Monday, November 28, 2011

Modern Day Snow White Costume

Boo!  Not the "I scared you" kind but the "I can't believe it's been a month and you haven't posted your Halloween costume" kind of boo!  This year I was...

DIY Snow White Costume Idea
Snow White!
I was going for the 'modern-day' version of Snow White and tried to use items I already had, like the white collared blouse and the red cardigan.  

The patent red flats were purchased on sale at Target.  As for the bow, I bought a red satin ribbon and hot glued it around a headband I already owned.  I used red satin fabric to make the bow, then glued it to the top of the headband.

To achieve the bodice/princess look, I bought a $3 royal blue tank from WalMart onto which I hot-glued some gold roping (purchased at the fabric store). I used fray-check on the ends, too!

As for the skirt, I found a really simple tutorial from MADE. All it took was a couple yards (OK, maybe less as I am only 5-feet tall and thus don't need a long skirt!) of yellow fabric and an elastic!  

Hmmm, only one thing needed to complete the look...
An Evil Queen! Isn't Donna's costume AWESOME!?!  

She bought the maxi dress on clearance at Target and made her crown out of a gold gift bag.  Her white collar is a toilet-paper covered disposable foil casserole dish that she cut!  Her head is covered with a ski-hat thingy (which has a real name that I can't think of!).  Add a cape from the Halloween store and a foil-covered mirror and voila!

Needless to say, our students were quite entertained at the sight of their wacky History & Math teachers dressed as Disney characters!  Happy Belated Halloween!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DIY Art

I recently posted about finally adding shelving and frames to my bare living room walls.  Since then, I've added a piece of art to one of those frames that I am totally and utterly in love with!  I'd say my design style is modern-meets-vintage-meets-pottery barn...not sure it that has a name by we'll just call it "Kelly-Anne chic".  In light of this theme, I created a DIY print of a deer head silhouette on a gray chevron background...

My dad and step-dad, both avid hunters, would be sooo proud!
I found a picture of a deer head online and imported it into Photoshop, filled it in with the plum color, and placed it on a chevron background.  I needed a 12x12 print, which my printer at home can't do, so I went to Staples and had them print it for $8! Not bad for a custom piece of art work!



I'm trying to infuse the plum color into the living room through accessories and art because I think it looks nice against my gray-green couch, which is why I chose the colors in the print. The other photos are of family, but I still have a few empty frames left with which to fill with the same plum and gray color graphic prints to tie the whole scene together.

Nailed It!

First, I'm sorry to all of you who do faithfully read this blog...I broke my promise to post at least once or twice a week during the school year!  Ooops!  It's really difficult to do when school work or stress related to school work takes over my life, much less leaves me any time to decorate or craft. HOWEVER, I've finally made the commitment to hang some things on my bare walls...



Although I've lived in the house for going on four months, I just couldn't figure out what to do with the bare walls...and something about nailing a bunch of holes and then not being happy made me reluctant.  But, my recent trip to Ikea for frames and shelves inspired me!  I bought two Ribba picture ledges (mine are 45 1/4" in length) and used this picture (also from Ikea) as inspiration:


I still need to figure out the exact placement on my frames and accessories and actually PUT pictures in the empty frames but I can work on that over time.  For now I've used a combination of framed pictures I already had as well as some new Ribba silver frames picked up at IKEA.

The picture above highlights both an adorable sleeping kitty as well as a fugly coffee table that desperately needs to be refinished into either white, dark gray, or black...not I big fan of its current color but it's what I already own so it will have to do for now!


*UPDATE: Here's what the living room looks like now...
Gallery Wall with Floating Shelves

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

I was doing really, really well when it came to blogging faithfully every week.  But, as I predicted, school work has taken over my life, which doesn't leave much time for crafting, blogging, or documenting my daily 'outfits'.  Last week alone I had two full nights of parent/teacher conferences followed by a day-long field trip to Boston with 50 teenagers.  However, I do have a few things to link up to The Pleated Poppy & Real Momma, Real Style

Reese Witherspoon Outfit Knock-Off:
I saw her outfit in a magazine and totally fell in love!  I know I'm no Reese but I think my outfit it pretty cute nonetheless.  Cardi, tights, and boots ($9!!!) are all from WalMart and the wool skirt is from H & M.  

Boston Trip
For those that don't know me, I'm the second from the left!  This is my teaching team in front of the U.S.S. Constitution...they are pretty great (both the team and the ship).  We were outside much of the day taking a walking tour of the Freedom Trail then touring the ship with our students.  It was cold, thus the hat & scarf set from GAP outlet.  The puff jacket is from J. Crew, messenger bag from WalMart, jeans from Delias. 

Today

I love this outfit because it's a really comfortable work outfit.  The jeans (first Wednesday of the month staff can wear jeans if we pay $1) and boots are new...bootcut jeans are from Ann Taylor Loft (they had a 40% off sale this past weekend) and the gray boots are from Target.  The striped vest only cost me $5 because I had coupons to LL Bean for using their rewards credit card.  White collared shirt is from GAP outlet and I made the felt flower pin using a tutorial from Jones Design Company.