DIY| Magazine Art

DIY| Magazine Art


I’m a bit of a fashion magazine hoarder…It pains me to throw away Vogue, Haper’s Bazaar, and W Magazine. Last week, I changed apartments, yes, not moved, but changed. Same building and same floor. With moving comes the process of cleaning out all of the junk that some how seems to pile up. When I got to my collection of Korean fashion magazines, I started racking my brain for ways to save them. I knew they had to go since they were collecting dust, but if I could just save pieces and pages of the magazines. Well, a quick concoction of mod podge and a few small canvases later, I had myself some great art to add to my DIY gallery wall.

DIY| Magazine Art



DIY| Magazine Art


  1. Use the Exacto knife to cut pages out of the magazines. Make sure to cut as close to the spine as you can.
  2. Trim the magazine pages so they fit nicely on the canvas. I trimmed off the logos and words that were at the bottom.
  3. Coat the canvas in a layer of mod podge.
  4. Center a magazine page in the center of the gluey canvas.
  5. Apply a coat of mod podge on top of the magazine page and canvas.
  6. Let dry over night. The glue will be clear when it is completely dry.

DIY|Magazine Art




Happy New Year

Happy New Year


The year is coming to an end. 2013 was a little crazy for me, I’ve spent the year, start to finish, living in South Korea. The middle of this year,  decided to commit to writing at least one DIY post a week. A decision that has started to open up many opportunities and has sent my creativity soaring!
Now it’s time to look forward. 2014 will test me, bring me amazing adventures, and great changes. I’m terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions! Instead, this year, I’ve decided to make less and more resolutions.

less TV, more reading
less junk food, more veggies
less internet surfing, more writing
less procrastination, more doing
less anger, more love
less frowning, more laughing
less siting, more adventures
less fear, more action
less stuff, more life

Happy New Year! May this year be filled with more opportunities, love and adventure.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

DIY| New Year’s Eve Photo Background

DIY| New Year's Eve Photo Background

For the longest time, I’ve had left over shiny gold fringe lying around my apartment (from this). Every once in a while I found a strand of gold on the floor. Seeing a shiny gold strand of fringe on the floor gave me the idea to make a fun photo background for New Year’s. I’ve seen tons of photo backgrounds around the Internet and wanted to try my hand at one! This background didn’t come out quite the way I imagined it to…(I drastically underestimated to amount of fringe needed!!).

DIY| Photo Background Supplies


  • A very big piece of paper
  • Shiny fringe
  • Double sided tape
  • Ruler (not in picture)
  • Pencil (not in picture)

DIY| Photo Background Steps

  1. Make guidelines on the paper. My lines are 6 inches apart.
  2. Put double-sided tape on top of your pencil lines. Make sure to work from bottom to top.
  3.  Press fringe onto the tape.
  4. Repeat until the paper is completely covered in fringe!! If you under estimated the amount of fringe needed, like I did, improvise and embrace the creative process!  😉

DIY|NYE Background

DIY| NYE Background

DIY| NYE Background

DIY| NYE Background

Food| Toaster Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted Tomatoes


Ovens are hard to come by in Korea. In my kitchen, I have a washing machine where an oven should be, under the gas stove. My little toaster oven not only makes toast, it is also my favorite baking and roasting kitchen appliance. When cooking in Korea, one can’t expect everything to taste just like it did back at home. Ingredients are slightly different or impossible to find. These simple roasted cherry tomatoes are an exception. The ingredients are easy to find and they taste exactly like they did when I made then at home in the States.

Roasted Tomatoes



  • ½ Carton cherry tomatoes
  • 3 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried basil
  • ½ Tbsp. Pepper
  • 2 Pinches of sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil

*You can estimate ingredients, no exact measuring required

  1. Pre-heat toaster oven (or oven) to 180°C/350°F
  2. Cut cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. I like to mix with my fingers, the tomatoes get more of an even coating.
  4. Spread tomatoes on a aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Make sure all tomatoes are flesh side up!
  5. Roast tomatoes for at least 1 hour. I’ve never made it past an hour of roasting, the tomatoes smell too delicious!

Roasted Tomatoes


Roasted Tomatoes


City to Sea: Packing for Thailand

City to Sea

CITY: Satchel/ Laser Cut Top / Denim Shorts

CENTER: Hat / DIYed Sunglasses / Tassel Bracelet / Beaded Bracelet / Turquoise Necklace / Turquoise Ring / Sandals

SEA: Swimsuit / Cover Up / Beach Bag

I’ll be in Thailand next week on a little 8-day vacation!! For the past 2 weeks I’ve been counting down the days until I leave. Although I’m going to be in Thailand for a short time, I’ve managed to have some time in Bangkok and at the beach on Phi Phi Island. No matter where in Thailand I go, it will be hot and sticky (welcome to summer in Asia). Packing for a city vacation and a beach vacation require two different packing lists.  After a little Internet browsing and making a fun inspiration collage, I got to packing. Well, this is the items I’ll be packing!!Packing for Thailand

  • 2 swimsuits
  • 2 beach cover (double as day dresses)
  • 2 day/night dresses
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 3 tank tops (one is lace)
  • 1 tee shirt
  • 1 pair of jeans (airport attire)
  • 1 lightweight open weave summer sweater (airport attire)
  • 2 belts (one ribbon, one regular)
  • 2 simple necklaces (airport attire)
  • 3 DIY Friendship bracelets (airport attire)
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses (one DIYed)
  • 2 scarves (one on the hat)
  • 1 hat
  • 1 pair of sandals (not in picture)
  • 1 pair of flip flops (airport attire)

Packing for Thailand

Packing for Thailand

Only a few more days to go!! Can’t wait!!


DIY: Origami Garland

DIY| Origami Garland

I had a blank wall behind my TV and had no idea what to do with it. I didn’t want to spend money on a piece of art, who knows how long I’ll be living in Korea. I racked my brain and scoured Pinterest for ideas. Then, an idea popped into my head, an origami garland! Brilliant! Nice and easy project, and best of all I knew I could find could find all the supplies at my local ‘craft’ (more like office) supply store.  Well, I’m in love with the results! The garlands are subtle enough that they do not over power my small space and bold enough to make a statement!

DIY| Origami Garland Supplies


–       Shiny origami paper

–       Twine

–       Pushpins

DIY| Origami Garland Steps

  1. Take the origami paper, pick a pattern, and start folding! I made tones of inflatable origami balls, they are nice and easy to make. I originally was thinking of making origami cranes…that would have taken forever!!
  2. Make your origami looking pretty and ready for stringing!
  3. Start stringing the origami. I used a metal chopstick to help get the origami on the string. Make sure to tie a knot under each piece to make sure they don’t slide down the string. Make as many strands as you like!
  4. Use the pushpin to attach the garlands of origami to your ceiling. And you’re done!

The origami garland looks great as wall art, like I have it. They would also make an awesome room divider, chic and easy to make!


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DIY: Birthday Crown

Lusting for Lavish | DIY Birthday Crown

So, Saturday is my birthday. Sadly, I have to be at work for a fair. I usually don’t like to make a big deal out of my birthday, a nice quiet dinner with close friends is the perfect celebration. I was wandering around the Internet one day, a month or so ago, and saw this post with tons of ideas for birthday/party crowns! Now, how cute are those birthday crowns!! My personal favorite, the wire crown! Those crowns inspired me to make my own birthday crown, which I do plan to wear on my birthday! You’re probably thinking, ‘This girls is cuckoo for coco puffs, wearing a crown to work!’ I work with elementary age kids, so being a dork and wearing a crown is more silly than crazy! Right?

DIY | Birthday Crown Supplies


-Malleable craft wire

-Plenty of jump rings

-Teardrop crystal beads (mine are from an old Christmas garland)

-Flat nose pliers

-Wire cutters

-Round nose pliers (optional)

DIY | Birthday Crown Steps

Bobby pin that crown down and wrap your hair around and you are good to go!!

Lusting for Lavish | Birthday Crown