Monday, August 3, 2015

Rainy Days DIY

I don't know about you, but where I'm at it's been pretty rainy lately. Rainy days can either be cozy or kind of dull and dreary. Here's a couple things I've done while stuck inside.

First off, I made red velvet cake bon bons. 
They are so tasty and very easy to make. (And great with your cozy coffee!)

Step one: Bake a red velvet cake. 
You can do this from scratch, but I just used a box mix. Let the cake cool. 

Step two: Crumble up that cake and mix in some cream cheese icing until it gets to a good consistency for forming bon bons. 

Step three: Roll little balls with the cake/icing mixture and place on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate until firm. 

Step four: Melt some semi sweet chocolate chips in the microwave and spoon some chocolate on top of your bon bons. Refrigerate again. 

Step five: Enjoy your delicious treat with a cup of coffee and a good book. 

Recently, AC Moore had a sale on Lion Brand Landscapes yarn. I have marveled at this yarn every time I go into a craft store, but it was just too pricey for me. This yarn is so soft and shiny and comes in gorgeous vivid colors. I bought an armful of "Boardwalk" and decided to make a giant rainbow shawl. 

I love granny squares, so I'm making a half square for the shawl pattern. It's so much fun to watch the colors change and it works up pretty quickly. (If only the temperature outside would change faster as well!) 

Here's the pattern for the half granny square from:

It's so easy once you get going. And using a colorful yarn is sure to brighten up anyone's rainy day!

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by! 


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DIY: Sea Salt & Rosemary Farmer's Cheese

Feel like you grew up on a farm with five ingredients! This cheese is so easy to make, you won't believe it!

Monday, July 6, 2015

aDiML: Fresh Blackberry Syrup & Crunchy French Toast

I apologize for the lack of posts lately. Life can get pretty crazy sometimes. :)
But I want to share some delicious recipes and fun moments with you. So, I know this blog gives off a glitzy, flashy vibe but I also love love love homemade farm fresh kind of things!

(totes a country gal!)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Now On Bloglovin!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Five Flamingo Finds (Including a DIY!)

Hey there followers! Summer is in full swing so today's post features one of summer's most kitschy, iconic birds... The flamingo! If you're wanting a little Wonderland in your life, make your own Alice in Wonderland croquet set! Or make these adorable flamingo straws to sip lemonade by the pool! And if you just need a little more pink in your life, check out this fluffy throw pillow and chalkboard-inspired art!
But if you prefer to make something a little more personalized, follow this tutorial for DIY hand-print flamingo wall art! 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Polyvore Inspired DIY: Hemp Bracelets

Boho & Leather

For this Polyvore Inspired DIY, we will be making beaded hemp bracelets. You can use your clipboard from the last DIY or use some tape to secure your hemp cords. 
These bracelets look great alone or multiple stacked!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Day in My Life: Greenville, South Carolina

Hello followers! I am currently typing to you from the mountains of South Carolina. I also am typing this on my phone, so hopefully the post is easy to read on a computer... (If not, I'll be sure to fix it when I get back to my laptop!)
Yesterday I got to take advantage of a little retail therapy in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. I thought I might show y'all what I got!
First off I want to let you know that I am a real foodie. If I'm out if town, it's guaranteed that I'll buy food at some point. So, I just had to stop in Greenville Jerky & Vine, a specialty shop for all kinds of jerky and wine. They had so many flavors and meats to choose from, along with wine and various local foods. I love curry, so I went with Lawless Jerky's Japanese Curry beef jerky. And man, is it good. I will have to ration this bag for sure. (
Next is Poppington's Gourmet Popcorn. Look how cute it is! Paired with the scents that were coming out of their shop, how could I resist? These little sample baggies were only a dollar, and great for tasting all the flavors or bringing home to your friends from your trip. They make the popcorn right in the shop, and it's a feast for the eyes as well as your mouth. (
The last food item I bought was loose leaf tea from The Spice & Tea Exchange. We have one of these shops in my hometown, but I can't help but stop in. I love loose tea and spices and salts in jars. I also bought a tea strainer so I could have some tea during my trip. I purchased Rose Mint, Pear Caramel, and Ginger Turmeric. They are white/green, black, and herbal teas and they smell amazing. I can't wait to taste them. (
Lastly, I bought these leather rings from Ten Thousand Villages. They are a unique shop that sells handmade items from around the world. Most items have a tag that say where they were made. I went for these lovely leather rings. They are made of a thin, rigid leather and decorated with bright patterns. I bought an extra one for a friend of mine who has a metal allergy. They are super cute and go with the whole bohemian look that is in right now. (

And that's everything I got from lovely Greenville, South Carolina! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Day in My Life: The Color Run 2015

Yesterday was the Color Run in my hometown. I took my fiancee for her birthday and it was so much fun. We have done one other run like this before, but this year was the Shine Tour, which featured glitter at the end. While the fiancee and I are trying to get more fit and healthy, we are not runners. Luckily walking, (as well as dancing) was allowed. The whole thing was great fun and I would recommend participating if they ever come to a town near you. :)
I took a lot of photos, so get ready for some spam!

(More under the cut!)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Polyvore Inspired DIY: Personalized Clipboard

90's hippie

90's hippie by glitteredwhimsy 

Hi there! I want to introduce another new post category, Polyvore Inspired DIYs! Today's DIY is a personalized clipboard that we will use later on as a securing board for friendship bracelets. Alternately, you could use a safety pin or tape to hold down the bracelet as you are working on it, but I found that a clipboard is handy because it keeps it secure, and you can use it on the go.
Let's get started!

Alright, first you need a clipboard. I have a mini clipboard from Office Depot. They are usually inexpensive and you can buy them most anywhere. You want to make sure the clip at the top goes straight across and is tight enough to hold a small amount of string. They make ones that have a bent metal wire instead of the large metal clip, but you want to get the one that has the most contact with the board, so your string doesn't slide out of place. 
Next, you want to gather your decorating materials. You can use washi tape, duct tape, stickers, paint, nail polish, mod podge, and whatever else you can think of, as long as it stays on the board and doesn't rub off after use. I probably wouldn't recommend pencils or crayons, because they tend to rub off and you don't want to stain your bracelets.
I'm going to be using mini duct tape in a rainbow tie dye pattern, some Lisa Frank animal stickers and a few stickers of some favorite characters.
First I'm going to add my tape in a diagonal pattern to block off where I want my stickers. Make sure to smooth it out all the way.
This is very cute on it's own and you could leave it at that, but to go with my 90's themed Polyvore set, I just HAVE to throw some Lisa Frank on there!
Look at those rainbow penguins. Beautiful. Now I have some extra room on there... Might as well fill it with some of my favorite characters that I just so happen to have stickers of.
Perfect! Now my board is complete. And I think it would go great with my outfit up there!
I know this DIY was super simple and you probably didn't need instructions on how to decorate a clipboard, but having a board like this makes making bracelets so much easier. And besides, now we are ready to go and make millions of friendship bracelets with our new personalized board! 
Bracelet making tutorials will be coming your way very soon. :)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Today Im Obsessed With:

This is going to be a category of posts about some things I love at the moment. I will also try my best to let you know where you can get them if you love them too!

Today I'm obsessed with: 
Decorative mini notebooks. I love notebooks and I love mini things. And paired with the fact that they were two for a dollar, I couldn't pass them up! They are great for jotting down notes or making lists and they fit into any bag or a back pocket. You can find them at office supply stores and Target for pretty cheap. I love the cardboard and metallic look of these notebooks from Staples, but there are tons of styles out there to fit your personality. 

Film photography. For the past two semesters, I've been in a darkroom photography class. I've absolutely fallen in love with film and darkroom processing. With film, you have to focus and put effort into every shot because you are limited to how many exposures you have. The quality of the photo seems richer to me somehow. Even though I won't have access to the darkroom to print until I take another class, I'm planning on still shooting with film and scanning them in digitally. 

Amber Vanilla scented oil and salt rock infuser. I bought this oil infuser lamp from Earthbound Trading a while back. It's made from pink salt and warms up a little glass dish that you put scented oils in. My favorite oil at the moment is Amber Vanilla from Walmart. It has a warm aroma with hints of vanilla and plenty of spice. It makes the room smell cozy and inviting without being too overpowering.

So those are a few things I love at the moment! I hope you enjoyed this post and there will be more like this in the future.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas

Tomorrow is Mother's Day!
If you haven't figured out what to get Mom yet, (and you're running out of time) how about giving her something hand made. Here are four tutorials for making your mom a bouquet that will never die. These tutorials vary in difficulty, but shouldn't be too hard to whip together by Mother's Day and made from something that you probably have lying around the house, paper!
I've pulled some paper flower tutorials from my Pinterest board:

Follow Victoria Klein's board Tissue Paper DIY on Pinterest.

Follow these links for DIY tutorials!

  1. Martha Stewart Weddings paper bouquet
  2. Paper Hyacinth from aunt peaches
  3. Paper Peonies from Brown Paper Packages
  4. 3 Different Paper Flowers from AttaGirl Says
Pair a bouquet of paper flowers with a nice handwritten card, and you'll be good to go!
Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Hello there!
This is my very first blog post, so bear with me. I haven't really blogged before, but I wanted to give it a shot.
What you might see on this blog:

  • DIY projects
  • inspiration photos
  • snippets of my life
  • my art
  • cats
and more that I will figure out on the way!
I hope you will come along with me on my blogging adventure, and that you enjoy what you see.