Pins of the Week 10/16/15

I can’t believe it’s already been a whole week since I first started my Pins of the Week series. As I have been laid up quite a bit due to a mild case of bronchitis I naturally spent a lot of time on Pinterest. So here are my favorite pins of this week:

Fashion:

Pin #1: I have always loved the short sleeve sweater over a long sleeve look but have always been afraid to try it for myself! I love the way this specific sweater is paired with the stripes, it adds a whole new dimension to the look. Pin #2: KATE SPADE…do I even have to say more? This is the purse I have been eyeing for the last few months, if only I was willing to fork over the money! Pin #3: I just love this dress so much. It’s so unique. How fun would this be to have in your closet for fall!?

Food:

Pin #4: I love squash, but I would never think to have it on pizza! I’m a bit skeptical of this one, but I’m definitely interested in trying it! It looks phenomenal. Pin #5: For some odd reason I have been binge-pinning anything french toast/churro related lately and this happened to be the yummiest looking one of the bunch. Pin #6: I have probably tried the caesar salad at every restaurant within 50 miles, I love them that much. This one looks so delicious with the grilled chicken, toast and the dressing recipe sounds to die for!!

Quotes:

We all need a few words of wisdom now and then, this week these were mine…

DIY:

With October now in full swing I figured some fall inspired DIY projects would be fit. Pin #10: How cute are those hand warmers!? I may be giving them a try myself! Pin #11: These glitter pumpkins are made with materials from Dollar Tree! Lauren from The Thinking Closet sure made them look much more expensive. #12: A little chalk board paint and a thinly cut log would make such a cute fall sign. I love it!!

What are your favorite DIY’s for fall?

XX,

Shannon

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Pins of the Week 10/10/15

Since I started this blog I have been trying very hard to keep up with my posts and I have found that it is more difficult than it seems. But at the start of this week I dedicated myself to posting daily. I’ve been planning posts ahead of time, organizing them in a notebook and brainstorming constantly. I am so dedicated to this site and my readers, but sometimes life throws a curveball and that dedication becomes difficult to uphold. These last two days specifically have caused this. The internet at my house has not been working and on top of that I have been very sick, but I love building this blog and I plan to continue to do so. I won’t give up.

But onto the actual purpose of this post…I have said it before and I will say it again, I love Pinterest. It is my go to site for pretty much everything, I always find ideas for outfits, recipes for meals and inspiration for life in general. I pretty much spend all my free time scrolling through my feed, so I thought it would be appropriate and fun to share some of my favorite pins each week (considering many times they inspire ideas for this blog). If you aren’t on Pinterest already I recommend setting up an account! Also, follow me! My username is shannonmgilkey.

Fashion:

Pin #1: I love the mix of neutral colors in this outfit along with the booties and hat. Booties are the IN thing this fall and I can’t wait to own a pair in every color! Pin #2 isn’t necessarily full-blown Fall, actually I would classify it as more of a wintery dress, but I adore the scalloped bottom. Pin #3 is my favorite, I’ve been dying to have a scarf in that exact color combination and the color combo of this entire outfit is great.

Food:

Pin #4 is a recipe for Parmesan zucchini chips, which sound delicious! Pin #5 is a Mexican Corn Dip and is actually from the same site as #4. Check out: danmdelicious.net for tons of mouth-watering recipes! Pin #6 is Spaghetti Squash with bacon, spinach and goat cheese. Anything with goat cheese, bacon, or spinach always catches my eye and this recipe looks phenomenal.

Quotes:

Another reason (among many) why I love Pinterest is the inspirational words of wisdom plastered throughout the site. Sometimes we all need a little pick-me-up, these quotes were mine for the week.

DIY:

Pin #10 is obviously appropriate for the season, how fun are these painted pumpkins? Sara from SincerelySarad gives an awesome tutorial on painting pumpkins! Check it out in the link. #11 simply served as inspiration for a future gallery wall project, and #12 helped in the creation of my tutorial on DIY sharpie mugs! Check it out: DIY Shaprie Mug

DIY Sharpie Mug: The Pinterest Phenomenon

If you are a frequent pinner like me (and if you aren’t you really should be!) you have probably seen the cute little DIY sharpie mug tutorials all over the site. I’ve been wanting to try one for myself for a while now and I finally got around to doing it this week. Before I started I read through dozens of tutorials I found on Pinterest to find out what works, what doesn’t and how I can make the best sharpie mugs for me and also what I can recommend for you! So here are the top tips I gathered:

1.) Use OIL BASED sharpies! The regular kind will quickly wash away. Also purchase them in a small package at Michaels and use a 40% One Item coupon from their website.

2.) Wash them by hand. Some tutorials claim that when oil based markers are used they are dishwasher safe but the evidence is not consistent enough for my liking. I definitely recommend hand washing any mugs you create.

3.) Create simple designs. Don’t go trying to cover the entire mug in color or making giant designs filled in with lots of color, the sharpie will most likely fade or chip pretty quickly. Go for more minimalistic designs like dots, lines, small shapes, words, etc.

4.) Use colors that work. Based on the many tutorials I have researched Black, Silver, Gold, Yellow, Pink, Brown, Dark Green are GOOD colors that will last and not change or fade in color. BAD colors that change color include: Orange (turns brown), Blues, both dark and light (turn green), Purple (turns pink), Red (turns a dark burgundy), Lime Green (turns to more of a pea green), and White (yellows).

5.) If you make a mistake while creating rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover can easily remove the excess sharpie.

So now let’s get to making the mugs!

Materials:

  • Some cheap white mugs: buy them at the dollar store
  • Oil based sharpie markers: get a Michaels coupons on the website, they almost always have 40% off one regular priced item.
  • Nail Polish remover and cotton balls: to fix those little mistakes, it’s best to fix them right when they happen. If you wait for the sharpie to dry a bit the coloring will be more difficult to remove and will leave a residue.

How to make your DIY sharpie mug:

  1. Make sure your mugs are clean and oil free before drawing on them. You can wipe them down with rubbing alcohol or simply wash them first.
  2. Pick your design and create! There are tons of adorable ideas for design all over Pinterest check out my DIY board for some ideas!
  3. Once your mug is designed let it dry for AT LEAST 24 hours before heating it in the oven.
  4. When it’s time to “cook” your mug pre-heat your oven for 400 degrees. Place your mug upside down on a baking sheet right away, allowing the oven to heat itself up while the mug is inside. Once the oven hits 400 degrees set your timer for 30 minutes. When the 30 minutes is up turn off the oven and crack the door, but DO NOT take the mug out. Allow the mug to cool completely inside the oven.
  5. Voila you are done! You now have a cute little DIY mug to sip your coffee, tea or whatever it is you drink for the colder season! Again I recommend hand washing all DIY sharpie mugs!

Try my favorite drink for fall: Mystic Chai Tea from Sam’s Club! I love all chai tea, but this is my all time favorite. It’s very creamy and is very light on the spice.

Enjoy your DIY Sharpie Mugs!

XX,

Shannon

Making Your Monogram

I have recently fallen completely in love with the monogram phenomenon. Having you initials on everything, how cute is that!? I think it is completely adorable and I truthfully want everything I own to be monogrammed. But I don’t want to pay to steep prices to do it. I’ve searched the sites that will do it for you, simply provide them your initials and they will ship monogrammed things to your house, but they are expensive! Also I have researched the DIY route, there are many sites that will create a monogram for you, but they often also require a purchase. Being a savvy spender and also an avid DIYer I was determined to find a way to monogram my things on my own, and I have finally found it!

Monogram text download

The link above is to a website that allows you to download a monogram font to Word for free. In the many DIY monogram tutorials I have watched they typically require programs such as Adobe Photoshop, something most household computers do not have. This tutorial is for Microsoft Word and can be done on any Mac computer (I have not tried it on Windows).

First and foremost download the Monogram text link above to your computer. Simply click the download button in the right hand corner and open the downloaded folder on your desk top. Click and open the 2nd document in the folder, called: “Monogram kk sc.” A small box will pop up with an install button, click it and open Microsoft Word. Search the font name “Monogram kk sc” in your fonts and it should be there!

The trick to making monograms with this font is to use separate text boxes, you can more easily move the letters and position them how you please. When creating a monogram remember the order is: First initial, last initial, middle initial. You want you last initial to be in the middle and typically largest. I made my middle letter 300 pt. and my outer letters 260 pt.

​Also screen-shotting is your best friend when making monograms. On a Mac simultaneously hold down Shift+Command+4. Tutorials on screen-shotting can quickly be found online when searched in google.

You can easily add cute shapes and borders to your monograms in Word as well. Click the Shape menu in the right hand corner under the Home tab to create a shape. I like the “Plaque” shape, but simple circles and rectangles are also great for a border. After you have created a shape copy and paste (Command+C) your monogrammed letters into the shape one by one, and re-position as desired. Make sure to put a text wrap on your monogram, In Front of Text will place the monogram in front of the shape. You can also use the re-order tool to position it in front of the shape.

You can fill your shape with a color or add a border to it by clicking Fill and Line under the format tab. It also gives you options to change the weight of the line, this will make it thicker. Along with filling and changing the color of the shape, you can do the same to the monogram. Simply change the color with the button on the left hand side under the Home tab, like you would change any other text. Add a border to text by clicking the blue/white outlined A on the left side of the Home tab, then under Outline click “more lines.” You can change the weight, gradient and color of the border with the options listed.

Simply add a background behind your monogram and screenshot it to create fillers for binders, a computer background, notebook cover, etc. I searched Lily Pulitzer backgrounds in google images and loved the turn out! (Remember whenever searching for photos in google images use the search tools to change the size the Large, this will ensure you find the highest quality images that can easily be cropped/altered.)

Enjoy!

XX,
Shannon