Getting Crafty

Knitting Cupcakes
Cupcakes Take the Cake

Aren’t these the cutest?  For the past few days, I’ve been really struggling with my Halloween costume.  I couldn’t figure out how to translate tightrope walker into a recognizable costume.  Working with the materials I had already purchased, I considered other costumes, like trapeze artist or elephant rider and realized that those were even less translatable than a tightrope walker.  So I went back to being a tightrope walker, but I wasn’t happy with it.  I told a bunch of my friends what I was thinking about doing for my costume and they convinced me even more that no one would get my costume.  But then, I had a breakthrough!  I’ve decided to make several key elements for my costume and I’m going shopping for materials tomorrow.  Now I’m excited again and I hope I can bring my vision to life!  This is just what I wanted anyway, to be something interesting and to get crafty with my costume :)

Autumn Comfort

Autumn Comfort 1

Here’s how I treat a warm fall day- by wearing my cozy new cardigan!  This shrug took me almost two months, on and off, to make, but I’m very pleased with the results.  The fit is good and the neutral creme color fills a void in my sweater collection :)

creme cardigan- handmade, cami, navy skirt, and
belt- forever 21, zebra-striped flats (target)
close-up of the cardi

Finally I was able to try out this cool knot with my belt that I’ve seen on many other blogs!  Also, this is the first time that I’ve worn this belt, even though it’s been many months since I bought it (did I mention that I do that?)  So I was able to throw together this outfit on Monday, but lately, I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting dressed.  I have many ideas of outfits I want to try, but when I wake up in the morning and am getting ready for class and I’m standing in front of my closet, I just get super flustered, I can no longer visualize the outfit I wanted, and I grab the easiest thing to put on.  Which sucks, because this didn’t use to happen to me!  Does anyone else have this problem?  What should I do?

You Snooze, You Lose

You Snooze, You Lose
Snoozer Loser

This picture pretty much sums up what my life has been recently, up until now.  Last week, I was feeling pretty defeated by schoolwork and such.  To make it even worse, I left everything until the last minute which made me crazy for several days (as I knew it would).  Instead of doing work, I did a lot of knitting, which I’m somewhat happy with, considering that I did at least accomplish one thing.  However, I need to get my priorities in line and focus.  The one good thing is that killing myself to get something done (in this case reading a 600-page novel for class in less than 24 hours) actually paid off this time!  The class that vanquished me last week was my friend today.  And to top it all off, my new boots came today and they are just what I wanted!  So I’m feeling pretty good right now, which will hopefully transfer into great productivity tonight :)  Knitting/outfit post tomorrow!

Samoas

Samoas 1

At my school, I am one of the managers for my college’s late-night snack bar.  The nights I work, Tuesdays, is called Creative Cuisine Night, and I try to make special treats that we don’t normally serve throughout the week.  I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with recipes and rediscovering that I do actually like to cook, and especially bake.  All of things I’ve made so far, including soft pretzels, blueberry and chocolate chip muffins, oven-bakes chimichangas, and samoas bars, except for one (darn you stir-fry beef and broccoli), have been a success!  My latest treat were these Samoas Bars and I got the recipe from a blog I read, Redvines for Breakfast.  They are like the girl-scout cookie, super tasty and easier to make, and they sold out within an hour!  Now it’s time to figure out what I’m going to make this Tuesday!

samoa bars
look at all that crispy coconut!
samoa bars
chocolate, caramel, coconut, oh my!