Monday, August 24, 2015

DIY Wrinkle Remover for Clothes

I love this shirt! - the color, the style, fit. Everything pretty much, except 1 thing: wrinkles. 

I have renamed this shirt "the wrinkle factory." When I bought it if I had any clue  to the fact that this shirt needed ironing, I would have ran for the hill. I.HATE.IRONING. Period. Maybe I haven't figured out the proper way to iron but I always seem to iron more wrinkles into the shirt than out. It doesn't make sense. I have no idea why. I've even been shown how to iron properly, I just can't seem to get it to work. 

The other day I was getting ready for work and really wanted to wear this shirt but I really didn't want to iron even more so I skipped it and went with a different outfit. I didn't like that outfit so I switched.  The same cycle continued until I had circled back around to "wrinkle factory". The dread. Ugh. I was just about to break out the iron when a light bulb went off. I actually had a vision of a commercial I had seen many years ago advertising wrinkle release spray. Then I though --Hello?! Why can't I just made some. 

I didn't have the time to search Pinterest for a recipe but I figured most spray was fancied up water anyway. So water it was - minus all the fancy and guess what!? It worked.  Water. That's it! 

In this case, I only had a mini mister bottle that I use for scrapbooking but it worked perfectly and provided just enough moisture to get the wrinkles out. All I did was lightly mist the shirt then rub the wrinkles out.

I know I probably can't avoid the iron all the time but I'm glad I found this solution for when I am in a bind and need a quick fix. 

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Coast to Coast: California Vacation

Okay. So add this to the record books...this workaholic took a vacation! Let me tell you, it's been a LONG time since I've been anywhere. I'd say that is a good excuse this time for being absent from my blog, wouldn't you say? My sister lives in California and she didn't give me a choice than to come and visit. We had spoken about it, but being on a tight budget I didn't think it was gonna happen but we figured out a way to make it work. I almost cancelled though. Why on earth would I cancel, you ask. Well, I don't know how to have fun. I worry far too much. I think it's because when I worked at Sears I really wasn't allowed to have days off, but where I am now, they encourage time off - and that is still a little bit weird for me. I had a great time and Jacob had a blast playing with his cousins. He also got to ride an airplane for the first time. He liked it so much that now he even wants to start an airplane collection. 

My sister lives in the Bay Area so one day we took the ferry  into San Francisco to do some shopping one of the days. While in San Fransico, I met (wax) Johnny Depp...We visited the Jelly Belly factory, celebrated my niece and nephews birthday, roasted marshmallow and just kind of hung out. The weather was perfect!

Granted he was made of wax, but who cares, right?!?!? Why does anyone have to know? Lol. I will say they do a damn good job at making those wax figures look incredibly lifelike. I was super impressed. We didn't get a chance to see the full museum, but there is always next time!

Another day we went to the farmers market.

I bought some fresh peaches that had just been picked that morning. They were so juicy and grocery store "fresh" is nothing in comparison to what is available at the farmers market. I am totally jealous. I am a city girl at heart. I just love the variety of things to do and people to see all within walking distance. It's Funny because I live in the smallest town imaginable with nothing. I hate it but it's affordable so I'm stuck right now. One day though I will live in a city - or just outside of one. One day!

On the way home I met the sweetest lady. I was having a little bit of anxiety for some reason - probably all the turbulence -I didn't voice it, but I think she saw it in my face that I was getting a bit nervous but we ended up talking most of the time, and she helped me entertain Jake.  Once we landed in Tennessee for our layover, I found out that she was headed to Boston too and she actually asked me if it was ok to sit with us again. We talked the whole time again, and once me landed I thanked her for her kindness.

Now I am back home. I got back Tuesday, even though it was technically wednesday because it was midnight by the time I got home. I even went to work Wednesday! I am crazy and had a lot of fun but it feels nice to be back. It took a few days to get back on to East coast time, but this weekend and Jacob being over his dads and me being able to sleep has helped tremendously.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

VoonboosoidCreates on ETSY is up and running again!

Hi guys! I've been busy busy busy. Hope all is well with you! I've decided to reopen my Etsy store: VoonboosoidCreates! How exciting is that!

I've added two new sets of journal card printables and there is more to come! Check it out! Click here to go directly to VoonboosoidCreates

Thanks for looking! Stay tuned for more!

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

So long scrapbook stuff

....most of it at least. I don't plan on giving up scrapbooking completely and I did keep a few basic things. My main goal when I started scrapbooking was to document memories so that when I or anyoneb else looked at pictures in the future, they would know exactly what was going on in that moment. Well, wouldn't you know, the more stuff I bought the harder it was to scrapbook and the more frustrated and stressed I got and eventually I didn't scrapbook. I haven't printed out photos in a long time and just have felt completely uninspired by both my photos and abundance of product.

It was a tough decision to get rid of all my stuff but my life is going through so many changes right now that I feel that it is the right time to explore other things. I'm not giving up on documenting my memories. I still plan on adding journaling with my - I'm just going to go back to a more simple way.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ramblings: Magazine Collages

It's me again! Popping in after a brief hiatus...again. Whoops! Life sometimes gets so busy but I still think of my blog so don't you worry! I haven't disappeared completely.  So, what do I have going on? Nothing too exciting, just regular normal life stuff. I won't bore you with that stuff because I know you all have your own "boring" regular life stuff - so on to today's post;

I don't buy magazine to read. I buy them for visual inspiration. One thing I discovered over the last couple of years is that I am a visual person. I get my inspiration visually and I am drawn to things that are visually appealing. I don't know why it took me so long to discover this because I used to do what I started recently growing up: cutting pictures from magazines and creating collages and inspiration books.

One of the things I remember looking forward to was getting my Delia catalog . What teen girl in the 90's didn't? Not only did I spend hours thumbing through the catalog dreaming of the clothes I would never buy but I used to cut everything out I loved and glue them on a poster board and plaster my room with collages. I didn't just do this with my Delia catalog. I did this with every magazine my mother no longer wanted. I'd cut out words, pictures, pictures, phrased - anything really that appealed to me in that moment. 

I don't know why I did it. It was just something I thoroughly enjoyed. I had many composition books, and poster boards filled with magazine cutouts. Then I stopped - not because I didn't enjoy it, but because of life craziness. At the peak of the craziness, when I had no choice but to move out, all my collages and notebooks went in the trash. 12-13 years later, I now wish I had saved some of those because I realize those notebooks plastered with cutouts were my form of self expression. That along with writing and reading - all things that I lost touch with. 

I know I've written on here a lot about passions and things that I think I should be doing - I probably confuse the hell out of all of you. Which is totally understandable because I confuse the heck out of myself too. I have lost touch with myself over the years and I am just starting to figure that out again. I'm realizing that a lot of things that I say I enjoy only because I think I need to enjoy them and I try to force myself in to it only to end up burned out and more confused. Does that make sense? 

Within the last year I've discovered a lot about myself. Let me tell you - it's been a crazy ride.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ramblings & a layout...kind of

I've been feeling completely uninspired lately when it comes to scrapbooking. I even thought creating a smash book page about it would help draw some of those juices out but...I've got nothing. It makes me sad because I've got so many great supplies and so many thoughts & memories to scrap but I just come up blank. I sit down, start the page then Just arrange for hours. Part of it is the perfectionist in me. Part of it is my brain and focusing on 100,000 things at the moment. I want to do everything...

This is the layout I started working on buy just couldn't find the mojo to complete it. I decided to just leave my desk as is for a while and hoped inspiration would come. What do you normally do when you're in a scrapbooking slump? Well wouldn't you know, Sunday afternoon I was just hanging out and a rush of creativity swept over me. 

I'm good at scrapping non photo stuff, thoughts, feelings,  and just everyday stuff so I decided to make an album full of quotes I love. I actually started it a few weeks ago but that was when my creativity started sloping down hill. This a sneak peek of the album. 

I have a super busy week this week but I am going to try to work on it every day even if I only add 1 element. I figure At least I am doing something. 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Coffee Filter Flowers

I've got to admit - I was so against getting a smart in the past but now..I am addicted. I have to force myself to put it down sometimes, which is bad, I do realize but it makes life so much easier. I can do anything with it. Even blogging. I've actually found that I barely turn my desktop on anymore unless I am paying bills - which was what I was doing when my computer went on the fritz - or browsing Pinterest while sipping my morning coffee. I've been fiddling around with it and Googling how to fix I think is okay for now....{knock on wood}. I use my phone to take 99% of my pictures now...which is something I was dead set against but it is just so convenient.. I rarely use my actual camera anymore. Everything is on my phone. How funny is it that I am even thinking about upgrading to the iPhone 6? I bought the most basic one thinking I was never going to use it...unfortunately though I can't upgrade now though because it's not in my budget but I certainly like to dream!

Speaking of computers and fritzes. I've been paranoid to keep mine turned on for more than an hour or two so It's actually been really good motivation for me to get stuff done & Finish stuff - like I wrote in my post here about my not finishing stuff.  Well I broke out one of my unfinished projects and stuck it through until it was done: Coffee filter flowers which were oh so very simple to make. You should try them!

First I took a plain ol' coffee filter and dyed it. How did I dye it? Just a bucket of water and a few squirts of paint. Simple as that. I then let it soak for a few minutes until I got the color I desired squeezed it out and let it dry overnight....that's when I dropped off this project and it became unfinished.

Next, I took the coffee filter, folded it in half, then in half again, then again. Once it was the size I wanted I cut a ragged edge and snipped a little piece of the end off.

Then I took a skewer (floral stick but it's the exact same thing as a skewer but can even paint a skewer green if you have the patience.) ...and slid the coffee filter on. I bunched it up a bit then used floral tape to secure it in place. (Tips: stretch the tape a little while your taping. It helps it become a little stickier. Also, make sure you always tape a little bit of the stick so it doesn't slide off.)

Then repeat with about 4 or 5 more coffee filters depending on your desired look. For the vase, I used an old bulk spice jar that I had saved and stuffed it with some floral moss I bought at the dollar store. 

So there it is! One of my MANY infused projects complete. Stay tuned because I will be back with more.

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