Pumpkin Carving 101

Hi guys!

Today we are throwing it back to 2015 blogging with a DIY. I haven’t done one of these in so long & yet there’s an entire section I have devoted to DIYs. I honestly love crafting & using Pinterest for ideas, I just usually don’t have a ton of time. BUT since it’s fall, I made the time to carve a pumpkin! It was actually my first time ever & I’d have to say it didn’t go too bad! I actually had to look up the steps to carve a pumpkin (yikes) so I thought I would help you guys out & do a little how-to if you’re just as unsure as I was. 

For mine, I made a cat, but you can do whatever design you want! The steps are the same no matter what you decide to do with it. 

1.) Pick out a pumpkin.

The larger the better if you’re new at this whole thing.

2.) Wash the pumpkin.

3.) Use a sharpie to draw a circle around the top & then cut out the circle using a sharp knife. 

4.) Clean out all of the insides & save the seeds for a recipe! 

I used a combination of a spoon & a knife for this step & it worked pretty well. 

5.) Draw your design. 

This is where you get to be creative! 

6.) Carve out your design using a sharp knife or similar tool.

Depending on how fancy you get, you might need some power tools, but I would suggest not going for that right away, because this is just pumpkin carving 101. I used a knife & it worked fine! 

7.) Clean out any excess pumpkin & seeds.

8.) Put a battery powered candle inside & TA-DA!!

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Guess what is this week?? Valentine’s Day!! I love this holiday because I love love & I think it is worth celebrating. I remember one time when I was little, my brothers & I woke up super early on Valentine’s Day to make cookies because we were so excited. We would always have a scavenger hunt & eat a giant heart-shaped cookie after a special dinner. My parents made sure that we always did something special for holidays & I’m so grateful!

I don’t go on scavenger hunts anymore, (fun fact: I hate scavenger hunts because I don’t like looking for things lol) but I still celebrate Valentine’s Day! I’m lucky to have a boo to spoil, but even if you don’t have an SO, galentines day is totally a thing! I don’t know the dude equivalent, but it probably includes fortnite & Domino’s.

If you’re looking for things to do, here’s a quick list of some of my favorite kind of dates:

  • try a new restaurant
  • go someplace new
  • have a picnic
  • make a fort & have an in-home movie night
  • redo your very first date

These are only a couple of ideas!! Get creative, but don’t be afraid to just stay at home & cook dinner together because being together is the most important thing!

with (extra) love,

jazz

DIY Wall Hanging

This is one of my favorite DIY’s I’ve ever done! It is so easy & actually turned out sooo well!

I had been seeing these wall tapestries all over & thought they were so minimalistic & boho, which tends to be my style. But most of them were around $25 & I just wasn’t willing to spend that on some string & a stick! So I got on Pinterest & found my own version.

Supplies: 1 stick or wooden dowel

yarn

scissors

I got my stick from the desert, but if you’re not fortunate enough to walk in your backyard & find one, you can buy a wooden dowel at places like Micheals or even Walmart craft section. The size of the dowel will depend on how big you want your tapestry! Then get some different colored yarn. I chose grey & baby pink! You can play around with the yarn length, but for starters, cut a super long piece because you can always go back & cut it shorter. Fold the yarn in half & place under the stick. Then stick the end of the yarn through the loop & bang! You have the start of a yarn wall hanging. I wish I had pictures to show you guys exactly how to do it, but it’s pretty easy to figure out!

What are some other cheap DIY’s you love? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media, because I’m always looking for projects to do!

with love,

jazz

2017 Wrapping Theme

Hey guys!!

I feel like it’s been awhile, but it’s only been a week… I don’t know if you noticed, but I didn’t have a Chic of the Week on Friday because I was up north visiting Jacob & just enjoying my time up there so my bad :/ but I have a new piece to show this week, so make sure to check back Friday 😉

Today’s post is all about my wrapping theme this year. And yes, every year I use a new wrapping paper because why not?? Last year I did the old-fashioned look with brown paper & it looked very classy, but this year I wanted to be more fun! My mom always goes & stocks up on wrapping at end of Christmas sales so it comes in handy a year later when I’m trying to jazz up my presents (see what I did there lol).

I am actually not too bad at wrapping, but I know to some people it’s like trying to make origami. But don’t worry; you can still make things look good in bags! Just color coordinate those cheap paper bags that are like $1 at the store & throw in some colorful tissue paper with a personalized note & BANG. It looks like you know what you’re doing.

But if you want to get fancy & actually try to wrap, you’ll just need scissors, tape, a sharpie, Christmasy wrapping paper, & a bow is optional. I won’t walk you through how to actually wrap because I’m just not that advanced. That’s what YouTube is for. But I hope this was inspirational & all your gifts are Instagrammable 😉

I know this has nothing to do with this post, but something I really wanna know: Do you or your family have a theme tree or is it just a bunch of different ornaments that have some sort of meaning?? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media because I just have to know. My family doesn’t do a theme tree & I can’t decide what kind of tree I want to have when I have my own house. Prettty or full of memories? The struggle is real.

xo,

jazz

Super Simple Halloween gift

I look for any excuse to try out a Pinterest craft & I found this easy idea for Halloween!

I took white copy paper & wrapped it around a clean can & tucked the access paper into the can, to cover the sharp edges. I taped the flaps of paper in the back too. Then I drew eyes & a mouth on with black sharpie. I filled it with candy & ta-da! Easy way to make your friends smile. I’ll list the supplies below:

  • clean cans
  • white copy paper
  • black sharpie
  • candy
  • tape

Here’s the original Pinterest craft.

If you want to see more cute DIY’s & other stuff, don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest!

What are you going to be for Halloween tomorrow?? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

xo,

jazz

No-Carve Pumpkin Decoration

Fall is in full swing right now! If you’re anything like me, you’ve already completed half of the items on your fall bucket list. Over Fall Break, my friend & I went to the cutest little pumpkin patch & picked out little white pumpkins to decorate! I had seen this idea on Pinterest & just had to try it! It was super easy & cheap! You need literally 2 items:

  • Black Sharpie
  • Pumpkin

I got creative with mine & added more color & even some glitter, but using just a black marker would look festive too. Have fun with it!!

What’s on your fall bucket list? Let me know in the comments or on social media! 

xo,

jazz

Goodbye Boredom

Your sunburn has turned to a tan. The pool floats are popped. The thought of ice cream makes you sick. Now what?

Below, I’ve created a list of the Top 10 Things I like to do when I find myself with too much free time. And they are all reasonable (meaning they don’t require a million dollars or last minute passport).

1.) Redecorate 

If you ask my friends & family, this is all I ever do. But when I get bored, I start to sit & think about what I could change up in my room & before you know it, everything is out of it’s place & my room is a different color. (JK, it’s not that bad.)

2.) DIY

Pinterest is where to start with this one. I have an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to crafts & ideas I want to try when I have the time. I’m also thinking about making a DIY section on this blog so… let me know if that’s something y’all would like!

3.) Bake

But seriously, there are a lot of good recipes on Pinterest that may require special ingredients or time that you can’t make on a regular day when you’re just craving something sweet. Now is the time to try that homemade red, white & blue layer cake topped with sparklers.

4.) Spa Day

Who doesn’t love a massage or pedicure? If you can’t afford a professional spa day, treat yourself at home. Get some ideas here.

5.) Thrift Store Shopping

I recently found a pair of old Levi’s at a thrift store & I was able to turn them into denim shorts. You never know what you’ll find…

6.) Dollar Store Shopping

Along the same lines, I love going to go to the dollar store & finding knick knack beauty products or holiday decorations for cheap.

7.) Photoshoot

You don’t even need a fancy camera or designer clothes either. Plan a photoshoot with some friends & explore your town for candid spots. Late evening is a great time to take photos anyway, so it’s a perfect hot weather activity!

8.) Attend a Matinee

Afternoon showings of movies are generally cheaper than night, so stay inside & catch a show!

9.) Color

And then have a snack & take a nap! Kidding, but there are a lot of coloring books made for adults that are actually pretty cool. And they make great artwork to add to your newly remodeled room 😉

10.) Organize

Okay so not everyone is as OCD as I am when it comes to having a clean space, but it can feel really good to get rid of stuff, as well as get organized for the next school year & figure out what you need. Save yourself the last minute stress & do it now.

Let me know what kinds of things you like to do when you’re bored in the comments or on social media! I hope this helps kill your summer blues…

xo,

jazz

How to Relax after a Long Day

After a long day, you might be tempted to crawl in bed with ice cream & cry. But instead of making your already bad day even worse, try these tips to calm down & go to bed feeling refreshed. After all, I’m a college student so… I know stress. These are my tried & true tips for feeling better & regaining my focus.

1.) Do a Face Mask

Maybe don’t try the black charcoal mask that takes your face off with it, but try something that has calming, cooling ingredients to help you relax, such as a cucumber or lavender face mask. There are plenty of DIY’s out there for you Pinterest lovers, but for those of you who prefer to keep your kitchen free from beauty experiments, Target & your local pharmacy have a good spread of masks. Find a mask that is suiting for your skin type & needs. I’ll link my favorite below:

http://www.target.com/p/que-bella-174-face-mask-pamper-pack-6ct/-/A-50699630

2.) Read

I used to read all the time as a kid, but since coming to college I find myself turning to Netflix when I want to relax. As much as a good episode of New Girl can be fun to watch, reading keeps your eyes away from the screen & focused on something more calming. Here are some of my favorite books:

Eleanor & Park-Rainbow Rowell

Looking for Alaska-John Green

It’s Kind of a Funny Story-Ned Vizzini

3.) Write in a Grateful Journal

My new years resolution was to complain less & take a few minutes every day to reflect on all I have to be grateful for. It really is great to take a step back at the end of the day, no matter how good or bad, & see all there is to be happy about. Even when you’re having a good day, it’s important to check in with yourself & having a journal that you use to write down a few things you’re grateful for is a great way to do that.

4.) Pray + Meditate

I start & end every day with a few minutes of prayer & meditation. It gets my mind in the right place & reminds me that everything will be a-okay. It might take awhile to get used to sitting in complete silence, but focusing on your breathing & turning your phone off are the easiest ways to get started. There are also a lot of meditation guides on YouTube if you have more time to relax.

5.) Take time for your Hobby

For me, it’s writing for this blog! Pick an activity that makes you happy & calm & go at it! Whether it be coloring, yoga or cooking, anything that can bring your heart rate down & focus your mind will work.

How do you relax after a long day? Let me know in the comments! 

xo,

jazz