canvas {DIY Wednesday}

This is so easy it’s absurd. A little bit time consuming [and by that I mean you have to wait for things to dry… anything over 10 minutes is time consuming to me] but can be as simple or complex as you wish, and could be used for any number of occasions.

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You’ll need:

A canvas:: mine is a cheap one from Michaels

Some ripped up pages of a book:: I picked up a junky book at the thrift story for a dollar because ripping up a book that I love would be unbearable.

Mod-Podge

Odds and ends for decoration:: die cuts, pretty paper, ribbon, stickers, ect.

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Paste the pieces of book paper to the canvas with the Mod-Podge.

Make sure the whole canvas is covered and then paste over the entire thing with Mod-Podge.

Let dry about 10-15 minutes.

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You can paste the paper on over the edges but I decided to paste ribbon on instead.

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Then embellish as desired. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I decided that mine would be hanging so I found a wide piece of ribbon and cut two pieces approximately 16″ [or whatever length you want] and tack them to the back. Then tie the two pieces together in an overhand knot for hanging on a hook.

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I really like how it turned out.

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I did my initials and hung it on the door of my room, but I think the possibilities are endless… a name wall hanging for a baby’s room, a favorite quote, a picture. Use your imagination. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have fun!

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina

ย Burlap Rosetteย {DIY Wednesday}

I decided to make one of these lovely little rosettes [from a blog post over at Oh Hello Friend Blog] this afternoon for DIY Wednesday.

However I wanted to change it up a bit by making it a lot bigger [finished, mine is 2.5″ diameter] and by making it out of some brown burlap I had on hand to add a rougher texture. It was great fun and I think it turned out well.

I will let you read the original tutorial here, and then just note what I changed.

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To start off, my burlap was 3″ wide and approximately 45″ long.

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After forming and gluing the rosette, it was a bit too shredded looking.

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So trim up the longer loose fibers.

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And I used a scrap piece of burlap to glue to the back instead of sewing felt. Hot glue is much faster than needle and thread. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Then I glued on an alligator clip and a pin for some attachment options when wearing the rosette.

[note: my alligator clip is 1″ and the pin is 3/4″ I used them because it’s what I had, but next time I think I would use a longer one.]

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And there you go, a cute little accent with a lot of character.

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I think it’s going to be fantastic for fall.

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina