Friday, February 28, 2014

Tillandsia

Welcome to the end of February! Spring is so close, I can almost taste it.

Tillandsia, also known as air plants, are a type of evergreen and there are hundreds of different species. They're quite cool as they suck in moisture and nutrients in the air through their leaves and not their roots, hence their alternate name of "air plants." Their roots are used as anchors only and they attach themselves to other plants. They're not parasitic though! They just use the host plants as homes.

Air plants are relatively low-maintenance and they bud and produce "pups" so you can grow more and more plants. I've shared multiple plant-related posts on here, all of them easy to care for. My succulent terrarium is still thriving at my office (I'll have to remember to take a photo of it as it has grown quite a bit), the mini garden's doing all right, and my bunny cactus is looking great, all because they don't require much help. If I haven't made it clear in the past, my (indoor houseplant) green thumb is not v. green. However, my outdoor green thumb is pretty awesome, as evidenced by my garden last year. Oh my gosh, speaking of which, I can't wait to plan this year's garden! AH!
I ordered my air plants from the Twisted Acres Etsy shop. I found them after a quick google search and they had good reviews and they looked reputable so I just went for it. They sent my package out immediately and I received it just a few days after ordering. I highly recommend them!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Houston Part 2

I'm sharing more Houston stuff today. My cousin and cousin-in-law live right across from Hermann Park so we went for a long and leisurely walk and then ended up at Rice so that's what today's all about.

One of my favorite things about Hermann Park was the Patrick Dougherty installation. Patrick Dougherty came to Cornell and put in a similar twig sculpture type installation in front of one of our dorms so I instantly recognized it.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How To: Travel Affordably

A few months ago, I shared a relatively vague summary of how I'm able to go on my trips but I wasn't too specific. So, I jotted down the specific things that I do and I'm sharing them today.
There isn't necessarily a magic answer. It's all v. practical and it's mostly about saving and shopping frugally, but I hope you're able to glean some good information out of this post.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Houston Part 1

We had a fantastic weekend in Houston. We saw tons of art, ate lots of delicious food, and enjoyed some great weather. I took so many photos that I'm going to split up the trip into a few different posts.
The flight was pretty easy. We had a 20 minute delay because the incoming plane was late but we considered ourselves lucky as there were several flights from earlier that day that were canceled due to the awful weather. The standby list was almost 100 people.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DIY Metallic Sharpie Mug

I'm pretty late to the Sharpie mug game. This DIY has been floating around Pinterest for a long time now but I haven't been motivated to try it because 1) I already have plenty of cute mugs 2) I couldn't think of anything clever to write on my mug and 3) I read a lot of complaints that this doesn't necessarily work and I didn't want to waste my own time.

However, while at Christmas Tree Shops recently, I saw some cheap-o mugs and plopped a few in my basket with the intention of decorating them with a pack of metallic Sharpie markers that I'd purchased just a few weeks before.
You'll need:
a mug - the cheaper the better
rubbing alcohol
cotton pad
permanent marker
Start by rubbing the surface of your mug with rubbing alcohol. You want to wipe off any oils and residue to make sure the marker ink sticks to the mug.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hello, Texas!

I'm leaving work a little early today to head to the airport to fly to Houston. Yay! We had a crapload of snow over here yesterday, if you hadn't heard, so I'm a little worried about our flight. The weather is clear and sunny right now but with all of the delays and cancellations yesterday, I'm hoping our flight doesn't get backed up.
Texas Weekend
I shared a packing list a month ago but it turns out that the weather is going to really nice for our visit - in the 70s - so I had to do a bit of editing.
I've switched to more breathable cottons and linens and everything fits in one cute weekender bag. The bag in my collage isn't the exact bag I have. I'll actually be sharing my bag in a post soon. It has all of the perfect elements of a weekender bag and it's going to be great for this trip.

We have a rough itinerary planned out and I'm so excited. As always, I will blog about everything once I get back so stay tuned.

xoxo.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

DIY Prints

It's like DIY overload over here these days. But whatever. I'm trying to save money by making things with stuff I already have around the house and it's working.

One of the things I can't believe people spend their money on is the trendy print. I don't know how these became popular but some savvy business people are making a ton by selling printed paper. If you are like me and you're unwilling to pay for something like this, just make your own. Making your own ensures that you'll have a truly unique print and you can write whatever the heck you want.

I thought this would be a fun and quick DIY to share just before Valentine's Day because these would make a really cute gift.
What you'll need:
pretty paper
x-acto knife (to trim the paper if needed)
straight edge
markers
pens
stamps & ink pad
glitter
frame
spray paint
Start by cutting your paper to size and then use a black pen or colored marker or stamp to write whatever you like. I used my favorite movies and television shows and songs for inspiration. You could write your favorite quote, something from a book you love, a clever phrase you once heard, the possibilities are endless. If you have bad penmanship or you're nervous, do a little searching online for a pretty font and do your best to copy it and/or trace it. And if you're really against writing it yourself, you could just hook a printer up to your laptop and just have technology take care of it for you.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Clean & Dirty Laundry Bag

I am in love with this little pouch I bought from Gap. It's currently on sale for $9.

I haven't used it yet but I plan on breaking it in for my trip to Houston. It's got a "wear me" side and a "wash me" side so I'll pack all my clean underpants on the "wear" side and the rest is obvious. What a cute way to keep things tidy, wouldn't you agree? I feel like you could easily make a pouch like this too. Perhaps there's a DIY coming in the future.
In case my knickers didn't give you enough of a size reference, here are the actual dimensions. I was able to comfortably fit 10 pairs of undies (folded and rolled in my usual fashion) into the "wear" pouch along with two bandeau bras and one regular bra. So, it'll be great for my trip to France as well. Hoorah.
Cheers.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Snow Day

It's snowing here today. My backyard looks beautiful. And my office is closed. Time to blog and craft and hang out with my favorite furball, GM.
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