Inspired by Generation T

This week the weather took a turn in the grumpy direction. I could have parting sorrows with the sunny weather that is shown in the photos from this post, but I have decided to embrace the clouds instead. It means I can do three things: make creamy corn chowder, stay inside and read as if my life depended on me finishing all five books in the series as fast as possible.
"Don’t know why there's no sun up in the sky, stormy weather, since my man and I ain't together"
Anyways. On to the project! Have you ever checked out the website called generation t? I picked up a copy of the book with the same name in a craft store during high school and cut up as many shirts as I could get my hands on.

I discovered a new shirt resurrection that I like to call the 'dinosaur' because it reminds me of the spikes on a triceratops. Its super easy - only six steps and two shirts! 

1. Cut one shirt into three strips. It should be the larger, alternate colored shirt. Try to make the strips as long as possible by cutting around the radius of the shirt instead of down the length.
2. Cut the other shirt straight up the middle of the back... But stop before you cut through the neck, leaving about an inch.
3. Cut slips along both sides about an inch and a half apart.
4. Quickly sew the three long strips to the inside of the neck.
5. Make sure the stitching is secure and pull the rest of the strips up through the cut in the back.
6. Begin braiding the three strips, going through the slits in the back as you go. At the end, sew the strips back together with the back of the shirt hiding their ends.


Hellohydrangea's First Giveaway

I hope you are all excited! I am. I've wanted to do a giveaway since I started hellohydrangea. (I can't believe it publicly started only a month ago!) Here is the chosen item for the very-first, super-awesome, want-to-put-it-in-the-mail-and-send-it-to-you-right-now, giveaway!
These two adorable little birds are looking after their family while sitting on the edge of their nest. The baby blue eggs look cute on their own, but they have a higher purpose of holding your rings... Perhaps while you're doing the dishes. I love ceramics and made this piece a few months ago. Now it can sit next to your sink!

All you have to do is two things:
1. Follow my blog (you don't need an account or anything, just press the follow button on the left sidebar and follow the instructions)
2. Leave a comment with either the url to your blog, or send me an email at so I know who to send it to!

I will randomly select one lucky winner and this bird family will belong to your kitchen.


Black, Pink, Blue, Green

There are three things I love to collect. 1. Color palettes. 2. Fonts. 3. Beautiful pictures. 
Three years ago when I began designing and opened photoshop for the first time I had a lot to figure out. I've been scrapbooking since I was 8 years old, but my heart was pounding when I volunteered to design a website header for my group's final project.
If you haven't tried color palette generator or kuler, you haven't lived. Color is wonderful and the right combination of many colors together can get my heart started. Here is a lovely dose of happy colors and beautiful pictures for your Saturday evening.  

Inspired by Yulia Brodskaya

I can't get over how amazing these are.

I wouldn't be surprised if Yulia invented quilling. She is a 28 year old artist from Moscow who creates beautiful designs from vertical pieces of thin paper and her website is full of inspiration in color, line, shadow and technique. You don't have to be a fellow quiller to wish you were like this great lady.
Even though her pieces would be amazing if they were drawn, it was the fact that they are 3d that caught my attention. I imagine one of her expert pieces would take hours, which I do not have... So I tried a simpler, version that can be displayed in any house.

When my husband and I were engaged, I bought wooden letters to spell out 'save the date' and covered them with different patterned paper. They are super cute, but I don't have anything to do with them now... Except experiment!
(I couldn't resist showing our cute picture)

The letters were already covered (I know, I didn't post a diy... But it's simple. You can do it.) So I chose one that I liked the pattern and color. It happened to be the letter h.
I picked out 4 colors of paper that went with the colors in the pattern and had them cut into 1/2" strips. Quilling is easy if you have the patience, so if you have a free afternoon and a good movie, it becomes an easy, soothing project. There is also a website on how to make different shapes that you can check out to get ideas. Make sure you have a glue gun handy so you can quickly attach your quills in any pattern you want.

It feels great when you know that it takes alot of time and effort, but the end result makes up for all of that. Also, if you would like one of your own I am currently making and selling these little beauties on my shop! You can choose the letter, the color scheme and the option of filling the entire figure or only part. I would love to work something out for any of my readers, so check out my shop!

In hindsight, I would choose a letter that had a meaning. Perhaps the first letter of your family's name? Or even a series that spell out a word.
I only have an h.
I don't know what it stands for, but if anyone comes to visit and mentions it, I’ll say happy.


Friday's Five Favorites


Caution: Work in Progress

Today is finally the end to an extremely busy week.

I have been working on the first round of an ad contest called L’Oreal Brandstorm with two other advertising students and we finally turned it in yesterday. Cross your fingers for us! Today I am celebrating our hard work by listening to my 'kc & jojo' station on pandora and crafting up to my elbows. There are so many projects I have in mind... The hardest part is deciding which one to start on. They are inspired by amazing artists like Yulia BrodskayaHine MizushimaRon Van Der Ende and Becky Stern.
I recommend checking out their work. They're wonderful. Maybe you'll find inspiration from these artists on your own... But before you start guessing, check back soon to see what projects are going to show up in my response!