Project Pinterest: Sticker Mandala

I’ve had this DIY Sticker Mandala pinned for quite a while now, and I finally tried it at home.  I just love it!  I really like how it looks colorful and symmetrical from far away, and then the closer you get you notice the random mix of stickers – footballs and butterflies and giraffes, oh my!

The stars aligned this past weekend to do this project because of two events: (1) a sale on stickers at JoAnn’s when I already needed to stop by for some fabric and (2) a rainy Sunday with nothing else to do.  This is the perfect meditative indoor activity to kill some time and make some fun art!

Sticker Mandala

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

Time: half an hour

Cost: About $15

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

Supplies:

  • 12 x 12 cardstock ($0.79)
  • stickers ($10 for several sets)
  • compass and protractor ($5)
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • ruler

Instructions:

Follow this link for a more in-depth tutorial. But basically, use a compass and protractor to draw concentric circles that fill up the cardstock.  Use a ruler to draw straight lines at every 30 degrees.  Use the guidelines for sticker placement to create a mandala shape.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

Then start arranging stickers symmetrically.  Just keep adding stickers round after round until you reach the edges, keeping to the marked lines to form a mandala.  But really, you can make any shape you want instead of a circle.

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

Joann’s had a big sale on stickers with most sets marked down to $0.50 or $0.99, so I limited myself to $10 and just picked interesting shapes and colors.  One tip from the original tutorial is to look for mirrored stickers, so you can place them facing each other to be symmetrical.  They also had 5/$1 sheets of cardstock, so I picked up this shimmery blue.

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

So much fun!  I made another one using alphabet stickers too.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Sticker Mandala

 

Great rainy day activity – sometimes it’s fun just to make something without any purpose.  I’m hanging up these two above my sewing machine until some other crafty whim tickles my fancy.  Three cheers for Pinterest!

Meow Monday: Stitching Buddies

The cats love it when I sit down to stitch, and they settle down close by as soon as I get started. That’s why you see them in every other progress pic of the Once Upon a Time sampler monthly updates.

This weekend was no exception…

 

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Tali enjoyed the sun on the porch, until the rain drove us inside.

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High Five for Friday!

High Five for Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  I love the idea of focusing on five little things that made me happy… definitely a fun way to recap the week and  and stay grateful.

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1 – Weekend Trips. We visited hubby’s family over the weekend for his grandmother’s birthday.  It was fun to see the whole family again – twice in two months!

2 – Lake House.  We finally got to see my MIL’s new lake house… so pretty!  We got to see a storm pass through over the lake – beach or lake, if it’s a large body of water, I love it!

3 –Road Trip Essential. My new obsession, York Peppermint Minis!  I try to limit myself to only eating them on road trips.

4 – New Purse.  Summer’s more than halfway over but I finally upgraded my winter purse.  I found this on eBay (of course) and I really like it… a bit bigger and pinker than I thought… but it’s really fun!

5 –  Blogiversary.  Wow, four years!  I don’t think I’ve stuck to any other hobby so consistently for so long.  I don’t even know what I’d do if I wasn’t constantly thinking about and writing here on this little blog of mine. Thanks for reading!!

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I’m linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for H54F!

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The 4th Blogiversary

The 16th will mark my fourth blogiversary… wow!  In the past four years I’ve blogged about being a school librarian, my health saga, moving to San Francisco, lots of cat stories, and now moving to Tennessee.  What a journey!  It’s been so much fun to keep up a blog this whole time with lots of adventures to look back on.

Speaking of which… I’m still keeping up my archives, so feel free to visit my Craft Chat tab, Fashion Diaries, Reading Log, or City Sights... plus a few more!

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Just for fun, how about another survey?  I have to admit that this blogiversary snuck up on me, so I didn’t put together any prizes… but here are a few questions just for fun!  Answer them if you wish, no problem if you don’t…. you’ll only have my eternal love and gratitude if you do, no biggie!

Thanks so much for reading!!!!!

 Thanks for playing along… and Cheers to many more years :)

WIWW: August 3-9, 2014

Another week of What I Wore Wednesday!

The Amateur Librarian // What I Wore Wednesday

 

What I Wore Wednesday is my motivation for wearing the clothes I own, finding new ways to mix and match outfits, and not wearing the same three things all the time! I kept a fashion diary for the entire year of 2012, in 2013 I added a bit about my days to go along with the outfit, and I’m continuing the same tradition in 2014… So these weekly check-ins are a mini journal of my life too!

August 3

August 3

blue print tee // Kohl’s
navy capris // Loft
white flip flops // Old Navy
It was nice to have a weekend at home with nowhere to go.  We made a trip to the grocery store and I got supplies to make mini peach pies – yum!  I ended up eating them for dinner (and dessert throughout the week).  It was fun to bake something again… it’s been a long while!
August 4

August 4

wrap top // Loft
black cami underneath // Old Navy
black bead necklace // old
black pants // Banana Republic
pewter open toe sandals // Belk
I felt a lot more rested and ready for Monday… I definitely needed a quiet weekend to recharge!  After work I tried another Food Network magazine recipe for dinner: pan-fried tilapia with a lemon-garlic pan sauce.  It called for a cup of wine, so of course I had another glass (or two) to go with dinner.  It was pretty good!  Not sure it’s worth cracking open a new bottle to repeat the recipe, though.
August 5

August 5

Peter Pan collar cross hatch dress // Forever 21 via eBay
black straps + cork wedges // PayLess
Simple outfit – still loving this eBay purchase!  Sizing can be hit or miss, but I try to stick to brands I already know… and I never pay more than $10 so it’s not a huge loss if it doesn’t work out.  Busy day at work… transitioning to a new position which is exciting but man, my inbox is crazy!  The learning curve for new work stuff is always a bit overwhelming at first.
August 6

August 6

black+white print top // Charming Charlie’s
pearl bead necklace // gift
black skinny pants // Gap
red t-strap wedges // PayLess
Can’t beat black + white + red for easy an easy work outfit.
Bonus!
green skinny jeans // Old Navy
black straps + cork wedges // PayLess
August 6

August 6

After work hubby and I headed to Nashville to meet my uncle for dinner.  I added jeans and sandals for an easy update. My uncle was in town for business, so it was great to see him again and catch up.  The Southern was a cool restaurant right downtown – we’ll be back for sure!

August 7

August 7

white lace top // Banana Republic
sailboat pendant
navy sunburst print skirt // Loft
nude wedge sandals // Naturalizer
I tried on this skirt in the petites section at Loft but it was just too short to be office-appropriate… but the regular size worked just fine!  I love easy cotton skirts, especially in the summer. (I can’t believe August is already half over!!) Thursday is my favorite TV night of the week… Project Runway!  (And Impractical Jokers too!)
August 8

August 8

linen floral print top // Loft
green skinny jeans // Old Navy
Ronaldo bracelets // gift
silver rope sandals // eBay
I found these cropped skinny jeans on sale at Old Navy recently and can’t get enough of them!  I really like the green color, they seem like more of a neutral than other colored jeans I’ve seen around.  Another busy half day at work, then I ran some errands before getting ready to hit the road.  After stopping by the bank, the post office, and the pharmacy, I made it home to leave out food and water for the cats plus run a couple loads of laundry before loading up the trunk and picking up hubby from work.  We got on the road (just in time for rush hour traffic… boo) and drove to MS to kick off another fun weekend!
August 9

August 9

chevron print sleeveless top // Stitch Fix
silver initial leaf necklace // Etsy
Ronaldo bracelets // gift
skinny jeans // Aeropostale via eBay
white flip flops // Old Navy
We had some time to explore the lake before getting ready for the birthday party later in the day for hubby’s grandmother. It was great to hang out with family again… and so nice that they’re only a drive away now!  Also, I love this top from Stitch Fix… my 4th box was the best yet, and they’re definitely getting the fit better as they go.

I’m linked up to The Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

Franklin City Sights: Walking

It’s hard to believe we’ve been here in Franklin almost 6 months now!  I haven’t joined a gym yet, but I’ve been walking a little 2.5-mile loop pretty regularly.  I started out walking when I was job hunting, leaving every morning after dropping hubby off at work, then continued on the weekends after I started my new position.  For a couple months I was motivated to wake up every morning before work to walk, although our recent trips have thrown me off course a bit.  I’m trying to get re-motivated again… so I put together this post to remind my of my very favorite part about walking around here: the Canadian geese and other fowl living on a couple nearby ponds!
My favorite geese family built a nest in March, hatched six babies in April, and adopted a duck!  The duckling hung out with them before the goslings hatched, and still swims and eats with them even now.
Here’s a picture dump of some sights I’ve snapped since starting my daily walks:

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More city sights coming soon as we explore the Franklin area!

Meow Monday: Watercolors Part Two

Still loving the Waterlogue app these days, so here are a few recent-ish pics of the cats in watercolors…

One of these days I might print a few to hang up somewhere.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

And a couple other random pics from my camera roll too…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

High Five for Friday!

High Five for Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  I love the idea of focusing on five little things that made me happy… definitely a fun way to recap the week and  and stay grateful.

The Amateur Librarian // H54F The Amateur Librarian // H54F

 

1 – The Southern.  My uncle was in Nashville for business so we met up for dinner on Wednesday night.  We ate at The Southern downtown, and the boys both got steak – you choose the cut and thickness right in front of you.  It was great to catch up again – the last time we saw my uncle was last December in Napa!

2 – Mini Peach Pies. I’ve been munching on these mini pies all week – yum!  It was fun to bake something again, it’s been a while.

3 – Scrap Overhaul.  I started a big project last weekend – turning my piles of scraps into usable sizes.  I have a feeling it will take me quite a while to go through my reserves, but once I get a system in place it should make it easier to use my scraps in new projects… at least that’s the goal!

4 – Rising Star.  I don’t normally like singing competition shows, but we can’t help but tune into this one every Sunday night.  I don’t even vote on the app anymore, but I’m still hooked!

5 –  Pop Culture Happy Hour. I love this NPR podcast and look forward to it every Friday… and today we’ll be listening to it on the ride to MS.  Another fun weekend ahead!

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I’m linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for H54F!

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Mini Peach Pie

I saw a recipe for mini peach pies in the July/August issue of Food Network Magazine and had to give it a try… I guess it’s the summer of peaches!  Pies have always intimidated me but miniature things always seem more manageable.  The recipe is so easy that the magazine didn’t really include the traditional ingredients/instructions structure, so I rewrote it below for my own sake… and maybe you’ll give it a try too!
Mini Peach Pie
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
Yields: 6 mini pies
Ingredients:
  • 3 small peaches
  • 1 package refrigerated 12-inch pie dough (2 sheets)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 thin slices of butter
  • 6-cup muffin pan
  • two glasses or cookie cutters with 3 1/2-inch and 5-inch diameters
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut each peach in half and take out the pit.
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
Next, cut out 5-inch rounds from the pie dough and press into a muffin pan cup.  (I used a travel soup mug.)  I bought a 9-inch package of pie dough and didn’t have quite enough for six pies, but I think if I had bought a 12-inch package it would’ve been plenty.
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
Place a pitted peach half, with the cut side facing up, in each muffin cup.  I had smallish peaches and they fit pretty snugly in a standard muffin pan, so I would err on the smaller side when picking out peaches to use.  Top with a thin slice of butter and sprinkle with sugar.  The magazine didn’t specify how much sugar, so I just sprinkled about one tablespoon over all of them.
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
Cut 3 1/2-inch rounds out of the second sheet of pie dough and top each pie.  Crimpe the top and bottom crusts together with a fork.
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
 Pierce the top with a knife, brush the beaten egg on top, then sprinkle with more sugar.  I don’t have a pastry brush so I just used a spatula.  Bake at 350 degrees until golden, about 35 minutes.
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
My little pies didn’t look quite like the magazine… but they were pretty tasty!  So good that I ate two for dinner and kept snacking on them for breakfast and dessert all week long.
The Amateur Librarian // Mini Peach Pies
I especially like that you don’t have to do anything to prepare the fruit filling – just cut and bake!  I don’t normally have pie dough on hand, but otherwise the ingredients are super simple and it’s pretty fail-proof… my kind of recipe!

WIWW: July 27 – August 2, 2014

Another week of What I Wore Wednesday!

 

The Amateur Librarian // What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday is my motivation for wearing the clothes I own, finding new ways to mix and match outfits, and not wearing the same three things all the time! I kept a fashion diary for the entire year of 2012, in 2013 I added a bit about my days to go along with the outfit, and I’m continuing the same tradition in 2014… So these weekly check-ins are a mini journal of my life too!

July 27

July 27

navy pintucked top // Loft
grey skinny jeans // Abercrombie & Fitch via eBay
white flip flops // Old Navy
After a goodbye breakfast with the groom’s family, we got back on the road again to head home.  It’s nice to be within driving distance of family again… after living far away for a few years I don’t take it for granted anymore. We got home mid-afternoon and managed to get a few loads of laundry done… putting everything away always makes me feel so much better than leaving it out for later.  Such a fun weekend, just too short!
July 28

July 28

sheer floral print top // Belk
black skinny pants // Gap
black flats // gift
Another Monday came too soon… I picked an easy outfit for the transition from work to a doctor appointment in the afternoon. Fortunately the appointment went smoothly – doctor visits are so different while maintaining good health compared to the first few years after my initial diagnosis. I managed to beat the rush hour traffic coming home and treated myself to ice cream… I always need a reward after specialist visits, good or bad!

July 29

July 29

black top // Loft via eBay
pearl bead necklace // gift
striped maxi skirt // Gap
red t-strap wedges // eBay
I haven’t worn this maxi skirt in quite a while, but my new job is more on the casual end of business-casual so I decided it worked for the office with a simple top and pearls.  Another work day that flew by – better to be busy than bored!

July 30

July 30

navy top with embroidered cuffs // Deep South Pout
tassel necklace // Charming Charlie’s
grey pants // old
black heels // PayLess
I love this new navy top – simple but a few fun details with the embroidered cuffs and deep v back.  Not much else to say about Hump Day.

July 31

July 31

chartreuse dress // Target
black cami underneath // Old Navy
rose gold necklace // Charming Charlie’s
black strap+cork wedges // PayLess
Another easy comfy dress, another busy work day.  The highlight of my day was pizza for dinner (homemade this time, instead of ordering out, so fancy!) and Project Runway.

August 1

August 1

yellow lace top // eBay
skinny jeans // Abercrombie & Fitch via eBay
cutout flats // PayLess
Another busy half day at work, and a doctor appointment in the afternoon.  Indulged in some trashy TV before hubby came home from work – it’s the only time I can watch Teen Mom in peace, without constant teasing!  We had popcorn for dinner and saw Guardians of the Galaxy – it was really funny!

August 2

August 2

striped tunic // Old Navy
navy shorts // Loft
white flip flops // Old Navy

Tax free weekend!  We took advantage and did a bit of shopping in the morning, then spent the afternoon catching up on chores around the house.  We went downtown to Puckett’s for dinner and live music – fun stuff!

I’m linked up to The Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

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