Monday, May 5, 2014

DIY: Baby Bib

If you are anything like me everyone you know seems to be having babies. This means baby showers and of course gifts. While I stick to the registry when buying a gift, I also like to make something extra, too.  


Supplies: White cotton bib or onesies , iron-on adhesive, fabric


1. Pre-wash bib and fabric. I usually run the iron over the fabric too so everything is clean and smooth for application.


2. Find and print out pattern from Google. I have done this same project using bows and letters but my favorite is this whale.


3. Cut fabric to the size of the pattern. And using your iron, stick the wrong side of the fabric down on the wax side of the paper. Hold the iron on for about 2-3 seconds or until the fabric has completely bonded to the paper. *Always follow the specific instructions on your iron on adhesive packaging first.


4. Trace the pattern on the paper side and cut it out. *Remember that this image is backwards to the fabric side so flip your letters! I have forgotten far too many times and had to redo them!


5. Peel off the paper side and place image on bib. Hold the iron over image for about 5 seconds or until bonded. Make sure to go over the edges really well.


6. If you are not a sewer than you're done! It's good to note that not following up with stitch means in won't last as long but it's still really cute. I just did a simple zig-zag around the outside with my machine but I have hand sewn the edges with embroidery thread as well.




Friday, May 2, 2014

All These Little Things



My father and I on a school field trip in 1993.


Rhubarb growing in the garden. I think this plant has the coolest looking leaves.


A jar of old tiny wooden pots and dishes my sister and I would play with as children and the sunlight through my kitchen window.


No lie, crows totally freak me out but he was sitting so close to the house, I just had to get a photo.


happy weekend.
-S


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thrift Store Haul

My friend and fellow blogger Elizabeth love to go shopping at the thrift store and decided to do a video haul of everything we got. 

I have posted the first half below. The second half with be up next week on Elizabeth's blog. Here is the link to her page!
-S

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DIY: Pom Pom Infinity Scarf


With an old dress, some pom poms and a pair of scissors I set out to make my sister an upcycled scarf. I had a rough idea in my head and got to work. The crafts that I make up as I go along (and turn out good) are always my favorite! It was really simple to make and will be really fun item to have! And even easier than this DIY is to glue the pom pom trim on an old scarf you already own.

 1. Cut the bottom ten inches or so off the dress.

2. Iron fabric and pin the unfinished seam for sewing.


4. Using a sewing machine, sew the seam.

5. Add pom poms! I used glue and pinned it into place to dry but the glue didn't work that well for me. I ended up sewing the pom poms on as well. And next time I'll skip the glue all together but it it works for you, do it!


I love how it turn out! My sister was really happy to get her old dress back and is now able to use it again.

-S


Monday, April 28, 2014

Outfit of the Day: Brunch


Did a little celebrating for my mom's birthday over some french toast this past Sunday. And if there is one thing I have learned in this life: You should never wear really tight clothes to any event that covers two meals in one sitting i.e. brunch.


Lately, I have been trying to step out of the jeans box. I opted for these comfy trouser pants instead of my skinny jeans which I think dressed up my more causal sweater quite nicely.


Top: Ross, Pants: Forever 21, Heels: Payless, Clutch: Thrifted, Necklace: Topshop, Ring: H&M


-S




Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY- Easter Egg Tree


As Easter Sunday is fast approaching, I decided I needed a little holiday decor to brighten up my house. The dollar tree is my go to place for cheap holiday supplies. I found a couple bags of glittery eggs which I know would be perfect for a DIY.


Each egg came attached to a stick. I removed the stick out of each egg. For some of the eggs, I had to reattach the bow using a hot glue gun. 


For the tree part, I found some branches in my backyard and arranged them in a vase. Depending on what kind of branches you find and how wide the opening of your vase is will determine how many you will need.

 
Using the hot glue gun, I added a drop of glue to one end of the bow and put them together to create a loop. If you couldn't find eggs with bows, you could use any ribbon. You would need to cut a piece of ribbon; glue the ends together and attach the loop to the egg with glue.


Once all my eggs were dry, I simply adding them to my branches. Everything else, I either already had or found in my backyard.


The total for this project cost $2.00 which was the price of the eggs.


*Also the cute little bunny (Thumper for Disney Bambi ) in the above photo is available for purchase at my Etsy store here.

-S

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Trend: Overalls

For some reason last week, I had an overwhelming need to buy overalls. I took the internet to find some. I was about to spend upwards of $70 or more on this trend but I did find a pair from the 90's for $20 on eBay. And with a few quick alternations with the sewing machine, I made myself a pretty fun piece!

Before


After



Overalls: eBay, Top: Thrifted, Shoe: Forever 21
-S

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Monogram Key Chain - DIY

Years ago, my mom brought me a key chain back from one of her trips aboard and it has been on my keys ever since. At some point, the plastic got old and the design fell out. So I took this as an opportunity to DIY! 



Using painter's tape and a sharper I created my design. I went with a monogram theme. The letter F from my last name. Using a small pair of scissors I cut out my letter to create a stencil. 


 I covered the rest of the key chain with tape and spray painted the letter. (regular paint would have worked better but all I had was spray paint)


After letting it dry, I cleaned up the edges using a toothpick and Q-tip. Then sealed the design with clear nail polish.


-S

Friday, April 4, 2014

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.

Amanda and I started this journey together two years ago as a way to escape our all consuming physical therapist assistant school world. A place where function was more important than fashion; where safety, rules and reason dictated every action because this is healthcare and other peoples' lives were in our hands. But we were two creative souls who hated our khaki pants and longed for a reason to wear red lipstick and blousy tops from the 70's. This blog became our platform to talk about life beyond the textbooks. We got to step outside our academic bubble to be the selves that got to paint their nails, wear high heels and talk endlessly about the things we loved. And for a while it was really fun but things changed.
 Life took over, we graduated, Amanda moved to California and making time for the blog just got harder to do. I did my best to stay in it but it just wasn't the same without Amanda's regular presence on the blog. Last spring, I revamped the site to breath some new life in but it wasn't enough. I found posting to be more of a chore than a joy. I started to second guess myself and questioned whether I had anything interesting to say. My life just didn't feel exciting enough to blog about so I wrote just to fill a page. I love the blog world and still really wanted to be apart of it so I kept posting, kept hoping that it would get better. That I would feel that connection between me and the readers again but it was gone. Around Christmas after another failed attempt to blog consistently, I stopped trying. I figured I was better as a reader than as a blogger so it all went silent: the blog, twitter, instagram and even pinterest. It was nice not feeling guilty about not posting or worrying whether my outfit was good enough because I wasn't photographing it so what did it matter. There was a freedom in no longer comparing myself and my site against other people. I wasn't trapped in my own self inflicted spinal of doubt anymore. Yet, I missed it too. From time to time I would check the traffic stats and read comments.
 I got busy with work, other projects like my etsy shop and even started going to the gym more. But in the back of my mind, I was still thinking about the blog. Should I delete it? Keep it? or just let it fade away? None of those choices seemed right. I didn't want to delete all time and work that went into the site but I just couldn't let it fade away either. Though the blog as it stands right now felt forced and fake. I wasn't having fun anymore and it showed. So after lots of thinking, I have decided to make some changes to the blog. It will still be called The Blonde Squad, it's still a life and style blog, I'll still thrift and show my style (just not as much). I want to focus on my creativity. I want to share more DIY's and the projects that I've been working on. I want the heart of the blog to be about what I'm doing as the creative person. So thanks for sticking with me and reading this super long post. I hope you come back and check up on my little blog as I move forward.

-S