My favorite thing about today was a girl date with my lovely friends Jamie and Ashley.
Our first stop was the DIY fair my church put on.
We do this thing called Advent Conspiracy (along with a ton of other churches around the world) and the basic idea is to spend less, give more. The DIY fair was a place where people could get ideas for homemade gifts for Christmas. I am actually not a big fan of Christmas. I actually get pretty grinchy about it, because I hate all the commercialism, but last year Craig and I handmade most of our gifts which made Christmas so much better for me.
Anyway....we got a ton of ideas and made these super cool brooches.
my finished brooch.
James modeling her pretty peach brooch. She said she has to dress cute now when we hang out in case I blog about it :). Mission accomplished.
*Brooch making instructions @ the end of this post!
We worked up an appetite DIY'ing it up, so we let my Urban Spoon iPhone app choose our eatery (so spontaneous of us!) and ended up at Zell's Cafe. It was so quaint inside, although I forgot to take pictures of our food because I was too hungry.
Our final destination was to good 'ole Forever 21 on a jewelry hunt. I got a few pairs of earrings and two more slouchy hats....white and grey. A girl can never have too many accessories :). We had such a lovely day.
P.S. Here are those brooch making instructions....super easy and way cuter than my amateur photos express.
Flower Brooches/Hair Clips
You'll need: *lighter *satin (or some other synthetic fabric)
*brooch pin or bobby pin (to make hair clip instead)
1. Cut fabric into circles (they don't have to be perfect...I think they look cooler when they're uneven). Start with a circle the size you want the brooch to be and make the inner circles progressively smaller until you have the desired amount.
2. Using the lighter singe the edges of each fabric circle. This will make the fabric curl up slightly.
3. Stack the singed circles in the way you'd like them to look and sew the beads onto the middle of the flower, going all the way through the fabric layers as you do so to make the layers stay together. Add as many or as few beads as you want.
4. Once the layers of the flower are sewn together, flip it over and sew the brooch pin or hair pin (you can put both on if you'd like to have a brooch/hair clip in one) to the flower.
It's super easy I promise...sorry if my instructions suck though. A technical writer I am not. If it's confusing let me know and I can try to clarify for you.