Tuesday, October 25, 2016

DIY Wide Choker

Who doesn't love a good choker right now? I know I'm on board with the trend, but after browsing through a favorite online store and finding chokers being sold for an upwards of $40, I wasn't having it. I remembered some wide, glittery ribbon from a past Christmas, and I knew I had to do something with it. This is the easiest DIY ever. I simply measured the ribbon around my neck, cut it to fit (don't do it so close to your jugular like I did, I am an idiot), and safety pinned it. Project complete. I definitely spent the rest of the day covered in glitter, and it was worth it.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Just A Little Chat

I wanted to use today to share some photos I've taken recently that haven't really served a purpose. I thought I could talk about my weekend as well, and have a little chat. 

On Saturday, I slept in comfortably (for once), and I learned how to make a grilled cheese the way my mom always did when I was a kid. Coincidentally, I made them for my mom and I for lunch. It was cool and Autumnal, and the dogs had plenty of sass. We cooked a serious comfort food meal, and I ate way too much. I spent the rest of the evening in a food coma.

Sunday was equally as easy going during the day. The weather was Autumnal, and I spray painted something for my Christmas decorations. The evening was spent making stew, another comfort dinner, and doing work to prepare for Monday. It was nice though. It was a nice weekend all in all, and I'm glad I was able to appreciate it.

This week will busy and full of early voting, a doctor's appointment, photo taking, cookie baking, and preparing to go spend the first couple of weeks in November at my grandparents' house while my grandfather recuperates from a surgery. When you work from home, you're automatically the family member to step in. Luckily, I don't mind too much in this case. I want to keep this week fun though, so that's just what I'll do. I'll try to keep my Instagram story a bit more updated this week. I also need some last minute DIY Halloween costume ideas ASAP.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Daily October Illustrations

All of the seasonal illustrations I've done this month have made me wish I'd have the time to do this project in December. I definitely wouldn't, but I plan on doing as many illustrations as possible anyway. I don't know what it is about this month's illustrations, but I'm really loving them, and I want to do something with them that doesn't involve packing them away in a drawer. I'm just not sure what that thing is yet. I'm having fun creating them in the meantime, if that wasn't already obvious. It's really nice to like what you're doing, you know?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Something Witchy

I totally meant to publish this post yesterday, but I never quite finished it. The bad blogger award goes to me, but in my defense, the post I had originally scheduled for today would probably have fallen flat. It was a nice breather day, where I could catch up on things without panicking, and it honestly made me consider rethinking the whole post every day thing I've had going on for years. Or I'm just reconsidering everything I'm doing with my life, but I'm not trying to go to sleep, so I don't know if that would be the midday case. Either way, I worked at a nice pace and listened to a new (to me) band, and it was a lot easier to focus. I'm getting better at that. It was just a nice day in general.

Anyway, I took these photos last week, and then spent a lot of my weekend watching Harry Potter, so I'm feeling this look even more. A pair of striped knee socks transformed this basic midi-dress-sweater combination into something a little more October appropriate. It was just fun. I'm definitely sticking with ribbon laced boots as well. I think it's officially my new thing. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Spooky Orange Spice Cookies

I've been waiting to do this post for months! I found the recipe over Summer, and decided to try it on a whim. I tweaked it here and there, and instantly knew I had to repeat the process to share on this blog. The cookies are perfect for Autumn, and I couldn't resist the opportunity to use some seasonally appropriate cookie cutters. The recipe is fairly easy to carry out, and they're guaranteed to make your home smell of Fall.

You'll need:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter/margarine
2 eggs
4 cups all purpose flour
1 large orange
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cloves

*misc. granulated sugar (optional) and flour

1. Grate the entire peel of your orange.

2. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves in a bowl, and set aside.

3. In a larger bowl, cream together the granulated sugar, powdered sugar, butter/margarine, and eggs.

4. Add the flour mixture to your wet mixture, and mix until everything is fully combined. Add the orange peel and mix thoroughly.

5. Cover the dough, refrigerate, and let it sit until fully firm. I let mine sit overnight.

6. Preheat the oven to 350F.

7. Roll the dough, a section at a time, on a well floured surface. The dough will be extremely sticky and difficult to work with without the extra flour. Cut out your shapes, and place them two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle a small amount of granulated sugar on top. Bake for 12-13 minutes, or until the cookies are golden.

8. If you don't want to use cookie cutters, you can roll the dough into small balls (roughly an inch in diameter), and place them two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Flatten them with a floured fork, sprinkle sugar on top, and bake for the same amount of time.

Let me know if you make these, and I hope you enjoy them!