DIY Geometric Hand Dotted Wall Art

Hello Lovely,

I noticed that the walls of my office were a little bare and in much need of sprusing up. I decided that since I have so many love notes from students on my wall, a handmade artwork would fit perfectly with the decor theme I already had.

This project is really simple and fully customisable. I used the same hand dotted technique that I used with the Tumblers. All you need to make your own is:

  • 3-4 different complimentary colours of paint
  • Cotton swabs
  • 2 pieces of white cardstock 
  • Paper cutter
  • Glue/adhesive
  • Photo frame (desk or hanging)

Directions

  1. Start with one piece of cardstock. A fun alternative to this would be to cut multi-coloured pieces of cardstocks into fun shapes and designs then glue them onto your white cardstock.
  2. Dip your cotton swabs into the various colours and create your design. Maybe you want hand dotted, maybe you want to paint a design. It's completely up to you!
  3. Allow to dry completely. Fold the paper in half until it can't fold in half any more. Then using your paper cutter, cut into triangles. If you want to use a different shape, cut out those shapes from your paper.
  4. Arrange your pieces on the other cardstock in a design that you like, then glue in place. Allow to dry completely before placing inside of your photo frame, and that's it! Show off your artwork in your office or around the house. You can even get the kids involved in this project!

I think this can hang in a museum, don't you? Which designs would you make?

What I'm Wearing Wednesdays: Summer Coral Shirt Dress

Hello Lovely,

Summer is so perfect for sewing projects because I tend to go out more with friends and travel more, which means, I'll need clothes to wear. Now I could shop like everyone else, but I like a challenge and even more, I love having my handiwork admired by others!

My latest project didn't quite turn out the way I wanted to, but I plan on going back over it to make it perfect!

My inspiration photo

My inspiration photo

But until then, I wore it to my aunt's church this past Sunday and no one even knew how uncomfortable I felt with my imperfections.

I can't wait to show you my other projects that I'm working on this summer! What kind of DIY projects are you working this summer? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below! And if you have any suggestions for projects you'd like to see me work on, share that too!

3-Step DIY Cut-off Shorts

This tutorial is a long-time coming. Like years in the works. I don’t know how or why I kept putting this project off. I was starting to fall out of love with thrift store shopping and there was no way I was cutting any of my own jeans. Even the South Pole jeans that I almost never wear. (I think it’s the hoarder in me).

So when I got my jacket that I wore to the 2 chainz concert from the thrift store, I got these jeans as well. It actually wasn’t until I had finished cutting them that I realised these are Armani Jeans. And can you believe I only spent $4 on them?! What a steal!

So if you've ever wanted cut-off shorts and didn't quite know how to cut them, I've got three easy steps for how to turn your unwanted jeans into something trendy and cute. (And just in time for Spring season too)!

So if you've ever wanted cut-off shorts and didn't quite know how to cut them, I've got three easy steps for how to turn your unwanted jeans into something trendy and cute. (And just in time for Spring season too)!

  1. Start by laying your chosen jeans out on a flat surface. Make sure everything is smoothed out.

  2. Using a pair of shorts that fit you very well, lay those on top of your jeans. The crotch area on both pants should line up.

 3.  Estimate about half an inch below the hemline of your shorts and mark that on your jeans with chalk, then cut on that line.

 3.  Estimate about half an inch below the hemline of your shorts and mark that on your jeans with chalk, then cut on that line.

  4.    Wash your jeans if you want the frayed look at the hemline and you’ve got your own pair of cut-off jean shorts!

  4.  Wash your jeans if you want the frayed look at the hemline and you’ve got your own pair of cut-off jean shorts!

I wore my new shorts to a music video release party this past Thursday. What do you think? Are you going to make your own pair for Spring? Don’t forget you can add anything you want to your shorts like studs or lace. I kept mine plain for now and may add to it later. The possibilities are endless!

XoX,

Olivia

The Green Zing Detox Face Mask

I've never been one to know if I'm getting a good deal or not on a beauty product. I'm a wash and go kind of girl, so I just used the basic cleanser, and only wear makeup on special occasions. But in recent times, I'm struggling a lot with acne, a problem I never had in high school. I want it to just go away. So after doing some research, I decided to try a detox mask. 

And to be honest, it itched. It itched so bad, I had to really discipline myself and not claw it off before it dried. The site I got the recipe from, didn't specify how often to use it or what exactly it's supposed to do for your skin and how it works, but my skin was butter smooth and tight when I took it off. My skin was bright and glowing! And I got the feeling that prolonged use might actually make a difference. This recipe leaves A LOT left over so you can cover it in plastic wrap and store in the fridge until your next use. It should last at least two weeks.

The Green Zing Face Mask

  • 1/2 overly ripe Avocado

  • 1/2 Lemon (juice)

  • 1 Tbs. Coconut oil

  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil

Blend the avocado until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients. 

Spread a thin layer all over your (non-makeup-ed) clean face and leave it on until it dries, about 15-20 minutes.

Remove by placing a warm washcloth over your face and letting the mask soften. Then, you can just wipe it off with the washcloth and rinse your face completely.

Note: When using citrus essential oils on the skin you should avoid the sun for 24 hrs.

I'll keep you updated on my skin treatments. Any tips you guys want to give me? Sound off in the comment section below and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to receive more awesome posts in your inbox!


XoX,

Olivia

How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar

Oh no!!! Did you run out of brown sugar in the middle of a recipe? Don't have enough for your tea or coffee? Well you only need two ingredients. Whod'a thunk? 

Combine 1 cup white sugar with 1 tablespoon molasses (syrup is a much cheaper alternative). Use more or less for darker or lighter brown sugar.

DIY Black Crop Top Without a Pattern

Woohoo! This is my first sewing project of the year! Actually, it's my first sewing project in months. I'd count the stockings I did for our Christmas place settings but you guys never got the tutorial for that. (I'll share it next Christmas. Only 348 days to go!)

Last week, I was feeling a little down, so I did a little binge shopping. And that binge shopping reminded me that I don't have a decent black crop top. The one that I do have is spaghetti strap and fits more like a bra than a blouse. So last week Friday when I got home, I got out some leftover linen-like black fabric that I had in storage and my favourite crop top.

I can't stress out easy this tutorial is. This is roughly a 30 minute project. So turn off your phones and TV and buckle down with this quick and easy project to create your own trendy piece of fashion!

Notes:

Choose a shirt that is loose fitting. If not, remember to add a few extra inches when cutting so you won't need to add a zipper or buttons. Once you lay your shirt over the fabric, all you have to do is cut around it. Place the fold of the blouse on the fold of the fabric. Remember to cut the front (the two folds together will be the front of the blouse) lower the back)

Cut on the dotted line. When you're done, literally flip the blouse horizontally to the other side of fabric (with the fold of the blouse facing the open edges of the fabric). You'll end up with this:


This time sew on the dotted lines. Make sure the right sides are facing each other. When it comes to sewing the back, pinch the seams together and sew that.

Hem the bottom and the neckline and armholes and you're done! I wore it last night when I went for sushi with my best friend! 

Can you believe we've best friends for the past 12 years?


Hopefully this is the start of more sewing projects. I'll keep you guys updated.


XoX,

Olivia


McCormick Eggnog Truffles

McCormick didn't provide me with the materials needed for this recipe, but this is a paid post. The opinions I share about this recipe are my own and McCormick did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Sleigh bells ring, are listening?

I'm so glad, you can't hear me singing!

A beautiful sight,

We're happy tonight.

Eating in a winter wonderland.

There's only 10 days until Christmas so I got started a little late.

I shouldn't be eating any more sweets after all the birthday cake and ice cream I've been shovelling down lately. 

But it's the holidays! And I've been working out!

(Sort of....)

You all know how much I love baking in the holiday season so when McCormick reached out to me and chose my blog to try one of their amazing recipes, I couldn't turn it down!

This is actually my first truffle. You don't believe me?

Check out my recipes, I'll wait. See, told ya. I've never made truffles before.

In fact, it took me about a year to figure out what a truffle really was. 

But now I think I've got it.

And you'll be surprised how easy it is to make.

Especially since it's a no bake recipe.

WHAT?! NO BAKE?!

And it requires only a few ingredients.

I've got you hooked now don't I?!

Yeah, I knew it!

I'm warning you though, these truffles are MEGA sweet. It's like any old piece of candy (in level of sweetness and texture) but that's where the similarities end.

This really is a tiny piece of Christmas heaven!

Instead of the imitation rum that was suggested, I went ahead and used real rum. Because it was only a capful, you probably won't even notice that it's there. But it does add to the flavour!

So watch your sweet tooth!

I get the feeling a lot of you will be best friends with your dentist after eating these!

(Diabetics limit to one or just stay away)

Overview

Eggnog Truffles make a great holiday or hostess gift. Package the truffles in a holiday tin between wax paper.

Ingredients

Serves:

Makes 2 dozen or 12 (2 truffle) servings.

1 pound white baking chocolate, divided

4 ounces (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Nutmeg, Ground

1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Imitation Rum Extract (I used real Bakara Rum)

Additional McCormick® Nutmeg, Ground , for sprinkling



Directions


  • Melt 8 ounces of the chocolate as directed on package. Beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, nutmeg and extract in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed mixer until well blended and smooth. Add melted chocolate; beat until well mixed. Cover. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or until firm.

  • Shape into 24 (about 3/4-inch) balls. Place on wax paper-lined tray. Refrigerate until ready to dip.

  • Coat only 12 truffles at a time. Melt 4 ounces of the remaining chocolate in small microwavable bowl on MEDIUM (50% power) 1 1/2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Using a fork, dip 1 truffle at a time into the melted chocolate. Tap back of fork 2 or 3 times against edge of dish to allow excess chocolate to drip off. Place truffles on wax paper-lined tray. (If there are any “bald” spots on truffle, cover with melted chocolate that remains on the fork.) Sprinkle truffles with nutmeg. Repeat with remaining 4 ounces chocolate and remaining truffles.

  • Refrigerate 1 hour or until chocolate is set. Store truffles between layers of wax paper in airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.

Nutritional information

(amount per servings)

Total Calories: 252

Sodium: 71mg

Fat: 16g

Carbohydrates: 24g

Cholesterol: 24mg

Protein: 3g

Fiber: 0g