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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What NOT to Wear: Giant T-Shirts and Short Shorts

First of all, I don't consider myself the best dresser, but I consider myself  to be a fashionable lady. I really like the vintage look. Yes. I admit, I do dress like a hipster. My husband has noted that my fashion can range from hipster, old-lady-ish, and punk. When I don't know how to wear something, I look to my favorite fashion websites and Chictopia for inspiration.

As most of you know, I live in a small town in Mississippi. In this particular small college town, there is a strange fashion trend going on. I noticed it started last summer and its followers have increased significantly in number this year. This trend does not occur anywhere else except in this town. I've driven to my old alma mater 30 minutes down the road and the girls there do NOT dress like this. Also, when I went to visit my sister in Alabama, 3 hours away, I did not see anyone sporting this trend. I told my sister and she gave me a baffled look.

I don't want to sound stereotypical or ignorant, but it seems like the only women that tend to wear this style are sorority girls. [sarcasm] I don't know if it's part of their dress code or something they use to distinguish their other sisters apart from non-sorority women, but it is certainly baffling. [/sarcasm] I feel like I am making a documentary for the Discovery channel.

I did not think it would be appropriate to stalk random girls, take pictures of them and then post those pictures on the internet. So, I took a photo of myself wearing this style.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Ozymandias BACON Dog

A bit of background information:

My husband's job is making Youtube videos about video game gun stats, game strategy, video game logic, and other random topics. One of those "random topics" include a video series of game commentary featuring him and my Shiba Inu, Ozymandias. Yes, my dog has a voice actor and "talks" about how MLG (major league gamer) and awesome he is at video games while my husband is the n00b. 

Yesterday, it was Ozy's birthday. Not my dog's actual birthday. (His is May 25th) It was his voice actor's 18th (human years) birthday. I was watching my husband edit a video and one segment has Ozy commenting how he's flying through the air in his helicopter like Nyan Cat except he'd sing baconbaconbaconbaconbacon instead of nyanyanyanyanyanyan. I was quite amused by this and I was inspired to create this piece as "birthday" present.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Delicious Pimento Cheese

I LOVE CHEESE. Of any shape or form. Yes. My name is Jessica and I am addicted to cheese.

I've grown up in the South and still live here so most of the food (besides Chinese food) I love is Southern staples like Memphis-style barbecue, fried chicken, sweet tea, and of course pimento cheese. To tell you the truth, I didn't start eating pimento cheese until this year. Yes. You read that correctly. I used to be terrified of its neon orange appearance and tangy-sharp smell. My mom used to buy small tubs of the stuff from the store and just spread it on bread and eat it like that. It horrified me.

Since the amazing invention of Pinterest, I've noticed a few pimento cheese recipes floating about and decided to try a couple. The first recipe I tried was by Positively Splendid. It was pretty delicious and I made it twice, but the problem I had with it was the large number of ingredients and prep work required. While browsing Craftster one day, I saw MissingWillow's recipe and was amazed at how simple it was. I've made her's twice too and loved it.

I've decided that I like some aspects of both recipes and came to the conclusion to combine the two. And here it is!


Friday, August 24, 2012

[TUTORIAL] Sculpt A Crescent Moon

I apologize for not posting in over a week! Also, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! This post was supposed to be posted before I left on my mini vacation to visit my sister and nephew last weekend, BUT my husband decided to crush all my hopes and dreams the Tardises I had spent the last 5 days crafting right before we left on our trip. When we got back on Monday, I was so demotivated and depressed that I put off a few days on repairing the Tardises and moped about the house. But! Life must go on and so will the crafting! Everything written past this first paragraph was before the tragic crushing of the Tardises. They have since been repaired and now are for sale here.

It's a Tardis army!!!

The last few days of my life have been filled with lots of crafting. Ever since my first pair of Dr. Who Tardis earrings sold out in under 30 minutes after posting to my Etsy shop, I've been working on a 6 pairs (yes! 12 Tardises! AHH) of Tardis earrings. That one pair took me forever to make and these 12 have taken even longer.

My husband and I took a day trip to JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby two weeks ago and I bought new paint and new detail brushes specifically for the Tardis project. The paint I used for my first pair of Tardis was old and had become a bit clumpy. I bought some DecoArt Americana acrylic paint and it paints surprisingly smooth for $0.97/bottle, although a bit thin. I had to paint 5 coats of paint to get to the right shade of royal blue. My old detail brushes were becoming a bit shaggy and thin so I bought a pack of new teeny tiny brushes and they painted the tiny window details like a dream.

Just as I thought I was finally finished with the Tardises.... I realized that I was out of clear spray enamel and Lowe's was closed and Wal-Mart did not carry the Rustoleum brand I preferred. Ugh. Another day behind. :( I've had a problem with Krylon varnish turning yellow over time and getting tacky/sticky after prolonged exposure to high humidity. Living in the highly humid South, that is a very very bad thing to have happen when you're outside sporting off your fancy earrings and then realize they're literally melting. :(

While, I was waiting for the Tardises to dry between coats, I finished up my "Shoot For The Stars" earrings! Check them out!

I even made a beginner's mini tutorial on how to make the crescent moon!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Since becoming unemployed, I have been trying my hardest to cook more homemade, healthier meals. Let's say it's been like a roller coaster of fickleness. Sometimes, I really don't feel like cooking which results in us going out to eat or grabbing some greasy fast food.

It can be a little demotivating at times to cook for two. I grew up with 3 other siblings so our family dinners were always HUGE. I basically learned how to cook for a small army with leftovers. I've been striving to exercise more so I've been doing Couch to 5K, but I've been stuck on week 3 for like a month. And I've been striving to cooking healthier, fresher dishes. Here is where community markets come into consideration.

I love community markets. My town has a great one every Saturday during the late spring and summer months. Tons of fresh produce and baked goods handmade by locals for super cheap. Plus, I'm supporting local business so I feel even better for buying. Unfortunately, it runs from 7:30am to 10am which are my prime sleeping hours and I am NOT a morning person. You could say I am an afternoon wildebeest.

Anywho, last weekend my husband and I stayed up all night and went to the community market. We actually arrived a bit too early so we went to get breakfast and came back 30 minutes later. I bought 2 eggplants, handmade wheat pasta, strawberry bread, cheesy za'atar flat bread, and baklava.

My original intentions were to grill the eggplant, but then I remembered that eggplant parmesan is even tastier! I even baked it to make it healthier!

Friday, August 10, 2012

I've been a busy bee...

Crafting! Phew. If you follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or even Etsy, you've probably been flooded by my posts of new items I've stocked in my store today. It started with a commission from a friend of mine who wanted a Dr. Who Tardis pendant.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Egg [Mc]Muffins

My husband, Drift0r, and I LOVE breakfast food. This is great and all, but not so great for our waistlines. Of course, we're also bacon lovers so our hearts currently hate us.

We're also still on the night schedule. We've been going to bed around 5 am every morning/night so sometimes we like to have a very early breakfast-snack, er, meal.

The other night, there was a dilemma on what we had to eat in the house. Sure, we have lots of food, but most of it needs to be cooked. First world problems, no? Well, Google to the rescue! I searched for a recipe generator and used Supercook to help find a recipe for spinach quiche. Well, apparently I didn't have all the necessary ingredients for quiche, but I spotted this recipe in my search results and BINGO!



Monday, August 6, 2012

Cuttin Up... T-Shirts!

I love weekends. Besides the laziness and no work aspect, mostly everyone is off work and they have time to hang out and do things. Since I'm currently unemployed, I occasionally feel disconnected from the rest of society since most of my friends work or go to school during the week and I don't see them as often.

This past Saturday, Ashlei of Fiberluxe and I got together to make cutout t-shirts! Ashlei wanted a hardcore skull cutout tee like this one at Hurley. If you follow me on Pinterest (or known me for a few years) you'd know that I love anything with wings. I found this shirt at Bershka and decided to copy it.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

[TUTORIAL] Wool Pants To Shorts (and how to add belt loops to pants)

I finally got my schedule for my new job today. The good thing is that I get to pick what days I want to work, but the bad thing is that the days available are first come, first serve.

So far, I am only working one day and that was the only one they had available for me closest to where I live. :(

Today's post was inspired by Freshly Given's wool pants to shorts tutorial that I had pinned on Pinterest long long ago. In my recent thrift shopping extravaganza, I picked up a pair of wool, grey-ish XOXO dress pants. They were very cute, but unfortunately had some awful stains all over it. Luckily, they now have a new life as wool shorts!

I used Freshly Given's tutorial as a vague guideline to make mine. I'll be going a little more in-depth on how to measure for the cuffs and even show you how to make belt loops!

Let's begin!