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.
- Use the Exacto knife to cut pages out of the magazines. Make sure to cut as close to the spine as you can.
- Trim the magazine pages so they fit nicely on the canvas. I trimmed off the logos and words that were at the bottom.
- Coat the canvas in a layer of mod podge.
- Center a magazine page in the center of the gluey canvas.
- Apply a coat of mod podge on top of the magazine page and canvas.
- Let dry over night. The glue will be clear when it is completely dry.
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.
May your Christmas be merry and bright!
This time of year is always a little extra crazy!
I got a little tangles up in all this Christmas!
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!!).
- A very big piece of paper
- Shiny fringe
- Double sided tape
- Ruler (not in picture)
- Pencil (not in picture)
- Make guidelines on the paper. My lines are 6 inches apart.
- Put double-sided tape on top of your pencil lines. Make sure to work from bottom to top.
- Press fringe onto the tape.
- 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! 😉
Photo By Hana-Muv
It’s December! And it’s getting cold out! I have been seeing quite a few decorated beanies for winter. Making a custom hat for winter sounded so much better, and more fun, to me than hunting for one I loved. This is a super easy and quick winter day DIY!
- a beanie (here, here)
- rhinestones (here)
- needle and thread
- a cup of hot cocoa
- Lay out your pattern on your hat. Make sure to take a picture for reference.
- Sew on the rhinestones in your pattern.
Photo By Hana-Muv
Thanksgiving, Christmas, the holidays. This time of year is always filled with love, family, and friends. The season of giving and cheer.
I have been living in Korea a year to the week. This time last year, I was disgustingly jetlagged (a 13 hour time difference will do that to you) and everything around me was new and exciting. I was talking to my family almost daily.
Now, a year later, I find myself truly missing my family, friends and holiday festivities back home. I miss seeing Christmas come to the mall, everyone discussing black Friday plans, and of course, dinner with the whole family. Being all the way around the world, in Asia, so far away from everyone leaves me feeling a bit lonely.
This is such a loving time of year. Being away from my amazing family and friends isn’t easy. But, it has taught me what a large and amazing role those close to me play in my life.
Today especially, Thanksgiving (in Korea), I am thankful and immensely grateful for all of the amazing friends and loving family I have in my life.
It’s that crazy time of year, the Holiday Season. That means cute and festive holiday outfits as well as an abundance of food and wine. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to shopping I never bother to check the wash instructions before making a purchase. Nor am I the neatest of eaters. I always end up with a spot of red wine or food on my clothes.
A problem I have faces since moving to Korea is the care instructions on clothes. Recently, my clothes have not had care instructions in English, there are only those weird wash symbols. Now, they confuse me! After digging through the Internet for a wash symbol decoder, I decided to make my own simple little cheat sheet.