Thursday, February 28, 2013

the DIY: SPRAY PAINTED T-SHIRT

This shirt DIY is super super easy and it doesn't take much time to make! You will need:
- A white t-shirt (or any blank light colored one)
- Painters tape, we used frog tape
- Various spray paint colors
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To create the design we did, start by putting strips of tape vertically on the shirt. This part doesn't have to be perfect, none of it does actually.
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Put strips of tape diagonally from the vertical lines. The strips of tape don't have to go to the edge of the shirt, it creates a cool effeect if they don't.
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Once you are done with your design, start spraying the shirt with whatever colors you'd like. I started with neon yellow in random spots.
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Then I sprayed more colors to cover the front of the shirt.
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Let the paint dry. It dries pretty quickly- maybe 2 minutes. Then peel off the tape!
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The end. It's easy!
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

eat THIS: GLUTEN-FREE PB2 COOKIES

Gluten Free PB2 Cookies
Ingredients:
2/3 Cup Gluten Free Cookie Mix
2 Tbs. Greek Vanilla Yogurt
1 Tbs. Egg Whites
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Tbs. PB2
2 Tbs. Vanilla Almond Milk (Sweetened)
1 Truvia Packet

Directions:
1. Mix cookie mix and PB2 together.
2. Blend in the yogurt.
3. Add egg whites, vanilla and almond milk and beat until completely blended.
4. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
5. Flatten the balls of dough with a fork.
6. Bake at 350 for 14-15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
7. Lightly sprinkle cookies with Truvia for added sweetness.

Makes 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 Cookies
Points+: 3 points

Monday, February 25, 2013

manic MANI MONDAY: OUTLINED NAILS

Yay!! Manic Mani Monday is back! Well, for this week. I've tried to do these nails in so many different ways. The only way I was able to both hands was with a Sharpie. It was still challenging but it was the easiest to do. Here's what you do...

1. Paint your nails the color you want the center part to be. Let them dry completely.
2. Outline the nails with a Sharpie in any color you'd like.
3. Clean up the mess you made. My fingers were pretty bad. Let the Sharpie dry.
4. Add a clear top coat!

Pretty simple! Let us know if there are any nail trends or ideas that you would like us to try!


Saturday, February 23, 2013

from OUR CLOSETS

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Casey's wearing:
Shirt, Earrings and Necklace- c/o PacSun
Jeans- Gap
Shoes- Steve Madden
Watch- Nixon
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Savannah's wearing:
Shirt- Lucky Brand Jeans
Cardigan- c/o PacSun
Shoes- Forever 21
Nails- Aerie's Tapping Tips in Lemon Yellow
Ring- DIYed

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

the DIY: NO-SEW T-SHIRT TOTE

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We've been meaning to make totes and produce bags out of t-shirts but it has taken us forever to actually do it. I don't know why... this is sooo easy. Especially since you don't have to sew anything! All you will need is a big XL t-shirt (one you are okay with cutting up), a Sharpie and some scissors.
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We are using a blank t-shirt so we can put our own design on it later. If you only have a shirt that is printed on, that'll totally work.
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Draw the shape of the bag on the shirt. We've seen bags made out of t-shirts where the straps go up to the shoulder (and the bag ultimately looks like a tank top) but, we wanted our straps to be more tote-like rather than grocery store plastic bag-like. Make sense? Eh.. doesn't really matter. This is how you make this bag!
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Cut out your bag.
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Cut strips upward from the bottom of the bag. Make sure you cut through both layers. There will be a top layer of fringe and a bottom layer right under it.
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You will tie each front piece to each back piece. To do this, you may need to stretch the pieces out by pulling them downward. They will roll up- like in the picture.
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Tie a knot.
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And tie another knot!
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Tighten the knot and repeat on all of the strips.
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It should look something like this at the bottom. At this point, you could turn your t-shirt inside out to hide the fringe OR you could keep. We kind of like the look to we're keeping it like it is.
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You could be finished here but we wanted a fun bag! Put something between the layers so your marker doesn't go through to the back.
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Draw whatever design you'd like with a Sharpie.
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Make sure to let the Sharpie dry on the bag. It will smudge and get on things if it hasn't completely dried. Shouldn't take too long.
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Wear the bag!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

tunes-DAY TUESDAY: FALL AFRESH & CLOSER

These are some worship songs we've been listening to a lot lately. I love the words of both so much. Both convey a message of desiring to be closer to God, which as a Christian should always be my focus. These songs help remind me of that. Anyway, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Monday, February 18, 2013

from OUR CLOSETS

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Savannah's wearing:
Top- H&M
Jeans- Not sure
Jewelry- Forever 21
Sunglasses- Urban Outfitters (similar here)
Nail- Aerie's Tapping Tips in Lemon Yellow

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Casey's wearing:
Blazer- Banana Republic
Tee- American Apparel
Jeans- Gap
Shoes- Forever 21
Jewelry- PacSun

Saturday, February 16, 2013

the DIY: TWISTED HEADBAND

We received some very cute velvet elastic from the Sunshine Shoppe and were so excited to do a tutorial with it. The elastic is super cute! It just seems a little more special than regular elastic. The Sunshine Shoppe has sooo many things in their shop- tons of supplies and tons of fold-over elastic in many many different colors. Anyways, their shop is great so go check it out!

To create this headband, here is what you need to do:
1. Gather your supplies- Velvet elastic (22 inches), Embroidery String and Baker's Twine.
2. Cut your elastic to at least 22 inches. Cut your string and twine you about 5 feet. This may seem long but you will need a lot of string. Tie a knot in the two strings and tape it to the back of the elastic. Wrap the tape all the way around the elastic.
3. Tape the group down to your table, velvet facing upward and strings underneath.
4. Cross the string over-top the elastic.
5. Cross the strings underneath the elastic.
6. Cross the strings back on top of the elastic and cross them again. After you do that twice, cross the string underneath the elastic again. Repeat steps 4-6 over and over until you reach the end of the elastic.
7. Tie a knot in the two strings at the end.
8. Take the tape off the first end of the elastic and tie the two ends off elastic together. We kept some of the elastic hanging out of the knot. Trim the elastic to be the same length and trim off any string that is hanging out of the knot.
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Side view.
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Front view.
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Here is a picture of a few of the colors the Sunshine Shoppe has in the velvet elastic. (They have more though!)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

the DIY: T-SHIRT BRACELETS

We went to do some crafts with some middle school girls so we decided to make these T-shirt Bracelets. We figured it'd be easy and affordable craft to do with multiple people. The girls's bracelets turned out really cute- we were impressed! (Better than mine turned out...) I almost feel crazy telling you step by step instructions but here's what you do:
1. Cut the bottom seam off of an old (mostly blank) t-shirt.
2. Cut many strips in many different colors. They don't have to be a specific size. The thicker they are, the thicker the bracelet will be.
3. Gather the strings you want and tie a knot at the top, then tape it down to the table.
4. Braid! Most of the girls started by braiding three strands. Then we moved onto the fishtail braid.
Anyways, we had a good time with these girls and are excited to share their bracelets with you!
Fishtail Braid with 6 different strands.
From left to right- Braid, Twist, Fishtail Braid.