DIY Easy Upcycled Pen/Pencil Holder

Or, Karen tries to stuff as many google-able words into the title as possible!image

If you’re looking for something quick and easy to give your desk space a fresh feeling while simultaneously using something that would have otherwise been recycled or thrown out, here’s an idea for you!

Materials
– Coloured tape (ex. washi tape, duct tape)
– Plastic container (ex. packaging from anything cylindrical, icing containers are great!)
– Your creativity (just picture me saying that as cheesily as possible please and thank you)

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I barely even need to explain the rest of this craft project because it’s pretty self-explanatory from the pictures above. Use the tape to create a design on your container, abstract or realism, until you’re happy with the result and then fill it with your writing utensils and plop it on your desk for easy access.

A few things I’d suggest:

  • Wash the insides and outsides of the container before starting to ensure that there’s nothing gross or dusty previously in it and to make it easier for the tape to stick to it
  • Use as much or as little tape as you’d like! I left gaps because my container is clear but you can fill the whole thing with tape and I bet it’d also look awesome
  • The potential patterns you can create are endless, there are stripes and zigzags and polka dots and herringbone and lots more to play around with
  • Go further with your design with stickers and jewels and paper cutouts!
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Laces for Necks

Let’s have a looksee at all the necklaces that I own, shall we?
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This is my classic, tried and true staple. It’s silver, it’s simple and it’s blue, what more could I need. I am not a person that’s into big or flashiness when it comes to the jewelry I wear (all you will be able to find on my wrists are 2 hair elastics and a waterproof watch) and this matches with that aesthetic style perfectly! Blue is my favourite colour so throwing this around my neck makes a simple outfit a little cuter in my opinion.
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Do you heart this one too? This necklace is incredibly cute; the flower design on a glass heart is a really pretty pattern that’s perfect for making an outfit brighter. (I was going to use the adjective “smiley-er” but I don’t think that actually makes sense.)
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If we’re going for originality points, this one wins hands down. The context is that this was a craft at the summer camp we worked with and there were enough supplies left over for myself and some other staff to get one! I love this simple idea to death, this well-known lego piece can now be a statement jewelry item! It also makes the connection with my being an engineer as building things is a central theme there. Also it’s blue, can’t have a bad day with a blue lego piece swinging from your neck!
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I feel like a lot of people have this one lying around their house somewhere. I definitely first got this shark tooth necklace some time ago at the Museum of Nature and recently rediscovered it. It helps me feel hardcore when I wear it even though everyone keeps gently reminding me that I am a few degrees away from being hardcore.
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This one doesn’t actually get worn very often, mostly because it isn’t anything too special and it’s gold. I think having blonde hair limits the amount of gold or yellow that I can wear because if they’re not the exact same shade then it just looks wrong. I’m also very sure this necklace came along with my Secret Garden book someone gave me a long while ago.
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This is definitely my fanciest necklace, it was a gift for graduating high school! It is similar to the first necklace, keeping the blue gem, silver chain trend, although I think these gems are actually real instead of just glass. The shape of it signifies the path of my life that I’ve started as high school came to a close. I should wear it more often.

And there you have it! My vast collection of neck-themed jewelry! (read: 6) I’ve never been someone that wears them too often though, so they usually sit on my dresser until I remember that they exist!

Your turn! Let me know your favourite necklace that you own or even just favourite type of necklace that you’ve seen!

New Theme

I wanted a better font, pretty much. My requirements were that I needed a sidebar and the colour blue needed to be around.

Voila, what do you think of the transition? I miss the cuter vibe and the blue everywhere but readability of the font really didn’t work for my mostly-text blog. Apparently I’m into having the title in capslock though…

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Rolling Out The Blue Carpet

I mostly wanted to make this post to point out that the red carpet for the TFIOS premiere is blue.

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But I guess I’ll stay and talk longer.

John Green is living the dream watching his book get turned into a movie and he’s taken all his fans on the journey with him. It’s been really cool for everyone to pretend they were involved with the whole process from casting to filming to the premiere.

I adored the book and cannot wait to see it this weekend when it finally comes out!!

Match

So I was recently on a date and this was literally one of the things I brought up in conversation:

We weren’t talking about anything that related to this at all, I just sort of noticed it and thought it would be a grand idea to share.

I was looking down and I saw that my shirt matched my purse (teal), my cardigan matched my jeans (dark blue) and my nail polish matched my shoes (light blue).

Literally the most pointless and strange thing to tell anyone and now it looked like I planned it or something. I just remembered it today and got second-hand embarrassment from it. He definitely thinks I’m a weirdo.

//that title though cause my clothes matched but also I was on a date as in matchmaker I’ll shut up now//

The Dead Cells On My Fingers

aka fingernails.

I don’t know why you need a backstory for a picture of my nails but you’re going to get one anyway.

I had painted all my nails with a dark navy blue but of course that’s not good enough for me so I chose a light, see-through-ish blue to put on top of it that gave it a galaxy-ish sheen if that makes any sense at all. Once I had finished one hand, a bottle of clear sparkly nail polish caught my eye and I immediately wanted to put that on top instead to make it look like the night sky.

(Everyone puts this much thought into painting their nails, right?)

Basically, I was too lazy to redo one hand so I now have two different tinges of blue painted on either hand and here’s a picture with my face again derping in the background.

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tried to make it so that you can see the dif in the colours on each hand. how considerate

January Masterpost

I take in a lot of things in a short amount of time.

So I’ve decided to break said things down into monthly sections where on the last day of each month I just make little lists of things that I have seen and liked throughout the month!

BOOKS

Man, I barely read at all this month! Understandable because of school. I only read on my bus ride to and from school so that’s like only an hour a day if I don’t get distracted…

i hunt killers - barry lyga

I Hunt Killers – This’ll probably creep you out for a second but I’m really interested in serial killers and psychopaths. Not in the I-relate-to-them-so-much or the I-think-what-they-do-is-great way but just in a purely curious and intrigued way. So reading this book that puts you in the brain of said person-type was actually pretty cool (yet disturbing) and definitely made me want to read more.

 

splintered - a g howard

Splintered – Man, this book was just weird. It was supposed to be a retelling of Alice in Wonderland but it just ended up being creepy and twilight-esque and did not make sense at all. I didn’t know what was happening half the time and the amount of adoration both boys had for the main girl, Alyssa, was slightly nauseating. I do have to mention that the connections and plot twists in the book were genuinely interesting; like something mentioned at the beginning of the book turns out to be useful and important later on and you would have never guessed so that was a plus! Obviously it has a sequel(s??) but I’m on the fence over whether I should take the time to read it…

etiquette&espionage - gail carriger

Etiquette & Espionage – This book could’ve been so much better!! But it wasn’t!! I was rooting for it!! Maybe it didn’t help that it was kind of an earlier spinoff of another series set in the same world. But still, the characters were like 12 so you couldn’t really relate to what they were doing and there was a cutish romantic subplot but again they were 12 so you felt creepy wishing anything would happen. The actual plot I found kind of dumb like when would the lead girl (SOPHRONIA LIKE WHAT KIND OF NAME IS THAT) would care that much about something that was really none of her business. It had some funny parts but overall not my favourite.

dream thieves - maggie stiefvater

The Dream Thieves – I enjoyed this book despite myself. Even though it was confusing and attempted to be poetic and went over my head sometimes, I actually liked it a lot. My theory is that I am attached to all the characters in some way or another. There’s none that I think are dumb and pointless and they all have interesting lives and stories behind them. There were some amazing moments in the book where I was dying to know what happened next which is always a good thing but really just getting to know Ronan and Gansey and Adam and Blue and even the Grey Man that sold this book for me.

MOVIES

All the good movies came out last month… There was The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Frozen and Catching Fire which were all hits in my book! But I did manage to watch some this month:

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The Book Thief – Having read and adored the book first, I thought I was be ready for the movie. I wasn’t. They did a fantastic job of adapting this book to the screen, everything stayed so close to what happened and the actors chosen were fantastic (little Rudy was legitimately adorable) To tell the truth, I had forgotten most of the plot by this point and was basically recalling it as it happened before my eyes… BUT I did remember the ending and me and the friend I went to see it with were literally already sniffling before the thing happened and when it did oh man we were done there were so many tears and the snot would not stop but it was so beautifully done that I can’t hate on it. Man, why are the best books the ones that make you cry?

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New Year’s Eve – Wow whole different pace than the previous movie here. I’m very late to the party for all things chickflick so this was no exception. I had watched Valentine’s Day over the summer and actually thought it was very cute so I decided to go for it while my mother and sister were catching up on Sherlock. And again, it was very cute! I had a hard time in the beginning wrapping my head around who was who but after that got all sorted then it was very fun to just watch everything unfold. Pretty predictable, even that part where people wanted to meet up with each other I called who it was going to be and gloated to myself for a full 2 seconds. Enjoyed the male leads in the movie, you can never go wrong with Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel (who basically just won all the awards in my books like man can you not look this good please and thanks?) and Ashton Kutcher.

MUSIC

A little lazy in the music department actually this month, didn’t add too many songs to the ol’ itunes but here’s the ones I did!

James (Never Change) – Allstar Weekend (PERFECT 1 PERSON DANCE PARTY SONG)

Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High – Arctic Monkeys (competeing with FOB for longest title, I see)

Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys

Rocks Into Rivers – Seabird

And there you have it! I hope you have as much fun discovering these things (if you haven’t already) as I did! Tell me your top three in these three categories for the month of January in the comments below!