Thanksgiving Place Cards

By Olivia

Crinkly, autumnal leaves and crafting gave me an idea for creative place cards for your guests. These are super-easy and fun to make, especially with the family. Hope you like this simple project idea.

Materials:

  • Cardstock paper in any shades. I chose earthy brown and reddish bronze colors from a palette of natural, autumn hues.
  • A ruler (optional). Place it against the paper and use a pencil to draw your finest lines.
  • Safe but effective scissors (optional). These are easy to acquire and are a basic crafting necessity.
  • Natural feathers, leaves, sprigs, twigs or other nature. These are easily found in backyards. Turkey feathers are lovely with their rainbow of brown and gold stripes. Leaves can be found in beautiful shades at this time of year. Sprigs and twigs can be yanked off of trees and bushes, but the discarded ones on the floor also have a gorgeous outcome. Other nature, like pretty stones or dried berries, will also make perfect touches to your place cards.
  • Crafting glue. Any glue works but squeezable form is best for tidy, well-placed work. If you desire clean work, use clear-drying glue.
  • Markers, pencils, paint (fine paintbrush needed for this) or crayons. Anything that will make a visible line is welcome. With all of the color coming from the paper and natural materials, black and white are the preferred colors. Paint makes the smoothest most legible line, I’d suggest using it for this project.
  • Pencil and eraser. If you truly do want those precise letters, write in pencil and then trace over in ink or paint or final coat material.

Process:

  1. Fold your paper into a place card by matching the opposite ends together evenly. You can do this any way you want. The scissors can come in handy if you wish to cut them into different shapes or sizes. I cut mine into a tiny one.
  2. Without gluing anything, plan your moves. Decide where to place everything. Practice writing the place card owner’s name on the card. Consider different writing styles (block letter or cursive) if you’re bold enough. I like a cross between cursive and plain writing, it’s easy and elegant. Each place card should have a name and an autumnal touch added to it.
  3. If you like your plan, proceed. Do this carefully, you don’t want to mess up your place card. Use thin lines of glue on the back of your accessory and gently press it onto the place card (the edges and sides are best). Write out the person’s name on the card with your desired ink. If you’re confident, get fancy and use cursive and curls. If it seems plain, draw or glue. Add anything. Spark up your cards in any form you want.
  4. Let them dry. If you are doing this in a hurry, fan them with a container lid. The drying process depends on what brand of glue you’re using.
  5. Set your beautiful place cards up! Place them in front of the guest seats and make sure they know you made them. Show them off, boast about them, anything because they’re so creative and rustic on the dining table. Little pumpkins or autumn flowers in vases can go beside them. I have a darling little pumpkin that I just added as a touch to my seat at the table and I plan to bring it to my desk very soon. Place cards make a lovely touch and your guests are sure to notice and compliment them.

A picture and note on mine:

I made mine for my desk, having a severe lack of pretty and festive foliage in my own backyard. I found a cool twig and decided to go with that instead of spending depressing hours outside, begging for a Pinterest-worthy backyard. I added turkey feathers behind the first few letters of my name and a cobweb in the bottom left corner. The twig is pasted on the right corner in a slightly uneven, more authentic way. I’m glad I chose something that won’t rot because this is actually very pleasant. Also, I cut the paper so that I could have a mini card because all miniatures are adorable. Its cut a bit uneven due to the nature and adventure feeling you get from a slightly lopsided cut. 

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Thanks for reading. I bet your cards (go ahead and make them!) are absolutely wonderful. You can tell us if you make these (and how they turned out) in the comments section below. Thanks again!

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What to to When You Are Bored!

By Alice (who else)

So, as a young person I get bored a lot. My parents always say stuff like “treasure those times when you have nothing to do” or “I wish I was bored more often”. But, let’s face it, it sucks to be bored. So, I have come up with some ideas of stuff to do when bored.

What to do when you are Bored!

  1. Start a blog. It’s easy and fun for people who enjoy writing!
  2. Start a bucket list. (Why not?)
  3. Make a list of all the crazy expensive stuff you can’t afford but really want.
  4. Text yourself.
  5. Write a short story about a fantasy of yours.
  6. Start a chainmail.
  7. Take a bath. (Bath bombs!!!)
  8. Start some kind of baking project.
  9. Interview a tree and have a friend take a video of you doing it.
  10. Eat food.
  11. Start a journal/diary.
  12. Try to make homemade bath bombs.
  13. Go to target or somewhere and see how much stuff you can buy with twenty dollars.
  14. Read this list.
  15. Find some random person on social media and compliment them.
  16. Learn how to skate board.
  17. Write a poem about how bored you are.
  18. Explain to someone the concept of why board meetings and called board meetings- because they are boring.
  19. Write a short writing piece on why the heck you are bored.
  20. See how many times you can listen to the same song over and over again.
  21. Use Picmonkey ( https://www.picmonkey.com/ ) to make an edit of your favorite band or singer.
  22. Write a poem about cheeseburgers.
  23. If it’s sunny, go outside with very warm clothing. Buy a cheap umbrella and then tell someone they look cold and wet and give the umbrella to them.
  24. Send an email or text to every contact on your phone saying “I’m Santa.”
  25. Write a list of what to do when you’re bored. (that’s why I’m doing this)
  26. Go on a date at a fancy restaurant with a teddy bear and order it some fries.
  27. Try to memorize Eminem’s song “Rap God.”
  28. Lip sync to your favorite song- have fun, get dressed up and be crazy!
  29. Go to target and buy a ton of fuzzy socks. (They’re soft?)
  30. Blast music as loud as possible and dance. (Preferably t-swift)
  31. Print out a ton of cute kitten photos and tape them to your walls.
  32. Write down a ton of corny jokes.
  33. Talk in an accent. (Or try to.)
  34. Hide in a bush and throw pennies at people.
  35. Okie, I’m done.

Ultrabland Lush Facial Cleanser-Review

Product Review By Alice

Hey guys! So, I am kinda obsessed with Lush Cosmetics, which is a brand that makes really nice beauty products. People all over the internet have been really into their innovative products, such as their bath bombs and bubble bars. I am going to write a review of my favorite facial cleanser from Lush- Ultrabland.

It comes in a black pot. There are two sizes, the smaller one and the larger one. I have the smaller 1.5 oz. version. It doesn’t have a particularly strong smell, just a hint of honey and some floral scent. It is very rich and buttery. It has beeswax in it and leaves a bit of a waterproof coat on your face. I normally massage it into my face and then rinse my face of with cold water (in the morning) or warm water (at night). It is hard to get all of it off of your face, so I get what I can off of my face, and then just rub the rest in. It is super moisturizing and leaves your skin soft and buttery. This my go to facial cleanser. It is not crazy expensive but not exactly cheap with a price of $18.95 for the smaller version.

You can buy it here: http://www.lushusa.com/face/cleansers/ultrabland/9999902749.html

XOXO,

Alice

 

Rose Jam Bubbleroon-Review

Rose Jam Bubbleroon Review by Olivia

Hey, this is Olivia. As you might know, I love Lush. Their products are all so wonderful and work so well. I love stocking up on Lush products, especially around the holidays. One of my favorites is the rose-scented bubble bar, also known as the Rose Jam Bubbleroon. I’d give it five stars, so here goes my description.

It’s shaped like a macaron, which makes the concept even more enchanting. The aroma is of the freshest, sweetest roses. You may detect a hint of lemon as well. It is relaxing and refreshing. I like chopping (or crumbling) the bar into fourths, which conjure up quite a lot of bubbles. The bathwater turns a vibrant and pretty pink. It seems a little thicker and the bubbles are luxurious and fragrant. The ‘frosting’ in the middle of the two thick slices of rosy dough is shea butter, making it even more moisturizing. The scent is strong without being too overpowering. The bubbles last quite a while. They are frothy and absolutely pink. I am a huge fan of these soothing rosebud scents and this one is perfect for me. Also, the glitter is a beautiful touch. It won’t get all over you and your clothes and is easy to wash off. It’s an absolutely lovely treat after a long hard week.

Thanks for reading!

Link to purchase Rose Jam Bubbleroon online: http://www.lushusa.com/bath/bubble-bars/rose-jam/04133.html

(I would recommend purchasing it in a store.)

xoxo,

Olivia ❤

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Above is a picture of the Rose Jam Bubbleroon resting on a little painted canvas Alice made.

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A close up to the sparkly wonder of the Rose Jam Bubbleroon.

Welcome!

Welcome to our blog!

On our blog we will be posting a variety of random things such as product reviews, DIYs, and how to’s. Our goal is to bring a smile to your face and along the way hopefully you will learn how to make some cool stuff and solve problems.

This is Olivia and I am so excited to be finally working on a blog. I love Lush, DIYs, Taylor Swift and more. I am obsessed with watching YouTube videos starring Zoella and her adorable pug, Nala. I read a lot and love baking. I can’t wait to show you some awesome recipes, recommendations and more!

Hi! I’m Alice! I love Taylor Swift, fuzzy socks, Lush, soccer, and cool bandaids. I love reading and writing. I am known to obsess over pegacorns (pegasus unicorns) and cows.

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