Friday, September 28, 2012

DIY String Art


Did you ever make string art in elementary school? You know, the kind where you made a box or a circle and ended up with a curve inside it?

We made 'em in 2nd grade and loved making them. Some of us got very creative with the shapes we used as our outline.

Anyway, when I saw this pin creep up on Pinterest, that's what it reminded me of.

And I knew I wanted to make one.

Supplies:
A board -  I made mine 8x12 because of the shape of Washington state

Spray paint or stain - if you want to paint your board
String or twine - I used leftover hemp twine that I had.
Nails  - I used wire nails

Full disclosure: I've made two of these. The first time I accidentally bought roofing nails and I hated the look, plus they were hard to nail into the board. I didn't coat my board with enough spray paint either. Then I forgot about the project for a few weeks months and finally picked it up again this week. I needed a break from all the ombre I'm doing.

Start out by googling your state, printing out a map or outline of it and cutting that out.
 I always start with doing random edges and corners so that the outline will be "stuck" and not move too much. Do not nail your nails into the paper! You don't want to have to tear it out after.

Keep nailing until you have nails completely outlining your state or other shape. I wasn't super uniform in how far apart I put my nails, especially if I needed to show the way the state curves, but I tried to be somewhat consistent.

 Choose which nail to start with. Washington is kind of difficult because of it's shape, it would be a lot easier to do this with something not as odd shaped, like Georgia.
Start at the first nail, pick a random nail (#2) loop your string around it 

Go up to the nail to the left of your starting nail (#3) 

Then loop down to the right of your second nail (#4) 

Then loop up to the left of your third nail (#5) 

Loop down to the right of your fourth nail and so on.
The arrow shows where Washington gets tough and a lot of stress is put on that one nail. It needs to hold the shape of the state which meant a lot of strings was being bent around that one nail! I pushed all the string as far down toward the board as I could go to make it a little easier. The only good thing about my first attempt was roofing nails have larger heads so it was easier to hold a lot of string. 

You continue looping until you get back to your starting point...

...or keep going once you get to your starting point and see when you think it looks good. That's what I ended up doing. I went around probably four times. I kept getting a hole in the middle that I wanted filled.


 If you're like me, you run out of string, get some new stuff, tie the two ends together hoping you can trim off the ends and no one would notice the knot. Except, the two types of hemp twine are two different colors. 

So if you're like me, you start over five three or four times before finally coming up with a configuration that will work. It's really dependent on your starting point.

You can always just do a random pattern rather than following the tutorial, but I was determined to make it like we did in 2nd grade.

And don't forget to trim the excess string off your beginning and ending knots. The stringing process only takes about 15 minutes, writing this tutorial was the time consuming part!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lindsay Loves: Hair & Eyes

I've come across a few new products that I need to rave about.

I've posted before about my love for my TreSemme dry shampoo. I did love it.

The key word is did.

A few weeks ago, I posed this question on Twitter
It led into this whole discussion about dirty hair and dry shampoo. Brown Girl suggested Suave dry shampoo so I picked on up the next time I was at the drugstore.

I'm IN LOVE. I like it so much better than my TreSemme and I liked my TreSemme, so that's saying a lot.

Suave seems to have more power behind the nozzle and it comes out more evenly than the TreSemme. It wasn't uncommon for me to end up with grey/white hair from my TreSemme.

Of course, a little brushing got rid of the whiteness, but I don't experience this at all with Suave.

With TreSemme, if I used it too often, I'd notice the product buildup and would need to use a baking soda rinse to get rid of it. I don't feel that at all with Suave.

The only thing I don't like about Suave is it has a strong smell and I'm not a fan of scented stuff. At least it dissipates after awhile.

My other new fave product is this bad boy.
via

Okay, I know it's not new, but it's new to me and I la-huuuve it.

After my giveaway, I started to get all jealous of the person who won because she got Naked 2 and I didn't get any.

So when I went with my sister to Ulta so she could buy products I walked out with this and she walked out with...nothing.

I'm okay, at doing my makeup, but this makes it pretty foolproof. All the colors look good together so it's really hard to mess this up.

I'm asking for Naked 2 for Christmas.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It's The Little Things

Before I had kids....

I was always clean. I never looked down at my skirt at work only to notice one of the Bambinos smeared his peanut buttery face all over it. 

I was always on time.

B and I had many more date nights.


I'd beg B to cuddle with me.

I'd buy kid's movies but never watch them.

I'd get to sleep in on the weekends....or take naps whenever I wanted.

I used to pee in silence. Without a child banging on the door.

After I had kids....

I get to experience the joy of someone wanting to be with me so much that they cry and squish their face into my legs causing the said peanut butter mess.
I started waking up earlier or prepping earlier to make it somewhere on time. It's not that bad, just takes some planning on my part or some help from B.

The date nights we have are much more special because we don't get them as often.


I always have someone to cuddle.

I don't have to hide my love for Disney movies.

I get to wake up to these adorable faces.

.....Well, peeing in silence would be nice.


What's changed since you had kids? 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

She Works Hard For Her Money

A few people have expressed interest in my job. I believe strongly that talking about your job too much on the internet can get you in trouble so I've always shied away from it, but I guess I can tell you what I do and answer any follow up questions you might have.
I've mentioned before, I work in radio - for the Promotions Department. There's the promotion Director, then me and someone else who are 2nd in command then my staff. Within 14 months I went from an intern to a boss, I'd say that's one of my proudest accomplishments.

Our stations are very promotionally active so our staff spends a lot of time out at events promoting our station. They do things like run happy hour events, hand out bumper stickers, prizes and coupons for free food, promote the station, work concerts and do fun things that make people want to listen to our stations (in a nutshell.)

It's my job to manage our staff which includes scheduling them, connecting with clients to get all the details my staff needs to successfully pull off an event, add stuff to our website, put out any fires that might arise, pull airchecks (when the jock talks about a client on air, we pull a clip of it to send to the client - that's an aircheck,) create the weekly email blast that goes out to all of our subscribers, come up with promotional ideas, create website graphics, occasionally voice commercials, work concerts and many other things.

One thing I don't really handle is our contesting and everything that goes along with that - that's the job of the other person who is 2nd in command.

I like that my job is not the same every day. Some of the stuff I do every week is the same, but my position itself is not repetitive so I never get bored.

And there's perks. Britney Spears, Michael  Jackson Cirque du Soliel, Skylar Grey, Ginuwine & Shai, Usher, Lady Gaga, Lupe Fiasco & B.o.B. (LOVE Lupe!), Ludacris & The Black Eyed Peas, Anjelah Johnson, Jay Z, En Vogue, Musiq Soulchild, Carlos Mencia, Kathy Griffin, Kanye West & Rihanna....for my music lovin' heart, this is a dream job.

3Oh!3 was yesterday.
I'm not usually a jersey chaser..er...what would you call the musical equivalent of a jersey chaser? But if the opportunity shows up, I'll take a pic with some celebs. Of course, this one has got to be my fave

I have never gotten starstruck.....except when these two came in. I LOVE Kristen Bell.That day, I was thinking if I get nervous around these two, how would I feel if T.I. were to come in?

Overall, my job is busy, fun, stressful, fun, never dull and fun. I love it.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

If You Really Knew Me

If you really knew me.....

You would know that I like hip hop music.
....I love a good, dirty beat.

You would know that I love T.I. and Paul Walker
 ....and I don't think either one of them are that attractive.

You would know that I love Jennifer Lopez
.....and I do think she's attractive


You would know that I can't stand feet.
 ...because of that my toenails are always painted.

You would know that I slightly judge men who don't let me out of the elevator first.
...chivalry is a big deal to me.

You would know that my favorite movies are Lilo & Stitch, Selena and The Fast and The Furious.
....don't make fun of me.

You would know that I'm a mess, I almost always drip stuff on my shirt or pants.
...my step-mom wouldn't allow me to wear white while eating during the time I lived in their house.

You would know that I never really got baby fever, but I had family fever. I wanted my own little family.
....my prayers were answered.

You would know that I'm an optimist by nature.
....but also very practical.

You would know that I'm full of ideas
...but sometimes listen to others who doubt me so I don't follow through.

You would know that I'm very loyal and honest.
....but I try and be honest without hurting anyone's feelings

You would know that I believe when most (not all) people say they "keep it real" it's just an excuse to be a bitch.
....realize I said most people, not all people. There are exceptions.

You would know that's the first time I've used the b-word on my blog.
....it makes me kind of nervous.

You would know that I love unconditionally.
...I cannot give up on people.

You would know I forgive people over and over until one day I'm just done.
...and when I'm done, I'm done.

You would know that I have a ton of other posts ready but they don't have pictures yet.
....and I don't like posting without pictures.

You would know this post won't have pictures either.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Hair & Fair

I did it..

I bit the bullet.

After months and months of people (B and my sister)  telling me to do I, I did it.

So this happened.




Peanut screamed bloody murder from the moment we put him on the turtle and strapped him in.

My plan was to only get them trimmed so they still had their curls, but I gave in to pressure from Boyfriend and the lady cutting their hair. (I need to stop giving in! I need to do what I want.)

Don't get me started on the woman who cut their hair. All I have to say is, I will not be going back there. If you're in the Seattle area and want to know more, contact me and get ready for a rant.

 I thought Lovebug would be just as difficult but nope.
 He was perfectly content playing with the magnet book.
 After a break, we went back to Peanut. I don't know why she didn't suggest having him on my lap in the first place. He did so much better.
 Originally she had it longer on top like this which I liked, but then she kept cutting.
 
 My plan was for them to have the same haircut (and I told her that) but this happened. Yes, Peanut's wearing different shorts than in the first pic, he peed through his diaper and shorts.

The one redeeming quality of this salon is that they have a kids room in the back where they could play while waiting.
 
I can't believe I left a 50% tip.

We ended up late because of traffic and I think I was trying to "make it up" to her. I shouldn't have bothered.

Sunday, we had a fun, looong day at the fair.
We fed camels.
 I wanted to ride one but B doesn't like animals bigger than him (says the guy from Alaska!) and I couldn't take the Bambinos alone.
We sat down a little too early for Mutton Bustin'. The sun wiped the Bambinos out

But we still had to get scones so we stood in a super long, but quickly moving, line.
Lovebug cuddled with Daddy.

And Peanut ran around a bit too. When I put him back in the stroller, he screamed and cried worse than he's ever cried in public. He was beyond tired.

By the time we got back to the car, he was mad at the world.

How was your weekend?

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