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Today’s post is brought to you by the iphone5c. Ouch. Love hating typing on this. But, on the upside: Spring is arriving. It has been warm enough I have considered wearing just my sweatshirt to work. But, that also brings rain.

Mine thing I love doing wen I need a pick up is to buy some flowers.

$13.99 bouquet including vase

This is carnations and baby’s breath bouquets bought from the grocery store

This bouquet I made myself. I bought two different bouquets for $5 each. Not cheap, but I wanted a white bouquet this time. I like to use baby’s breath on its own normally, but decided to do a play on normal ones. This time, I made the carnations the filler for the focus of lacy baby’s breath. I do like this very much, though know I need a smaller vase for smaller bouquets. I’m not meaning shorter; smaller diameter. The case I bought was the least expensive and I didn’t feel like making another store trip just for a vase.

A couple tips if you are making your own bouquets. First: Check your grocery stores and gas stations along with florists. You can sometimes make multiple bouquets from one bunch sold. Or, if you just need one or so more flowers, they can sometimes be less expensive. Second: Don’t pass up on a bunch because you don’t like all of the flowers together. You can easily get rid of a couple if that’s the case for a bouquet you’d enjoy. Third: Remember to cut the ends of your flowers at a slight angle when you put them in your vase. This allows the flowers to drink the water you put them in much better. In turn, it lets them stay alive longer. Fourth: Make sure there are no leaves or flowers below your water. That will cause rot, which will make the flowers die faster.

What flowers do you like in your bouquets? Do you have to need a reason to buy or receive flowers?


Summer crafty idea with duck tape

I grew up in an area where we know the difference between duct tape and duck tape. Duct tape is solely for duct work and is nowhere near as adapptive as Duck tape, which now comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes. It is made near where I live and there is a fun parade every year. But, what fun can you do in clothing with this stuff?

This summer, I finally stopped cutting my toenails too short. So, this summer is the time for cool pedicures. This means sandals… And sunscreen. So, I went to the local dollar store to get a nice looking pair of flip flops. I was unable to find a pair I really liked, but found the very narrow strips of duck tape with some adhesive gems and other items. My plan: make my ideal sandals for summer.

So, I bought a pair of dollar flip flops, a roll of the tape, some gem strips, and the latches for the sandal strap. I am lining the sides of the flip flops with the tape. It is a solid black for a simple dressy pair. The thong is getting lined with the black tape, then topped with the darker purple strips down the middle of each side of the thong. I’m putting a strap up the back for my ankle with cardboard covered with the black tape. I folded a piece of the black tape into a band for my ankle to go with the strap. They are connected with the latches to make a custom ankle strap. (I didn’t use the wrong word because I am not using buckles for the strap.) this way, I finally will not end up with a part of the strap hanging from the shoe like I grew up having to deal with.

Is there anything else, clothing wise or craft wise, that you would want to do with duck tape? Pass on your own craft ideas for me to try next.