DIY Polka Dot Jewelry Tray

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So this is really a very simple craft and pretty inexpensive. I was able to pick up the white plates (1 small and 1 large) at Target for just a few dollars each. I also got the candle stick at target where it was on sale for $3. The gold paint is less than a dollar at Michael’s and the little dotting sponge I used came in a set of paint brushes from Michael’s that only cost $3. You will need:

  • Large white plate
  • Smaller white plate
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Dot sponge paint brush
  • Candle stick
  • Hot glue gun

So let’s start! The first step is to paint you’re candle sticks. Since mine started black I did a coat of white first so the gold paint would show up better. Also just a quick note: the paint really doesn’t have to be gold at all; you could use any color. But after the white dries just go ahead and paint the candle stick all over.

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DIY: Geometric Canvas

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So here is a pretty simple canvas design. I saw the original idea on Pinterest and decided to try it out. So here’s what you’ll need:

-canvas

-tape

-paint (any colors you want)

-ruler

-pencil

-sharpie

So to start just criss cross the entire canvas with strips of tape to get all sorts of little shapes all over it. I marked the edges of my tape with the sharpie so they would be easier to pull up at the end. Once you’re done taping, it’s time to paint. For mine I was going for a purple theme so I only used purples and blues but use any colors you like. Once you’re done let that dry completely before removing the tape. If the paint got under the tape anywhere when you remove it, you can use a Q-tip and some nail polish remover to fix it.

Once all the tape is off it’s time to write on it. Obviously you can write whatever you like but for me this was a sorority gift so it says Gamma Sigma Sigma. I did a test out of what I was going to write on a sheet of paper so I could figure out the middle letter and how I was going to do this weird font.

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IHeartDogs.com

So I have scrolled past this website a few times on Pinterest and Facebook before but today I finally decided to stop and take a look and needless to say I was impressed. My next birthday list definitely includes the pillows that says “I sleep with dogs”. This organization has tons of cute pooch related merch and every single item on their website provides meals for shelter dogs.

Now I don’t know how much you care or know about shelter dogs but the fact that they exist is just wrong. There should be no breeding allowed when there are dogs in shelters because dogs are a product of human creation. We made dogs, and we engineered every single breed, even though it’s resulted in dogs being plagued by diseases, and that means they are our responsibility. But instead pet stores keep selling puppies, we keep breeding unhealthy animals and we let millions of dogs get put down every year. So if you want to make even the slightest difference then check out this website.

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Book Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Non-Spoilery Section:

If you liked “An Ember in the Ashes” then you will definitely like this book. This is a story of a rich, aristocratic girl who purchases a slave on a whim. She is the daughter of the empire’s greatest general and lives in one of the lands conquered by the empire, Herran. Her new slave is a Herrani boy looking to help free Herran one day again. But of course the two of them start to question society and what is expected of them as they grow closer. He is a terrible server but she appreciates his honesty with her and his sharp mind. He thinks she is nothing but a spoiled brat at first, but then begins to see that she is intelligent and kind. Plus there is one thing both of them adore that really brings them together: music.

I highly recommend this book. It’s the first in a trilogy and really was a great read. It’s exciting but also full of romance. If you liked Ember in the Ashes, The Selection, or Throne of Glass then I think you’ll like this book as much as I did.

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

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This Week’s Playlist

Ok this week it is ALL NEW! I have a bunch of new songs that I’m listening to on repeat and I’m not ashamed to say I found almost all of them on a Bellarke Playlist on spotify (please see my The 100 obsession it you are confused as to what that term means)

But without further delay, this week I have been enjoying:

Several songs from Hozier. I love him and all the other songs I already had by him so I don’t know why I didn’t just download the whole album but this week my new favorites are: Continue reading

Home Sweet Home

This past weekend I was finally able to go home for the first time since December 28th. It’s a long trip from Delaware up to Massachusetts but it was totally worth it. I was going because a friend of mine got into Northeastern Law School and she’s never even set foot in New England before, so I was going to give her a little tour. We road tripped up from Delaware, through NJ, NY, and CT to finally get to Mass, a total 6.5 hours in the car.

Saturday morning we set off on the T green line to head into the city. She got to experience the public transportation system. We got off at Fenway and made out way over the Northeastern Campus. We walked by the MFA on the way there and of course I made her pose for a touristy photo out in front.

We walked around the Northeastern Campus, which has always been my favorite Boston college campus. I love that even though the school is right in the heart of the city, it still really has a campus feel. There are building around a central green. Plus I love the Husky mascot (it’s a little better than the Blue Hen we sport down at UD). I made her buy a shirt to commemorate our visit and then we wandered off to look at more of the city.

We made our way past the Mother church and symphony hall to look at the BU campus since that was another possibility. We made our way over to the BU campus and found the Law school buildings. After that we strolled down the Esplanade, which she pronounced Esplandé (es-plan-day), so I got a good laugh out of that. I pointed out Harvard and MIT across the way and we actually walked for a while. Eventually we got off and crossed over to Newbury street. We walked up to look at the shops and eventually wandered into the public garden.

There I made her take another obligatory tourist photo, posing with the ducks. We also sat for what felt like the first time in forever. We had already walked at least 6 miles by this point and our feet we exhausted. But I made us continue on. We went onto the commons and looked at the Frog Pond and the state house. We moved on to the old cemetery and looked at Paul Revere’s grave, plus the grave marker for the Boston Massacre victims. It was actually March 5th and in 1770 on this same day the Boston Massacre happened.

We walked through Government Center and down to the old state house to stand on the actual spot they have marked off where it happened. I made her take a picture actually walking on the Freedom Trail line, which some people always seem surprised to see is an actual line through the sidewalk.

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