May 2012

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Yay. It’s FRIDAY!!! Fortunately this week has zoomed by. Is that a phrase? “Zoomed by”? Eh. Anywhoo, here are my top 5 from this week.

1. FINALLY catching up on Season 2 of The Walking Dead. I’m not a horror movie fan but I LOVE zombie/epidemic movies. Not sure why. They’re just really intriguing to me. And for those of you wondering, no, this has not come out on DVD yet. We, ahem, “acquired” the episodes somehow somewhere on the Internet. ‘Nuff said.

The Walking Dead

2. Making some custom doggies tags for my little ladies on Sunday. They have needed these for weeks and I finally made time to do it. Awesome. See tutorial here.

DIY Personalized Dog Tag How To

3.  Getting to go downtown to First Friday with the hubs tonight. I usually sell jewelry there and this will be my first time as a customer and not a vendor. Woohoo!

First Friday NC May Poster

4. Getting my updated passport with my married name on it in the mail. Phew. Huge weight off my shoulders. I now don’t need to worry about our upcoming trip to Germany in 2 weeks. It’s coming up and I’m soooooo excited!

US Passport

5. My second order of the Zara Basic Sandals in blue & mint fit! So happy. Love these! I was so sad when the first pair fit weird. Luckily, it was a fluke and not the standard for these. Anyone else think Zara’s shoes are inconsistent when it comes to sizing?

I Basic Sandal Zara Mint and Blue

K. That’s it. Happy Friday everyone!

~Andrea

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So, I’ve finally found a way to keep the bottomless pit I call my purse organized!! And, as an added bonus, I can change bags quickly and easily as I rush out the door to get to [insert destination here] on-time. The girls, like me, that are perpetually late will especially appreciate this tip.

It’s my purse organizer. It’s leopard. It has a multitude of pockets. It’s just the right size for medium to larger purses. And, oh, it only cost $10. Ebay comes through again for me!

PURSE ORGANIZER INSERT
{MY PURSE ORGANIZER. MAKING LIFE SIMPLER SINCE 2012}

If you do a search for “purse organizer” on Ebay, you will be hit with copious options, both in size, style, and color. Seriously, get one. It’ll help you brush some dust off those cute bags you hoard but are too lazy to transfer stuff to. C’mon. They need some love too :)

<3
Andrea

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I’m a cheat-ah! Sorry. Couldn’t resist!

Yeah….. totally cheating here. The real 5th outfit for my most recent 5 Day Challenge (One Shoe, Five Days: LAMB Nathan) has been waiting to be posted for a while. But the more I looked at it, the more I disliked the outfit. And in reality, what I really wore is different than what I photographed since I changed my blazer midday. SO, I took some “creative” liberty here and re-did my 5th outfit. I think this one is much better :)

L.A.M.B. Nathan Booties BlackL.A.M.B. Nathan Booties BlackL.A.M.B. Nathan Booties Black
{What I’m Wearing}

Faux Wayfarers :: Ebay
T-shirt :: Thrifted (But originally from Target)
Cheetah Pants :: Target
Booties :: L.A.M.B. Nathan
Necklaces :: Self-made
Bag :: Old & refashioned with pyramid studs

<3
Andrea

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Blue Monday

May 2, 2012

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Mint green & cobalt blue. Such a lovely combination. It was a little chilly in the AM, thus the navy anorak jacket.

Mint and blue outfit
Mint & blue outfit

{What I’m Wearing}

Faux Wayfarers :: Ebay
Green Circle Scarf :: Self-made
Mint T-shirt :: Target
Cobalt Blue Jeans :: Target
Blue & White Stripe Loafers :: K-mart
Bracelets :: JCPenney/ Self-made
Watch :: Michael Kors 5055

<3
Andrea

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DIY Personalized Dog Tag How ToDIY Personalized Dog Tag How To

**Due to popular demand, I now sell these in my Etsy shop, for those that are more “do it for me.” :)   ***

Oh, don’t be fooled. By “dog tags,” I mean REAL dog tags… that my doggies are now wearing. One of the perks of running my own Etsy shop is having the tools on-hand to do projects like this. BUT, if you’re a crafty person, the tools required to stamp something are pretty handy (and fun!) to have. Plus, personalized dog tags like this can cost more than just buying the tools and doing it yourself. So, I say just do it yourself and then you have the tools AND the tags for the same price. Just sayin…

{Tools Used}

  • Metal stamping block (Michael’s)
  • Rubber stamping block (Michael’s)
  • 3mm letter stamps, or whatever size you’d like (Michael’s/Etsy/Ebay)
  • Doming block, if you’d like to dome your discs (Michael’s)
  • Design stamps (Michael’s/Ebay)
  • 1″ & 3/4″ Raw brass discs (Monster’s Layer or Ebay)
  • Disc hole punch (Michael’s)
  • Ball pein hammer, if you want a hammered texture . If not, a regular hammer is fine. (Harbor Freight or any hardware store)
  • Sharpie
  • Fine steel wool (Harbor Freight or any hardware store)

1. Use the sharpie to map out your letters. Since I went along the curve of the disc, centering really wasn’t a concern of mine since I could just punch the final hole over whatever wound up being the center. But if you want to stamp in a line, use a Sharpie to mark your dots.

2. Place the steel block on top of the rubber block. The steel block will ensure that the full force of the hammer transfers to the disc. The rubber block absorbs force so that your table or bench doesn’t knock around.

3. Take note of the orientation of your letter, place is down on the stamp, and give it a whack with your hammer. Use the flat side of your ball pein hammer for this.

3. After all letters a stamped, rub sharpie across the letters and then remove excess with the steel wool. This is to check the impression. If you need to make another pass, carefully place the stamp in the already created grooves and give the disc another whack.

4. If you want to give your discs some hammered texture, do so now with the rounded end of your ball pein hammer. Use the steel and rubber block again.

5. At this point, you will want to punch your holes. Mark the hole with a Sharpie and punch. If you find the disc hole puncher is leaving a ring behind, place a rag between the disc and the tool only at this point to prevent this. However, don’t put anything between the actual pin that pierces the disc and the disc itself.

6. Once holes are punched, use the doming tool to lightly dome your discs, if so desired. Start with the biggest dome first and work your way to the desired angle. Be gentle, working around the outside of the disc to the center. Don’t start at the center as this will cause buckling.

7. Do a final pass with the steel wool to clean any remaining Sharpie and you’re good to go! Depending on the metal you chose, these may need to be lightly buffed and the details may need to be re-filled with Sharpie every so often. We do this at bath time since the collars are already off.

8. Fin!

<3
Andrea

P.S I wanted to show you my sexy little ladies with their new bling, but they would not sit still! Such energetic dogs…

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