I received this J.Crew argyle cardigan as a hand-me-down, and it’s perfect except for that hole at the bottom. But I wasn’t about to toss the whole sweater because of a tiny hole! So here’s what I did:
I cut out some small hearts from pink felt, to match the little pink lines in the sweater. Don’t want to do hearts? You can cut out any shape; be creative!
Place the larger patch over the hole then put the smaller one next to it. (Just for a little extra decoration.)
Sew on the patches!
I wanted to create some balance so the two hearts on the bottom on the sweater didn’t look so out of place, so I sewed two more on the top of the sweater.
Lastly, I’d suggest putting some superglue around the edges of the hearts so they don’t fray. I think it came out pretty cute, don’t you?
Thanksgiving is next week! Luckily, I’m not hosting — one of the pros of living in a small condo and having a big family, I suppose — but if I were, these are a few things I’d want on my table. And these are a few of the sides I would make. (Someone else would have to tackle the turkey.)
Despite what you might think after my first post-Florida update, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is actually just a tiny piece of the Universal experience. It was certainly our favorite part of the trip, but we had lots of fun in the rest of the two parks, too. Here are a few highlights:
Seuss Landing is so colorful and fun! The rides are definitely geared more toward young kids, but we loved The Cat in The Hat ride and The High In The Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride. But we’re kind of big kids.
I can’t watch The Lorax without crying, but I was able to contain myself at the Once-ler’s house.
Also in Islands of Adventure — sandwiched between Seuss Landing and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — is The Lost Continent, which I think is supposed to be inspired by Atlantis. There aren’t any rides here, but there are a few interactive shows. We did Poseidon’s Fury which starts as a “museum tour” and then, surprise! You’re in the middle of an epic battle between Poseidon and Lord Darkenon (who I’d never heard of before). It’s kind of hokey, but still amusing. The special effects were certainly neat.
One of Stan’s favorite activities was creating his own dinosaur in Jurassic Park. Is it weird that he looks even more like Harry Potter as a dinosaur?
This was in Toon Lagoon :)
Speaking of cartoons, we met a friendly starfish named Patrick over at Universal Studios!
But Stan was also eaten by a shark :(
But after napping briefly at Dale’s Winnebago… (Fans of The Walking Dead will recognize this)
…He was back on his feet, even climbing up walls!
Halloween night, we went to Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights. After reading about how crazy the lines have been in the past years, we decided to wait outside the park for an hour and a half. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t that impressed. We were first in line into the event and we still had to wait 45 minutes to get into the first haunted house. Then we waited another 40 or so minutes to get into another haunted house. The haunted houses were cool and had great design, but at the end of the day, they were still just haunted houses. Luckily, we didn’t pay a whole lot for the tickets, but I wouldn’t do it again. The only thing that made it worth it was…
The Rocky Horror Picture Show tribute! The show was really crowded, too, but still lots of fun.
And those are the highlights from Universal! Next week, I’ll share our Disney highlights. :)
Even though it’s been 8 years (8 years!!!) since I roamed its halls, I’m feeling some high school pride today ~ our colors are red & gold. I’ve been thinking about high school a lot lately. My friend (and prom date) Jordan is getting married next year, and I’m one of her bridesmaids, along with Beata and Brittany, two more New Britain High School alumnae. This past Sunday, the three of us joined Jordan, her sister Kelsey, their mom, and Jordan’s soon-to-be-mother-in-law on a dress shopping excursion. I tried really hard not to, but I definitely cried when Jordan walked out in the first dress (which I suspect may be the one she chooses). I’ve already warned her that I’m going to be a wreck at her wedding. I can’t wait!
It was too chilly to take these outside (not to mention we got our first snowfall today!), so I’m being a weirdo, perched atop the cozy couch in our living room. :)
Outfit details: Dress: Coach Tour Dress in Houndstooth, ModCloth, $48. Mustard Cardigan: Charter School Cardigan in Honey, ModCloth, $35. Red vintage boots: Bellini, loveyvintage, $30. Tights: Forever 21, $6. Headband: Swiped from Suzi.
It has been just over six weeks since I announced my all-natural deodorant challenge (though I actually started in early August). Here were the first 4 candidates, as well as my notes. I tried to give each one a minimum of two weeks’ trial to give my body time to adjust, but I couldn’t get nearly that far with some of them.
1. Alba Botanica Clear Enzyme Deodorant Stick in Aloe/Unscented — this one failed miserably. I couldn’t wear it for more than 2 days. Firstly, the deodorant was hard and sticky, and made my armpits really sticky, too. Both days I wore it, I was stinky by lunch. Sticky + stinky = no-go. I give it a 0/5.
2. Mere’s All Natural Naturally Absorbent Deodorant in Jasmine & Lime — I met founder Meredith Knechel at this year’s Trashion Fashion Show, and was immediately intrigued by her lotion-based deodorant. I will admit, the idea of rubbing lotion into my armpits seemed pretty weird, but of course you’re only supposed to apply it when your armpits are clean! Overall, it held up pretty well as long as I wasn’t doing anything super active. When I first started using it, I felt like I needed to reapply it halfway through the day, but towards the end of the two weeks, my body seemed to have adjusted pretty well to it. When I did smell a little, I think it was more because of the jasmine odor than my own B.O. I’m definitely going to try the unscented version. I was surprised with how little I had to use; this tin will last for months. I give it a 4/5.
3. Body Deodorant Rock by Crystal — My friend Beata has been using a deodorant crystal for a while now, and recommended that it be part of my challenge. It did take about a week or so for my body to adjust, but I really liked using this. It isn’t sticky or powdery, and doesn’t leave any residue, so it’s hard to know if you’ve put on “enough.” The only ingredient is 100% natural mineral salt crystal, so you just wet it and apply it to your armpits. I’ve found that it stings a little right after I shave if I have any nicks. It has no odor so it won’t conflict with any perfume or lotion you might use. It looks as if I’ve barely touched it, so I’m guessing this thing would last for years! I give it a 5/5.
4. Ada Rios Aluminum-Free Ladies Deodorant — I picked up this deodorant earlier this Spring and had been using it for a few months. It smells wonderful, goes on nicely, and isn’t sticky. BUT! I always felt like I had to reapply it at least once a day, even more often during the Summer. Plus, it has Propylene Glycol in it, which brings it down to a 2/5.
Putting these in order from best to worst, we have: