December 6, 2012

Decorating with DIY Sunburst Mirrors: Guest post from Dulles Glass and Mirror

Hey, everyone! Mirrors are the secret key to adding light and the illusion of extra space to rooms, plus who doesn't like checking themselves out!? Or making sure you don't have any basil in your teeth...

Everyone loves a beautiful sunburst mirror, especially one that you can proudly say you created yourself. Take a look at these awesome DIY sunburst mirror projects below and give them a try! I think I'm going to try the chopstick one, it will look really sophisticated and now I can say i told you so to my roommates who said I wouldn't need all of those chopsticks. HA.

I'm happy to share with you a special guest post from Shahab Shokouhi of Dulles Glass and Mirror, Enjoy!



One of the most common types of home decor wall mirrors are sunburst mirrors. There are lots of designer sunburst mirrors, but DIY sunburst mirrors shine the most on the internet. And the reason for that is because they’re fun to create!

In this post we will go over some fabulous examples of decorating with DIY sunburst mirrors.



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Pencil Sunburst Mirror
If you have 54 pencils to spare and you’re looking to help your kids design a sunburst mirror for their teachers or their bedrooms, then this tutorial is perfect for you.


Spoon Sunburst Mirror!
If you happen to have 105 plastic colored spoons lying around and an 18 inch round mirror, this Country Living DIY project will give you all of the steps needed to create this searing pink masterpiece. You may have 105 spoons, but a sunburst mirror is focal point number one.


Shim Sunburst Mirror
In this DIY sunburst mirror made of shims, all you need are two bundles of shims, a glue gun, floral craft rings, an 8” round mirror, and a picture hanging kit. This tutorial comes from 26-to-life. This looks more designer than DIY, but trust us, it’s a DIY project waiting to happen.


Chopstick Sunburst Mirror
If you happen to be a collector of chopsticks from your local sushi restaurant, this DIY project is for you. Which by the way is exactly what the blogger who created this DIY mirror tutorial did: “(FREE [chopsticks] from my local sushi place, since they love me there.)” All you need are chopsticks, bamboo skewers, round mirror, glue gun; here’s the full list of supplies.


No matter the style of sunburst mirror you like the best, the possibilities are endless. All it takes is a mirror and a bit of creativity and your sunburst mirror will be opening up your room with a one of a kind design that will make everyone beg for YOUR tutorial!



About the Author
Shahab Shokouhi is a Writer at Dulles Glass and Mirror – a manufacturer of commercial and residential glass products including custom mirrors, glass top, and glass top desks.

> Check out the Dulles Glass and Mirror website, blog, and Facebook Page!





November 29, 2012

3-step avocado pasta sauce


So I went home for Thanksgiving and decided to milk a Costco trip out of my mother. Since everything there is for serving 60 million people or more at a time, I was able to split most of the goods with her. Sadly, the almond chocolate biscotti's were one of the many items we went halfsies on. The avocados, NO. ALL MINE. Then I realized I didn't really know what the hell to use them for other than guacamole and I figured that I love guac so much I could eat it with a spoon, so why not do it? Well, actually it was a fork for pasta but STOP BEING SO CRITICAL OF ME.

I'm not exactly sure how much this recipe makes, but I'm going to estimate about a cup and a half of sauce. Definitely enough for 2 servings. Below are the ingredients and method that I used, although other than the avocado, you can substitute a lot of what I used for other shit (like garlic powder instead of a garlic clove and probably cream cheese for the Laughing Cow).

Ingredients:
Steps: 



November 26, 2012

Featured: College Fashionista

Hey, kids. About a month ago I was featured on College Fashionista. The fabulous Nicole Ranieri spotted me feasting on a bowl of tortilla soup and asked me to put down my cornbread and let her snap some pics of my DIY owl shirt. I'm telling you, guys. The owls are not what they seem, cause this is really a crappy 2XL owl shirt that I snagged from the men's section in Walmart and then cut off the sleeves and made it into a dress. BAM. Fashion.

Here are some pictures from the post but it's only a lil' teaser snippet cause I know you'll want to go to the REAL POST and read more more more.




November 16, 2012

DIY Kat Nailz




So cats are all the rage. If you want to be quirky, you gotta be into cats katz. Make sure you spell it with a "k" and even a "z" if you're especially eccentric. There are cat videos, grumpy cats named Tardar Sauce, cat sweaters, cat ears, and now cat nails. I'm pretty sure I spotted a picture of this on tumblr and then decided to scavenge the internet for a DIY. This one from Transient Expression seems to be spreading around the webosphere, but I can hopefully speak for a lot of people when I say 'sorry but I don't have rub-on transfer paper to whip out of my sleeve like a magician.' I'm sure the paper would be very easy to find and purchase, but when I want Kitty Nailz I want them now. It was in this moment that I was thrusted into the world of experimentation with only a hint of hope for coming out alive.

*Spoiler alert!*

I survived.




Sometimes the heads will start to peel off the nails as the clear polish dries, but just press em' back down so they stick flat! I took these pics about three days after I did my nails, so they stay on really well! I added another top coat yesterday and noticed they were a little green because the ink is getting funky, but I think they still look cool cause now they're Space Alien Cats 5 in Outer Space. Not a real movie.

I got the cat head images from Transient Expression, but I think it would be super awesome to do other images like unicorns or dogs if you're a dog person. Seriously, you could have pizza nails. You could have TARDAR SAUCE NAILS. As Liz Lemon said when she basically chose a sandwich over a man, "I CAN HAVE IT ALL!" We all can. We all can.



Edit: Five fingers, five Spice Girls...







November 15, 2012

back to 3rd grade

Remember when wearing bright blue eye shadow and glitter was cool? Well it's back. For me at least. I got some snazzy new lipstick for 99 cents at cvs the other day and let me tell you, it felt like it should have cost me zero cents cause it's crusty and definitely portrays the price. But I wore it anyway cause I was feeling tangerine-y. It looks red in this seedy selfy though. Imma rock some sweet baby blues tomorrow. Baby blue lids that is. Also I love turtle necks. TN4L.





September 25, 2012

threading


Working on the next issue of Thread!
Here are some of my favorite spreads from our last issue:




THREAD LYFE.

Come at me, bro. I haven't Slept in dayz. I just capitalized slept that was not on purpose.

September 9, 2012

Get your shit together breakfast potatoes



I have been making these potatoes non-stop for breakfast lately. They're probably not that much better than eating french fries, but they certain satisfy the salty, ketchup, carbo-load cravings I get. Considering my breakfasts are frequently always consumed alone, this recipe is for one. Since it's the loneliest number. Am I melodramatic enough yet?

Get your shit together:

1 russet potato
1 T butter
Some salt, garlic powder, and cayenne to taste
Also a knife, cutting board, microwave, spatula, frying pan, and small bowl

Directions:

1. Cut potato into cubes
2. Place butter in a pan and turn to medium heat
3. Place cubes in a bowl and microwave on the single potato setting
4. Now that the pan is hot, dump the potatoes into the pan
5. Generously season with salt, cayenne, and garlic powder. Note: a little cayenne goes a long way.
6. Mix the seasoning evenly by flipping the potatoes around. Is that sauteing? Am I late on learning that?
7. Cook until the potatoes are browned


I suggest pairing these suckers with an egg and a cup o' coffee. Or pretty much anything. You can never have too much starch!.... said the obese man in the corner of the diner eating pie.







September 3, 2012

trip to paris

My trip to Paris started off with me getting lost in France with a strong inability to speak a word of the native language. So that was pretty scary. I climbed a hella ton of stairs and had a marvelous time. That's all I have to say about that.











September 1, 2012

Breakfast Tortilla



How to make this bad boy....

What you need:

2 whole wheat tortilla shells
2 handfuls of your choice of cheese
2 T. your choice of salsa
1 avocado half. Mashed.
1 egg
1 T diced onion

Directions:

1. Place a handful of cheese and the onion on one of the tortillas. Place in toaster oven or on a pan until cheese has melted
2. Remove from heat and top with mashed avocado
3. Add cheese to second tortilla and place in toaster oven or pan until cheese is melted. Place on top of first tortilla.
4. Top with a fried egg and salsa









August 25, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes!


This recipe is pretty much a guestimate of what I made the other morning. I used the box pancake recipe to make the batter...I thinkkk I made the single serving version. I'm so helpful and precise, I know. There can be so many additions to this recipe too...just think...raspberries, chocolate chips, ice cream, pumpkin seeds...!



Ingredients
• 2 T. canned pure pumpkin
• 1 t. ground cinnamon
• 1 t. vanilla extract
• 1/2 t. ground ginger
• 1/2 t. ground nutmeg
• pancake mix
• Maple syrup (optional)
• honey greek yogurt

Directions
1. Prep the pancake batter using the directions on the box
2. Heat a skillet to a medium temperature
3. Whisk in the pumpkin, cinnamon, extract, ginger, and nutmeg
4. Spoon the batter onto the skillet and flip when ready
5. Top with the yogurt and syrup and eat it right away because you won't be able to wait anyway.
6. Prepare to get diabetes







August 23, 2012

A Terrible Poem Regarding the Improvement of Oriental Flavored Ramen Noodles



Poor college student here
What else is new?
I'm sick of ramen,
bet you are too!
So here's a mashup
from me to you
'bout all the things
that you can do
with sesame oil
and soy sauce too!


Ingredients:

1. One pack of Oriental Ramen noodles and seasoning
2. 1 t. sesame oil
3. 1-2 T. soy sauce
4. 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables with broccoli, water chestnuts, carrots, and snap peas (or fresh veggies! it's all about what you like, doll face)
Directions:

1•  Prepare Ramen using the microwave or stove top directions. But DRAIN THE WATER  before you add the seasoning packet.
2•  Add seasoning packet, soy sauce, sesame oil and stir until mixed. Add veggies and stir.
3•  Prepare for a rise in your sodium levels.


July 17, 2012

...5-6-7-8

My dad was a gymnast in high school and college, so I don't have any questions about why I was plopped into a kinder-kids tumbling class at the age of three. By the age of eight I had a back handspring and by the age of eleven I could do tumbling passes with a back tuck. I was a tiny, solid human muscle. By twelve, I was a cheering tiny, solid human muscle. I'd never worked out at a gym before and didn't even know what an elliptical was, and didn't really need to. Any time I wanted to whip out a flip to show off on the beach or climb up a vine in the middle of the woods, I could on the spot. No preparation needed. No thought involved. It was easy.



Even throughout high school, I stayed the same. The corset-like back brace I had to wear in ninth grade for scoliosis still fit me when I graduated. In college, I laughed in the face of the freshman fifteen and chuckled at the sophomore seven (I think I made that one up but I needed the alliteration).

By junior year, ohhh by junior year, I hadn't worked out since high school cheerleading ended in spring of 2009, barring a bit of bi-weekly yoga and walks to class or the dining hall. Those so count. Kind of. Add yet another year to this lack of physical activity and my body is currently screaming at me for neglect. I can't even do a back kick over. I learned that skill when I was probably four.

I'm not appalled with the way my body looks, the slight additions I've witnessed on my leg and arm width don't majorly bother me. My clothes still fit and I don't think anything has satisfied me as much as crop tops have this summer. I go skinny dipping during the suns peak hours for all to see, have sex on top with the lights on, and don't engage is beerexia (most of the time...). The problems I DO seem to be running into are swimming during the dips without feeling like my lungs are going to fall out, sexing without making him do all the work, and avoiding snacks because "2am isn't THAT late..."

I'm really bad at working out. I don't get a thrill from it and I abhor sweating unless I'm sitting on a beach and can run into the ocean once I get too hot. The only kinds of exercise I've ever known involve a thousand dollar spring mat and two different types of trampolines or high v's in dance routines and four girls lifting me in the air as I force a smile for the crowd. I guess that's been my excuse all this time– that I can't reenact that. It never actually FELT like I was exercising. I was simply throwing my limbs around and cheering for a team even though I really didn't care about the outcome of the game.

But I don't like how my body feels. I am weak. I can't climb ropes anymore and I can't whip into a long tumble pass just because I feel like it. This is all my fault and I need to stop bitching about everything not being the same. Shit changes and sure, I can't exercise the way I used to, sure I'm not performing in front of a cheering crowd when I do it, and sure I can't come home from gymnastics and tell my dad about the newest tumbling pass I mastered. It's about learning something new. Biking. Running. More dancing. Struggling through boring push ups. Mastering the beauty of feeling your muscles move and indulging in the sweat that comes along with it. I want to feel that. I will feel that.

Here's to finding out what a single serving of pasta is and how sore I'm going to be tomorrow morning!

*Clink*

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July 10, 2012

light the night


The blue light on our pals porch makes for some killer photos. I've started to enjoy the blurry aspect, so now I can blame how they all turn out on that instead of the car bombs and pbr... Welcome to summer in Athens, folks. Drinking and reading, reading and drinking.







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