Recent Reads

9:00 AM

Hello summer! One of the best things about summer is having more time to read. I'm trying to read at least five books this summer. Considering my 2016 goal of 24 books, I think that is more than doable. There are so many books out there that I want to read!

Here are eight books that I have recently finished and that I recommend for your own summer reading. I tried to stay away from picking really common, popular books that you've probably already read. But these are definitely just as good! I will leave the links to each book on both Amazon and Goodreads in case you want to check them out!

Thrift Store Haul

4:46 PM

One of my favorite things to do is go thrift shopping. You never know what you're going to come away with! This past week, I headed to my favorite thrift shopping spot, an affluent town about half an hour away from where I live. (Affluent towns are perfect for thrift shopping because a lot of the items are either in really good condition or hardly used at all.) I always find something fun, and its always a surprise! The best part about thrift shopping? It's guilt-free!

I decided to share my latest thrift store finds on the blog. (Plus this was good Photoshop practice! I'm still trying to get the hang of it.) So I hope you find some inspiration!

//one// Thrift stores are awesome for buying stamps! In this trip alone, I bought three sets of stamps and I love them! This one will be great for adding borders to my scrapbook.

//two// This was a random purchase. It's a little heart box that I thought would be fun to decoupage someday. (See? I told you each trip is a surprise!)

//three// This calendar stamp is the second stamp that I bought. It didn't come with all twelve months, but you can't expect perfection at thrift stores. I'm still pretty excited about it.

//four// More stamps! This is a whole set of little alphabet letters! I totally scored with this one. After I bought it, I took them all out of the bag and went through the alphabet and was super excited (and surprised) when I discovered that it had all the letters! In addition to an exclamation point and a question mark!

//five// Books are also great to buy at thrift stores. Whenever I go on vacations, I like to bring a book I own so I don't have to worry about messing up any library books. And you can't turn down a book for 25 cents! Besides, Eragon by Christopher Paolini is a book I've been meaning to read.

//six// This was another surprise find. I don't know how to explain it other than it's like a crochet trim. I was thinking that it will look great sewn onto a bag or scarf or shirt. I haven't decided what to do with it yet but it's really cool. And I got four entire yards of it for only $4. I recently bought pom-pom trim at Joann's for a project and I was shocked by how expensive it was, so I think this was a pretty good deal.

//seven// I really like all of Sarah Dessen's books and she's written so many that I can almost always find one at the thrift store. I haven't read That Summer yet so I'm excited to bring it on an upcoming trip.

//eight// I love this jean vest! Jean jackets and vests can be surprisingly expensive in stores, so I was pretty excited when I found this one for less than $5.

//nine// I've been really into easy, comfortable dresses this summer. When I just don't feel like wearing pants/shorts, I can wear a comfy dress and still look presentable. This one was originally from Forever 21 and I got it for less than $5. I wore it today to church with my jean vest and it was perfect!

//ten// Last one! This was a random purchase, too. It's a bag of gold star confetti. I know I can find a use for it somewhere. (I don't know if you can tell, but the craft sections at thrift stores are my favorite!)

That's it! I hope this inspired you to try your luck at thrift shopping! I may do a post on the Dos and Don'ts of thrift shopping in the future, so stay tuned for that.

Let me know what you love buying at thrift stores!

DIY Dyed Napkins

6:38 PM

Happy Sunday! Today I want to share a really fun DIY with you. At least, I had a lot of fun with it! The other day, I found some powdered dye packets at the craft store and realized that the last time I dyed anything was when I made tie-dye shirts as a kid, so I decided to buy some dye and experiment. I tried folding the napkins a lot of different ways and it was such an exciting surprise every time I unfolded the napkin to see the resulting design! In this post, I am going to share my favorite ones. I dyed ten napkins in total, but in my opinion these were the best five. 

Easy DIY Painted Basket

1:44 PM

Happy summer! I am super pumped because I am officially on summer break! Even better? I'm done with high school! I've served my four years and am sooo ready to move on. The past few weeks have been crazy, with finals and graduation and grad parties, so I was all for an easy, simple DIY. I bought this basket from the thrift store a while ago because I needed a place to store my (massive) yarn stash. It works great, but I decided to jazz it up with a little spray paint.